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The price of a ukulele can be confusing. You want to buy one, but the information you find may be overwhelming. How much do you have to pay for a good uke? How much do you have to pay for a student model that’s good enough?

The Ukulele Price Ladder puts ukes in ranges and helps you to understand the value you are getting in each range. By taking some of the mystery out, the ladder will make your buying experience better.

Ukulele Price Ladder Step 4: All Solid Wood $250 Lowest

Step 3: Solid Wood Top & Electric-Acoustic $150…

“I Am Woman” was a #1 Hit While America Fought Over the ERA

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Helen Reddy’s experiences as a singer in the 1960’s left her with a yearning to express her desire for equality. In 1972, the then-obscure vocalist brought her own definitive female empowerment anthem to the top of the pop charts.

The powerful vocalist passed on September 29, 2020, at age 78.

Helen Reddy’s authoritative voice offered 1970’s pop listeners healing, through serious wisdom and sage advice. But her chart career got started with a song about a more unusual problem: what do you do if Jesus is your boyfriend?

I Don’t Know How To Love Him (#13, 1971), from Jesus Christ…

A magical hit making rhythm

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David Bowie and Iggy Pop relaunched a small hit-making trend with their 1977 song Lust For Life. Iggy later attributed the song’s signature rhythm to the American Armed Forces Network News opening, which consists of several beeps, evenly spaced. OK, the AFN News intro sounds nothing like the Lust for Life beat, but Pop, a former drummer, also told the New York Times that the Lust rhythm was also like a Motown groove, which is true.

The Bomp Bomp Bomp, Bomp Bomp Ba Domp beat appears in The Supremes Can’t Hurry Love (#1, 1966), in Stevie Wonder’s That’s What Christmas…

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Electric Sitar Daze

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The electric sitar was invented in 1967 by session guitarist Vinnie Bell, because, goddamn it, it was totally necessary after The Fab Four had gone and popularized the real one. Although the actual sitar sounded cool, it was hard to find, hard to learn, hard to carry around. Perhaps this new ersatz version could satisfy the record-buying public eager to experiment with new cultures and ideas by simply listening to catchy pop tunes.

This new sitar was really an inexpensive electric guitar that had been modified with sympathetic droning strings and a bridge that made the strings buzz a bit…

Filling Christopher Walken’s prescription for Cowbell Fever in an unexpected way

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The musical cowbell does not hang on a cow, and it does not have a clapper on the inside to make it sound. It is most commonly placed on a stand, or held in the hand, of someone in a salsa band. They hit it with a stick, to make that hollow click.

But for a few glorious years the cowbell did get featured in rock and roll drum kits. It was made to hide its native syncopation and instead exclusively pound out the beat — the 1,2,3,4 — if you will.

The clapper-less cowbell somehow made its way from…

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