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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: Shout (Parts 1 & 2) ARTIST: The Isley Brothers YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Shout (Part 1 and 2) were written and recorded by the Isley Brothers in 1959. During their performances the previous year, the original 3 Isleys would end their set with “Lonely Teardrops” by Jackie Wilson. At aContinue reading “Song 110 – Shout”
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: I Only Have Eyes For You ARTIST: The Flamingos YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here: THE SONG: I Only Have Eyes For You was written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the movie Dames in 1934, but the song saw real success when it was recorded and released by doo-wop group the FlamingosContinue reading “Song 108 – I Only Have Eyes For You”
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: Brand New Cadillac ARTIST: Vince Taylor and the Playboys YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here: THE SONG: “Brand New Cadillac” was written and recorded by Vince Taylor in 1959. Although the song didn’t see a lot of airplay in Vince’s native UK it was a big hit in continental Europe, especially Scandinavia, being successfullyContinue reading “Song 106 – Brand New Cadillac”
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”
ALBUM TITLE: Birth of the Cool ARTIST NAME: Miles Davis YEAR OF RELEASE: Favourite Song: Holly: Budo Kelly: Moon Dreams ALBUM HISTORY: The Birth of the Cool was recorded in 1949 and 1950 and released in February 1957. Through much of the 1940s Miles Davis was playing in a quintet with Charlie Parker, but heContinue reading “Album 12 – Birth of the Cool”
SONG: All I Have to Do Is Dream ARTIST: The Everly Brothers YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here: THE SONG: All I Have to do is Dream was written in 1958 by Boudleaux Bryant and recorded and released by the Everly Brothers that same year. They recorded it in only 2 takes with country giantContinue reading “Song 104 – All I Have to Do is Dream”
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”
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