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Sam Cooke saved my life

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Les Greene   ”Sam Cooke saved his life.” Les Greene, youngest of three brothers and one sister, was born in Baltimore, Maryland but his family moved to Guyana where he lived until age nine and then, they returned to Baltimore. His mother, Pinky Greene, home schooled him. Interestingly, Guyana television stations did not broadcast commercials. Instead […]

Singing is like a natural high

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Raven Cooper  “Singing is like a natural high” Raven Cooper grew up in Hot Springs, Arkansas and was a competitive freestyle and butterfly swimmer and diver in high school. She began listening to Janis Joplin at an early age, and it was a major music influence. Her grandmother bought her a classical guitar while on a […]

Order The Soul of Key West, Volume III

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ORDER  Volume III At 120 pages, the book contains stories of 45 musicians and 193 photographs including tributes to Michael McCloud, Shel Silverstein, Ellen Welters Sanchez, and a Bill Blue/Caffeine Carl Soundcheck Ellegy. Also a Centerfold view of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater in 2023. Check out the […]

face is hurting from smiling so much

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Chris Burchard. – his face is hurting from smiling so much Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Chris Burchard spent time in California but his formative years were spent in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He began playing piano at six years old and received his first guitar in the 4th grade. Early in high school, he played […]

playing piano and accordion for 30 years in Key West

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Rob DiStasi Born to a large Italian family in Belleville, New Jersey, Rob started learning the accordion at five years old. Later he took piano lessons but they were overtaken by a larger interest in baseball. While in Belleville High School Rob’s music interest was renewed and he became part of the chorale group and […]

she bet on herself and is here to stay

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Collette Campbell – she bet on herself and is here to stay Collette Campbell and her two younger sisters Lauren and Katherine are from Rockville Center, Long Island, New York. Her mother Sue and father Joe, encouraged her to sing classical and opera and when she was in middle school, Collette began taking formal voice […]

In these shoes?

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Nancy 3. Hoffman  – In these shoes? Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio to a musically inclined family, taking piano lessons at an early age. She started at Brown University in 1968 then moved to the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. After graduating from college in 1975 with a degree in architecture and a […]

Joe Tripp – A serious crooner

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Joe Tripp   “A serious crooner” Joseph Edward Tripp was born in Michigan but his family moved to Dunedin, Florida where he grew up. He had a few piano lessons early in life and had always loved singing. He went to Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee during the late 80’s, when karaoke was becoming popular. […]

Music was always his first love

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David Feder – Music was always his first love David Feder was born in Niagara Falls, New York. His father was in the military, and they lived in a few places but spent most of the time in Buffalo area. To David, Buffalo was a great place to grow up. It was a center for […]

Miss Ellen – music was who she was

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Ellen Welters Sanchez    “…. music was who she was” “Miss Ellen”, as many of her piano students called her, was born on Smith Lane (now Appelrouth Lane) in 1902. She was so tiny and frail her mothered feared for her survival. Her father, Frank Welters, was the band leader of the Welters Coronet Band, a […]

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