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This Day in Music History: 1959 : “Weird Al” Yankovic is Born

Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic is an American singer, songwriter, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is known for his comedic parody songs that jests about popular culture, original songs that are style pastiches of the work…

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This Day in Music History: 1922, Composer Ron Grainer, is born.

Born in Athnerton, Queensland, Australia, to his father Ronald, and mother Margaret, who was an amateur pianist. Barely the age of four Ron began piano lessons with his mother and was encouraged to learn the violin. As he progressed he…

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Chubby Checker

This Day in Music History: Chubby Checker Performs the Twist on Tv for the First Time

Chubby Checker, born Ernest Evans on October 3, 1941, is an American singer-songwriter. He is widely known for popularizing the twist dance style, with his 1960 hit cover of Hank Ballard’s R&B hit “The Twist”. Checker introduced his version of “The Twist” at the age of 18 in July 1960 in Wildwood, New…

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This Day in Music History: Frank Zappa gets an asteroid.

His diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult to categorize. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound…

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