Album 13 – Machito

ALBUM TITLE:  Kenya ARTIST NAME: Machito YEAR OF RELEASE: 1958 Favourite Song: Holly: Kenya Kelly: Holiday ALBUM HISTORY: This album comes from a time when Hollywood used afro-cuban jazz for a lot of things – suspense, bombastic chase scenes, and really anything even vaguely exotic. There were a lot of dime-a-dozen afro-cuban bands around, andContinue reading “Album 13 – Machito”

Song 109 – Ne me quitte pas

SONG: Ne me quitte pas ARTIST: Jacques Brel YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Ne me quitte pas” (“Don’t Leave Me”) was written and performed first by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel and is considered by some as “Brel’s ultimate classic.” He wrote it after his mistress threw him out of her life. TheContinue reading “Song 109 – Ne me quitte pas”

Song 107 – What’d I Say

SONG: What’d I Say ARTIST: Ray Charles YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “What’d I Say” is considered one of the first soul songs. Written by Ray Charles, and released as a two-part single in 1959, it started out as an improvised tune that Charles, his orchestra, and backup singers messed around withContinue reading “Song 107 – What’d I Say”

Song 105 – To Know Him is To Love Him

SONG: To Know Him is To Love Him ARTIST: The Teddy Bears YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: The often covered “To Know Him Is to Love Him” was written by Phil Spector in 1958, inspired by the words on his father’s tombstone, “To Know Him Was to Love Him.” The first recordingContinue reading “Song 105 – To Know Him is To Love Him”

Song 103 – Volare

SONG: Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu) ARTIST: Domenico Modugno YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Nel blu, dipinto di blu,” which translates roughly to “In the blue-painted sky” is the real name of the song more popularly known as Volare. This song was written by the singer Domenico Modugno and his writingContinue reading “Song 103 – Volare”

Song 101 – One For My Baby

SONG: One For My Baby ARTIST: Frank Sinatra YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” is a song that was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the movie musical The Sky’s the Limit. Described by Harold Arlen as “another typical Arlen tapeworm”,Continue reading “Song 101 – One For My Baby”

Song 99 – Lonesome Town

098 SONG REVIEW – Lonesome Town SONG: Lonesome Town ARTIST: Ricky Nelson YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Lonesome Town” was written by Baker Knight, an American songwriter. This rendition, sung by Ricky Nelson became a hit single in the US, and features the legendary Jordanaires on tambourines. Just kidding, of course they’reContinue reading “Song 99 – Lonesome Town”

Song 97 – Summertime Blues

SONG: Summertime Blues ARTIST: Eddie Cochran YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Summertime Blues” was co-written by Eddie Cochran, who first performed it, and his manager Jerry Capehart. The song is about the struggle between a teenager, his parents, his boss, and his congressman during the summer. It’s full of resentment for havingContinue reading “Song 97 – Summertime Blues”

Song 95 – At the Hop

SONG: At the Hop ARTIST: Danny and the Juniors YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Like many of today’s pop songs, “At the Hop” was written by committee (three writers), and performed originally by Danny & the Juniors. The song was released in the fall of 1957 and became one of the topContinue reading “Song 95 – At the Hop”

ALBUM 11 – Palo Congo

ALBUM TITLE: Palo Congo ARTIST NAME: Sabu YEAR OF RELEASE: 1957 Favourite Song: Holly: Rhapsodia del Marvaillosa Kelly: Rhapsodia del Marvaillosa ALBUM HISTORY: Palo Congo is the first album by conguero (a person who plays congas) Sabu Martinez, and features the brothers Arsenio, Raul, and Quique Rodriguez. The album was released on Blue Note inContinue reading “ALBUM 11 – Palo Congo”