Gregg Allman gave his brother Duane the Taj Mahal album as well as a bottle of medicine for his cold. The next time Gregg saw him, Duane had emptied the bottle, washed the label off, and was using it to play slide guitar.
Duane Allman started playing Statesboro Blues after hearing the version by Taj Mahal. Taj Mahal made a "wonderful modernized version" on his eponymous 1968 debut album.
There are really two “Statesboro Blues” (blueses): first by...
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Strawberry Field Forever
"Strawberry Fields Forever" is a song by The Beatles, written by John Lennon and attributed to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership.
Strawberry Field was a Salvation Army home in Liverpool where John Lennon used to go. One of Lennon's childhood treats was the garden party held each summer in Calderstones Park near the Salvation Army Home every year, where a Salvation Army band played.
Lennon's aunt Mimi Smith recalled: "As soon as we could hear the...
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English singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse was found dead at her house on Saturday, July 23, 2011. Emergency officials found the body of the 27 year old in her north London property around 3:54 p.m. She was 27. Police are calling the cause of death undetermined, but many suspect a drug overdose.
Last month, Winehouse pulled out of her European tour because she was booed at her comeback performance in Serbia for looking as if she was too drunk to perform. It...
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Casta Diva from Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Fromental Halévy, French composer of the opera La Juive, claimed he would have given away all his works if he could have composed just one aria, 'Casta diva'. The aria has been a signature piece for famous sopranos such as Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, Renee Fleming, Anna Netrebko and Angela Gheorgiu. It is one of the most exquisite gems in the bel canto repertoire.
Norma is a tragedia lirica or opera in two acts by Vincenzo...
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"Nel blu dipinto di blu" ("In the blue, painted blue"), popularly known as "Volare" ("To fly"), is Domenico Modugno's signature song. Music by Domenico Modugno and lyrics by Franco Migliacci.
Domenico Modugno (9 January 1928 – 6 August 1994) was an Italian singer, songwriter, actor, and later in life, a member of the Italian Parliament.
Modugno was born in Polignano a Mare, province of Bari (Puglia). In 1935 his father moved to San Pietro Vernotico, in the Province of...
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