Jessica Wheeler

Jessica Wheeler

Music Columnist

When Elvis Came to Tampa

In the mid-1950s, Elvis Presley couldn’t help falling in love with Tampa. Almost sixty years ago today, Elvis performed at the Fort Homer W. Hesterly Armory, one of four concerts in Tampa in 1955-56. The Aug. 5, 1956, show in Tampa came on the heels of his appearance on The Steve Allen Show, where he performed “Hound Dog.”
Elvis Presley/Courtesy of Pixabay

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Five Things to Know About Steve McQueen

By Jessica Wheeler, AliveTampaBay Columnist
Whether it’s his piercing blue eyes, his skill behind the wheel of a car, or just the fact that he was a great actor, there’s still no one quite like him. This month, AliveTampaBay salutes Steve McQueen. In this first of a series of articles, here are five things to know about this unique star.

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Get to Know Ray LaMontagne in Five Songs

Editors Note:  AliveTampaBay looks back to an earlier story first published on July 27, 2016.
By Jessica Wheeler, AliveTampaBay Columnist
Husky-voiced singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has captivated audiences for more than a decade. While little is known about this privacy-minded artist, his music speaks for itself. In honor of his upcoming show at Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall on Aug. 12, 2016, h

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The Five Best Songs Inspired by Steve McQueen

By Jessica Wheeler, AliveTampaBay Columnist
For someone who didn’t have a musical career, Steve McQueen sure has had a lot of songs written about him. Here, we continue our tribute to Steve McQueen by taking a look at the best songs inspired by this legendary star.

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The ‘Songs of Summer’ from Yesteryear [Videos]

From Little Eva to the Fifth Dimension, 15 songs will transport you back in time to your favorite summer days in a look back article first published by AliveTampaBay in June 2017.
By Jessica Wheeler, AliveTampaBay Columnist
Photo courtesy of Pixabay

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