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One of the very best radio air personalities of all time has died. Dick Summer was a true pioneer. He was the master of mixing music, humor and storytelling. If you listened to Dick Summer, you felt like you were listening to a friend. He was that same person off the air. He loved helping people. No matter what your vocation is, there’s always someone in that business that you learn from and look up to as you launch your career. For me there was more than one, but the DJ who had THE MOST influence on me was Dick…

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When this new group called Vanilla Fudge came into the Electric Factory from Long Island, NY to play on March 7 & 8, 1968, they were as young or younger than most of us who attended the concert. They made an immediate sensational impact with musical skills. They were riding the crest of their huge hit “You Keep Me Hangin’ on”. Their cover of The Supreme’s hit. It has been said that the idea for creating a slowed down version of the song was born when members of the band members were at a party. Someone accidentally played the original…
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One of the co-founders of The Allman Brothers, Dickey Betts has died at age 80. His manager made the following statement: "The legendary performer, songwriter, bandleader and family patriarch was at his home in Osprey, Florida, surrounded by his family,” he said in the statement. “Dickey was larger than life, and his loss will be felt worldwide. At this difficult time, the family asks for prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be forthcoming at the appropriate time."

A Trip To The COBRA Featured

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My friend Martin Nan, who lives in Amsterdam, made a trip to COBRA to see the exhibit by the famous Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn. His photos of many rock stars are famous but he has also done many fashion pictures for magazines like Vogue as well. The title of the exhibition is “MOØDe” (mood + mode, which is Dutch for fashion). The two worlds come together in a photo of Johnny Cash carrying Kate Moss (Nashville, 1994). COBRA stands for COpenhagen, BRussels, Amsterdam – abstract art movement round 1950.
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No, this isn’t a story about gambling. This is about a very important part of music history. You might have to be of a certain age to even know what a Jukebox is. They are hard to find in public places these days, but once they were vital to popular music.

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