Born on this day in 1941: Ian Whitcomb, still performing to this very day. Ian Timothy Whitcomb was born in Woking, Surrey, England, to a family that already had show biz in its blood. His grandfather Jack founded British Screen Classics, an early entry in the motion picture business, which eventually bankrupt him. Before that, Ian’s father Pat worked there, and even co-starred in the 1929 flick, Mr. Nobody (not to be confused with the 2009 SciFi film), a movie that seems to be lost, without even an entry on the Internet Movie Data Base. His father also played piano, which ...
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    On this day 45 years ago The Guess Who set up their equipment on the stage in Seattle, Washington, and performed the music that would eventually be released as “Live at the Paramount. At this point the band consisted of Burton Cummings, Kurt Winter, Don McDougall, Jim Kale, and Garry Peterson. Randy Bachman left the group almost 2 years to the day earlier, following a show at the Fillmore East on May 16. According to Ultimate Classic Rock: The band’s classic lineup wouldn’t reunite for more than a decade and Bachman and Cummings would never write another song together. Even without their founding guitarist ...
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    When it’s Monday Musical Appreciation time, I consult several Day in Musical History sites, choose a topic, and write the post — all before most of my readers are awake. I take pride in choosing a topic that morning, researching it, choosing tunes and pics that best illustrate that research, and then writing it up. It makes me feel like I’m back in the Citytv Newsroom and given an assignment to write. I like the pressure of it. All of that is preface to say: I couldn’t choose a single event, person, or band today. Any one of the following could sustain ...
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    On this day in 1955: Pérez Prado had a #1 hit with “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”. While almost no one knows his name today, or the name of his biggest hit, this tune is immediately recognizable. As the Wiki is quick to tell us: Dámaso Pérez Prado (Spanish pronunciation:  He became known and professionally billed as Pérez Prado, his paternal and maternal surnames respectively. Crank it up ...
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    Celebrating his 81st birthday today is the Grandfather of Reggae and the father of Dub Reggae, Rainford Hugh Perry, aka Lee “Scratch” Perry. Back in the days before the word Reggae even existed — when it was still called Ska, or Bluebeat, or One Drop — Perry apprenticed at Kingston’s Studio One. There he performed a number of chores for owner Coxone Dodd, including selling records. During his short time there he managed to record some 30 songs for the label. However, Perry and Dodd didn’t get along, so Perry moved on to Joe Gibbs and Amalgamated Records. That relationship, rocky ...
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