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Dory Previn died on Valentine’s day.  She was 86.

Known mostly for her work on songs for the movies, she also had some success in the pop field with records released in the 70s.  She and her first husband, André Previn, were nominated several times for an Academy Award but never won.

Her six records were recorded after her divorce from Previn, her most successful being a live album.

Dory Previn

Dory Previn

Her songs were intelligent and insightful and most dealt with her personal life, which was a fertile field.  Her abusive father was gassed in WWI and suffered severe mood swings which resulted in violent behavior.  He deteriorated to the point where he boarded his family up in their home and held them at gunpoint for several months.

She broke into show business as Read more on Dory Previn — 1925 to 2012…

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What better name for a musician and luthier — Keith Medley.

Keith has been obsessed with playing “… the music I heard in my heart.” But six strings wasn’t enough.  What about the 7-string guitar?  Or a 12-string?


A documentary called “Creative Spirit” will cover the building of this instrument and show Keith playing it.

He says it wasn’t so hard building it — but it took him a couple of years to learn to play it.

“Hall Of The Mountain King” Keith Medley and his 27-string Medley Guitar from Jon Grimson on Vimeo.
In the video, Keith plays classical theme “In The Hall Of The Mountain King” from Peer Gynt by Edvard Grieg (1875).

Not quite satisfied yet, Keith is reportedly working on a 34 string guitar.

Thanks to Oddity Central


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