Awakenings: America & Beyond
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Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
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♫From Dream to Reality...♫

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Out of numerous pop stars who emerged in the 60s, most will contribute their inspiration on becoming acclaimed musicians to seeing Elvis Presley perform on TV in the 50s. After all, Elvis had become the 'King' of rock 'n' roll! The group in today's spotlight had quite a different perspective basing their dream on the music of Benny Goodman, the 'King' of Swing. The vision of the leader of this group shone brightly on having a rock band with a horn section.

Today in Music History: October 23, 1976
Sharla Shults's insight:
Chicago: One of the most successful rock bands in America!  Formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, Chicago is among the Top Ten best-selling US musical groups of all time. The band's name capitalizes on the city of Chicago, which has served as the nurturer of numerous talented musicians, as well as becoming a magnet that continues to draw upon the best musical talent from across the nation. It all started with a dream.
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Awakenings: ♫Brother what a night it really was!♫

Awakenings: ♫Brother what a night it really was!♫ | Awakenings: America & Beyond | Scoop.it
Music and history go hand-in-hand. Sometimes the songs tell of a historical event with the facts being just a little out of kilter. Does that make it any less a hit? Not by any means as is depicted by a US No.1 hit on this day in 1974. 

There is something intriguing about gangsters, bad guys who are good guys, good guys who are bad guys, bad guys who are just simply bad any way you look at them. One of history's notorious criminals was Al Capone who attained national fame during the Prohibition era. He (or at least his name that is) has had starring roles in books and film. So, why not music?

Today in Music History: August 17, 1974
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Paper Lace was one of hundreds of pop bands in England looking for the big time while slogging their way through small club gigs and brief television appearances.The British pop group Paper Lace rose to sudden, but brief, success in 1974. To Americans, they are a one-hit wonder. However, in the UK, they made it to a classic two-hit wonder.
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The Great Fire

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For all those responsible for Fighting Many 'Fires'!, lives are put on the line...victims and firefighters. In the 21st century, firefighters are more efficiently equipped to handle such a disaster than was the case in the 1800s. People are also properly educated as well as homes and buildings being better constructed. Fire retardant materials prevalent today were unheard of in the 19th century. So, when fire spread through the windy city of Chicago, ILL on this day in 1871, there was little alternative other than to watch it burn, burn, burn.

This Day in History: October 8, 1871
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The exact cause remains a matter of speculation. The spark that ignited the fire did start in the O'Leary barn with the most famous legend still being questioned, Did the Cow Do It? Regardless whether by cow, human hands or possibly a comet, with buildings, homes, streets and sidewalks predominantly constructed of wood, climate under drought conditions, and the usual wind in the city, the fire left four square miles of Chicago, including the business district, in ruins.
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