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The Daily Music Break Highlights, Oct. 27-31, 2014


It’s been a fun week at The Daily Music Break. Click on the short podcast above for the highlights — or read them below.


Leon Gieco is a legendary folk singer from Argentina. Hear him sing “Sólo le Pido a Dios” with Mercedes Sosa (with Gieco above), another legend. Also check out “Los Salieris de Charly.” (Photo: Sergio252)
Mac Wiseman, Hank Cochran and Ronnie Milsap were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this week. Above, Wiseman performs “Carry Me Back to the Country,” with the great Bashful Brother Oswald on dobro.
This week, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame launched an exhibit entitled “Paul Simon: Words & Music.” Check out Simon and Garfunkel performing “Kodachrome” and Chuck Berry’s “Maybellene” in Central Park in 1981.
Andres Segovia was one of the greatest guitarists ever. The Spaniard also was important in gaining acceptance of the guitar as a classical instrument. Click here to hear Bach’s “Gavootte” 1 and 2 and “Asturias” by Issac Albeniz. (Image: Arturo Espinoza)
Here is new hip hop from Freddy D. The song is “Let Me Be,” featuring Akila. Click here or on the image to hear it.
Imelda May, Jeff Beck and a great band cover The Shangri-Las’ “Remember (Walking in the Sand).”


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The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

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--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

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Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.