Category Archives: Birthday

Sir William Blackstone (1723.07.10)

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SIR WILLIAM BLACKSTONE ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/10:  The famous English jurist Sir William Blackstone born on this date in 1723 is remembered for his “Commentaries on the Laws of England”, an attempt to provide a culturally wide-ranging review of English law.  No need to pass the bar, or be in a bar, as you are invited and simply need to tune in the Blackstone birthday on Crosscurrents, 7/10 at 8 am.

Tommy Tedesco (1930.07.03)

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TOMMY TEDESCO ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/3:  A member of the famed studio musicians known as “The Wrecking Crew”, Tommy Tedesco was born on this date in 1930.  You are invited to celebrate Tommy Tedesco’s talent, kindness, imagination, and humor on Crosscurrents, 7/3 at 8 am.

“The Wrecking Crew” (2015) film audio clips used by permission of Denny Tedesco whose dedication in producing the documentary is so much appreciated.  Further information about the film and how to purchase a copy may be found at the website:  www.wreckingcrewfilm.com  

Playlist may include:  Beach Boys;  Glen Campbell;  Crystals;  Jan and Dean;  Gary Lewis and the Playboys;  Mamas and Papas;  Marketts;  Monkees;  Ricky Nelson;  Tommy Roe;  Ronettes;  Routers;  Sandpipers;  Simon and Garfunkel;  Nancy Sinatra;  Sonny and Cher;  T-Bones;  Tijuana Brass;  and of course the solo guitar of Tommy Tedesco.

American Blues and British Rock —Big Bill Broonzy (1893.06.26)

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BIG BILL BROONZY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/26:    The versatile American blues singer and prolific songwriter, a mentor to many British rock icons, Big Bill Broonzy was born on this date in 1893.  The legend of Bill Broonzy from slick urban boogie to acoustic folk blues are yours to enjoy on Crosscurrents, 6/26 at 8 am.

         Playlist may include:  Eric Clapton;  Keith Richards;  Pete Townshend;  Ray Davies;  John Mayall;  Peter Green;  Savoy Brown;  and of course… the man himself Bill Broonzy.

History of Rock n Roll — Greil Marcus (1945.06.19)

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Writer, music analyst and cultural commentator distinguished for academic essays that set rock and roll in a societal context, Greil Marcus was born on this date in 1945.  His book “The History of Rock ‘N’ Roll in Ten Songs,” provides the soundtrack for the Greil Marcus birthday to which you are invited on Crosscurrents, 6/19 at 8 am.

 

 

John Maynard Keynes (1883.06.05)

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His genius as a prodigy of intellect expressed itself in many other spheres of activity,  John Maynard Lord Keynes, was born on this date in 1883.  So influential was John Maynard Keynes in the middle third of the twentieth century that an entire school of modern thought bears his name.  Keynes’ best-known work, ‘The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money’, was published in 1936, and became a benchmark for future economic thought. It also secured his position as Britain’s most influential economist, and with the advent of World War Two, he again worked for the treasury. In 1942, he was made a member of the house of lords.