Florence Price Finally Takes Her Place On The List Of Great Composers (Cool Weird Awesome 1217)

Today in 1887 (or, by some accounts, 1888), the birthday of a composer who’s really only now getting the acclaim she deserves: Florence Price.

For Our Fifth Birthday, The Story Of The Song “Happy Birthday To You” (Cool Weird Awesome 1209)

Today we’re looking at the song that a lot of us sing over a birthday cake: “Happy Birthday To You.” And does this song ever have a wild history. 

By |2024-03-22T06:55:54-04:00March 21, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Wilson Pickett’s “Mustang Sally” Became A Hit, After A Tape Machine Cut It To Pieces (Cool Weird Awesome 1205)

Today in 1941, the birthday of Wilson Pickett, a legend of soul and R&B music, and one who had an engineer save one of his future hit songs from a very hungry tape machine. 

February Is The Shortest Month For Literally Odd Reasons (Cool Weird Awesome 1181)

We're in the shortest month of the year, but how did that happen? The answer starts with the Romans, who had reasons.

By |2024-02-06T08:52:22-05:00February 6, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

When Indiana Tried To Get “Louie, Louie” Off The Radio (Cool Weird Awesome 1178)

Today in 1964, Billboard Magazine reported that the governor of Indiana had called on the state’s broadcasters to stop playing the song “Louie, Louie” by the Kingsmen because of its allegedly dirty lyrics.

By |2024-02-01T09:57:16-05:00February 1, 2024|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Listening To A Symphony Can Actually Sync Up The Audiences’ Heart Rates (Cool Weird Awesome 1117)

When we say "music can bring us together," we usually mean it bridges divides and builds communities. But a new study finds that, biologically speaking, music really can bring people together.

By |2023-10-26T09:35:14-04:00October 26, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

An Excited James Brown Fan Almost Swore Through The Recording Of “Live At The Apollo” (Cool Weird Awesome 1115)

Today in 1962, the recording of the landmark James Brown album “Live at the Apollo,” one that came together after the recording team dealt with one pretty big obstacle.  

Neil Diamond And Barbra Streisand Had A Hit Duet Almost By Accident (Cool Weird Awesome 1110)

Today in 1978, Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand released their enormous hit duet "You Don't Bring Me Flowers." a duet that pretty much happened by accident. 

By |2023-10-17T06:49:02-04:00October 17, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Antonín Dvořák’s First Symphony Went Missing For Six Decades (Cool Weird Awesome 1101)

Today in 1936, the premiere of Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 1. That was 71 years after the symphony was written, which is what happens when a symphony is thought to be lost.

The Marx Brothers Became Comedians Thanks To An Escaped Mule In Texas (Cool Weird Awesome 1099)

Today was the birthday in 1890 of Groucho Marx, perhaps the best known of the comic geniuses known as the Marx Brothers. And yet, if it hadn’t been for a runaway mule, they might never have ended up doing comedy.

By |2023-10-02T10:53:36-04:00October 2, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |
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