Goodnight everyone, and have a bright weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

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Folks on WTMJ Radio joked about “it” Thursday afternoon.

Did you see “it?” they asked each other.

“It” made  a very, very, very brief appearance. Possibly a few seconds. Otherwise we haven’t seen “it” around here since, oh,  Obama was still president.

And that can have an effect that’s not happy.

Our forecast is not all that reassuring. So let’s see if we can spread some sunshine, musically, shall we?

Let’s begin with two legends, the Chairman of the Board backed by Milwaukee native, Woody Herman.

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I remember that concert, The Main Event, broadcast on ABC with Howard Cosell the special announcer.

How about another legend. This song, first recorded in 1939, was a big hit for Ray Charles in 1962, going to #1 on the Billboard R & B chart and #7 on the Billboard chart. It’s been recorded by countless artists, but you’ve probably never heard it like this.

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Time to slow it down. This next tune was a monster recording for Gerry @ the Pacemakers, who came over in the British Invasion started by the Beatles. Here it’s done by Gloria Estefan with an opening of Variations On A Theme By Erik Satie.

The sun will reappear, we all know. And when it does…

Gloria Estefan in a Long Red S... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list

Want sun? Simply can’t wait? Maybe you need to make a special appeal to a special woman.

I’m always impressed by this treatment of a Ramsey Lewis composition by one of the all-time great arrangers and composers, especially the ending where it seems he allows just about every section in the orchestra a solo. Listen for it while you’re yearning for sun.

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That’s it for this week.

Good night.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend, sun or no sun.

We close with a classic that like “You Are My Sunshine” has been recorded a gazillion times, especially in the 60’s. Every artist had to include their own rendition as a track on one of their albums.

When this recording was released everyone automatically assumed it was just another love song. Not even close.

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November 22, 1963.

The same day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Bobby Hebb’s older brother and musical partner, Harold Hebb was stabbed to death outside a Nashville nightclub. Bobby Hebb wrote what would become a mega-hit in 1966 within 48 hours of that tragic day to overcome his grief. Hebb died of lung cancer in 1970 at the age of 72.

The year is 1975. The group is Yambu.

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here
My Sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the sunshine bouquet
Sunny, thank you for the love you brought my way
You gave to me your all and all
Now I feel ten feet tall
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, thank you for the truth you let me see
Sunny, thank you for the facts from A to C
My life was torn like a windblown sand
And the rock was formed when you held my hand
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny
Sunny, thank you for the smile upon your face
Sunny, thank you for the gleam that shows its grace
You’re my spark of nature’s fire
You’re my sweet complete desire
Sunny one so true, I love you

Sunny, yesterday my life was filled with rain
Sunny, you smiled at me and really eased the pain
The dark days are gone, and the bright days are here
My Sunny one shines so sincere
Sunny one so true, I love you

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