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National Barn Dance
NATIONAL BARN DANCE, broadcast by WLS-AM in Chicago, Illinois starting in 1924, was one of the first American country music radio programs and a direct precursor of the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
. National Barn Dance
National Barn Dance
also set the stage for other similar programs, in part because the clear-channel signal of WLS could be received throughout most of the Midwest
Midwest
and even beyond in the late evening and nighttime hours, making much of the United States
United States
(and Canada
Canada
) a potential audience. The program was well received and thus widely imitated. National Barn Dance
National Barn Dance
ended its broadcast in 1968
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Bill Haley
WILLIAM JOHN CLIFTON HALEY (/ˈheɪliː/ ; July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981) was an American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million-selling hits such as " Rock Around the Clock
Rock Around the Clock
", " See You Later, Alligator
See You Later, Alligator
", "Shake, Rattle and Roll ", " Rocket 88 ", " Skinny Minnie ", and "Razzle Dazzle". He has sold over 25 million records worldwide
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WSM-AM
WSM (branded THE LEGEND) is a 50,000-watt AM radio
AM radio
station located in Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
. It broadcasts a full-time country music format at 650 kHz and is known primarily as the home of The Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
, the world's longest running radio program. The station's clear channel signal can reach much of North America
North America
and nearby countries, especially late at night. It is one of two clear-channel stations in North America, along with CFZM /740-Toronto, that still primarily broadcast music. Nicknamed "The Air Castle of the South," it shares its callsign with WSM-FM , also in Nashville, and formerly with television Channel 4, now WSMV
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Tiny Hill
HARRY LAWRENCE "TINY" HILL (July 19, 1906 – December 13, 1971) was a band leader of the Big Band
Big Band
era. During the height of his career Hill was billed as “America’s Biggest Bandleader” because of his weight of over 365 lb (166 kg). His signature song was "Angry ", which he first recorded in 1939 on Columbia records Vocalion label. He used sandpaper blocks and a güiro to generate a double shuffle "beat that makes the listener itch to dance". CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 His own band * 3 Married life * 4 Popular songs * 5 Later years * 6 Selected discography of the Tiny Hill
Tiny Hill
band * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY LIFEHill was born in Sullivan Township (Moultrie County), Illinois. His parents were William Fred Hill (1880-1915) and Osa Crowdson Ault (1890-1982). His parents separated when he was seven years old and he went to live with an aunt
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Salty Holmes
FLOYD HOLMES (March 6, 1910 – January 1, 1970), better known as SALTY HOLMES, was an American country musician and Western B-movie actor . Holmes was born of Cherokee lineage in Glasgow, Kentucky . He became a virtuoso on the harmonica , specializing in the style known as "talking harp" which imitated the human voice (much like Sonny Terry ). He also played the jug and guitar. He formed the group The Kentucky Ramblers in 1930, who changed their name to The Prairie Ramblers in 1933 and began broadcasting on Chicago radio station WLS-AM with new vocalist Patsy Montana . They continued performing and recording under this name until 1952, playing country, hillbilly music , gospel , and pop songs. They were the backing group on Montana's platinum hit "I Want to Be a Cowboy\'s Sweetheart ". Group members included Jack Taylor on bass, Chick Hurt on mandolin , and Alan Crocket and, later, Tex Atchison on fiddle
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WGN-AM
WGN, 720 kHz , is a commercial AM radio station in Chicago
Chicago
, Illinois , United States
United States
. The station is owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Tribune Broadcasting
(as the company's sole remaining radio station), and is one of several properties owned by the locally based Tribune Media , which also owns independent television station WGN-TV
WGN-TV
(Channel 9), and regional cable news channel Chicagoland Television (CLTV) . The station's studios are located at the Tribune Tower
Tribune Tower
on Michigan Avenue in the Chicago
Chicago
Loop , while its transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village . Since around 1990, WGN has maintained a news/talk format. WGN does not broadcast in HD
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WGN (AM)
WGN, 720 kHz , is a commercial AM radio station in Chicago
Chicago
, Illinois , United States
United States
. The station is owned by Tribune Broadcasting
Tribune Broadcasting
(as the company's sole remaining radio station), and is one of several properties owned by the locally based Tribune Media
Tribune Media
, which also owns independent television station WGN-TV
WGN-TV
(Channel 9), and regional cable news channel Chicagoland Television (CLTV) . The station's studios are located at the Tribune Tower
Tribune Tower
on Michigan Avenue in the Chicago
Chicago
Loop , while its transmitter is located in Elk Grove Village . Since around 1990, WGN has maintained a news/talk format. WGN does not broadcast in HD
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Rock And Roll
ROCK AND ROLL (often written as ROCK "> Sign commemorating the role of Alan Freed
Alan Freed
and Cleveland
Cleveland
, Ohio in the origins of rock and roll The term "rock and roll" now has at least two different meanings, both in common usage. The American Heritage Dictionary and the Merriam-Webster Dictionary both define rock and roll as synonymous with rock music . Encyclopædia Britannica
Encyclopædia Britannica
, on the other hand, regards it as the music that originated in the mid-1950s and later developed "into the more encompassing international style known as rock music". The phrase "rocking and rolling" originally described the movement of a ship on the ocean, but was used by the early twentieth century, both to describe the spiritual fervor of black church rituals and as a sexual analogy
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Lola Dee
LOLA DEE is an American singer and recording artist with Mercury Records and Columbia Records labels in the 1950s and 1960s. At the age of 14, she was heard in an amateur contest and asked to audition for a network teen-aged show called "Junior Junction". At 16 she was signed to a recording contract. She recorded over 40 sides, including the half million best seller "Only You" in 1955. Her popularity as a recording artist gave her the opportunity to tour with such stars as Bob Hope , Johnnie Ray and Jimmy Durante in the late 1950s and 1960s. CONTENTS * 1 Background * 2 Recording career * 3 Later career * 4 Charitable Activity * 5 Later life * 6 Selected Discography * 7 References BACKGROUNDBorn LORRAINE DEANGELIS in Chicago , IL, Lola Dee grew up on Chicago's west-side communities. Her father was a drummer and she started singing before the age of 2, delighting her family
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Quiz Kids
QUIZ KIDS was a radio and TV series of the 1940s and 1950s. Created by Chicago public relations and advertising man Louis G. Cowan, and originally sponsored by Alka-Seltzer
Alka-Seltzer
, the series was first broadcast on NBC
NBC
from Chicago, June 28, 1940, airing as a summer replacement show for Alec Templeton Time . It continued on radio for the next 13 years. On television, the show was seen on NBC
NBC
and CBS
CBS
from July 6, 1949 to July 5, 1953, with Joe Kelly as quizmaster, and again from January 12 to September 27, 1956, with Clifton Fadiman
Clifton Fadiman
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Andy Williams
HOWARD ANDREW WILLIAMS (December 3, 1927 – September 25, 2012) was an American popular music singer. He recorded 44 albums in his career, 15 of which have been gold-certified and three of which have been platinum-certified. He was also nominated for six Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
. He hosted The Andy Williams Show , a television variety show, from 1962 to 1971, and numerous TV specials. The Andy Williams Show garnered three Emmy awards. The Moon River
Moon River
Theatre in Branson, Missouri
Branson, Missouri
, is named after the song he is most known for singing— Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
and Henry Mancini 's " Moon River
Moon River
". He sold more than 100 million records worldwide, including 10.5 million certified units in the United States
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The Williams Brothers
THE WILLIAMS BROTHERS were a singing quartet that performed extensively on radio, movies, nightclubs, and television from 1938 through the 1990s. CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Tribute * 3 Second generation * 4 The gospel group "The Williams Brothers" * 5 Articles and reviews * 6 References * 7 External links HISTORYThe four Williams Brothers—Bob, Don, Dick and Andy Williams —formed a singing quartet in the mid-1930s in Wall Lake, Iowa . Their father, Jay Williams, managed and promoted the group. They entertained on radio stations , first at WHO in Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa
, and later at WLS in Chicago and WLW
WLW
in Cincinnati, before they moved to Los Angeles in 1943, where they were under contract with the MGM film studio . The Williams Brothers appeared in Janie (1944), Kansas City Kitty (1944), Ladies' Man (1947), and Something in the Wind (1947)
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Top 40
In the music industry , the TOP 40 is the current, forty most-popular songs in a particular genre . It is the best-selling or most frequently broadcast popular music . Record charts have traditionally consisted of a total of 40 songs. "Top 40" or "contemporary hit radio " is also a radio format . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Top 40 music charts and programs * 3 Further reading * 4 External links * 5 References HISTORYAccording to producer Richard Fatherley, Todd Storz was the inventor of the format, at his radio station KOWH in Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
. Storz used what he saw from the repetition of plays on the jukebox to develop his platform. The format was commercially successful, and Storz and his father Robert, under the name of the Storz Broadcasting Company, subsequently acquired other stations to use the new Top 40 format
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Eddie Peabody
EDWIN ELLSWORTH PEABODY, known as EDDIE PEABODY (February 19, 1902 – November 7, 1970) was an American banjo player, instrument developer and musical entertainer whose career spanned five decades. He was the most famous plectrum banjoist of his era. CONTENTS * 1 Early years * 2 Military service * 3 Career * 4 Later accomplishments * 5 Personal life * 6 See also * 7 Further reading * 8 References * 9 External links EARLY YEARSBorn in Reading, Massachusetts
Reading, Massachusetts
, Peabody taught himself to play the violin , mandolin , guitar and banjo while very young. MILITARY SERVICEIn March 1916, at age 14, Peabody enlisted in the U.S. Navy by lying about his age, and served in World War I
World War I
on an S-14 submarine . During this period he received the nicknames "Happiness Boy" (for his ebullient personality, especially when performing) and "Little Eddie" (a comic reference to his short stature)
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Nashville
NASHVILLE is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Tennessee
Tennessee
and the seat of Davidson County . It is located on the Cumberland River in the north central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and home to numerous colleges and universities. It is known as a center of the country music industry, earning it the nickname "MUSIC CITY, U.S.A." Since 1963, Nashville
Nashville
has had a consolidated city-county government, which includes six smaller municipalities in a two-tier system. The city is governed by a mayor, a vice-mayor, and a 40-member Metropolitan Council; 35 of the members are elected from single-member districts, while the other five are elected at-large
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Radio
RADIO is the technology of using radio waves to carry information, such as sound, by systematically modulating properties of electromagnetic energy waves transmitted through space, such as their amplitude , frequency , phase , or pulse width . When radio waves strike an electrical conductor , the oscillating fields induce an alternating current in the conductor. The information in the waves can be extracted and transformed back into its original form. Radio
Radio
systems need a transmitter to modulate (change) some property of the energy produced to impress a signal on it, for example using amplitude modulation or angle modulation (which can be frequency modulation or phase modulation ). Radio
Radio
systems also need an antenna to convert electric currents into radio waves , and radio waves into an electric current. An antenna can be used for both transmitting and receiving
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