Archive for the ‘Music’ category

Runaround Sue

February 10, 2009

I’m sticking to the guy greats tonite. If your as old as I am, close your eyes and remember what you were doing when this song was hot. While the video shows an older, very subdued audience, we 12 and 13 year olds were rockin and rollin to this, dancing far and close, trying to steal a feel and gettin’ crazy to this wonderful beat. Dion and the Belmonts followed this super tune up with The Wanderer. Good times.

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America: Today

February 10, 2009

Neil Diamond was just  honored for a spectacular career. He is deserving. My favorite performance, though there are many, was singing America in the movie, The Jazz Singer. Timely and inspirational. If you haven’t seen the film, see it. Enough said.

The Great Del Shannon

February 10, 2009

26 years after his super hit, Runaway, he appeared on Letterman to sing this classic song and he still sounded great. Paul is jazzed to the max and watch him get into the short keyboard solo. Good stuff from a great old rocker.

Cher

December 10, 2008

I saw Sonny and Cher at the Civic Auditorium in San Jose way back in the year this song came out. Think it was 1965 when I was 16. The song was a hit but they were new and unknown. Along with Bobby Freeman (The Swim), they opened for Paul Revere and the Raiders that night. In this clip from that year, Cher is shy with her crooked teeth and funny nose and Sonny looks like a pauper right out of the Robin Hood days.

Of course after their divorce, Sonny went on to become the mayor of Palm Springs, and later died, and Cher went on to become a superb actress, superstar performer and deserving diva. This is my fav clip  of her after the transformation.

As Buffalo would say, life is sweet when you have entertainment like this.

Who is that masked man?

November 30, 2008

A reuniting of The Byrds is, in itself a good thing. They close the concert with their first single, and the song that made them famous – Mr. Tambourine Man. During the first verse they are joined onstage by the song’s composer. Classic.

Oldies but Goodies – Sultans of Swing

November 9, 2008

I listened to a lot of versions of this before deciding on this one. Although Mark Knopfler doesn’t need it, Clapton playing backup tends to add another dimension to any tune. My question is, does rock and roll get any better than this?

Oldies but Goodies – CCR

November 9, 2008

So many great hits, so short a career. This is a group I wish would have stayed together. This song was my favorite.