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Profile of a Composer: George M. Cohan

George M. Cohan wrote some of the greatest standards we still sing today including  “Over There”, “Give My Regards to Broadway”, “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag”. Cohan published over 300 songs and was a founding member of ASCAP {American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers}. Known in the decade before Read More

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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks.  Marks had already written other Christmas hits such as Holly Jolly Christmas and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  An instrumental version of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree appears on the TV special, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, which featured Marks music. The Read More

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The Bells of St. Mary’s

  The Bells of St. Mary’s is best known for the beautiful Bing Crosby rendition.  However, Crosby revived a once popular song. The music was written by A. Emmett Adams and the lyrics by Douglas Furber.   The lyrics were inspired by a visit Furber made to St. Mary’s Church in Southampton, England. The song 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

Louis Armstrong

Louis Armstrong, The Jazz Master

Louis Armstrong was born August 4, 1901 in New Orleans.  He was born into a very poor family and the grandson of slaves.  He credited Joe “King” Oliver with teaching him to play the trumpet by ear.  By the age of eleven, he’d dropped out of school and was singing on the streets for money.  Read More

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Who Is the Wind Beneath Your Wings?

One of the residents at the nursing home where I do music always request “Wind Beneath My Wings.” The song was one of my favorites by Bette Midler in her movie Beaches. The song was written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley in 1982. The title came from a poem Henley had written. Silbar was Read More

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Irving Berlin, He Was American Music

Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidore Baline on May 11, 1888 in Tyumen, Russian Empire.  He was one of eight children born to his parents.  In 1893 his family immigrated and settled in New York City.  By the age of eight he’d quit school and was selling newspapers.  While selling papers he would hear the Read More

Joel Goldsmith

Star Wars, Stargate Composer Dies

Did you recently hear of the death of Joel Goldsmith?  Did you also wonder who he was? Joel Goldsmith was born November 19, 1957 in Los Angeles, California.  This oldest of six children was born into a musical family.   He is best known for his work on Star Wars, Stargate, Stargate Atlantis and other Read More

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Bing Crosby, the Original Crooner

Bing Crosby mesmerized all of us with his soothing voice. The famous crooner was born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 3, 1902 in Tacoma, Washington. He was the fourth of seven children of bookkeeper, Harry Lincoln Crosby. Little Harry was a fan of “The Bingville Bugle” a Sunday feature of the local newspaper. A neighborhood Read More

Karen and Rchard Carpenter

The Carpenter’s Left a Lasting Impression

During the 1970s the Carpenter’s were very popular. Even today their hits can still be heard in commercials and movies. The Carpenter’s were a brother and sister group. Richard was born on October 15, 1946 and Karen was born on March 2, 1950. They were born in Connecticut and later moved to California. In his Read More