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Century 21 Exposition (1962): Music at the Fair

Seattle's Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair) was initially conceived to be the major attraction of the decade -- and with over 10 million tickets sold to both locals and visiting tourists du...

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Century 21 Exposition (1962): Performing Arts at the Fair

Seattle's Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair) was conceived to be the major attraction of the decade, and with over 10 million tickets sold to both locals and visiting tourists from every c...

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Century 21 Exposition (1962): Theme Songs and Souvenir Records

Seattle's Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's Fair) successfully sold more than 10 million tickets to visiting tourists and locals during its six-month run between April 21,1962, and October 21, 19...

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Century 21: Seattle's September Days with Elvis Presley, 1962

Countless celebrities, from astronaut John Glenn (1921-2016) to Walt Disney (1901-1966) visited Seattle between April 21 and October 21, 1962, to attend the 1962 Century 21 Exposition (Seattle World's...

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Charles, Ray (1930-2004)

Ray Charles was a poor, blind, newly orphaned teenager living in Tampa, Florida, in 1948 when he decided to move to Seattle, picking the city because it was as far away as he could get from where he w...

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Claire, Nancy (b. 1943)

Once upon a time in the Pacific Northwest, the region's early rock 'n' roll scene boasted but a few teenage female singers -- and of those first-generation rockers, it would be the Kent Valley area's ...

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Cobain, Kurt (1967-1994)

Kurt Cobain, among the most famous musicians to emerge from the Pacific Northwest, established himself as the iconic rock 'n' roll anti-hero of his time. Born in Aberdeen, Grays Harbor County, Cobain ...

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Coppock, John Lee (1899-1959) and his Deluxe Electric Guitars

As the Electric Guitar Era progressed from its infancy back in the 1930s and 1940s into the "Space Age" 1950s, many new ultra-modern models were being introduced into the marketplace. But of the numer...

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Cornish College of the Arts

Nellie C. Cornish (1876-1956) founded the Cornish School in Seattle in 1914 and served as its director for the next 25 years. From a one-room studio in the Booth Building on Capitol Hill, the school r...

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Country Music in the Pacific Northwest

Country music has a remarkably long history in the state of Washington -- but just as with the genres of jazz and rock 'n' roll, some of the earliest players actually brought their music to the Pacifi...

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Crocodile Cafe: Seattle's Icon of the Grunge Rock Era.

A beloved local live music venue, the Crocodile Cafe & Live Bait Lounge (located in Belltown in Seattle at 2200 2nd Avenue), was founded by Seattle attorney and local music fan Stephanie Dorgan, along...

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Crosby, Bing (1903-1977) and Mildred Bailey (1907-1951)

The music careers of a couple of the twentieth century's most significant singing stars -- Bing "The King of the Crooners" Crosby and Mildred "That Princess of Rhythm" Bailey -- are so intertwined tha...

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Dave Holden: On Race and Music in Seattle, 1956-1966

Dave Holden was born on May 21, 1937, in Seattle. Son of local jazz legend Oscar Holden, Dave got his first paid gig as a jazz musician in the late 1950s. From that time on, Dave's keyboard and vocal ...

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Dellaccio, Jini (1917-2014)

Jini (pronounced "Jeanie") Dellaccio's remarkable life -- plus her sweet demeanor, stylish ways, energetic manner, and multi-faceted artistic career -- embodied certain delightful ironies: She was a M...

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Dolton: The Northwest's First Rock 'n' Roll Record Company

The Pacific Northwest has produced its fair share of pioneering record companies over the years including early ones like Seattle's Evergreen, Rainier, Linden, and Morrison Records; Portland's Rose Ci...

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Downtown Historic Theatre District (Seattle) Tour

This is a tour of Seattle's Downtown Historic Theatre District as it existed at the time of its designation on December 6, 2011. The Downtown Historic Theatre District was created to support the prese...

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Edmonds Cultural Organizations

Edmonds is a waterfront city in South Snohomish County with more than 40,000 residents. Three events a few years apart in the mid twentieth century played key roles the city's thriving cultural life: ...

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Engholm, Ben (1899-1945): Seattle's pioneering radio loudspeaker designer of the 1920s

At the dawn of the commercial radio industry in the early 1920s, Seattle became an unexpected early hotbed of technological innovation. No less than three different companies began producing radio spe...

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Etiquette Rules! The Northwest's Reigning '60s Garage-Rock Record Company

Etiquette Records -- a trail-blazing firm formed by three young Tacoma musicians in 1961 -- was an enterprise that broke all the old rules. Despite its polite and classy sounding name -- not to mentio...

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Eustis, Dorothy (1916-2001)

Dorothy Helen Eustis was a child-prodigy pianist from Seattle whose precocious skills led to an astonishing performance with the Seattle Symphony as a mere youth in 1930. After studying at the Cornish...

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Evergreen Ballroom: Olympia's Lost Landmark (1931-2000)

The most fabled of any historic dancehall in Washington -- the Evergreen State -- the Evergreen Ballroom stood for nearly seven decades along a section of Highway 99 called the "old Tacoma and Olympia...

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Fanning the Flames: Northwest Labor Song Traditions

Political and social movements have long used music to draw attention to their causes and to rally the spirits of their members. The effectiveness of this tactic is well understood by rulers and robbe...

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Fifty Years of the Seattle Banjo Club

This is a People's History of the first 50 years of the Seattle Banjo Club, founded in 1962. It was written by John LaFond, who joined in 1973. He is the club's longest-serving member.

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Fort Lewis Teen Center and the Emergence of Northwest Rock

Fort Lewis authorities attempting to combat juvenile delinquency established a Youth Activity Center in 1951 on the large army base in Pierce County south of Tacoma. The center initially had limited a...

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