July 25, 1998 Last year, critics called the English pop scene hip and groovy. But now, a leading British music magazine says music in the country is passe. NPR"s Matthew Cowan investigates the fickle trends of British bands.
June 13, 1998 We meet Fugazi, a seminal punk rock band. Their new album is called End Hits It's their ninth album in the last 11 years...and as they've done from the beginning, they've recorded and sold their records themselves, shunning the record industry. The band says you can be artistically and economically independent and still succeed.
March 2, 1998 -- NPR's Susan Stamberg remembers baritone Todd Duncan, who created the role of Porgy in Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess."
December 20, 1997 Scott Simon speaks with Irish composer and singer Enya about her new album, Paint the Sky With Stars. A best-of collection, the disc also features two new songs.
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August 15, 1997 Composer, conductor and pianist Lukas Foss turns 75 today. He wrote his first composition at age 7 and was an acclaimed performer by the time he hit his teens. Foss has been a force in classical music and a tireless champion of contemporary composers. Susan Stamberg has an interview.
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May 21, 1997 Martin talks with James Drake, author of a new biography of American soprano Rosa Ponselle. Born 100 years ago, in January of 1897, Ponselle is considered one of the finest singers of the century: Maria Callas herself declared "Ponselle was the greatest singer of us all."
April 2, 1997 The conclusion of Linda Wertheimer's conversation with singer Andy Bey.
April 2, 1997 Linda talks with Andy Bey, a singer and piano player. Bey has been singing and playing boogie-woogie since he was a child. He became known for his powerful voice and piano work with Horace Silver and Max Roach. After a 20 year absence from recording, he has released a CD of ballads and standards.
September 11, 1996 Renata Tebaldi is Desdemona and Herbert von Karajan conducts the Vienna Philharmonic in the object of Rob Kapilow's "What Makes it So Great?" attention: the "Ave Maria" from Act Four of Verdi's "Otello." (London 411 618-2)
September 9, 1996 Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, died today at the age of 85. He developed a style of country music that featured the mandolin, guitar and banjo, which had a profound effect on country music and generations of country singers. NPR's Linda Wertheimer has a remembrance.
June 9, 1995 Guitarist Les Paul's 80th birthday is celebrated by featuring our 1992 interview with him. Les Paul has spent his life playing guitar, inventing guitars to play, and inventing devices to record himself on. He's often been called the "Thomas Edison of music."
December 6, 1993 The progressive rock stations of the late 1960s were good to Scottish guitarist John Martyn. Since that time, he's been known primarily to other guitar players, having faded from the airwaves. If Martyn is known beyond the world of musicians, it's for his song "May You Never," which was recorded by Eric Clapton. Now, Martyn is making something of a comeback.
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August 25, 1992 Blossom Dearie — that's her real name — has been a fixture on the New York nightclub scene for decades. The singer and pianist is known for her quiet voice, unusual choice of material and jazz-influenced style of singing.
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February 2, 1992 It was 33 years ago today a light plane crashed near the Iowa-Minnesota border, killing Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, better known as The Big Bopper. They had just finished playing the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.
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February 3, 1989 In July 1957, Buddy Holly left Texas with only one record climbing the charts. Five months later, sporting capped teeth, a sharp suit, and horn-rimmed glasses, Holly debuted live on The Ed Sullivan Show. Like Elvis Presley only a year before, Holly had made it to prime time TV.
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