W is for Wild Cherry, War, the Who and Warren Zevon!

DISCLAIMER THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2015 PAGES:

Welcome to the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time now and the A-Z Challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve compiled stories, trivia, research, music videos and live concert footage on all the bands and musical artists who have been important to me over the years, especially during my youthful years in the 60s and 70s. At first glance, the posts may seem long – and some of them are due to the number of videos included – but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, see or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and listen to the great music that you’ll find here. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! In addition to individual songs, there are some full albums here for those who may want to enjoy some music while they’re surfing or working. I hope you find that the stories are entertaining, the information educational and the trivia interesting. It would be a tremendous honor if you would bookmark the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life as a resource for great music and music information! Now, let’s get started with…

 

Because I’m in a disco kind of mood –which doesn’t happen very often- I’ll start this letter off with Wild Cherry.

W is for Wild Cherry Wild Cherry was an American funk-rock band best known for their 1976 hit Play That Funky Music. The song ended up being a number one hit but that was the only hit the band ever had. Their subsequent singles and albums failed to chart. I guess you could say they were a One Hit Wonder, right? It’s a shame too, because they had some serious momentum going after Play That Funky Music:

From Wikipedia: “”Play That Funky Music” became a huge hit when released in 1976, peaking at number one on both the Billboard R&B and pop charts. Both the single and Wild Cherry’s self-titled debut album went platinum. “Play That Funky Music” was No. 1 on the Billboard charts for 3 weeks. The band was named Best Pop Group of the Year by Billboard, and received an American Music Award for Top R&B Single of the Year, as well as a pair of Grammy nominations for Best New Vocal Group and Best R&B Performance by a Group or Duo that year, adding to their success.”

Here’s Wild Cherry performing the hit Play That Funky Music on the Midnight Special in 1976:

 

 

 

W is for War – “War (originally called Eric Burdon and War) is an American funk band from California, known for the hit songs “Low Rider”, “Spill the Wine”, “Summer”, “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”, “The Cisco Kid”, and “The World Is a Ghetto”. Formed in 1969, War was a musical crossover band which fused elements of rock, funk, jazz, Latin, rhythm and blues, and reggae. The band also transcended racial and cultural barriers with a multi-ethnic line-up.

Although War’s lyrics are often socio-political in nature, their music usually had a laid-back, California funk vibe. A particular feature of War’s sound is the use of harmonica and saxophone playing melody lines in unison, sounding like a single instrument, for example in the melody of “Low Rider”.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Eric Burdon and War toured all over the US and Europe. Here’s a bit of trivia: “Their show at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London on September 18, 1970 is historically notable for being the very last public performance for Jimi Hendrix, who joined them onstage for the last 35 minutes of Burdon & War’s 2nd set; a day later he was dead.” Source: Wikipedia 

Low Rider – This is a fun low-rider video:

Cisco Kid – a 1973 performance on the Midnight Special:

Why Can’t We Be Friends? – Here’s a flashback video from the vault on VH1:

Spill the Wine – here’s a September 26, 1970 performance Live at the Beat Club:

Summer – I like this song, not only because it’s evokes images of summer but the lyrics mention “Ridin’ around town with all your windows down, 8-track playing all your favorite sounds” – that was me over a number of summers. My poor 8-track in my ’71 Monte Carlo got a workout for sure.

 

 

W is for The Who – I saw the Who in concert sometime in the late 80s or the early 90s. I can’t find my concert ticket stub. I may not have even had one. I worked at WCXR, Washington DC’s Classic Rock station and we were presenting the Who, made possible because the station’s owners decided it was worth it to buy out the stadiums in all the cities in which they had rock stations in order to be the concert presenter and give away tickets on-air to countless lucky listeners. WCXR literally bought every single seat in RFK Stadium just so we could say on air that “WCXR Brings You the Who”. How cool is that? If I am remembering correctly, I believe we also bought all the parking spaces so when people came to the show, they would pull up to park only to find out that WCXR had paid for their parking. I’m almost positive it was the Who concert that we did that for; if not we did it for some other concert at RFK. Yeah, I worked for a very cool radio station. While it was owned by two guys, that is. Once they sold to a corporation things really changed. No longer could decisions be made with a single phone call. That’s exactly how it went down with the Who concert. I think our Music Director came up with the idea and our station manager called the owners and said, “Hey, how about we spend a couple hundred thousand dollars and buy out every seat in RFK Stadium so we can be the concert presenter?” About an hour later the station’s owner calls back and says, It’s a Go. And by the way, we’re going to do it in Philadelphia and Detroit too!” Now that’s some powerful dudes with some big cash. Working for the station while they owned it was super fun. Then they sold their group of stations to a big radio conglomerate (Group W Radio) and everything changed. A simple request seemed to take an act of Congress, for God’s sake. There was always a lengthy chain of command and so many rules and regulations. It just got to me after a while. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not big on corporations…and I’m not big on rules either. I think rules are made to be bent. Not necessarily broken, but bent on occasion.

Anywho, I saw the Who. It was fun. So just who are The Who? “The Who is an English rock band that formed in 1964. Their classic line-up consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century…
The Who developed from an earlier group, the Detours, and established themselves as part of the pop art and mod movements, featuring auto-destructive art by destroying guitars and drums on stage. Their first single as the Who, “I Can’t Explain”, reached the UK top ten, followed by a string of singles including “My Generation”, “Substitute” and “Happy Jack”. In 1967, they performed at the Monterey Pop Festival and released the US top ten single “I Can See for Miles”, while touring extensively. The group’s fourth album, 1969’s rock opera Tommy, included the single “Pinball Wizard” and was a critical and commercial success. Live appearances at Woodstock and the Isle of Wight Festival, along with the live album Live at Leeds, cemented their reputation as a respected rock act. With their success came increased pressure on lead songwriter and visionary Townshend, and the follow-up to Tommy, Lifehouse, was abandoned. Songs from the project made up 1971’s Who’s Next, which included the hit “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. The group released the album Quadrophenia in 1973 as a celebration of their mod roots, and oversaw the film adaptation of Tommy in 1975. They continued to tour to large audiences before semi-retiring from live performances at the end of 1976. The release of Who Are You in 1978 was overshadowed by the death of Moon shortly after.

Kenney Jones replaced Moon and the group resumed activity, releasing a film adaptation of Quadrophenia and the retrospective documentary The Kids Are Alright. After Townshend became weary of touring, the group split in 1982. The Who occasionally re-formed for live appearances such as Live Aid in 1985, a 25th anniversary tour in 1989 and a tour of Quadrophenia in 1996. They resumed regular touring in 1999, with drummer Zak Starkey. After Entwistle’s death in 2002, plans for a new album were delayed. Townshend and Daltrey continued as the Who, releasing Endless Wire in 2006, and continued to play live regularly.

The Who’s major contributions to rock music include the development of the Marshall stack, large PA systems, use of the synthesizer, Entwistle and Moon’s lead playing styles, and the development of the rock opera. They are cited as an influence by several hard rock, punk rock and mod bands, and their songs still receive regular exposure.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Here are 20 of my favorite Who songs! :

Baba O’Riley – How many people thought the name of this song was “Teenage Wasteland”? I did. I even got into an argument over it. I used to be so hard-headed! I’ve learned along the way that it’s okay to be wrong and it’s okay to admit that you don’t know something. I still don’t get why the song is called Baba O’Riley though…

(Wikipedia says “the title of the song is derived from the combination of the song’s philosophical and musical influences, Meher Baba and Terry Riley.”) So, there you go…

From the Classic Rock Hits YouTube channel, here’s the official Baba O’Riley video:

Bargain – here’s a lyric video:

Getting In Tune – a great photo-montage video:

Going Mobile – another photo-montage video:

Behind Blue Eyes – Live December 28th, 1979 at Hammersmith Odeon, London

Won’t Get Fooled Again

I Can’t Explain – Here’s a great video of the early Who:

I Can See for Miles – a 1968 performance from Melody Varieties

Pinball Wizard – from 1975’s movie Tommy, featuring Elton John. Pinball Wizard was featured on the Who’s 1969 rock opera album Tommy. The original recording was released as a single in 1969 and reached No. 4 in the UK charts and No. 19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100:

Magic Bus

I’m Free – Live in 1977:

The Seeker – from 1970:

See Me, Feel Me – Live at Woodstock, 1969

Join Together

Love Reign Over Me – from the Live Aid concert, introduced by Jack Nicholson:

Squeeze Box –  photo-montage video:

Slip Kid – a lyrics video:

Who Are You

You Better You Bet – music video with an MTV promo lead-in

Eminence Front – a VH1 Classic video:

 

W is for Warren Zevon – (January 24, 1947 – September 7, 2003) “Warren Zevon was an American rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was known for the dark and somewhat outlandish sense of humor in his lyrics.

Zevon’s work has often been praised by well-known musicians, including Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young. His best-known compositions include “Werewolves of London”, “Lawyers, Guns and Money”, “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” and “Johnny Strikes Up the Band”, all of which are featured on his third album, Excitable Boy.” (1978 album produced by Jackson Browne and guitarist Waddy Wachtel).

Werewolves of London:

Zevon was a regular guest on the David Letterman show. Here he performs two songs on the show in 1988:

Trouble and Lawyers, Guns & Money

“In interviews, Zevon described a lifelong phobia of doctors and said he seldom received medical assessment. Shortly before playing at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in 2002, he started feeling dizzy and developed a chronic cough. After a period of suffering with pain and shortness of breath, Zevon was encouraged by his dentist to see a physician; he was diagnosed with inoperable peritoneal mesothelioma (cancer of the abdominal lining that is associated with exposure to asbestos). Although Zevon never revealed where he may have been exposed to asbestos, his son Jordan suggests that it came from Zevon’s childhood, playing in the attic of his father’s carpet store in Arizona. Refusing treatments he believed might incapacitate him, Zevon instead began recording his final album, The Wind, which includes guest appearances by close friends including Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Jackson Browne, Timothy B. Schmit, Joe Walsh, David Lindley, Billy Bob Thornton, Emmylou Harris, Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam, and others. At the request of the music television channel VH1, documentarian Nick Read was given access to the sessions; his cameras documented a man who retained his mordant sense of humor, even as his health was deteriorating over time.

On October 30, 2002, Zevon was featured on the Late Show with David Letterman as the only guest for the entire hour. The band played “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead” as his introduction. Zevon performed several songs and spoke at length about his illness. Zevon had been a frequent guest and occasional substitute bandleader on Letterman’s television shows since Late Night was first broadcast in 1982. He noted, “I might have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years.” It was during this broadcast that, when asked by Letterman if he knew something more about life and death now, he first offered his oft-quoted insight on dying: “Enjoy every sandwich.” He also took time to thank Letterman for his years of support, calling him “the best friend my music’s ever had”. For his final song of the evening, and his final public performance, Zevon performed “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” at Letterman’s request. In the green room after the show, Zevon presented Letterman with the guitar that he always used on the show, with a single request: “Here, I want you to have this, take good care of it.”

The day after Zevon’s death, Letterman paid tribute to Zevon by replaying his performance of “Mutineer” from his last appearance. The Late Show band played Zevon’s songs throughout the night.

Zevon stated previously that his illness was expected to be terminal within months after the diagnosis in the fall of 2002; however, he lived to see the birth of twin grandsons in June 2003 and the release of The Wind on August 26, 2003. Owing in part to the first VH1 broadcasts of Nick Read’s documentary Warren Zevon: Keep Me In Your Heart, the album reached number 12 on the US charts, Zevon’s highest placement since Excitable Boy. When his diagnosis became public, Zevon told the media that he just hoped to live long enough to see the next James Bond movie, a goal he accomplished.

Warren Zevon died on September 7, 2003, aged 56, at his home in Los Angeles, California. The Wind was certified gold by the RIAA in December 2003 and Zevon received five posthumous Grammy nominations, including Song of the Year for the ballad “Keep Me In Your Heart”. The Wind won two Grammys, with the album itself receiving the award for Best Contemporary Folk Album, while “Disorder in the House”, Zevon’s duet with Bruce Springsteen, was awarded Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal. These posthumous awards were the first Grammys of Zevon’s thirty-plus year career.” (Source: Wikipedia; much more about his life and career can be found here).

Keep Me In Your Heart (for a While): taken from the documentary  about the achievement of his latest album “The Wind”, 2003. Keep Me In Your Heart: Written by Warren Zevon & Jorge Calderón

 

That’s it for the Letter W. So tell us, who are your favorite bands or music artists that begin with W? 

P is for Percy Sledge, Peter Frampton, Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Pure Prairie League, Paul McCartney, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Police, The Pretenders, Procol Harum, Prince, Paul Simon, Pat Benatar, Patti Smith, Patti Labelle, Peaches & Herb, Poison and Pink Floyd!!! Wowsa!

DISCLAIMER THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2015 PAGES:

Welcome to the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time now and the A-Z Challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve compiled stories, trivia, research, music videos and live concert footage on all the bands and musical artists who have been important to me over the years, especially during my youthful years in the 60s and 70s. At first glance, the posts may seem long – and some of them are due to the number of videos included – but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, see or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and listen to the great music that you’ll find here. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! In addition to individual songs, there are some full albums here for those who may want to enjoy some music while they’re surfing or working. I hope you find that the stories are entertaining, the information educational and the trivia interesting. It would be a tremendous honor if you would bookmark the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life as a resource for great music and music information! Now, let’s get started with…

Wowsa! HUGE LETTER, P!

Let’s start with P is for Percy Sledge (1941-2015) – We lost an all-time great this week. Legendary singer Percy Sledge died this week (Tuesday, April 14, 2015) at his home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From Huffington Post:

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (AP) — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74.

His family said in a statement released through his manager, Mark Lyman, that he died “peacefully” at his home in Baton Rouge after a yearlong struggle with cancer. The cause of death was liver failure, Lyman said.

A No. 1 hit in 1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman” was Sledge’s debut single, an almost unbearably heartfelt ballad with a resonance he never approached again. Few singers could have. Its mood set by a mournful organ and dirge-like tempo, “When a Man Loves a Woman” was for many the definitive soul ballad, a testament of blinding, all-consuming love haunted by fear and graced by overwhelming emotion.

The song was a personal triumph for Sledge, who seemed on the verge of sobbing throughout the production, and a breakthrough for Southern soul. It was the first No. 1 hit from the burgeoning Muscle Shoals music scene in northern Alabama, where Aretha Franklin and the Rolling Stones among others would record, and the first gold record for Atlantic Records…”

In tribute to the great Percy Sledge, here he is performing When A Man Loves A Woman:

 

Rest in Peace Percy Sledge. Thank you for your soulful contributions.

 

P is for Peter Frampton – I’m starting with Peter Frampton because that was one of my earliest concerts. Not my first but probably my second or third. Peter Frampton concert ticket stubI saw him at the Niagara Falls Convention Center and Rick Derringer opened up for him, and Golden Earring opened for Derringer. I remember having floor seats and being all dreamy over Frampton’s hair at the time! He had just released his international breakthrough live album “Frampton Comes Alive!”  Selling more than six million copies in the US alone, the album yielded several hits, including my favorites Do You Feel Like We Do and Baby, I Love Your Way.

Frampton, born in the UK, started young. At age 12 he was already playing in a band. He went to school with David Bowie and the two would sit together at lunch breaks and play Buddy Holly songs, according to history reported at Wikipedia. “At the age of 14, Peter was playing with a band called The Trubeats followed by a band called The Preachers, produced and managed by Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones.

He became a successful child singer, and in 1966 he became a member of The Herd. He was the lead guitarist and singer, scoring several British pop hits. Frampton was named “The Face of 1968” by teen magazine Rave.” At 18 (in 1969), Frampton joined with Steve Marriot to form the band Humble Pie. After 4 studio albums and one live album, he left Humble Pie to strike out on his own with a solo career in 1971. Although he worked diligently, he saw little commercial success until 1976 when Frampton Comes Alive came out. His use of the Talk Box effects unit in Do You Feel Like We Do and Show Me the Way captured my attention and that’s when I discovered him.

Do You Feel Like We Do: Here’s Frampton performing the full version of the song on Burt Sugarman’s the Midnight Special in 1975.

 

Show Me the Way: also from the 1975 appearance on the Midnight Special.

 

Baby, I Love Your Way: In 2011, Frampton, with a lot less hair, embarked on a world tour celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the release of Frampton Comes Alive!

I’m in You – videoclip from 1977:

 

P is for Procol Harum – an English rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock. Their best-known recording is their 1967 hit single “A Whiter Shade of Pale”, which is considered a classic of popular music and is one of the few singles to have sold over 10 million copies. (Source: Wikipedia)

A Whiter Shade of Pale  (1967):

 

P is for The Pretenders – The Pretenders are an English-American rock band formed in England in 1978 with front-woman Chrissie Hynde (lead vocals and rhythm guitar). I wasn’t a huge Pretenders fan, per se, but a few songs I really like and one in particular has special meaning for me. My City Was Gone is that song. Originally appearing in October of 1982 as the B-side to Back on the Chain Gang, the song is about Chrissie Hynde’s hometown of Akron, Ohio. “The song was written by Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde and reflected her growing interest in environmental and social concerns; the lyrics take the form of an autobiographical lament with the singer returning to her childhood home of Ohio and discovering that rampant development and pollution had destroyed the “pretty countryside” of her youth. The song makes a number of specific references to places in and around Akron, Ohio including South Howard Street (line 5), and the historic center of Akron, which was leveled to make way for an urban plaza with three skyscrapers and two parking decks (line 8).” (Source: Wikipedia)

The reason it resonates with me is that when it came out I was living in Ohio at the time, attending Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH. The song was getting a lot of airplay and my friends back home were telling me that every time they heard the song, they thought of me. It also deeply resembled what had happened to Youngstown at the time too, formerly a thriving steel-mill industry closed down and left the city in the depths of despair and depression. During the time I was there, the city was experiencing a startling 13% unemployment rate.

Another interesting tidbit about this song: Rush Limbaugh was using it for his radio talk show! I’ll start off by saying that I absolutely detest, abhor, HATE Rush Limbaugh. He is right-wing radical loudmouth who makes my skin crawl every time I hear his voice! That being said, he deserves mention here because of his use of Chrissie Hynde’s song. Taken from Wikipedia, here is the story:

“The opening bass riff from this song “was something that Tony Butler used to play just as a warm-up,” said Steve Churchyard, the engineer for the record. It has been used as the opening theme ‘bumper’ for Rush Limbaugh’s popular American talk radio program since 1984 during his days at KFBK in Sacramento, California. Even though he didn’t use the lyrics, Limbaugh said in 2011 he chose it because of the irony of a conservative using such an anti-conservative song, though he mainly liked its “unmistakable, totally recognizable bass line.” In 1999, Rolling Stone magazine reported that, according to Hynde’s manager, Limbaugh had neither licensed the song nor asked permission to use it. According to Rolling Stone, EMI took action after Limbaugh told a pair of reporters in 1997 that “it was icing on the cake that it was [written by] an environmentalist, animal rights wacko and was an anti-conservative song. It is anti-development, anti-capitalist and here I am going to take a liberal song and make fun of [liberals] at the same time.” EMI issued a cease and desist request that Limbaugh stop using the song, which he did. When Hynde found out during a radio interview, she said her parents loved and listened to Limbaugh and she did not mind its use. A usage payment was agreed upon which she donates to PETA. She later wrote to the organization saying, “In light of Rush Limbaugh’s vocal support of PETA’s campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency’s foolish plan to test some 3,000 chemicals on animals, I have decided to allow him to keep my song, ‘My City Was Gone’, as his signature tune…”

And here is that fabulous song, which I can listen to over and over and over again!

 

P is for Pat Benatar As a woman, I am a big supporter of female artists. Pat Benatar is a powerhouse female artist! In fact, she was the first female artist to play on MTV, with her hit single You Better Run.

Pat Benatar (born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski in Brooklyn, NY) was an Army wife, marrying her high school sweetheart Dennis Benatar. She worked as a bank teller near Richmond, VA, where her husband was then stationed. In 1973, Benatar quit her job as a bank teller to pursue a singing career after being inspired by a Liza Minnelli concert she saw in Richmond! You can read about her career history at Wikipedia, but it was in 1979 that Benatar saw her first commercial hit with Heartbreaker. This video is Pat and her band on German television show “Rock Pop” during their first European tour. AIRDATE: March 1, 1980:

In August of 1980, Benatar released her album Crimes of Passion featuring her signature song, Hit Me with Your Best Shot. The album won her a first Grammy for “Best Female Rock Vocal Performance.” Here is Pat Benatar performing “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” live as the musical guest on the cult classic comedy show Fridays:

Also on that album was her controversial song Hell is for Children. She was inspired to write that song after reading a series of articles in the New York Times about child abuse in America. Here she is performing the song live at the New Haven Coliseum in 1982:

And Treat Me Right:

Her third album, Precious Time, was released in July of 1981. A month later it topped the Billboard US Top 200 LP charts in the No. 1 spot. It was also her first album to chart in the UK. The lead single, Fire and Ice, won her a second Grammy Award. Here’s the official music video of the song:

Also from Precious Time was her hit Promises in the Dark:

Shadows of the Night earned Benatar her third Grammy:

Love is a Battlefield came next, released in December 1983. Official music video:

Her next hit single, We Belong, was released in October of 1984 and because another Top 10 U.S. hit. Official music video:

In 1985, Benatar released her sixth studio album and her single Invincible (the theme from the movie The Legend of Billie Jean) garnered her a Grammy nomination.

Wow, is Pat Benatar a prolific artist or what??!!! She’s a powerhouse of talent and drive!

 

P is for Paul Revere and the Raiders Going back in time to showcase an American rock band whose main success was in the mid-60s and early 70s. My favorite song that reminds me of summer days back home when I was young is their platinum certified #1 hit single from 1971, Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian):

Kicks – Not sure what show this is from but it must be in the 60s as Kicks came out in 1966 and the show is in black and white. The dancing girls kinda crack me up! They are in need of some serious choreography! J

 

P is for Patti Smith

I was introduced to Patti Smith back in 1978 by my friend Joanne (God rest her sweet soul!) who had her album Horses. I was both intrigued and disturbed by the lyrics of the title track. It was poetic and dark, but very original. As stated in Wikipedia, Patti Smith ‘is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses. Called the “Godmother of Punk”, her work is a fusion of rock and poetry. Smith’s most widely known song is “Because the Night”, which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen and reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978.”

I do like her Because the Night but I’m most drawn to Horses and Gloria. I’ve listed a live performance of Gloria as well as the album version. The other song I like from the Horses album is Free Money. The below video is a fabulous performance of that song.

Horses – In 1975, the Patti Smith Group recorded their first album, Horses. This is the title track:

Gloria – performed live on April 22, 1979 – Patti Smith Group at Rockpalast TV (Germany):

Gloria – the album version:

Because the Night – as seen on Vh1 (1978)

Free Money – Live in Stockholm, 1976

Dancin’ Barefoot (from the Wave album) –

 

P is for Peter Gabriel – “is an English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian activist who rose to fame as the lead vocalist and flautist of the progressive rock band Genesis. After leaving Genesis, Gabriel went on to a successful solo career. His 1986 album, “So”, is his most commercially successful, and is certified triple platinum in the UK and five times platinum in the US. The album’s biggest hit, Sledgehammer, won a record nine MTV Awards at the 1987 MTV Video Music Awards. Sledgehammer remains the most played music video in the history of MTV.” (source: Wikipedia)

Big Time

Shock the Monkey

In Your Eyes

Games Without Frontiers

Red Rain

 

P is for Phil Collins – English singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor, Phil Collins gained fame as both drummer and lead vocalist for the rock group Genesis, and he gained worldwide fame as a solo artist. Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time, singing the lead vocals on dozens of hit albums and singles in the United Kingdom and the United States between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. … Collins joined Genesis in 1970 as the group’s drummer and became their lead vocalist in 1975 following the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel. His solo career, which was launched in 1981 and was heavily influenced by his personal life and soul music, brought both himself and Genesis greater commercial success. Collins’s total worldwide sales as a solo artist are 150 million. Collins has won numerous music awards throughout his career, including seven Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards—winning Best British Male three times, three American Music Awards, an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards and a Disney Legend Award in 2002 for his solo work. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Genesis in 2010. Collins was listed at number 22 in Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time,” number 10 in a countdown by Gigwise and number 9 by MusicRadar.

Collins is one of only three recording artists (along with Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson) who have sold over 100 million albums worldwide both as solo artists and (separately) as principal members of a band.” (source: Wikipedia)

Wow! Impressive. Here are my favorite Phil Collins solo hits:

Easy Lover – Music video with Philip Bailey and Phil Collins performing a duet of Easy Lover. (C) 1984 Sony BMG Music Entertainment

In the Air Tonight – official music video

Another Day in Paradise – Live at Montreaux 2004

I Don’t Care Anymore – official music video

Against All Odds – official music video- the song was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 movie of the same name, starring Rachel Ward, Jeff Bridges and James Woods. The song peaked at #1 in the Billboard Hot 100. This was a first number 1 hit for Phil Collins.

Sussudio –  official music video

One More Night – Phil Collins Live at the Reunion Arena in Dallas Texas during his 1985 No Jacket Required world tour! Performed on May 29th 1985.

Take Me Home – official music video

 

Obviously Genesis was indeed the genesis of the incredible solo careers for both Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel! Wow, prolific solo success for these men!

 

P is for Pure Prairie League (Does anyone else always have a hard time spelling ‘prairie’??) – Okay, if this next song comes on when I’m driving, I just have to hit the pedal, go a little faster, find some open highway and roll! Amie is one of those songs that instantly makes me feel free. It’s not necessarily the lyrics but the music itself that moves me to a place of freedom.  Here’s an extended version, with lyrics. You might not recognize the beginning because the extended version seldom gets airplay, but two minutes in, you’ll recognize the strum and harmonies. Crank it up!

Amie was PPL’s first hit and started charting in 1975. The band, formed in the mid-1960s, played many gigs, mainly throughout the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast. “As a result of their heavy schedule, particularly at colleges, their songs became well known; “Amie” (Craig Fuller’s ode to an on-again/off-again relationship), from the second album, became a particular favorite.

As “Amie” grew in popularity, radio stations began receiving requests for it. As a result, RCA re-released [the album] Bustin’ Out and issued “Amie” as a single in late 1974. It peaked at No. 27 on April 26, 1975, just as a minor bluegrass revival was underway on midwestern college campuses.” (Source: Wikipedia)

Although they didn’t achieve great worldwide success, they are still performing today.

 

P is for The Police – an English rock band formed in London in 1977, The Police, for most of their history, consisted of “Sting (lead vocals, bass), Andy Summers (guitar) and Stewart Copeland (drums). The Police became globally popular in the late 1970s and are generally regarded as one of the first new wave groups to achieve mainstream success, playing a style of rock that was influenced by punk, reggae, and jazz. They are also considered one of the leaders of the Second British Invasion of the US.

Here’s an interesting bit of trivia that I bet most people don’t realize:

“Prior to his days in the Police, Sting had spent time as a secondary school teacher for English and Mathematics, and his work with the band reflects a literary awareness. For example, material on the album Ghost in the Machine was inspired by the writings of Arthur Koestler, and the Police’s final studio album Synchronicity was influenced by the writings of Carl Jung. Sting also peppers his songs with literary allusions: the song “Don’t Stand So Close to Me” mentions Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita; the song “Tea in the Sahara” alludes to the novel The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles; and the song “Wrapped Around Your Finger” refers both to the sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis, from Greek mythology, and to Mephistopheles, from the German legend of Faust.” Who knew?!

Although I like quite a few Police songs, my favorite has to be Wrapped Around Your Finger:

Every Breath You Take – (“Synchronicity 1983”) – Live in Concert at Baseball Stadium Tokyo Dome 2008 Japan

Synchronicity II

Message in a Bottle – Live in Concert 2008 at the Tokyo Dome, Japan

Every Little Thing She Does is Magic (lyrics video):

Don’t Stand So Close to Me – music video (audio doesn’t start until a few seconds in):

So Lonely

 

P is for Paul Simon – Paul Simon is an American musician and singer/songwriter whose fame and influence began when he was part of the hit duo Simon & Garfunkel, which had formed in 1964 with his musical partner Art Garfunkel. Together they did three songs that reached No. 1 on the U.S. singles charts, with Paul Simon writing nearly all of the pair’s songs, including these three: The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson and Bridge Over Troubled Water. The pair split up in 1970 when they were at the height of their success and popularity and Simon went on to begin a solo career in which he recorded three critically acclaimed albums over the following five years.

In 1972, his first solo studio album, Paul Simon, was released. Simon experimented with world music with the Jamaican-inspired Mother and Child Reunion, “considered one of the first examples of reggae by a white musician.” (source: Wikipedia)

This is a fabulous video posted on YouTube by user L Chang (see it at http://youtu.be/IiMdkY_5Gfw). Here is what the poster said of the video: “People have posted many interesting and very plausible meanings of this song online. But IMHO nothing compares to this short film here. After all , Simon came up with the title after seeing a chicken and egg dish called “Mother and Child Reunion” on the menu at 456 restaurant in Chinatown, New York. At least, the Ostriches in the film are still alive. Enjoy.” (my sentiments exactly!)

Another Top 30 hit around that same time was his Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard: (this video is from 1992 however):

Simon’s next project was a pop-folk album called There Goes Rhymin’ Simon, released in May of 1973. His hit Kodachrome reached No. 2 in American charts that year.

Kodachrome (Simon & Garfunkel Live in Central Park, NY 1981)

Faring even better was his gospel-flavored Loves Me Like a Rock which topped the charts. Here’s Paul Simon with the Jesse Dixon Singers on the Dick Cavett Show (not sure of the year):

Simon’s third studio album was the highly anticipated Still Crazy After All These Years, released in October 1975. It was a departure in style as it was darker due to the fact that he wrote and recorded it during his divorce. The 18th Grammy Awards names it Album of the Year and named Paul Simon as Best Male Pop Vocal. The album included a Simon & Garfunkel reunion song, My Little Town, and the single on the album that reached the No. 1 spot at the top fo the charts, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover.

My Little Town:

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover performed live in 2000:

 

P is for Paul McCartney – Legendary member of the Beatles, McCartney went on to pursue and achieve a very successful solo career after the breakup of the Beatles. “Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999, McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2014 he has sold more than 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States. McCartney, Lennon, Harrison and Starr received MBEs in 1965, and in 1997, McCartney was knighted for his services to music.

McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rights, seal hunting, land mines, vegetarianism, poverty, and music education.”

My favorite McCartney songs are:

Maybe I’m Amazed

Live and Let Die

Band on the Run

Junior’s Farm – Paul McCartney & Wings performing Junior’s Farm at Abbey Road Studios in Westminster, London, England. Performed and recorded live on August 15th, 1974. Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney, Denny Laine, Jimmy McCulloch, Geoff Britton.

Jet – a One Hand Clapping rehearsal in 1974

Listen to What the Man Said

Let ‘em In – This song has particular significance for me since it started playing just as my greyhound Harry was making his transition. He was being euthanized by the vet at my house and I had music playing. This song played just as his heart stopped beating. It was perfect timing and I think not coincidental: I truly believe it was my angels letting me know that Harry had made it to his Heavenly home safe and sound. You can read more about Harry, his transition and the lyrics that spoke to me here. The video is a live version of the song from a 1976 concert (unknown location):

Silly Love Songs

Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey

 

P is for Patti Labelle – How about a little 70’s Disco? Here’s Patti Labelle doing her iconic disco song Lady Marmalade (performing in 1975):

And here she is, ten years later, in 1985 with her hit New Attitude (Music video by Patti LaBelle performing New Attitude. (C) 1984 Geffen Records):

 

P is for Peaches & Herb – a little more Disco for ya! Peaches & Herb performing Shake Your Groove Thing on an episode of Soul Train:

 

P is for Prince – I wasn’t particularly a huge Prince fan but I did see him in concert – in the same week that I also saw Michael Jackson in concert. Was such a fabulous comparison/contrast with the two pop artists! I don’t have my concert ticket stub because I was in a sky suite with one of the Washington, DC television stations. They treated a bunch of us media buyers to a night out. This was for Prince’s Sign “O” the Times Tour in 1987. My four favorite Prince songs are When Doves Cry, Purple Rain and Let’s Go Crazy and Raspberry Beret.

I did see the movie Purple Rain when it came out back in 1984. About the film, Wikipedia reports: “Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. Hence, the film contains several extended concert sequences. The film grossed more than US$80 million at the box office and became a cult classic. Purple Rain is the only feature film starring Prince that he did not direct. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, currently the last film to receive the award.”

When Doves Cry – Prince’s first #1 hit single from the Purple Rain album (click on link to be taken to When Doves Cry video)

Purple Rain (click on link to be taken to Purple Rain video)

Let’s Go Crazy  (click on link to be taken to Let’s Go Crazy video)

Raspberry Beret (click on link to be taken to Raspberry Beret video)

 

P is for Poison – Poison is considered an American glam metal band whose peak success ran from the mid-80s to the mid-90s. I’m not big on metal bands but Poison has a few great sing-along songs. Their Top 100 Number 1 hit is a favorite song of mine: Every Rose Has It’s Thorn

They have another song that is essentially my motto:

Nothin’ But A Good Time – Official Music video:

 

P is for PINK FLOYD – Let’s end this really long blog post on a mellow, mind-bending note. Kick back, smoke a doobie, put on some headphones and let Pink Floyd fill your head with their amazing sounds.

Here are three of my favorite Pink Floyd albums:

Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful album and one of the best-selling albums worldwide. “The Dark Side of the Moon is the eighth studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in March 1973. It built on ideas explored in the band’s earlier recordings and live shows, but lacks the extended instrumental excursions that characterised their work following the departure in 1968 of founder member, principal composer, and lyricist, Syd Barrett. The Dark Side of the Moon ’​s themes include conflict, greed, the passage of time, and mental illness, the latter partly inspired by Barrett’s deteriorating mental state. …

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The group used some of the most advanced recording techniques of the time, including multitrack recording and tape loops. Analogue synthesizers were given prominence in several tracks, and a series of recorded interviews with the band’s road crew and others provided the philosophical quotations used throughout…The album’s iconic sleeve, designed by Storm Thorgerson, features a prism that represents the band’s stage lighting, the record’s lyrical themes, and keyboardist Richard Wright’s request for a “simple and bold” design.” (Source: Wikipedia)

From Dark Side of the Moon:

Breathe, Speak to Me/Any Colour You Like  (click on the link to be taken to YouTube to hear the song)

Money  (click on the link to be taken to YouTube to hear the song)

 

Animals – “Animals is the tenth studio album by English progressive rock group Pink Floyd, released in January 1977. A concept album, it provides a scathing critique of the social-political conditions of late 1970s Britain, and presents a marked change in musical style from their earlier work. …

PinkFloyd-Animals album cover

Animals is the child of a Waters concept. Loosely based on George Orwell’s political fable Animal Farm, its lyrics describe various classes in society as different kinds of animals: the combative dogs, despotic ruthless pigs, and the “mindless and unquestioning herd” of sheep. Whereas the novella focuses on Stalinism, the album is a critique of capitalism and differs again in that the sheep eventually rise up to overpower the dogs. The album was developed from a collection of unrelated songs into a concept which, in the words of author Glenn Povey, “described the apparent social and moral decay of society, likening the human condition to that of mere animals”” (Source: Wikipedia)

Animals album – song: Pigs  (click on the link to be taken to YouTube to hear the song)

Animals album – song: Dogs (click on the link to be taken to YouTube to hear the song)

 

The Wall – “The Wall is the eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd. It is the last studio album released with the classic lineup of Gilmour, Waters, Wright and Mason before keyboardist Richard Wright left the band. Released as a double album on 30 November 1979, it was supported by a tour with elaborate theatrical effects, and adapted into a 1982 feature film, Pink Floyd – The Wall.

Pink Floyd - thewall

As with Pink Floyd’s previous three albums, The Wall is a concept album and explores themes of abandonment and personal isolation. The album is a rock opera that follows Pink, a character whom bassist and lyricist Roger Waters modelled after himself and the band’s original leader, Syd Barrett. Pink’s life begins with the loss of his father during the Second World War and continues with abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the breakdown of his marriage; all contribute to his eventual self-imposed isolation from society, represented by a metaphorical wall. Waters conceived the album during Pink Floyd’s 1977 In the Flesh Tour, when his frustration with the audience became so acute that he imagined a wall between the audience and the stage.

The Wall features a harsher and more theatrical style than Pink Floyd’s previous albums. Wright left the band during its production but remained as a salaried musician, performing with Pink Floyd during the Wall tour. The album was one of the best selling of 1980, and by 1999 it had sold over 23 million RIAA certified units (11.5 million albums) in the United States. Rolling Stone magazine placed The Wall at number 87 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”  (Source: Wikipedia)

The movie: “Pink Floyd – The Wall” is a 1982 British live-action/animated musical film directed by Alan Parker based on the 1979 Pink Floyd album The Wall about a confined rocker who’s driven into insanity and constructs a wall to be protected from the world around him. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters. The film is highly metaphorical and is rich in symbolic imagery and sound. It features very little dialogue and is mainly driven by the music of Pink Floyd. The film contains fifteen minutes of elaborate animation sequences by the political cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe.

This is a link to the movie on YouTube:

Pink Floyd-The Wall movie

Also available on YouTube are both discs of the full album. 

 

WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE ARTISTS OR BANDS THAT START WITH THE LETTER P? Who did I forget? Who would you have chosen? Please share in the comments section!

 

C is for Creedence Clearwater Revival, Charlie Daniels Band, Chicago, Cream, Crosby Stills & Nash, Collective Soul, The Cars and Chic!

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DISCLAIMER THAT APPEARS AT THE BEGINNING OF ALL A-Z 2015 PAGES:

Welcome to the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life! I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time now and the A-Z Challenge just seemed like the perfect opportunity. I’ve compiled stories, trivia, research, music videos and live concert footage on all the bands and musical artists who have been important to me over the years, especially during my youthful years in the 60s and 70s. At first glance, the posts may seem long – and some of them are due to the number of videos included – but it’s really laid out in a way that will enable you to scroll through and read, see or hear just what you want and then either move on to the next A-Zer or linger and listen to the great music that you’ll find here. By all means, bookmark my blog so you can come back! In addition to individual songs, there are some full albums here for those who may want to enjoy some music while they’re surfing or working. I hope you find that the stories are entertaining, the information educational and the trivia interesting. It would be a tremendous honor if you would bookmark the A-Z Musical Tour of My Life as a resource for great music and music information! Now, let’s get started with…

C is for CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL: Oh how I was on a CCR kick all those years ago. In particular I loved their Vietnam War protest song Fortunate Son, which talks about the young boys coming of age and not being able to avoid or escape the draft because they were not politically connected (sons of Senators, Congressman, etc).  Great YouTube video I found for this song that features both Vietnam and Iraq war and protest images:

Here’s Run Through the Jungle. The video shows very graphic images from the Vietnam War. I try to stay away from controversial subjects when writing my blog, for many reasons, but it was interesting to see the great debate that still continues over this war. Many opposing views in the comments section at the YouTube site for these videos. Feel free to engage here in my comment section. I’ll get into a dialogue if anyone wants to engage.

All their songs weren’t war and protest related. CCR had so many great songs! So many wonderful sing-along songs. Here’s the group performing Here Comes the Rain. There was no information available on this particular video so I don’t know what year it’s from, but most likely late 60s or very early 70s. (I just wrote that last sentence and said “Well that’s kind of a Duh sentence;  like, no shit, Michele. Duh!” J

And here’s Bad Moon Rising. Okay, be honest: who among you used to think that the lyrics were saying “there’s a bathroom on the right” instead “there’s a bad moon on the rise?” Post in the comment section YES if you did and NO if you didn’t: I’d really be curious to find how it shakes out in a small sampling of readers as to what percentage of us were singing our hearts out with the wrong lyrics. I’ll throw the first YES in here…

GREAT early music video: Lookin’ Out My Back Door  

Check out Down on the Corner with the washboard and another resourcefully designed instrument! Anybody know what that is??

And one more CCR, doing Proud Mary

The following text was taken from J.R. Ramos YouTube channel and tells the story of the song: “Proud Mary” is a song written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival (in which Fogerty played lead guitar and sang lead vocals) on the 1969 album Bayou Country.
The phrase “Proud Mary” reminded John Fogerty of a domestic washerwoman, which is what he started writing the song about. When he wrote the music, the first few chords reminded him of a paddle-wheel going around, and he thought of the Mississippi River. Instead of “Proud Mary” being a clean-up lady, “she” became a boat.
Proud Mary was Released as a single in January 1969, it became CCR’s first top-ten hit on the U.S. Pop charts. Bob Dylan said this song was his favorite single of 1969. It was the first of five singles that the band released that would peak on the charts, a record for most number-two singles for a group without ever having a number-one song.

For an interesting read, check out Wikipedia’s presentation of the history of the song with particular attention being paid to Tina and Ike Turner’s cover of the song. Proud Mary was covered by numerous artists [at least 20, according to this article] and “placed at #155 on Rolling Stones 2004 list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Both CCR and Ike & Tina Turner’s versions of the song received Grammy Hall of Fame Awards, in 1998 and 2003, respectively.”  Which version do you like better: CCR’s or Tina Turner’s?

 

C is for CHARLIE DANIELS – Here’s some foot-tappin’ Southern Rock with the Charlie Daniels Band. Here he is performing Long Haired Country Boy sometime in the late 70s on a TV show that I’m not familiar with. Maybe you know what it is?

This next song got a ton of radio airplay and the one for which Charlie Daniels is best known. Showcasing his fiddle expertise, here he is performing The Devil Went Down to Georgia.

C is for Cream: My next C band to spotlight is CREAM. Glorious Cream! Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce: what an incredible trio!

Here’s a retrospective video set to their hit Badge

This is Cream performing White Room at their Farewell Concert in London, 1968. Taken from theeshrimpking’s YouTube channel:

“Cream – Whiteroom live at Royal Albert Hall, London.
November 26th, 1968  “Farewell Concert” is the live recording of the Cream’s final concert at the Royal Albert Hall on November 26th, 1968. Directed by Tony Palmer, the film incorporates pieces of six performances with narration by BBC announcer Patrick Allen, along with interviews with the band members themselves, showcasing their playing abilities. The film has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects.”

Tales of Brave Ulysses: I LOVE LOVE LOVE the brown suede fringed boots! Boy, that fashion statement brings back some memories, huh?

 

C is for CROSBY, STILLS, & NASH (& YOUNG)

Suite Judy Blue Eyes (with lyrics)

Our House (with lyrics) is a sentimental song for me. When my parents retired, my brother and I threw them a going away party as they were leaving Niagara Falls and moving to North Carolina.We presented them with a beautifully matted and framed black & white photo of their home and I put together a mix tape (yes, it was on a cassette!) with snippets of meaningful songs, including CSN’s Our House; in particular the chorus lyrics “Our house is a very very fine house.” That was an emotional evening and mom and dad were surrounded by friends and family and it was such a good time; bittersweet for their friends though because they were moving away. My parents are good people: they have a lot of people who love them. Here’s a live performance video of Our House:

Ohio – The story of the song, as reported on Wikipedia: “‘Ohio’ was written following the Kent State massacre on May 4, 1970, and was a staple of anti-war rallies in the 1970s. The song was quickly recorded by CSN&Y and immediately released as a single, even though CSN&Y’s “Teach Your Children” was still climbing the singles charts. In the late 1970s and for much of the 1980s, Young refrained from performing “Ohio” live, as he considered the song to be dated. In the wake of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, Young revived the song in concert, often dedicating it to the Chinese students who were killed in the massacre. Crosby, Stills & Nash, as a trio, also returned the song to their live repertoire around the same time, even though Young had provided the lead vocals on the original recording.” Here’s a great video with tribute to the victims of the Kent State tragedy:

So many other CSN(Y) songs! Which are your favorites?

C is for CHICAGO – Who doesn’t love Chicago (the band, not the city, although most people I know love Chicago the city too). I love listening to Chicago full blast while flying down the highway on a sunny Spring day, windows down and the wind blowing through my hair. For me, Chicago is some feel good music. I think one of the elements of the band that attracts me is the horns. OMG, that is some incredible brass! Mmm.

If you have an hour and a half you can likely catch most of your favorite Chicago songs from watching the entire July 1970 concert at Tanglewood.

If you’re interested in learning more about Chicago, its classical yet eclectic styling and its members, check out this 20 minute documentary from NBC’s ‘First Tuesday’ newsmagazine show.

But for a shorter stay, get your Chicago fix right here with music videos of some of my Chicago favorites:

Saturday in the Park:  

Feelin’ Stronger Every Day – WHO HASN’T CLAIMED THIS CLASSIC AS YOUR OWN PERSONAL ANTHEM AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE??!  Another great J.R. Ramos video of this song performed live in studio from back in 1973:

25 or 6 to 4 Here’s a treat:  Chicago and REO Speedwagon jam out together to “25 Or 6 To 4” Live at Red Rocks Ampitheater!

For a little bit of mellow, here’s If You Leave Me Now (performed in 1977)  

The next time Chicago comes to Austin, I’m bound and determined to go!

C is for Collective Soul – Collective Soul always reminds me of working out. Why? Because my personal trainer used to play it all the time during our sessions. And he knew these guys somehow. So every time I hear Collective Soul now, I want to get real healthy again. I should be playing them constantly, come to think of it…

They’re an American rock band that formed in the early 90’s. I’ve always dug their name and come to find out, they dug the phrase and got it from reading “Fountainhead,” a novel by Ayn Rand. According to front man Ed Roland: “We’re not preaching Ayn Rand, objectivism, egoism, or anything…we just dug the name.”

Here are a few of my favorite Collective Soul hits:

December

 

The World I Know – FANTASTIC performance of Collective Soul with the Atlanta Youth Orchestra! Video contains lyrics.

Shine – official music video (Atlantic Records/© 2006 WMG)

Where the River Flows – lyrics video

C is for The Cars: The Cars is an American rock band that emerged from the new wave scene in the late 1970s. The band originated in Boston, Massachusetts in 1976, with singer, rhythm guitarist and songwriter Ric Ocasek, singer and bassist Benjamin Orr, lead guitarist Elliot Easton, keyboardist Greg Hawkes and drummer David Robinson.

The Cars were at the forefront in merging 1970s guitar-oriented rock with the new synthesizer-oriented pop that was then becoming popular and which would flourish in the early 1980s. Robert Palmer, music critic for The New York Times and Rolling Stone, described the Cars’ musical style by saying: “they have taken some important but disparate contemporary trends—punk minimalism, the labyrinthine synthesizer and guitar textures of art rock, the ’50s rockabilly revival and the melodious terseness of power pop—and mixed them into a personal and appealing blend.”[1]

The Cars were named “Best New Artist” in the 1978 Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll and won “Video of the Year” for “You Might Think” at the first MTV Video Music Awards. Their debut album, The Cars, sold six million copies and appeared on the Billboard 200 album chart for 139 weeks. (Source: Wikipedia)

Here are my favorite Cars songs:

Moving in Stereo and Candy O (from the Midnight Special)

Just What I Needed

Good Times Roll

You’re All I’ve Got Tonight

Bye Bye Love

It’s All I Can Do

Dangerous Type

Since You’re Gone

You Might Think

Drive

Magic

C is for Chic – Now most of the music that represents my nostalgia is classic rock but I did have a momentary fling with Disco. This song hung in the Number One slot for seven weeks. Here’s Chic in 1978 performing Le Freak:

And don’t we all want Good Times?

Hopefully you’ve had a good time grooving through my favorite C bands. WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE C BANDS? Which videos did you like best in this post? I loaded it up, that’s for sure. If you can’t stick around long, be sure to bookmark my blog and you can come back and find this post in an easy-to-find indexed Page. Just look under the Pages tab on my Homepage and you’ll find all the 2015 A-Z Musical Journey through My Life posts.