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Donna Mitchell Profile

Donna Mitchell Profile

As featured in the Beacher, Thursday, November 25, 2021. By Edmund Lawer A Vibrant Spirit Donna Mitchell makes a mockery of the word “retirement.” An age-defying force of nature at 70, Mitchell is the hyperkinetic dynamo behind two well-known local musical...

MUSICAL MYSTERY: Who Banned Louie Louie?

MUSICAL MYSTERY: Who Banned Louie Louie?

Garth Taylor"Louie Louie" was recorded by Los Angeles musician Richard Berry who performed up and down the West Coast with doo-wop and close harmony groups, most notably The Flairs (Foot Stompin). Berry’s tune is based on "El Loco Cha Cha,” which had a long...

Tom Dooley

Tom Dooley

Garth TaylorThe Ballad of Tom Dooley recounts the details of a crime of passion and was the number one song in America in 1958 when it was copyrighted, published and recorded by Kingston Trio. It turns out they didn’t write it; they were sued, and lost. It also turns...

THE MAJOR KEY

THE MAJOR KEY

From the President - Garth Taylor Hello everyone! We are almost at the end of a year we will never forget. It was, shall we say, remarkable. There will be many songs written about it. Even with Covid and a poor economy, the School of American Music made important...

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