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Madigan Army Hospital Bedside Network (Fort Lewis)

During renovations in 2011 at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Pierce County, 8,000 16-inch phonograph records (transcription discs) were discovered hidden behind a gymnasium...

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Memories of Aqua Theatre

In this People's History, Donovan Gray remembers wonderful times on the stage of the Aqua Theatre, located on Seattle's Green Lake. The Aqua Theatre opened on August 11, 1950, as part of Seattle's fir...

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Merceedees (1913-2000): Seattle's 1950s Bluesy Lounge-Piano Legend

Seattle was graced throughout the 1950s by the presence of an extremely elegant and popular local chanteuse who billed herself simply as "Merceedees." Born Mercedes Welcker, she was a piano-playing Ch...

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Moore Theatre (Seattle)

The Moore Theatre, Seattle's oldest existing entertainment venue, stood as one of the finest houses on all the West Coast when it opened in December 1907. Located on 2nd Avenue and Virginia Street, th...

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Morrison, "Morrie" and Alice -- Northwest Music Industry Pioneers

At the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, a Pacific Northwest couple -- Howell Oakdeane "Morrie" Morrison (1888-1984) and his wife, Alice Nadine Morrison (1892-1978) -- launched what became the region's fi...

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Muzak, Inc. -- Originators of "Elevator Music"

The Pacific Northwest is renowned for being the geographical base of hard-rocking music scenes that have produced musicians ranging from the garage-punk pioneers the Sonics to acid-rock hero Jimi Hend...

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National Institute of Music and Arts, Inc. (Seattle)

Seattle -- already proud of its robust music and arts schools including, among others, the University of Washington's School of Music and the Cornish School -- gained for a time another ambitious educ...

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Nite Owl Records and Everett's 1950's R&B Stars: The Shades

The rainy lumber-mill town of Everett, Washington, may seem an improbable home for a multi-racial teenaged doo-wop group -- especially one that scored a national hit back in 1959 for a hard-core Los A...

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Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle)

The annual Northwest Folklife Festival, held each Memorial Day weekend at Seattle Center, launched in 1972 as a free celebration of folk and ethnic music, dance, and arts. The first event, staged on a...

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Novoselic, Krist (b. 1965)

Krist Novoselic rose from the Pacific Northwest's 1980s underground punk rock scene to earn global fame as bassist with Nirvana -- the most impactful rock 'n' roll band of his generation. In that Aber...

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O'Day, Pat (b. 1934) -- Godfather of Northwest Rock?

Pat O'Day -- founding father of Northwest rock 'n' roll or the "Godfather" of the 1960s teendance scene? A vampire or the catalyst? Or all of the above? There are many Northwesterners who would debate...

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Orpheum Theatre (Seattle)

Fondly remembered as a fixture of Seattle's downtown, the Orpheum Theatre at 5th Avenue and Stewart Street opened on August 28, 1927. Originally designed to showcase vaudeville and film, the venue was...

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