Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!
Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.
Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, July 24, 2020.
And as a precursor to the music, two neat things!
The first is a link to an episode of the Milton Berle Show, hosted by the great TV pioneer Milton Berle.
Berle was was born 112 year ago this week, on July 12, 1908, and his TV show is simply fun to watch!
And the second neat thing is a link to a New York Times article showing the first photograph ever taken of a president!
The photo was taken of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States, in 1843.
Saturday, July 11, is the 253rd anniversary of John Quincy Adams’s birth – and what a cool photo of the man – dig those socks, and I like that rug too!
And now, onto the music!
Adams Apple by Wayne Shorter (Genre: Jazz)
A classic song from saxophonist Wayne Shorter’s album of the same name, Adams Apple (1966).
Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam (Genre: Pop, Sixties Pop)
A one hit wonder, Steam hit the top of the charts in 1969 with this upbeat pop song!
Lovin’ You by Minnie Ripperton (Genre: Vocal, R&B)
The biggest hit by the exceptionally talented singer-songwriter, from her second album Perfect Angel (1974).
Night Train by David Rose & His Orchestra (Genre: Easy Listening)
David Rose was one of the most popular instrumental pop composers in the 1940s, 1950s and into the 1960s, an era during which instrumental pop songs were quite popular.
Night Train is the B-side to one of his best known hits, The Stripper, originally released in 1962.
Rolling Stone by Muddy Waters (Genre: Blues)
A song by the great bluesman, born McKinley Morganfield on April 4, 1915 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi.
Muddy is known as the Father of Chicago Blues and rightly so. He began playing the guitar and singing as a youth, played electric guitar as that technology became available, and wrote and sang songs which have since become classics. This tune, Rolling Stone, inspired a British blues band, in the early sixties, to take their name from it – they have of course, become world renowned since then – The Rolling Stones!
Say You Love Me by Fleetwood Mac (Genre: Classic Rock, Rock, Pop)
Say You Love Me sung by the incomparable Christine McVie; is of Fleetwood Mac’s classic songs, originally found on their 1975 Fleetwood Mac album; this version is from their 1997 live LP The Dance.
Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits, from the original Live Aid Concert (Genre: Rock, Guitar)
The original Live Aid concert was held on July 13, 1985 in both Philadelphia and London. The simultaneous broadcast of music from both sides of the Atlantic was new then. Bob Geldolf organized the concert to raise money to help those impacted by a great famine in Ethiopia.
Dire Straits played on stage at Wembley Arena (London) and were seen across the globe by millions of music fans watching the broadcast on TV.
Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No 1 in B-flat minor, Op 23 (1958) by Van Cliburn (Genre: Classical)
American pianist Van Cliburn gained world renown during the Cold War, when he won the first annual International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958. And even if you’re not a classical music fan, Van Cliburn’s playing on this piece is simply lovely, and well worth a listen!
This Land is Your Land written by Woody Guthrie and performed by The Boston Pops and The Tanglewood Festival Chorus, conducted by John Williams.
A terrific version of the classic folk song written by Woody Guthrie in 1940. The song has, of course, become and American classic.
This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
And here is the original version of the song, performed by the songwriter Woody Guthrie.
Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965) by The Byrds (Genre: Rock, Folk-Rock)
The title track from the group’s second album; the band offers a terrific version of the Pete Seeger penned classic.
When Love Calls by Atlantic Starr (Genre: R&B, Pop)
Atlantic Starr offers a tip of the hat to the 1980s, with this upbeat song from their excellent breakout album Radiant (1981).
Be well & happy listening!
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
Spitzer, Nick. (2012. February 15). This Story Of Woody Guthrie’s ‘Thias Land Is Your Land’., NPR., https://www.npr.org/2000/07/03/1076186/this-land-is-your-land
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