Guitarist and folk singer Nick Drake was born on this day in 1948. His music never quite found an audience during the 1960s and 1970s. But his posthumous success has been significant, due in no small part to a particular 1999 TV commercial. Find our which one on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
Today in 1948, Columbia debuted a new audio format known as the LP, or long playing record. What became possible with this “revolutionary” format? Take a listen to today’s “A Day in the Life” to find out!
Today is composer Igor Stravinsky’s birthday, born in Russia on this day in 1882. Why did his ballet Rite of Spring send listeners into a frenzy? How did he come to influence nearly every twentieth-century composer through his musical output. Find out on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
Today is the birthday of Tupac Shakur, born on this day in 1971. Learn about his early influences and rise to stardom, including his original rap name and time Digital Underground on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
On this day in 1989, grunge band Nirvana released its debut album titled Bleach. Find out how lead singer/songwriter Kurt Cobain was influenced by The Beatles while creating this music for this album on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
On this episode of Critical Karaoke we are talking about “cover songs.” Songs that were written and recorded by one artist, but go on to be re-recorded and re-performed by many other artists in many other genres—it is kind of like karaoke of existing songs, but it is critical?
Complete details available here: http://criticalkaraoke.com/critical-karaoke-episode-4-cover-songs/
Join us as we discuss covers of "No Diggity" by Blackstreet; "King Porter Stomp," first composed and performed by Jelly Roll Morton; and “The World Turned Upside Down” by Leon Rosselson. All than and more, including a special "cover band" name pop quiz.
Human’s Lib, the debut album by English musician and synth-pop guru Howard Jones is released on this day in 1984. Where did he come from, where did he go? Find out on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
Today in 1968 Paul McCartney recorded “Blackbird.” What inspired him to do so? A combination of historical music and contemporary social issues? Find out on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
The opera Tristan und Isolde premiered in Munich on this day in 1865. Learn about the power of an important chord composed Richard Wagner and why some say it was the beginning of the end for traditional harmony.
Today in 1970 Bruce Springsteen began to record his first album: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Find out what songs he recorded, who he recorded, and the critical response to this initial outting today on “A Day in the Life.”
The comedic film Trading Places premiered on this day in 1983. What music accompanied stars Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd through Prince and the Pauper experiences? Find out today on “A Day in the Life.”
1976 Ian Matthias Bavitz—better known as Aesop Rock—was born in Syosset, New York. Where did he get the name? How did he become a new voice for his generation of hip hop artists? Find out on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
Serge Koussevitzky, former music director for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, died on this day in 1951. How did Koussevitzky inspire a young Leonard Bernstein? Find out on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
On this day in 1949 Pete Seeger performed "If I had a Hammer" for the first time in New York City. Find out the circumstances of its premiere and its eventual cover by Peter, Paul, and Mary on today's "A Day in the Life."
Temptations vocalist David Ruffin passed away on this day in 1991. Find out how he came to sing the lead vocal part on “My Girl,” the first of five consecutive hits for group on today’s “A Day in the Life.”
One of the best selling female artists of the 1990s was born on this day in 1974: Alanis Morissette. Jagged Little Pills, Irony, and Alt-Rock Stardom all on today's "A Day in the Life."
Better known as "Scary Spice" of The Spice Girls, Melanie Janie Brown was born in Yorkshire, England on this day in 1975. Find out how she got her name and what she's been up to on today's "A Day in the Life."
On this day in 1533, Henry VIII officially married Anne Boleyn. The musical commemoration of Henry and his marriages, from the music hall to Hollywood, today on "A Day in the Life."
Today in 2011, bluesologist Gil Scott-Heron passed away in New York City. Learn about his recording "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" and other aspects of this interesting and influential jazz poet, musician, and author on today's "A Day in the Life."
Known as the "Singing Brakeman," Jimmie Rodgers changed the course of country music during his brief professional career. His "Blue Yodels" are perhaps some of his best-known works. Learn more on today's "A Day in the Life."
Today in 1977, George Lucas's sci-fi film Star Wars made its cinematic debut. Would it have been as successful without the help of composer John Williams? Have a listen to today's "A Day in the Life" and decide for yourself.
Today in 1955, a concert featuring Fats Domino was cancelled because law enforcement feared a riot would break out. Find out what the fuss was all about today on "A Day in the Life."
Today in 1904, Thomas "Fats" Waller was born. A celebrated Harlem stride pianist and composer of classic popular songs such as "Ain't Misbehavin'," Waller was one of the most popular entertainers of his day. Hear an excerpt from one of his final performances of "Ain't Misbehavin'" today on "A Day in the Life."
Colorado College professor of music, Michael Grace, delivered the Baccalaureate address at CC's 2015 commencement--and he opened with a Critical Karaoke. He was unfortunately interrupted in the midst of the action by a fire alarm.
We thought we'd give him a second chance.
Please enjoy this excerpt from his larger address on the subject of enlightenment.
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On this day in 1896, composer and pianist Clara Schumann (née Clara Josephine Wieck) passed away. Find out how she changed the course of concert recitals and contributed to the musical life of the romantic era--all while raising eight children and caring for her husband, Robert.