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Music Monday Image of Benjamin Britten
Keith Chaffee, November 20, 2017

Benjamin Britten was born on November 22, 1913. Britten was among the major composers of the mid-20th century, and the most important British composer of opera since Henry Purcell, 300 years earlier.


Rolling Stone Magazine masthead with the text Happy 50th
Keith Chaffee, November 07, 2017

On November 9, 1967, the first issue of Rolling Stone magazine was published. The magazine was devoted to popular culture, with an emphasis of pop and rock music.


CMA Music Monday text graphic.
Keith Chaffee, November 06, 2017

On November 8, the 51st annual Country Music Association Awards will be held, honoring the year's outstanding performers and recordings. Most of the nominees are available for streaming or download in our collection.


a photo of selena
Anna Avalos, November 02, 2017

Known as the Queen of Tejano Music, Selena Quintanilla was a beloved American singer, songwriter, spokesperson, model, actress, and fashion designer.


Couples are dancing to the big band music at the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium's "Battle of the Bands" concert, Horace Heidt vs. Bob Crosby, held Saturday night, April 6, 1942
Keith Chaffee, October 30, 2017

In 1942, the big bands ruled American music.


Photo of Carter Burwell
Keith Chaffee, November 13, 2017

On November 18, 1954, Carter Burwell was born. Burwell is a composer of film scores, with about 90 feature films to his credit.


on left side of image a side black and white profile photo of Thelonius Monk.  Background is a colorful rainbow abstract field.  The text says, Music Monday Thelonius Monk
Keith Chaffee, October 09, 2017

On October 10, 1917, the jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk was born. Monk is one of the most frequently recorded jazz composers, even though he only wrote about 70 pieces during his career.


Cover art for Billy Joel's album The Stranger
Keith Chaffee, September 25, 2017

Forty years ago this week, Billy Joel's The Stranger was released.


a photograph of John Mayer holding a guitar, playing it, with eyes closed and head slightly tilted to the right.
Keith Chaffee, October 16, 2017

Singer-songwriter John Mayer was born 40 years ago today, on October 16, 1977.


Photo of Harry Connick, Jr. and text that reads Music Monday
Keith Chaffee, September 11, 2017

Happy birthday to Harry Connick, Jr., who turns 50 today! 


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