Suggested Listening May 29, 2020

Hi everyone, here is our bi-weekly recommended listening posting for Friday, May 29, 2020.

Recommended Music

Iconic comedian Bob Hope was born 117 years ago today, on May 29, 1903!

In fond remembrance of Bob Hope,  the premier 20th Century comedian, here is a link to the film Road To Rio.The film stars Bob Hope, Bing Crosby & Dorothy Lamour.

Arabesque Cookie (Arabian Dance) by Duke Ellington (Genre: Jazz)

The great pianist and band leader Duke Ellington plays the mysterious and adventurous song Arabesque Cookie!


All She Wants To Do Is Rock by Wynonie Harris (Genre: R&B, Blues, Rock)

The great blues singer Wynonie Harris is not as well known as he should be today, due to his death from cancer at a young age. Here he is performing one of his greatest songs – All She Wants To Do Is Rock.

Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert (1938) by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (Genre: Swing, Jazz, Big Band)

Benny Goodman and his band broke through to a larger audience when this monumental album was released in 1938. Songs on the LP include I Got Rhythm, Swingtime in the Rockies, Stompin’ At the Savoy & Sing, Sing, Sing.

Come To My Window by Melissa Etheridge (Genre: Rock)

Rocker Melissa Etheridge performing one of her best known songs in concert!

The Genius of Jazz by Wynton Marsalis with Jon Batiste (Genre: Jazz)

This combo music-docu video features insightful conversation by Wynton Marsalis and Jon Batiste about the process of creating music, and the players play a bit too; songs include The Star Spangled Banner, Motherless Child, St. James Infirmary, Oh Lady Be Good & Amazing Grace.

Girls With Guitars by Wynonna Judd (Genre: Country)

The great Wynonna promoting the idea that girls can play guitar too!

Of course they can! In fact, I’ve got two guitars sitting behind me right now!

One Summer Night by Danleers (Genre: R&B, Traditional R&B)

The Danleers became one of the most popular R&B groups of the late fifties when they released their first sing, One Summer Night, in June of 1958.

Rawhide by Frankie Lane (Genre: Pop, Vocal)

Frankie Lane was one of the most popular vocalists in the 1950s and early sixties. He sang pop, jazz and country tunes including this one –  the theme from the TV show, Rawhide, which starred a young Clint Eastwood.

Summer Is A-Comin’ In by Nat King Cole (Genre: Vocal, Jazz, Pop)

One of the best singers of the 20th Century, Nat King Cole, helps us usher in June with his song Summer Is A-Comin’!

Summer Nights by The Safaris (Genre: Pop, Classic Pop)

The Safaris were a light rocking group based in southern California. They had one it, this one – Summer Nights, which was released in 1960.

This Land Is Your Land by Peter, Paul & Mary (Genre: Folk)

The premier folk trio playing a spirited version of the Woody Guthrie classic!

Urge For Going by Joni Mitchell (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk)

Urge For Going is a classic Joni Mitchell songs and I share it now because A. it is a great song and B. as a tip of the hat to those, who like myself, prefer the cooler months of the year (If you love summer – you can listen to the song and commiserate with Joni, while I give a “cold triumphant shout” along with the other winter warriors!)

Be well & happy listening!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

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