January 27, 2002 We remember harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, who died Wednesday from cancer at the age of 71.
January 22, 2002 Singer Peggy Lee died yesterday at her home in Calif. at the age of 81. She was born on May 26, 1920, in Jamestown, N.D. She said her childhood was pretty bleak and the only solace she found was music on the radio. She vowed to join that world. Lee burst into that world as the singer with Benny Goldman's band in 1941. She set out on her own and wrote and arranged such hits as, Fever, I Don't Know Enough About You, and Manana. Karen Michel has an appreciation.
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January 19, 2002 Jon Kalish reports from Chicago on folk artist-turned-violin-dealer David Bromberg. Bromberg has become an expert in American violins.
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January 10, 2002 Commentator Mitch Myers explains there's a difference between a rock "anthem" and a rock "classic." Some artists, he says, are predisposed to writing anthems. And some radio stations that claim to play classic rock regularly play anthems instead.
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January 5, 2002 Lisa talks with New York Times music writer Jon Pareles about this year's Grammy nominees. U2 had the most nominations with eight, while little known singer India Arie garnered seven nominations, including album of the year.
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October 30, 2001 Critic John McDonough recaps the spat between ASCAP and BMI that flared up sixty years ago. On this date in 1941, the 10-month long dispute had been resolved and radio was free to play songs of all sorts again. The argument was over money and who would make it writing and publishing American songs. McDonough explains why the battle between the nation's big music publishers changed American music forever.
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September 29, 2001 Reporter Jeff Lunden reports on the origins of the songs God Bless America and This Land is Your Land. Woody Guthrie wrote the latter in response to Irving Berlin's tune.
September 1, 2001 Scott talks with author Michael Azerrad about the indie rock movement. Mr. Azerrad's book is Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground, 1981-1991 (Little, Brown).
August 31, 2001 Perhaps more than any other art form, music seems to trigger memories. And perhaps there's no time more associated with music and memories than summer. The song that played at the prom. The tune that was all over beach radio. So what's the song of the summer of 2001? NPR's Neda Ulaby went to the pool and the mall to find out.
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August 29, 2001 The first group of artists inducted into the Latin Music Hall of fame included Carlos Jobim, Perez Prado, and Joao Gilberto.
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August 26, 2001 22-year old pop music star and actress Aaliyah was killed late last night in a plane crash in the Bahamas. She already had two platinum albums and two Number-One singles before she graduated from high school. Host Lisa Simeone spoke with Steve Jones, a music critic for USA Today about the role Aaliyah played in the contemporary pop music scene.
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August 25, 2001 Jeff Lunden reports on a collaboration between rock legend Elvis Costello and mezzo soprano Anne Sofie von Otter. Their new CD is called For the Stars and it features interpretations of songs by Costello, Tom Waits, Brian Wilson and other music that turned pop and rock into art. (For the Stars is released by Uni/Deutsche Grammophon.)
August 23, 2001 Roger Miller is a musical legend. No, we're not talking about Mr. "King of the Road." This is the Roger Miller who fronted the early '80's Boston band, Mission of Burma. Today, this Roger Miller is best-known for his work with the silent film ensemble, Alloy Orchestra. But he's also a composer who creates challenging music for his current duo with drummer Larry Dersch. They call their group, Binary System. Sean Cole, of member station WBUR, reports.The new recording by Binary System is called, Invention Box.It's on Atavistic Records, catalog # ALP 127 CD.
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August 17, 2001 Legendary bluesman Robert Johnson gets a third shrine, this one in Greenwood, Mississippi. Experts think he actually is buried there.
August 16, 2001 Rock historian Ed Ward remembers Beale street 1952 the place in Memphis that launched the careers of Ike Turner, Rosco Gordon, Bobby Bland, Little Junior Parker, and B.B. King.
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