Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Christine McVie



From The Daily Mail:

Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks have led tributes to ‘one-of-a-kind’ British rockstar Christine McVie, the singer-songwriter who helped make Fleetwood Mac one of the biggest acts in music history, following her death aged 79.

Miss McVie wrote and sang on some the band’s biggest hits, including Don’t Stop, Little Lies, Say You Love Me, You Make Loving Fun and Songbird. 

Her genius and warm, soulful vocals helped to turn the one-time blues band into one of the most successful rock groups of all time, with more than 100 million record sold worldwide.

Many of her songs featured on Rumours, their best-known work from 1977 which chronicled the group’s drug use and affairs and is regularly cited as one of rock’s greatest albums. 

Born Christine Perfect in the Lake District village of Bouth, Cumbria, in 1943, she grew up near Birmingham. She studied at art school and qualified as an art teacher – but instead became one of the few women involved in the British blues boom of the late 1960s, joining a band called Chicken Shack and also releasing a solo album. She married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie in 1968 and by 1970 was an integral part of Fleetwood Mac.

When Americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined drummer Mick Fleetwood and the McVies in 1974, the band’s style was transformed, with Miss McVie, Nicks and Buckingham all contributing songs to their eponymous first album together and to Rumours, which sold more than 40million copies worldwide.

Further albums followed, including Tusk, Mirage and Tango in the Night. All three songwriters also released solo albums and in 1998 Miss McVie left Fleetwood Mac after the death of her father but eventually returned to tour alongside her bandmates in 2014.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Momma had great advice

Bruce Springsteen latest album, Only The Strong Survive, tops the Billboard Top Rock & Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts this week. The album debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

Only the Strong Survive has Bruce covering some of his favorite soul songs, including “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do),” “Nightshift,” “Don’t Play That Song” and more. He told Rolling Stone that a second volume of covers is on the way and that he has about “three-quarters” of it recorded.

Here’s the original of the title track of The Boss’ new album from former Impressions singer Jerry Butler in 1969…


And the brand new Springsteen rendition. I think Butler’s version far outshines.

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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Roberta


News reports this week informed that Roberta Flack, 85, the Grammy-winning musician has ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

The progressive disease “has made it impossible to sing and not easy to speak,” Flack’s manager Suzanne Koga said in a release.

The announcement of the amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis comes just ahead of the premiere of “Roberta,” a feature-length documentary that debuted yesterday (Thursday) Thursday at the DOCNYC film festival. “Roberta” will be available via DOCNYC’s website for a week after, before airing on television Jan. 24 as part of PBS’ “American Masters” series.

Flack is known for hits like “Killing Me Softly With His Song” and “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.” My personal favorite is her duet with the late Donny Hathaway.

Flack plans to publish a children’s book co-written with Tonya Bolden, “The Green Piano: How Little Me Found Music,” that month. The North Carolina-born, Virginia-raised Flack is the daughter of pianists and classically trained herself — her talent won her a full ride to Howard University at just 15.

“I have long dreamed of telling my story to children about that first green piano that my father got for me from the junkyard in the hope that they would be inspired to reach for their dreams,” Flack said.  “I want them to know that dreams can come true with persistence, encouragement from family and friends, and most of all belief in yourself.”

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Break a leg


The Museum of Broadway, New York City’s newest museum, will be opening in the heart of Times Square on November 15, 2022, at 145 West 45th Street. The opening comes at a fortuitous time with an increasing number of post-pandemic theater goers. Some 31 shows have been playing to nearly 85% in recent weeks.

This one-of-a-kind, permanent museum will feature exhibits and immersive experiences that offer a visual history of Broadway theater including dazzling costumes, props, renderings, rare photos, videos and more.

The museum will be open for self-guided visits, with timed entry from Monday through Sunday from 10am-10pm (with the last entry at 8:30pm. A typical visit is expected to last between 1-2 hours.

Tickets start at $39, with reduced rates for groups of 10 or more and students. Check the museum website for additional details.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Drugs, sex, or something else?

Kev, it appears the Beatles will be your feature this week.

The Beatles? A forgotten oldie?

Well, yeh, yeh, yeh when you haven’t heard the oldie since the 1960’s.

What was “I’m Only Sleeping” all about?

A trip on drugs?

Sex?

Nope.

John Lennon was the primary songwriter.

“He can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England. ‘Physically lazy,’ he said. ‘I don’t mind writing or reading or watching or speaking, but sex is the only physical thing I can be bothered with any more.'”

Turns out Lennon simply liked being in bed, whether it was to protest or just…sleep.

A new animated video for “I’m Only Sleeping” has been issued. It’s one of the songs featured on The Beatles‘ new remastered edition of Revolver.

Watch as the video opens with John sleeping and the suggestion he’s dreaming. Then time seems to move backwards with images of Beatle history.



Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: This one’s for you Mom

I love telling this next story. The year is 2002. I’m visiting my mother on a Saturday night. Naturally she’s in front of the tube.

PBS.

There’s a male vocalist in front of a huge orchestra. The bandstands all had the initials RS emblazoned on them. I recognized the performer immediately.

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But he looked different. Much different. He was singing “Moonglow.”

It must have been Moonglow,
Way up in the blue,
It must have been Moonglow,
That led me straight to you

Seeing and hearing this spectacle for the first time, my first thought was this is awful (I’d grow to love and appreciate it all later).

“Mom, do you know who that is?”

She wasn’t sure. I knew she had never heard of him.

“Do you know he used to be a rock star?”

Nope. And she didn’t really care.

“You like the way he’s singing?”

Yep.

“You don’t think he’s murdering that song?”

Not at all.

It was at that point my conscience landed on my shoulder like something out of a Flintstones cartoon and told me with no subtlety to knock it off and let my mother enjoy.

Rod Stewart was singing and promoting the first of a string of albums featuring the Great American Songbook.

Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the release of an unlikely hit album by Stewart: It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook.

The album of standards reached number four on the Billboard album chart, becoming his first release to hit the top five since 1978.

In fact, the album was such a hit that it spawned no less than four Songbook sequels, all of which reached the top five. The third installment, 2004’s Stardust, was Rod’s first number one album since 1978’s Blondes Have More Fun, and it even won him his first, and to date only, Grammy.

Mom was enraptured (Thank you, Mr. Stewart). And he would do several more songbook CDs, including the third installment, 2004’s Stardust that was Rod’s first number one album since 1978’s Blondes Have More Fun, and it even won him his first, and to date only, Grammy. Mom had all of Stewart’s standards CDs.

From that very first one, a tune that goes back to 1933.

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Jerry Lee Lewis, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer and perpetual ball of fire, died today at the age of 87.

Just a few weeks ago, on October 16, Lewis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Surgery Saxophone


Umpteen years ago a friend of mine went in to get a colonoscopy. But a not so funny thing happened to him. Try as they might, they couldn’t knock him out. The poor guy remained conscious.

So they performed the procedure…while he was wide awake. He watched the whole thing on a video screen in the operating room.

His reaction? He called the experience “fascinating.”

I thought of my friend when I saw this news this week…

Lead surgeon Dr. Christian Brogna said he performs 50 “awake surgeries” per year.

More than 10 doctors, including neurosurgeons, anesthesiologists, neuropsychologists, neurophysiologists and engineers, were involved in the 9-hour “complex intervention” which was the first of its kind performed in Italy, the hospital said.

Throughout the procedure, the patient GZ played the Italian national anthem and the theme from the 1970 film “Love Story.”

This version stayed on the Billboard chart for 13 weeks, eventually peaking at number nine.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: “My head is spinning”

This is Halloween season and while the oldie isn’t a Halloween tune per se, it does have a spooky-like title.

When Elvis released the single “Bossa Nova Baby” from his movie “Fun in Acapulco,” this was the flip side.

Great sax solo by the legendary Hall of Famer Boots Randolph.

Remember, that was a B-side for Elvis. On its own the single went to #32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Here’s the original, from The Spiders in 1955.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9imNSCB2eSo

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: THE best song of fall

If you’re my age you recall being a captive audience on Saturday nights, planted in front of the TV in your living room to watch the champagne music maker Lawrence Welk and those corny production numbers.

One night Welk had as his guest popular pianist Roger Williams who had a big hit with the quintessential fall recording. This one’s for Dad who liked Welk, Williams, and this piece, one of the biggest instrumentals of all time.

There are also lyrics.

Here’s the latest on WI fall colors.

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