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The Jeannette School Board's decision to name their high school auditorium for Vaughn Monroe (1911-1973), Class of '29, is probably a mystery to the vast majority of the student body and a good many others below the age of 65. In an era of vastly different musics and technologies, Monroe, a vocalist and orchestra leader, is almost an ancient figure, a star of the 20th Century who gained stardom during the Big Band Era of the 30's and 40's.

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Christine McVie Before Fleetwood Mac

Friday, 28 March 2014 08:52 AM Written by

The buzz about Christine McVie rejoining Fleetwood Mac for their upcoming tour makes her early days worth examining. 47 years ago, when she in her 20's, she was a singer-pianist and artist known by her maiden name of Christine Perfect and like the original Fleetwood Mac, her roots were in the same British Blues movement that spawned Eric Clapton, Rory Gallagher, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, Rod Stewart, John Mayall, Mick Taylor, the Animals and even the Rolling Stones.

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David Nail Im A Fire cover


On this week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast, I review David Nail's new album I'm A Fire.  Scott Mervis opens by interviewing Rachael Price of the Americana band Lake Street Drive.  Listen by clicking on this link.


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don williams reflections cover

On this week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast, I review Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams's new album Reflections, released last week on Sugar Hill Records, an album that continues the mellow, laid-back style that made him famous and gave him quite a few big country hits 40 years ago. At the beginning of the podcast, Scott Mervis interviews Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs.   Click this link to listen.





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Bobby Jackson       Courtesy PubMusic

Earlier this month, the online Pittsburgh Jazz Channel and Jazz 88, WYZR-FM (88.1), began presenting The Roots Of Smooth, a syndicated hour-long show hosted by the late Cleveland jazz personality Bobby Jackson, who died December 9 at 57. It's heard Fridays from 6-7 PM, repeated Saturdays from 1-2 PM.

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