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Dan Hicks: 1941-2016 - A Fan Reflects

Monday, 08 February 2016 07:47 AM Written by

Like most malls in and around Pittsburgh in the 70's, Greensburg's long-gone Greengate Mall had a National Record Mart. I was making my regular run there in 1971 when I saw an LP by Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks titled Where's The Money? I'd heard a bit about the band in Rolling Stone and in that decade long before iTunes, Spotify or even CD's, sometimes employees would slit the plastic shrink wrap on a new LP and play it on request.

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Let the music speak for itself...

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Dion Di Mucci's New Album Reviewed: PG Music Podcast

Thursday, 04 February 2016 08:09 AM Written by

This week on "Believe Your Ears," I review the new album by Dion DiMucci: "New York Is My Home," produced by Conan O'Brien bandleader and guitarist Jimmy Vivino.

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Miles Davis Biopic 'Miles Ahead' Premieres April 1

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 06:38 AM Written by

 

New trailers have just been released for Miles Ahead, the partly crowdfunded Miles Davis biopic starring Don Cheadle, who played a major role in getting the film off the ground, working with the Davis Estate and his family. Cheadle co-wrote the film with Stephen Baigleman and directed the film as well.

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Rock music and the generation revered by the Baby Boomers suffered some heavy losses in the past few weeks, beginning with David Bowie, followed by the Eagles' Glenn Frey and original Jefferson Airplane co-founder Paul Kantner.  And there's one more sad addendum to that list, also from the Airplane.

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Wes Montgomery, with the Eddie Higgins Trio in Indianapolis, 1959, at the dawn of his fame as a jazz guitar innovator and virtuoso.

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Wayne Van Dine: Before Pittsburgh

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 08:08 AM Written by

 

I only met the late Wayne Van Dine once, at a 2007 CD signing party for Slim Bryant, who at the time was 98 years old. The CD was made up of late 1940's transcription recordings Slim and his Wildcats, then the biggest local country act based in Pittsburgh made for a radio service who sent them to subscribing stations around the country.  This is the PG's news obituary from Monday.

Wayne knew that material well. As a teenager in his native Kittanning, he worked at a local radio station when Slim and the Wildcats were still active on radio, and it helped foster a lifelong love of country music and the guitar. He and Slim later became close friends, and remained so until Slim's death in 2010 at age 101. He commented on Slim in the PG's news obituary at the time.

There are no musical video samples of him or him jamming with Slim, unfortunately. But thanks to WTOV-TV in Steubenville, where Wayne worked as a newsman, weatherman and sportscaster and before he came to Channel 11, before he joined Channel 2.

From his Steubenville days, there's this memorable blooper commercial WTOV posted of Wayne doing his best to do a commercial for a local window company.  The man who later became Pittsburgh's voice for consumers and the little guy, showed his professionalism and eminent good humor dealing with a rather uncooperative sample of the company's work.

Broadcasters of his like we won't see again. Thanks, Wayne.

 

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I review British Blues and Jazz great Georgie Fame's farewell album "Swan Songs," recorded with a group of A-list UK jazzmen.

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