National Music

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – RZA

Posted on March 18, 2022

  Song: “Clan in Da Front (feat. RZA & GZA)” Artist: RZA (Wu-Tang Clan) Album: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) Year Released: 1993 Genre: Hardcore Hip-Hop Local Connection: RZA moved to Steubenville, Ohio in 1990 to live with his mother. He spent weekends in Pittsburgh, where his father ran a convenience store Did you know? RZA is known for […]

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PittSongs – Paul Gilbert

Posted on March 16, 2022

  Song: “To Be With You” Artist: Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big) Album: Lean Into It Year Released: 1991 Genre: Glam Metal Local Connection: Lead guitarist Paul Gilbert was born in Carbondale, Illinois in 1966 and moved to Greensburg at age two Did you know? Mr. Big is frequently cited as an example of the “Big in […]

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PittSongs – Horace Parlan

Posted on March 15, 2022

  Song: “Congalegre” Artist: Horace Parlan Album: Headin’ South Year Released: 1961 Genre: Post-Bop Jazz Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1931 Did you know? Horace Parlan was stricken with polio as an infant, resulting in the partial crippling of his right hand. The handicap contributed to his development of a particularly “pungent” left-hand chord […]

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PittSongs – Vince Herman

Posted on March 14, 2022

  Song: “River’s Rising” Artist: Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) Album: Euphoria Year Released: 1997 Genre: Slamgrass Local Connection: Lead singer-songwriter Vince Herman was born in Pittsburgh in 1962 and graduated from Carlynton High School Did you know? In 2012, Leftover Salmon is the featured “house band” at the Whales Tail Bar in Breckenridge, Colorado on the Deadliest Catch – After […]

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PittSongs – Guy Klucevsek

Posted on March 10, 2022

  Song: “Loosening Up the Queen” Artist: Guy Klucevsek Album: Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse Year Released: 1990 Genre: Improvisation Local Connection: Raised in Pittsburgh in the 1960’s Did you know? Guy Klucevsek is one of relatively few accordion players active in new music, jazz and free improvisation PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support […]

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PittSongs – Margot Bingham

Posted on March 7, 2022

  Song: “Farewell Daddy Blues” Artist: Margot Bingham Album: Boardwalk Empire OST Vol. 3 Year Released: 2014 Genre: Blues Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1988 Did you know? Margot Bingham is a musician, writer and actress, best known for her television roles in Boardwalk Empire, She’s Gotta Have It, and The Walking Dead PittSongs […]

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PittSongs – Gerome Ragni

Posted on March 4, 2022

Song: “The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In)” Artist: Gerome Ragni Album: Hair (Original Broadway Cast Recording) Year Released: 1968 Genre: Musical Theater Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1935 Did you know? As a co-writer of Hair: An American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, Gerome Ragni played the part of Berger in the initial production PittSongs […]

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First/Last – Yardan

Yardan is an artist native to coastal Connecticut, a creator of sonic and visual experiences both in and out of the studio. In 2019, Steve Yardan joined forces with a cast of all-star musicians to commence work on his first track of what would develop into a dynamic sonic impression of Tim Buckley’s American folk […]

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PittSongs – Jules Shear

Song: “If She Knew What She Wants” Artist: Jules Shear Album: The Eternal Return Year Released: 1985 Genre: Singer-Songwriter Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1952 Did you know? Jules Shear attended the University of Pittsburgh in the early 1970’s where he distinguished himself with the Pitt Glee Club where he led a special side ensemble […]

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PittSongs – Betty Davis

Song: “Shoo-D-Boop and Cop Him” Artist: Betty Davis Album: They Say I’m Different Year Released: 1974 Genre: Funk/Soul Local Connection: Moved to Pittsburgh at age 12 and quietly resides here presently Did you know? Married to Miles Davis in 1968 and is credited to introducing him to the new fashions and music of the era, […]

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PittSongs – Lauren Wood

Song: “Fallen” Artist: Lauren Wood Album: Cat Trick Year Released: 1981 Genre: Soft Rock Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh Did you know? In 1972, Lauren Wood provided back-up vocals on Frank Zappa’s album The Grand Wazoo not long after the breakup of her psychedelic country rock band Rebecca & the Sunny Brook Farmers PittSongs is a non-chronological […]

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PittSongs – Jay Chattaway

Song: “Main Title” Artist: Jay Chattaway Album: Maniac Cop OST Year Released: 1988 Genre: Film Score Local Connection: Born in Monongahela in 1946 Did you know? Jay Chattaway won an Emmy for Outstanding Music for a Series for the final episode of Star Trek: Voyager PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Jay Chattaway #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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First/Last – Thrown-Out Bones

“I see you disappear so far and fast away from here just take what you need and leave the rest“ Thrown-Out Bones is a San Francisco-based high-energy swanky rock group known for their experimental approach to genre and performance. With 10+ years of playing together, this power trio has developed a unique sound that blurs […]

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First/Last – Sh’Bang

Posted on August 27, 2021

“Be safe, have fun, call if you need bail money“ Sh’Bang is an alternative punk rock quartet from Philadelphia laying out some groovy tunes designed to enchant and confuse. They encode their lives into rugged rock lines that will leave you dancing and crying at the same time. Following the release of their debut EP from […]

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