Thursday, May 31, 2018

Best Beatles Solo Songs (Poll)

Latest Poll I voted in, this time listing the best Beatles solo songs.  With duets and collaborations (Wilburys) eligible.
 A few notes:  McCartney always was the most prolific.  Ringo's solo career bottomed out after 1975.  George had the wildest ride of highs and lows and highs again. And Lennon was just getting his creative juices going before his death.

1.  Jet (Paul)
2.  My Sweet Lord (George)
3.  It Don't Come Easy  (Ringo)
4.  Instant Karma  (John)
5.  Maybe I'm Amazed   (studio version) (Paul)
6.  Imagine  (John)
7.  Photograph (Ringo)
8.  Give Me Love   (George)
9.  Band On The Run (Paul)
10. Jealous Guy (John)
11. What Is Life (George)
12. Live and Let Die (Paul)
13. Listen To What The Man Said (Paul)
14. #9 Dream  (John)
15. Handle With Care (Traveling Wilburys)
16. God (John)
17. Working Class Hero  (John)
18. Oh My My (Ringo)
19. Crackerbox Palace  (George)
20. Silly Love Songs (Paul)
21. Watching The Wheels (John)
22. Back Off Boogaloo  (Ringo)
23. Mother (John)
24. Let Me Roll It (Paul)
25. Early 1970 (Ringo)
26. Blow Away (George)
27. With A Little Luck  (Paul)
28. End of the Line (Traveling Wilburys)
29. Starting Over (John)
30. Mind Games (John)
31. Say Say Say (Paul/Michael Jackson)
32. Got My Mind Set On You (George)
33. Let 'Em In (Paul)
34. Take It Away (Paul)
35. All Things Must Pass (George)
36. You're Sixteen (Ringo)
37. Whatever Gets You Thru The Night (John)
38. Beware of Darkness (George)
39. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey (Paul)
40. Coming Up (live) (Paul)
41. Isn't It A Pity (George)
42. Nobody Told Me (John)
43. If Not For You (George)
44. Maybe I'm Amazed (live '76 single) (Paul)
45. Here Today (Paul)
46. Any Road (George)
47. Put It There (Paul)
48. Grow Old With Me (John)
49. No Other Baby (Paul)
50. Love (John)
51. What's That You're Doing (Paul/Stevie Wonder)
52. When We Was Fab  (George)
53. Woman (John)
54. Snookeroo (Ringo)
55. Girl Is Mine (Paul/Michael Jackson)
56. No No Song (Ringo)
57. Love Comes To Everyone (George)
58. Give Peace A Chance  (John)
59. Junk (Paul)
60. This Song (George)
61. Gimme Some Truth (John)
62. Every Night (Paul)
63. Beautiful Boy (John)
64. Press (Paul)


Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Playlist for 5/30

Billboard's Top Pop Albums 1955-2016 - Joel Whitburn
Parker Millsap - Other Arrangements
Janelle Monae - Dirty Computer
Keith Urban - Graffiti U
Derek Smalls - Smalls Change
Van Morrison - You're Driving Me Crazy
Neil Young - Roxy: Tonight's The Night Live
Classic Albums: Frank Zappa - Over-nite Sensation/Apostrophe (Documentary)
Classic Albums: Deep Purple - Machine Head  (Documentary)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Playlist for 5/23

Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing
Leon Bridges - Good Thing
Joshua Hedley - Mr. Jukebox
Courtney Barnett - Tell Me How You Really Feel
Jonathan Richman - Action Packed: Best of
Jonathan Richman - I, Jonathan
Cocteau Twins - Heaven or Las Vegas
Galaxie 500 - On Fire

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 as close to 100% by music fans.

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. 

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


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