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A British Invasion band is headed to San Antonio to perform next week. While Herman’s Hermits was on the second tier of British Invasion popularity, in the early to mid-1960s, they were huge. Singer Peter Noone said their hit “Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter” had a very distinctive guitar riff, and that was by design.


Little Richard died on Saturday, May 9, 2020 in Tullahoma, Tenn. at the age of 87. This essay was originally published as part of the book Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, written by NPR Music's critic and correspondent Ann Powers and published by Dey Street Books in 2017.

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Little Richard, the self-described "king and queen" of rock and roll and an outsize influence on everyone from David Bowie to Prince, died Saturday in Tullahoma, Tenn. He was 87 years old.

Bill Sobel, a lawyer for Little Richard, tells NPR that the cause of death was bone cancer. Rolling Stone was the first to report on Little Richard's death.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 35th annual class of inductees, honoring six musical acts — Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G. and T-Rex — as well as veteran rock journalist, producer and artist manager Jon Landau.

The inducted musicians were chosen from a ballot of 16 finalists, which meant fans of Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy will have to wait at least another year for Rock Hall validation.

From Texas Standard:

In August 1969, Henry Kissinger met in secret to try and end the Vietnam War. Hurricane Camille struck the Mississippi coast, killing over 250 people. The Manson family went on a murderous rampage through Los Angeles. And amid the turmoil, Billy Kirby was just kind of hanging out.

Exploring The Legacy Of Elvis Presley

Aug 16, 2019

Friday marks the 42nd anniversary of the death of music legend Elvis Presley.

Last year, Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson spoke to Eugene Jarecki, whose documentary “The King” looks at how Presley continues to resonate today.

Dave Bartholomew, photographed on January 12, 2013 in New Orleans.
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On Feb. 3, 1959, at only 22 years old, Buddy Holly left this world as one of the founding fathers of rock and roll. Now, 60 years after the crash that killed Holly, Mexican-American star Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper — or "the day the music died" — Holly's high school classmates from Lubbock, Texas, remember the young musician in the years before his rise to fame.

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A secret history of the punk rock scene in East Germany is unveiled by author Tim Mohr, who began his exploration as a DJ in Berlin during the 1990s, after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the television event that recrowned Elvis Presley as the king of rock ‘n’ roll. The TV broadcast was sponsored by Singer sewing machines, but it became known as the ” ’68 Comeback Special.” Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins takes a listen back.