Les Blank, Nov. 27, 1935-April 7, 2013

http://www.youtube.com/embed/bDJPnG3RDxU Documentary filmmaker Les Blank--many of whose films had musical subjects--died on April 7. Here is Blank's Wikipedia entry. The film-maker Les Blank, who has died...
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Music of the Civil War

A few years ago I read a very interesting book about the early evolution of baseball. Unfortunately, I can't remember the title. One point the author made is that the Civil War did a lot to popularize the...

The 45 is 64

This Day in Music reports that the first 45 RPM single was issued by RCA on this day in 1949. BBC and the video above says that the song was Texakana Baby sung by Eddy Arnold. The fellow in the video says it...

Music and the Inauguration

CNN has an interesting piece about music and the inauguration, which is set for Monday. The show should be pretty good: This year's festivities include a Kids' Inaugural Concert on Saturday and two official...

Quite a Week

I had no power for eight days because of the hurricane, but TDMB is back. Did anything interesting happen in the news in the...

A Real Golden Oldie

On Oct. 25, an audience at the GE Theatre in Schenectady, NY, heard a voice from close to the big bang of audio recording. The man recites Mary Had a Little Lamb and Old Mother Hubbard, laughs and plays a...

The Gibson was Born on This Day in 1902

This Day in Music and Wikipedia contribute details to the story of the birth on this day in 1902 by Orville Gibson of "The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd." Here is a similar promotional piece to the...