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”

Song 49 – Singin’ In the Rain

SONG: Singin’ in the Rain ARTIST: Gene Kelly YEAR: 1952 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: This song, surprisingly enough, has a long history before it appeared in the Gene Kelly movie of the same name. I had assumed that the song was written for the movie, but it was actually written by Nacio HerbContinue reading “Song 49 – Singin’ In the Rain”

Song 47- Foi Deus

SONG: Foi Deus ARTIST: Amalia Rodrigues YEAR: 1952 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Well, I could find practically no information on this piece in English. Pretty much everything I found was in Portuguese, but I assume that like me, many of our readers are not very well in the loop with the genre ofContinue reading “Song 47- Foi Deus”

Song 45 – They Can’t Take That Away From Me

SONG: They Can’t Take That Away From Me ARTIST: Fred Astaire YEAR: 1952 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “They Can’t Take That Away from Me” was written by the superstar sibling team of George (music) and Ira (lyrics) Gershwin for the 1937 film, Shall We Dance, where it was sung by Fred Astaire, standingContinue reading “Song 45 – They Can’t Take That Away From Me”

Album 5 – This is Fats

ALBUM TITLE: This is Fats ARTIST NAME: Fats Domino YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Blueberry Hill  Kelly: Blueberry Hill ALBUM HISTORY: “This is Fats” is Fats Domino’s third “full length” album. Full length is in quotations here, because at a slim 25 minutes long, calling it full length seems a bit of aContinue reading “Album 5 – This is Fats”

Song 43 – How High the Moon

SONG: How High the Moon ARTIST: Les Paul and Mary Ford YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “How High the Moon” is another jazz standard on our list, with music by Morgan Lewis and lyrics by Nancy Hamilton. It was first made popular in the 1940 Broadway revue Two for the Show, whereContinue reading “Song 43 – How High the Moon”

Song 41 – Rocket 88

SONG: Rocket 88 ARTIST: Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Rocket 88” was originally recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in March of 1951, which is the version we’re listening to today. It was credited to “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats”, who were actually “Ike Turner and hisContinue reading “Song 41 – Rocket 88”

Song 39 – Goodnight, Irene

SONG: Goodnight, Irene ARTIST: The Weavers YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: What has become a 20th century American folk standard, started as a song written by and first recorded by blues musician Huddie ‘Lead Belly’ Ledbetter in 1933. For more information on Leadbelly, please see our review of Song 20 – GallisContinue reading “Song 39 – Goodnight, Irene”