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R.I.P., Al Jarreau

R.I.P., Al Jarreau

Word came over Sunday afternoon that Grammy-winning singer Al Jarreau, whose vocal talents in jazz, R&B and pop were as treasured in the music industry as his excellent record sales, died in Los Angeles. Jarreau was 76. He was hospitalized and abruptly…

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Rockabilly on the Route festival to take a hiatus in 2018

Rockabilly on the Route festival to take a hiatus in 2018

Organizers of Rockabilly on the Route in Tucumcari, New Mexico, will take an indefinite break from the music festival starting in 2018 to reassess its future — including the possibility of taking it on the road. Organizers on the Rockabilly on the…

Readers vote Nat King Cole as recording the best version of “Route 66”

Readers vote Nat King Cole as recording the best version of “Route 66”

A little more than a year ago, I posted a story and online readers poll about the many versions of “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” over the decades. I promised a follow-up on the top vote-getter within a week…

A collage of images from West Texas

A collage of images from West Texas

This stunning video features the images of Wyman Meinzer, the official photographer for the state of Texas, and the music of Doug Smith. The images don’t strictly come from Route 66 — although Palo Duro Canyon State Park south of Amarillo…

“Most Amazing Views of Route 66”

“Most Amazing Views of Route 66”

If you have an hour or so, check out this new video by Roamin’ Rich Dinkela and Jamie Jessop showing views of Route 66 landmarks with the help of a drone. Interspersed occasionally in the footage are old images to…

Bob Seger releases tribute song to Eagles founder Glenn Frey

Bob Seger releases tribute song to Eagles founder Glenn Frey

  Rock ‘n’ roll legend Bob Seger a few months ago wrote a song in tribute to the late Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles. Seger is offering the tune away as a free download. Frey, 67, died a little more…

What now would be the cities in the “Route 66” song?

What now would be the cities in the “Route 66” song?

Andrea Sachs, a Washington Post reporter who’s driven Route 66 and written about it several times, recently posited an interesting mental exercise. If Bobby Troup were writing “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” in 2017, what cities would he include…

Frank and Lynne Kocevar’s Arizona Christmas card

It’s become a tradition for Frank and Lynne Kocevar of the Route 66 Experience and former owners of Historic Seligman Sundries in Seligman, Arizona, to produce their annual video Christmas card from Arizona. And here it is. Merry Christmas from…

A 2,400-mile performance of “Route 66”

Music teacher Andy Jarema, thanks to some slick editing, performs Bobby Troup’s “(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66” on trumpet on the 10 locations mentioned in the song — plus Santa Monica as a bonus. Jarema wrote about his journey in…

Memories of Leon Russell

Memories of Leon Russell

A lot of Tulsa residents are glum today. That’s because songwriter and session musician Leon Russell died in his sleep at age 74, it was announced Sunday. Russell was Tulsa’s favorite musical son. He certainly became the city’s most prominent…

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