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Sunday, 28 June 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #71 – 28 June 2016

Winfield Scott ‘Scotty’ Moore III died at 84 on 28 June, 2016.  He was a US guitarist and recording engineer who was a studio and recording guitarist for Elvis Presley from 1954 to 1968.

His playing can be heard on many of Presley’s most successful records including That’s All Right’, ‘Baby Let’s Play House’, ‘Mystery Train’, ‘Little Sister’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’.

In 2011, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at 29 in the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015 amongst other honours.

Cruelly, in his final years, arthritis denied him the opportunity to play his guitars.

 Sources: Various

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