Thursday, May 17, 2018

Playlist for 5/17

Juliana Hatfield - Sings Olivia Newton-John
Tracey Thorn - Record
Kurt Elling - Questions
Bill Frisell - Music Is
Bill Frisell - All We Are Saying
Bill Frisell, A Portrait (Documentary)
Okkervil River - In The Rainbow Rain
Tyler Childers - Purgatory
Caitlin Canty -Motel Bouquet
Chris Janson - Everybody

Saturday, May 12, 2018

I'll Always Love My Mama: Great Mother's Day Songs

When most people think of Mother's Day songs, sentimentality usually wins out.  I've got a few of those listed below, but also some that avoid the teardrops.

If I had to pick a favorite it would be "I'll Always Love My Mama" by the Intruders.  Written by Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff and McFadden & Whitehead (of "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" fame), and released on the Philadelphia International label in 1973, it was a minor Top 40 hit (#36) and Top 10 R&B one (#6).  I remember first hearing it when I lived in Germany in the early 70's.  It's got that uptempo Philly Soul that I've always loved.

Check it out:  "I'll Always Love My Mama" (Video)
                                                                                                                                                 
Anthony Hamilton - Mama Knew Love
Beatles - Julia
Bill Anderson - Mama Sang A Song
Boyz II Men - Song For Mama
Carrie Underwood - Mama's Song
Dolly Parton - Coat Of Many Colors
Electric Light Orchestra - Mama
Elvis Presley - Mama Liked The Roses
Gerry Rafferty - Mary Skeffington
Gregory Porter - Mother's Song
Intruders - I'll Always Love My Mama
Jamie O'Neal - Somebody's Hero
Judds - Mama He's Crazy
John Lennon - Mother
Junior - Mama Used To Say
Lefty Frizzell - Mom and Dad's Waltz
Lenny Kravitz - Thinking Of You
Linda Ronstadt - Sweetest Gift
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple Man
Merle Haggard - Mama Tried
Miracles - Shop Around
Miranda Lambert - Mama's Broken Heart
Outkast - She's Alive
Paul Simon - Loves Me Like A Rock
Pink Floyd - Mother
Ruth Brown - Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean
Shirelles - Mama Said
Sizzla - Thank You Mama
2Pac - Dear Mama
Spinners - Sadie
Sufjan Stevens - Fourth Of July
Taylor Swift - Best Day

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Playlist for 5/10

Looking for Johnny:Legend of Johnny Thunders (Documentary)
Revamp & Restoration: Reimagining the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin - Various
Johnny Cash: Forever Words - Various
Paul Thorn - Don't Let The Devil Ride
Blackberry Smoke - Find A Light
Brothers Osborne - Port Saint Joe
Weeknd - My Dear Melancholy
Cardi B - Invasion of Privacy

Friday, May 04, 2018

Playlist for 5/4

Jeff Beck - Going Down to the BBC
Kyuss - And The Circus Leaves Town
Obsessed - Sacred
Nova Local - Nova 1
Overdose of Heavy Psyche - Various
Electric Sugarcube Flashbacks - Various
New Wave: Dare To Be Different (Documentary)
Elton John: I'm Still Standing-A Grammy Salute (TV Special)

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Top 25 Most Loved (Living) Musicians

The criteria was pretty simple.  I wanted names that everyone knows.  Musicians who are loved by as close to 100% of music fans of all genres.

The deaths in the past few years of some of our most famous artists like Prince, B.B. King, David Bowie, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Tom Petty, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Whitney Houston, etc., got me thinking about this subject.  How some of our most revered musicians are no longer with us.

1.  Paul McCartney
2.  Stevie Wonder
3.  Aretha Franklin
4.  Bruce Springsteen
5.  Bob Dylan
6.  Tina Turner
7.  Willie Nelson
8.  Dolly Parton
9.  Tony Bennett
10. Rolling Stones
11. Elton John
12. Joni Mitchell
13. Barbra Streisand
14. Ringo Starr
15. Eric Clapton
16. Brian Wilson
17. Beyonce
18. Smokey Robinson
19. Paul Simon
20. Diana Ross
21. Loretta Lynn
22. Little Richard
23. Al Green
24. Neil Young
25. Jerry Lee Lewis

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Friday, April 27, 2018

Playlist for 4/27

Amy Rigby - Old Guys
Sarah Shook - Years
Sarah Shook - Sidelong
Ashley McBryde - Girl Going Nowhere
Bettye LaVette - Things Have Changed
Memphis Rent Party - Robert Gordon (Book)
Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love -  Various
Toni Braxton - Sex & Cigarettes
Nile Rodgers - Front and Center (PBS)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Top 30 Albums by Women (Since 1964)

Last July NPR published the NPR Top 150 Albums by Women.   A strong list.  This year they asked listeners to vote on their Top 10 Albums by Women, since 1964.

As a bonus I've listed 20 more albums for a Top 30.  All studio albums.

1.  Carole King - Tapestry
2.  Joni Mitchell - Court and Spark
3.  Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
4.  Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors
5.  Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
6.  Pretenders - s/t
7.  Madonna - Like A Prayer
8.  Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
9.  Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
10. Janet Jackson - Control
11. Joni Mitchell - Blue
12. Lucinda Williams - s/t
13. Donna Summer - Bad Girls
14. Whitney Houston - s/t
15. Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel
16. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
17. Tina Turner - Private Dancer
18. Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go
19. Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter
20. Adele - 21
21. Bangles - All Over The Place
22. Heart - Dreamboat Annie
23. Carpenters - Song For You
24. Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - s/t
25. Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man
26. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
27. Iris DeMent - Infamous Angel
28. Janis Joplin - Pearl
29. Shania Twain - Come On Over
30. Eurythmics - Be Yourself Tonight
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