Bob Seger–Videos

Posted on May 1, 2011. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Every now and then you’ll nail one that’s really, really special. And that’s what you live for.

Bob Seger Live-Old Time Rock n Roll

Bob Seger Ramblin Gamblin Man

 

Bob Seger – Turn the Page

Bob Seger – Still The Same

Bob Seger-Her Strut live

Bob Seger – C’est La Vie

Bob Seger-Fire Down Below Live

In Your Time – Bob Seger Music Video

Night Moves

You’ll Accompany Me Live-Bob Seger

Bob Seger -Rare Against The Wind Live

Bob Seger – Rock n Roll Never Forgets Rare Live

Bob Seger- We’ve Got Tonight live

Bob Seger – Like a Rock ( Music Video )

Bob Seger – Ship of Fools

Bob Seger – Understanding

Travelin’ Man/Beautiful Loser Bob Seger 2007

Night Moves Bob Seger 2007

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Travelin’ Man – Beautiful Loser – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Rock & Roll Never Forgets – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Ramblin Gamblin Man – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Come To Pappa – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger – Downtown Train – Toledo 3/26/11

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Main Street – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Sunspot Baby – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Night Moves – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – C’est La Vie – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Katmandu – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger – Hollywood Nights – Toledo 3/26/11

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Turn The Page – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Against The Wind – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger Tour 2011 – Old Time Rock & Roll – Toledo 3-26-2011

Bob Seger & Kid Rock Real Mean Bottle 12/20/06 Detroit

Bob Seger Wait For Me

“I write a lot of songs people don’t hear. I really just enjoy the process. I finish ’em all. I don’t think there’s a whole lot of difference between the bad ones and the good ones.”

 

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Bob Seger accepts award Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum inductions 2004

 

Bob Seger Rock N Roll Hall Of Fame

 

Bob Seger Sunday Morning

 

Bob Seger on Entertainment Tonight

 

Bob Seger:CBS TV Interview 1996 Mystery Tour 1996

 

BOB SEGER – Face the Promise (his life)

 

Bob Seger:In Concert ABC Special interview

 

Bob Seger TV Interview December 1976

 

Bob Seger

“…Robert Clarke Seger (born May 6, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist.

As a locally successful Detroit-area artist, he performed and recorded as The Bob Seger System throughout the 1960s. By the early 1970s, he had dropped the “System” from his recordings, and he continued to strive for national success with other various bands. In 1973 he put together “The Silver Bullet Band,” an evolving group of Detroit-area musicians, with whom he became most successful. In 1976, he achieved national fame with two albums, the live record Live Bullet, and the studio record Night Moves. On his studio albums he also worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, appearing on several of Seger’s best selling singles and albums.

A roots rocker with a classic raspy, shouting voice, Seger was first inspired by Little Richard and Elvis Presley, along with James Brown.[1] He wrote and recorded songs that dealt with blue-collar themes. Seger has recorded many rock and roll hits, including “Night Moves”, “Turn the Page”, and “Like a Rock”, and also co-wrote the Eagles number one hit “Heartache Tonight”. His iconic signature song “Old Time Rock and Roll” was named one of the Songs of the Century in 2001. With a career spanning five decades, Seger continues to perform and record today.

“Old Time Rock & Roll” charted #2 as most played Jukebox Singles of all Time, second only to Patsy Cline’s “Crazy”.

Seger’s songs have been covered by many artists including Thin Lizzy and Metallica.

Seger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. …”

“…Recent Works & 2011 Tour

In October 2009, Yessian Music reported on its social networking sites that Seger was re-recording his albums Smokin’ O.P.’s and Seven. On October 25, 2009 it was revealed that Seger indeed had done some re-recording of older songs for an upcoming compilation album entitled Early Seger Vol. 1,[11] a collection of out of print songs and also previously unreleased material. The album was released on November 24, 2009, initially exclusively available for purchase at Meijer. A week later it was available for download at BobSeger.com.[12]

Seger lives mainly at his home in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. He frequents many local events including West Bloomfield High School football games to watch his son who is in the nationally-ranked marching band. Seger also has a vacation house near Good Hart, Michigan.

Seger made an announcement on 26 March during an interview with Dick Purtan on Detroit’s WOMC-FM that he plans to tour in late 2010. These concerts will be Seger’s first since 2007’s 50-stop US tour which followed the release of his last album Face the Promise.

Seger contributed piano and vocals on Kid Rock’s 2010 album Born Free. Alongside Seger, the album also featured Sheryl Crow, Zac Brown Band, and Martina Mcbride among others.

On January 25th and 26th, videos were uploaded to Seger’s official Facebook page (and later on his official website) and teased older Seger songs while lying under a blurred screen, a map of the U.S. with 5 noted states highlighted, and a message at the end saying “Stay Tuned to BobSeger.com.” On January 27th, Seger made an announcement on his official website of a 2011 Tour subjected to kick off in March 2011. In a Rolling Stone article, additional information was added saying that Seger had 20-30 dates already booked and was expected to tour again in the Fall. In other news, the same article noted that Seger had been recording non-stop since the end of the Face the Promise tour and that a new album was currently in the works, and Seger was satisfied with over half of it already. It was also stated that Seger would be sampling a few songs from the forthcoming record during the first leg of the tour in hopes of having the album released shortly before, during, or after the tour, hinting at a Summer 2011 release.

On March 2, 2011, Seger released the first single from his forthcoming album, Downtown Train, a Tom Waits cover. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Seger

Bob Seger Biography

“…Seger’s first new album in 11 years, titled Face the Promise, was released in 2006. In its first 45 days, the album sold more than 400,000 copies. The album has sold over 1 million copies to date and stayed on the Billboard chart for months. His supporting tour was also eagerly anticipated, with many shows selling out within minutes. Showing that Seger’s legendary appeal in Michigan had not diminished, all 15,000 tickets available for his first show at Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena sold out in under five minutes; three additional shows were subsequently added, each of which also sold out. …”

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/bob+seger/biography.html

Bob Seger- Official Web Site

http://www.bobseger.com/

The Seger File-Unofficial Web Site

http://www.segerfile.com/

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Eva Cassidy–Videos

Posted on April 21, 2011. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

 

American Tune – (Eva Cassidy)

Eva Cassidy – Autumn Leaves

 

Eva Cassidy – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Eva Cassidy – Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain


Eva Cassidy – Time After Time


Eva Cassidy – Ain’t no sunshine…

Eva Cassidy – Who Knows Where The Time Goes – by Sandy Denny


Eva Cassidy – Fields of Gold


Tennessee Waltz by Eva Cassidy


Danny Boy by Eva Cassidy

 

Eva Cassidy – Summertime

 

Eva Cassidy – I Can Only Be Me – by Stevie Wonder

 

Eva Cassidy – I Know You By Heart

eva cassidy – My Love is Like a Red Red Rose (eng lyrics)

Forever by Eva Cassidy

 

Eva Cassidy – Blues In The Night


Eva Cassidy – Nightbird

Eva Cassidy – Dark End of The Street

Eva Cassidy – Bridge Over Troubled Water – by Paul Simon

Fever – Eva Cassidy

 

Eva Cassidy – Chain Of Fools

Eva Cassidy – Imagine – by John Lennon

 

Eva Cassidy-Songbird

Eva Cassidy – What a Wonderful World

Eva Cassidy – Somewhere Over The Rainbow

“Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.”

~Edgar Allan Poe

 

Background Articles and Videos

 

Songbird

Eva Cassidy’s Voice Was Pure and Rich With Emotion. When She Died Five Years Ago,That Might Have Been the End of the Story. But Her Music Has Lived On, and Now It’s Making Her a Star.

By Sherri Dalphonse

“…When radio stations play Eva, their switchboards light up. Many callers say they were in their car when they first heard her and had to pull over to cry.

“Eva evokes that kind of reaction. Not just ‘She’s good’ but ‘Who the heck is that?’ ” says Keith Grimes, who was a guitarist in the Eva Cassidy Band.

Cassidy had great control, phrasing, and range. She was petite—five-foot-two—but could belt out a bluesy “People Get Ready” as easily as she could sing a delicate tune like “Autumn Leaves.” Some who heard this soulful Scotch-Irish-German woman thought she was black.

It’s more than Cassidy’s technical skill that grabs people. It’s the sense as she sang that she was reaching from her heart to her listener’s.

“There are singers that have great instruments but are just singing the notes,” says Grace Griffith, a friend and local chanteuse. “Other singers have emotion but not the instrument. Eva had both.”

No song speaks to this expressiveness as much as her rendition of “Over the Rainbow.” Cassidy, who loved the Wizard of Oz books as a child, breathed new life into an old song about hope and longing.

An amateur video of Eva shot at Blues Alley, her face full of feeling as she sings “Over the Rainbow,” is largely responsible for the big sales in England. It’s just about the most requested video in BBC history. …”

http://classic-web.archive.org/web/20010617004225/http://www.washingtonian.com/people/evacassidy.html

Eva Cassidy

http://evacassidy.org/eva/

 

Singer: Eva Cassidy

“…Eva Cassidy’s music has made its way from iPod to iPod by enthusiastic word of mouth. Sadly, it can’t be spread any other way. Eva died in 1996 of a melanoma at the way-too-young age of 33.

What an incredible voice. I heard about Eva from a travel forum on which people posted their island playlists. I hadn’t heard of her, so I went to iTunes and listened to my allotted twenty seconds of some of her songs. That’s all it took – twenty seconds of Eva’s voice – to make me a fan for life.

Her version of “Over the Rainbow” is just unbelievable. A British d.j., Terry Wogan, happened to hear it several years after Eva’s death, and like almost everyone else, was blown away. So were his listeners. When a low-res video of Eva singing the song was played on Britain’s Top of the Pops 2 TV show, the song went to number one on the U.K. charts. …”

http://americanthings.wordpress.com/2009/08/17/no-131-eva-cassidy/

Eva Marie Cassidy

“…Eva Marie Cassidy (February 2, 1963 – November 2, 1996) was an American vocalist known for her interpretations of jazz, blues, folk, gospel, country and pop classics. In 1992 she released her first album, The Other Side, a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, Live at Blues Alley in 1996. Although she had been honored by the Washington Area Music Association, she was virtually unknown outside her native Washington, D.C. when she died of melanoma in 1996.

Four years later, Cassidy’s music was brought to the attention of British audiences when her version of “Over the Rainbow” was played by Terry Wogan on BBC Radio 2. Following the overwhelming response, a camcorder recording of “Over the Rainbow”, taken at the Blues Alley, was shown on BBC Two’s Top of the Pops 2. Shortly afterwards, the compilation album Songbird climbed to the top of the UK Albums Charts, almost three years after its initial release. The chart success in the United Kingdom and Ireland led to increased recognition worldwide; her posthumously released recordings, including three UK #1s, have sold more than ten million copies.[1] Her music has also charted top 10 positions in Australia, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland.[2] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eva_Cassidy

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Sam & Dave–Videos

Posted on November 22, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Sam & Dave – Soothe Me

Sam & Dave – When something is wrong with my baby

Sam & Dave – I Thank You

The Sam & Dave Show – 02. Get Out Of My Life, Woman (Lee Dorsey)

The Sam & Dave Show – 03. Ride Your Pony (Lee Dorsey)

The Sam & Dave Show – 04. Secret Agent Man

The Sam & Dave Show – 05. You Don’t Know (Like I Know)

The Sam & Dave Show – 06. Soul Man

 

The Sam & Dave Show – 11. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

 

The Sam & Dave Show – 12. Hold On, I’m Comin’

Sam & Dave – Hold on i’m comin’ (Live 1966)

 

Sam & Dave

“…Sam & Dave were an American soul and rhythm and blues (R&B) duo who performed together from 1961 through 1981. The tenor (higher) voice was Samuel David Moore (born Samuel David Hicks on October 12, 1935 in Winchester, Georgia), and the baritone/tenor (lower) voice was Dave Prater (May 9, 1937, Ocilla, Georgia – April 9, 1988, Sycamore, Georgia).

Sam & Dave are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and are Grammy Award and multiple gold record award winning artists. According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Sam & Dave were the most successful soul duo, and brought the sounds of the black gospel church to pop music with their call-and-response records. Recorded primarily at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1965 through 1968, these included “Soul Man”, “Hold On, I’m Comin”, “I Thank You”, “When Something is Wrong with My Baby”, “Wrap It Up”, and many other Southern Soul classics. Other than Aretha Franklin, no soul act during Sam & Dave’s Stax years (1965–1968) had more consistent R&B chart success, including 10 consecutive top 20 singles and 3 consecutive top 10 LPs.[1] Their crossover charts appeal (13 straight appearances and 2 top 10 singles) helped to pave the way for the acceptance of soul music by white pop audiences, and their song “Soul Man” was one of the first songs by a black group to top the pop charts using the word “soul”, helping define the genre “Soul Music”. “Soul Man” was a number one Pop Hit (Cashbox: November 11, 1967) and has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine, and RIAA Songs of the Century. “Soul Man” was featured as the soundtrack and title for a 1986 film and also a 1997–1998 television series, and Soul Men was a 2008 feature film.

Nicknamed “Double Dynamite”, “The Sultans of Sweat”, and “The Dynamic Duo” for their sweaty, gritty, gospel-infused performances, Sam & Dave were one of the greatest live acts of the 1960s. They were an influence on many future musicians, including Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Joel and Stevie Winwood. The Blues Brothers, who helped create a resurgence of popularity for soul, R&B, and blues in the 1980s, were influenced by Sam & Dave – their biggest hit was a cover of “Soul Man”, and their act and stage show had many similarities to the duo. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_%26_Dave

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Dusty Springfield–Videos

Posted on September 10, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , |

“Somehow I took whatever criticism there was very much to heart.”

Dusty Springfield – You don’t have to say you love me

Dusty Springfield – Call Me Irresponsible

Dusty Springfield – i only want to be with you (V.RARE) 60s

Dusty Springfield – wishin & hopin (V.RARE) 60s

Dusty Springfield – Wishin & Hopin 1964

DUSTY SPRINGFIELD – ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART

Dusty Springfield – I Only Want To Be With You, Feb ’64

Dusty Springfield – Time After Time

Dusty Springfield – Nowhere to Run

Dusty Springfield – Heat Wave

Dusty Springfield – Get Ready

Dusty Springfield show with Tom Jones 1967

Dusty Springfield – People get ready

Dusty Springfield – going back 60s

Dusty Springfield – natural woman 60s

Dusty Springfield – Sunny

Dusty Springfield – Two Brothers

Dusty Springfield – I wanna be a free girl

Dusty Springfield – Ain’t no mountain high enough

Dusty Springfield & Tom Jones – Upside down

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Dusty Springfield – The Water Is Wide

Dusty Springfield – Time After Time

Dusty Springfield – Do Re Mi & Soulville

Dusty Springfield – Come Back to Me

Dusty Springfield – Son of a preacher man

Dusty Springfield – Son of a preacher man

Dusty Springfield – Goin’ Back.

Dusty Springfield – Since I fell for you

Dusty Springfield – I am woman

Dusty Springfield – Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

Dusty Springfield – Good Times

Dusty Springfield – It Ain’t All Honey and It Ain’t All Jam

Dusty Springfield – Since I fell for you

Dusty Springfield – I am Coming Home Again

Dusty Springfield – Arrested by you

Dusty Springfield – At Midnight FULL VERSION

Dusty Springfield – Go Easy On Me

Dusty Springfield – Roll Away

Dusty Springfield – brings me to my knees 80s

Dusty Springfield – I only want to be with you

Dusty Springfield – In private

Pet Shop Boys and Dusty Springfield – What Have I Done To Deserve This

Dusty Springfield – Nothing has been proved

“I wouldn’t know how to handle serenity if somebody handed it to me on a plate.”

Background Articles and Videos

Dusty Springfield interview (V.RARE) 60s

The Beatles interview with Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield interview 90s

Dusty Springfield – Interview part 1 Of 2

Dusty Springfield – Interview part 2 Of 2

Petula commentary about Dusty Springfield (part 1 of 2)

Petula commentary about Dusty Springfield (part 2 of 2)

Dusty Springfield – Interview

Dusty Springfield – Interview

Dusty Springfield – BBC News March 1999

“…Dusty Springfield

Mary Isabel/Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien,[note 1] OBE (16 April 1939 – 2 March 1999), known professionally as Dusty Springfield, was a British singer whose career spanned from the late 1950s to the 1990s, though is best known for her work during the 1960s when she released singles such as “I Only Want To Be With You” (1963), “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (1966) and “Son of a Preacher Man” (1968) and her most acclaimed album Dusty in Memphis (1969). With her distinctive sensual sound, she is an important white soul singer, and at her peak was one of the most successful British female performers, with 18 singles in the Billboard Hot 100 from 1964 to 1970.[1] Her image, supported by a peroxide blonde beehive hairstyle, evening gowns, and heavy make-up, made her an icon of the Swinging Sixties; and she remains an enduring camp icon, especially in the gay community.[2]

Born in North London to a dysfunctional Irish Catholic family that enjoyed music, Springfield learned to sing at home. She joined her first professional group, The Lana Sisters, in 1958, then formed the pop-folk vocal trio The Springfields in 1960 with her brother Dion. Her solo career began in 1963 with the upbeat pop hit, “I Only Want To Be With You”. Among the hits that followed were “I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” (1964), “Wishin’ and Hopin'” (1964), and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” (1966). By 1966 she was the best selling female singer in the world, and topped a number of popularity polls, including Melody Maker’s Best International Vocalist;[3] and was the first British singer to top the New Musical Express readers’ poll for Female Singer.[4]

A fan of American pop music, she was the first public figure to bring little-known soul singers to a wider British audience by creating and hosting the first British performances of the top-selling Motown artists in 1965.[2] Her rendition of Bacharach’s “The Look of Love” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song. The marked changes of pop music in the mid-1960s left many female pop singers out of fashion. To boost her credibility as a soul artist, Springfield went to Memphis, Tennessee, to record an album of pop and soul music with the Atlantic Records main production team. Dusty in Memphis earned Springfield a nomination for a Grammy Award and it was awarded a spot in the Grammy Hall of Fame. International polls list the album among the greatest of all time. The track “Son of a Preacher Man” was released as a single and became an international Top 10 hit in 1969. After this album, Springfield’s success dipped for eighteen years. She returned to the Top 20 of the British and American charts in collaboration with the Pet Shop Boys on the songs “What Have I Done to Deserve This?”, “Nothing Has Been Proved” and “In Private”. In 1995, Springfield was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she died on 2 March 1999.

Interest in Springfield’s early output was revived in 1994, due to the inclusion of “Son of a Preacher Man” on the soundtrack of the movie Pulp Fiction. She is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the U.K. Music Hall of Fame. International polls have named Springfield among the best female rock artists of all time. Her album, Dusty in Memphis, has been listed among the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone and VH1 artists, New Musical Express readers, and the Channel 4 viewers polls,[5] and in 2001, received the Grammy Hall of Fame award. …”

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Marianne Faithfull–Videos

Posted on June 17, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , |

“When you are 18, 19, 20, you’re used to being photographed all the time, in a certain way. So, the narcissism becomes almost out of control. And the way that young women are photographed, they become addicted to this feedback of the image. I’m still dealing with it.”

Marianne Faithfull – As Tears Go By (1965)

Marianne Faithful – There But For Fortune (1965)

Marianne Faithfull – Paris Bells (1965)

Marianne Faithfull – My Time Of Sorrow (1965)

Marianne Faithfull – Come And Stay With Me – France

David Bowie and Marianne Faithful I Got You Babe

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marianne faithfull mystery of love

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Marianne Faithfull “Dont forget me”

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Alabama Song by Marianne Faithfull

Marianne Faithfull – Sweetheart (original promo music vid 1981)

Marianne Faithfull -Sweetheart

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As Tears Go By-Marianne Faithfull

“Maybe the most that you can expect from a relationship that goes bad is to come out of it with a few good songs.”

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1970’s Mick Jagger interview for the BBC

Reluctant pin-up: Marianne Faithfull reveals how she was damaged by her early brush with fame

By Rachel Shields

“…She was the Sixties pin-up whose beauty bewitched Mick Jagger and inspired some of the Rolling Stones’ most famous songs, but Marianne Faithfull has revealed that she hates the way she looks, can’t bear to see photographs of herself and is still dealing with the damaging effects of being catapulted to fame at a young age.

The British singer-songwriter, as famous for her relationship with Jagger and her lengthy battle with drug addiction as for her performing career, also warned that young women in the public gaze risk becoming “addicted” to fame.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/reluctant-pinup-marianne-faithfull-reveals-how-she-was-damaged-by-her-early-brush-with-fame-1809148.html

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Johnny Mathis–Videos

Posted on February 16, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“I really, really enjoy music and that’s why I do what I do.”

Last Dance – Johnny Mathis

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtWZyA1I1qo

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRJ_zGXanRw

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83r_zat6RP4

“My favorite singer to this day is Nat King Cole. I’ve tried to emulate his phrasing. It is so absolutely beautiful to listen to his lovely voice.”

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Johnny Mathis Official Web Site

http://www.johnnymathis.com/

Johnny Mathis

“…Johnny Mathis (born John Royce Mathis, September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music.

One of the last in a long line of traditional male vocalists who emerged before the 1960s, Mathis concentrated on romantic jazz and pop standards for the adult contemporary audience through to the 1980s. Starting his career with a flurry of singles of standards, Mathis became more popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status, and over 60 making the Billboard charts.[1] According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Mathis has sales of over 17 million certified units in the United States.[2] According to British recordings chart historian and music writer Paul Gambaccini, Mathis has recorded over 130 albums and sold more than 180 million records worldwide.[3]

Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas, the fourth of seven children to Clem Mathis and his wife, Mildred Boyd, and is of both African-American and Caucasian ancestry.[4] The family moved when he was young to San Francisco, California on Post Street, in the famous Fillmore district where he was raised. His father worked for a time in vaudeville, and when he saw the budding talent in his son, the elder Mathis bought an old upright piano for US$25 to encourage his efforts. From his father, Mathis began learning songs and routines–his first song being “My Blue Heaven.”[5] Mathis started out singing and dancing for visitors at home, and later publicly, at school and church events.[6]

At thirteen, Mathis was taken to Connie Cox, a San Francisco Bay Area voice teacher, who accepted him as a student in exchange for work he would do around her house.[7] He studied with Cox for six years, learning vocal scales and exercises, voice production, classical and operatic skills. He remains one of the few popular singers who has received years of professional voice training that included opera. The first band that Mathis would sing with as a young 13-year-old was formed by fellow San Francisco resident, Merl Saunders, whom Mathis eulogized in October, 2007 at his funeral to thank for giving him his first break as a singer.

At George Washington High School, Mathis was well known not only for his singing abilities, but also as a star athlete. On the track and field team, he was a high jumper and hurdler, and on the basketball team, he earned four athletic letters. In 1954, Mathis enrolled at San Francisco State University on a scholarship with the intention of becoming an English and physical education teacher.[7]

He was spotted at a jam session by Helen Noga, former head cocktail waitress and co-owner of The Black Hawk Club at 200 Hyde Street in San Francisco and The DownBeat Club along with her husband John, and Guido Caccienti. She became his manager. The clubs attracted the world’s finest jazz musicians, including Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday. John Noga and Guido Caccienti had opened the Black Hawk in the fall of 1949 for $10,000. In September 1955, after Noga landed Mathis a job singing weekends at Ann Dee’s 440 Club, she ruthlessly pursued jazz producer George Avakian, who she found out was on vacation in the Bay Area. Avakian came to see him sing, and sent the now famous telegram to Columbia Records: Have found phenomenal 19-year old boy who could go all the way. Send blank contracts.[6]

Mathis now had to decide whether to go to the Olympic tryouts, to which he had been invited, or to keep an appointment in New York to make his first recordings, which were subsequently released in 1956. With his father’s advice, Mathis opted for a recording career and the rest is history. He has never completely abandoned his enthusiasm for sports and today is an avid golfer who has achieved six holes-in-one, and has hosted several Johnny Mathis Golf Tournaments in the USA and the United Kingdom. Since 1985 he has been hosting a charity golf tournament in Belfast sponsored by Shell corporation, and the annual Johnny Mathis Invitational Track & Field Meet has continued at San Francisco State College since it started in 1982.

His first album Johnny Mathis: A New Sound In Popular Song was a slow-selling jazz album, but Mathis stayed in New York to play the clubs. His second album was produced by Columbia records vice-president and producer Mitch Miller, who defined the Mathis sound – he preferred him to sing soft, romantic ballads, initially pairing him with arranger/conductor Ray Conniff, and later, Ray Ellis, Glenn Osser and Robert Mersey. In late 1956, Mathis recorded two of his most popular songs – “Wonderful! Wonderful!” and “It’s Not For Me To Say.” That year MGM signed Mathis to sing the latter song in the 1957 film Lizzie, and shortly afterward he made his second film appearance for 20th Century Fox singing the song “A Certain Smile” in the film of the same name. He had small acting roles in both movies as a bar singer. This early cinematic visibility in two successful movies gave him mass exposure. Next was his appearance on the very popular Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 and this helped to seal his stardom. Critics called him the velvet voice.[5]

In summer of 1958, Mathis left San Francisco with the Nogas, who sold their interest in the Black Hawk club that year to Max Weiss, secretary-treasurer of San Francisco’s avant-garde Fantasy Records, and moved to Beverly Hills where the Nogas purchased a home in which Mathis lived with them, their daughter Beverly, and their granddaughter, at 806 North Elm Drive at the corner of Elm and Sunset Boulevard, built in 1931 by the Max Factor family and later owned by Mabel C. Birdwell and Lillian and Ben Young, for about $99,500, which the Nogas later sold to singer Dionne Warwick in the summer of 1973 for around $359,500. Helen Noga, looking to expand her operations into production, financing, and publishing, also founded and funded Philles Records in 1961 with Phil Spector, with Lester Sills handling the business side of sales and promotion, which launched the Crystals in September 1961. Using money from Liberty Records, Noga was bought out by Spector in 1962 for around $60,000. Mathis had two of his biggest hits in the years 1962 and 1963, with “Gina” (#6) and “What Will Mary Say” (#9). In October 1964, Mathis sued Noga to void the management arrangement, which Noga fought with a counterclaim in December 1964. Mathis purchased a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, that was originally built by billionaire Howard Hughes in 1946, and later owned by hotel owner Hyatt R. Von Dehn and Oilman Robert Calhoun, and where he still maintains a residence.

After splitting from Noga, Mathis established Jon Mat Records, Inc., incorporated in California May 11, 1967 to produce his recordings, and Rojon Productions, Inc., incorporated in California September 30, 1964 to handle all of his concert, theater, showroom and television appearances, and all promotional and charitable activities. His new manager and business partner was Ray Haughn, who helped guide his career until his death in September 1984. Since that time, Mathis has taken sole responsibility for his career, operating from office suites at 1612 W Olive Avenue in Burbank. With the exception of a four-year break with Mercury Records in the mid-1960s, he has been with Columbia Records throughout his recording career.

Pieces of music from numerous Mathis albums continue to be used throughout motion pictures and television with great effect to impart nostalgia or mood themes, for example Chances Are memorably used during an alien visit in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and various numbers currently in the hit TV series Mad Men.

Although he is frequently described as a romantic singer, his vast discography includes jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian and Spanish music, Soul, R&B, soft rock, Broadway, Tin Pan Alley standards, some blues and country songs, and even a few disco tunes for his album Mathis Magic (1979). In 1980/81 Mathis recorded an album with Chic’s Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, I Love My Lady, which remains unreleased. Mathis also remains highly associated with holiday music, having recorded nine Christmas albums. Mathis has the distinction of having the longest stay of any recording artist on the Columbia Record label, having been with the label from 1956 to 1963 and from 1968 to the present.

In 1958, Johnny’s Greatest Hits was released and was the first ever Greatest Hits album in the music industry. It began the Greatest Hits tradition copied by every record company. Johnny’s Greatest Hits spent an unprecedented 490 consecutive weeks (nine and a half years) on the Billboard album chart, a feat earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records and not broken until the 1980s by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. He has had five of his albums on the Billboard charts simultaneously, an achievement equaled by only two other singers, Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow. He released 200 singles and had 71 songs charted around the world.

He has received three Grammy awards. In 1979, his hit duet “The Last Time I Felt Like This” from the film Same Time, Next Year was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song. Mathis and Jane Olivor sang the song at the Oscar ceremony. This was his second performance at the Academy Awards. He has taped twelve of his own television specials and made over 300 television guest appearances with 33 of them being on The Tonight Show. Through the years his songs (or parts of them) have been heard in 100 plus television shows and films around the globe. His appearance on the Live by Request broadcast in May 1998 on the A&E Network had the largest television viewing audience of the series. Also in 1989, Johnny sang the opening theme for the ABC daytime soap opera Loving.

Mathis continues to perform but from 2000 onwards has limited his concert engagements to fifty to sixty appearances per year. In 2006, his schedule included a UK tour that included his annual Scottish golf vacation and attendance at the 2006 Ryder Cup, two stints at his favourite Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. He still records and his 2005 album Isn’t It Romantic: The Standards Album has been enthusiastically received by critics and music buyers. Tonight Show host Johnny Carson, who heard over 2000 singers on his show, said: “Johnny Mathis is the best ballad singer in the world.” He appeared on the NBC Tonight Show with Jay Leno[8] as a guest on March 29, 2007 performing the classic “The Shadow of Your Smile” with saxophonist Dave Koz. Mathis returned to the UK Top 20 album chart in 2007 with the Sony BMG release “The Very Best of Johnny Mathis” and again in 2008 with the Columbia CD “A Night to Remember”. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Mathis

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The Kinks–Videos

Posted on February 16, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Working with the Kinks, there always seemed to be some kind of automatic process at work. Ray and I had this telepathy happening for a long time, where one of us always knew what the other could do with something.”

~ Dave Davies

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“Ray is very secretive about his ideas – why not, the times that the Kinks have been ripped off, especially in the early years, it makes you a little bit cautious about telling anybody what you’re doing. And that’s understandable.”

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The Kinks

“… The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Ray and Dave Davies in 1964. Categorized in the United States as a British Invasion band, The Kinks are recognized as one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era.[1][2] Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk, and country. The group initially consisted of Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals), Pete Quaife (bass guitar, backup vocals), and Mick Avory (drums and percussion). The Davies brothers remained members throughout the group’s 32-year run. Avory left in 1984, the result of a dispute with Dave Davies, and was replaced on drums by Bob Henrit. John Dalton played bass for part of 1966 after Quaife was injured in a car accident, and joined as a full-time member when Quaife left to set up his own band in 1969. Dalton remained until the late 1970s, when he was replaced by Jim Rodford. From 1965 to 1968, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied The Kinks during studio sessions. Several keyboardists were later members of the band, most notably John Gosling (1970–1978) and Ian Gibbons (1979–1989, 1992–1996).[1]

The Kinks first came to prominence in 1964 with their third single, “You Really Got Me”, written by Ray Davies.[2][3] It became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.[3][4] Between the mid-1960s and early 1970s, the group released a string of commercially and critically successful singles and LPs, and gained a reputation for songs and concept albums reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies’ observational writing style.[2] Albums such as Face to Face, Something Else, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur, Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, and Muswell Hillbillies, along with their accompanying singles, are considered among the most influential recordings of the period.[1][3][5] The subsequent theatrical concept albums met with less success, but the band experienced a revival during the New Wave era—groups such as The Jam, The Knack, and The Pretenders covered their songs, helping to boost The Kinks’ record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.[1] The Kinks broke up in 1996, a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.[6]

The Kinks had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40.[7] In the UK, the group had seventeen Top 20 singles on the British chart along with five Top 10 albums.[8] Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for “Outstanding Service to British Music”.[9] In 1990, their first year of eligibility, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.[2][3] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kinks

The Kinks’ Ray and Dave Davies to reunite?

Ray Davies also set to work with Bruce Springsteen

December 14, 2009

“…Ray Davies also set to work with Bruce Springsteen

The Kinks’ Ray Davies has said he wants to work on new material with his brother Dave.

If Davies‘ plans come into fruition, it will be the first time the duo have worked together since 1996, when The Kinks split. Ray said the two have already spoken about reuniting, though he told News Of The World that it may depend on how well his brother – who suffered a stroke in 2004 – can play.

“I suggested he do some low-key shows to see how well he can play. If we’re going to play together again, we can’t hit the road straight away with a big-time announcement,” Ray explained.

“But, if Dave feels good about it and there’s good new material that we can write, it’ll happen.”

Ray also revealed that he is planning to release an album of duets in 2010. Although he kept details to a minimum, he admitted that “Bruce Springsteen has expressed an interest” in the project. …”

http://www.nme.com/news/the-kinks/48860

 

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Led Zeppelin–Videos

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by But in the long run There’s still time to change the road you’re on.”

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Led Zeppelin

“…Combining the visceral power and intensity of hard rock with the finesse and delicacy of British folk music, Led Zeppelin redefined rock in the Seventies and for all time. They were as influential in that decade as the Beatles were in the prior one. Their impact extends to classic and alternative rockers alike. Then and now, Led Zeppelin looms larger than life on the rock landscape as a band for the ages with an almost mystical power to evoke primal passions. The combination of Jimmy Page’s powerful, layered guitar work, Robert Plant’s keening, upper-timbre vocals, John Paul Jones’ melodic bass playing and keyboard work, and John Bonham’s thunderous drumming made for a band whose alchemy proved enchanting and irresistible. “The motto of the group is definitely, ‘Ever onward,’” Page said in 1977, perfectly summing up Led Zeppelin’s forward-thinking philosophy.

The group formed in 1968 from the ashes of the Yardbirds, for which guitarist Jimmy Page had served as lead guitarist after Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck. Page’s stint in the Yardbirds (1966-1968) followed a period of years as one of Britain’s most in-demand session guitarists. As a generally anonymous hired gun, Page performed on mid-Sixties British Invasion records by the likes of Donovan (“Hurdy Gurdy Man”), Them (“Gloria”), the Kinks (“You Really Got Me”), the Who (“I Can’t Explain”) and hundreds of others. Page assembled a “New Yardbirds” in order to fulfill contractual obligations that, once served, allowed him to move on to his blues-based dream band, Led Zeppelin. …”

“…Meanwhile, the Led Zeppelin legend endures and grows long after their demise, much like that of the Doors and Elvis Presley. The lingering appeal of Led Zeppelin is perhaps best summed up by guitarist Page: “Passion is the word….It was a very passionate band, and that’s really what comes through.” At the dawn of the new millennium, Led Zeppelin placed second only to the Beatles in terms of record sales, having sold 84 million units. Led Zeppelin IV is the fourth best-selling album in history, having sold more than 22 million copies, and four other albums by the band – Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin II, Houses of the Holy and Led Zeppelin – also rank among the all-time top 100 best-sellers. Fittingly, Led Zeppelin is tied with the Beatles (five apiece) for the most albums on that esteemed list – a mark of both bands’ impact. In their ceaseless determination to move music forward, Led Zeppelin carved out an indelible place in rock history. …”

http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/led-zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

“…Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in 1968 by Jimmy Page (guitar), Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin), and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal[1] and hard rock music.[2][3] However, the band’s individualistic style drew from many sources and transcends any one genre.[4] Led Zeppelin did not release the popular songs from their albums as singles in the UK, as they preferred to develop the concept of “album-oriented rock”.[5]

Close to 30 years after disbanding following Bonham’s death in 1980, the band continues to be held in high regard for their artistic achievements, commercial success, and broad influence. The band has sold over 200 million albums worldwide,[6] including 111.5 million certified units in the United States[7] and they have had all of their original studio albums reach the top 10 of the Billboard album chart in the U.S., with six reaching the number one spot.[8] Led Zeppelin are ranked #1 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.[9] Rolling Stone magazine has described Led Zeppelin as “the heaviest band of all time”, “the biggest band of the ’70s” and “unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history.”[1][10] Similarly, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes Led Zeppelin being “as influential in that decade (70s) as the Beatles were in the prior one.”[11]

In 2007, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited (along with deceased drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason) for the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London.

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The Lovin’ Spoonful–Videos

Posted on February 15, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In other words, musicians know that going back to the Spoonful, what we were doing was not copying.

~John Sebastian

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I think that my past stands me in good stead in that it does have a certain strength for musicians.

~John Sebastian

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The Lovin’ Spoonful

“…The Lovin’ Spoonful is an American pop rock band of the 1960s, named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. When asked about his band, leader John Sebastian said it sounded like a combination of “Mississippi John Hurt and Chuck Berry.”

Formation and early years (1964-1965)

The band had its roots in the folk music scene based in the Greenwich Village section of lower Manhattan during the early 1960s. Sebastian, who grew up in contact with music and musicians, was the son of a much-recorded and highly technically accomplished classical harmonica player. He had reached maturity toward the end of the American folk music revival that spanned from the 1950s to the early ’60s. Sebastian was joined in the Spoonful by guitarist Zal Yanovsky from a bohemian folk group called The Mugwumps, playing local coffee houses and small clubs (two other members, Cass Elliot and Denny Doherty, would later form half of the Mamas & the Papas.)[1] Drummer-vocalist Joe Butler and bassist Steve Boone rounded out the group.

The group first recorded four tracks for Elektra Records in early 1965, but elected to sign with Kama Sutra Records that same year. The Elektra tracks were released on the 1966 various artists compliation LP What’s Shakin’ after the band’s success on Kama Sutra.

Pop success (1965-1966)

Working with producer Erik Jacobsen, the band released their first single, the Sebastian-penned “Do You Believe in Magic, in August of 1965. Unlike many pop groups of the day (the early Beatles being a notable and influential exception), The Lovin’ Spoonful played all the instruments on their records, with the exceptions of the orchestral instruments heard on their soundtrack album You’re A Big Boy Now and some later singles. Additionally, aside from a few covers (mostly on their first album) they wrote all their own material.[2][3]

“Do You Believe In Magic” became a Top Ten hit in the US, and the band followed it up with a series of hit singles and albums throughout 1965 and 1966, all produced by Jacobsen. The Lovin’ Spoonful became known for such folk-flavored pop hits as “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”, and “Daydream”, which went to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.”[2] [4] Arguably the most successful pop/rock group to have jug band roots, nearly half the songs on their first album were modernized versions of jug band standards. Their popularity revived interest in the form, and many subsequent jug bands cite them as an inspiration. The rest of their albums featured mostly original songs, but their jug band roots showed up again and again, particularly in their big hit “Daydream” and the lesser-known “Money”, which featured a typewriter as percussion. They even had a crossover hit, as “Nashville Cats”, a number eight pop hit, reached the country charts. Other hits were “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind” (another #2 hit), and “Younger Girl”. Their only song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart was the harder-edged “Summer in the City”, an indelible part of the soundtrack for the summer of 1966.

Early in their recording and airwave career, Lovin’ Spoonful members termed their approach “good-time music”. In the liner notes of “Do You Believe in Magic”, Zal Yanovsky said he “became a convert to Reddy Kilowatt because it’s loud, and people dance to it, and it’s loud”. Soon-to-be-members of the psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead were part of the West Coast acoustic folk music scene when The Lovin’ Spoonful came to town while on tour. They credited The Lovin’ Spoonful concert as a fateful experience, after which they decided to leave the folk scene and “go electric.”[citation needed]

At the peak of its success the band was originally selected to perform on the television show that became “The Monkees”,[citation needed] and also gained an added bit of publicity when Butler replaced Jim Rado in the role of Claude for a sold-out four-month run with the Broadway production of the rock musical Hair. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s song “Pow!” was used as the opening theme of Woody Allen’s first feature film, What’s Up, Tiger Lily. John Sebastian composed the music for Francis Ford Coppola’s second film, You’re a Big Boy Now, and The Lovin’ Spoonful played the music for the soundtrack, which included yet another hit, “Darlin’ Be Home Soon”. Both films were released in 1966.

Personnel changes (1967)

In early 1967, the band broke with their producer Erik Jacobsen, turning to Joe Wissert to produce the single “Six O’Clock”, which would hit #18 US.

Yanovsky left the band after the soundtrack album You’re a Big Boy Now was released in May 1967, primarily due to a drug bust in San Francisco, in which he was arrested for possession of marijuana and pressured by police to name his supplier. As a Canadian citizen and fearing he would be barred from re-entering the U.S., he complied.[5] He would later open a restaurant in Canada, the immensely popular Chez Piggy in Kingston, Ontario. The restaurant is now owned and run by his daughter.[6]

Yanovsky’s replacement was Jerry Yester, formerly of the Modern Folk Quartet. Around this time, perhaps coincidentally, the band’s sound became more pop-oriented.

This new line up of The Lovin’ Spoonful would record two moderately successful Wissert-produced singles (“She Is Still A Mystery” and “Money”), as well as the 1967 album Everything Playing. Sebastian then left the group by early 1968 to go solo.[5]

The final years (1968-1969)

The group was now offically a trio, and drummer Butler (who had previously sung lead on a few album tracks) became the group’s new lead vocalist. Up to this point Sebastian had written (or co-written) and sung every one of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s hits; the band now turned to outside writers for their singles, and used a variety of outside producers. The band’s last two Hot 100 entries (“Never Going Back” and “Me About You”) were sung by Butler, and written by professional songsmiths. In addition, “Never Going Back” only featured Yester and Butler’s playing — the other musical parts were played by session musicians, a first for the group.

With commercial success waning, The Lovin’ Spoonful lasted only until early 1969. They split up following the release of their album “Revelation: Revolution ’69”. …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lovin’_Spoonful

John Sebastian

“…John Sebastian (born John Benson Sebastian, Jr. on March 17, 1944, in Greenwich Village, New York City) is an American songwriter and harmonica player. He is best known as a founder of The Lovin’ Spoonful, a band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000.[1] His tie-dyed denim jacket is prominently displayed there.

Sebastian’s father, John Benson Sr., was a noted classical harmonica player and his mother was a radio script writer. He is the godson of Vivian Vance (Ethel Mertz of I Love Lucy). He grew up surrounded by music and musicians, including Burl Ives and Woody Guthrie and hearing such players as Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt in his own neighborhood.[2][3]

One of his first recording gigs was playing guitar and harmonica for Billy Faier’s 1964 album The Beast of Billy Faier[4]. He also recorded with Fred Neil on the Bleecker & MacDougal album in 1965. He came up through the Even Dozen Jug Band and The Mugwumps, which split to form the Lovin’ Spoonful and The Mamas & the Papas. Sebastian was joined by Zal Yanovsky, Steve Boone and Joe Butler in the Spoonful, which was named after a Mississippi John Hurt song. Sebastian also played autoharp on occasion.

The Lovin’ Spoonful became part of the American response to the British Invasion and was noted for such folk-flavored hits as “Jug Band Music,” “Do You Believe in Magic”, “Summer in the City”, “Daydream,” “Nashville Cats,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “Six O’Clock,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” and “Younger Girl.”[1] The band, however, began to implode after a 1967 marijuana bust in San Francisco involving Yanovsky, a Canadian citizen. Facing deportation, he gave up the name of his dealer, which caused a fan backlash and internal strife. Neither John Sebastian nor Joe Butler was involved in the matter; they weren’t even in San Francisco at the time. Yanovsky subsequently left the band and was replaced by Jerry Yester. [5]

Sebastian left the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1968 although he and the original band reunited briefly to appear in the film One Trick Pony starring Paul Simon and Blair Brown.[1] In December of 1968, a musical he composed the music and lyrics for, Jimmy Shine, opened on Broadway with Dustin Hoffman in the title role.[6]

He embarked on a moderately successful solo career after leaving the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1968. Sebastian was popular among the rock festival circuits. He had a memorable, albeit unscheduled appearance at Woodstock, appearing after Country Joe McDonald’s set, playing songs such as “I Had A Dream,” “Rainbows All Over Your Blues,” “Darling Be Home Soon” and “Younger Generation,” which he dedicated to a newborn baby at the festival. Documentary remarks by festival organizers revealed that Sebastian was under the influence at the time, hence his spontaneity and casual, unplanned set. Sebastian also returned for Woodstock ’94, playing harmonica for Crosby, Stills and Nash. Sebastian released his eponymous LP John B. Sebastian in 1970, which featured him accompanied by various L.A. musicians.

Sebastian played harmonica with The Doors on the song Roadhouse Blues under the pseudonym G. Puglese to avoid problems with his contract, which was featured on Morrison Hotel album.[7] He also played on “Little Red Rooster” on the live album Alive, She Cried and on seven songs on Live In Detroit.[8][9] He is also credited with playing harmonica on Crosby Stills Nash & Young’s “Déjà Vu” from the album of the same name.

In 1976, Sebastian had a number one single with, “Welcome Back”, the theme song to the Welcome Back, Kotter television show[2], which found new life decades later when a sample from it became the hook for rapper Mase’s 2004 hit “Welcome Back”. Recently, he has played with John Sebastian and the J-Band, a jug band including Fritz Richmond from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Yank Rachell, an original jug-band leader, and Geoff Muldaur.

Several modern musicians cite him as a large influence, including renowned blues harmonica player, Mike Tetrault. As a songwriter, Sebastian’s songs have been covered by Elvis Costello (“The Room Nobody Lives In”), Dolly Parton, Del McCoury, Helen Reddy, Brenda Lee, Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin, Slade, Joe Cocker and Jimmy Buffett (“Stories We Could Tell”). …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Sebastian

Lovin’ Spoonful

“…”The good-time sounds of the Lovin’ Spoonful made the quartet a fixture during the golden age of Top Forty radio. Over a period of two years in the mid-Sixties, the New York-based group charted a string of ten Top Forty hits, seven of which placed inside the Top Ten at a time when the competition included Motown, the Beatles and countless British Invasion bands. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s tuneful, poppy singles have stood the test of time and at least one of them, “Do You Believe in Magic,” remains a defining rock and roll anthem.

The four original members–singer/guitarist John Sebastian, guitarist Zal Yanovsky, bassist Steve Boone and drummer Joe Butler–came together in Greenwich Village. The folk-music scene was in full swing, but the electrified sounds of the Beatles and the other pop bands of the day had also caught their attention. Retaining their folkie roots while exploring new directions, the Lovin’ Spoonful adapted folk-style fingerpicking to electric instruments. Their folk-rock hybrid was particularly evident in the unusual combination of autoharp and electric guitar on “Do You Believe in Magic.” What really set the Lovin’ Spoonful apart from the mid-Sixties pack of one-hit wonders was their daring eclecticism. No two singles were written in the same style. Between 1965 and 1968, they tackled jug-band music (“Good Time Music”), ragtime (“Daydream”), country (“Nashville Cats”), folk-pop (“You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice”), hard rock (“Summer in the City”) and orchestrated pop (“She Is Still a Mystery”). …”

http://www.rockhall.com/inductee/lovin-spoonful

Lovin Spoonful

“…The core of The Lovin’ Spoonful were John Sebastian, who was born on March 17th, 1944 in New York, and Zalman Yanovsky, who was born on 19th December 1944 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. They first met as guests invited to Cass Elliot’s house to watch the Beatles’ U.S. TV debut on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964. They played guitar together through the night and discussed the possibility of forming a rock group. At the time, Sebastian was a Greenwich Village folkie and sometime member of the Even Dozen Jug Band and Yanovsky was a guitarist with the Nova Scotia folk group, The Halifax Three. When they disbanded in June 1964, Yanovsky was briefly involved in the Mugwumps (with Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot and James Hendricks). This was a short-lived and unsuccessful venture, which soon disbanded, and, of course Doherty and Elliot went on to form one half of The Mamas and The Papas

With Yanovsky at loose ends again, the seeds for a rock group with John Sebastian were sewn in January 1965. Joe Butler (drums) and Steve Boone (bass) were recruited to fill out the ensemble. They decided on the name, “Lovin’ Spoonful”, which was taken from a phrase in Mississippi John Hurt’s song, “Coffee Blues”.

It wasn’t long until the band had won a residency at the Night Owl in Greenwich Village and their producer Erik Jacobsen got them a recording deal with the newly formed Kama Sutra Records. Playing their own brand of folk-rock/good-time music, they enjoyed immediate commercial success. Their first 45, “Do You Believe In Magic”, reached number 9 in the U.S. and their debut album of the same name peaked at number 32. The follow-up, “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice” peaked at number 10 and “Daydream”, their lazy, laid back celebration of love on a summer’s day, was even bigger, reaching number 2 in the U.S. and UK, becoming a million seller. Their second album reached number 10 in the U.S. and number 8 in the UK. They also had four cuts included on the Elektra compilation “What’s Shakin'”, including one called “Good Time Music”.

Their next 45, “Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?” peaked at number 2, but this was soon surpassed by what was arguably their finest moment, “Summer ln The City”. Notable for its atmospheric streetnoise sound effects, the record topped the U.S. charts for three weeks and made number 8 in the UK. It became their second million seller.

The Lovin’ Spoonful went on to appear on the soundtrack of the cult movie “What’s Up Tiger Lily” (No. 126 in the US) and their third album, “Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful”, peaked at number 14. “Nashville Cats” would be their last U.S. Top Ten hit, peaking at number 8, while in the UK, it climbed to number 26. They followed this with the heavily orchestrated “Darlin’ Be Home Soon”, which reached number 15 in the U.S. and number 44 in the UK. It would prove to be their last UK Hit. In March 1967, a greatest hits LP called “The Best Of The Lovin’ Spoonful” climbed to number 3 on the U.S. album charts. Their follow-up, “You’re A Big Boy Now”, their second soundtrack album, was their first taste of failure, peaking at No. 160.

http://www.classicbands.com/spoonful.html

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Posted on February 3, 2010. Filed under: Art, Communications, Culture, Life, Music, Songs, Videos | Tags: , , , , , , , |

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