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"Just Plain Old Music"

Started by RAMMEL, June 12, 2016, 10:41:06 PM

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Marilyne

Rick, when I first saw the title of your Sinatra video this morning, it didn't sound at all familiar . . . but then I listened to it, and do remember it.  I looked at the titles listed on the album cover, and recognized them all.  One of them is  "That Lucky Old Sun".  I think it was a big hit for Frankie Laine.     
 

RAMMEL

Quote from: Marilyne on January 18, 2023, 02:56:47 PMOne of them is  "That Lucky Old Sun". 

I think it was a big hit for Peggy Lee. Frankie Laine brings to mind  "Mule Train", along with "That Lucky Old Son".

It's the WINDMILLS

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RAMMEL

#1472
Quote from: Marilyne on January 18, 2023, 02:56:47 PMI looked at the titles listed on the album cover, and recognized them all.

How did you look at them?  Too small for me to see.

Just managed to do it with a magnifying glass.

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Marilyne

I used a magnifying glass too!  :tup:


Oldiesmann

Every time I see/hear about "Mule Train", I'm reminded of this hilarious scene with Jerry Van Dyke from the TV show Yes, Dear. Apparently this was a regular routine of his.

Marilyne

#1475
Michael, I always liked Jerry Van Dyke, and thought he was funny, in a forlorn sort of way.  He never made it big, like his brother, but he did get a lot of work in sit-coms.  He passed away a number of years ago.  His brother Dick, is still living and in his late 90's.

Oldiesmann

I've always been surprised that Jerry never made it as big as his brother - I thought he was funnier.

Back on topic, here's a great one from The Royal Guardsmen. This first appeared on the 1967 album Snoopy and His Friends and was later relegated to being the B side of "Snoopy for President". This and "Biplane Evermore" are two of their best non-Snoopy songs in my opinion.




RAMMEL

It's the WINDMILLS

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Oldiesmann

RAMMEL your signature keeps reminding me of this. I don't think this is what the songwriters had in mind when they wrote this :P

RAMMEL

It's the WINDMILLS

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Marilyne

"Windmills of Your Mind" fits in well with our recent discussion in Bait and Tackle.  This recording by Dusty Springfield is my favorite.  It's almost hypnotic to watch, as the music picks up and goes faster and faster.   


Oldiesmann

Dusty was great. I've heard many of her songs over the years.

Here's a classic from 1968. It was the second of the band's three top 10 hits (the others being "The Rain, the Park and Other Things" and "Hair", both of which hit #2 in the US), peaking at #10. It appears to be about the lake in South Kingstown, Rhode Island (about 20 minutes from the band's hometown of Newport), though it's not the idyllic recreation spot the song talks about (surrounded by houses - just fishing access and a boat ramp at the end of a long, narrow residential side street). As a kid I always imagined they were referring to the state park here in Ohio (about 2 hours north of me - I haven't been yet but will be up that way again in July so I might check it out then)


Oldiesmann

Found this earlier. Catchy tune and fun lyrics. This has been recorded by quite a few artists all over the world (I found a version by a Belgian artist from the 70s, a version from Canadian singer Anna Maria Kaufmann and a version by Japanese duo Petty Booka among others).

Oldiesmann

A lovely combination of French and German sung by German singer/cabaret performer Eva Busch. Recorded in October 1940, released in France in 1941. This was originally written for the 1939 film of the same name, though I'm not sure when the French lyrics were added. An English version of this song was released by Sam Browne in 1947. It's also been recorded in Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic and Dutch.


Marilyne

I vaguely remember The Cowsills, so gave that one a listen.  Of course I could not understand the lyrics, so looked them up on Genius Lyrics.  :idiot2:   Made no sense, but probably just me being too critical.   I do remember that the Cowsills wrote the the theme song, "Hair", for the Broadway musical production of the same name.  Can't call it to mind right now, but I'll listen to it later on YouTube.

Oldiesmann

The lyrics are all about the fun things you can do with your family at Indian Lake :)

Here's a fun one from British duo Peter and Gordon. It was a bit different than what they were known for ("I Go To Pieces", "True Love Ways", etc.), but was a top 20 hit in several countries.


Oldiesmann

A fun recording of "Amarillo" featuring Tony Christie, who first recorded the song back in 1971. This version is from 2006.


RAMMEL

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Marilyne

They're Still Alive and Kicking!
Famous celebrities who are still living, and are now in their 90's or 100's.

Oldiesmann

Back in the 70s, a country rock group known as Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded a triple-LP album with numerous country and bluegrass legends called Will the Circle Be Unbroken, and it was a huge hit. 17 years later they set out to do another one, including a new version of the title track. Here's a video of the recording of that song. Many of the artists featured on this recording are no longer with us (Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Earl Scruggs and Levon Helm at the very least). What's most amazing about this is that Roy Acuff was in his mid-80s when this was done.

Marilyne


Michael,
I remember the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.  Hard to forget that name, as well as that song!  Very good! 

RAMMEL

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Oldiesmann

Somewhat related to my last post, here's a great song featuring lead vocals by Levon Helm, who was one of the people who sang on the previous song I posted. This was originally released on The Band's 1975 album Northern Lights - Southern Cross. This version was recorded live in late 1976 for the 1978 concert film The Last Waltz. Several artists have covered this but nothing beats the original in my opinion.

Oldiesmann

In 1962, a random office boy at MGM Records ended up making David Rose a household name in the US. Rose had recorded a version of "Ebb Tide" with his band, and the label wanted to get the single out quickly. Rose was away so they sent an office boy to go through tapes of unreleased material to find something for the B side. By July, the chosen B side had shot to the top of the chart in the US.


Marilyne


Oldiesmann

#1495
Filmed at the local amusement park in August of 1972 and debuted on this date in 1973. Many of the rides featured in this video are still there today, though the park itself has changed considerably in the past 50 years.

RAMMEL

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RAMMEL

It's the WINDMILLS

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Oldiesmann

I learned about that song as a kid. My dad has the album The Entertainer by Marvin Hamlisch. I believe he also has the Sting soundtrack, but I don't remember.

Here's a great cover of a Beatles classic. For whatever reason, John, George and Ringo didn't agree with Paul on the idea of releasing this as a single in the UK and US (though it was released as a single in other countries apparently), so it was The Marmalade who had the big hit with it in the UK. This peaked at #1 there in late 1968/early 1969. The Marmalade was a pop-rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. Although they had a number of hits in the UK, they're mostly known for the 1970 song "Reflections of My Life" in the US (that one peaked at #10 in May of 1970 and was their only hit here to my knowledge)


RAMMEL

It's the WINDMILLS

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