Song 67 – Burundanga

SONG: Burundanga ARTIST: Celia Cruz YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: This song is a mystery. There’s nothing about who wrote it, where it came from, or anything I can find online. It was written by a maestro who was one of Celia Cruz’s music teachers. According to lore, Fidel Castro loved toContinue reading “Song 67 – Burundanga”

Song 65 – I’m a Man

SONG: I’m a Man ARTIST: Bo Diddley YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: I’m a Man was written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1955, so this is the original recording of this song, and was one of Bo Diddley’s first hits. Bo Diddley would become more known for his other hit, recordedContinue reading “Song 65 – I’m a Man”

Song 63 – Cry Me A River

SONG: Cry Me a River ARTIST: Julie London YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Cry Me a River is the first American torch song we’ve had on the blog. A torch song is basically a type of sentimental unrequited love song, where the singer is usually singing about a love who is unawareContinue reading “Song 63 – Cry Me A River”

Song 61 – Tutti Frutti

061 SONG REVIEW – Tutti Frutti SONG: Tutti Frutti ARTIST: Little Richard YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Tutti Frutti, which Wikipedia has helpfully translated to “All fruits” was written by Little Richard and Dorothy LaBostrie, and was Little Richard’s first major hit record. The very first refrain (A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop-a-lop-bam-boom) was originially Little Richard’sContinue reading “Song 61 – Tutti Frutti”

Album #7 – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!

ALBUM TITLE: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! ARTIST NAME: Frank Sinatra YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: I’ve Got You Under My Skin Kelly: You Make Me Feel So Young ALBUM HISTORY: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! Is the tenth album by Frank Sinatra, and his fourth for Capitol Records. The album was arranged by NelsonContinue reading “Album #7 – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers!”

Song 59 – I Get Along Without You Very Well

SONG: I Get Along Without You Very Well ARTIST: Chet Baker YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “I Get Along Without You Very Well” was composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1939, with lyrics based on a poem written by Jane Brown Thompson and the main melodic theme based on the Fantaisie-Impromptu in CContinue reading “Song 59 – I Get Along Without You Very Well”

Song 57 – Shake, Rattle and Roll

SONG: Shake, Rattle, and Roll ARTIST: Big Joe Turner and His Blues Kings YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Shake, Rattle and Roll” is another in our series of blues songs that looked to blur the lines between blues and rock. It has a standard twelve bar blues form, and was written inContinue reading “Song 57 – Shake, Rattle and Roll”

Song 55 – The Wind

SONG: The Wind ARTIST: Nolan Strong & The Diablos YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “The Wind” was originally recorded on a 45rpm record with “Baby Be Mine” by Nolan Strong & The Diablos. The lyrics are about a man who feels the summer wind blowing as he thinks about a lover whoContinue reading “Song 55 – The Wind”

Song 53 – Riot in Cell Block 9

SONG: Riot in Cell Block 9 ARTIST: The Robins YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Riot in Cell Block #9” was written in 1954 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and was recorded by The Robins that same year. It’s important partially because it was the first R&B hit to use a stop-timeContinue reading “Song 53 – Riot in Cell Block 9”

Song 51 – Please Love Me

SONG: Please Love Me ARTIST: B.B. King YEAR: 1953 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Not much has been written about this specific song, King’s influences in writing it, or how it came about to be recorded. It has what has become a standard instrumentation for a blues band, plus a trumpet, and the guitarContinue reading “Song 51 – Please Love Me”