Suggested Listening July 31, 2020

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, August 7, 2020.

Alley Cat by Bent Fabric (Genre: Instrumental, Classic Pop, Sixties Pop)

A huge hit in 1961, and by far the best-known song by the Danish pianist and composer Bent Fabric.

Cookie’s Theme by William Tyler (Genre: Americana, Folk, Acoustic Guitar)

From Tyler’s new album Music From First Cow (2020).

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark by Robert Cray (Genre: Blues, Rock, R&B)

A terrific song by the blues singer-songwriter and guitarist whose breakout album, Strong Persuader, was, unbelievably released 34 years ago!

Early Morning Rain by Gordon Lightfoot (Genre: Folk, Pop)

A classic  hit for the man who wrote the song!

Early Morning Rain is from Gordon’s very first album, Lightfoot! originally released in 1966, and has subsequently been covered by many artists.

Fotheringay by Fairport Convention (Folk, Folk-Rock)

From the group’s second album What We Did On Our Holiday from 1969, with Sandy Denny on lead vocals.

I Can’t Quit The Blues by Buddy Guy (Genre: Blues, Guitar)

From the great singer and blues guitarist’s classic 1968 album, A Man And The Blues.

Kyoto by Phoebe Bridges (Indie Pop, Rock, Folk-Rock)

A cheery song from the indie-folk-rock artist, from her new album Punisher (2020).

On The Sunny Side Of The Street by Louis Armstrong (Genre: Jazz)

A jazz classic from the great jazz master!

Right Where I Belong by Creed Bratton (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)

From the new, upbeat album by the singer-songwriter and guitarist Creed Bratton best known as member of the Grass Roots.

Stranger In Paradise by Tony Bennett (Genre: Vocal, Classic Pop, Fifties Pop)

A classic song from the great 20th Century crooner, who turns 94 years young on August 3!

Bonus: Ocean Waves for relaxation video!

We are certainly living through challenging times; and I find it relaxing to have ocean waves playing on my TV as a I read in the evenings. I have a smart TV with apps and access this video through the YouTube app on my TV, which you can also do if you have a smart TV or streaming player!

Of course, it is equally relaxing to listen to the waves via a PC or mobile device – for eight hours and six minutes!


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Seelye, Katharine Q. (2020, July 29). Bent Fabric, Pianist and Composer Known for ‘Alley Cat,’ Dies at 95., The New York Times.,

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