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The poignant meaning behind Amor Eterno lyrics
Begin the Beguine: discovering origin and meaning
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger: origins and lyrics of the famous folk song
Wiegenlied: folk poem behind Brahms' Lullaby
Gershwin's Summertime: the most recorded song draws inspiration from Ukrainian lullaby and African American spiritual
Written by the American composer George Gershwin in 1934, Summertime aria is now the most recorded song in the history...
1960s clarinet & sitar duo pioneered an ambient genre with the album for spiritual practices
Even though the term ambient as a music genre was coined by Brian Eno only in the 1970s, musical experiments of this...
Billy Strayhorn redefined jazz with a touch of classical
A versatile composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn was among the most grandiose personalities in American jazz,...
Quadraphonic vinyl reveals new Atom Heart Mother details
In the late 1960s, after the stereo sound almost completely replaced the mono format in the recording industry, the...
The smoky alto of Chabuca Granda elevated the Creole waltz to the international level
Chabuca Granda is the single most important figure in the history of Peruvian music. Though identified with the city of...
Just Another Diamond Day: the stunning rediscovery of the hippie-era gem
Vashti Bunyan is an English singer and songwriter primarily known for her 1970 album Just Another Diamond Day, which was...
Sgt. Pepper's inspiration behind Carla Bley's revolutionary jazz album
Born in Oakland, California, Carla Bley was raised in a Christian fundamentalist household and received remarkably...
The three acts of Lonnie Johnson' blues
Lonnie Johnson (1889—1970) was a prolific American musician, singer, and songwriter, and one of the first major blues...
Incredible stunts by the blind virtuoso influenced a whole generation
Rahsaan Roland Kirk (1936-1977) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist who played saxophone, flute, and over 40...
CAN: from the mind of Czukay to the golden age of krautrock
German band Can established themselves as pioneers of experimental avant-garde by seamlessly combining their influences...
To study academic theory, superb pianist Wynton Kelly took up bass
Wynton Kelly was born in Brooklyn, NYC in 1931 to Jamaican parents. His blues-based piano playing made him one of the...
German roots of the Moon of Alabama
The Alabama Song first appeared in a collection of five poems published by German playwright Bertolt Brecht in 1927,...
Moonlight Serenade got its name to contrast the sun
Glenn Miller, American big band leader, composer, and trombonist, is considered the primary musical symbol of the World...
Abdullah Ibrahim created his African music of peace in exile
The works of South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, born Adolph Johannes Brand, fuse the melodic sounds of his homeland...
Cream's biggest hit inspired by Hendrix's debut in England
Sunshine of Your Love by the British rock band Cream is perhaps their best known song that spawned numerous covers...
North Indian classics introduced into Californian underground thanks to Terry Riley
Minimalist pioneer Terry Riley remains among the most revolutionary composers of the post-war era. Famed for his...
I Put a Spell on You: the wild roots of the song's blackout drunk recording
I Put a Spell on You is a 1956 song written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins that became an instant classic and remained his...
Ghosts of past wars alive in the Lowlands of Holland
The Lowlands of Holland is a popular British folk song that depicts a young widow mourning her husband whose ship was...
MODERN JAZZ QUARTET
Bebop meets baroque in memorable Collaboration
Modern Jazz Quartet (MJQ) is an American musical ensemble noted for their innovations in jazz forms and consistently...
The Birth of 'Venus': from Stephen Foster, to The Big 3, and Shocking Blue
Stephen Foster (1826—1864) was an American composer whose vast contribution to a popular song, specifically the ballad...
Nelson's time in the Marines inspired his future composer career
Oliver Edward Nelson (1932–1975) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. He is best remembered for...
Who is the true architect behind The House of the Rising Sun?
The authorship of The House of the Rising Sun can not be accurately determined to this day, since the song is a folk...
Bourrée: French folk dance from the Bach suite inspired prog-rock flute and the work of Sir Paul McCartney
Bourrée is a French folk dance typically danced with quick, skipping steps. The dancers sometimes wear wooden clogs to...
Stereo sound ignored commercially for a quarter of a century after its discovery
Stereo is the reproduction of sound using two separate audio channels in a way that creates the feeling of sound heard...
Dazed and Confused: evolution through Led Zeppelin live shows
Dazed and Confused is the folk-song written by Jake Holmes in 1967. The song was recorded for his debut album and...
The rise of the Crimson King
The Stones in the Park generally refers to a free outdoor festival held in Hyde Park on 5 July 1969 that was headlined...
The Snows They Melt the Soonest survives through folk tradition
The Snows They Melt the Soonest is a British folk song dating back to at least as far as 1821. It was mentioned, along...
Chet Baker: the divine voice of the West Coast jazz
Chesney Henry "Chet" Baker Jr. was born in 1929 in Yale, Oklahoma. The son of musically inclined parents, he sang in...
Liverpool FC and the famous You'll Never Walk Alone chant in a Pink Floyd track
You'll Never Walk Alone is a show tune from the 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. The song has been...
Starman's mission made possible at last with Musk sending Bowie to the stars
In February 2018, the 1st Falcon Heavy Rocket was successfully launched, carrying on board a Tesla Roadster car which...
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