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  • Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor

    Birthplace of rock 'n' roll? Memphis has plenty of evidence in its favor
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - This port city on the Mississippi River calls itself the birthplace of rock 'n' roll. Its credentials? The Memphis Recording Service, forerunner of Sun Studio, in 1951 recorded "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats, which some people say was the first rock 'n' roll record.
  • 'O's Best Advice Ever!: Make Over Your Life with Oprah & Friends' by the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine

    'O's Best Advice Ever!: Make Over Your Life with Oprah & Friends' by the editors of O, The Oprah Magazine
    I can count on two hands the number of times I've watched full episodes of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," but I've read two of her other "O, The Oprah Magazine" books — 2010's "Love Your Life!" and 2009's "Dream Big!" — and enjoyed them so much...

    Pinetop Perkins dies at 97; Mississippi Delta blues piano player

    Pinetop Perkins dies at 97; Mississippi Delta blues piano player
    Pinetop Perkins, a regal piano player who was one of the last of the original Mississippi Delta blues musicians, died Monday of cardiac arrest at his home in Austin, Texas. He was 97. "He was absolutely the premier blues piano player," said Bruce...

    Delta blues legend won a Grammy at age 97

    Delta blues legend won a Grammy at age 97
    Pinetop Perkins lived the blues. Born on a cotton plantation near Belzoni, Miss., in 1913, he worked the fields from age 7, drove a truck for a living at 18 and got stabbed in the arm in his late 20s. The barroom attack tore his tendons and cut his...

    Singer David Johansen's newest personna at Sellersville is among his best

     
    David Johansen has had a lot of identities in a career that has now exceeded 40 years: front man for The New York Dolls and The Harry Smiths, lounge singer alter ego Buster Poindexter, solo artist. The one he filled...