Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dream a Little Dream of Me

"Dream a Little Dream of Me" from 1931, music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn. It was first recorded in February 1931 by Ozzie Nelson.


This song has always been a favorite of the American people and musicians. All the great singers have a version of this song. One of the most popular versions was by Mama Cass Elliot in 1968 (above). Cass Elliot was a member of the famous folk group "The Mama's and the Papas." She first sang the song with the group and then released this solo version. Mama had a great voice. Check out her music. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Eve of Destruction?

"Eve of Destruction" sung by Barry McGuire. Only Barry McGuire's gravely voice makes his version of this song better than all other versions. Released in 1965 it was the war protest song of the many that came out of the Vietnam era. McGuire was a folk singer in the group "The New Christy Minstrels" but this was a solo release by McGuire. P. F. Sloan wrote the song. The song is about irrational hate that begets irrational war. Many cite this song when they feel America is on the edge, like today. We survived then and we will survive now. WW II was much closer to the eve of destruction, but the words are prophetic. McGuire had many other hits in a long career. Check out his music.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan just received the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. Well deserved for a life of poetry. That's the cherry on the top of his award littered life. Along with all of his music awards, Hall of Fame inductions, and top civilian awards like the Medal of Freedom, he is certainly getting the accolades he deserves.
His genius for "words and music" equals the best ever and only personal taste discerns a difference from other all time greats. Which begs the question why other great composers of "words and music" were not considered for the Pulitzer Prize Literature award.
A true musical troubadour of the 20th century and his generation. His music will be listened to for hundreds of years, and that is a good thing. If you are not familiar with his "words and music" read his words, listen to his music. 
The video below is Dylan live at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964 singing, "Mr. Tambourine Man."
  

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Roger Whittaker

Roger Whittaker. A Kenyan/British (born in Nairobi) folk singer and worldwide singing star. Like all great singers his voice is unique and beautiful. Above is his worldwide hit "A Little Goodbye" also known as "River Lady." Below is another of his worldwide hits, "The Last Farewell." His baritone voice will impress you. Check out his music.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Long John Baldry

              From Long John Baldry's 1971 album "It Ain't Easy" this is "Black Girl."

Rod Stewart and Elton John worked on this album. In fact the piano you here is Elton John playing.

From the same album this next song is called, "Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The King Of Rock And Roll."