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If today is your birthday, best wishes.  Below the fold, whether it is your birthday or not, enjoy this cornicopia related to others who share this day.

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Originally posted to DKOMA on Tue May 22, 2012 at 05:11 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

    by aravir on Tue May 22, 2012 at 05:11:21 AM PDT

  •  Happy Birthday Dad! (1+ / 0-)
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    Today is my dads birthday..

    Peace and low stress ..

    by mdmc on Tue May 22, 2012 at 05:44:11 AM PDT

  •  This guy had a major influence on the (1+ / 0-)
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    development of American music in the 20th century and I'm pretty sure he never made a recording.

    RALPH Sylvester PEER was born on May 22, 1892 in Independence, MO. He was working for Columbia in his mid ‘20s when he was signed by Okeh and began producing jazz and blues artists, including overseeing the first commercial recordings in New Orleans.

    He is also credited with producing in 1923 what is arguably the first country music recording, Fiddlin’ John Carson’s “Little Old Log Cabin in the Lane” b/w “That Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster’s Going to Crow”. By 1927 he was Victor’s A & R man when he produced the historic Bristol Sessions—sometimes referred to as the Big Bang of Country Music—recording artists like Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family.  

     Ralph Peer was an astute businessman and he talked his boss at Victor into foregoing raises in exchange for a one-cent per side royalty—which he split with the artist—and control of the catalogue. His Southern Music publishing company, later Peer International and now Peer Southern, became a giant, not just in country music, but with artists like Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton and Fats Waller. When ASCAP entered a major dispute with radio stations in the early 1940s, upstart BMI’s catalogue was first comprised of songs more than half of which were from Peer’s Southern Music.

    Peer even adapted to the rock ‘n’ roll era as he published music from Buddy Holly, Little Richard, The Big Bopper and The Platters. For his lengthy career shaping the American music business Ralph Peer was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1984, having died on January 19, 1960 at the age of 67.

    A petty criminal is someone with predatory instincts but insufficient capital to form a corporation.

    by stlsophos on Tue May 22, 2012 at 12:06:10 PM PDT

    •  Eddie Edwards was a member of ODJB (0+ / 0-)
      ...the record "Livery Stable Blues", coupled with "Dixie Jass Band One Step" became the first Jazz record ever released on February 26, 1917 for the Victor Talking Machine Company.
      So, Peer was responsible for the recording above.

      Ancora Impara--Michelangelo

      by aravir on Wed May 23, 2012 at 05:41:15 AM PDT

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