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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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I could have featured Nat King Cole last week for Musical Friday but went with the Crosby golf theme instead. Nevertheless, I want to get a tribute in for NKC before the month of February is out. It was 50 years ago this month, February 15, 1965, that Nat King Cole died at the age […]

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Tis the season for watching old Christmas movies, listening to old Christmas music and watching old TV Christmas specials. You’ll notice the emphasis on “old” in all those categories. For me, personally, that’s not an unusual activity; I watch old movies and TV shows all year long. As far as music goes, Sam Cooke is […]

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This afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST, I will have a rare weekday shift on the air at Jazz 90.1 FM in Rochester, New York. Rarer still is the fact that my station manager, the inimitable Rob Linton, has told me I can treat the shift as though it were one of my “Sunday […]

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We’ve spent a couple of weeks discussing some of my favorite funny people – men and women. There are more but after watching yesterday’s post of “The Merv Griffin Show” with Buddy Rich and Mel Torme, among others, I thought this might be a good time to cover some of my favorite musical artists throughout […]

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For many of you younger readers out there, you may recognize “The Merv Griffin Show” theme song from the “Seinfeld” episode where Kramer supposedly rescues Merv Griffin’s old set from a New York dumpster. For me, it’s a song I remember very well from my younger days. I was a talk show junkie. I watched […]

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Here’s a great one from 1943 from a movie called “The Sky’s the Limit.” The song is “My Shining Hour” and like so many Oscar nominated songs that became standards of the American Songbook, this one was introduced by Fred Astaire. The lovely lady to whom he sings this little gem is Joan Leslie. She […]

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I was sorry to hear this morning of the passing of Andy Williams. one of the great American crooners. According to reports, he’d been battling bladder cancer for almost a year. I never followed Andy Williams the way I did Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Mel Torme or Ella Fitzgerald. He was the All-American, apple pie […]

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Hey! Did I mention I host a radio show? Well, I don’t really . . . I actually host TWO radio shows, back-to-back. The shows run on Jazz 90.1 FM in Rochester, New York every Sunday from Noon until 3:30 p.m., Eastern time. You can listen in live via the magical internet. Just click onto […]

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