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This Day in Music History: Blondie makes their live debut, Rod Stewart plays his last show with The Faces

Blondie

1955 – Chrysler introduces the world’s first in-car sound systems – record players, complete with an assortment of classical vinyl, mounted under the dashboard. The unit measures about four inches high and less than a foot wide. The seven inch discs spin at 16 2/3 rpm and require almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players are discontinued in 1961.

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Diana Ross delivers a boomer’s delight at The Mann

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For a little over an hour last night at The Mann, Diana Ross, the lead singer of The Supremes – one of Motown’s most celebrated groups – delivered a non-stop, high energy, whirlwind dose of her hits and some classic R&B covers. At 71, she’s still got a fantastic voice. With five costume changes, she looked absolutely dazzling in her glittery and feathery gowns, cooling herself off with color coordinated fans. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Woven In at Kung Fu Necktie, Diana Ross at The Mann, Darla at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Woven In | Photo  by Matthew Moyer
Woven In | Photo by Matthew Moyer | via facebook.com/wovenin

Philly’s Mariah Johnson makes moody, jagged lo-fi pop under the name Woven In, and tonight she’s on a gig upstairs at Fishtown’s Kung Fu Necktie. Earlier this year, Woven In released the Feel LP, which you can listen to below; get more information on tonight’s show with Coin Purse and Straw Hats at its Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Diana Ross playing the Mann Center in June

Diana Ross with Elton John (photo by James Fortune)
Diana Ross with Elton John (photo by James Fortune)

It’s been over a decade since the legendary Diana Ross played in Philly and she returns to the Mann Center on Wednesday, June 25th. Tickets go on sale on Monday, March 24th at 10 a.m. 2014 is a celebratory year for Ross; her career took off in 1964 when, as lead singer with The Supremes, she hit the charts with “Where Did Our Love Go,” establishing themselves as a hit-making powerhouse with five number one songs in row, and a career that lasted six years until 1970 when Ross released her self-titled debut album. While it’s been 50 years since she debuted with The Supremes, Ross also celebrates her 70th birthday on March 26th. There’s no doubt this evening will be filled with great songs and memories from one of the greatest singers of our time.