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  1. Here's one I forgot until now. When we covered this in the late 60s, during the 2-beat 'psychedelic' part I took my boot off and played the Farfisa organ with my foot. Complete BS but good showmanship. People were impressed I could play with my foot, musicians knew it was slop and glissandos. I was just a kid having a good time goofing off one day and when it was a crowd pleaser I made it part of the show. Psychotic Reaction - Count 5
  2. Maiden Voyage - Herbie Hancock (words added and a nice job done by Mark Murphy)
  3. Electrics and Acoustics are two different instruments. Although electrics can get louder, that isn't their only function. The sustain is different, the tone is different (and adjustable) and there are fewer overtones. While their uses overlap in a broad spectrum, each will do some things the other cannot do. Insights and incites by Notes
  4. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be?) - jazz standard often associated with Billie Holiday
  5. That was the zeitgeist of the time, to day it's hate and division. The pendulum swings both ways and I hope it's about to reverse again. Notes
  6. How about The Cowsills? One hit, "Hair" and whether you like it or not, the harmonies, production, and performance was stellar. Notes
  7. Would the George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, or Glenn Miller make it today? Excellent song writers, great arrangements, but their time is past. They are history, have become part of our culture, are still enjoyed, were as huge as the Beatles in their time, but are not contemporary. Same for the Beatles. A wonderful piece of our history and part of the continuum of music. Insights and incite by Notes
  8. "A Song For You" - Elton John triple word score ;)
  9. Perhaps in the UK, but here in the USA "Relax" was all I heard on the radio. Notes
  10. Expressway To Your Heart - The Soul Survivors
  11. As a kid I still liked my parent's Big Band Era music and singers like Sinatra. But then I also like even older music like Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. But I also liked the rock and roll of my day and that of my older sibling. There are only two kinds of music --- good music and music made for other ears. Notes
  12. The Beatles from "Back In The USSR" - All the way the paperback was on my knees instead of All the way the paper bag was on my knee Elton John from "Benny And The Jets" - She got electric boobs, a mohawk too instead of She's got electric boots, a mohair suit And the classic from Manfred Mann's cover of Springsteen's - Wrapped up like a ****** another rubber in the night instead of Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night Sometimes singers mumble - that makes it fun for us.
  13. No, they were a function of their time. That time is gone. It's like asking if Duke Ellington would be a hit maker today, or Al Jolson, or Bing Crosby, or Wolfgang Mozart, or Louis Armstrong, or Vanilla Fudge, or The Moody Blues, or The Platters, or Pyotr Tchaikovsky, or Elvis Presley, or Aretha Franklin, or Jackie Wilson, or ... ... ... ... Just because it's good doesn't mean it will be popular today. Music tastes change and are part of the zeitgeist. Nicki Minaj wouldn't have made it during Aretha Franklin's day, and Aretha wouldn't make it in Nicki's day. True the Beatles had some very good songs and arrangements. But if they happened during the Bing Crosby days, it would have been considered noise. The right music has to happen at the right time to be popular. Then once it becomes extremely popular, it will become a classic, and if it is good enough, it will last as long as JS Bach. That's my opinion anyway Insights and incites by Notes
  14. From my older sister's era and a do-wop group called The Monotones "I wonder wonder who ... do do do do ... who rode the moo cow now" was really "I wonder wonder who ... do do do do ... who wrote the book of love" In my first real road band, the guitar player heard it the same way with his older sister's radio play. "There's a bathroom on the right" instead of "There's a bad moon on the rise" - CCR "Flies in the Vaseline" instead of "Life in the fast lane" - Eagles Wife calls husband and asks him where he is, and he says, "I'm On The Green" (I mondegreen)
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