Archive for April 2011

Song Of The Day - "Love Is Only Sleeping" by The Monkees

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Love Is Only Sleeping” by The Monkees This one comes from their fourth and best long player, 1967′s ”Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.” This Barry Mann/Cynthia Weill classic was a last minute addition to this album after they swapped it with “Daydream Believer” as their next single.

Happy Birthday Steve!!

Genesis: Fly On A Windshield/Broadway Melody 1974

Song Of The Day - "Hot And Bothered" by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Hot And Bothered” by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Classic Ellington from 1928 featuring the great Joe Nanton on trombone, Johnny Hodges on saxophone, Barney Bigard on clarinet, Lonnie Johnson on guitar and Sonny Greer on drums. Yesterday was Ellington’s Birthday – Happy Birthday Duke!
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Song Of The Day - "Wedding Bell Blues" by Laura Nyro

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “Wedding Bell Blues” by Laura Nyro Most people are familiar with The 5th Dimensions hit version of this song, but here is the original by the artist who wrote it.  Nyro also wrote “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Eli’s Comin’,” “And When I Die,” “Stoney End,” “Sweet Blindness,” and... Read more »

Today in Music History: Muddy Waters

On this date twenty-eight years ago, blues legend Muddy Waters dies in his sleep at his Westmont, Ill hone.  He is sixty-eight.  This Hard Again (’77) version of Mannish Boy with Johnny Winter is my favorite blues song by anyone – love the background shouting in addition to everything else:      

Today in Music History: Mick Ronson

On this date eighteen years ago, Bowie guitarist/producer and Mott the Hoople arranger/member Mick Ronson dies of liver cancer at age forty-six.  He also worked with artists as diverse as David Johansen, Mellencamp, Lou Reed, Dylan, and Morrissey.  Here is something live from his stint in the Spiders from Mars:      
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Song Of The Day - "A Lot Of Livin' To Do" by Sammy Davis Jr.

by Eric Berman Song Of The Day – “A Lot Of Livin’ To Do” by Sammy Davis, Jr. A little wham from Sam today originally from the musical “Bye Bye Birdie.” Without Sammy, there wouldn’t have been a James Brown or Prince. He was clearly the most talented of the Rat Pack by a mile…could sing... Read more »

Movie Review - Win, Win

Movie Review - Win, Win
by David Schuster Wow….two straight movies that I really liked. What’s the world coming to? First it was “Water For Elephants” and now it’s “Win Win” No, this is not a home made movie from the view point of Charlie Sheen. Rather it’s a charming and very well made flick about a small town lawyer... Read more »

Today in Music History: Blondie

On this date thirty-two years ago, Blondie has their first number-one single – Heart of Glass.  They would have three more over the next two years:      
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Today in Music History: Little Peggy March

On this date forty-eight years ago, Little Peggy March’s girl-group classic I Will Follow Him kicks off a three-week run at number one.  At fifteen, she is the youngest-ever female singer to reach the top:       
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