Suggested Listening January 24, 2020

Hi everyone, here are our five musical recommendations of the week!

(Click on the Book/eBook/CD/DVD or book cover to request the item)

Fatou (2012) by Fatoumata Diawara (Genre: International) (Format: CD):

Fato is the debut album by Malian actress and singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara.
Fatoumata has a sumptuous voice and her music is upbeat modern pop sung in Wassoulou.

Song List:

1. Kanou
2. Sowa
3. Bakonoba
4. Kèlè
5. Makoun Oumou
6. Sonkolon
7. Alama
8. Bissa
9. Mousso

Walk On (1995) by John Hiatt (Genre: Country, Folk, Pop-Rock, Singer-Songwriter) (Format: CD):

A collection of sparse, introspective songs from the talented songwriter.

Song List:

1. Cry Love
2. You Must Go
3. Walk On
4. Good as She Could Be
5. River Knows Your Name
6. Native Son
7. Dust Down a Country Road
8. Ethylene
9. I Can’t Wait

Harlem Stride Piano by James P. Johnson (Genre: Jazz, Vintage Jazz, Piano):

James P. Johnson hailed from New Jersey and was one of the most popular stride piano players during the 1920s. Johnson was a teacher to the young, and later much more famous, Fats Waller and he on a number of recordings by Ethel Waters and Bessie Smith.

Vintage stride piano at its fines!

Song List:

1. The Harlem Strut
2. Keep off the Grass
3. Carolina Shout
4. Carolina Shout
5. Dear Old Southland
6. Bandana Days (Intro: Love Will Find a Way)
7. Weeping Blues
8. Worried and Lonesome Blues
9. You Can’t Do What My Last Man Did

The Very Best of Ben E. King by Ben E. King (Format: CD):

An Atlantic greatest hits collection chronicling some of the most popular songs by the R&B and vintage rock singer who sang lead on some of the Drifters most popular songs and went on to sucessfull solo career. Today he is probably best known as the co-composer and singer of the song Stand By Me which was used as the theme song for the 1986 film of the same name that starred Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Cory Feldman and Jerry O’Connell.

Song List:

  1. There Goes My Baby by The Drifters
  2. Dance with Me by The Drifters
  3. Save the Last Dance for Me by The Drifters
  4. I Count the Tears by The Drifters
  5. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King
  6. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  7. On the Horizon by Ben E. King
  8. Amor by Ben E. King
  9. Young Boy Blues by Ben E. King
  10. Here Comes the Night by Ben E. King
  11. Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) by Ben E. King
  12. How Can I Forget by Ben E. King
  13. I (Who Have Nothing) by Ben E. King
  14. Supernatural Thing by Ben E. King
  15. Do it in the Name of Love by Ben E. King

The Secret Policeman’s Balls by Various Artists (Format: DVD):

The Secret Policeman’s Balls were a series of concerts held to raise money for Amnesty International. The series began in the U.K. in 1976 and ran through 2001. This three disc set contains five of the concerts and a documentary

The Concerts:

1. Pleasure At Her Majesty’s: The first Secret Policeman’s Ball was actually called Pleasure At Her Majesty’s (aka A Poke In The Eye with a Sharp Stick). It was filmed in 1976 with John Cleese hosting and offered comedy – including some from Cleese’s Monty Python friends.

2. The Secret Policeman’s Ball (1979), John Cleese came back to host the show, which again featured a few of his Monty Python friends, as well as comedians Peter Cooke & Tom Robinson & musican Pete Townsend of The Who.

3. The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball (1981), was again hosted by John Cleese and featured comedians and more musicians including Sting, Bob Geldolf, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Donovan. A popular companion album was released from this show titled The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball – The Music.

4) The Secret Policeman’s Third Ball (1987), featured a new-to-the-series group of players including David Gilmour, Duran Duran, Joan Armatrading, Peter Gabriel, Jackson Brown and Lou Reed.

5) The Secret Policeman’s Biggest Ball (1989) featured a whole host of comedians including John Cleese, Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Michael Palin, Stephen Fry, Robbie Coltrane, Jennifer Saunders and Hugh Laurie.

The first two concerts and the last, focus more on comedy and the third and fourth feature comedy and great music – so there is something for everyone in this collection. And if you love guitar music, I highly recommend watching The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball as all the players were in top form for that concert!

Videos Of The Week:

Bissa by Fatoumata Diawara

Clandestin by Fatoumata Diawara

Wililé by Fatoumata Diawara featuring Toumani Diabaté

Cry Love by John Hiatt

Dust Down A Country Road by John Hiatt

Shredding The Document by John Hiatt

Harlem Strut by James P. Johnson

Carolina Shout by James P. Johnson

Weeping Blues by James P. Johnson

Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King

Stand by Me by Ben E. King

There Goes My Baby by The Drifters with Ben E. King on lead vocals

Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers by Jeff Back & Eric Clapton from the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball

The Roof Is Leaking by Phil Collins from the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball

Roxanne by Sting from the Secret Policeman’s Other Ball

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


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