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.
How Dan Rather Inspired R.E.M.'s "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?"
Victor Lustig: The Con Man Who Sold The Eiffel Tower—Twice
Ota Benga: The Black Man the Bronx Zoo Put on Display In 1906
Foreign Words With No English Equivalent
10 Things You Might Not Know About Peter Sellers
10 Facts About Aspirin
How Mister Rogers Saved the VCR
The Time That Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Opened Competing Restaurants on the Sunset Strip
11 Random Facts About Kissing
Schlock Jocks: 12 of TV’s Coolest Horror Hosts
11 Cool Places in Nashville You Really Must Visit
How Steven Spielberg's Malfunctioning Sharks Transformed the Movie Business
Automatic for the People: Remembering the Automat Restaurants
When Johnny Cash Met Richard Nixon
A Brief and Incomplete Timeline of T-Shirt History
15 Places With Strange Names (and How They Got Them)
How to Get Thousands of Bees to Land on You in a Beard-Like Fashion
The Stories Behind 22 Classic Album Covers
Music History #25: "Calypso"
Music History #24: "Say It Ain't So, Joe"
Bill DeMain Remembers George Jones
Music History #23: "The Late Great Johnny Ace"
Music History #22: "Song of Bernadette"
Music History #21: "Black Friday"
Music History #19: "Ruby's Shoes"
Music History #18: "Shipbuilding"
Music History #17: "Heroes"
Music History #16: "Nothing Has Been Proved"
12 Concerts That Ended in Pandemonium or Riots
Music History #15: "Enola Gay"
Music History #14: "Marie Provost"
Music History #13: "Midnight Rambler"
11 Weird Fashion And Beauty Trends From Around The World
Music History #12: "Vagabond Ways"
Music History #11: "The Ballad of Ira Hayes"
Music History #10: "Biko"
Music History #9: "Watergate Blues"
Music History #8: "New York Mining Disaster 1941"
Music History #7: "Hurricane"
Music History #6: "American Pie"
The Disputed History of the Tarzan Yell
Music History #5: "I Don't Like Mondays"
11 Time Traveler Urban Legends That Pretty Much Debunk Themselves
Music History #4: "Cloudbusting"
Music History #3: "Yes! We Have No Bananas"
The Bass Man: A Tribute to Bob Babbitt
11 Popular Songs That Reference Shakespeare
Why Were CD Boxes So Big in the Early 1990s?
Music History #2: "Smoke on the Water"
The Time Andy Kaufman Wrestled a Bunch of Women


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