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Oct. 24, 2012

Vol. 113, No. 3


BUZZ BOX: Unforgettable concerts: Share your stories

Concerts are among the most lasting memories of campus years, and the University has a long ­tradition of attracting notable performers of the time. PAW invites alumni to share the stories of their most unforgettable Princeton concerts.

From Ella Fitzgerald and Louie Armstrong to Count Basie and Dave Brubeck, from the Kingston Trio and the Weavers to Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry, from Willie Nelson and Arlo Guthrie to Joan Baez and Judy Collins, from P.D.Q. Bach to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, from the Beach Boys and the Grateful Dead to Smokey Robinson and the ­Miracles and Bruce Springsteen, from Rihanna and Maroon 5 to Third Eye Blind, from Stan Rubin ’55 to Barry Miles ’69 and Terry ­Silverlight ’79 — the list goes on and on.

Send your concert memories — and photos, if available — to PAW by mail or email We plan to publish a ­selection of submissions in the Jan. 16 issue.

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2 Responses to BUZZ BOX: Unforgettable concerts: Share your stories

Bruce Price '63 Says:

2012-10-25 09:31:35

I had the great honor of seeing Jerry Lee Lewis perform, from 10 feet away. Probably he had been banned from radio for marrying his very young cousin, so he had to take lowly gigs - Cloister's basement, I think. A few years before, he was playing before multitudes. I saw him play for less than 100. I don't think he wanted to be there. All that for love. So I watched him close-up. After a few songs, he performed standing. He banged one heel on the keys. Most thrilling, he played heavy with the left while sweeping a comb delicately back through his "killer" pompadour. A phenomenon. Breathless. (If you don't know why those words, see

Howard Keller '56 Says:

2012-10-25 09:33:41

Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond one nite. I should have been studying organic chem, but the spellbinding tone of Desmond lasts to this day. It made me fall in love with jazz, play the sax, and realize balance in life is important. Passing the test, following Paul Sigler to Columbia Med School, I can thank him for dragging me from the books to the concert. He, of course, made a much bigger mark in medicine than I!
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