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The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two

Early life and family

John Towner Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, New York, to Esther (née Towner) and Johnny Williams, a jazz percussionist who played with the Raymond Scott Quintet. Williams has said of his lineage, “My father was a Maine man—we were very close. My mother was from Boston. My father’s parents ran a department store in Bangor, Maine, and my mother’s father was a cabinetmaker. […] People with those roots are not inclined to be lazy.”
In 1948, the Williams family moved to Los Angeles where John Williams attended North Hollywood High School, graduating in 1950...

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Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Three

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Three

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Three

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Three

Bing Crosby graduated from Gonzaga High School (today’s Gonzaga Prep) in 1920 and enrolled at Gonzaga University. He attended Gonzaga for three years, but did not earn a bachelor’s degree. As a freshman, he played on the university’s baseball team. The university granted him an honorary doctorate in 1937.

Performance career

A Portrait of US crooner and actor Bing Crosby (Photo by Popperfoto/Getty Images)

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Three

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Three

Early years

In 1923, Bing Crosby was invited to join a new band composed of high school students a few years younger than himself...

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Life And Times Of Perry Como Part Two

Life And Times Of Perry Como Part Two

Life And Times Of Perry Como Part Two

Life And Times Of Perry Como Part Two

I know that it’s been awhile but I did remember that I’m going to do Life And Times Of Perry Como Part Two , which is about what I studied for weeks for. He’s not as popular as though the garage that I hear today, but he’s on my list of singers that I like and I’m ready to begin.

Early years
Como was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He was the seventh of ten children and the first American-born child of Pietro Como and Lucia Travaglini, who both emigrated to the US in 1910 from the Abruzzese town of Palena, Italy. He did not begin speaking English until he entered school, since the Comos spoke Italian at home...

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The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

I’m not much on composers however, John Williams is different. In this blog I’ll try to teach you how different John Williams is than the other composers. For this is The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One and you will see more of him in the months ahead.

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

The Talented Life Of John Williams Part One

John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history, including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, E.T...

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Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Yes I know, it’s been awhile since I did Benny Goodman, but I didn’t want you to think that I’m only doing the 1930’s as I started with. I’m going back to my other blogs and start doing something that I started with and that is to continue doing my blogs in parts. I’m now doing the Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two which I should have done earlier than now, but seeing that it’s my website, I’ll make up the rules.

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Life And Times Of Benny Goodman Part Two

Early years

The Maxwell street ghetto where Benny Goodman grew up
Benny Goodman was born in Chicago, the ninth of twelve children of poor Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire...

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Happy Birthday John Lennon

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Happy Birthday John Lennon

Of all the performers, John Lennon inspired me the most and of all the many people that effected me is John Lennon and to celebrate his birthday by texting Happy Birthday John Lennon isn’t enough to text about him, I should text more than anybody else.

John Lennon’s songs kept me going when nobody was around me to tell me how to feel special about myself. John Lennon was the one that changed my life more so that I couldn’t find the words or how to begin. I bought his whole library of solo LP’s without knowing if I like it or not.

Of course I love his vinyl LP’s, but John Lennon’s  personal life also effected me as well...

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Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Two

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Two

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Two

Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Two

I know it’s been awhile since I did the first of Bing Crosby, but I wanted to do others just to let you know that I like other performers So here’s the Life Times Career Bing Crosby Part Two, hope you like it.

Bing Crosby influenced the development of the postwar recording industry. He became the first performer to pre-record his radio shows and master his commercial recordings onto magnetic tape. Through the medium of recording, Bing Crosby constructed his radio programs with the same directorial tools and craftsmanship (editing, retaking, rehearsal, time shifting) used in motion picture production, a practice that became an industry standard...

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The Talented Rod Stewart Part Six

The Talented Rod Stewart Part Six

2013–present: Return to songwriting – Time and Another Country

In May 2013, Stewart released Time, a rock album of his own original material. It marked a return to songwriting after what Stewart termed “a dark period of twenty years”; he said that writing his autobiography gave him the impetus to write music again. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist. Stewart’s last No. 1 on the chart had been Greatest Hits Volume 1 in 1979 and his last studio album to top the chart was 1976’s A Night on the Town.
In September 2013, Stewart presented his close friend Elton John with the first Brits Icon award in a special show at the London Palladium, recognising...

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The Talented Rod Stewart Part Five

The Talented Rod Stewart Part Five

1995–2001: New ventures and record labels
By the early 1990s, Stewart had mostly abandoned creating his own material, saying that he was not a natural songwriter and that the tepid response to his recent efforts was not rewarding. In 1995, Stewart released A Spanner in the Works containing a single written by Tom Petty, “Leave Virginia Alone”, which reached the Top 10 of the adult contemporary charts. The latter half of the 1990s was not as commercially successful though the 1996 album If We Fall in Love Tonight went gold and hit No. 19 on the Billboard album chart.
When We Were the New Boys, his final album on the Warner Bros...

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The Talented Rod Stewart Part Four

The Talented Rod Stewart Part Four

1975–88: Height of fame and critical reaction


On stage in Dublin, 1981
In 1975, Stewart moved to Los Angeles. He released the Atlantic Crossing album for his new record company, using producer Tom Dowd and a different sound based on the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Atlantic Crossing marked both a return to form and a return to the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts. The first single, a cover of the Sutherland Brothers song “Sailing”, was a number-one hit in the UK, but it only reached the Top 60 of the US charts. The single returned to the UK Top 10 a year later when used as the theme music for a BBC documentary series about HMS Ark Royal. Having been a hit twice over, “Sailing” became, and remains, Stewart’s biggest-selling single in the UK...

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