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The George Jones Memorial (And Those Of His Friends)

Wednesday, 20 November 2013 06:38 AM Written by

George Memorial-11-18-13Photo Mark Humphrey, AP

The George Jones biography I'm writing obviously has an ending, but the coda to his life came into focus this week.  I knew the simple gravestone there after he died April 26 would be replaced by something more elaborate, but just how elaborate became clear Monday, when his widow Nancy unveiled the George Jones gravesite at Nashville's Woodlawn Cemetery.  The Associated Press photo above, taken at the ceremony, shows her seated at the memorial.

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The Gettysburg Address Recited By John Ritter's Dad

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 07:01 AM Written by

Jimmy Dean (1928-2010) was one of America's best known country singers in 1963.  Four years earlier, his single "Big Bad John," part song and part recitiation had been one of the year's biggest country and pop singles.  Dean, who hosted a morning show on CBS, now hosted the prime-time Jimmy Dean Show on ABC, presenting mainstream showbiz and country stars with equal class, as Johnny Cash with his ABC show a few years later

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JFK Assassination Songs--Early Examples: 1964-66

Monday, 18 November 2013 07:32 AM Written by

The 50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination has brought forth a plethora of memories, revelations and so forth from various individuals, in the PG and elsewhere, with reflections on where everyone was on November 22nd (If it matters, I was in Larry Young's history class at Greensburg-Salem Junior High school).

The tragedy brought forth music, but not right away. Here are five select examples of early tunes on the subject: three rock, two folk, one country.

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This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast examines the just-released The Beatles: On Air-Live At the BBC Volume 2, available on CD and vinyl on Apple, and in download format via iTunes.  Also, Scott Mervis talks to Ethan Winograd of the band Charles Wallace,

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AM Talk Radio In Pittsburgh: My WJAS Memories

Monday, 11 November 2013 08:44 AM Written by

Adrian McCoy and Maria Sciullo did an exceptional job over the past few weeks chronicling the past, present (and future) of Pittsburgh AM radio. Memories, not surprisingly, abound on the subject regardless of what aspect of local radio is involved.  

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Dwight Yoakam's '21st Century Hits' Reviewed

Tuesday, 05 November 2013 04:20 PM Written by


This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast reviews Dwight Yoakam's compilation album 21st Century Hits on New West Records.

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'Red Rose Tea'-TV Commercial to Local Hit Single

Monday, 04 November 2013 08:16 AM Written by

The commercial was all over Pittsburgh TV (and elsewhere) in 1968. A black and white affair showing a nightclub called the Savoy Ritz, with some very unsubtle 40's music roaring on the soundtrack. Cut to inside, a band onstage, with a banner proclaiming it a "Rock and Roll Tea Party," depicting chimps playing fake instruments: piano, bass, a drummer in sunglasses, trombone and a "singer" shouting the words "Red Rose Tea."

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Ray Price Ailing, Death Rumors Untrue

Sunday, 03 November 2013 05:15 AM Written by

Apparently in the last 24 hours, a rumor has been spreading that ailing country great Ray Price, who's battled pancreatic cancer and other related ailments, has died.  He's been hospitalized well over a month after a with sepsis, an infection often fatal, that left his kidneys with considerable damage. But the 87 year old legend remains among the living.

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