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”

Album 12 – Birth of the Cool

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 86 – Little Darlin’

SONG: Little Darlin’ ARTIST: The Diamonds YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Little Darlin’ was written by Maurice Williams and recorded by the Gladiolas in 1957.  The group didn’t have very wide distribution so the song didn’t do that well, and the group changed their name to Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs inContinue reading “Song 86 – Little Darlin’”

Song 85 – That’ll Be the Day

SONG: That’ll be the Day ARTIST: Buddy Holly YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: That’ll Be the Day was written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison. Holly first recorded it in 1956 with Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes, but re-recorded it with the Crickets in 1957. This song quickly gained success. ItContinue reading “Song 85 – That’ll Be the Day”

Song 84 – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

SONG: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On ARTIST: Jerry Lee Lewis YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On has unconfirmed origins, but it usually attributed to songwriter Dave “Curlee” Williams.  Big Maybelle was the first to record it on March 21, 1955, with the session being arranged and conducted byContinue reading “Song 84 – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”

Song 83 – Rock Island Line

SONG: Rock Island Line ARTIST: Lonnie Donegan YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: The earliest known version of this song was written in 1929 by Clarence Wilson, a member of the Rock Island Colored Booster Quartet. The lyrics in this early version are quite different from the lyrics of the more popular versionsContinue reading “Song 83 – Rock Island Line”

Song 81 – I Put a Spell on You

SONG: I Put a Spell On You ARTIST: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: I Put a Spell on You was written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956, and according to Hawkins, the original vision was for the song to be a refined ballad. However, the producer, Arnold Maxin, broughtContinue reading “Song 81 – I Put a Spell on You”