The 27th Mile

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RJ Eskow: But the killing ended there. The people of Boston walked the next mile, the 27th Mile. And after the smoke cleared they chose to walk it together, not alone. They looked into that handful of dust and saw hope, not fear.

Barry Goldberg: Fifty Years Of ‘Chicago Blues’

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Michael Sigman: The story of American music is often the story of race — and particularly of white boys and girls learning about music from black men and women. The tale of Elvis Presley hanging out in Mississippi juke joints is something like a gospel story in the history of American culture.

Random Observations

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Tom Degan: Now I’m going to ask you to name for me one celebrity who has died from too much grass. Go on, I’m waiting…..

Why Elvis?

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H. Scott Prosterman: Elvis brought color, rhythm and soul to the white music market, which was dominated at the time by Como , Dean Martin, Tennessee Ernie, Mitch Miller and the Maguire Sisters.

My Heart Cries for Mitch Miller

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Michael Sigman: Mitch Miller, the musical maven of middle-of-the-road pop who died in Manhattan Saturday at 99, became a household name via his early-’60s TV show Sing Along With Mitch . Long before that, he — along with Frank Sinatra and a guy named Al Cernick — provided my dad, songwriter Carl Sigman, with the flukiest hit of his career.

10 More That Shoulda Made The Top 10

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Michael Sigman: Somewhere out there may be an Amerika identical to ours except for one thing: Great records that never made the pop charts on our shores — whether due to a twist of fate or a lack of payola — comprise the smash hits and timeless classics in that far-off realm.

Spare Us the Elvis-Michael Comparisons

Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley

The cultural contributions and significance of Michael Jackson pales in comparison to that of Elvis Presley. While he made great music and sold more records, Jackson ’s place in musical history cannot be in the same pantheon of 20th Century musicians who altered everything that came after them. In addition to Elvis, that would include [...]

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