Written by Randy Newman, the original version of “Mama Told Me Not to Come” was recorded by Eric Burdon, and of course Three Dog Night had a big hit with it in 1970. But right now, this version by Tom Jones + Stereophonics is my favorite. Great, great, singing, and I love the guitar solo.… Continue reading 4/4/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!
I love listening to different versions of the same song, especially when both are terrific. A couple of my favorites are “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” which was recorded by both Gladys Night & the Pips and Marvin Gaye (of course, a lot of other bands have covered it, too). Interesting that both artists… Continue reading 4/1/2016: No April Fool’s joke, just a regular old article about music.
Now you’ve done it. You’ve got me started on the Nicholas Brothers. Harold and Fayard. Genuises. Fred Astaire told the brothers that this sequence (from the movie “Stormy Weather”) was the greatest movie musical number he’d ever seen. The virtuosity of their moves is just stunning. And yes, that is Cab Calloway leading the orchestra.… Continue reading 3/28/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!
Sometime after my third cup of coffee, I said to myself, “Why not play some ukrabilly?” I saw this for the first time on Facebook. Facebook’s translations can be pretty rough, but thanks to one of the comments, I was able to find out that this is a Ukranian band called OT VINTA. Check out… Continue reading 3/21/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!
These are the Toelegu Pan Pipers from Toelegu Village, Havulei District, Isabel Province, the Solomon Islands. When I talk about “Monday Funday Dance Party,” I’m serious about the dancing. If you’re in a place where you can cut a rug a little bit, you’ll just feel wonderful. And I say this with full knowledge that… Continue reading 3/14/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!
You can accomplish a lot in 90 years. George Martin just passed away, and my thoughts are with his family and loved ones. Some of you younger kids have probably never heard of George Martin. He’s a good name to look out for if you’re browsing through older music; he produced and arranged music for… Continue reading March 9, 2016
Once upon a time, there was a 21 and under club called “Phil’s Bongo Room.” It doesn’t matter where it was; it’s been gone for a long time anyway. It was lost to an unfortunate infestation of luxury condos. Anyhoo, it was fun and they had live bands and a floor that lit up like… Continue reading 2/29/16: Monday Funday Dance Party!