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August 22nd: Today In Music History

Can I get “Boom Boom”? Happy Delta blues birthday to John Lee Hooker. They say he was born on this day in 1917 (or maybe 1912 or even 1920) in the town of Tutwiler in Tallahatchie County, Mississippi. He wrote “Boom Boom” in 1961 and famously performed his signature...

August 21st: Today In Music History

William James Basie, better known to the musical world as Count, was born on this day in 1904 in Red Bank, N.J. Fondly remembered as one of jazz’s all-time greats, the bandleader/pianist had a profound influence over the big-band sound of the mid-20th century; he died...

August 20th: Today In Music History

When Robert Anthony Plant was performing this version of “Communication Breakdown” back in 1969, he would never have imagined that he would one day be dubbed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for “services to music” — some 60 years...

August 18th: Today In Music History

Jimi Hendrix’s electric reimagining of “The Star-Spangled Banner” rubbed some people the wrong way, but when he went on Dick Cavett shortly after performing the national anthem to close out the Woodstock music festival (51 years ago today), he told the talk show host,...

August 17th: Today In Music History

It’s a “Kind of Blue” day today. That’s because it was 61 years ago on this day that Miles Davis released what some consider to be the greatest jazz album ever made. It definitely ranks #1 on this list and this one. Some might say, “So What” — so did...