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A Brief History On January 29, 1967 the “hippie” counterculture scene melded with Hare Krishna at the Mantra-Rock Dance in San Francisco, later referred to as “the ultimate high.” Digging Deeper Digging Deeper, we find San Francisco about to give birth to the Summer of Love where the drug-using, free-loving, bead-wearing, mantra-chanting, status quo-rejecting, long-haired hippie counterculture reached its peak!  Amidst this atmosphere, an Indian spiritual teacher, who was eventually popular enough to be featured on an Indian stamp, had founded the Hare Krishna Movement in 1966. He spent much of the 1960s and 1970s spreading his message around the world.…

A Brief History On January 23, 1986, the first musicians were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find these inductees are largely responsible for the widespread acceptance of “rock and roll” as a mainstream musical genre. The first class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was a great one indeed and included: Elvis Presley; Buddy Holly; Jerry Lee Lewis; James Brown; Chuck Berry; The Everly Brothers; Sam Cooke; Ray Charles; Little Richard; and Fats Domino. Other inductees voted in for their early influences on rock and roll were: Jimmy Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; and…

A Brief History On January 14, 1967, San Francisco saw the iconic counter-culture event “The Human Be-In.” Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the gathering, the brainchild of Michael Bowen, at Golden Gate Park. An evolution of 1950’s “beat-niks,” “the hippies” and “flower children” of the 1960s were looking for something other than the answers main stream America gave them, and they flocked to San Francisco, the Mecca of counter-culture. The Human Be-In became the inspiration for the musical play Hair, which of course celebrated the shift from men and boys having short hair to the (at the time) controversial…

A Brief History On January 1, 1773, the all familiar hymn “Amazing Grace” was performed for the first time at a church service in England. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find what is generally considered to be the most familiar, best loved, all around greatest hymn based on music of unknown origin. The words, however, came from John Newton, a cleric who wrote them years before with the inspiration coming from his time on a slave ship threatened by fierce weather.  The prospect of imminent death elicited the beautiful words we know today, and in them he claims to have…

A Brief History On December 27, 1964, the Cleveland Browns won the NFL Championship, by itself not that earth shattering, but it marked the end of an era. Digging Deeper Digging deeper, we find the Cleveland Browns at that time as the most successful NFL franchise, having won the highest percentage of their games. Winning the All America Conference title all 4 years of its existence (a football league not affiliated with the NFL), the Browns joined the NFL in 1950 and continued their winning ways.  The Browns played in every championship game from 1950 to 1955 and won three…