Suggested Listening December 11, 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 the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, December 18, 2020.

Charade: Suite by Henry Mancini (Genre: Soundtrack, Score)

From the soundtrack to the 1963 film starring Cary Grant & Audrey Hepburn.

Classical Music for Winter (Genre: Classical, Easy Listening)

This video features a relaxing winter scene with two hours of light classical music by Debussy, Mozart, Grieg, Saint-Saens, Schubert and more.

Closer To Fine by The Indigo Girls (Genre: Folk, Pop)

From the duo’s second album The Indigo Girls (1989).

The Gambler by Kenny Rogers (Genre: Country, Pop-Rock)

One of Kenny’s best! From his album of the same name – The Gambler (1978).

Lester Left Town by Art Blakey (Genre: Jazz)

From the album the Big Beat (1960) by Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.

Stairway to Heaven by Heart (Genre: Rock)

From the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors honors concert.

The original version is found on the Led Zeppelin album Led Zeppelin IV (1971). And the song was recorded by Heart for their album Little Queen (1977).

That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll by Billie Joe Armstrong (Genre: Rock)

Billie Joe Armstrong, of Green Day, got bored during the long months of the pandemic and decided to record an album of covers, including this fun song that I first heard via Shaun Cassidy (and I’m showing my vintage!); but that was written and first recorded by Eric Carmen for his debut solo album – Eric Carmen (1975). This version of the song is from Armstrong’s new album No Fun Mondays (2020).

Tulsa Time by Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill & Albert Lee

Recorded during the 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival; there is also a great version of this song on Clapton’s live double-album Just One Night (1980).

Rhapsody In Blue by Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic (1976)

The Gershwin classic performed by the New York Philharmonic with the great conductor Leonard Bernstein on piano.

Uptown Girl by Billy Joel (Genre: Rock, Singer-Songwriter)

A cheerful rock tune from Joel’s album An Innocent Man (1983).

Hoopla Pick of the Week

American Standards (2020) by James Taylor (Genre: Vocal, Folk)

James Taylor’s Grammy nominated album, American Standards, features songs from the great American songbook including Moon River, As Easy As Rolling Off A Long, Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The boat, God Bless the Child, Pennies From Heaven and It’s Only A Paper Moon.

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Online Catalog Links:


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