Katie Melua & Eva Cassidy

This is a rather startling duet. Melua was born in 1984 and was twelve when Cassidy died. There was a program called “Duet Impossible” which aired on television channel BBC One in the UK some years back. It digitally matched current performers with an artist whose work they considered a major influence, and Melua felt …

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Sandy Denny and Fairport Convention covered Dylan

And did it damned quickly, too. This was recorded live at the Troubador in LA in February of 1974. Two versions were released, one on the Sandy Denny box set Who Knows Where the Time Goes in 1985, and the other on her anthology A Boxful of Treasures in 2004. It first appeared on Dylan’s …

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Anyone recognize Karla Bonoff?

She wrote three songs which appeared on Linda Ronstadt’s Hasten Down the Wind album way back in 1976, but she’s also a singer in her own right. She, Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold and Wendy Waldman formed Bryndle and released several albums over its life. All four were (Gold and Edwards died several years ago) and …

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Christmas Eve and all is wrapped

So without further ado, we’ll listen as Michele Obama reads “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” Clement Clark Moore’s wonderful 1823 poem. Moore didn’t acknowledge his authorship until he published a book of poems in 1844. There’s apparently an ongoing dispute among some literati and academics as to whether he was the actual author. He was …

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