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Thumbnail image by Pexels from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  By the early 1970s, Motown’s teenage brother music group the Jackson 5 was regularly burning up the Billboard singles and album...
Thumbnail image by Marisa Sias from Pixabay By Kathy A. Megyeri  When Johnny Cash performed on New Year’s Day, 1959, at San Quentin, the notorious California state prison, a 22-year-old, Merle...
Thumbnail image by Anselmo Pedraz from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  The Beatles had 20. Elvis Presley had 18. Michael Jackson—with and without his singing brethren—had 17. Had what? The answer...
Thumbnail image by Tibor Janosi Mozes from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  The first time the world heard of Brooklyn-born musician Robert John was in 1958 when he was 12 years...
Thumbnail image by PublicDomainArchive from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  At a London party in 1760, a Belgian violinist made a surprise entrance on a new invention called “roller skates” as he played his music. In doing so, he smashed into a mirror worth a...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Remember Cat Stevens? He came to prominence here in the early Seventies as a singer-songwriter responsible for such ethereal musical ballads as “Peace Train,” “Wild World,” “Moon Shadow” and “Morning Has Broken.” He was equally popular in...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Thomas “Snuff” Garrett was a Dallas high school dropout who became a Lubbock, Texas, disc jockey at age 17 and befriended local music star Buddy Holly....
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  One has to wonder: Somewhere in England in 1971, was there a woman in her mid-40s—and possibly wearing a Mona Lisa smile—who heard “Maggie...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  Dave Marsh is a well-respected rock-music critic and historian. He’s normally quite sparing in his praise, but Marsh once could barely contain his enthusiasm when he reviewed a Marvin Gaye single and proclaimed it to be “the greatest piece of music ever...
Thumbnail image from Pixabay BY RANDAL C. HILL  A leisurely drive on a country road can offer a chance to leave city stresses behind for a while and enjoy nature’s scenic wonders.   Sometimes, though, such a usually ordinary event can prove life-changing. 
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