Feb 16: The late Otis Blackwell was born in 1931

I like this town, it’s really great. They’ve put me in The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. This town is about music. It’s about the kind of music I like. ~Otis Blackwell I used to go down every year for the remembrance of Elvis’ birthday. Memphis State College invited me to sit in the auditorium and speak to the people …

Jan 23: The late Django Reinhardt was born in 1910

Jazz attracted me because in it I found a formal perfection and instrumental precision that I admire in classical music, but which popular music doesn’t have. ~Django Reinhardt Django Reinhardt was the first hugely influential jazz figure to emerge from Europe — and he remains the most influential European to this day… ~Richard S. Ginell (allmusic.com) A tribute video from youtube …

Jan 12: The late Ray Price was born in 1926

Ray Price has covered — and kicked up — as much musical turf as any country singer of the postwar era. He’s been lionized as the man who saved hard country when Nashville went pop, and vilified as the man who went pop when hard country was starting to call its own name with pride. ~Dan Cooper (allmusic.com) The late …

Jan 10: Elvis Presley recorded Heartbreak Hotel in 1956

Elvis Presley recorded Heartbreak Hotel January 10th in 1956 From Wikipedia: “Heartbreak Hotel” is a song recorded by Elvis Presley. It was released as a single on January 27, 1956, Presley’s first on his new record label RCA Victor. His first number-one pop record, “Heartbreak Hotel” topped Billboard‘s Top 100 chart, became his first million-seller, and was the best-selling single …

January 8: Elvis Presley’s 80th Birthday

When I first heard Elvis’ voice I just knew that I wasn’t going to work for anybody; and nobody was going to be my boss. He is the deity supreme of rock & roll religion as it exists in today’s form. Hearing him for the first time was like busting out of jail. ~Bob Dylan (1987) His music and his personality, fusing the …

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