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Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

Hall of Fame to honor 'Take Me Out'

NEW YORK, May 27 (UPI) -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" is to be honored with the Towering Song Award at the upcoming 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York, organizers said.
Paul Anka to get Mercer award

Paul Anka to get Mercer award

NEW YORK, April 16 (UPI) -- U.S. entertainer Paul Anka has been chosen to receive the Johnny Mercer Award at the upcoming Songwriters Hall of Fame 2008 Awards dinner in New York.

19th century confession museum-bound

COLORADO SPRINGS, March 6 (UPI) -- A murder confession that was hidden on a piece of window molding for more than 100 years has been donated to a Colorado Springs museum.
Hall of Fame to induct Child, Menken

Hall of Fame to induct Child, Menken

NEW YORK, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Desmond Child, Albert Hammond, Loretta Lynn, Alan Menken and John Sebastian are to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York this year.

VH1 Classic combines old with new

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- VH1 Classic says its new show "Decades Rock Live" will bring today's stars together with yesterday's musical legends.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for April 5-11.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 15-21.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Tommy Cash, Johnny's brother, who was born in 1940 (age 63; singer Eric Burdon in 1941 (age 62); Allan Clarke of the Hollies in 1942 (age 61); Whispers' Nicholas Caldwell in 1944 (age 59); actress Jane Asher, Paul McCartney's one
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Nat "King" Cole, who was born in 1919; John Sebastian, who was with the Lovin' Spoonful before going solo, and Them drummer Patrick McCauley, both in 1944 (age 59); War drummer Harold Brown in 1946 (age 57); Thin Lizzy's Scott Go
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

Simon and Garfunkel might be planning a reunion performance at the Grammy awards, during which they will be presented with Lifetime Achievement honors.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Mystic Knights of Mau Mau have announced the lineup for the second annual Ponderosa Stomp, which will take place April 29 through May 1 at the Rock'N'Bowl Mid City Lanes in New Orleans.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Joe Terranova of Danny and the Juniors, who was born in 1941 (age 62); Marty Balin, formerly with Jefferson Airplane and its later incarnation, Jefferson Starship, in 1943 (age 60); Jay and the Americans' Sandy Deane also in 1943
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 25-31.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Samuel Moore, "Sam" of Sam and Dave, who was born in 1935 (age 67); Melvin Franklin of the Temptations in 1942; Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt in 1948 (age 54); and Dave Vanian of The Damned in 1956 (age 46).
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Oct. 12-18.
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John Benson Sebastian, Jr. (March 17, 1944, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin' Spoonful, a band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. His tie-dyed denim jacket is prominently displayed there.

Sebastian's father, John Benson Sr., was a noted classical harmonica player and his mother was a radio script writer. He is the godson of Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz of I Love Lucy). He grew up surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie and hearing such players as Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood.

One of his first recording gigs was playing guitar and harmonica for Billy Faier's 1964 album The Beast of Billy Faier. He also recorded with Fred Neil on the Bleecker & MacDougal album in 1965. He came up through the Even Dozen Jug Band and The Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin' Spoonful and The Mamas & the Papas. Sebastian was joined by Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler in the Spoonful, which was named after a Mississippi John Hurt song. Sebastian also played autoharp on occasion.

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