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Happy Laura Day, Part 1: Today’s Great Song for Now, “And When I Die”

Today - October 18, 2020 - would be Laura Nyro's 73rd birthday https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JwB--RFPgQ Laura Nyro, "And When I Die," 1968. Here on what would have been Laura Nyro's 73rd...

Today’s Great Song for Now: “I Ain’t Got No Home,” by Woody Guthrie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTnVMulDTYA Woody Guthrie, "I Ain't Got No Home" Today's Great Song for Now is a new daily series which will feature one great song every day. The greatness of the song comprises...

Tom Petty’s 70th Birthday Bash, Part 1: “Echo”

Tom called it "the best Tom Petty record that Tom Petty wasn’t at.” As part of our Tom Petty 70th Birthday Celebration today, we are starting with...

Neil Rosengarden’s Top 5 Favorite Voices

It was the voices on AM radio, he said, that meant the most to him Some people are born with a lot of talent. A real lot. Neil Rosengarden's one. Not only is...

Happy 79th Birthday, Paul Simon, Part 1: The Song that Inspired Simon to Become a Songwriter

The Penguins' "Earth Angel," built around an intriguing oxymoronic title, triggered Simon's lifelong love of writing songs https://youtu.be/VJcGi4-n_Yw The Penguins, "Earth Angel" "Earth Angel." A 1955 Doo-wop hit...

Behind The Song: “Song To Woody” by Bob Dylan

"Hey, hey Woody Guthrie, I wrote you a song'Bout a funny ol' world that's a-comin' along ..."From "Song for Woody" by Bob DylanOn Bob Dylan's self-titled debut...

John Lennon’s 80th Birthday Celebration #6: A Poem for John by Stephen Kalinich

Stephen Kalinich. Photo by Paul Zollo/American Songwriter A legendary poet, songwriter and painter, Stevie Kalinich has written songs with the Beach Boys, including the beloved “Little Bird.” His songs have been performed and...

Peter Case on John Lennon’s 80th Birthday

Part #5 of our all-weekend tribute to John Lennon Peter Case. "I liked how John Lennon stood up, stood out, spoke his mind, and didn't seem afraid."
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For King & Country Leans to the Spiritual on New Christmas Album ‘A Drummer Boy Christmas’

There was a brief moment at the end of For King & Country’s powerful performance of “Little Drummer...
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