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In his heyday, the late 1950s and then the glittering 1960s, no one could beat Dean Martin. He was a film star, had a hit television show, had been crowned the king of nightclubs, and formed one half of the history of show business’ most popular comedy duo. His friends were the likes of Frank   Read More …

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Threatening leaflets. Shows getting cancelled. 1965 was a dark year for Johnny Cash, and one which saw the embattled star of country music facing a possible boycott in some areas of the Jim Crow South. And it wasn’t because he had recently been busted smuggling drugs, but because he appeared at the courthouse with a   Read More …

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The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Janis Joplin is best remembered as a rebel with a porsche festooned with psychedelic butterflies and an off-the-wall sense of fashion. Along with her incredible voice, of course. Here are some less-known facts about Janis Joplin. The next time you’re hunting up the most competitive odds for the sports   Read More …

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On this bleak day in 1950, three rising US Rock ‘n’ Roll stars were killed. Buddy Holly, J.P. The Big Bopper Richardson, and Ritchie Valens all died when a Beechcraft Bonanza plane they had chartered crashed in Iowa. The tragedy took place mere minutes after the plane took off in Mason City, taking the musicians   Read More …

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The King is almost more famous since his death than he was before, and that’s saying something! Fans remain as devoted to his music as they ever were, and this article looks at some interesting snippets of info about quite probably the world’s most well-known musician. Elvis’ famous black pompadour was dyed. As wonderfully as   Read More …

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Dylan said of Hank Williams’ passing that it was as if a mighty tree had fallen. His music has always been influenced by his counterparts, and this article has a look at who he likes to listen to. Hank Williams, 1923 – 1953 Dylan has said that he identified strongly with Williams as a young   Read More …

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A true legend in the music industry. A rebel, with a cause. A fierce patriot, and a trouble-maker. A devoted Christian, a loving husband and father, and a troubled son. Johnny Cash is all of these things, and his story is by turns heartbreaking, hopeful, and fiercely romantic. Are you a fan? Let’s see how   Read More …

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The Pentagons are remembered for two 1961 hits, “To Be Loved (Forever)” – which peaked at number 48 nationally – and “I Wonder.” The original lineup featured Joe Jones, Carl McGinnis, Bill James, Otis Munson, and brothers Kenneth Goodloe (lead) and Ted Goodloe and formed in 1958 in San Bernardino, CA, northeast of Los Angeles.   Read More …

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The Hollies are an English pop/rock group best known for their pioneering and distinctive three-part vocal harmony style. The Hollies became one of the leading British groups of the 1960s (231 weeks on the UK singles charts during the 1960s, the 9th highest of any artist of the decade) and into the mid 1970s. It   Read More …

Once a normal wall, since the 1980s Lennon Wall has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs. In 1988, the wall was a source of irritation for the communist regime of Gustáv Husák. Young Czechs would write grievances on the wall and in a report of the time this   Read More …

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