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 …

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 …

Jan 05: The late Sam Phillips was born in 1923

Sam Phillips was not just one of the most important producers in rock history. There’s a good argument to be made that he was also one of the most important figures in 20th century American culture. ~Richie Unterberger (allmusic.com)  If you’re not doing something different, you’re not doing anything. ~Sam Phillips Great Sam Phillips documentary in two parts(Host: Billy Bob …

Dec 28: The late Alex Chilton was born in 1950

I never thought of myself as being a good songwriter. There are a ton of other people that are good songwriters, but I don’t think I’m in the club. What I do well is perform, sometimes sing pretty good, and accompany myself well and arrange fairly well. ~Alex Chilton   If you’re writing anything decent, it’s in you, it’s your …

December 25: James Brown passed away in 2006

When I’m on stage, I’m trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don’t go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it. ~James Brown – “Soul Brother Number One,” “the Godfather of Soul,” “the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,” “Mr. Dynamite” — those are mighty titles, but no one can …

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