Friday, December 13, 2013

About Today: Let Their Music Take You Back

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"She ignites her hair and, whirling faster and faster, fans her dress into passionate flames..." Rainer Maria Rilke describes the intensity of flamenco dancing. But it wasn't until Carlos Montoya's masterful guitar playing that flamenco music became an international sensation. December 13 is the birthday of Montoya (1903), 1980s rocker Ted Nugent (1948), actor and musician Jamie Foxx (1967) and legendary producer Lou Adler (1933). Travel with us back in time to relive these music classics.

Legendary Guitarists
Written in 1890 for piano, Isaak Albéniz´s "Asturias" has become the quintessential guitar piece. The Doors used it as the intro to "Spanish Caravan." Discover the compelling music of a prodigy.
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Ted Nugent, the Mean Rocker
He got "Cat Scratch Fever" from the kitty next door. His baby liked to dance all night in "Wango Tango". Today, Ted Nugent is also known for his criticism of President Obama. But did the Secret Service really investigate him? Read his biography here.
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Bringing the Stories of American Music Legends to Life
"Having a stage name is like having a Superman complex. I go into the telephone booth as Eric Bishop and come out as Jamie Foxx." This American actor has played both legendary and ordinary musicians. Follow us down a rabbit hole into the life of Ray Charles.
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I Would Like, if I May, to Take You on a Strange Journey
He produced cult classics like "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" and directed Cheech & Chong's "Up in Smoke." But Lou Adler also launched and influenced the careers of many musicians, including The Mamas & the Papas and Johnny Rivers. He won two Grammy Awards with Carole King.
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