Pittsburgh Music

PittSongs – Vera Barstow

Song: “Viennese Popular Song: The Old Refrain” Artist: Vera Barstow Album: 78 RPM Year Released: 1920 Genre: Instrumental Local Connection: Born near Pittsburgh in 1891 Did you know? Vera Barstow fell ill in the 1918 flu pandemic while in France but survived to live until her death in 1975 at age 84 PittSongs is a non-chronological history […]

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PittSongs – Richard D Johnson

Song: “Nokomis (Trio)” Artist: Richard D Johnson Album: Here I Am Year Released: 2013 Genre: Jazz Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1975 Did you know? In 2005, Richard Johnson became a musical director for the Atlanta Hawks. This position allowed him the chance to put together a Hip-Hop instrumental quartet which performed during the in […]

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PittSongs – The Affordable Floors

Song: “Wedding Ring” Artist: The Affordable Floors Album: Drumming on the Walls Year Released: 1989 Genre: New Wave Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 1984 Did you know? In 1986 the Affordable Floors beat out 15 other bands in a live competition to win the Tri-State Rock Competition at the Graffiti Showcase. Their prize […]

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PittSongs – André Previn

Song: “In gemächlicher Bewegung, ohne Hast” Artist: André Previn Album: Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 Year Released: 1979 Genre: Orchestral Local Connection: Conductor for The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra from 1976-1984 Did you know? André Previn was nominated for 11 Academy Awards. He won four times, in 1958, 1959, 1963 and 1964. He is one of the […]

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PittSongs – Dejah Monea

Song: “Fuck You Very Much” Artist: Dejah Monea Album: Flowers and Dopamine Year Released: 2020 Genre: R&B/Soul Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1999 Did you know? Dejah Monea attended Pittsburgh CAPA and then Point Park University where she was chosen as the Pioneer Records Star of 2019-2020 year PittSongs is a non-chronological history of […]

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PittSongs – Ethel Smith

Song: “Tico Tico” Artist: Ethel Smith Album: 78 RPM Single Year Released: 1944 Genre: Samba Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1902 Did you know? Ethel Smith was married to Hollywood actor Ralph Bellamy from 1945 to 1947, at the height of her fame, and their acrimonious divorce made headlines PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh […]

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PittSongs – Thea Austin

Song: “Rhythm is a Dancer” Artist: Thea Austin Album: The Madman’s Return (SNAP!) Year Released: 1992 Genre: Dance/House Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1960 Did you know? Thea Austin has been a staunch global advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and cure as well as global women’s health issues PittSongs is a non-chronological history of […]

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PittSongs – The Del-Vikings

Song: “Come Go with Me” Artist: The Del-Vikings Album: Come Go with The Del-Vikings Year Released: 1956 Genre: Doo-Wop Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 1955 Did you know? “Come Go with Me” was featured in the films American Graffiti (1973), Diner (1982), Stand by Me (1986), Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), and Set It Up (2018) PittSongs is a non-chronological history of […]

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PittSongs – Short Fictions

Song: “Don’t Start a Band” Artist: Short Fictions Album: Single Release Year Released: 2022 Genre: Melodic emo/punk Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 2015 Did you know? Since its inception, Short Fictions has had several different band members in the line-up, the only constant being songwriter Sam Treber. PittSongs is a non-chronological history of […]

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PittSongs – Kai Roberts

Song: “Bad News” Artist: Kai Roberts Album: The Great Escape Year Released: 2019 Genre: Hip-Hop Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1993 Did you know? Kai Roberts is a producer, artist, as well as a professional mental health speaker PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Kai Roberts #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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PittSongs – Moshe Taubé

Song: “Zaro Chayo” Artist: Moshe Taubé Album: Original Cantorial Masterpieces Year Released: 1968 Genre: Cantorial Local Connection: Moved to Pittsburgh in 1965 and became Cantor at Congregation Beth Shalom Did you know? He and his father were saved from the Kraków-Płaszów concentration camp in 1945 by the actions of Oskar Schindler PittSongs is a non-chronological history of […]

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PittSongs – Robin Grayson

Song: “Call That” Artist: Robin Grayson Album: Hold You Down EP Year Released: 2020 Genre: R&B Local Connection: Born and currently resides in Pittsburgh Did you know? Robin Grayson, along with writing and producing her own material, is a visual artist PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Robin Grayson #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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First/Last – Pat Coyle

“Do you remember Sunday school we held each other’s hand and it was cool” Pat Coyle is a Pittsburgh based singer/songwriter/drummer from who infuses intimate pop songs with sounds from day to day life. His background in filmmaking and general love for movies provides the bed frame for his lyrical inspiration, usually manifesting in cinematic […]

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PittSongs – The Corbin Hanner Band

Song: “Dinosaur” Artist: The Corbin Hanner Band Album: For the Sake of the Song Year Released: 1981 Genre: Country Local Connection: Band formed in Ford City in 1979 Did you know? Bob Corbin and Dave Hanner began making music together in high school, forming the bands Lost Lambs and later Gravel PittSongs is a non-chronological […]

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PittSongs – Acheron

Song: “To Thee We Confess” Artist: Acheron Album: Rites of the Black Mass Year Released: 1991 Genre: Death/Black Metal Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 1989 Did you know? Acheron is named after the mythological river Acheron (Ancient Greek: Ἀχέρων – Akhérōn) located in the underground kingdom of Hades in ancient Greek mythology PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music […]

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PittSongs – Pk Delay

Song: “Big Body” Artist: PK Delay Album: KIMBO Year Released: 2021 Genre: Rap, Hip-Hop Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1994 Did you know? PK Delay wrote a song every day (365 in total) in 2019 PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support PK Delay #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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First/Last – VYLTS

“If there is a God, He probably took one look at the blood that poured out of Abel’s head, crimson hands of Cain and cried out, “What have I done?“ VYLTS are a hardcore/punk band from Pittsburgh, PA. They strive to be as DIY and as ethical of a band as they can be. They aim […]

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PittSongs – Valentine Abt

Song: “Angel’s Serenade (Braga)” Artist: Valentine Abt Album: Single Release Year Released: 1905 Genre: Instrumental Local Connection: Born in Pittsburgh in 1857 Did you know? Valentine Abt was credited with creating the duo-style of mandolin playing, in which one musician plays back and forth between melody, counter-melody and harmony so quickly that it sounds as […]

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PittSongs – The Marcels

Song: “Blue Moon” Artist: The Marcels Album: Blue Moon Year Released: 1961 Genre: Doo-Wop Local Connection: Band formed in Pittsburgh in 1959 Did you know? The group was named after a popular hair style of the day, the marcel wave PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support The Marcels #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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PittSongs – Chandra Rhyme

Song: “Bullet” Artist: Chandra Rhyme Album: Single Release Year Released: 2021 Genre: Pop, R&B infused Hip-Hop Local Connection: Currently residing and working in Pittsburgh Did you know? Chandra Rhyme is an accomplished choreographer and dancer PittSongs is a non-chronological history of Pittsburgh music Support Chandra Rhyme #PittSongs #SupportPGHMusic

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