What do you get when you combine the sweet sounds of an obscure West Coast jazz composer with the most popular comic strip of all-time to create an animated Christmas special? "A Charlie Brown Christmas" — one of the most enduring and endearing cultural phenomenons of the last 50 years.
1962's hit album was The First Family, a comedy album that poked fun at the Kennedy family. It was a top seller and netted leader performer Vaughan Meader a Grammy. But the whole thing came crashing down a year later when Kennedy was assassinated.
George Jones and songwriter Bobby Braddock were a power team in country music, and certainly no strangers to sentiment. But when Jones was presented with "He Stopped Loving Her Today," by Braddock and Curly Putman, the singer was taken aback.
'O Que Ã¨ Que a Bahiana Tem' was recorded by Carmen Miranda in 1939. Dori Caymmi, the son of the songwriter and biographer Martha Gil-Montero explain how the song brought Brazilian music to the global marketplace; with unforeseen consequences for Miranda.
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