Above: Walter Barnes and the Royal Creolians, the first kings of the Chitlin' Circuit
Most music critics, writers, historians, and aficianados in Houston don't think this city has ever gotten enough credit for its contributions to blues, soul, and, the Holy Grail, the birth of rock and roll. Well, ... More >>
Anatomy of a Murder stars James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara and George C. Scott; Otto Preminger directs.
The Setup: Anatomy of a Murder couldn't have been the success it was without the sizzling anatomy of Lee Remick, who plays Laura, an Army wife who's supposedly been raped. Ben Gazzara pla ... More >>
"The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music."
- Gerald Ford
gwu.eduWhen else are we going to use this picture?Today is President's Day, and if you'll think back to high-school U.S. History, you'll remember that potential Commande ... More >>
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Barrie Lee Hall Jr., whom Duke Ellington plucked out of Texas Southern University to join his orchestra and later became its leader, passed away Monday at age 61.
The cause was complications from diabetes, Hall's wife Lula told Billie Duncan of th ... More >>
Recently, Forbes magazine released a list of America's most stressful, and stressed-out, cities. Houston came in third, behind Las Vegas and Los Angeles. We know, we thought it would be higher, too.
Forbes based its calculations on six factors that are either causes or effects of stress, and ... More >>
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Fifth Ward music mogul Don Robey was so taken with Gatemouth Brown's talents that he built his entire Peacock label around him. Robey already owned the Bronze Peacock night club and various other business interests, but it was his meeting of Br ... More >>
The Houston Chronicle reports this morning that the city is proposing to change the name of Ellington Field in order to attract more commercial business.We can only say it's about time.For years we wondered just what in the hell Duke Ellington ever did to get a Houston airfield named after him. Don' ... More >>