From the category archives: Famous Singers, Music History

Dusty Springfield- Remembering a 60’s Icon

It was 15 years ago today that the world lost one of the most iconic female singers of the 60’s. Born Mary O’Brien but known professionally as Dusty Springfield, she was famous for her sultry, smoky vocals, bouffant platinum blonde hair, heavy panda-style eye makeup and evening gown attire.

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“All we are saying…

is Give Peace a Chance”, on this 70th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth, take a moment and celebrate the all-too-short life of one of the best singer songwriters ever.

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The Day The Music Died, February 3, 1959

In their short lives, they changed the world of music but it was the world of music that would be short-changed when three rock ‘n’ roll heroes were killed in a plane crash in the Midwest State of Iowa on the cold winter night of February 3, 1959.  Don McLean would later commemorate the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P.  Richardson, Jr. (The Big Bopper) in his song American Pie, with the well known lyric, “The day the music died”.
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Songs About War

November the eleventh is a day in North-America that we honor the memory of those who have fought overseas, either in past wars or on peacekeeping missions. There are different ways that we can pay tribute to these brave men and women, some attend memorial services or watch the parade on television. There have been talented individuals who have chosen to commemorate these veterans through their art. Here is a list of some of the most notable songs that were written about war. This Veterans Day, or Remembrance Day, listen to one of these songs and remember those who gave so much. Take an active part in some of these protest songs with some karaoke online and show your support. Read more »

Take on Me, a-ha, was No. 1 today in 1985

The No. 1 song on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart on October 19th, 1985, Take on Me in the style of a-ha, is a great karaoke song to sing!

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“Ring Ring Goes the Bell”, Songs to sing on the way Back to School

It always seems to arrive earlier than expected, and even though back to school signifies summer is ending, it can also be a time of optimism for new opportunities. Whether you’re looking forward to school, dreading it, or even if you aren’t going back, school is something we all have in common and can relate to at this time of year.  Here is our list of 12 school songs, to help you celebrate, commiserate or reminisce about going back to school.

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40 Years Post-Woodstock: Who’s Still Rockin’ and Who Went Rollin’?

Forty years ago, over 400,000 people from across America crowded a 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York to attend what was to become the most famous music festival to ever take place in rock ‘n’ roll history. From August 15 to 17, 1969, a bedlam of mud-drenched hippies, along with some of the most influential rock artists of the twentieth century, came together in the spirit of peace, music and free love at Woodstock’s Music and Art Fair. Mud, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, Rolling Stone magazine deemed Woodstock ‘69 one of the “50 Moments That Changed the History of Rock and Roll”. Here’s a look at some of the Woodstock greats, what happened to them and where they are now. Read more »

40th anniversary of John and Yoko’s Montreal Bed-In Give Peace a Chance

Married on March 20th 1969 in Gibraltar, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, travelled to Amsterdam for their honeymoon, where they held their first bed-in between March 25th and 31st, 1969 at The Amsterdam Hilton Hotel in Holland. On May 26th, 1969, John and Yoko started their 2nd bed-in for peace at The Queen Elizabeth Hotel to promote world peace.  The Montreal bed-in continued until June 2nd, with the recording of the anthemic song, Give Peace a Chance taking place in the late hours of May 31st.

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Backstreet Boys Millennium album is 10 years old today!

Billboard reports on Today in Music History, that Millennium, the Backstreet Boys’ third album was released ten years ago today.  Millennium, breaking records for the most shipments in one year, most album sales in one week, was nominated for five Grammys.  The album peaked at # 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart on June 5th, 1999. Four singles from the album reached Top 40 Charts, including the hit I Want it That Way which reached # 1 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart.

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