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Confessions Of An Ex Beatle-Hater (REPOST)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014 04:05 PM Written by
My daughter needs a new phonograph
She wore out all the needles
Besides, I broke the old one in half
I hate the Beatles!
                --Allan Sherman, "Pop Hates The Beatles"
                  to the tune of "Pop Goes The Weasel."

Time to own up: during the first half of 1964, I too hated the Beatles.

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Roger Humphries: Onstage With Horace Silver

Sunday, 16 February 2014 10:56 AM Written by

Drummer Roger Humphries, subject of an upcoming documentary film, chronicled in today's PG, by both Nate Guidry's video and Kevin Kirkland's story, celebrates another of the many Pittsburgh jazz luminaries who've left a worldwide impact. Roger notes the influence of Art Blakey on his playing, the man who taught him his famous "press roll," demonstrated in the video. Blakey, the Pittsburgh-born drummer who founded the Jazz Messengers, led a band that became a pillar of the Hard Bop movement in jazz and a virtual musical conservatory for generations of jazz greats, Wayne Shorter and Wynton Marsalis among them.

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The Beatles On American TV B.S. (Before Sullivan)

Thursday, 06 February 2014 06:51 AM Written by

Scott Mervis's piece on the Beatles got the correct order of the Beatles' coverage in the months prior to their first visit and Ed Sullivan Show appearances.  What you didn't see, however, were the videos themselves.  This is all of them, from the first, on November 18, till the Jack Paar segment on January 3, 1964.   Oh, when you're done with this check out the fantastic PG  Interactive Beatles Quiz.

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Fuzztone: Who Used It First?

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 06:31 AM Written by

In discussing the fuzztone sound for guitars and basses, a lot of claims are made by fans about how it all began. Everybody knows Keith Richards' used it on the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.  And of course Paul McCartney played "fuzz bass," using the same or similar tone-altering device as Keith, on tune "Think For Yourself" on Rubber Soul.   As noted so often on this blog, for various reasons, the truth is often not that simple.  I'll try to put it in a coherent order. 

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Roger Humphries & Horace Silver: Two Jazz Classics

Friday, 31 January 2014 12:41 PM Written by

Today, PG Movie Editor Barb Vancheri discussed the new documentary on the life of Pittsburgh Jazz Legend Roger Humphries, at 70, still active in the city of his birth.  This is the article.

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