Author & Historian Rick Falkowski Talks About Western New York Music Legacy

What do “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “Ain’t She Sweeet” have to do with Western New York? Who decided against paying The Beatles $3,500 to have their first American concert in Buffalo? What other interesting stories about music and musicians does our region have? Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report to learn more from the man who wrote the book on it.

This week features a return visit from Rick Falkowski, local author and historian. In the first half of the show, he tells us about the musical legacy of the Greater Western New York Region during the first half of the 20th century and into the early years of the British Invasion.

In the second half of the show, Folkowski gives us an update on his role in area music promotion since the 1980s. Do you remember some of the bands he talks about?

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