Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!
Suggested Listening postings are published on Fridays; and our next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, June 11, 2021.
And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!
Boogie in the Park by Joe Hill Lewis (Genre: Blues, Fifties Rock)
Joe Hill Lewis was a one-man-blues band who alternated singing with playing the guitar, drums and harmonica. He recorded for Sun Records in the fifties; before his untimely death, at age 35, from an infected cut he received on his hand while doing an odd job to supplement his income. But fortunately for music fans, he left behind some great recordings – including this song!
From The Album: Sun Records Sixtieth Anniversary (2012) by Various Artists
Break It Down by Kindred The Family Soul (Genre: R&B, Contemporary)
Kindred The Family Soul is a duo consisting of married singer-songwriters and producers Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon. Break It Down is a smooth song featuring a fun video, especially if you’re middle age like me – and if you like to roller skate – all the better!
From The Album: Auntie & Unc (2021)
Coppin’ The Haven by Dexter Gordon (Genre: Jazz)
One of the great jazz saxophonists of the Twentieth Century, Gordon was born in Los Angeles and spent his early musical career in the U.S., before decamping to Europe for a few years in the late sixties. This song, and the album it is featured on – One Flight Up, were recorded in Paris in 1964 and show Gordon at the top of his form. This is a lovely song and album!
From The Album: One Flight Up (1964)
Desert High Billy F. Gibbons (Genre: Rock)
ZZ Top front man Billy Gibbon has just released his third solo album Hardware, which features this great tune!
From The Album: Hardware (2021)
I Can’t Get No Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones (Genre: Rock)
I’ll admit, I have a sort of love and, well not quite hate, but dislike, relationship with the music of the Rolling Stones.
On the one hand their music, especially their music from the sixties and seventies, sounds great.
On the other hand, I don’t like the way that in their early days their PR, and some of their songs took a, shall we say, uncharitable view of women. Although I do realize they were portrayed as bad boys to counterbalance and set them apart from their super-successful sixties’ rivals – The Beatles.
Having said that, I’m going to leave my pondering aside this week, and recommend a Rolling Stones song in honor of, if you can believe it, the 80th birthday of Rolling Stone’s drummer Charlie Watts!
Charlie Watts was born June 2, 1941, in London so belated Happy Birthday vibes go out to Charlie Watts; and listeners can enjoy his drumming on one of the band’s classic songs!
From The Album: Out of Our Heads (1965)
Sh-Boom by The Chords (Genre: Fifties Rock, Pop, R&B)
The Chords formed in the early fifties and consisted of Carl Fester on lead vocals, Claude Feaster on baritone vocals, Buddy McRea on tenor vocals and Ricky Edwards on bass vocals. The group was discovered singing at a subway station in New York and signed to Atlantic Records by the legendary producer Jerry Wexler. Wexler had them record a cover of the Patty Page song Cross Over The Bridge; but disc jockeys started playing the B-side of the single, Sh-Boom instead. The song was one of the first mainstream rock n’ roll hits played on the radio by a black group and was a top ten hit. The song was subsequently recorded by The Crew Cuts – but for this listener’s two cents worth – the original song is the best!
From The Album: Mint Condition (2006)
Sonata No.3 in A Major, Op. 69: II. Scherzo by Yo-Yo Ma & Emanuel Ax (Genre: Classical, Chamber Music)
Good friends Ma and Ax recorded all five of Beethoven’s sonatas for cello and piano, in the order in which they were composed, for this terrific album.
Ma’s cello chops and Ax’s pianist chops are excellent as always!
From The Album: Hope Amid Tears – Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (2021)
Stay With Me written by Rod Stewart & Ron Wood and performed by The Faces (Genre: Rock, Seventies Rock)
Two of the Rolling Stones celebrate birthdays in June, Charlie Watts on June 2, and guitarist Ron Wood on June 1.
Wood was the new guitarist on the block when joined The Rolling Stones in 1975. The Rolling Stones were formed in 1962 and so had been around for a while by the mid-seventies. Wood succeeded guitarist Mick Taylor, who several years earlier had replaced original guitarist and band co-founder Brian Jones.
Wood has been with the Stones for so many years now, that I bet there are people out in music listening land that don’t realize he had a career before he joined the Stones; playing with, among other bands, The Jeff Beck Group, and the Small Faces; who when Wood and Rod Stewart joined them – changed their name to The Faces.
So, in sending belated positive birthday vibes Ron Wood’s way – I’ve selected a song he co-wrote with Rod Stewart and that they performed together along with the rest of the Faces – enjoy!
From The Album: A Nod Is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse (1971)
To The Island by Crowded House (Genre: Pop-Rock)
The mellow Australian band Crowded House is best known in the U.S. for their eighties hits Don’t Dream It’s Over and Something So Strong. However, they have continued to perform and record their mellow pop-rock music in the decades since those hits were released. The song To The Island is from their brand-new album Dreamers Are Waiting.
From The Album: Dreamers Are Waiting (2021).
Won’t You Come And Sing For Me by Chris Thile (Genre: Folk, Spiritual)
Singer, mandolin player and band leader Chris Thile has been performing and recording since he was a youth.
He has recorded as a solo artist and as part of the folk groups Nickel Group and Punch Bowl.
In 2016 he succeeded Garrison Keillor as host of the popular, folksy radio show Prairie Home Companion.
His latest LP is a spiritual one featuring his expressive mandolin playing and complimentary airy vocals.
From The Album: Laysongs (2021)
Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week
America (1971) by America (Genre: Pop-Rock, Seventies)
The band American consisted of Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley who all played guitar and sang. All three were sons of American military officers who met while attending high school in England. The recorded their first album in 1971 and became one of the most popular breezy pop-rock groups of the seventies.
And from the album, the song:
A Horse With No Name
Have a great weekend,
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
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