Suggested Listening May 11, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Monday, May 11, 2020.

On another music note, just FYI there is a library music app, Freegal Music, that allows you to stream unlimited commercial free music to a  mobile device. You can find it in your app store, or, alternately you can stream music to a PC from the Freegal Catalog by clicking on the following link:

If you have questions about how to use the Freegal Music Service, please let me know! You can contact me by leaving a message on the blog. Or, you can send an email to the following address and I’ll get back to you!

Recommended Music Videos for Monday, May 11, 2020

Say a Little Prayer for You composed by Burt Bacharach and performed by Dionne Warwick (Genre: Easy Listening, American Standards)

Composer Burt Bacharach turns 92 years young on Tuesday, May 12th. To celebrate his birthday here is Dionne Warwick singing his classic song I Say A Little Prayer For You.

Sunshine of Your Love by Cream with Jack Bruce on bass on lead vocals (Genre: Rock, Jazz, Classic Rock)

Bassist and composer Jack Bruce, member of the Graham Bond Organization, Manfred Mann, briefly a member of John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and later lead vocalist and bassist for Cream, was born on May 14, 1943. To celebrate his life and music, the week of his birth, here he is with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker playing their seminal tune Sunshine of Your Love.

Keep on the Sunny Side by The Carter Family featuring Maybelle Carter (Genre: Country, Folk)

Banjoist, guitarist and singer Maybelle Carter, of the famous country music group The Carter Family, was born on May 10, 1909.

God Bless American by Kate Smith, compose Irving Berlin (Genre: American Standards, Vocal Music)

The iconic American composer Irving Berlin was born on May 11, 1888 in Tyuman, Russia. Berlin immigrated to the U.S. with his parents when he was four-years-old and grew up to compose many American standards including White Christmas, God Bless America, Puttin’ On The Ritz and There’s No Business Like Show Business.

With or Without You by U2 featuring Bono on lead vocals (Genre: Rock, Socially Conscious Rock)

Bono, founding member of U2 and one of those great musicians known simply by one name, was born in Paul Hewson, in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960.

Manteca by Gil Evans (Genre: Jazz)

Jazz Pianist and composer Gil Evans was born on May 13, 1912 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.Give a listen to one of his great songs, Manteca,this Wednesday on the 108th anniversary of his birth.

Hold My Hand by Hootie & The Blowfish featuring Darius Rucker on lead vocals (Genre: Pop, Rock, Country)

Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish and solo country fame, was born on May 13, 1968 and will celebrate his 52-birthday on Wednesday.

Feelin’ Alright by Traffic (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

Low Sparks of High Heeled Boys by Traffic (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

Two of Traffic’s founding members, Dave Mason and Steve Winwood, are both celebrating birthdays this week. Mason was born on May 10, 1946 and Winwood on May 12, 1948.

My Guy by Mary Wells (R&B):

Mary Wells born May 13, 1943 in Detroit, Michigan. Wells was one of Motown’s earliest stars and here she is signing her best known song – My Guy.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours by Stevie Wonder (Genre: R&B, Soul, Singer-Songwriter, Jazz)

Celebrate the music of Stevie Wonder this week. Wonder turns 70 on Wednesday, May 13th!

Bonus Videos: Limericks and Little Richard!

Limerick Day is observed on May 12, the anniversary of the birth of a master of limerick, Edward Lear (1812-1888).

Lucille by Little Richard (Genre: Rock n’ Roll!)

Little Richard died of bone cancer, at the age of 87, this past Saturday. To celebrate his life and music, here he is singing one of his greatest songs – Lucille.

Be well!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Chase’s Calendar of Events 2020. Rowman & Littlefield. Lanham, Maryland. 2019.

Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles 1955-1990. Record Research Inc. Menomonee Falls. 1991.

Online References


Freegal Catalog,

Digital Catalogs:

Note: There are apps for each catalog or, you can download digital content to a PC.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.

Freegal Music

You can stream an unlimited amount of music for the duration of the Corona Crisis.


RBDigital offers on-demand magazines, so you can read til your heart’s content!

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