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HughShows Blog has featured thousands of original live band photos and has conducted over 1000 musician interviews (including Brian Wilson, Mavis Staples, and Bruce Hornsby) since starting. With the original ‘First/Last’ questionnaire, you get a sense of where the musician has come from and where they are going with their artistic expression.

PittSongs – Al Cleveland

Posted on April 18, 2022

  Song: “I Second That Emotion” Artist: Al Cleveland (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles) Album: 45 RPM Single Release Year Released: 1967 Genre: Soul Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1930 Did you know? Al Cleveland co-wrote many Motown classic songs including “Dinah” for The Temptations and “What’s Going On” with Marvin Gaye PittSongs is […]

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PittSongs – Herb Magidson

Posted on April 15, 2022

  Song: “The Continental” Artist: Herb Magidson (Fred Astaire Album: The Gay Divorcee Year Released: 1934 Genre: Swing Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1906 Did you know? Herb Magidson won the first Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1934 for his lyrics to “The Continental”, used in film The Gay Divorcee PittSongs is a non-chronological history […]

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PittSongs – Sarah Marince

Posted on April 14, 2022

  Song: “Just Feel Right” Artist: Sarah Marince Album: You’re My Summertime EP Year Released: 2008 Genre: Country Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1990 Did you know? Sarah Marince relocated to Orlando, FL and began doing radio, television and voiceover work. She has done commercial work for Disney, Wal-Mart, Nestle, Gaylord Palms Resort, Florida […]

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PittSongs – S!MONE

Posted on April 13, 2022

  Song: “Ball Out” Artist: S!MONE Album: Divine Mistakes Year Released: 2021 Genre: R&B Local Connection: Graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2021 Did you know? S!MONE (Simone Joy Jones) is currently playing Lisa in Bel-Air, a dramatic retelling of the story of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh […]

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PittSongs – J.C. Moses

Posted on April 12, 2022

  Song: “Beautiful Love” Artist: J.C. Moses (Kenny Dorham Quintet) Album: Matador Year Released: 1962 Genre: Jazz Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1936 Did you know? Percussionist J.C. Moses moved to Copenhagen around 1969, where he was house drummer at the Montmartre Club, playing with Ben Webster and Dexter Gordon among others PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support […]

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PittSongs – Jim Fidler

Posted on April 11, 2022

  Song: “Downtown Girl” Artist: Jim Fidler Album: Gypsy Year Released: 1995 Genre: Celtic Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1960 Did you know? Jim Fidler has been legally blind since the age of nine and plays most of the instruments on his songs. He is a first cousin to Christina Aguilera PittSongs is a […]

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PittSongs – Papa John Creach

Posted on April 8, 2022

  Song: “Walkin’” Artist: Papa John Creach (Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, & David Freiberg) Album: Baron von Tollbooth & the Chrome Nun Year Released: 1973 Genre: Art Rock Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1917 Did you know? Violinist Papa John Creach was invited to join both Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna in 1970. As a […]

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PittSongs – Hardo

Posted on April 7, 2022

  Song: “Nothin to Me” Artist: Hardo Album: Fame or Feds 3 Year Released: 2021 Genre: Hardcore Rap Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1992 Did you know? Joseph Barnett came up with the name Hardo from the forceful, compelling way he was able to spit rhymes. It also had to do with the content […]

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PittSongs – Shirley Jones

Posted on April 6, 2022

  Song: “I Think I Love You” Artist: Shirley Jones (The Partridge Family) Album: Partridge Family Album Year Released: 1970 Genre: Bubblegum Pop Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1934 Did you know? Shirley Jones won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1960 for playing a vengeful prostitute in Elmer Gantry, a role that was counter […]

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PittSongs – Black Moth Super Rainbow

Posted on April 5, 2022

  Song: “Forever Heavy” Artist: Black Moth Super Rainbow Album: Dandelion Gum Year Released: 2007 Genre: Psychedelic Local Connection: Formed in Pittsburgh in 2003 Did you know? Black Moth Super Rainbow is considered a solo music studio project created by Tom Fec, who is also well known as TOBACCO. Fec writes, records, and produces the […]

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PittSongs – 1.8.7.

Posted on April 4, 2022

  Song: “Dis Soun’ (1.8.7. Jungle Dub)” Artist: 1.8.7. Album: This is Jungle Sky Vol. 2 Year Released: 1996 Genre: Drum and Bass Local Connection: Born and raised in Pittsburgh Did you know? 1.8.7. is an outspoken trans musician, producer, and DJ who now goes by the professional name Jordana PittSongs is a non-chronological history […]

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PittSongs – Tunde Adebimpe

Posted on April 1, 2022

  Song: “Wolf Like Me” Artist: Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) Album: Return to Cookie Mountain Year Released: 2006 Genre: Rock Local Connection: Attended Shady Side Academy in Fox Chapel for high school Did you know? Tunde Adebimpe may be best known as lead singer for TV on the Radio but is also an accomplished musician, singer-songwriter, […]

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PittSongs – Rush

Posted on March 31, 2022

  Song: “Finding My Way” Artist: Rush Album: Rush Year Released: 1974 Genre: Prog Rock Local Connection: The first song played from Neil Peart’s debut performance with Rush on August 14, 1974 at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh Did you know? Rush weren’t even listed on the bill with Uriah Heep and Manfred Mann and […]

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PittSongs – Povertyneck Hillbillies

Posted on March 30, 2022

  Song: “Mr. Right Now” Artist: Povertyneck Hillbillies Album: Don’t Look Back Year Released: 2004 Genre: Country Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 2000 Did you know? The Povertyneck Hillbillies changed their name to The Hillbilly Way in 2012 PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Povertyneck Hillbillies #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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PittSongs – Norma-Jean Wofford

Posted on March 29, 2022

  Song: “Little Girl” Artist: Norma-Jean Wofford (Bo Diddley) Album: Bo Diddley & Company Year Released: 1962 Genre: Rock & Roll Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1942 Did you know? Norma-Jean Wofford was Bo Diddley’s second female guitarist, replacing Peggy Jones (a.k.a. Lady Bo). When Jones left the band, disappointed fans asked Bo Diddley what had […]

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PittSongs – Slowdanger

Posted on March 28, 2022

  Song: “SUB” Artist: Slowdanger Album: FURY ANGEL Year Released: 2021 Genre: Techno Local Connection: Duo formed in Pittsburgh in 2016 Did you know? Slowdanger is a project based multidisciplinary performance entity founded by Taylor Knight and Anna Thompson PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Slowdanger #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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PittSongs – Nancy Galbraith

Posted on March 25, 2022

  Song: “Folk Fragments” Artist: Nancy Galbraith Album: Cuarteto Latinoamericano Year Released: 2008 Genre: String Quartet Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1951 Did you know? Nancy Galbraith currently teaches composition and music theory at Carnegie Mellon University PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Nancy Galbraith #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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PittSongs – Tawatha Agee

Posted on March 24, 2022

  Song: “Did I Dream You” Artist: Tawatha Agee Album: Welcome to My Dream Year Released: 1987 Genre: Soul Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1954 Did you know? Tawatha Agee, best known as the lead singer of funk and soul band Mtume, is a prolific session vocalist and background singer and was featured on […]

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PittSongs – Candy Apple Blue

Posted on March 23, 2022

  Song: “All the Will in the World” Artist: Candy Apple Blue Album: Single Release Year Released: 2022 Genre: Synthpop Local Connection: Duo formed in Pittsburgh in 2010 Did you know? Candy Apple Blue are siblings Hoyt & Carly Emerick who got their musical start composing songs for the NYC based electronic band, The Inertia […]

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PittSongs – The Stereos

Posted on March 22, 2022

  Song: “I Really Love You” Artist: The Stereos Album: Single Release Year Released: 1961 Genre: Doo-Wop Local Connection: Band formed in Steubenville, OH in 1959 Did you know? George Harrison covered “I Really Love You” for his 1982 album Gone Troppo PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support The Stereos #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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