Archive for April 2011
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.
Genesis: Fly On A Windshield/Broadway Melody 1974
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!
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 »
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:
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:
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 »
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:
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: