Japan - Scott #3386c (2011)

A Month of Christmas: Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town & Christmas in Japan

Earlier this week, I wrote that my favorite rock Christmas song is the live version of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” as performed by Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in 1975 and released as the B-side of a single in 1985. The song was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town & Christmas in Japan

A Month of Christmas: Jingle Bells

I grew up surrounded by music, primarily rock and roll. I don’t recall the first Christmas carol that I ever heard (although i think it could have been “Silent Night” as it has long been my favorite) but the first secular holiday song I identified with was “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby. I bought the 45 RPM single for my mother’s gift one year which … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Jingle Bells

Thomas Edison’s Invention of the Phonograph

On November 21, 1877, Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound. Born on February 11, 1847, in Milan, Ohio, Thomas Alva Edison has been described as America’s greatest inventor. He is credited with developing many devices in fields such as electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures. These inventions, which include the phonograph, … Continue reading Thomas Edison’s Invention of the Phonograph

Mozart’s Linz Symphony

On November 4, 1783, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 36 was performed for the first time in Linz, Austria. The Symphony No. 36 in C major, K. 425, (known as the Linz Symphony) was written by Mozart during a stopover in the Austrian town on his and his wife’s way back home to Vienna from Salzburg in late 1783. The entire symphony was written in … Continue reading Mozart’s Linz Symphony

Bill Haley (1925-1981)

American rock & roll singer Bill Haley was born July 6, 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan, as William John Clifton Haley. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million-selling hits such as “Rock Around the Clock”, “See You Later, Alligator”, “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “Rocket 88”, “Skinny Minnie”, … Continue reading Bill Haley (1925-1981)

Otis Redding

On December 10, 1967, Otis Redding died in a plane crash in Madison, Wisconsin, a few days after recording the song “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”. He was 26 years old. Otis Ray Redding Jr. was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, arranger, and talent scout. He is considered one of the greatest singers in the history of American popular music and a seminal artist in soul music and rhythm and blues. … Continue reading Otis Redding

Jimi Hendrix

American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942, in Seattle, Washington. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest … Continue reading Jimi Hendrix