Posts in category "Pop"

Concert Review - Hall & Oates

Darryl Hall and John Oates played a spirited, if brief fourteen-song set Sunday night at the Ravinia Festival.  It was a journey back to the mid seventies and early eighties for a mixture of hits and some of the pop duos personal favorites (like Las Vegas Turnaround from 1973’s “Abandoned Luncheonette.”) Fortunately they are smart... Read more »

Reaction to the Worst "Hit Songs" Story

No surprise there.  People are very passionate about their politics, sports, religion, and music. Most people seemed to really dig the list, but several disagreed with my inclusion of “Midnight at the Oasis.”  My pal Eric, who contributes the “Song of the Day” to this column opined, “It’s easy and breezy disposition perfectly encapsulates the... Read more »

The Eleven Worst Hit Songs Of All Time

Abraham Lincoln once said, You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Had he been around a hundred years later, he might have changed this famous quote, because apparently you... Read more »
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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: Hall and Oates

On this date thirty-seven years ago, Hall and Oates hit the charts for the first time with their masterpiece She’s Gone.  It would only reach sixty but would reach seven when re-released two years later.  Here they perform it on the BBC music show The Old Grey Whistle Test in 1976:      

Today in Music History: Karen Carpenter

Today in Music History: Karen Carpenter
Karen Carpenter died on this date twenty-eight years ago due to complications from anorexia nervosa.  She was thirty-two.  On this Leon Russell-written ’71 hit, her voice has never sounded more beautiful:    
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