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It’s hard to imagine Dean Martin as 100. In truth, it was hard to watch Dean get old. He was the living embodiment of the old joke, “If I’d known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.” Except it’s doubtful Dean Martin would have changed anything he did. He […]

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Today would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. She was born on April 25, 1917, in Newport News, Virginia. At least that’s would we now believe to be true. Ella Fitzgerald left much about her earliest years shrouded in mystery. She was fanatically guarded about her history and her privacy. For example, her birth date […]

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One William James Basie was born on this day in Red Bank, New Jersey, in the year 1904. He would go on to become one of the greatest, most influential and swinging-ist cats in the history of American Jazz and Swing music. As a young boy (six or seven years of age), I inherited a […]

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I’ve written a couple of posts this year mentioning that December 12, 2015 will mark Frank Sinatra’s Centennial but today, April 7th, marks the centennial of one of Frank’s most important influences – Billie Holiday. I know very little about Billie Holiday. I have no insights. For years I never even cared for her music […]

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Here’s you’re musical Friday selection. This performance, and many more classics, will be featured on this week’s Sinatra & Company on Jazz 90.1. The festivities begin at 12:00 Noon with The Sunday Music Festa and then continue at 2:00 p.m. with Sinatra & Company. Come join us for the fun!  

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Time to swing, Dixieland style! Today is the day that Mardi Gras hits its peak before the long fast begins. I don’t have any beads to throw at you and trust me, you don’t want me lifting my shirt, so I thought som great music from the Daddy of them all, Louis Armstrong would be […]

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Just like manna from heaven came “Pennies from Heaven” on TCM this morning in celebration of Bing Crosby’s birthday. I’m a big Bing fan and have seen about 44 of the roughly 60 theatrical features that Bing made. Prior to today, I had never seen “Pennies from Heaven.” “Pennies from Heaven” is an important film […]

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Today marks the 100th birthday of  David Daniel Kaminsky, better known to you and me as Danny Kaye. He was one of the most popular film comedians of the 1940s starring in a string of popular films with Virginia Mayo. I was never a huge fan of Danny Kaye’s, which is not to say I […]

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