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Tony Bennett in one of his recent shows

Music Memories: Happy Birthday, Tony Bennett!

July 31, 2020

On August 3, 1926, Tony Bennett was born. Bennett began his musical career 70 years ago as a pop star, later becoming one of the finest singers of standards from the Great American Songbook.


Author and illustrator, Beatrix Potter with her dog at Hill Top

A Week to Remember: Beatrix Potter

July 27, 2020

On July 28, 1866, Beatrix Potter was born. Potter was the author and illustrator of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and more than 20 other animal stories for children, books which remain popular more than a century after they were written.


Canadian band Rush on their album, R40 Live

Music Memories: Rush

July 24, 2020

On July 29, 1953, Geddy Lee was born. Lee was the lead vocalist, bass player, and keyboardist for the Canadian band Rush, a staple of rock radio.


Cormac McCarthy

A Week to Remember: Happy Birthday, Cormac McCarthy!

July 20, 2020

On July 20, 1933, Cormac McCarthy was born. McCarthy’s novels are stark tales of morality, usually set in a bleakly amoral world.


Jimmy Scott on cover of his album, But Beautiful

Music Memories: Jimmy Scott

July 17, 2020

On July 17, 1925, Jimmy Scott was born. Scott was a jazz singer with two distinct career phases. His music in the 1940s and 1950s sat on the boundary of jazz and R&B; when he reappeared in the 1990s and 2000s, it was as a singer of traditional jazz ballads.


Portrait of Lizzie Borden in 1890

A Week to Remember: Lizzie Borden

July 13, 2020

On July 19, 1860, Lizzie Borden was born. Borden was the defendant in one of the 19th century’s most notorious murder trials, acquitted of the murders of her father and stepmother. The case was so widely discussed that it became a children’s jump-rope rhyme:


Monkey Joe Mendi at drugstore

A Week to Remember: The Scopes Trial

July 06, 2020

On July 10, 1925, the trial of Tennessee high school teacher John T. Scopes began in Dayton, Tennessee. Scopes was charged with teaching the theory of evolution, in violation of a recently passed state law.


Photo composite of Ottorino Respighi and his work Fountains of Rome

Music Memories: Ottorino Respighi

July 02, 2020

On July 9, 1879, Ottorino Respighi was born. Respighi was a composer known for his colorful orchestrations and his adaptations of music from other composers and other eras.


Walt Whitman by G. Frank E. Pearsall 1869

A Week to Remember: Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass

June 29, 2020

On July 4, 1855, the first edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass was published. Controversial at the time, Leaves of Grass is now acknowledged as one of the most important American collections of poetry.


Frank Loesser on the album cover of Heart & Soul: Celebrating The Unforgettable Songs Of Frank Loesser

Music Memories: Frank Loesser

June 26, 2020

On June 29, 1910, Frank Loesser was born. From the 1930s to the early 1960s, Loesser was one of America’s finest songwriters.


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