Goodnight everyone, and enjoy a steamy 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.

92 degrees Saturday.

92 degrees Sunday.

Normal high is around 72.

Thank God for AC.

The theme this week is one we do at least once a year: music that’s hot. But also cool. Let’s get started.

Guess we’ve got to begin with the obvious. Originally done by Martha and the Vandellas this superstar is seen in concert in Atlanta in 1977.

On Aug. 23, 2013, Ronstadt announced in an interview with AARP that she had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and, as a result, “can’t sing a note” anymore.

“In fact, I couldn’t sing for the last five or six years I appeared onstage, but I kept trying,” she shared. “I kept thinking, ‘What if I tried singing upside down? Or standing on my head? Or while juggling?’

“So I didn’t know why I couldn’t sing — all I knew was that it was muscular, or mechanical. Then, when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, I was finally given the reason,” Ronstadt added. “I now understand that no one can sing with Parkinson’s disease. No matter how hard you try.”

Once dubbed “The Queen of Rock,” Ronstadt turns 75 in July.

While Elvis was in the Army in the summer of 1958 Peggy Lee had a big recording with this next tune, one of the 71 hits she had that made the charts. And plenty of folks did their own renditions including Elvis.

Recording sessions for Ray Charles’ last studio album took place between June 2003 and March 2004. Charles sang on duets with 12 other artists.

“Genius Loves Company” (great title) was released on August 31, 2004. Charles died on June 10, 2004.

With over three million copies it was the biggest selling record of Charles’ career.

Eight months after Charles’ death the album won eight Grammy Awards.

Speaking of “fever” what happens when you take a composition from one of the best-selling albums of all-time and have a huge orchestra do the honors?

Maestro Barry White, you’re up.

That’s from an album devoted entirely to movie themes.

Ah, the 70’s One of the most memorable groups from the decade was the Ohio Players, and not just because of their music.

Those hot album covers.

Let’s go from this, a funk band to this.

Regular readers know military ensembles have been featured here on many occasions. Like The Airmen of Note, the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Stationed at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C., it is one of six musical ensembles that form The U.S. Air Force Band.

Could they cool with “Fire?”

The 70’s. That album is from 1977.

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

“If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” was released in 2015.

From the website sonymusic:

As an exciting revisit of Elvis’ work, ‘If I Can Dream’ was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London with acclaimed producers Don Reedman and Nick Patrick. The 14-track album features Elvis’ most dramatic original performances augmented with lush new arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, plus a duet with Michael Buble and appearances by Il Volo and Duane Eddy.

“This would be a dream come true for Elvis,” Priscilla Presley says of the project. “He would have loved to play with such a prestigious symphony orchestra. The music… the force that you feel with his voice and the orchestra is exactly what he would have done.” Don Reedman also commented, “Abbey Road Studios and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra are as good as it gets and Elvis deserves as good as it gets.”

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