“Baseball been berry, berry good to me!” – the famous SNL catchphrase of Garrett Morris as Chico Escuela…

If you’re old enough to have been watching Saturday Night Live in the late Seventies you might have been watching Episode 5 of Season 4 when it first aired on November 11, 1978. (I am and I was.) Buck Henry was the host. The Grateful Dead were the musical guests. And, there were several classic … Read more

How “God Bless America” created a musical duel between Woody Guthrie and Irving Berlin

In 1917, during World War I, American songwriter Irving Berlin was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was already a successful songwriter at that point, known for huge hits like “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (1911) and “A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody” (1915). Berlin was stationed at Camp Upton in Yaphank, New York. Not long … Read more