Suggested Listening December 25, 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, January 1, 2020.

Alicia Keys: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (2020)

A mini concert by the great singer; recorded live at the NPR Tiny Desk studio(!) in February 2020.

Aretha Franklin Live In Montreaux (full concert)

The great Aretha recorded live in Montreux, Switzerland on June 12th, 1971.

A.R.M.S. Concert (1983) (Genre: Classic Rock)

The original A.R.M.S. (Action Research Into Multiple Sclerosis) concert was held at the Royal Albert Hall on September 20, 1983 and organized by former Small Faces/Faces singer & guitarist Ronnie Lane & his friends to raise funds to research treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, which Lane suffered from.

Lane had some terrific friends agree to play the at this charity concert! The friends included Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Chris Stainton, Steve Winwood, Kenny Jones, Ray Cooper, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Anthony Fairweather-Jones.

Bonnie Raitt in Concert at the Oakland Coliseum Arena (12/31/1989)

The great blues & rock guitarist and singer was in top form for this concert, recorded live on New Years’ Eve 1989!

Songs include: About To Make Me Leave Home, Talk To Me, Green Lights, Love Me Like A Man, Give It Up Or Let Me Go, Thing Called Love, Love Letter and more!

Chuck Berry’s 1965 Belgium TV Appearance (Complete)

Chuck Berry recorded live Recorded on February 6, 1965!

Chuck sings Maybelline, The Things That I Used To Do, Roll Over Beethoven, Memphis Tennessee, No Particular Place To Go, Johnny B. Goode and more!

Herb Alpert Live at Montreux (1996) (Genre: Pop, Jazz, Easy Listening)

The great trumpet player, Herb Alpert, and his band perform some of his classic songs including Rise, Drivin’ Home, Sneakin’ In, Rendezvous, The Lonely Bull, Spanish Flea, My Funny Valentine, Side Steppin’, Across The Bridge, A Taste Of Honey, Sugar Cane & This Guy’s In Love.

Live at Montreux 1969 by Ella Fitzgerald (Genre: Jazz)

The great jazz singer performs fourteen songs Give Me The Simple Life, This Girl’s In Love With You, I Won’t Dance, A Place For Lovers, That Old Black Magic, Useless Landscape, I Love You Madly, Trouble Is A Man, A Man And A Woman, Sunshine Of Your Love, Well Alright Okay You Win, Hey Jude, Scat Medley & A House Is Not A Home.

The Lost Concert (1964) by The Beach Boys

An early Beach Boys concert: songs include Fun Fun Fun, Long Tall Texan, Little Duece Coop, Surfer Girl, Surfin’ U.S.A., Shut Down, In My Room & Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow.

South Side Soul by John Wright

Jazz pianist John Wright accompanied by Wendell Roberts on bass and Walter McCants on drums with an aptly titled soulful album from 1960; songs include South Side Soul, 47th & Calument, La Salle St. Afater Hours, 63rd And Cotage Groove, 35th Street Blues, Sin Corner & Amen Corner.

Tracy Chapman at Austin City Limits (2003) (Genre: Folk, Pop-Rock)

Tracy performs live on stage for the PBS Austin City Limits Show. Songs include Say Hallelujah, For My Lover, Smoke And Ashes, Fast Car, Telling Stories, You’re The One and more.

Hoopla Pick of the Week

Brothers In Arms (1985) by Dire Straits

Arguable the best Dire Straits album of all!  Songs on the album include So Far Away, Money For Nothing, Walk Of Life, One World, Ride Across The River & Why Worry.

Have a great weekend!

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


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