February 2, 2011 Buddy Charleton provided hot licks for Ernest Tubb and hot tips for younger pedal steel players.
John Barry at his piano in 1967, the year both Born Free and You Only Live Twice — the fourth of the 11 James Bond films he scored — were released in theaters.
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January 31, 2011 The man who wrote scores for 11 James Bond films and won five Oscars passed away yesterday at 77.
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January 27, 2011 NPR's Tom Cole remembers the late singer who worked with Elvis, Hank Williams and other legends. Louvin, who died Wednesday at 83, had enjoyed a recent resurgence in the popularity of his music.
January 20, 2011 The music streaming service popular in Europe comes one step closer to a U.S. launch.
Don Kirschner circa 1970.
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January 19, 2011 The music publisher and TV producer put rock on TV in the 1970s.
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Margaret Whiting performing onstage in New York City in 1987.
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January 12, 2011 The American singer landed her first hit as a teenager under the watchful eyes of Johnny Mercer.
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January 10, 2011 Recordings by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday are included in the largest single donation of audio to the library.
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Look for more of these on eBay and in your local used CD store.
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January 7, 2011 A federal appeals court has ruled that so-called "promo" recordings can be resold.
December 14, 2010 Those brief, suggestive wisps of a song that try to tease you into buying just got longer.
Do 360 deals help or hurt musicians and record labels?
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November 24, 2010 What is a 360 deal in the music industry and why would an artist give up a share of income?
The since-closed Olsson's on 7th St in Northwest Washington, D.C.
November 5, 2010 The record store owner dies - leaving a legacy of memories for staff and customers.
The roundtable participants are, from left to right: (top row) Geri Allen, Ingrid Jensen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Esperanza Spalding, Tineke Postma and Helen Sung; (bottom row) Nona Hendryx and Gretchen Parlato.
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November 1, 2010 Being a woman in jazz is all about the music, say eight musicians who recorded together recently.
October 29, 2010 The "Parental Advisory" label -- how it got there and what counts as "explicit content."
Ryan Tedder performs at the "Today" Show earlier this year with his band OneRepublic.
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October 18, 2010 The OneRepublic singer talks with The Record about what turns a memorable hook into a great song.
There’s more than one way to ‘hook’ a listener.
October 15, 2010 What is a song's "hook?" It's that part that sticks in your mind -- whether you want it to or not.
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