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Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: January 14, 2018, 01:22:17 AM »
Here's a fun but rare example of an artist parodying their own song.

"The Purple People Eater #2" by Ben Colder:

Ben Colder was a drunken country singer portrayed by Sheb Wooley. Wooley recorded several albums under this name/persona in the 60s and early 70s, including many parodies of existing popular country songs (such as "Busted", "Ring of Fire", "Hello Walls" and more). I have no idea how popular this side of Wooley was, but it's a lot of fun to listen to.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: December 29, 2017, 08:12:37 PM »
Oldiesman, thank you for the two links to the solos by Don Estelle.  I was not familiar with his name, but what a fabulous voice.  Can you give us some background on him and his tall partner?


Wikipedia has more info on both of them. I don't know a whole lot about either one. Just stumbled across their version of "Whispering Grass" while watching videos of performances from Top Of The Pops years ago. Also, Windsor Davies isn't unusually tall. It's just that Don Estelle was a foot shorter than him.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: December 29, 2017, 12:01:32 AM »
Further proof of what a brilliant singer Don Estelle was...

"All The Things You Are":

This was written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for the 1939 musical Very Warm For May and has been recorded by many famous artists including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Jo Stafford and Shirley Bassey (the lady who sang the Goldfinger theme if you don't recognize the name)

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: December 28, 2017, 11:48:22 PM »
Here's a fun one from across the pond that I stumbled across some time ago. Those of you from the UK are probably familiar with this....

"Whispering Grass" by Windsor Davies & Don Estelle:

For those not familiar with the two, both were actors in the BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum, but apparently both were also accomplished singers. This recording of a song made famous by the Ink Spots in the 1940s hit #1 on the chart in the UK in mid-1975. Davies and Estelle went on to record several albums featuring similar covers of pop standards ("Cool Water", "What A Wonderful World", etc.), but I don't know if they had any further hits. Estelle died in 2003 at the age of 70 while Davies is now 87.

Leisure Activities / RIP Jim Nabors
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:23:28 PM »
Legendary actor and singer Jim Nabors, best known for his role as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff Gomer Pyle, USMC, has died at the age of 87.

For those who aren't familiar with his singing, I leave you with this (skip to 4:00 if you want to skip the dialog):

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: August 25, 2017, 02:13:46 AM »
I am fond of Duane Eddy. Here is one of my favorites.  But then, I just like the tune so much. I have at least three versions including Frankie Laine and the Ventures. It is fun to play them back to back for the differences.

There are literally hundreds if not thousands of versions of that song. A local radio show, "The Rockin' and Surfin' Show", has played a different version of that song every week for years. It's a very popular tune among surf bands for some reason. My favorite would be the one from The Outlaws:

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: August 24, 2017, 12:04:20 PM »
Stumbled across this neat rendition of a classic a while back. It was released as a single in the 70s but didn't chart.

"You Are My Sunshine" by Duane Eddy, featuring vocals from his wife Deed and country legends Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson:

Duane Eddy is an American guitarist best known for a string of rock instrumental hits in the late 50s and early 60s ("Rebel Rouser", "40 Miles Of Bad Road", "Peter Gunn", etc.).

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: August 12, 2017, 02:43:13 PM »
Here's something that should interest many of you. A company in Philadelphia has just digitized 25,000 78RPM records and made those recordings available for free through the website Internet Archive.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: August 08, 2017, 10:35:27 PM »
A friend just told me about this while flipping through random AM stations (certain AM stations can be heard for hundreds of miles at night). WSM in Nashville is doing a big tribute to Glen Campbell right now. You can listen online at

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: July 12, 2017, 12:40:26 AM »
Here's another one from the same CD. "The Keeper of My Heart", set to the tune of the 18th Variation from Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. The audio quality isn't the greatest here, but it's still a great tune. This really shows what a brilliant songwriter he is.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: July 11, 2017, 02:13:09 AM »
Here's an interesting tune I stumbled across earlier...

"Turning Back The Hands Of Time" by Neil Sedaka:

Some of you may remember Sedaka from his popular hits in the early 60s ("Calendar Girl", "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen" and "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" among others), but apparently he's stayed active over the years despite fading from the spotlight. This is set to the tune of Puccini's "Nessun Dorma" with lyrics by Sedaka and is from a 1996 album called Classically Sedaka, featuring new songs with lyrics by Sedaka set to the tune of various classical music pieces. I had absolutely no idea that Sedaka could sing like this.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:35:15 AM »
Here's a classic I heard at a water park I visited yesterday. They played a wide variety of music there - everything from the 50s through the 90s and possibly even more recently.

"On the Street Where You Live" by Vic Damone from 1956:

Many people have recorded the song, which was written for the 1956 Broadway musical My Fair Lady, but this was the biggest. Vic Damone is one of the few from that era who's still around, having recently celebrated his 89th birthday.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: June 16, 2017, 12:35:08 PM »
For those who like blues rock, I stumbled across this tune from the late great Lonnie Mack the other day. Although known primarily for his guitar work, he was an amazing singer as well.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: April 05, 2017, 11:38:07 AM »
Here's a song I remember fondly from my days of listening to an "adult standards" station in high school (they played mostly pop hits from the 40s and 50s).

"Que Sera Sera" by Doris Day, from the 1956 movie The Man Who Knew Too Much:

Doris Day recently celebrated her 95th birthday

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: January 26, 2017, 12:33:02 PM »
With the Pittsburgh Steelers making the NFL playoffs again this year, I was reminded of this oddity from 1976.

"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Terry Bradshaw

This version hit #17 on the country chart, making Terry Bradshaw the only person to have a Top 20 hit and win the Super Bowl in the same year (at least to my knowledge). He did release a few more singles and albums, but this is the only one that was a hit. The song was written and originally recorded by Hank Williams in 1949, and the most popular version was done by BJ Thomas (#8 in 1966).

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: December 05, 2016, 10:24:08 PM »
I have no idea why it's not working for you guys. It's still working fine for me.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: December 05, 2016, 02:25:34 AM »
Some interesting takes on a couple of classic Christmas tunes:

"Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Mambo" by Billy May from 1954:
"Cha-Cha All The Way" by The Capitol Studio Orchestra:

I'm assuming the second one is from around the same time given how popular that style was at the time but I'm not sure.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: November 30, 2016, 02:53:48 AM »
Another fun clip......TENNESSEE WALTZ SURPRISE - line dance.......( I can only watch with envy...)..

That was interesting. People line dancing to a German version of a classic American tune performed by a woman born in England. I'm constantly amazed by what you can find on YouTube. I'm surprised "Tennessee Waltz" made it all the way to Germany!

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: November 28, 2016, 02:47:20 AM »
Didn't see this until now. Is this still an issue? It's showing up fine for me in both your signature and Angel's signature

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: November 18, 2016, 02:05:55 AM »
Still not sure why notifications are failing, though it looks like Google put restrictions on mail from the old server's IP address due to suspected spam. That shouldn't apply to the current server due to it having a different IP address, but I'm working on setting up a domain verification thing as well which should help with that. I've also changed the mail settings here a bit to see if that will help at all.

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: November 18, 2016, 01:12:31 AM »
Avatars and attachments should be fixed now. Looking into the notifications issue.

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: November 18, 2016, 12:59:08 AM »
I'll fix the attachments thing shortly. Not sure why notifications aren't working but I'll look into that.

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: November 17, 2016, 01:14:42 AM »
Server move will be starting shortly. Everything should be back within 24 hours :)

Site Announcements / Re: FYI: Server Move
« on: November 14, 2016, 03:53:34 PM »
Got the new server mostly configured, but I'm going to take another couple of days to go back over everything to make sure I didn't miss something. I plan on starting the move late Wednesday/early Thursday (around 12:30am EST Thursday morning probably). I'll post here again before I start the move and will put the site in maintenance mode at that time.

Site Announcements / FYI: Server Move
« on: November 14, 2016, 02:56:16 AM »
Quick heads up for everyone.

In the coming days I will be moving the site to a new server. I am staying with the same host, just moving to a server with a newer version of the operating system. I will post here again once I have a better idea of when the move will happen (probably either overnight Wednesday into Thursday or overnight Thursday into Friday), and will also put the site in maintenance mode prior to the move so nothing gets lost in the process. Once the process has started the move should take less than 24 hours, depending on how long it takes your ISP to process the DNS changes.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: November 13, 2016, 01:07:13 PM »
Two more legends have left us in the past week.

Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen died on Monday at the age of 82. His biggest hit chartwise was "Closing Time", which hit #5 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart in 1992, though he's best remembered today for the 1984 song "Hallelujah", which has been covered by many artists over the years.

American musician and singer/songwriter Leon Russell died last night at the age of 74. Leon is better known as a songwriter and session musician, but did have a few hits of his own as well. His big hits were "Tight Rope" (#11 US, #5 Canada in 1972), "Lady Blue" (#14 US, #18 AC Canada in 1975), and a duet of "Heartbreak Hotel" with Willie Nelson (#1 country US and Canada in 1978) .

Leonard Cohen "Closing Time":
Leonard Cohen "Hallelujah" (2009 performance):
Leon Russell "Tight Rope":
Leon Russell "Lady Blue":
Willie Nelson and Leon Russell "Heartbreak Hotel" (Leon is on piano):

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: November 04, 2016, 01:07:31 AM »
Kay Starr has died at the age of 94 :(

Her biggest hits were "Wheel of Fortune" (1952) and "Rock and Roll Waltz" (1956), both of which hit #1. As rock and roll began to take off in the mid-50s, her popularity began to fade, but she continued recording and releasing albums until 1968, with two more released in the 1970s (including a cover of Tony Orlando and Dawn's "Tie A Yellow Ribbon") before disappearing from the music scene.

Here's a link to "Rock and Roll Waltz":

I used to hear both "Rock and Roll Waltz" and "Wheel of Fortune" quite a bit on a local AM station that played "adult standards" when I was in high school (they played mostly pop and country hits from the 40s and 50s).

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: October 24, 2016, 05:34:39 PM »
60s pop singer Bobby Vee died today at the age of 73 from Alzheimers :(

Bobby Vee was one of the most successful of the many "Bobby" singers to hit the charts in the 60s, with 8 Top 20 hits between 1960 and 1962, and one further top 10 hit in 1967. His biggest hit was "Take Good Care of My Baby", which hit #1 in 1961. Other big hits include "Devil or Angel", "Rubber Ball" (both of which hit #6 in 1960) and "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes" (#3, 1962).

Having grown up listening to the local oldies station, I heard many of his songs as a kid.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: September 12, 2016, 12:48:51 PM »
Here's a great old song I found on YouTube a while back.

"Down Yonder" by Del Wood:

I am guessing this video is from the 1950s given how young she was at the time. This song ended up being a huge hit in 1951, peaking at #4 on the pop chart and inspiring numerous other versions around the same time. While the other versions were also popular, Del Wood's version was the biggest.

Leisure Activities / Re: "Just Plain Old Music"
« on: July 11, 2016, 01:56:54 AM »
Here's a great song from one of my favorite artists

"It's A Big Old Goofy World" by John Prine:

John Prine has recorded tons of great songs over the years and was pretty popular in the 70s.

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