Rich Kienzle

Rich Kienzle

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A Leonard Nimoy Pre-'Trek' Sampler

Monday, 02 March 2015 06:13

Since this is primarily a music blog, you'd think I'd have an entry on the music of Leonard Nimoy. His musical contributions have been gone over time and again in many different places. Not so well known is his early TV work, before and up to the beginning of Star Trek when he was paying dues as an unknown actor, and any job at all was welcome as he built a portfolio.  The  digital channel MeTV, who specialize in vintage shows, ran a nicely done Nimoy memorial, showing various episodes, including Star Trek, that featured Nimoy in guest roles.  Among them: Rawhide, Get Smart, The Man From UNCLE, Bonanza, Perry Mason and The Twilight Zone plus Mission Impossible, where he co-starred for two post-Trek seasons (1969-1971).

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KDKA, Rege Cordic & His Dixieland Theme Song

Friday, 27 February 2015 06:24

From the late 40's until he left for Los Angeles in lae 1965, morning host and Pittsburgh native Rege Cordic (1926-1999) owned the local, early morning AM radio airwaves. At KDKA, Cordic & Company offered music and still-brilliant skits capturing the essence of Pittsburgh in that era, aided by a cast of conspirators including Bob Trow, Karl Hardman, Sterling Yates and writer Bob McCully. The famous "Olde Frothingslosh, the Pale Stale Ale" was a Cordic & Company creation.

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The Mavericks' 'Mono' Reviewed: PG Music Podcast

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 15:05

 

This week's "Believe Your Ears" music podcast features my review of Mono, the Mavericks' newly-released album. They'll be at Carnegie Music Hall April 25.

 

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29 years ago, Steve Earle first gained a national audience with his edge, bare-bones album Guitar Town. This week on the "Believe Your Ears" music podcast I review Terraplane, the just-released album by Earle and the Dukes, an album of original tunes performed in the framework of timeless blues styles of the past.

 

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Lesley Gore: Ahead Of Her Time

Wednesday, 18 February 2015 11:15

 "She had a mellow, distinctive voice, and she sang in tune, which a lot of grown-up rock 'n roll singers couldn't do."

--Quincy Jones on Lesley Gore *

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Soul Source: Don Covay 1938-2015

Monday, 16 February 2015 06:51

 

Pioneering soul vocalist Don Covay died January 31 after suffering a stroke. He was 76 and had been recovered from a stroke in 1992. The native of South Carolina, born Donald Randolph in 1938, had a long career as an R&B singer in various 1950's vocal groups after getting his start as part of Little Richard's group.

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The Late John Murray's Musical Side

Friday, 13 February 2015 06:26

The coverage of former Duquesne University President John Murray's passing, has included, understandably, much about his distinguished and honorable legal and academic career.  Another aspect of the man hasn't gotten as much mention: his musical talents

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