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 18, 2021.
And here are the 10 recommended songs of the week!
Finally Friday by George Jones (Genre: Country)
The great county singer recorded a bright, upbeat song, and one timely with it being the start of the weekend, with Finally Friday, for his 1992 LP Walls Can Fall.
From The Album: Walls Can Fall (1992).
Fly Me To The Moon by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie & His Orchestra (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)
It Might As Well Be Swing is one of several albums Sinatra released in 1964. IThe album features a, needless to say, terrific band – the Count Basie Orchestra; additionally the music was arraigned and conducted by the great Quincy Jones – which makes for a great swinging album! The song, Fly Me To The Moon, when initially released, was associated with sixties space race and would make a perfect compliment during a day/evening when paired with the Apple TV alternate history space race series For All Man Kind.
From The Album: It Might As Well Be Swing (1964)
The Fortune Teller by The Merseybeats (Genre: Classic Rock, British Invasion)
The Merseybeats, like The Beatles, hailed from Liverpool, England. They emerged as part of the booming Merseybeat scene in the early sixties. By 1963 their lineup featured Tom Crane on guitar and lead vocals, Billy Kinsley on bass, Aaron Williams on guitar and John Banks on drums. The band signed a recording contract with Fontana records that year, and recorded some great music, having a couple of hits in the U.K.
Unfortunately though, the group is severely underrated today; because that was the era when successful rock band were beginning to write their own material and, unfortunately, there wasn’t a songwriter in band. The group eventually changed is name to the Merseys and continues to play to this day, led by co-founders Tom Crane & Billy Kinsley.
A great complete collection of the band’s sixties work has just been released; it is titled I Stand Accused: The Complete Merseybeats & Merseys Sixties Recordings.
If you like the music of the British Invasion, check it out!
From The Album: I Stand Accused: The Complete Merseybeats & Merseys Sixties Recordings by The Merseybeats / The Merseys (2021)
Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats (Genre: Classic Rock)
The Easybeats were an Australian based band, consisting of Dutch players Dick Diamonde on bass, Harry Vanda on guitar; and British players Gordon “Snowy” Fleet and George Young (older brother of AC/DC’s Angus Young). Despite hailing from Australia, the group’s sixties music is considered to be part of the British Invasion and they released several neat classic rock albums during the decade.
The group had a huge international hit in 1966 with Friday On My Mind.
From The Album: It’s 2 Easy (1966).
I Get The Sweetest Feeling by Jackie Wilson (Genre: R&B, Soul, Vocal, Pop)
The great singer with a fun, romantic song originally released in 1968 and re-released in 1987.
From The Album I Get The Sweetest Feeling (1968)
Minor Chant by Jimmy Smith (Genre: Jazz)
In 1960, the great jazz organist Jimmy Smith and his band, including saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, guitarist Kenny Burrell and drummer Donald Baily released the album Back At The Chicken Shack; which All Music aptly describes as “funky soul jazz.” It is a great LP, showcasing the talents of Smith’s Hammond B organ playing and Turrentine’s excellent saxophone playing. Also of note, the song Minor Chant was composed by the then up and coming Turrentine.
From The Album: Back At The Chicken Shack (1960)
Mr. Spaceman by The Byrds (Genre: Rock, Folk-Rock)
The Byrds, consisting of jangly 12-string guitarist Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby and Chris Hillman on guitars and vocals and Mike Clarke, on drums were a fantastic folk-rock group that transition into a country rock group. Their first six albums, released between 1965 and 1968 are terrific classic rock albums; and for this listener’s two cents worth, are the equal of albums released by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones during the same period. Mr. Spaceman is from their third album, Fifth Dimension, which was released in 1966, incidentally, the same year the original Star Trek series made its debut.
From The Album: Fifth Dimension (1966)
Run Runaway by Great Big Sea (Genre: Folk, Folk-Rock)
Great Big Sea is a folk band that hails from Newfoundland. The group consists of multi-instrumentalists Alan Doyle, Sean McCann, Bob Hallett and bassist Darrel Power. Their version of the Slade rocker Run Run Away has more of a folk feel than the original – but of course, the group being a folk band – that seems right on the proverbial money!
From The Album: Up (1998)
Sunshine Of Your Love by Ella Fitgerald (Genre: Vocal, Jazz)
The great vocalist Ella Fitzgerald covers some sixties rockers for this collection. The title track being a cover of the song Sunshine Of Your Love, original recorded by Cream for their 1967 album Disraeli Gears.
From The Album: Sunshine Of Your Love (1968).
Wild Weekend by The Rockin’ Rebels (Genre: Rock, Classic Rock)
In the great radio era of the late fifties/early sixties, Buffalo DJ Tom Shannon and his partner Phil Todaro wrote a theme song for Shannon’s radio show; the titled it Wild Weekend. The original recording featured vocals; and then Shannon was approached by a local band, The Rebels, consisting of Jimmy Kipler on guitar, Mickey Kipler on sax, Paul Balon on guitar and Tom Gorman on drums, who wanted to record an instrumental version of the song – instrumental songs being popular at the time. Shannon agreed and booked the group into the studio and the instrumental classic Wild Weekend was recorded. The song became a regional hit. Several years later, when Shannon was in the army, the song was used by Syracuse DJ Jimmy O’Brien on his show, heard by the head of Swan records who loved it and then got in touch with Shannon and got permission to release the song again – when it became a national hit.
From The Album: Wild Weekend (1962)
Hoopla Recommend Album of the Week
Mozart For Morning Coffee by Various Artists (Genre: Light Classical)
The various artists featured on this easy, gently-wake-you-up collection include Arthur Grumiaux, Walter Klein and The Beaux Arts Trio.
And from the album, the song:
Mozart: Sonata for Piano and Violin in C, K.296 – 2. Andante sostenuto
Have a great weekend,
Linda Reimer, SSCL
The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn
AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <https://www.allmusic.com/>.
THE REBELS aka BUFFALO REBELS – BMHOF CLASS OF 2002. (n.d.). Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 11, 2021, from https://www.bmhof.org/inductees-r/rebels.html
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