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Elvis Presley's 80th: The 1956 'Steve Allen Show' (Repost)

Wednesday, 28 January 2015 12:00 AM Written by


Elvis Presley appeared as a guest on NBC's The Steve Allen Show on July 1, 1956. Allen's Sunday night variety program was up against CBS's top-rated Ed Sullivan Show that blended comedians, musicians, acrobats, singers, animal acts and so on. Elvis may have been exploding across the nation, but unlike the Dorsey Brothers and Milton Berle, Sullivan refused to book Presley, though he'd already had rockers on the program including Bo Diddley and obscure rockabilly Joe Clay.

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Blake Shelton on 'SNL'--My Take

Sunday, 25 January 2015 03:00 PM Written by

I've said it before and I'll say it again.  Even with the occasional tune I don't care for,  I think Blake Shelton, like wife Miranda Lambert, is one of the better artists around what's called country music today. He's got the visibility thanks to The Voice (a show I detest) but his material also has the modern edge with echoes of the past that one hears too rarely.

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My "Believe Your Ears" Podcast review of Jim Ed Brown's In Style Again on our very cool new SoundCloud platform.



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SPOILER ALERT: do not read if you haven't yet seen the Season 6 premiere of FX's Justified titled "Fate's Right Hand," episode one of the final season.

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Henry Mancini's Big Band Days

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 06:44 AM Written by

Henry Mancini (1924-1994) born in Cleveland, Ohio raised in West Aliquippa, had a distinguished career as a composer, recording artist and arranger. Known for compositions like "Moon River" (co-written with Johnny Mercer for the film Breakfast At Tiffany's), "The Pink Panther Theme" and "The Days Of Wine And Roses," Mancini also composed themes to vintage TV shows like Mr. Lucky, Peter Gunn, What's Happening!!! and Charlie's Angels among many. Among his other film credits: Hatari! Love Story and The Great Impostor. He won a total of 20 Grammys.

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 The buzz is on about Better Call Saul, AMC's new prequel to Breaking Bad, stars Bob Odenkirk in a show that details what he was before becoming cocky, connected and brilliantly slithery Saul Goodman. The short answer: struggling Albuquerque lawyer Jimmy McGill. And the new series shows how and why he evolved.  The series begins in the year 2002, when Walter White was healthy and Jesse Pinkman still (probably) a reluctant high school kid.  Jonathan Banks, reprising his BB role as hitman/cleanup wizard, ex-cop Mike Ehrmantraut, is part of the new series.

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Pittsburgh Jazz Legends 19: RIP Maureen Budway

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 11:00 AM Written by


Pittsburgh has produced a series of remarkable female jazz singers over the years, from Maxine Sullivan and Dakota Staton to Lena Horne, to Etta Cox and Sandy Staley. And it had Maureen Budway, known to her friends as "Mo." Maureen, who'd battled breast cancer for two decades, died Monday night. Her health had been deteriorating for some time. MCG Records at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild, had a Budway album in preparation, coming out in a few weeks.

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Elvis At 80: My Personal Favorites

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 06:54 AM Written by


Just as the head says, my favorite Elvis Presley numbers. Everyone has their own list. Not everythign is here, but this pretty much sums it up.

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