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Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two

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Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two

I know you might have been waiting for Life And Times Of Irving Berlin Part Two, but I wanted to show you the many other performers that I like first before I do their biology all at once and on the same week as I have before and don’t worry, I’ll be doing my other favorites before I bring more on my website.

You may or may not like Irving Berlin, but you can’t deny that he had a 60 years career and that’s something no other performers can say specially the ones from today.

Alexand’s Ragtime Band

“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Berlin’s native Russia, which also “flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania...

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The Talented Kenny Rogers Part One

The Talented Kenny Rogers Part One

Kenneth Ray Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Kenny Rogers

Rogers, concert, Chumash Casino Resort hall, Santa Ynez, California, September 27, 2006.
Background information
Birth name
Kenneth Ray Rogers
Born
August 21, 1938 (age 78)
Origin
Houston, Texas, United States
Genres
* Country pop adult contemporary soft rock rock jazz
Occupations
* Singer songwriter actor record producer entrepreneur
Instruments
* Vocals guitar bass guitar harmonica fiddle
Years active
1958–present
Labels
* Cue Carlton Mercury United Artists Giant Reprise Atlantic Curb RCA Dreamcatcher Capitol WEA Warner Bros.
Associated acts
* The Scholars The Bobby Doyle...

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The Life And Times Andy Williams Part Five

The Life And Times Andy Williams Part Five

The Columbia years

Williams’s move to Columbia Records in 1961 heralded the start of a highly successful series of albums produced by Robert Mersey that focused on standards, including many from stage and screen, with some Easy Listening hits of the day eventually becoming part of the formula. One of these projects, 1962’s Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes, became his first album to reach the top 10 on Billboard’s Top LP’s chart and his earliest recording to receive Gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America...

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The Life And Times Of Andy Williams Part Two

The Life And Times Of Andy Williams Part Two

1962–1980: Move to Columbia

In 1961, Williams married Claudine Longet, moved to Los Angeles, California, and signed with Columbia Records. Williams first album with Columbia, Danny Boy and Other Songs I Love to Sing, was a chart success, peaking at No. 19. He was then asked to sing “Moon River”, the theme from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, at the 1962 Academy Awards, where it won Best Original Song. Archie Bleyer at Cadence had previously told Williams that “Moon River” would not be a hit, but the Columbia producers encouraged Andy to record the song along with eleven other movie themes for an album. After Williams performed the song at the awards show, it became a hit...

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The Life And Times Of Andy Williams Part One

The Life And Times Of Andy Williams Part One

Andy Williams

Howard Andrew Williams (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American popular music singer. He recorded 44 albums in his career, 15 of which have been gold-certified and three of which have been platinum-certified. He was also nominated for six Grammy Awards. He hosted The Andy Williams Show, a television variety show, from 1962 to 1971, and numerous TV specials. The Andy Williams Show garnered three Emmy awards. The Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, is named after the song he is most known for singing—Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 10.5 million certified units in the United States.
Andy Williams

Williams in 1969
Background information

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The Andrew Sisters Part Three

The Andrew Sisters Part Three

Musical innovators

When the sisters burst upon the music scene in the late 1930s, they shook a very solid musical foundation, producing a slick harmonic blend by singing at the top of their lungs while trying—successfully—to emulate the blare of three harmonizing trumpets, with a full big band racing behind them. Some bandleaders of the day, such as Artie Shaw, along with his musicians, resented them for taking the focus away from the band and emphasizing the vocals instead. They were in as high demand as the big bandleaders themselves, many of whom did not want to share the spotlight and play backup to a girl trio.
Nevertheless, they found instant appeal with teenagers and young adults who were engrossed in the swing and jazz idioms, especially when they ...

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The Life And Times Of Connie Francis Part Four

The Life And Times Of Connie Francis Part Four

Personal life

Marriages

Francis has been married four times. The longest-lasting union was five years (1973-1978) with Joseph Garzilli, a restaurateur and travel-agency owner. She was also married for four months to Dick Kannellis, a press agent and entertainment director for the Aladdin Hotel (1964); ten months to Izzy Marrion, a hair-salon owner (1971-1972); and eight months to TV producer Bob Parkinson (1985-1986).

Relationship with Bobby Darin

Early in her career, Francis was introduced to Bobby Darin, then an up-and-coming singer and songwriter. Darin’s manager arranged for him to help write several songs for her. Despite some disagreement about material, after several weeks Darin and Francis developed a romantic relationship...

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The Life And Times Of Gordon Lightfoot Part Four

The Life And Times Of Gordon Lightfoot Part Four

Personal life

Lightfoot has been married three times. His first marriage in April 1963 was to a Swedish woman, Brita Ingegerd Olaisson, with whom he had two children, Fred and Ingrid. They divorced in 1973, the marriage ending in part because of his infidelity. Lightfoot has acknowledged that his musical touring and the difficulty of fidelity in a long-distance relationship contributed to the failure of at least two relationships:
The song “If You Could Read My Mind” was written in reflection upon his disintegrating marriage...

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The Life And Times Of Gordon Lightfoot Part Three

The Life And Times Of Gordon Lightfoot Part Three

Illness and return to performing

By January 2002 Lightfoot had written 30 new songs for his next studio album. He recorded guitar and vocal demos of some of these new songs. In September, before the second concert of a two-night stand in Orillia, Lightfoot suffered severe stomach pain and was airlifted to McMaster Medical Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. He underwent surgery for a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm, and he remained in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Lightfoot endured a six-week coma and a tracheotomy, and he underwent four surgical operations. All of his remaining 2002 concert dates were cancelled...

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The Life And Times Of Connie Francis Part Three

The Life And Times Of Connie Francis Part Three

1974–1981: Tragedy and return

After her modest success with “(Should I) Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree?” Francis began performing regularly again. While appearing at the Westbury Music Fair in New York, on November 8, 1974, Francis was raped at the Jericho Turnpike Howard Johnson’s Lodge in Jericho, New York and nearly suffocated to death under the weight of a heavy mattress the culprit had thrown upon her. She subsequently sued the motel chain for failing to provide adequate security and reportedly won a $2.5 million judgment, at the time one of the largest such judgments in history, leading to a reform in hotel security. Her rapist was never found...

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