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May 6, 2014 – A terrorist bombing in 1986 nearly killed Baker, but somehow he found empathy in music.

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Frozen is the tale of sisters Anna and Elsa, whose relationship is captured in music by songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

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When hitting a high note, mezzo-soprano Dolora Zajick says, "You have to have support. You have to have resonance. People have to understand what you're saying."

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January 28, 2014 – Seeger believed songs were a way of binding people to a cause. Hear an archival interview from 1985.

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December 13, 2013 – Hear an interview Hall gave Terry Gross back in 1989. The innovative musician died Tuesday at 83.

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Mark Mulcahy, the songwriter behind the much-beloved "Hey Sandy," returns after eight years and a tragic loss.

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Boardwalk Empire features music by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks.

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November 6, 2013 – Giordano's band the Nighthawks performs the music heard on the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.

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"[Lou Reed] really saw the beauty of life, and wanted to be a person who could live in that beauty as often as possible," longtime publicist Bill Bentley says.

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October 29, 2013 – "In Lou Reed's world, when you were Lou's friend you knew it," his longtime publicist says.

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Elton John tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that The Diving Board is "a very adult album."

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September 23, 2013 – The pop star tells Terry Gross about how Liberace inspired him to make the piano a star instrument.

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Linda Ronstadt performs in 1970.

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September 17, 2013 – Ronstadt offers her frank insights on sex, drugs, and why "competition was for horse races."

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