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Ladies And Gentlemen, Mr. Conway Twitty!!!

Thursday, 24 November 2016 06:06 AM Written by


It was a punt of sorts. Family Guy would hit a point in the plot that didn't make sense or proved too tiresome to bother trying to write their way out of it, hence a cutaway. At that moment, Peter or someone else look at the camera and cheerfully announce, "Ladies and gentlemen: Mr. Conway Twitty!"

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The Guitarist Behind 'Chiller Theater' - Al Caiola

Tuesday, 22 November 2016 09:10 AM Written by


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Guitarist Al Caiola, who died November 9 at 96, did much in a career that stretched for decades. If he'd done nothing more than record a guitar version of the theme to the landmark Western The Magnificent Seven, he'd have left a mark (Robert Vaughn, the last of the film's surviving co-stars, died November 11). Caiola, however, recorded another movie song, one by a local composer, now immortal in Pittsburgh.  There was, in fact another Pittsburgh connection, you'll read about, going back before Chiller.

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Pittsburgh Songwriter Lou Tracey Battling Pneumonia

Sunday, 20 November 2016 10:48 PM Written by


Pittsburgh songwriter Lou Tracey, respected nationwide for his classic pop tunes, is in the ICU at UPMC Shadyside battling pneumonia.

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Country Singer Holly Dunn Remembered: PG Music Podcast

Friday, 18 November 2016 07:16 PM Written by

A look at the career of country singer Holly Dunn, who died Monday of cancer at age 57.

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Mose Allison: Remembering The Faulkner Of Jazz

Wednesday, 16 November 2016 10:14 AM Written by



Three days after losing Leon Russell, an earlier visionary pianist departs: Mose Allison, who died at his South Carolina home at 89. Nicknamed the "Sage of Tippo" (Mississippi, his birthplace) and the Faulkner of Jazz, he'd been honored in 2013 as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, the culmination of a career that endured nearly 70 years.

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Joe Negri Taking A Year-End Break

Tuesday, 15 November 2016 07:35 AM Written by



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Guitarist Joe Negri has canceled his Wednesday evening performance in front of Andy's Wine Bar in the lobby at the Fairmont Hotel, as well as the scheduled Wednesday, December 14th appearance, part of the "Jazz at Andy's" series at Andy's Wine Bar which presents various local singers and instrumentalists.

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The Master of Space And Time-Leon Russell: 1942-2016

Monday, 14 November 2016 06:27 AM Written by


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In a devastating year for music deaths, it's painful to add Leon Russell's name to the growing list. Russell, who died in his sleep at his Nashville home Saturday at 74, was a singer, pianist, arranger, guitarist, vocalist, studio musician and record company owner, known as the Master of Space And Time. He'd battled health problems over the past several years and suffered a heart attack in July.

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 My review of John Scofield's instrumental album of a dozen classic country standards.

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