#TBT: The Day the Music Died

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For Throwback Thursday, we’re going back to February 3, 1959, “The Day the Music Died,” when Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, along with their pilot, were killed in a plane crash in Iowa. After the musicians endured numerous colds, flus and freezing bus rides while on tour, Buddy Holly decided […]

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Quiz: Super Bowl Turns 50

Super Bowl 50, February 7, 2016 sign with San Francisco in the background

The AFL/NFL World Championship Game, also now known as Super Bowl I, was held January 15, 1967 in Los Angeles. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10. As they played that game, they probably had no idea the Super Bowl would become the event it is today. The stage for this year’s […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Dolly Parton!

Dolly Parton 1988

Singer-songwriter, actress, entrepreneur and country legend Dolly Parton turned 70 on January 19. For this Throwback Thursday, let's celebrate with a look back at her career. A prolific musician with 46 Grammy nominations and 25 No. 1 hits on Billboard's country charts, Dolly Parton is adored by her legion of fans for her pure voice and simple melodies […]

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#TBT: History of Billboard Hits Quiz

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The first Billboard music chart was published 80 years ago, in January 1936. A number of charts were consolidated, and the first Hot 100, which is still around today, appeared in 1958. The modern Hot 100 not only takes into account sales and radio play but has added digital downloads and streaming to the equation. The […]

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Quiz: Test Your Holiday IQ

Wrigley Building and Trump Tower with Christmas tree in the foreground

For many of us, books, movies and music put us in the holiday spirit and shape our traditions with family and friends. So what better way to celebrate the titles we love than a holiday quiz? Our bloggers Beth, Katie, Laura, Mary, Michelle, Municipal_Reference_Guy and Shilo created this quiz to give you something fun to share this holiday season.

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Do You Wanna Build _ _________? (Holiday Music)

Admit it; it’s so easy to fill in the blanks for those beautiful, but oh-so-tired lyrics! It’s kind of crazy how often the same old songs are played over and over again, especially around Christmastime. The holiday tunes one hears on the radio and in almost every store this time of year have similar expressions […]

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#TBT: John Lennon and 1970

Strawberry Fields Memorial, Central Park

October 9 marks the 75th anniversary of John Lennon’s birth. In honor of the occasion, let’s look back at 1970 for Throwback Thursday. On December 11, 1970 Lennon released his first solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. His debut featured the single “Mother” as well as other Lennon classics: “Working Class Hero” and “God,” which, […]

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Top Picks: Ray Charles

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To celebrate the 85th birth anniversary of American music icon Ray Charles, I’m picking my favorite Ray Charles recordings. The Genius of Ray Charles, released in 1959, was Charles’ sixth studio album. Although this album has been criticized for a number of reasons, it still has held up over the years, and Rolling Stone included […]

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#TBT: Jimi Hendrix

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Jimi Hendrix had a short but remarkable career as a musician, and he was at the height of his career when he passed away in London from drug-related asphyxia on September 18, 1970. The Chicago Tribune's "Last Days of a Pop Idol" provides details about his final days. Hendrix had accomplished much during the previous […]

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