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Are there any kinds of Jazz that use Sitars?

I'm a fan of traditional Sitar Raga Music and Sitars used in popular/psychedelic/progressive music. The other night I was listening to an NPR station and briefly thought I heard a piece of Jazz music ...
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Was Elvis Presley's 'Suspcious Minds' the first song with a fade-out and fade back in?

Wikipedia on Suspicious Minds explains: Elvis' primary producer Felton Jarvis made the unusual decision to add a premature fade-out to the song starting at 3:36 and lasting for 15 seconds before ...
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Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus - year of birth

I was just watching the programme Gone... But Not Forgotten 30 Stars of the 80s. It mentioned Rob Pilatus (1965-1998) with Milli Vanilli's song Girl I'm Gonna Miss You. Just out of curiousity I ...
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Who's the earliest rock band to use a sitar?

Who's the earliest rock band to use a sitar on a song recording or album?
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How can I locate old sheet music if I know the author, title and copyright info?

In doing research about one of my ancestors, I found a record of a hymn that he wrote and received a copyright for, back in 1914. I'm interested in locating a copy of the sheet music, but I have no ...
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Why did Mahler experience fin-de-siècle angst?

Source: The Complete Classical Music Guide (2012). General Editor: John Burrows OBE HonRCM, edited with Charles Wiffen. p. 152 Bottom Right. Music Apart from lost student chamber works, ...
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Why did Guillaume de Machaut believe that “in my end is my beginning, and in my beginning”?

Source: The Master and His Emissary (2009). p. 448 Middle.   The individual life was seen in the past as more than just a line leading to — what? Its shape had the qualities of a circle: in my ...
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Loretta Lynn interview, circa 1976, mentions friend's death

Im looking for a Loretta Lynn interview from around 1976 I believe. It was on Tv and in it I believe she tells the story of her friend dying when she was 18 years old (the same age as Loretta at the ...
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What are all stanza of Jane Kaha Gaye Wo Din?

I'm talking about an Indian old Hindi song "Jane Kaha Gaye Wo Din" had sung by my favorite singer Mukesh Chand Mathur (1923-1976). Some information is as follows: Film: Mera Naam Jokar (1970) Music ...
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What did Schoenberg intend to say by '[Ives] responds to negligence by contempt'?

Source: Charles Ives and the Classical Tradition. p. 87 Top. There is a great Man living in this Country—a composer. He has solved the problem of how to preserve one's self-esteem. He responds ...
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Songs with powerful real-life significance [closed]

I was listening to Vera Lynn's We'll Meet Again, which is an impactful song as it was popular among people going to World War II and their families left behind. I was wondering what other songs have ...
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Is there a streaming music service that plays music by year or decade (esp 60s to 80s) based on what was actually popular in the decade?

I find that most “decade channels” (eg 80s Music) play music based on a retrospective notion of the decade. In that, some songs are overplayed and some songs are forgotten. I want to (re-) hear the ...
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As a performer, was Mozart primarily a pianist or a violinist?

As a performer, was Mozart primarily a pianist or a violinist? In other words, which was his primary performing instrument? As he gained success as a composer, did he stop performing? If so, was it ...
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Intro Song in Petra Documentary

So, there is this documentary called "Petra: the lost city of stone". At the very beginning, you immediatly here the narrator speaking with a background music. I'm not a music expert, i cannot even ...
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Why do classical composers not exist nowadays that were of the same stature of Beethoven? [duplicate]

We don’t see many composers nowadays with the very same stature of Beethoven or Mozart. It would appear nowadays, that if you have produced one successful track, you can call yourself a composer. ...
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When did Beste (vocal genre in Ottoman classical music) appear?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beste_(Turkish_music) (CC-BY-SA): The beste is a vocal genre in Ottoman classical music. It was a movement of the fasıl, or suite. When did the genre appear, and when ...
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is there any particular reason why songs in spanish are taking over?

I was reading the charts for most viewed youtube songs for the years 2017/2018 . In it, 7 out of the 10 most viewed youtube music videos are in spanish. Notice this wasnt like this before, in years ...
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Inspiration for Split Enz' song, “Time for a Change”

There is a story that the Split Enz song Time for a Change was inspired by the decision of someone known to the band members who decided to join the priesthood. Any truth to this?
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Musician with the most one-off aliases

On a train of thought inspired by @Bebs' question, there are many one-off fun aliases made up for "off-contract" work : for example Luther Grosvenor as Arial Bender, Bob Dylan as Blind boy Grunt and ...
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A famous R&B musician alluded to in *Swan Peak*

In the mystery novel Swan Peak by James Lee Burke there is this sentence : She remembered a statement that Keith Richards once made regarding a famous R&B musician whose hostility to his own ...
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Why did all the prog rock bands switch to an Electro-Pop sound in the early 80s?

It seems that many (if not all) of the major Prog Rock bands switched to some form of Synth Pop or Electro Pop in the early 80s. I get it that styles change and bands tend to follow trends, but if ...
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When did musicians started to call each other “MF” in a friendly meaning?

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, the word motherfucker is a very offensive way to insult someone. an extremely insulting name for someone you hate or for someone who has made you angry. But ...
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When did the Goombay genre start?

According to Wikipedia Goombay is a music genre from the Bahamas (in addition to being the name of an instrument central to the genre). What was the first song that would today be qualified as ...
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How and why do I know the song Луди жаби?

I'm gonna win the prize for the most weird question ever? Maybe. I've recently moved to Bulgaria from Italy, and a bunch of weeks ago on TV I heard a song, Луди жаби from the band Джанго Зе. (trad: ...
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How does a pork chop relate to Duke Ellington's answer of 'Bach and myself'?

Source: The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century (1 ed. 2007; but 2008 Reprint ed. exists). p. 151 Bottom. There's a wonderful scene in a 1944 New Yorker profile in which Ellington is ...
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Identify melody used in a production of Waiting for Godot for “the dog song”

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. Singing more slowly, with a lilt, feels helpful. ...
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Can you identify this (folk) melody? [duplicate]

I'm exasperatedly seeking the melody behind this scene in a BBC production of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, starting here at the 1:04:18 mark. It reminds me of Schubert's Der Müller und der Bach,...
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When did Progressive Trance appear?

While the English Wikipedia talks a bit about progressive trance, the German and Spanish ones are much more complete. But they all miss information about the origin of progressive trance. What was ...
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Did Beethoven assist to rehearsals?

As you may know, Beethoven spent the last decade of his life almost completely deaf. That made me wonder : Was he a conductor ? Did he assist to the rehearsals of his concerts ?
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Is it the end of Linkin Park?

After Chester commited suicide and broke my/our heart, I wonder what will happen next ? Will Linkin Park survive ? Is there an example from history where bands were able to recover ? My question: ...
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Why are female singers criticised when singing live more than male singers?

I mean, there are a lot of talks, youtube videos, criticism, ect about female singers when they perform live (she can't sing live, she can't hit that high note like records, she doesn't sound like ...
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Why doesn't anyone write great symphonies any more?

Most of the "great" symphonies stem from the 18th and 19th centuries. Shostakovich was the last great symphonic composer and he died in 1975. I'm not aware of anyone writing great symphonies since him....
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History of the Guitar in Rock 'n' Roll music

Since when guitars were used in Rock 'n' Roll music? Not necessarily as lead instrument. The wiki page says In the earliest rock and roll styles of the late 1940s and early 1950s, either the piano ...
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Why did '/Passenger.' break up?

Wikipedia mentions that the British music band /Passenger. broke up in 2009 after releasing their debut and only album in 2007. I tried to find some other details but could not find much. Does anyone ...
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What's the oldest known song that is still played today?

I am curious on whether any songs still exist from Roman Empire (before the split, so ca. 27 BC – 395 AD), from the Greek period (Alexander the Great to the end of the Seleucid Empire, so ca. 356 BC - ...
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Are there any singles (not EPs) with titles different from those of the songs they include? [closed]

Record singles of the Vinyl Era were usually named after their A-side song (since this song was intended to draw the attention of the audience) or had a title composed of their A-side songs’ titles (...
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Who is the Elize that Beethoven composed about?

What is the history about the famous piano piece "Für Elise". Do we know who this lady that Beethoven immortalized was? Did he have a big, fat old crush on this lady? Was it a case of unrequited love? ...
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Longest-running artist in music history?

If you google information about longest running bands, there seem to be conflicting accounts, like U2, ZZ Top, Rolling Stones, etc, which depend on the criteria used (no gaps, same members, etc). ...
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Examples of songs with dropped verses?

Looking into some jazz terminology here, I came across a definition of "chorus" that says One complete cycle of a tune, one time through from top to bottom Also on that page, part of the ...
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History of musical instruments in classical music

I recently read a bit about how the harpsichord was replaced by the piano, but the text did not go in depth into the reasons behind the change. I am looking for resources to learn what instruments ...
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What was The Grand Tour?

In some of my readings, I come across some passing mentions that Vancouver was a stop on the Grand Tour and that was a contributing factor in it developing a lot of infrastructure for musical ...
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Which country is Paweł Błaszczak from?

Paweł Błaszczak composed music for several well known video games including "The Witcher" and "Dying Light". He also composed music for some movies, but I couldn't find his country of origin from a ...
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Did NME really say Public Image Limited was “arguably the first post-rock group”?

On the Wikipedia page for Post Rock (Here) it says that the magazine New Musical Express has stated that Public Image Limited was "arguably the first post-rock group" (the quotation is from the ...
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Greatest logevity in Rock bands, keeping all initial members

I'm looking for famous Rock bands that had the greatest longevity with keeping all initial members. Here are some restrictions: Initial members would be the ones who recorded the first album. Famous ...
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Where does this famous rhythm pattern come from (oftenly used to knock on a door)?

This rhythm pattern seems very famous and is oftenly used to knock on someone's door, sometimes as a code: Does it have an history? Where does it come from?
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Has a B-side unexpectedly become more popular than A-side?

When released for the first time, a single usually suppose to have a hit on the A-side, and a secondary song not supposed to be a hit, on the B-side. That song was basically used to fill the B-side, ...
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“Going Back to Houston” from where?

Dean Martin sang of being in some city where he was broke, wet, hungry, and unknown. He sang of going back to Houston, but what city was he in? Was it a real city where he had been? I can't find ...
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Did Elvis Presley ever travel through Saskatchewan, specifically Saskatoon?

Did Elvis ever pass through Saskatchewan? (not perform, of course). I feel someone is lying to me about meeting him in Saskatoon during a stay at The Besborough Hotel.
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Was 2016 really a partcularly deadly year for artists?

I have heard several times that 2016 had witnessed more artist deaths than previous years... Is there an actual statistic about this or is this just a biased feeling that expanded in people's minds?
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How did Tops Records squeeze two songs in each 78 rpm side?

From this question about soundalikes, I went to this article where I learned about Tops Records which business was to sell cheap records with soundalikes of current time hits. Additionally, they ...