On a Weekend Concert with the Eagles

The Eagles

The Producer’s Guidelines

  • Only songs by the Eagles, but with a rarity – exceptions!
  • Songs by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Randy Meisner are acceptable (No to the others)
  • No duplicate songs
  • Include the song title in your introduction text so others can see it
  • To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line) – (I do not mind unembedding, so no apologies are necessary)

Right out of the box for the opener, All She Wants To Do Is Dance (Don Henley)

Next Concert: None next week – returning 22nd February with Fleetwood Mac

Past Concerts (Category): Beatles, Ex-Beatles, Moody Blues, Queen, Neil Diamond

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On a Weekend Concert with Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond

The Producer’s Guidelines

  1. Only songs by Neil Diamond
  2. No duplicate songs
  3. Include the song title in your introduction text so others can see it
  4. To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line) – (I do not mind unembedding, so no apologies are necessary)

If it was good enough to open Hot August Night, it’s good enough for here – Crunchy Granola Suite

 

Next Concert: Eagles

Past Concerts (Category): Beatles, Ex-Beatles, Moody Blues, Queen

On a Weekend Concert with Queen

Queen

The Producer’s Guidelines

  1. Only songs by Queen
  2. Songs by individual members outside the group are unacceptable
  3. No duplicate songs
  4. Include the song title in your introduction text so others can see it
  5. To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line) – (I do not mind unembedding, so no apologies are necessary)

Without a doubt, my favorite song in the recent movie … Radio Ga Ga

 

Next Concert: Neil Diamond

Past Concerts (link to the Category): Beatles, Ex-Beatles, Moody Blues

On Race Music

 

Underground is the opening number in Memphis: The Musical, which received 8 Tony nominations while winning 4 (2010) – including Best Musical. The story (loosely true) is about a white DJ in Memphis who played black music in the 1950s to a White audience. The musical’s script includes “race music” as a descriptive phrase.

In my almost 66 years, I haven’t heard “race music” before, well – until 10 days before attending a community theater performance of Memphis: The Musical when we saw the premier of a new play – Cincinnati King – a story about Cincinnati-based King Records. (Click for video ad.) From not ever hearing the term to it crossing my path twice within 10 days is a bit odd – but also a sign for a blog post.

Within a week after attending Memphis: The Musical, we saw a new movie (well, new at the time) – Green Book – many thumbs up! (Click for trailer.) Although not about race music, this movie involves both music and racism. Another timely event for my November and this post. However, this post is about Memphis and Cincinnati – so, let’s jump to Cleveland.

Cleveland is in the diagonally opposite corner of Ohio from Cincinnati – a 4 hour drive downtown-to-downtown. Cleveland is also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Hall). Besides putting up the money to get the Hall, the location is based on Alan Freed, a Cleveland DJ (WJW) who coined the term rock and roll. Interestingly, Freed’s “sign-on” song was on the King Records label.

Then there is Terry Stewart, the Hall’s longest serving CEO and current President Emeritus, who said the following: “There are only three places in the country that can claim to be the birthplace of rock and roll: New Orleans, Memphis, and Cincinnati.” (Reminder of the two plays that I saw.)

Image from Wikipedia

King Records is the reason Cincinnati is in that quote. Syd Nathan, a local sales hustler, started King Records in 1943. With Cincinnati being home to one of the nation’s most powerful radio stations (WLW) and the local population having many Blacks and poor Appalachian Whites, Nathan saw a musical opportunity.

In time, Nathan grew King Records into one of the most successful independent record labels in the country, Nathan also controlled the recording, mastering, pressing, and shipping processes because they were typically done in-house – therefore a quick turnaround from recording to store shelves.

By realizing the importance of music to different populations, Nathan’s stable of artists included country & western, rhythm & blues, gospel, bluegrass, rockabilly, and boogie woogie. On the “B-side” of 45s, he often put a crossover song or artist to expand the music to different populations. Yes, Nathan promoted and distributed race music.

Fever was a hit for Peggy Lee in 1958 – but did you know that King Records Little Willie John recorded Fever two years earlier?

 

Everyone knows the success with The Twist. Did you know that the song was first done by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters on King Records? Ballard was unavailable for American Bandstand, so Dick Clark (who wanted the song on the show) turned to a local artist to perform the song as a cover – enter Chubby Checker.

 

Music buffs may know King Records names as Albert King, Grandpa Jones, Joe Tex, The Dominoes, The Charms, Freddie King, and John Lee Hooker – but the biggest name at King Records was none other than the Godfather of Soul – James Brown – with this mega-hit that won Brown his first Grammy Award (Best R&B Performance, 1966).

 

Syd Nathan died in 1968. Although King Records final demise would shortly follow, it’s impact on the music industry would last forever. Meanwhile, the City of Cincinnati is considering a King Records Museum. Let’s toast the pioneers of race music in Cincinnati and Memphis. Cheers!

On a Weekend Concert with the Moody Blues

Moody Blues

The Producer’s Guidelines

  1. Only songs the Moody Blues
  2. Songs by individual members outside the group are not acceptable
  3. No duplicate songs
  4. Include the song title in your introduction text so others can see it
  5. To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line) – (I do not mind unembedding, so no apologies are necessary)

For me, this is the perfect opening song for this concert at my little corner of the world – Lovely to See You

 

Next Concert: Queen

Past Concerts: Beatles, Ex-Beatles

On a Weekend Concert with the Ex-Beatles

Ex-Beatles

The Producer’s Guidelines

  1. Only songs by solo ex-Beatles outside the Beatles
  2. Songs by the Beatles are unacceptable – even if done as a soloist
  3. No duplicate songs
  4. Include the song title in your introduction text so others can see it
  5. To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line) – (I don’t mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary)

Let’s start with what I think is the first #1 song by an ex-Beatle: My Sweet Lord (George Harrison)

 

Next Concert: Moody Blues

Past Concerts: Beatles

On Weekend Concert: The Beatles

The Beatles

The Producer’s Guidelines
  1. Only songs by entire group – The Beatles
  2. Songs by individual members are unacceptable
  3. Advise staying away from group songs done by the individuals
  4. No duplicate songs
  5. Include the song title in your introduction text so others can see it
  6. To prevent browsers crashing from loading too many videos, please paste the URL as part of your last line (not a new line) – (I do not mind unembedding, so apologies are not necessary)

Picking the opening act for this series was easy – but selecting the opening song was very difficult. Enjoy Revolution.

 

Next Concert: Individual Beatles in their solo adventures