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The Barbers of Seville

Rossini’s Barber of Seville was the first Italian opera performed in the United States, but the first performance back home was met with boos and catcalls. (Literally…someone actually let a cat loose on the stage). All the animosity came from Barber of Seville fans…the first Barber of Seville opera, composed by Giovanni Paisiello. It predated ...

September 13, 2022
Superman 1.0

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no…it’s a borderline-abusive superhero!

September 12, 2022
Sam…the Pants!

Here’s an up-tempo tale of tailoring gone awry.

September 8, 2022
Rocket 88

One of the first songs in rock and roll history, and maybe the first to use guitar distortion…but, not on purpose.

September 1, 2022
Bikini Blues

Whatever can explain the bikini’s popularity? I mean…It’s not rocket science…or, is it?

August 30, 2022
Teardrops From My Eyes

Yankee Stadium is commonly known as The House that Ruth Built, but in the 50’s, the same could be said of Atlantic Records.

August 29, 2022
New York Blues

Christian Friedrich Ludwig Buschmann was, perhaps, one of music’s great inventors…and, probably, one of 19th-century Germany’s worst neighbors.

May 2, 2022
That’s Stovepipe No. 1, If You Please

That's Stovepipe No. 1, If You Please

April 27, 2022
Feel Like Going to Town?

The Harlem Hamfats…born at the wrong time.

April 19, 2022
Workin’ on the Railroad

This favorite folk song is All American, but railways themselves predate the country…by more than 2,000 years.

April 13, 2022