About greyzoned/angelsbark

Michele Truhlik is a writer, blogger and small business entrepreneur. Previously an owner of an advertising agency and a bar, she currently has a dog-sitting business and a jewelry business and is much happier being out of the corporate world. She is also following her calling and is an Animal Chaplain/Pet Shaman and will be officially credentialed and ordained in 2015. She has been rescuing and adopting greyhounds since 1999. She has been owned by 8 greyhounds. Pictured here is #7, Picasso. You can find her blogging at angelsbark.wordpress.com.

Monday’s Music Moves Me – The 2nd Installment in my ROCK & ROLL HEAD TO TOE Body Parts Songs Series (#4M, #MMMM)

It’s Monday and you know what that means: MUSIC! It’s time for the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop where a bunch of us bloggers come together each week to celebrate our love of music and share it with others. This week is a Freebie meaning we all can present whatever we want in our 4M posts. I’m taking advantage of this freebie to continue what I started with last week’s theme of Songs with Body Parts in the Title.

My Rock & Roll Head to Toe series kicked off last week with a logical place to start, the Head. But what’s even more top of mind than the head is what’s on top of the head (for most folks anyway)…and that’s HAIR. So HAIR is where the second installment in the body parts series is going to take you, on a musical ride through songs with the word HAIR in the title (well, there may be a few exceptions).

Here are ten of my favorite HAIR songs, plus a few (three) I discovered along the way that are quite a departure from my typical music choices, but I think you’ll like them just the same. Below is some background information and interesting tidbits on the various songs included in my playlist, plus a few surprises so be sure to scroll down.

Up first is by far my most favorite Hair song:

Hair of the Dog by Nazareth – “Hair of the Dog” is the title track of Nazareth’s 1975 album Hair of the Dog. It is sometimes called “Son of a Bitch” because of the repeated lyric in the hook (“Now you’re messing with a son of a bitch”). The song is about a charming and manipulative woman who can get men to acquiesce to her every need. The singer is letting her know that she has met her match in him, a self-described “son of a bitch.”

“Hair of the Dog” uses a talk box extensively during its bridge. The song’s title, which does not appear in the lyrics, is a pun (“hair of the dog” = “heir of the dog” = “son of a bitch”).

As a standalone song, it only charted in Germany, where it peaked at #44. In the United States, because the Hair of the Dog album was a top-20 hit on the album charts, the song received extensive airplay on album-oriented rock stations (despite “bitch” being a borderline profanity) and remains in the playlist of most classic rock formatted stations. In the USA, it was released as the B-Side of Love Hurts.

Almost Cut My Hair by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) – “Almost Cut My Hair” is a song by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, originally released on the band’s 1970 album Déjà Vu, the second album by trio Crosby, Stills & Nash, and their first as a quartet with Neil Young.

The song describes a real-life dilemma faced by many hippies: whether to cut one’s hair to a more practical length, or leave it long as a symbol of rebellion. It was written by David Crosby, and features solo vocals by Crosby, with the rest of the band joining in on instruments rather than on vocal harmony, as in many of their other songs. Unlike most of the tracks on Déja Vu, the quartet and their studio musicians, Dallas Taylor (drums) and Greg Reeves (bass), all recorded it at the same place and time. It was one of only two songs from the album that Neil Young joined in on, despite not writing.

Although the notion of long hair as a “freak flag” appeared earlier, notably in a 1967 Jimi Hendrix song “If 6 Was 9”, Crosby’s song has been credited with popularizing the idea of long hair as a deliberate and visible symbol of the wearer’s affiliation with the counterculture, and opposition to establishment values. The song also writes about the singer’s “paranoia” at seeing the police; James Perone writes that, “more than any other song of the entire era”, it “captures the extent to which the divisiveness in American society … had boiled over into violence and terror.” [Nearly 50 years later and as a nation we’re more divisive than ever].

“Almost Cut My Hair” became one of Crosby’s signature songs, and “probably his most important political song”. Crosby himself stated “It was the most juvenile set of lyrics I’ve ever written … but it has a certain emotional impact, there’s no question about that.”

Of this song, Neil Young called this “Crosby at what I think is his best.”

San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie – “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” is an American pop music song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. The song was produced and released in May 1967 by Phillips and Lou Adler, who used it to promote their Monterey International Pop Music Festival held in June of that year.

John Phillips played guitar on the recording and session musician Gary L. Coleman played orchestra bells and chimes. The bass line of the song was supplied by session musician Joe Osborn. Hal Blaine played drums. The song became one of the best-selling singles of the 1960s in the world, reaching the fourth position on the US charts and the number one spot on the UK charts. In Ireland, the song was number one for one week, in New Zealand the song spent five weeks at number one, and in Germany it was six weeks at number one.

McKenzie’s version of the song has been called “the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, including the HippieAnti-Vietnam War and Flower power movements.”

Fun Fact: The Bee Gees song “Massachusetts” is a reaction to this song. The Bee Gees’ song is about someone who has been to San Francisco but is now homesick for Massachusetts. Check it out:

Hair by the cast of Hair – “Hair” is the title song to the 1968 musical Hair and the 1979 film adaptation of the musical. Of the musical, Wikipedia says:

“Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical” is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counterculture and sexual revolution of the late 1960s, several of its songs became anthems of the anti-Vietnam War peace movement. The musical’s profanity, its depiction of the use of illegal drugs, its treatment of sexuality, its irreverence for the American flag, and its nude scene caused much comment and controversy. The musical broke new ground in musical theatre by defining the genre of “rock musical”, using a racially integrated cast, and inviting the audience onstage for a “Be-In” finale.

Hair tells the story of the “tribe”, a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves, and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to succumb to the pressures of his parents (and conservative America) to serve in Vietnam, compromising his pacifist principles and risking his life.

After an off-Broadway debut on October 17, 1967, at Joseph Papp’s Public Theater and a subsequent run at the Cheetah nightclub from December 1967 through January 1968, the show opened on Broadway in April 1968 and ran for 1,750 performances. Simultaneous productions in cities across the United States and Europe followed shortly thereafter, including a successful London production that ran for 1,997 performances. Since then, numerous productions have been staged around the world, spawning dozens of recordings of the musical, including the 3 million-selling original Broadway cast recording. Some of the songs from its score became Top 10 hits, and a feature film adaptation was released in 1979. A Broadway revival opened in 2009, earning strong reviews and winning the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Best Revival of a Musical. In 2008, Time wrote, “Today Hair seems, if anything, more daring than ever.”

The video in my playlist is the cast of the 2009 Broadway revival of the musical HAIR, performing the number “Hair” live at the 2009 Tony Awards. (If you’re into this musical, YouTube has tons of different casts performing the musical’s hits over the decades, including the original 1969 cast performing at that year’s Tony Awards (very different from the one presented in my playlist above) and London troupes as well).

Many of you will also be familiar with the cover version by The Cowsills, an American singing group from Newport, Rhode Island, comprised of six siblings noted for performing professionally and singing harmonies at an early age, later with their mother. The song was a major hit for the Cowsills in 1969 and their most successful single. (The Cowsills version cuts out most of the religion-themed lyrics, changing “long as God can grow it” to “long as I can grow it” and removing some verses.) Their version spent two weeks at number one on the Cash Box Top 100 and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100. “Hair” was kept out of the number one spot by another song from the Hair cast album: “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by The 5th Dimension. It also reached number one on the RPM Canadian Singles Chart.

Here are The Cowsills in 1969 performing the song for The Wonderful World of Pizzazz television special (air date March 18, 1969).

Sister Golden Hair by America – “Sister Golden Hair” is a song written by Gerry Beckley and recorded by the band America for their fifth album Hearts (1975). It was their second single to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, remaining in the top position for one week. The lyrics were largely inspired by the works of Jackson Browne. Say’s Beckley: ”it was based on a composite of different girls. When asked if it was written to anyone, Beckley said: “No, this is all poetic license. With ‘Sister Golden Hair,’ as far as my folks were concerned, I was writing a song about my sister, and I couldn’t quite fathom it; they must not have listened to the lyrics.” Haha

Fun Fact: This song was used in a bloody scene in the 2001 episode of the TV series The Sopranos, “Another Toothpick.” After mobster Bobby Bacala Sr. kills two people, the song plays on his car radio as he drives off. When he has trouble breathing and can’t reach his inhaler, he crashes the car and dies, but the song keeps playing.

(I was a big Sopranos fan and remember seeing this episode, and this particular scene. Did you see the episode and what went down before this clip?)

The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair by Led Zeppelin – “The Girl I Love She Got Long Black Wavy Hair” (also known as “The Girl I Love”) is a song performed by English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was recorded by the BBC on June 16, 1969 for Chris Grant’s Tasty Pop Sundae show during the band’s UK Tour of Summer 1969 and was broadcast on June 22, 1969. The song was later included on the live Led Zeppelin album BBC Sessions, released in 1997. It is the only known performance of the song by the band.

The lyrics in the first verse are an adaptation of the 1929 blues recording “The Girl I Love She Got Long Curley Hair” by Sleepy John Estes. The 2016 remastered edition of The Complete BBC Sessions includes “Contains interpolations from “Let Me Love You Baby” by Willie Dixon [and] “Travelling Riverside” by Robert Johnson” in the credits for the song

Cut My Hair by The Who – “Cut My Hair” is on The Who’s sixth studio album Quadrophenia, released as a double album in October 1973. It is the group’s second rock opera. Set in London and Brighton in 1965, the story follows a young mod named Jimmy and his search for self-worth and importance. Quadrophenia is the only Who album entirely composed by guitarist and lead songwriter Pete Townshend.

Fun Facts & Background: 1972 was the least active year for the Who since they had formed. The group had achieved great commercial and critical success with the albums Tommy and Who’s Next, but were struggling to come up with a suitable follow-up.

Townshend became inspired by “Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock”, the title of The Who’s unreleased 1972 autobiographical album and in autumn that year began writing material, while the group put out unreleased recordings including “Join Together” and “Relay” to keep themselves in the public eye. In the meantime, bassist John Entwistle released his second solo album, Whistle Rymes, singer Roger Daltrey worked on solo material, and Keith Moon featured as a drummer in the film That’ll Be The Day.

Townshend had met up with “Irish” Jack Lyons, one of the original Who fans, which gave him the idea of writing a piece that would look back on the group’s history and its audience. He created the character of Jimmy from an amalgamation of six early fans of the group, including Lyons, and gave the character a four-way split personality, which led to the album’s title (a play on schizophrenia). Unlike other Who albums, Townshend insisted on composing the entire work, though he purposefully made the initial demos sparse and incomplete so the other group members could contribute to the finished arrangement.

In the liner notes for the Who’s 1974 rarities collection Odds & Sods, Townshend said, “I had an idea once for a new album about the history of The Who called “Rock Is Dead—Long Live Rock.” That idea later blossomed into Quadrophenia.”

Interesting stuff, yeah?

Next up are two good covers by two really good “hair bands”:

Hair of the Dog – Guns ‘n Roses do a cover of the classic Nazareth song

Almost Cut My Hair – a cover of CSNY’s song by Queensryche

This next song almost counts as fitting the theme. The word hair isn’t in the title but it is in the lyrics. …”I’ve lost a few more hairs, I think I’m going bald…”

I Think I’m Going Bald by Rush – This song is on Caress of Steel, the third studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1975. The album showcases the band’s continued evolution to hard progressive rock as opposed to the blues-based hard rock style of the band’s first album.

“I Think I’m Going Bald” was written for Canadian rocker Kim Mitchell, who at the time was frontman of the band Max Webster and a close friend of the members of Rush. According to the book Contents Under Pressure, it was also inspired by the song “Goin’ Blind” by Kiss, whom Rush had frequently been an opening act for in their earlier years.

Now for a bit of a jarring juxtaposition: How about we finish out with a few old-timers. Anyone remember these? (All three of these songs have made me cry while putting this post together, I think primarily because of my current emotional state and from being smacked hard by the reality of what aging truly looks like and how cruel time can be to one’s body, mind and spirit. God help us all!)

You Comb Her Hair by George Jones – “You Comb Her Hair” is a song by George Jones. It was released as a single in 1963 and reached #5 on the Billboard country singles chart. Written by Hank Cochran and Harlan Howard, the song is an ode of love and devotion from a father to his daughter, and was typical of Jones’s releases during this period. In a 1994 article by Nick Tosches for the Texas Monthly, Jones confessed that he regarded the early sixties as his finest period, stating, “We did a lot of the pure country then.” Johnny Cash recorded the song for his 1966 album Happiness Is You.

That Silver Haired Daddy of Mine by The Everly Brothers – “That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine” was the first hit song of American cowboy entertainer Gene Autry, a duet with fellow railroad man, Jimmy Long, which Autry and Long co-wrote. Written and recorded in 1931, the single achieved greatest popularity in 1935 on Vocalion 02991, selling 5 million copies. It was featured in the 1935 Western films Tumbling Tumbleweeds and The Phantom Empire.

The lyrics are addressed to the elderly father of the narrator; they wish to repay him for the trouble they have caused him.

The song was covered by The Everly Brothers on their 1958 album Songs Our Daddy Taught Us and by Simon & Garfunkel on their albums Old Friends and Live 1969.

FUN FACT: On the children’s show, Sesame Street, Herry Monster sings a song called “Furry Blue Mommy of Mine”, which shows just how much he appreciates and loves his mother. This song is a parody of “That Silver Haired-Daddy of Mine”.

Snow In His Hair by Johnny Cash“Snow In His Hair” appeared for the first time on Hymns by Johnny Cash, the fifth album and first gospel album of Johnny Cash. The album was produced in 1958 and was then officially released in 1959. Cash said he left Sun Records because Sam Phillips wouldn’t let him record the gospel songs he’d grown up with. Columbia Records promised him to release an occasional gospel album; this was a success for him to record. This album was Cash’s first and most popular gospel album, and is an example of traditional hymns set to country gospel music. The album was recorded simultaneously with The Fabulous Johnny Cash.

Well, that’s a wrap for this one. Were any of your favorite Hair songs included above? What others can you think of? (there are TONS!)

Thanks for hanging out with me here. Rock on and May you all have great hair days this week…

And don’t forget: Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and Colette of Jamerican Spice and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

 

Hey, I’m Back! BATTLE OF THE BANDS – Goin’ Out of My Head

Wow, it’s been a minute or two since I’ve participated in the Battle of the Bands! I’m coming off of a fairly lengthy blogging hiatus. I don’t even know how long it’s been. It’s been so long that Stephen said he didn’t think I was ever coming back! Well, what do they say? You can’t keep a good rock & roll woman down…

I’m thrilled to be back with all of you and will look forward to making the rounds. Just know that it may take me a few days to get around to everyone as my Mom is having brain surgery this week. We just found out about it today, it was completely unexpected and we’re pretty freaked out. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

     [UPDATE 5/15: I talked to the neurosurgeon this morning and they don’t want to rush into surgery until the cardiac team evaluates her current heart condition. As many of you know she has been having cardiac issues since her valve replacement and repair surgery in 2016. So there will be a team of specialists working to determine the best course of action, being that the surgery is a major one (6-8 hours) and they need to have all the vital information and test results before proceeding. The evaluation probably won’t be finished until the end of this week. I will keep you posted but please continue to keep her in your thoughts and prayers if you are so inclined. Thank you all.]

As luck would have it, I already had this battle post queued up to publish on the 15th. So here it is:

First, a quick refresher: BATTLE OF THE BANDS (BOTB) is where you listen to different recordings of the same song and vote for the one you like best. A new Battle gets posted on the 15th of each month (and some participants also do battles on the 1st of each month as well), and voting stays open for six days. You vote by leaving your choice in the Comment section below. Voting closes at midnight on the 21st, I place my own vote, tally them all up and announce the winner on the 22nd.

For my comeback battle, I’m tying into my theme for the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop: Songs with Body Parts in the Title. The first in my “Rock & Roll Head to Toe” series posted on Monday and features songs with the word HEAD in the title. (Click here if you’d like to check it out. There is some really great music in my playlist).

Today’s battle is veering a little off the rock & roll vibe and instead going mellow with one of my favorite R&B ‘Head’ songs, “Goin’ Out of My Head” by Little Anthony and the Imperials.  

Little Anthony and the Imperials is an American rhythm and blues/soul vocal group from New York City founded by Clarence Collins in the 1950s and named in part for its lead singer, Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine, who was noted for his high-pitched voice. In addition to Collins and Gourdine, the original Imperials included Ernest Wright, Glouster “Nate” Rogers, and Tracey Lord, the last two of whom were subsequently replaced by Samuel “Sammy” Strain. The group was one of the very few doo-wop groups to enjoy sustained success on the R&B and pop charts throughout the 1960s. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, 23 years after the group’s first year of eligibility for induction.

“Goin’ Out of My Head” is a song written by Teddy Randazzo and Bobby Weinstein, initially recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials in 1964. Randazzo, a childhood friend of the group, wrote the song especially for them (having also supplied the group with their previous Top 20 Hit “I’m on the Outside (Looking In)”.

Their original version of the song was a Billboard Top 10 Pop hit, reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #1 in the Canadian RPM-list in 1965. The song peaked at #8 on Cashbox magazine’s R&B chart (Billboard was in a chart recess for R&B listings at that time). The Little Anthony & the Imperials original recording is the best-known version of the song, although it has since been covered by many other artists.

Here is the original for your reference and enjoyment only. It is NOT part of the battle, so don’t vote for this one!

 

HERE’S TODAY’S BATTLE! The battle for this song features covers done by these two groups:

CONTENDER #1: THE ZOMBIES – The Zombies, an English rock band formed in 1962 led by keyboardist and vocalist Rod Argent and vocalist Colin Blunstone, released their cover of Goin’ Out of My Head in 1966 on their album called The Original Studio Recordings, Vol. 3.

 

CONTENDER #2: CLASSICS IV – The Classics IV is a band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1965. The band is often credited for establishing the “soft southern rock” sound. The band, led by singer Dennis Yost, is known mainly for the hits “Spooky”, “Stormy”, and “Traces”, released 1967 to 1969, which have become cover standards. Their cover of Goin’ Out of My Head appeared on the Classics IV 1968 album Spooky.

 

TIME TO VOTE! Which versions do you like better and why? Tell me in the Comment section below.

When you’re done voting, please visit these other BOTB participants and check out their cool battles:

Thanks for your participation and your votes! Voting will be open until midnight on the 21st and I’ll post results on the 22nd or shortly thereafter. Until then, Rock On my friends…

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me: ROCK & ROLL HEAD TO TOE! (#4M #MMMM)

It’s Monday and that means it’s time for MUSIC! Even more cool for me is that I’m this month’s Honorary Co-Host for Monday’s Music Moves Me blog-hop and I picked this week’s theme: Songs with Body Parts in the Title (or Songs About Body Parts).

You know I’ve been out of the game for a little while. But I haven’t lost my love of doing a 4M Series. Surprise, surprise, right? I know, quit rolling your eyes. This will be fun. I hope. When I picked this theme I had no idea there were so many dang song titles that included body parts! Well, you know me, I just couldn’t do this theme justice without exploring the entire body.

So let’s get busy with the music portion of our program and kick off the

ROCK & ROLL HEAD TO TOE SERIES!

with the initial installment: SONGS WITH HEAD IN THE TITLE.

Note: Of course most of the series will be rock (mainly in the Classic Rock genre) but there may be a few other genres making an appearance here or there over the coming weeks.

The following playlist features some of my favorite HEAD songs.

Hold Your Head Up by Argent

Head Games by Foreigner

Can’t Get It Out of My Head by ELO

Going Out of My Head by Little Anthony & the Imperials

Head Over Heels by Tears for Fears

Head Over Heels by the Go-Go’s

Head Over Feet by Alanis Morrisette

Over My Head by Fleetwood Mac

Reefer Headed Woman by Aerosmith

High Head Blues by the Black Crowes

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose by Ratt

Headlong by Queen

My Head Hurts, My Feet Stink and I Don’t Love Jesus by Jimmy Buffet

Voice In My Head by the Dixie Chicks

The Whole World Lost Its Head by the Go-Go’s

World Inside My Head by Sister Hazel

Head Above Water by Hall & Oates (Daryl Hall & John Oates)

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head by B.J. Thomas

Hard-Headed Woman by Cat Stevens

Ain’t That a Kick in the Head by Dean Martin

Heads Carolina, Tails California by Jo Dee Messina

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner by Warren Zevon

I Hung My Head by Johnny Cash

I Hung My Head by Sting

I hope you enjoy my HEAD playlist. What are your favorite HEAD songs?

I’ll continue with other body parts over the next few freebie posts.

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and Colette of Jamerican Spice and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

 

 

 

Monday’s Music Moves Me – Spotlighting the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

Wow, it feels weird jumping right back into a blog hop after having been MIA for so many months. Life has been challenging these last few months, in so many ways, and one of these days I might do a post about it all. But before anything, I want to say how much I’m looking forward to reconnecting with all of you. I’ve missed you guys! And please don’t take my absence and my lack of visits to your blogs personally; I didn’t visit anybody. I may have dropped in once or twice to a couple of folks but essentially I was completely off the blogging grid.

I was so off the grid that when I was tweaking some of my pages the other day I literally forgot how to do things, like work with theme menus and even —shocking! —- I had to do a refresher on creating a YouTube playlist! Talk about coming out of the fog!

Anyway, I’m excited that May is my month to be guest co-host and conductor to the Monday’s Music Moves Me hop. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers over this time and especially thank you to those who dropped in to check on me and say hi with an email or Facebook message. I truly appreciated those connections.

I’m going to ease back into this slowly, for my own sanity (and probably to the relief of many of you out there!) 😆 So let’s do this already!

This first Monday in May is a 4M Freebie, meaning there is no specific theme to follow and we can present any kind of music we want.

I was channel-surfing the other night and happened upon HBO which was airing the 34TH ANNUAL ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONYNaturally that stopped me in my tracks and I watched and enjoyed the whole thing. During the show I decided to feature the 2019 Inductees for my Freebie feature.

In case you missed it, this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn NY on March 29th. For those who may not be familiar, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on the shore of Lake Erie, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was established on April 20, 1983, by Ahmet Ertegun, founder and chairman of Atlantic Records. In 1986, Cleveland was chosen as the Hall of Fame’s permanent home. (On a side note, my favorite Sirius XM Radio station, Classic Vinyl, (channel 26) is broadcast live 24/7 from the R&R Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Having spent a number of years of my career working in radio (at stations in Washington DC and Austin, Texas), whenever I hear the on-air personalities mention where they are broadcasting from, I always think how cool it would be to work for a radio station located inside the R&R Hall of Fame! That’s some major atmosphere there.)

This year’s inductees are, in no particular order:

• The Cure

• Def Leppard

• Janet Jackson

• Stevie Nicks

• Radiohead

• Roxy Music

• The Zombies

The show was quite good, with several decent performances and some interesting and inspiring acceptance speeches. You can find many of them on YouTube. I’m including the one that impressed me the most, mainly because I learned something about one of the band members that I was surprised I didn’t know already. More on that later.

My playlist today features my favorite songs by the 2019 Inductee artists. I hope you enjoy it. Without further ado, here is some great rock and roll for your listening pleasure. It’s a long playlist so you can just hit Play All and listen to great songs by these inductees or go through the list and pick out which ones you want to hear. There are some neat videos too so be sure to check them out. As far as the videos goes, I’m curious to find out which is your favorite.

 

That was some great rock and roll, no? You can find the performances from the Induction Ceremony event online. There are lots of YouTube videos of the various performances and speeches from that night. Here’s the induction speech that I liked best, from lead singer Joe Elliot of Def Leppard. Below is the entire speech and it’s really good, particularly starting at the 5:00 minute mark, when Joe talks about the band’s rise to success, the tragedies endured and the strength and loyalty that kept them together all these years. It gave me a whole new appreciation of Def Leppard.

As to what I didn’t already know about this group: I noticed while Def Leppard was performing during the ceremony that the drummer, Rick Allen, didn’t have his left arm.  Then his car accident that caused the loss was referenced in Joe’s speech. The accident happened at the end of 1984 and I wondered how in the world I hadn’t heard about that news, being so tapped into rock as I was back then. But that was also the month that I graduated from college and was preoccupied with moving from Ohio back to my home in Niagara Falls. I was curious so I dug around online for some info and found some fabulous interviews with Rick Allen after his accident and recovery. His story is beyond inspirational.

The basic facts of the accident (per Wikipedia):

On the afternoon of 31 December 1984, Allen was involved in a car accident with his then-girlfriend Miriam Barendsen on the A57 road in the countryside a few miles west of Sheffield.While trying to pass another car at a high speed, he lost control of his Corvette C4, which hit a dry stone wall and entered a field. He was thrown from the car because his seatbelt had been improperly fastened, causing his left arm to be severed. His girlfriend suffered head, neck and spine injuries from severe whiplash. Doctors initially reattached Allen’s arm, but because of an infection, it had to be re-amputated. His right shoulder was also severely broken in the accident.

There is a good series of interviews with Rick talking about his accident, the devastation of a drummer losing an arm and how that might surely be the end of his career and his place in the band, but how he overcame it and continued to play drums using his left foot as a substitute for his missing limb. It’s really incredible so if you’re interested in seeing the 3-part interview video series, here they are:

Fighting Back, Part 1:

Fighting Back, Part 2:

Fighting Back, Part 3:

 

So that’s it from this end. Thanks for letting me come back into the group and kick off my comeback as your 4M conductor/co-host for the month of May. Next week will be my theme of songs about body parts (or with body parts in the title). Hope to see you for that. And I’m looking forward to making the rounds this week to check out your Freebie posts and to reconnect with you all.

Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by Marie of X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Cathy of Curious as a Cathy and Stacy of Stacy Uncorked and Colette of Jamerican Spice and Alana of Ramblin’ with AM. Be sure to stop by and visit the hosts and the other participants listed below:

 

Battle of the Sexes BOTB RESULTS: Do You Know What I Mean?

It’s December 1st, typically a day when new battles are featured but since the last two weeks have been insane in my life, I’m just now getting to present my Battle of the Sexes Results from the November mid-month battle.

The championship round in the Battle of the Sexes for the cover of Lee Michaels’ 1971 hit “Do You Know What I Mean” had Kevin Naquin & the Ossun Playboys in the male corner up against Genya Ravan in the female corner.

Both came out swinging but you know how it goes, there’s only one winner in this battle. And although Genya Ravan gave it her all (she earned my vote too), the majority of folks preferred the male vocals for this song, giving the win to Kevin Naquin and those Ossun Playboys. 

The final tally was 4 votes for Genya and 7 votes for Kevin.

But one thing was apparent: most everyone agrees with me that no matter how good the cover, no one does it better than the original, Lee Michaels.

I found this fabulous video on YouTube of Lee playing live on a short-lived TV show called the “Faberge Album of the Month”. Does anyone remember that show? I never heard of it but when I did a search, I discovered the announcement of the show development in a February 1971 issue of Billboard, an industry trade magazine. The blurb as published read:

Hughes TV Series to Feature Acts

A series of television specials, which will feature top contemporary recording artists and their hit LPs, will kick off on the Hughes Sports Network late in March. Jackie Barnett, president of Dawn Productions, Inc, a newly formed television production company, will put together the series in association with Faberge. The TV series will be titled the “Faberge Album of the Month.”

Plans call for the development of ten “Faberge Album of the Month” specials to be simulcast in 140 top markets via the Hughes Sports Network.“Each half-hour special,” Barnett said, “will delve into the performance of the artist’s music as well as probe into the personal motivation and musical attitudes of various artists.

The first major artists signed for their own half-hour special are Steppenwolf, Three Dog Night, Dave Mason and Mama Cass.

(Source: Billboard, Feb 6, 1971 issue, page 24)

Lee Michaels appeared on the show in August of 1971 and the video includes performances as well as interview clips and other cool tidbits about him, like his love of big cats, complete with footage of him with several of his beautiful Siberian Mountain Tigers! The battle song can be found at the 8:50 mark on the video.

In case this video doesn’t embed, here is the direct link to it on YouTube.

As always, thanks for participating in my battle. As previously mentioned, I’m going to go on a temporary blog hiatus for a few months…and a temporary life hiatus, if all goes as planned…

But I will make the rounds and vote in all of your December 1st battles. So see you soon!

Rock on, my friends…

Peace and love always…