Daily Archives: February 20, 2023

Capital Radio 2-20: Mardi Gras, Presidents

The death last week of Huey “Piano” Smith at 89 brought to light how much he brought to the New Orleans sound, just in time for Mardi Gras. He also played piano on key tracks from Smiley Lewis to Little Richard, and his “We Like Birdland” echoed years later in Patti Smith’s debut.  Saluted Tugroy […]

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Monday TV: Monopoly’s Back Story

The 120 years of Rich Uncle Pennybags’s realm, from Baltic Avenue to Boardwalk, is told on “American Experience” (PBS, 9 p.m., check local listings) in the film “Ruthless: Monopoly’s Secret History,” declring what was first intended as a criticism of capitalism was quickly seen as a celebration of it.  The name change from Cassius Clay […]

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