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Nashville Musician Fights to Preserve RCA Legacy

July 15th, 2014 · No Comments

NASHVILLE – RCA’s Studio A, an important legacy in American country music history, is under the threat of demolition for a condo project. However, the music industry (and the National Trust) is taking note, hoping this great artifact can be saved, and in turn becoming a keystone in the music industry’s efforts in preserving Nashville’s […]

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Hollywood’s Lesson in Lena Horne and Betty White

May 13th, 2010 · 3 Comments

HAMPTON, Virginia – What do Betty White and Lena Horne have in common? I will answer the question, but please let me tell you a story first. At the entrance to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel between Hampton and Norfolk was a motel called Strawberry Banks. Though it was a motel, it was on the […]

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BrandlandUSA’s Top Soul Music Brands (and How to Visit)

April 7th, 2009 · No Comments

What’s America’s greatest contribution to world culture? It’s our music. And luckily, much of that African American music part of the heritage is alive, in museums and sites across the U.S. Here are some of the top music labels associated with African-American music. We know there are more (think Black Swan, Blue Note records); we […]

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Vanhala: Small is the New Big

February 18th, 2009 · No Comments

NEW YORK – We happened upon Manhattan music industry exec Jon Vanhala‘s new blog entitled Who Can Dance to That. It’s about music, technology, trends and whatever else he finds amusing. The “Who Can Dance” comes from his music days, when that was the ultimate question at one of his music gigs. If you are […]

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Pneumatic Airline Music, Greatly Missed

June 7th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Miss those pneumatic airline audio programs? Of course we do, though sometimes the plastic air tubes for onboard entertainment would poke into your ear if the rubber end was loose, I think. As my Very Astute Companion says, there was “the magic of being able to plug anything into the arm of a chair. It […]

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The Columbia Records Brand Identity

July 29th, 2007 · 1 Comment

What do Cheryl Lynn, Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Ralph Stanley and Tony Bennett have in common? It’s Columbia Records, one of the greatest brand names in record history. Columbia, like all the record brands, is having a very long-playing spin these days, and it isn’t happy. Each record brand has a story, often related to […]

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