Suggested Listening January 8, 2021

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 15, 2020.

Canyon Ride by Beachwood Sparks (Genre: Rock, Country)

The music of the Los Angeles based group Beachwood Sparks sounds like they would have been right at home making music in the late sixties or early seventies, and that they’d make a perfect double-bill act for groups like the Byrds, during their country phase, or The Flying Burrito Brothers. In other words, the music is country and folk-centric with a dash of psychedelic vibes, translating into a and mellow and hopeful listening experience – and the band has just released an extended version of their debut LP – check it out!

The Daily News by Tom Paxton (1964) (Genre: Folk)

Tom Paxton discusses the importance of the daily news and fact checking in the sixties; still an important subject today…
From the album Ramblin’ Boy (1964)

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)

An upbeat song indeed!

From the album Simple Pleasures (1988).

Fall In A Daydream by Louis Philippe & The Night Mail (Genre: Vocal, Pop)

Louis Philippe is a French singer who currently hails from London. His music is usually described as being “indie”; although I think I’d describe it as traditional vocal based pop music of the highest caliber. This song is from his new album Thundeclouds (2020).

It’s Gonna Be Alright by Gerry And The Pacemakers (Genre: Rock, Merseybeat, Classic Rock)

A terrifically upbeat songs from the Merseybeat group headed by Gerry Marsden.

Love Will Remain by Bill Fay (Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop-Rock)

Bill Fay is an English musician who knows how best to make use of silence intertwined with music; His sparse songs are all the more emotional in scope due to his lovely sparse style.

This song is from his new album Counting Branches (2020).

Middle Age boogie Blues by Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women (Genre: Blues)

From the trio’s terrific album Live And Uppity (1998).

Newspapermen by Pete Seeger (1958)

A humorous take on the importance of the press; from Pete’s 1958 album Gazette, Vol. 1 (1958)

Oreo Cookie Blues by Lonnie Mack (Genre: Blues, Rock)

From the great guitarists album Lighting Strike (1983).

Coquette, When I Swing My Stick, Snake Charmer, The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish by Jitterbug Jump by Frances Carroll & Her Coquettes with Eunice Healy and Viola Smith (1940) (Genre: Big Band, Jazz)

In the 1930s and 1940s playing music professionally was considered a man’s job – Frances Carroll & The Coquettes showed that that was a mistaken impression!

That’s Alright Mama by Elvis Presley (Genre: Rock, Traditional Rock)

Elvis’s very first single to commemorate the 86th anniversary of his birth, January 8, 1935 – and just because the music still sounds as fresh and vibrant today as it did in 1954!


Hoopla Pick of the Week

A collection of terrific blues songs recorded by the great early Twentieth Century blues singer Ma Rainey. And if you like the blues and haven’t seen the great new Netflix film of the same name – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – check it out!

Have a peaceful weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


Online Catalog Links:


The catalog of physical materials, i.e. print books, DVDs, audiobooks on CD, etc.

The Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby Apps)

The catalog of e-books, downloadable audiobooks and a handful of streaming videos.


A catalog of instant check out items, including eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, TV shows and movies for for patrons of the Southeast Steuben County Library.

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