Tag Archives: music history

Behind the iconic jazz orchestras, vocalists, and stage productions of the Swing Era lay the talents of popular music’s unsung heroes: the arrangers. In this new entry in our acclaimed Music in American Life series, John Wriggle takes you behind the … Continue reading

Whatever happened to love? If you think there’s not enough of it in this old world, don’t blame Barry Manilow. Born on this day in 1943, he arrived on an ethereal wave of catchy melodies and superb orchestration before learning his … Continue reading

Last week the Library of Congress announced that it would offer an online archive of the collected papers of folklorist Alan Lomax and his family. This incredible resource will offer the field notes, logs and indexes related to these unparalleled collections, Alan’s … Continue reading

There is a possibly apocryphal story about Loretta Lynn’s classic “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Supposedly, Lynn’s original version of the song included ten (or eight or twelve) verses. Hearing it, her producer Owen Bradley said something along the order of, “Loretta, … Continue reading