Category Archives: Music Memories

He Put the Bop

      “Hi There, High School” was a periodical published by Scholastic Magazine in the 1940s to introduce teens to the ways of academic life in grades 9-12. The 1947 edition included sections devoted to study habits, clubs, traffic patterns in … Continue reading

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Walk the Squawk

Both guests and staff at the Peabody Hotel certainly follow the admonition evident in the title of Robert McCloskey’s book as they Make Way for Ducklings. A daily ritual at the Memphis hotel takes place when a duck master leads … Continue reading

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Toronto’s Music Man

      The death of George Jonescu on November 17, 2018 at the age of 84 leaves a void on the airwaves that will be impossible to fill. In addition to playing recordings principally from the 1930-1960 period as longtime host … Continue reading

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The Dead Beat Goes On and On

      Some of the announcements we hear on the radio are apt to make us pause, others stop us dead in our tracks. One I heard recently combined both as I paused to reflect on how the quick are tracing … Continue reading

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You Got to Have Heart

In April I toasted Roxette. This month I praise the songs of Heart, a group led by sisters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson. Chroniclers of rock music sometimes characterize how an artist or band captured the zeitgeist of a period. … Continue reading

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Roxette Still Rocks It

The people who lionize the Rolling Stones as the greatest rock band of all time and marvel at their endurance are certainly entitled to their opinion. What keeps Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on their feet and on the road … Continue reading

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Man, That Piano Man

Knock! Knock! Who’s There? Roy Bittan. Roy Bittan who? Roy Bittan no one else plays hard-driving piano on rock classics. What makes Bruce Springsteen “Badlands” and Bob Seger’s “Roll Me Away” fan favorites from the many hits the two recording … Continue reading

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