Thomas Dyja's The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the America Dream is the most important Chicago-focused historical work in recent years.
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This week's playlist includes music by Franz Liszt, Clarence Williams, Wanda Jackson, Zoot Sims, and more.
The story of that song, which has became an international anthem for human rights, reveals the civil rights movement's remarkable and complex tapestry and its lasting influence.
Martin Luther King, Jr. almost never uttered the words "I have a dream" during the March on Washington in 1963.
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Dr. Martin Luther King's gravitas was cemented 50 years ago. The "Queen of Comfort Food," Paula Deen, became persona non grata in many circles this year. Forget the fame factor. Set aside the race aspect. This is deeply personal.
This week our playlist includes music by Cliff Richard, Thelonius Monk, Matthew Sweet, John Lennon, Zoot Sims, Mahalia Jackson and more.
With Sparkle and "His Eye Is on the Sparrow," Whitney Houston may not have regained her voice, but she reclaimed her gospel youth, her class and an appearance of pained but persistent dignity.
"There's a lot of ways to do a live album; you can just record a few shows and throw a quick mix on it and throw it out there and if the playing is good enough, it'll hold up."
Wanda Jackson and Darlene Love are game-changers that allowed fans to reckon the authorship of the rock and roll genre with new clarity.
It's impossible to decide which was the biggest love-in of the day: 99-year-old Lionel Ferbos singing "When You're Smiling" or John Boutte who wrote HBO's Treme theme song.
Gospel singers of the past were not saints and their lives did not always conform, privately or publicly, to conventional standards of Christian piety. The same can be said for today's singers.
This week we feature music by Paul Simon, Gwen Stefani, Sting, Hall & Oates, John Lennon, and more.
We took a lot of time picking the keys to get them in the right keys. We wanted to do some of the slower songs low because my voice over the years has become lower and richer.
I experienced the rebirth of the hope, excitement and magic of this holiday -- and of all places, where it came together for this resurrection was at the Wafi Mall in Dubai.
As I scope out Denver's upcoming concerts, checking the calendar for any hint or mention of an act associated with blues, jazz, gospel or old school soul, I am left feeling a bit stranded.
A comprehensive set of holiday music recommendations from Dog Ears Music, including Otis Redding, Spike Jones, The Klezmonauts, Keith Richards, Run-DMC, Dolly Parton, The Beach Boys, and many more.
He wanted to live to see Barack Obama elected President of the United States. What a shame that Studs didn't make it. But like Moses, he took us close to the Promised Land.
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