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Johnny Rivers

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Singer | Comments Off on Johnny Rivers

Okay, Johnny Rivers was the King of Covers. Granted. But does every recording act have to only sing original songs? What about the...

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Sly and the Family Stone

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Featured, Singer | Comments Off on Sly and the Family Stone

Sly and the Family Stone made some great music. They were trend setters both in the multiracial and multigender composition of the band....

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Neil Diamond

Posted by on Jan 24, 2012 in Featured, Singer | 2 comments

Earlier today, I went to check something on my post about Neil Diamond – and found I hadn’t written one. While everyone will...

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Singer: Billy Joel

Posted by on Sep 27, 2011 in Featured, Music, Singer | 2 comments

First, let me get something out of the way that’s always bothered me. Once you reach age 21, you can be Bill, William, Will –...

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Song: "Johnny B. Goode"

Posted by on May 23, 2011 in Songs | Comments Off on Song: "Johnny B. Goode"

Not every song is great because it has memorable lyrics. Or a memorable performance. Some achieve greatness by striking the culture in the...

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Music: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Posted by on May 22, 2011 in Music | Comments Off on Music: Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

This husband and wife team were a part of the famous Brill Building songwriters (Great American Things, June 18, 2010), and they wrote some...

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Singers: The Rascals

Posted by on Mar 27, 2011 in Singer | Comments Off on Singers: The Rascals

Depending on when you first started listening to this band, you may either consider them a frenetic blue-eyed-soul group, or a mellow,...

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Singer: Buddy Holly

Posted by on Aug 22, 2010 in Singer | Comments Off on Singer: Buddy Holly

    He died at the way-too-young age of 23. He’d only been recognized on the music scene for a year and a half. And yet he managed...

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Architecture: I.M. Pei

Posted by on Jun 5, 2010 in Architecture, The Arts | Comments Off on Architecture: I.M. Pei

With few exceptions, most architects remain unknown by name to the public at large. Usually, we know them by their designs. One of the few...

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Singer: Carole King

Posted by on Mar 28, 2010 in Singer | Comments Off on Singer: Carole King

One of the standard descriptions of a musical artist today is “Singer-Songwriter.” If Carole King didn’t create that...

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