The Rutles Piggy In The Middle Many considered the Rutles' Tragical History Tour more tragic than historical. When it was broadcast on the CBC on April 1st, 1968, it was even shown upside-down. People didn't know what to make of it. I realize now that what the Rutles were saying is that we ourselves should be upside-down when we were watching it. Then it would all make sense. Hundreds of young people all over the world joined me in doing just that. We were all part of something special. In retrospect I think it was all about the peace movement. It's hard to fight when you're upside-down. Mind you, the movie still didn't make sense, but the music was amazing.
Tags: rutles  piggy  april  fools 
Added: 1st April 2013
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Rutles On Ed Sullivan 1964 I think everyone remembers where they were when they first saw the Rutles perform on the Ed Sullivan show on April 1st, 1964. I don't because I was stricken with childhood amnesia. At least I think I was. Anyway, I remember where I am now but I'm sure that will change.
Tags: rutles  ed  sullivan 
Added: 1st April 2013
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Brook Benton Rainy Night In Georgia 1970 Great comeback record for Brook following several years without a hit. Written in 1962 by Tony Joe White who is probably best known for "Polk Salad Annie". This recording always makes me feel a little sad for some reason. Not sure why. But it's a good sad.
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Added: 28th February 2013
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Hombres Let It Out 1967 I never heard this song 'til the '90s, but I've loved it ever since. "Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" took this Memphis band all the way up to # 12 on the hot 100. Personally I would've thought they'd be even higher. It was also covered in the UK by Jonathan King (yes, that Jonathan King) in 1969 and by John Mellencamp in 1989.
Tags: Hombres  Let  All  Hang  Out 
Added: 28th February 2013
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Art Garfunkel as Artie Garr Dream Alone 1959 I think Art's vocal was so perfect on this song. I also think this record should have been a bigger hit. It's a pretty tune. In a better world, Art Garfunkel would have been the Justin Bieber of his day. Only with more talent. And better music. Of course then we'd have missed out on all the great Simon and Garfunkel stuff later on. Actually, I guess it's a good thing he wasn't more successful as a solo artist in 1959, but it's nice that the music he recorded then is still around.
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Added: 24th February 2013
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Dream Academy Life in a Northern Town 1985 I've loved this song since the '80s, but often have difficulty remembering the band. The lyrics apparently refer to English singer-songwriter Nick Drake, who suffered from depression and insomnia for most of his life and died in 1974 from an antidepressant overdose.
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Added: 23rd February 2013
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Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale 1967 Some people wonder what this song is about. I think it's about four minutes.
Tags: Procol  Harum  whiter  shade  pale 
Added: 23rd February 2013
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The Zombies Time of the Season 1968 I used to have this on an old 45. Played it to death.
Tags: Zimbies  Time  Season  1968 
Added: 23rd February 2013
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Politically Incorrect Lalo Guerrero Pancho Lopez 1955 Guerrero is known as the Father of the Chicano Music. He recorded and wrote many songs in all sorts of genre. He also wrote children songs and songs about Cesar Chavez, other farm workers and braceros. For "Pancho Lopez" (his biggest hit), Guerrero used the Davy Crockett melody and wrote his own lyrics, telling the story of a legendary Mexican character. The song was popular in both Spanish and English. However, due to criticism Guerrero received over this song, he never performed it publicly, not wanting to contribute to an inappropriate stereotype. Guerrero was officially declared a national folk treasure by the Smithsonian Institution in 1980 and was presented with the National Medal of Arts in 1996 by then United States President Bill Clinton. In 1992 Guerrero received the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Arts. In late 2005 Guerrero was posthumously inducted into the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame. Along with that he was also inducted into the Tejano Hall of Fame and the Mariachi Hall of Fame. Guerrero died on March 17, 2005, in Rancho Mirage, California. Guerrero's contributions have resulted in Las Glorias, a restaurant in central Phoenix, displaying a poster of him with his signature on it on the wall for everyone to see in loving memory of him. He also has a painting of him on a freeway wall in Tucson. In 1994 a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars dedicated to him.
Tags: Lalo  Guerrero  Pancho  Lopez   
Added: 22nd February 2013
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The Kinks Autumn Almanac 1967 The Kinks are my favourite rock band of all time, even if I don't think they were the best band of all time. Truth is I love them for their failures as much as their hits. This tune certainly wasn't their most successful, however it is my favourite Kinks track. Sheer joy. They look like they even had a great time miming to it. In fact I like them so much I even took my name from them. You probably thought it was because I was wierd. Certainly not. The wierdness is just a sideline. God save the Kinks! And have a great day.
Tags: Kinks  Autumn  Almanac 
Added: 22nd February 2013
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