Category Archives: Music

Dance Party

That’s American Bandstand, Dear Readers.  It ran from 1952 all the way until 1989. In 1956, after the emcee, Bob Horn, was fired for a drunk-driving arrest, Dick Clark became the show’s perennially-young host. On August 5, 1957 ABC began … Continue reading

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The Way We Were

The day after Thanksgiving I watched the Barbra Streisand special- “The Music…The Mem’Ries…The Magic!” on Netflix.  I am not a big Barbra fan anymore but I was fascinated just the same. NO SPOILER ALERT:  If you haven’t seen it yet, … Continue reading

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Songs of Summer

As summer delightfully descends upon us, music on the radio only means one thing. It’s the 60’s and I’m back at New Trier High School and I’m in a cool car headed for the beach or 31 or the Teatro … Continue reading

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I Saw The Light

It’s Easter and it’s Spring.  The time for rejuvenation and new promise.  And the time when this young girl’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. And that’s when I turn to Hiram King Williams. Better known to you-all as … Continue reading

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The Chairman

Author’s Note: This post is dedicated to Bernie Kerman.  Ring-a-ding-ding, baby. As you undoubtedly know by now, this Saturday, December 12, marks the hundredth birthday of Francis Albert Sinatra. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, he died on May 14, 1998 … Continue reading

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Liar, Liar

There was sad news from the pop music world this week.  Cory Wells, one of the three singers in the band, Three Dog Night, had died in his sleep on October 20. (That’s Cory in the middle.) He, along with … Continue reading

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Posted in Memoir, Music, Nostalgia, pop culture, The 70's | 17 Comments

High Fidelity

This post is dedicated to my friend Rickey Freeman.  Connoisseur of vinyl.  Owner of 3500 albums…and counting. Have you seen the movie High Fidelity?  In it, Rob Gordon- deftly played by John Cusack- is the owner of Championship Vinyl, a … Continue reading

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Gone Fishin’

Dear Readers, I’m out of here.  I’ve got places to go and people to see. Letter From Elba will be back on Sunday, July 12.  Have a happy, safe, wonderful Fourth of July. (And my apologies to all my brand-new … Continue reading

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Respect

Dear Readers, do you know where you were on December 10, 1967?  I do.  I was in Madison, Wisconsin. My boyfriend Jon had just taken me to dinner here. (A pretty fancy joint on a sophomore’s budget.) But that was … Continue reading

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Rage Against The Machine

That kid with the guitar- and the attitude- is my son, Nick.  Dressed in his boarding school clothes.  He had just gotten home for Thanksgiving break. The year was 1995. (Interior designers please note the wall covering in Nick’s room. … Continue reading

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