Category Archives: Music

Charles Mingus – “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” (1963)

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Nothing says the holidays like the Border Brass’ Tijuana Christmas

It’s December, so it is officially okay to start playing Christmas music. This album was around the house when I was growing up. It was clearly an attempt to ride the whole Herb Alpert thing.  It is neither good music … Continue reading

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The Gil Evans Orchestra: “La Nevada” (1961)

Leader: Gil Evans; Album: Out of the Cool; Producer: Creed Taylor; Genre: Jazz; Label: Impulse!; Recorded Date: November 18 & 30, December 10 & 15, 1960; Release Date: February 1961. Track Listing: (1) “La Nevada” (Gil Evans); (2) “Where Flamingos Fly” (Elthea … Continue reading

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Petula Clark: “Don’t Sleep in the Subway” (1967)

Writers: Tony Hatch and Jackie Trent; Producers: Tony Hatch; Genre: Pop; Label: Warner Brothers; Release Date: April, 1967; Chart Position: Peaked at No. 5 in the U.S. in July, 1967 B-Side: “Here Comes the Morning”

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The Soul Survivors: “Expressway to Your Heart” (1967)

Artist: The Soul Survivors; Writers/Producers: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; Album: When the Whistle Blows, Anything Goes; Genre: Dance/Soul; Label: Crimson 1010; Release Date: July 1967; Chart Position: No. 3 – R&B; No. 4 – Billboard Hot 100 for 1967; B-Side: “Hey, Gyp.”

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Versions: The Happenings (1966) / The Tempos (1959) / The Quotations (1962) – “See You in September”

“See You in September” was written by Sid Wayne and Sherman Edwards. It was originally recorded by The Tempos out of Pittsburgh. This first version made it to No. 23 in the summer of 1959. The best known version was … Continue reading

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Versions: Elvis Presley (1957) / Bernard Hardison (1954) – “Too Much”

“Too Much” was a number #1  hit for Elvis.  It was written by Bernard Weinman and Lee Rosenberg. Presley recorded the song in September 1956 and released it on January 4, 1957. He first performed it on January 6, 1957 on … Continue reading

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On the Charts: Peter, Paul & Mary – “Blowin’ in the Wind,” No. 17 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 for 1963

This 1962 Bob Dylan classic was released by Peter, Paul & Mary in 1963 as a single (B-side: Flora), and on their album In the Wind. The Richie Unterberger AllMusic review of In the Wind is quite interesting noting that … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra: “I Should Care” (1945)

“I Should Care” was written by Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston and Sammy Cahn and published in 1944. It counts as a jazz standard and has been recorded by many artists. The entry at the Jazz Standards website says this: Bob … Continue reading

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Hank Mobley: “Uh Huh” – Workout (1962)

Workout is a jazz album by tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley on the Blue Note label; it was released in 1962. Scott Yanow at AllMusic calls the LP “one of 17 essential hard bop recordings.”

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Random Jazz: J.J. Johnson – “Blue Trombone” (1957)

Blue Trombone is a 1957 jazz album by J. J. Johnson in the hard bop genre. The LP features Tommy Flanagan (piano), Paul Chambers (bass); and drummer Max Roach (drums). The ’57 release was on Columbia Records in 1957 and … Continue reading

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Random Jazz: Grant Green – “Idle Moments,” title track (1963/1965)

Idle Moments is a 1963 jazz album, actually released in 1965, by guitarist Grant Green. It’s on the Blue Note label and features Joe Henderson (tenor saxophone); Bobby Hutcherson (vibes); Duke Pearson (piano); Bob Cranshaw (bass); and Al Harewood (drums). … Continue reading

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Random Jazz: Don Byron – “Lefty Teachers at Home” – Album: Ivey-Divey (2004)

You can find Don Byron’s website here. The particulars for the Ivey-Divey as listed at All*About*Jazz Track Listing: I Want to Be Happy; Somebody Loves Me; I Cover the Waterfront; I’ve Found a New Baby; Himm (For Our Lord and Kirk … Continue reading

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Benny Golson Quartet: “Three Little Words,” album: Horizon Ahead (2016)

With a release date of April 15, 2016, Horizon Ahead is something new from Benny Golson. Personnel on this one are Golson (tenor saxophone); Mike LeDonne (piano); Buster Williams (bass); and Carl Allen (drums). Track Listing: Don’t Get Around Much … Continue reading

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Random Jazz: Al Fairweather & Sandy Brown’s All Stars – “Yaknik” (1962)

The bio-blurb in my Penguin Guide to Jazz says this about Mr. Fairweather (1927-93): Born in Edinburgh, he co-led groups with his frequent partner Sandy Brown from the early ’50s and helped pioneer the development of the British mainstream sound. … Continue reading

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On the Charts: “I Am a Rock” – Simon and Garfunkel, No. 51 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1966

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Springsteen’s new anti-Trump protest anthem

The song with was written by Bruce’s longtime friend Joe Grushecky and is called “That’s What Makes Us Great.” “I had this song, and Bruce and I had been talking,” Grushecky said. “I sent it to him and he liked … Continue reading

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On the Charts: “Band of Gold” – Freda Payne, No. 10 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 for 1970

“Band of Gold” was written by legendary former Motown producers Holland–Dozier–Holland (H-D-H) and Ron Dunbar, a staff employee and producer. H-D-H wrote the song under the pseudonym Edythe Wayne because of a lawsuit they had with Motown. It was big … Continue reading

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“The Breeze and I” – Jimmy Dorsey w/ Bob Eberly on vocals: No. 52 on the Billboard Top 100 for 1940

The original of “The Breeze and I” was an instrument called Andalucía, written by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona. Spanish lyrics were added by Emilio de Torre and English lyrics by Al Stillman. This version below by Jimmy Dorsey is … Continue reading

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“Private Eyes” – Hall & Oates: No. 44 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles charts for 1982

“Private Eyes” is a 1981 single by Hall & Oates, also the title track from their album of that year. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts for two weeks, from November 7 through November 20, 1981. It ended … Continue reading

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