Looking for something fun to do this weekend in the Twin Cities or elsewhere in the region? Classical MPR host John Birge offers his picks in classical music, theater and more for the weekend of Jan. 17.
G. Oliver Riggs was a real-life Minnesota 'Music Man' in the early 20th century, creating and directing a few dozen bands, drumming up enthusiasm for band music, and raising money for uniforms. Now, great-granddaughter Joy Riggs is sharing his story in her new book, 'Crackerjack Bands and Hometown Boosters.'
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'Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors' aired on NBC; Otis Redding and several members of his band died when their plane crashed into a lake near Madison, Wisconsin; Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson started a six week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Say Say Say"; and Meg White was born, Today in Music History.