Saturday, 17 September 2011

Saturday in the Park........I think it was the fourth of July

Chicago - V
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

Buddy Guy - Can't Quit the Blues

Elton John - Captain Fantastic

Thursday, 15 September 2011

The Pointer Sisters: Fire - Live on Midnight Special 1979

I'm driving in my car, I turn on the radio I'm pulling you close, you just say no You say you don't like it, but girl I know you're a liar 'Cause when we kiss Hmmm, fire

70's Pick of the Week

“Fire” by the Pointer Sisters (1979)

The idea of sister or brother groups is not new. The advantage of this arrangement can be stability. Have you ever heard the expression “You can choose your friends but you can’t choose family”? Well in some cases it works and others not so much. In the case of the Pointer sisters it gave them depth and versatility that saw them endure and reach great success.

Their parents, Reverend Elton and Sarah Pointer encouraged them as girls to listen and participate in gospel music. They told the girls that rock and roll and the blues was “the devils music”. This was not uncommon really. Secretly they sang songs when they were away from their parents until one day the youngest, June, brought home a copy of Elvis’ “All Shook Up”. Her mother had discovered the ‘B’ side of the album with “Crying in the Chapel” so let her pay it.

Monday, 12 September 2011

The Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream (Shindig! 1964)

I can make you mine, taste your lips of wine, any time night or day. Only trouble is, gee whiz, I’m dreamin’ my life away.

Sappy Song Department

“All I Have to Do is Dream” by The Everly Brothers (1958)

There is always a lot of discussion of the R&B contribution to music, but the Everlys brought their contribution from another angle – they may really have been the most successful country or maybe even hillbilly band to make their mark on rock. Like Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and not to forget Elvis, they had a country music that morphed into rockabilly and then quickly leapt into rock and Roll.  The difference was that they were an inseparable duo from childhood – and made a contribution only a duo could make.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Not that long ago...well at least it would seem...

B.B. King - Blues on the Bayou

Dan Fogelberg - Phoenix

Daniel Lanios - Acadie
Neil Young - Everyone Knows this is Nowhere