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Bill DeMain

Writes about: music
As a songwriter, Bill’s songs have been covered by such artists as Marshall Crenshaw, Jill Sobule, and David Mead, and featured in TV shows such as Private Practice and The L Word. His songs have also been used in commercials for Samsung, Sky Mobile, and Laniege Cosmetics. He’s one half of the acclaimed pop duo Swan Dive and a member of the kids band Davey Ukulele & The Gag Time Gang. But music doesn’t always pay the bills, so DeMain also writes articles for magazines (MOJO, Classic Rock, Performing Songwriter) and books (The Sterling Huck Letters) and leads his own walking tour of downtown Nashville. In the past two years, Bill has survived a flood and a fire. He lives in a condo in Nashville with an assortment of vintage guitars and way too many records.
Article
I Love Uke: 100 Years After Its First Wave of Popularity, the Ukulele is Back
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The Time Dick Clark Explored His Dark Side
Article
All Together Now: Civil Rights and The Beatles' First American Tour
11 Musicians Who Overcame Disabilities
Article
In 1906, the Bronx Zoo Put a Black Man on Display in the Monkey House
101 Masterpieces
101 Masterpieces: Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On
Article
The Day John Lennon Became a Disc Jockey
List
5 Candidates for the First Rock 'n' Roll Song
List
From Pennies to Chocolate: 11 Examples of Creative Flooring
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11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People
Article
Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" Was Written by Shel Silverstein
101 Masterpieces
Masterpieces: Charlie Chaplin's City Lights
List
7 Memorable Moments from Oscar Hosts Past and Present
List
11 Little-Known Facts About Frank Sinatra
List
11 Memorable Novelty Songs
Article
Feline Physics: Why Cats Can Survive Falls From Great Heights
Article
Jive Talkin’: The Origins of Cool Dudes, Groovy Chicks and Hip Cats
List
11 Cold Hard Facts About Antarctica
History
How Mister Rogers Saved the VCR
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When the Car Radio Was Introduced, People Freaked Out
List
The Stories Behind 11 More Classic Album Covers
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How Kraftwerk’s 'Computer World' Predicted the Soundtrack of Modern Life
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The Stories Behind 11 Classic Album Covers
Music
The FBI Plot Against "Louie Louie"
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11 Things You May Not Know About "God Bless America"
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11 Rock Star Cameos in TV Shows
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Paying the Piper a Little Something Extra: A Short History of Payola
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Sex in a Box: The Twisted History of Twister
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Schlock Jocks II: More of TV's Coolest Horror Hosts
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Happy 70th Birthday, Paul Simon!
Article
Big Money: Yap's Stone Currency
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The Story Behind "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" (Also: Lost Verses!)
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6 Magicians Who Died While Performing The Bullet Catch
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The Devil Wears Headphones: A Brief History of Backmasking
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This Song's a Killer: The Strange Tale of "Gloomy Sunday"
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10 Town Names That Will Make You Hungry
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6 Dangerous Stunts of the Silent Movie Era
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The Most Influential Musician You’ve Never Heard Of
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5 Artists Reportedly Held at Gunpoint by Phil Spector
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Discomfort Food: The Strange and Twisted History of Ramen Noodles
List
15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent
History
Ten Days in a Madhouse: The Woman Who Got Herself Committed
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