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How One Icon Used His Passion for Music at His Sendoff

"There was one classical musician (Steve) Jobs revered both as a person and as a performer: Yo-Yo Ma, the versatile virtuoso who is as sweet and profound as the tones he creates on his cello. They had met in 1981 when Jobs was at the Aspen Design Conference and Ma was at the Aspen Music Festival.[...]

The Evolution of America's Most Popular Hymn

Amazing Grace didn't become an overnight success to become the most recognizable hymn in the world. In fact, the transition from its early beginnings as a hymn written for a little parish of Olney, Buckinghamshire to its many melody renditions is one that has a lengthy history. For roughly over three centuries, Amazing Grace has long been used in various church denominations as one of[...]

The 80th Anniversary of "Precious Lord, Take My Hand"

He's written over 400 compositions, his songs have been performed by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson and Jim Reeves. He's been considered a leading blues pianist and dubbed The Godfather of Gospel Music, but perhaps his most famed composition is his 1956 melody Take My Hand,[...]

When The Saints Go Marching In - Origins of the Gospel Song

Arguably one of the most catchiest and well-known pieces in gospel history, "When The Saints Go Marching In" is an example of a song that has penetrated many genres across the musical spectrum. The song itself has been performed by many artists, from country singer Dolly Parton to new wave artists[...]

The Day The Music Died

Many people may think of the song American Pie by Don Maclean when they think about the day the music died, but not many may know the real tale behind the song. The date is February 3rd 1959, and three musical greats were on a plane ride from Iowa to North Dakota. Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J.P. "Big Bopper" Richardson. Fate had put them on a plane together.Buddy Holly was on tour[...]
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