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Behind the Song: I Will Always Love You

I Will Always Love You was a signature song for Whitney Houston, after she performed the song in her movie, The Bodyguard. However, the song was written by another big known star, Dolly Parton.  This would become the biggest song of her career as both a performer and songwriter. The song was the second single Read More

Elvis TV Special

Profile of a Performer: Elvis Presley– The Comeback King

In remembrance of the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, we will finish his profile this week. We’ve already discussed the younger years and his return from the Army. After a decade in films, Elvis Presley, was considered a joke by both fans and critics. Now, it was time for some damage control. Colonel Parker made Read More

Elvis army

Profile of a Performer: Elvis is Back!

    After serving two years in the Army, the time had come for Elvis to return to his public.  Would he be able to make the comeback he hoped for? Elvis returned to the United States and was honorably discharged in early March 1960. Less than three weeks later he was in the recording Read More

Love Me Tender

Profile of a Performer: The Young Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was an early and important figure in changing the landscape of music in his day.   The King of Rock n Roll grew up listening to spirituals and crooners such as Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. However, he would usher in a new generation of music for the post World War II youth. Elvis Read More

Doris Day

Song Story: Que Sera, Sera

This hit Doris Day song is a mystery in it’s origin.   At least to some point. Doris Day was scheduled for the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1956.  Hitchcock wasn’t happy that Day was going to be in the picture.  He called songwriters, Ray Evans and Jay Livingston and asked Read More

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Song Story: Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys

With summer fun here let’s take a look at a good beach song. Barbara Ann was written by Fred Fassert.  He used his sister’s name for the title of the song.  The song was originally written for The Regents, a band Fassert was part of at the time.  The Regents recorded the song in 1958, Read More

Blueberry Hill

Blueberry Hill

If you’ve ever seen Happy Days, you’ll probably remember Richie Cunningham singing “I found my thrill….” These are the opening lines to the 1940 hit Blueberry Hill. The tune to Blueberry Hill was written by Vincent Rose.  Rose, who was born in Italy, was a musician and band leader.  He conducted the Montmartre Orchestra in Read More

My Way Frank Sinatra

Story Behind the Song: My Way

Frank Sinatra is best known for his hit, My Way.  To all who heard him sing the song, the song seemed to fit him.   Some even believed he may have written the song himself, but he didn’t. So it’s not surprising, that the song was written specifically for him by Paul Anka. Paul Anka was Read More

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra—The Early Years

Frank Sinatra was the biggest star of his day.  He suffered numerous ups and downs throughout his career.   Yet, how did it all begin? Francis Albert Sinatra was born on December 12, 1915. From all accounts his birth was extremely traumatic and he almost did not survive.  He had a scar on his left ear, Read More

Beauty and the Beast

The Untold Story of the Song: Beauty and the Beast

After finishing with their animated feature, The Little Mermaid, Walt Disney’s animation department turned their attention to their next project. In 1987, they decided to adapt the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast into their next animated feature film. The Disney CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg, ordered the script be re-written in the style of a Read More