Category: History

Roger Sprung: August 29 1930 – July 22 2023

An entertainer for the ages… Old Molly Hare – Roger Sprung and the Picking Gypsies … From- String Music Recorded live at the 43rd Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention, Union Grove, NC on the Union Grove Label. This is track 10. From the back cover: “Roger Sprung, virtuoso banjoist from New York City, needs no …

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The Breakfast Club (sugar cravings)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! AP’s Today in History for January 29th President George W. Bush warns terrorists still threaten United States;bomb rocks an abortion clinic in Birmingham;”The Raven” is first published; Ty Cobb named hall of famer;Oprah Winfrey is born Breakfast Tune Riders on the Storm – The Doors – Banjo Cover Something to …

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The Breakfast Club (Something)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! AP’s Today in History for January 15th Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. is born; Richard Nixon suspends U.S. offensive in Vietnam; Queen Elizabeth the First crowned; Work completed on Pentagon; first Super Bowl takes place. Breakfast Tune Faith Nolan @ Occupy Toronto Oct 25 2011 Something to think …

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The Breakfast Club (Cleaning out the freezer)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! AP’s Today in History for January 8th Elvis Presley born; President Lyndon Johnson declares war on poverty; Ramzi Yousef sentenced to life in prison for first World Trade Center bombing. Physicist Stephen Hawking born. Breakfast Tune Come Sail Away – Styx – Banjo Version Something to think about, Breakfast News …

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Carol of the Bells

Twitter is a strange place. Depending on who you follow or what you read in the news on the internet that leads you there, it can be informative and educational. A blog post led me to a tweet where I found this tweeted response   And Carol of the Bells is based on a Ukrainian …

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And Now The Movie

55 years ago Arlo Guthrie took to the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and for 18 and a half minutes entertained the audience with his storied song “Alice’s Restaurant.” You could close your eyes and see the old church in Great Barrington, Massachusetts where the story is centered. At the end of the song …

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Alice’s Restaurant Thanksgiving

Re-posted from 11/25/2010 This one was really fun to put together with clips from the movie & Arlo performing “Alice” in the same Church 40 years later. center> Transcript is here Happy Thanksgiving

The Real History of Thanksgiving

This about sums up the real history of Thanksgiving. Yes, Jeff Jeffries made that sound funny. We pay attention when it makes us laugh. That said, this is the story that should be repeated at every Thanksgiving table. We are all immigrants, Native American’s are not. They deserve our profound apology and better respect than …

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Translator: Thanksgiving: (Almost) Everything You Know is Wrong

Nine years ago in January of 2013. we lost our friend, Translator aka Dr. David Smith. He suffered from depression and his untimely death left those of us in the blog communities who knew him wondering if we could have done more to help him through his struggles. The holidays are rough on people who …

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Armistice Day 11/11/22

In this country we call this day Veterans’ Day and take time to honor all those who have served or are serving in our armed forces. It was originally called Armistice Day which commemorated the cessation of fighting on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the …

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29 Bells for The Edmund Fitzgerald

When the SS Edmund Fitzgerald was launched on June 7, 1958, she was the largest ship on North America’s Great Lakes. Today, we mark the 46th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald taking her 29 crew members with her to the bottom of Lake Superior during one of the worst of the legendary …

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The Breakfast Club (Work Zone)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! AP’s Today in History for October 16th John Brown raids Harper’s Ferry; France’s Marie Antoinette is beheaded; John Paul II chosen as pope; Chile’s ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet detained; ‘Baby Jessica’ is rescued; Novelist James Michener dies. Breakfast Tune Space Age Love Song – Flock of Seagulls- Banjo Cover Something to …

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