Sunday, February 25, 2018

"Shoulda Been A Bigger Hit" Poll (2018 Edition)

Once again I voted in this poll.  This is from a Facebook group I'm part of called I.R.S. ("It Really Shoulda" been a bigger hit!).  In the past they wanted only songs that missed the Top 10. Now it's any song you think should have charted higher.  But I still like the original concept better.  So, all of my choices below peaked outside the Top 10.  Lists can go up to 100 songs. 

1.  Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
2.  Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
3.  Tiny Dancer - Elton John
4.  Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again - Fortunes
5.  Take It Easy - Eagles
6.  Always and Forever - Heatwave
7.  At Last - Etta James
8.  Tracks of My Tears - Miracles
9.  In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
10. I Melt With You -  Modern English
11. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
12. To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
13. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
14. Baby I Need You Loving - Four Tops
15. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
16. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
17. This Magic Moment - Drifters
18. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
19. Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
20. Respect Yourself - Staple Singers
21. Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
22. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
23. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Tavares
24. Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
25. What I Like About You - Romantics
26. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
27. Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
28. Sex Machine - James Brown
29. Operator - Jim Croce
30. Holiday - Madonna
31. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
32. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
33. I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
34. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
35. Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
36. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
37. Hold On I'm A Comin' - Sam & Dave
38. SOS - Abba
39. By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
40. Super Freak - Rick James
41. All My Loving  - Beatles
42. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
43. Fever - Little Willie John
44. For The Good Times - Ray Price
45. It's A Shame - Spinners
46. Wild Night - Van Morrison
47. Lies - Knickerbockers
48. Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley
49. Piano Man - Billy Joel
50. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
51. Walking In The Rain - Ronettes
52. But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson
53. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
54. Sincerely - Moonglows
55. Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
56. So Very Hard To Go - Tower of Power
57. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
58. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's
59. River Deep-Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
60. Love The One You're With - Stephen Stills
61. Wild World - Cat Stevens
62. Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers
63. Baby I Love Your Way (live) - Peter Frampton
64. Into The Night - Benny Mardones
65. Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt
66. This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
67. Wishing You Were Here - Chicago
68. It Takes Two - Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston
69. Just Like Me - Paul Revere & The Raiders
70. Faithfully - Journey
71. Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
72. Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers
73. I've Been Lonely Too Long - Rascals
74. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
75. You Are My Lady - Freddie Jackson
76. Strange Magic - ELO
77. That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire
78. Games People Play - Joe South
79. Just What I Needed - Cars
80. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) - Spinners
81. My Mistake - Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye
82. More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
83. Let's Spend The Night Together - Rolling Stones
84. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
85. Undun - Guess Who
86. Steppin' Stone - Monkees
87. So Far Away - Carole King
88. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
89. Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
90. Disco Inferno - Trammps
91. It's My Life - Animals
92. Let's Have A Party - Wanda Jackson
93. Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
94. Killer Queen - Queen
95. I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
96. Having A Party - Sam Cooke
97. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
98. Oye Como Va - Santana
99. Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers
100. Thrill Is Gone - B.B. King

Friday, February 23, 2018

Playilst for 2/23

Camila Cabello - Camilla
Willie Nelson -Willie's Stash Vol.2
Kelsea Ballerini - Unapologetically
Miranda Lambert: Front and Center (PBS)
Slowdive - s/t
Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending
Slowdive - Souvlaki
Tune-Yards - I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life
First Aid Kit - Ruins
Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs Present English Weather - Various

Friday, February 16, 2018

Playlist for 2/16

David Bowie: Last Five Years  (Documentary)
XTC: This Is Pop  (Documentary)
Dukes of Stratosphear - Chips From The Chocolate Fireball
Sir Doug & The Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove (Doug Sahm Documentary)
Doug Sahm - Live from Austin, TX 1975
Come To The Sunshine: Cat Stevens  (Podcast)
Denise LaSalle - Trapped By A Thing Called Love
Denise LaSalle - On The Loose

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Favorite Love Songs (With A Twist)

Favorite romantic songs, with a twist.  They can't be ones that always show up on every Great Love Songs playlist

All of these Valentine's Day type tracks have meant something to me at some point in my life.

If you want to find out what other songs I'm adding, then check out my Spotify playlist
A Not On Every Best Love Songs Ever Playlist

Al Green - Sha-La-La
Alexander O'Neal - If You Were Here Tonight
Atlantic Starr - Send For Me
Aretha Franklin - Day Dreaming
Barry White - Can't Get Enough
Bill Withers - Lovely Day
Boz Scaggs -  We're All Alone
Bread - Make It With You
Con Funk Shun - Love's Train
Daryl Hall & John Oates - One On One
DeBarge - All This Love
Earth, Wind & Fire - Love's Holiday
Ella Fitzgerald - I Concentrate On You
ELO - Strange Magic
Elvis Presley - Fame and Fortune
Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You
Frank Sinatra - You Make Me Feel So Young
Gap Band - Yearning For Your Love
Gladys Knight & The Pips - You're The Best Thing That's Ever Happened To Me
Gregory Abbott - Shake You Down
Isley Brothers - Voyage to Atlantis
Janet Jackson - Let's Wait Awhile
Jackie Wilson - To Be Loved
Jason Isbell - If We Were Vampires
Jimmy LaFave - Into Your Life
Joni Mitchell - Case of You
L.T.D.  - Love Ballad
Luther Vandross - If Only For One Night
Major Harris - Love Won't Let Me Wait
Manhattans - Shining Star
Marvin Gaye - After The Dance
Maxwell - Whenever, Wherever, Whatever
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly - I Wanna Thank You
Merle Haggard - That's The Way Love Goes
Michael Jackson - Lady In My Life
Neil Young - Harvest Moon
Norman Connors - You Are My Starship
O'Jays - Lovin' You
Patti LaBelle - Love, Need and Want You
Peabo Bryson - I'm So Into You
Prince  - Adore
Randy Travis - Forever and Ever, Amen
Ray, Goodman & Brown - Special Lady
Rene & Angela - Your Smile
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway - Closer I Get To You
Rodney Crowell - After All This Time
Rose Royce - Wishing On A Star
Roxy Music - Avalon
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan - Sweet Thing
Sam Cooke - Nothing Can Change This Love
Smokey Robinson - Quiet Storm
Spinners - Could It Be I'm Falling In Love
Stevie Wonder - You and I
Stylistics - I'm Stone In Love With You
T-Connection - Best of My Love
Teddy Pendergrass & Stephanie Mills - Feel The Fire
Terence Trent D'Arby - Let's Go Forward
Tom Jones - Move Closer
Tony! Toni! Tone! -  Anniversary
Whispers - Lady
Willie Nelson - Moonlight In Vermont

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Playlist for 2/7

Anderson East - Encore
Preservation Hall Jazz Band -  So It Is
Sherman Holmes - Richmond Sessions
Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Live in 1960
Jackie Shane - Any Other Way
Isaac Hayes - Spirit of Memphis (1962-76) (Box set)
UK Rock Trips Out 1967-70  - Various (Mojo Magazine)

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Missing From The Songwriters Hall of Fame (Updated 2018 Inductees)

The 2018 Songwriters Hall Inductees have been announced:
Alan Jackson, Allee Willis, Bill Anderson, Jermaine Dupri, John Mellencamp, Kool & The Gang and Steve Dorff.

According to the Song Hall's website, voters are made up of "music industry professionals" and members of Performing Rights Organzations like BMI and ASCAP.

Below is a list of names that have not been inducted into the Song Hall as of 2018.

Alice Cooper
Aretha Franklin 
B.B. King
Bert Berns
Billy Joe Shaver
Bo Diddley
Bob McDill
Bobby Womack
Bonnie Raitt
Boz Scaggs
Bryan Adams
Bryan Ferry
Carl Perkins
Cat Stevens
Chrissie Hynde
Chuck Willis
Curly Putnam
Dallas Frazier
Dan Fogelberg
Dan Penn
David Gates
Dean Dillon
Dean Pitchford & Michael Gore
Dion DiMucci
Donna Summer/Giorgio Moroder/Pete Bellotte
Dwight Yoakam
George Harrison
George Michael
Gloria Estefan
Guy Clark
Harry Nilsson
Harry Wayne Casey
Isley Brothers
J.J. Cale
Janet Jackson
Jeff Lynne
Jerry Chesnut
Jerry Fuller
Jimi Hendrix
Jimmy Cliff
Joe South
John Hiatt
John D. Loudermilk
John Prine
Kate Bush
Kenny Loggins
Led Zeppelin
Lefty Frizzell
Lindsey Buckingham/Stevie Nicks/Christine McVie
Lou Reed
Lucinda Williams
Luther Vandross
Mariah Carey
Mark Knopfler
Max D. Barnes
Michael McDonald
Mike Chapman/Nicky Chinn
Mike Love
Missy Elliott
Morrissey/Johnny Marr
Muddy Waters
Neil Young
Nick Lowe
Paul Overstreet
Percy Mayfield
Pete Townshend
Peter Gabriel 
P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri
Phil Ochs
Randy Goodrum
Ric Ocasek
Richard Thompson
Robbie Robertson
Robert "Mutt" Lange
Rod Stewart
Rod Temperton
Rodney Crowell
Roger Miller
Roger Waters/David Gilmour
Rosanne Cash
Rudy Toombs
Sandy Linzer/Denny Randell
Shel Silverstein
Sheryl Crow
Sly Stone
Sonny Throckmorton
Spooner Oldham
Steve Earle
Steve Miller
Steve Perry/Neal Schon/Jonathan Cain
Steve Winwood
Tim Hardin
Tom T. Hall
Tom Waits
Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
Tony Macaulay
Tony Joe White
Townes Van Zandt
Tracy Chapman
Vince Gill
Walter Becker/Donald Fagen
Warren Zevon
Waylon Jennings
William Bell
William "Mickey" Stevenson

BTW- In some cases I put the whole group down, which is what the Hall did when they inducted all the members of Queen.

Below is a link to the Song Hall's website:


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Monday, February 05, 2018

Remembering My Dad 10 Years Later (+ His Record Collection)

There were two things my Dad passed down to me: his love of sports and a small, but eclectic record collection  Those would be vinyl and a few 8-tracks. I absorbed all of it, because it was usually the only physical music I laid my hands on as a youngster. 

Later, as my own collection grew, my Dad often looked in awe at the burgeoning shelves of CD's or vinyl that populated my music room.  One regret I have is not telling him how much his records played a part in my own eclectic musical tastes.

Below is a list, as I remember it, of his record collection.  Lots of Country and Pop vocalists.  When I was a toddler, and he was stationed in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, my Dad would take the family to many Country music concerts that came through town.  A lot of the Country names below were the ones we saw (have to admit I was so young, I barely remember going to those shows). Most of these titles are from the early 70's.


Bobby Bare - Real Thing
Charley Pride - 10th Album
Charley Pride - Sings Heart Songs
Charlie Rich - Tomorrow Night
Charlie Rich - Very Special Love Songs
Chuck Berry - San Francisco Dues
Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn - Louisiana Woman/Mississippi Man
Dave Dudley - Keep On Truckin'
Don Gibson - Snap Your Fingers
Elvis Presley - Aloha From Hawaii
Elvis Presley - Elvis (1973)
Elvis Presley - Legendary Performer Vol. 2
Elvis Presley - Raised On Rock
Elvis Presley - Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas
Engelbert Humperdinck - After The Lovin'
Engelbert Humperdinck - Christmas Tyme
Fabulous 50's (1954-59) - Various
Fifth Dimension -Age of Aquarius
Frank Sinatra - Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back
George Jones & Tammy Wynette - Let's Build A World Together
Hank Williams Jr. - After You/Pride's Not Hard To Swallow
Jerry Lee Lewis - Sometimes A Memory Ain't Enough
Jerry Reed - Lord Mr. Ford
Jim Ed Brown - Morning
John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
Johnny Cash - Ragged Old Flag
Johnny Mathis - I'm Coming Home
Johnny Rodriguez - All I Ever Meant To Do Was Sing
Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge - Full Moon
Loretta Lynn - Entertainer of the Year
Louis Armstrong - Golden Greats
Lynn Anderson - Rose Garden
Merle Haggard - His 30th Album
Merle Haggard - If We Make It Through December
Merle Haggard - Okie From Muskogee
Neil Diamond - Tap Root Manuscript
Sammy Davis Jr. - Now
Shirley Bassey - Never, Never, Never
Tom Jones - Body and Soul of
Tom Jones - Greatest Hits (bought at his concert which my parents attended in late 70's)
Tom T. Hall - In Search Of A Song
Tommy Overstreet - Heaven Is My Woman's Love
Waylon Jennings - Lonesome, On'ry and Mean

(8 tracks)
Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell  - s/t
Elvis Presley - Love Letters From
Rod McKuen - New Ballads
San Sebastian Strings - The Sea
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