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July 31st: Today In Music History

Ever wonder who was tickling the ivories when Marilyn Monroe infamously cooed “Happy Birthday, Mr. President” to JFK in ’62? The great jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Hank Jones (“The Man Who Accompanied Marilyn”) pulled presidential piano duty that day in...

July 30th: Today In Music History

He played with Muddy and they called him Buddy. George “Buddy” Guy, a Chicago blues pioneer whose artistry influenced the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and countless others, was born in Lettsworth, Louisiana, on this day in 1936. This clip shows...

July 29th: Today In Music History

Charlie Christian was just 25 when he died of tuberculosis in 1942. But in his short life he managed to leave his mark on the development of bebop and cool jazz, tour with Benny Goodman and go down as an early adopter/influencer of the electric guitar along with Les...

July 28th: Today In Music History

The Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and The Band … and 600,000 fans. That was the scene at the wild outdoor summer jam held near Watkins Glen, New York, on this day in 1973. One glimpse of the show can be seen in this home movie by a concert attendee.  ...

July 27th: Today In Music History

Harry Edison – died this day in 1999 He played with the Count Basie Orchestra, with Billie Holiday on “Lady Sings the Blues” and was one of Frank Sinatra’s favorite horn players. Jazz trumpeter Harry “Sweets” Edison died in Columbus, Ohio, at age 83 on this day in...