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Singer/songwriter Gordon Lighfoot with his guitar
Keith Chaffee, November 16, 2018

Gordon Lightfoot was born on November 17, 1938. Lightfoot is a Canadian singer/songwriter whose songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, and who is best known for a string of hit records in the 1970s.


Dixie Chicks
Keith Chaffee, October 12, 2018

This week, we celebrate the birthdays of two of the three members of the country group the Dixie Chicks. Martie Maguire was born on October 12, 1969, and Natalie Maines was born on October 14, 1974.


Photograph of composer Guiseppe Verdi
Keith Chaffee, October 05, 2018

Giuseppe Verdi was born on October 9, 1813. Verdi was a composer of opera, and many of his works are among the most beloved operas in the repertoire. He had an unusually long career as a composer, spanning almost sixty years.


Music Friday logo and Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Chaffee, September 28, 2018

The career of Jerry Lee Lewis began in a burst of glory before imploding in scandal; a decade later, he made one of the biggest and most unlikely comebacks in pop music.


Saxophonist John Coltrane
Keith Chaffee, September 21, 2018

On September 23, 1926, John Coltrane was born. Coltrane's career was relatively short—about twenty years as a performer, and recordings from only the last decade—but he was one of the most influential saxophone players in jazz history.


B.B. King with Music Friday logo
Keith Chaffee, September 14, 2018

B. B. King was born on September 16, 1925. King was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was among the most influential blues musicians of all time, particularly for his skill on the electric guitar.


Music Friday logo and Raymond Scott album covers
Keith Chaffee, September 07, 2018

It is an unusual career that crosses paths with Mary Martin, Berry Gordy, Bugs Bunny, and Devo, but they will all make appearances as we look at the life and music of Raymond Scott.


Photo of Leonard Bernstein and collage of his music
Keith Chaffee, August 24, 2018

Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918. One of the major figures of 20th-century American music, Bernstein was a composer, conductor, and educator whose celebrity extended far wider than was usual for classical musicians. In part, that was because he wasn't only a classical musician.


Collage of Alan Jay Lerner's Broadway musicals
Keith Chaffee, August 31, 2018

Alan Jay Lerner was born on August 31, 1918. Lerner wrote the scripts and lyrics for several classic Broadway musicals, finding his biggest success in collaboration with composer Frederick Loewe.


Aretha Franklin
Keith Chaffee, August 17, 2018

When I heard the news this morning that Aretha Franklin had died at the age of 76, it occurred to me that she was the most universally loved singer I could think of.


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