Saturday, June 27, 1970

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4 Non Blondes

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Zager & Evans
Zevon, Warren

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Wallis, Shani
WarRock, Adam
Wheaton, Wil
Wild, Jack
Wilder, Gene
Wintergatan

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Vangelis
The Vince Guaraldi Trio
The Virginia Gentlemen
The Virginia Sil'hooettes

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Townshend, Pete
Tripod

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Salonga, Lea
The Scorpions
Singana, Margaret
Singers at the Democratic National Convention
Spillane, Davy
Spinney, Caroll
Springsteen, Bruce
Stary Olsa
Straight No Chaser
Symphony of Science

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Redbone
R.E.M.
Reubens, Paul
Rhodes, Sonny
Russell, Jenna

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Queen

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Palmer, Amanda
Parker Jr., Ray
Passenger
Paul & Storm
Peter, Paul, and Mary
Pickett, Bobby "Boris"
Point Valid
The Proclaimers
Propellerheads

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O'Brien, Kimi Wong
O'Hara, Catherine
Ogden Edsl
Owl City

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Nathan, Stephen
Nelson, Jerry
Nimoy, Leonard
The Nylons

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Mars, Bruno
Mason, Mikey
McCall, C.W.
McKinnon, Kate
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Menzel, Idina
Minchin, Tim
Minnelli, Liza
The Moody Blues
Moody, Ron
Moore, Stephen
Mraz, Jason
Munasifi, Remy

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Lambert, Mark
Led Zeppelin
Levy, Eugene
Lewis, Molly
Lieberman, Lori
Looking Glass

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Kansas
Keen, Robert Earl
Khil, Eduard

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Journey

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Ishii, Takeo

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Heart
Holgate, Ron
Holiday, Billie
Hollens, Peter
Hot Gossip
Howard, Ken

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Game, Movie, and Television Music
Garfunkel & Oates
Gold, Louise
Green, Kathe
The Gregory Brothers
Grey, Joel
Guetta, David
The Guild

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The Firm
Five Year Mission
Fleetwood Mac
Freeman, Morgan
Freiburg Baroque Orchestra
Furler, Sia

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Eagles
EconStories
Elfman, Danny

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Da Silva, Howard
Daniels, William
Day, Felicia
Denver, John
Donner, Sarah
The Doubleclicks
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

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Cash, Johnny
Castle, Amy
Coles, Cecil
Cooder, Ryland "Ry"
Coulton, Jonathan
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

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Ball, Michael
Bassey, Shirley
Bernstein, Elmer
Berry, Chuck
Bloom, Rachel
Blue Man Group
Bocelli, Andrea
Boucher, P.L.
Bowie, David
Broken Record Films
Brust, Steven

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Ahrens, Lynn
Allen, Lily
Asaro, Catherine

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Friday, June 26, 1970

Musical Artist - Zevon, Warren

Warren Zevon was an American songwriter and musician best known for his hit Werewolves of London. Born in Chicago, Zevon moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and began a relatively successful career providing songs for other artists, writing songs such as Like the Seasons for the Turtles, and She Quit Me for the soundtrack of Midnight Cowboy.

Zevon made friends and collaborated with a veritable who's wo of 1970s folk rock music, working with artists such as Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Bonnie Raitt, and Linda Ronstadt. In particular, Ronstadt went on to cover many of Zevon's songs, most notably Poor Poor Pitiful Me. In addition to writing songs made into hits by other artists, Zevon turned many of his compositions into hits himself including the aforementioned Werewolves of London, as well as Lawyers, Guns, and Money and Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner.

Zevon was David Letterman's favorite musical artist, appearing on his Late Show a couple of dozen times. When Zevon was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, Letterman had him on the show as the only guest for a full hour, providing him with an emotional send-off. Zevon died on September 7, 2003 shortly after the release of his final album The Wind. The album received five Grammy nominations, winning two of the awards.

There is a website dedicated to Zevon's work named Warren Zevon.

Musical Monday Selections:

10/05/15: Werewolves of London

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Musical Artist - Zager & Evans

Zager & Evans was a folk pop duo made up of Denny Zager and Rick Evans. The duo achieved their only popular success in 1969 with the release of the science fiction tinged song In the Year 2525, a song which reached number one on the U.S. and U.K. pop charts. The song was written in 1964, but not recorded until 1968, following a breakup and reunification of the group.

The duos was backed by Mark Dalton on bass and Paul Maher on drums, although Maher was later replaced by Dave Trupp. None of Zager & Evans' other songs even reached the top 100 in the U.S. or the U.K., although they did have a minor hit in Australia with a creepy song about a rapist titled Mr. Turnkey.

Musical Monday Selections:

05/21/12: In the Year 2525

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Tuesday, June 23, 1970

Musical Artist - Wilder, Gene

Wilder as Frederick Frankenstein
in the movie Young Frankenstein
Gene Wilder was an American actor, director, and writer who is probably best known for his performance in the role of Willy Wonka in the 1971 movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. After a bit part in Bonnie and Clyde, Wilder's career really got going when he appeared in the Mel Brook's comedy The Producers, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. This was the start of a fruitful era of collaboration between Brooks and Wilder that saw the pair work together to create the classic comedies Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. Wilder also worked with Richard Pryor to create four movies, including Silver Streak and Stir Crazy.

In addition to being a magnificent comedic actor, Wilder was a director and screenwriter. He directed several of the movies he appeared in, including The Woman in Red, The World's Greatest Lover, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother. He also wrote many of the movies he appeared in, most notably Young Frankenstein. He also wrote his own memoir in 2005 and three novels.

I first saw Wilder in the movie The Little Prince, where he played the role of the Fox. Despite having a very talented cast that included Bob Fosse, Richard Kiley, Donna McKechnie, and, of course, Wilder, the movie is kind of a mess, and was nearly incomprehensible to when I saw it at the age of six. I do remember Wilder's performance though, and in a way, I think that's a metaphor for Wilder's life. No matter what project he was in, be it good or bad, he stood out, not just because of his radiant talent, but because his warmth, gentleness, and fundamental goodness shone through. I have seen Wilder in bad movies, but I never saw Wilder turn in a bad performance.

Wilder was married four times, the third time to fellow actor and comedian Gilda Radner, who died in 1989, just five short years into their marriage. He was married to his fourth wife, Karen Boyer, for twenty-five years from 1991 until his death in 2016.

Musical Monday Selections:

08/29/16: Pure Imagination

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Musical Artist - WarRock, Adam

Adam WarRock is a rapper who produces music in the "Geek Core" genre, rapping songs that are littered with references to comic books, science fiction, table top and computer games, and other nerdy themes. He has created albums dedicated to the Browncoats, the members of House Slytherin, the West Coast Avengers, the X-Men, Doctor Who, and the Song of Ice and Fire series as well as numerous others all featuring similarly nerdy themes.

As one might expect of a nerdy rapper who makes his living by appealing to attendees at geeky conventions and the denizens of the internet, Adam has a substantial internet presence including a website named Adam Warrock, a YouTube channel, and a Facebook fan page. You can also follow him on Twitter.

Musical Monday Selections:

02/17/14: Tabletop Games (with The Doubleclicks)

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Musical Artist - Wild, Jack

Jack Wild was an English actor who rose to prominence with his performance as the Artful Dodger in the musical Oliver! both on stage and in the movie adaptation. For his efforts on screen, Wild was honored with an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as well as BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations. Due to the fame gained by his performance as the Artful Dodger, Wild was offered the lead role in the Sid and Marty Kroft production H.R. Pufnstuf, appearing in all seventeen television episodes and the 1971 movie. Unfortunately, Wild found the transition from child star to adult actor to be difficult, and after starring in the most disturbingly surreal and bizarre children's television show, he found roles hard to come by. In 2004, Wild underwent surgery for oral cancer which was sadly unable to halt the disease, and he died from it in 2006.

Musical Monday Selections:

03/30/15: I'd Do Anything (with Shani Wallis, Kathe Green, and Ron Moody)

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Musical Artist - Wallis, Shani

Shani Wallis is a British-born American movie, television, and theater actress best known for playing the role of Nancy in the 1968 movie adaptation of the musical Oliver! In addition to her substantial role in Oliver!, Shani has appeared in a handful of movies ranging from Terror in the Wax Museum to The Pebble and the Penguin, as well as a handful of appearances on television, but spent most of her career on stage. A child actor who appeared on stage beginning at the age of four, she made her musical debut in 1952 in a production of Call Me Madam. This performance was followed by numerous other roles including Wonderful Town and Finian's Rainbow. Wallis emigrated to the United States in 1960, eventually becoming a naturalized citizen. Along the way, she added several notable musical roles on the American stage to her resume, including turns in South Pacific and The King and I.

Musical Monday Selections:

03/30/15: I'd Do Anything (with Jack Wild, Kathe Green, and Ron Moody)

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Musical Artist - Wintergatan

Wintergatan is a Swedish band specialized in instrumental music. Founded by Martin Molin in 2012, and consisting of Martin plus Evelina Hägglund, David Zandén­, and Marcus Sjöberg, the band has released two albums thus far. In 2016, the band released a video of a music making marble machine that took eighteen months to build. Within days the video had received tens of thousands of views, giving the band an enormous amount of internet fame. The name "Wintergatan" is Swedish for the Milky Way, and was inspired by the night sky as seen during the band's initial recording sessions.

Wintergatan has a website named Wintergatan. They can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

Musical Monday Selections:

03/28/16: Marble Machine

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Musical Artist - Wheaton, Wil

Wil Wheaton is an American actor probably best known for playing the annoyingly insufferable Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, as well as appearances as a child actor in the movies Stand by Me and Toy Soldiers. As an adult actor, he has appeared in numerous independent movies and television shows, including Leverage and Big Bang Theory, as well as web series such as The Guild. He also has numerous voice acting credits in productions ranging from The Secret of NIMH to Batman: The Brave and the Bold, to Teen Titans. He has also narrated more than two dozen audio books.

The most important thing about Wheaton is that he is not Wesley Crusher. I did not like the character he played. I like Wil Wheaton quite a bit. Since his days being the whiniest teenager in the Federation, Wil has turned into an amazing ambassador for geek interests, and the creator of Wheaton's Law: "Don't be a dick". I consider his most important contributions to be cofounding the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel with Felicia Day and hosting the board gaming show Tabletop.

Wheaton has a website named Wil Wheaton dot net, a tumblr blog named Wil Wheaton dot tumblr, and a YouTube channel. He can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.

Musical Monday Selections:

01/19/15: William Fucking Shatner (with Paul & Storm)

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Monday, June 22, 1970

Musical Artist - The Vince Guaraldi Trio

The Vince Guaraldi Trio was a jazz band composed of pianist Vince Guaraldi, bassist Fred Marshall, and drummer Jerry Granelli. Vince Guaraldi was a prominent jazz pianist who had scored a hit with the song Cast Your Fate to the Wind, for which he won a Grammy Award. The group was formed by Vince Guaraldi and their primary claim to fame is recording the music for A Charlie Brown Christmas, which has turned out to be one of the most successful television specials of all time, with one of the most distinctive musical scores. Guaraldi went on to compose the score for seventeen more Peanuts television specials as well as the feature movie A Boy Named Charlie Brown.

Guaraldi has a website dedicated to his music named The Official Site for Vince Guaraldi. He also has a fan page on Facebook.

Musical Monday Selections:

12/05/16: Christmastime Is Here

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Musical Artist - Vangelis

Vangelis (1943-Present) is the stage name of Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, a Greek composer of electronic-oriented music. Vangelis is best known for his ethereal soundtracks for movies like Chariots of Fire, Alexander, and Blade Runner, and television shows like Cosmos. Despite being such a prominent composer, having released more than fifty albums of music, Vangelis spent most of his career unable to read music. After performing as part of several different groups for much of the nineteen-sixties, he struck out on his own as a solo artist in 1973 with the album Earth. In 1981, he wrote the score of the movie Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award.

Musical Monday Selections:

08/13/12: Cosmos

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Musical Artist - The Virginia Gentlemen

Founded in 1953, the Virginia Gentlemen is the oldest a cappella singing group at the University of Virginia. They were originally part of the Virginia Glee Club, but separated from that organization in 1987 (which, coincidentally, is the year that I started at the University). Due to their sixty year old origins and their position as the flagship singing group of the University, the group's standard performance attire is a blue blazer, khaki pants, and orange and blue bow ties. The group has toured extensively, and has been asked to perform for three sitting U.S. Presidents - George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, but I know them best from their annual holiday concert in Cabell Hall at the University, which always concludes with their "awful" version of The Twelve Days of Christmas.

The Virginia Gentlemen have an official website. They can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Musical Monday Selections:

12/23/14: Winter Song/White Winter Hymnal (with the Virginia Sil'hooettes)

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Musical Artist - The Virginia Sil'hooettes

The Virginia Sil'hooettes are an all women's a capella group comprised of and run by students at the University of Virginia. Originally conceived in 1988 by JoEllen Constine, Laura Fleury, Karen Sherman, and Melissa Schimke, and launched in 1989, the group has had considerable success over the years, having been named one of the Top 5 Collegiate A Cappella groups in the country by USA Today in 2012, and the #1 Female Collegiate A Cappella group in the country by HerCampus in 2013.

The Virginia Sul'hooettes have an official webpage, and can also be found on the University of Virginia website.

Musical Monday Selections:

12/23/14: Winter Song/White Winter Hymnal (with the Virginia Gentlemen)

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Saturday, June 20, 1970

Musical Artist - Tripod

Tripod is an Australian band that is notable for its humorous songs and witty banter. The band is comprised of (naturally enough) three members, Scott "Scod" Edgar, Simon "Yon" Hall, and Steven "Gatesy" Gates. The trio met while they were all attending the University of Melbourne, and they gained notoriety by performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and their regular spot on the Triple J radio show.

Their musical style is eclectic, ranging from folk, to ballads, to "hard rock", although they only use acoustic guitars as musical accompaniment to their songs. They usually perform to the music of just one guitar played by Scod, but sometimes they add another played by Gatesy. No matter the style they are performing in, their signature is always their humorous and usually geek-oriented lyrics. The band has an official website named Scod, Yon & Gatsey Are Tripod.

Musical Monday Selections:

11/19/12: King Kong
02/04/13: Xbox

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Musical Artist - The Trans-Siberian Orchestra

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is a band that exists primarily to record Christmas music featuring electric guitars. The band was originally formed in 1996 by Paul O'Neill, Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli, and Robert Kinkel, although it has had many more members join and leave since then. They have recorded three rock-opera style Christmas albums titled Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, and The Lost Christmas Eve, as well as two non-Christmas oriented rock operas: Beethoven's Last Night, and Night Castle. They are known for their elaborate arena stage shows and for touring pretty much every year in the months before Christmas.

The band has a website named Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and a Facebook page.

Musical Monday Selections:

12/08/14: The Music Box
12/22/14: Old City Bar

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Musical Artist - Townshend, Pete


Pete Townshend is a British guitarist and songwriter most notable for being part of The Who for the better part of the last five decades. I'm not sure what to say about Townshend. If you haven't heard of him I can only assume you've spent most of your life living under a rock steadfastly refusing to listen to any music and anything I write about Townshend will fall on deaf ears.

Musical Monday Selections:

07/30/12: A Friend Is a Friend


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Friday, June 19, 1970

Musical Artist - Singers at the Democratic National Convention

For the 2016 Democratic National Convention, Elizabeth Banks gathered together a collection of actors and singers to create a video of the Rachel Platten song Fight Song, which had been adopted by the Hillary Clinton campaign as an unofficial campaign song. This, more or less transformed the song into the official campaign song.

Singing along with Elizabeth Banks were Julie Bowen, Connie Britton, Kristin Chenoweth, Garrett Clayton, Alan Cumming, Esther Dean, Jane Fonda, America Ferrera, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Chrissie Fit, Renee Fleming, Ellen Greene, John Michael Higgens, Kelly Jackle, Jaime King, T.R. Knight, Hana Mae Lee, Eva Longoria, Josh Lucas, Mary McCormack, Idina Menzel, Mandy Moore, Kathy Najimy, Mary-Louise Parker, Ben Platt, Rachel Platten, Billy Porter, Nikki Read, Shelley Regner, Rob Reiner, Sia, Ian Somerholder, Mike Thompkins, and Aisha Tyler.

Following the mass shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Van Dean, Seth Rudetsy, and James Wesley organized a group of stage stars that they called "Broadway for Orlando" and recorded a version of the 1965 Jackie DeShannon hit What the World Needs Now Is Love as a tribute to the victims of the shooting and fundraiser to aid the survivors. A slightly different set of performers took the stage aat the 2016 Democratic National Convention to sing the song following speeches from a variety of individuals dedicated to reducing gun violence in the United States included Gabby Giffords, Lee Daniels, Angela Bassett, survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting, and parents of Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and Oscar Grant.

I cannot be certain that I have accounted for everyone participating in What the World Needs Now Is Love, but to the best of my research abilities I have determined that they were Kristen Bell, Stephanie J. Block, Ann Hampton Callaway, Liz Callaway, Len Cariou, Michelle Collins, Jon Viktor Corpuz, Darren Criss, Wilson Cruz, Carmen Cusak, Tyne Daly, Darius de Haas, Van Dean, Melissa Errico, Nicholas Callaway Foster, Sharon Gless, Montego Glover, Lena Hall, Mary Ann Hu, Richard Kind, Anika Larsen, Michael Longoria, Audra McDonald, Idina Menzel, Olga Merediz, Debra Messing, Janet Metz, Margaret Stallings, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Rosie Perez, Eve Plumb, Alice Ripley, Seth Rudetsky, Roz Ryan, Michael Urie, Ben Vereen, Adrienne Warren, James Wesley, Juli Wesley, B.D. Wong, and Tom Wopat.

Musical Monday Selections:

08/01/16: Fight Song
08/08/16: What the World Needs Now Is Love

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Musical Artist - Salonga, Lea

You may not realize it, but it is likely that you have been surrounded by Lea Salonga's music for much of your life. Not only is she the original performer of the role of Eponine in the Broadway production of the musical Les Misérables, but she is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine from Disney's Aladdin, and Mulan from Disney's Mulan movies. In addition to these roles, this Philippine-born actress has performed the lead role of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon, and has also appeared as Fantine in Les Misérables.

Salonga appeared in the 10th Anniversary "Dream Cast" concert of Les Misérables as Eponine, and the 25th Anniversary concert as Fantine. Salonga has a website named Lea Salonga, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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Musical Artist - Springsteen, Bruce

Bruce Springsteen is an American singer and songwriter whose lyrics generally focus on the concerns of the blue collar working class segment of society. He is nicknamed "the Boss", and in his native New Jersey he is treated as an almost deific figure. His most popular songs are probably Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., but in my opinion, his better works are the quieter and more reflective pieces found deeper on his albums such as Nebraska, Downbound Train, My Hometown, and The River. On a personal note, when I was in college, my fraternity would always play Springsteen's song Rosalita at every party, which would draw every member onto the dance floor for an enormous semi-choreographed dance involving lots of jumping and stomping. The tradition pre-dated me, so I have no idea how or why it started.

Springsteen has an Official Website, and a Facebook page. There is also a very prominent fan run site dedicated to Springsteen named Backstreets.

Musical Monday Selections:

06/24/14: Downbound Train
04/13/15: Nebraska
09/05/16: The River

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Musical Artist - The Scorpions

The Scorpions are a hard rock band from Germany. Originally founded in 1965, they had their greatest success in the 1980s while packaged as a hair metal band releasing hits like Rock You Like a Hurricane, Winds of Change, and No One Like You. They didn't really fit the hair metal mold, but because that was what sold record albums, they were presented and sold that way.

The band is still touring, most recently on their "Final Sting" tour, which was originally announced as their last, a decision that was later rescinded. The band has an official web site titled the Official Website of the Scorpions.

Musical Monday Selections:

10/29/12: Rock You Like a Hurricane

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Musical Artist - Singana, Margaret

Born Margaret M'cingana, Margaret Singana was a South African singer known as "Lady Africa" to her countrymen. She got her start in the musical Sopono, and went on to have a singing career that spanned more than two decades as both a pop singer performing both solo and with The Symbols. She also carved out a career as a musical theater performer notably appearing in musicals such as Sikalo, The Warrior, and most importantly Ipi 'Ntombi in which she toured Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. During the 1970s he recorded hits such as Mama Tembu's Wedding, I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You, and Good Feelings.

Singana suffered ill health in the 1980s after a stroke in 1978, but recorded We Are Growing, the theme song to the Shaka Zulu miniseries in 1986, which reached number one in the Netherlands.

Musical Monday Selections:

05/25/15: We Are Growing

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Musical Artist - Spillane, Davy

Davy Spillane is an Irish musician who specializes in playing the uilleann pipes and low whistle. He was a founding member of the band Moving Hearts, and recorded four albums with them, but left the band in 1985 to pursue a solo career. As a solo artist, Spillane recorded eight albums as well as numerous collaborations. He is probably best know for his role in the musical Riverdance, in which he was a special guest soloist. Spillane also contributed to the soundtracks for movies such as Rob Roy, Gangs of New York, and Wuthering Heights. He has been nominated for a Grammy Award twice, winning once.

Spillane has a website named Davy Spillane, and he can also be found on Facebook.

Musical Monday Selections:

06/22/15: Caoineadh Cu Chulainn

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Musical Artist - Symphony of Science

Symphony of Science is a musical project created by YouTube user melodysheep using autotune software to create songs about the beauty and power of science using snippets of dialogue from prominent scientists. Some people don't like the sound of autotuned voices, so they may want to steer clear of these offerings, but for those of us who don't mind it, these songs are a wonderful platform for some of the best advocates of science to become unintentional singers and extol the wonder, the mystery, and the passion of the scientific endeavor.

The project has a website titled Symphony of Science.

Musical Monday Selections:

07/02/12: We Are Star Dust
01/24/11: The Big Beginning
10/25/10: The Case for Mars
09/20/10: A Glorious Dawn
03/16/15: Ode to the Brain!
09/17/12: Our Biggest Challenge
01/06/14: Our Place in the Universe
08/25/14: Seize the Day (with Robin Williams)
09/27/10: The Unbroken Thread
11/01/10: A Wave of Reason
11/24/10: We Are All Connected

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Musical Artist - Straight No Chaser

Straight No Chaser is an a capella singing group first formed at Indiana University in 1996 as a student group made up of Kevin Carroll, Walter Chase, Jerome Collins, Patrick Hachey, Mike Itkoff, Charlie Mechling, Steve Morgan, Dan Ponce, Dave Roberts, and Randy Stine. As happens with most student singing groups, when the member graduated, they were replaced by new members, and Straight No Chaser probably would have been no more than another local university group with ever-changing membership had a video of their 1998 performance of a mixed-up and humorous version of The 12 Days of Christmas (based upon an earlier adaptation by Richard C. Gregory) not been uploaded to YouTube in 2006. The video went viral and the original members of the group reunited and eventually obtained a recording contract.

The band has a website named Straight No Chaser, and a Facebook fan page.

Musical Monday Selections:

12/16/13: 12 Days

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Musical Artist - Stary Olsa

Named after a stream in Belarus, Stary Olsa is a Belrusian band that uses medieval instruments to recreate the music of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, as well as to perform clever covers of modern popular songs. The band was created in 1999, and currently has six members: Its founder Zmicier Sasnoŭski, plus Maryja Šaryj, Alieś Čumakoŭ, Illia Kublicki, Illia Kublicki, and Aliaksiej Vojciech. Former members include Kaciaryna Radzivilava, Kaciaryna Pinčuk, Aksana Kascian, and Andrej Apanovič. The band has recorded eleven albums thus far. Their twelfth album will feature medieval renditions of classic rock songs.

Stary Olsa has an official website named Stary Olsa, and can also be found on Facebook and YouTube.

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Musical Artist - Spinney, Caroll

Carroll Spinney is a veteran Muppeteer best known for performing the Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. By the time he joined forces with Jim Henson, Spinney was already a seasoned performer. After a stint in the U.S. Air Force, during which he wrote and illustrated the comic strip Harvey and animated a series of cartoons called Crazy Crayon, Spinney worked as a puppeteer, first creating the show Rascal Rabbit and later performing as part of the cast of The Judy and Goggle Show and Bozo's Big Top. Eventually, he crossed paths with Jim Henson, and beginning in 1969, he was a Muppeteer.

Spinney's most prominent characters are Oscar the Grouch and Big Bird, but he has performed a number of other characters, including Granny Bird and Bruno the Trash Man. He was also one of the first Muppeteers to perform Elmo, although at the time the Elmo character was not yet a named character. For his work on Sesame Street, Spinney has been given several Daytime Emmy Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, among several other honors.

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Thursday, June 18, 1970

Musical Artist - Redbone

Redbone is a Native American rock band originally founded in 1969 by brothers Pat Vasquez-Vegas and Lolly Vasquez-Vegas. Supporting the two brothers was a rotating group of other musicians, all of Native American or Mexican descent including Tony Bellamy, Peter DePoe, Arturo Perez, and Butch Rillera. Redbone had their greatest success in 1974 with the number one hit single Come and Get Your Love, but also had a fair amount of success with songs such as Alcatraz, The Witch Queen of New Orleans, and Wovoka.

Although the band never officially broke up, it has only engaged in extremely limited activity since 1977, and recent years have seen the passing of Tony Bellamy, Lolly Vasquez-Vegas, and Arturo Perez. In 2014, the song Redbone was placed on the soundtrack to the movie Guardians of the Galaxy as part of Peter Quill's "Awesome Mix". The band has an official website named Redbone.

Musical Monday Selections:

05/09/16: Come and Get Your Love

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Musical Artist - Rhodes, Sonny

Sonny Rhodes is a blues singer and guitarist with a long and distinguished career. He recorded his first single I'll Never Let You Go When Something Is Wrong in 1958, and has been playing blues music professional pretty much ever since then. In his extended career, he has been nominated for a Blues Music Award fifteen times, and has won once. He also founded his own recording label named Rhodesway Records in 1978, and recorded some of his music for it.

But despite his mainstream blues success, that isn't why he is included here. In 2002, Joss Weedon produced the science fiction show Firefly, and needed someone to record the theme song he had written for its opening credits. He got Sonny to perform the song, and the singers gravelly, world-weary blues voice provided the exact tone needed for both the song and the series. As a result of being the right man, on the right show, at the right time, Rhodes' voice is the sound of lost hopes and pensive dreams for many science fiction fans.

Musical Monday Selections:

03/18/13: Firefly Opening Theme

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Musical Artist - Russell, Jenna


Jenna Russell is a British actress and singer who has appeared in several British television shows and stage productions. She has also performed on Broadway, notably as Dot in the play Sunday in the Park with George, a role for which she received a Tony nomination and an Olivier Award. For science fiction fans she is most notable as the voice for the theme song that is played over the closing credits of the television show Red Dwarf.

Musical Monday Selections:

03/18/13: Red Dwarf Closing Theme

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