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today’s birthday: Aretha Franklin (1942)


Aretha Franklin (1942)

Known as the “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin began singing in church choirs as a child before achieving mainstream success with a string of hit songs including “Respect,” “Think,” and “Natural Woman.” In 1987, she became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and, in 2005, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian decoration in the US. She is the second most honored female singer in the history of the Grammy Awards. How many has she won? More… Discuss

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news: Maya Angelou Passes Away


Maya Angelou Passes Away

Legendary African-American poet and author Maya Angelou has passed away at the age of 86. She was an active campaigner for African-American civil rights, and her autobiographical works explore themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression. She rose to prominence with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) and had been recognized with honors and awards for her literary contributions ever since. She was the recipient of more than 30 honorary degrees as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the US. More… Discuss

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Why DUKE ELLINGTON Today?


Duke Ellington (1899)

Duke Ellington was an American jazz musician and composer. Among his best-known short works are “Mood Indigo,” “Solitude,” and “Sophisticated Lady.” He also wrote jazz works of complex orchestration for concert presentation and composed religious music, including three sacred concerts. Ellington toured Europe extensively, appeared in numerous jazz festivals and several films, and made hundreds of recordings. In 1969, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. What was his real name? More… Discuss

Track List:
1. “Stompy Jones” (Duke Ellington) 0.00
2. “Just Squeeze Me” (Fats Waller, Clarence Williams) 
6:41
3. “Big Shoe” (Jimmy Hamilton) 11:20
4. “Going Up” (D. Ellington)  16:58
5.”Just a Memory” (Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva, Ray Henderson21:48
6. “Let’s Fall in Love” (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) 27:43
7. “Ruint” (Mercer Ellington, Johnny Hodges34:32
8. “Bend One” (Hodges) 37:07
9. “You Need to Rock” (Hodges) 40:07

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