#TBT: Twin Peaks and Other Hits of 1990

The long-awaited continuation of the iconic television series Twin Peaks is set to debut on Showtime this month. When it first premiered in 1990, David Lynch's lush, atmospheric drama had everyone wondering, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" The series was short-lived, producing only two seasons and the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, but it influenced a whole […]

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#TBT: Centennial Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald headshot

Source: Courtesy the Fraser MacPherson estate c/o Guy MacPherson, Wikimedia Commons For this Throwback Thursday, we celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of one of my most favorite songstresses, Ella Fitzgerald. Born April 25, 1917, Ella was known as "The First Lady of Song" and "The Queen of Jazz." She recorded over 200 albums throughout her […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Aretha!

For Throwback Thursday, let’s wish the Queen of Soul a happy 75th birthday! Aretha Franklin started her career singing gospel in churches as a teen. She signed with Columbia Records in 1960, but her career as a pop artist catapulted when she left Columbia and signed with Atlantic in 1967. I Never Loved A Man […]

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#TBT: Remembering Johnny Cash

This Throwback Thursday, we're exploring the life and career of the Man in Black, Johnny Cash. Born February 26, 1932, Cash would've been 85 this year. He died in 2003, months after his beloved wife, June Carter Cash, passed away. Cash's memory and music live on. Born in Arkansas, Johnny Cash worked in the cotton […]

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#TBT: Happy Birthday, Patti Smith!

Patti Smith

Multitalented poet, artist and singer-songwriter Patti Smith turns 70 on December 30. In this Throwback Thursday post, we celebrate her long and varied career as a boundary-pushing artist who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has won the National Book Award. Smith was born in Chicago in 1946, grew up in […]

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#TBT: Sex Pistols’ “Anarchy in the U.K.”

On this Throwback Thursday, we look back at the Sex Pistols’ first single, “Anarchy in the U.K.” The song topped the British music charts 40 years ago, in November 1976. At that time, the band consisted of John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) on vocals, guitarist Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook and bassist Glen Matlock, who […]

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#TBT: iPod Turns 15

For this Throwback Thursday, we're celebrating the iPod, which was introduced 15 years ago on October 23, 2001. The device began a revolution in how we listen to and, ultimately, how we buy music. In fact, the iPod set the stage for how we use devices now. And it was the beginning of everyone having earbuds in their ears! I […]

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#TBT: Chuck Berry Turns 90

Publicity photo of Chuck Berry

Happy birthday to one of the undisputed kings of rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry! This icon turns 90 October 18. For this Throwback Thursday, let's take a brief look back at Berry's legendary career. Chicago's own Chess Records put out Berry's earliest records, which were notable for merging white country music with black rhythm and blues. 1950s hits like "Maybellene" and […]

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Top Picks: Paul Simon Turns 75

In honor of Paul Simon's 75th birthday on October 13 and a career that spans five decades, I've put together a top picks post based on a survey of four people whose tastes in music helped to shape and influence my own. With tracks such as "Diamonds on the Sole of Her Shoes," "Boy in the […]

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Top Picks: Nevermind by Nirvana Turns 25

When Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind, was released in 1991, the album's first single, “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” was an astonishing success. Although Nirvana's fame was brief, it's considered one of the greatest bands of all time. As the album turns 25 this month, celebrate the phenomena of Nirvana with these top picks for fans of the band. […]

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