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Monthly Archives: May 2016
Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Great Balls of Fire. This is one of the classic ‘roots’ rock and roll songs. We will start with the original version by Otis Blackwell, who co-wrote the song. We … Continue reading
Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Rock Island Line. This is originally a folk-blues song that was later converted to a British folk-pop song. We will start with a version by Leadbelly, and then discuss covers … Continue reading
Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue. This is a fabulous song by Bob Dylan, one that marks his transition from folk music to rock. After discussing Dylan’s original song, we … Continue reading
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman: Aretha Franklin; Carole King; awards and honors with Aretha and Carole
Aretha Franklin passed away on August 16, 2018. She was a giant in the music industry, and one of our greatest artists. It would be impossible to summarize all of the contributions made by Aretha to our music and culture. … Continue reading
Hello there! In this week’s blog we consider the song Not Fade Away. This is a great early rock ‘n roll song by Buddy Holly and the Crickets. After discussing the original song, we will review covers from the Rolling … Continue reading