Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tommy James and the Shondells


The band formed in 1959 in Niles, Michigan, James (aka Tommy Jackson) was only 12 when he started playing gigs. James was labeled as a bubblegum pop artist, which he hated. So, he changed his style to psychedelic rock. In 1968 the band released "Crimson in Clover" and toured with Hubert Humphrey during his 1968 campaign against Richard Nixon, for president. Humphrey wrote the liner notes for the bands "Crimson in Clover" album. Nixon won and "Turn on, tune in, and drop out" became Timothy Leary's advice. So, drop one, or light one up and enjoy. 


                                                         Sweet Cherry Wine


                                                                   Mirage


                                                     

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Singin' In The Rain

"Singin' In the Rain" is a song with lyrics by Arthur Freed and music by Nacio Herb Brown, published in 1929.
The song "Singin' In the Rain" is a centerpiece of the musical film of the same name, Singin' in the Rain (1952).
AFI lists the 1952 movie as #10 on their all time movie list, and the song from the 1952 movie as sung by Gene Kelly #3 on their all time song from a movie list.
"Singin' in the Rain" was first performed by Doris Eaton Travis in the 1929 revue The Hollywood Music Box Revue. The song became a hit and was recorded by a number of artists.
By far, this version sung by Gene Kelly in the 1952 movie is the most popular version of the song. It's no wonder this is so popular given Kelly's dance routine and vocals.



In the famous dance sequence in which Gene Kelly sings the title song while spinning an umbrella, splashing through puddles and getting soaked to the skin, Kelly was sick with a 103 °F (39 °C) fever. A common myth is that Kelly managed to perform the entire song in one take, thanks to cameras placed at predetermined locations. However, this was not the case, as the filming of the sequence took place over 2–3 days.