Blitzkrieg Bop – The Ramones – 1976

April 8, 2018

Blitzkrieg Bop The Ramones 1976Debut single from Johnny, Dee Dee, Joey and Tommy (not forgetting Marky, Richie, Elvis and C.J.), 1976’s Blitzkrieg Bop.

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  • The Ramones formed in New York in 1974.
  • Original members of the band were Jeff Hyman (Joey), John Cummings (Johnny), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee), and Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy). The guys all adopted the surname “Ramone” although none of them were related.  Dee Dee was the first to adopt the name having been inspired by Paul McCartney’s use of the pseudonym Paul Ramon during his Silver Beetles days.  Dee Dee then convinced the other members to take on the name and came up with the idea of calling the band the Ramones.
  • Like many bands of their genre, the Ramones had little commercial success but are remembered as one of the formative punk bands.
  • In 22 years of playing together—the band split in 1996—The Ramones performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for the life of the band.
  • Over the years, critics have become more convinced of the band’s influence on punk music and rock music in general. Rolling Stone magazine place The Ramones at #26 in their 100 Greatest Artists of all Time list.
  • In 2002, the original four band members, and Marky who replaced Tommy as drummer in 1978, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2011, the group was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • By 2008, all four of the band’s original members had died; lead singer Joey Ramone (1951–2001), bass guitarist Dee Dee Ramone (1951–2002), guitarist Johnny Ramone (1948–2004) and drummer Tommy Ramone (1949–2014).

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  • Blitzkrieg Bop was written by Tommy and Dee Dee Ramone and was the debut single for The Ramones.
  • Recorded in January 1976 and released a month later, the song appeared on the album, Ramones.
  • Blitzkrieg Bop failed to make it onto any singles chart throughout the world. Only six Ramones songs ever dented the singles charts anywhere.  The highest ranking being Baby, I Love You, which hit #8 in the UK in 1980.
  • On the Rolling Stone magazine list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, Blitzkrieg Bop sits at #92. In 2009, VH1 named the song at #25 on its list of the greatest hard rock songs of all time.
  • Blitzkrieg Bop appears in a number of movies including: National Lampoon’s Vacation, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, and Spider-Man: Homecoming. In the UK, it is regularly played before home games at St. James’ Park, home of Newcastle United F.C.
  • The song continues to remain popular at sporting events where “Hey! Ho! Let’s go!” is sometimes shouted as a rallying cry.
  • Blitzkrieg Bop lyrics.

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Earache My Eye – Cheech and Chong – 1974

March 25, 2018

Earache My EyeHere’s one out of leftfield – comedians Cheech and Chong’s 1974 song, Earache My Eye, featured in their 1978 movie, Up In Smoke.

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  • Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong are a Grammy Award winning comedy duo. They were especially popular for their films and stand-up routines in the 1960 – 70s.  They parted ways in 1985 but reunited in 2002 and continue to perform to this day.
  • Chong is a Canadian (though he has since become an American citizen); Cheech moved to Canada in the 1960s to avoid the draft for the Vietnam War – it was in Canadian that the pair met and began working together.
  • Alongside their stand-up routine, Cheech and Chong produced a number of comedy films, and released a number of novelty songs and albums – including 1985’s Born in East L.A., based on Bruce Springsteen’s, Born in the USA.
  • Perhaps their best-known movie is Up in Smoke. Released in 1978, it has become a cult classic.
  • Having parted company in 1985, the pair were guests on a 2011 episode of The Simpsons, and have joined for a number of projects since that time.

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  • Earache My Eye is a novelty heavy metal song written by Tommy Chong and Gaye Delorme and recorded by Cheech and Chong – Cheech adopting the persona of a fictitious rock star named Alice Bowie.
  • The song appeared on Cheech and Chong’s fourth comedy album, Cheech and Chong’s Wedding Album (1974) and later appeared in their first movie, Up in Smoke (1978).
  • Earache My Eye spent 13 weeks on the US singles chart.
  • Earache My Eye has been covered by both Soundgarden and Korn (Cheech performing the vocals on the latter), and was sampled on Eminem’s track Untouchable.
  • Earache My Eye lyrics.

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Why Me – Kris Kristofferson – 1973

March 11, 2018

Why Me - Kris K - 1973Kris Kristofferson, the man who wrote the fabulous Me and Bobby McGee, had his greatest hit with a 1973 gospel country song, Why Me.

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  • Kristoffer Kristofferson was born in Brownsville, Texas, in the USA; his grandparents were from Sweden, which explains the surname.
  • Kris is a pretty bright guy. He graduated in 1958 with a Bachelor of Arts in literature and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in the UK.  At Oxford he was awarded his Blue for boxing and played rugby for his college.
  • About this time, he began writing and recording songs using the name Kris Carson. He found little success in the music world but graduated with a B.Phil degree in English literature.
  • Kris joined the US Army and attained the rank of captain. He also worked as a helicopter pilot for a while.
  • In 1965, he left the army, moved to Nashville, and began pursuing his music career between working various odd jobs. While sweeping floors at Columbia Studios, he met June Carter and handed her a tape which he asked be given to Johnny Cash.  Johnny didn’t get around to listening to it for a while and, frustrated with waiting, Kris landed a helicopter in Johnny’s front yard.  Apparently, Johnny wasn’t home, but it did get Johnny’s attention.  A short time later, Johnny recorded Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down, earning Kris the Songwriter of the Year award at the Country Music Awards.
  • Kris continued writing songs and other artists continued to have success with them – including Janis Joplin (who Kris dated until her death) with Me and Bobby McGee. Kris recorded his own music but with little initial success.
  • Then, in 1971, Kris’ second album, The Silver Tongued Devil, was released. It was successful, as was his third album, Jesus was a Capricorn.
  • In 1972, he appeared on The Old Grey Whistle Test in the UK with Rita Coolidge (to whom he was married for a while), singing Help Me Make It Through The Night, a song off his unsuccessful first album. His success as a solo artist was established.
  • About this time, Kris made his acting debut in in The Last Movie, directed by Dennis Hopper. He enjoyed acting and made the that a focus for a while.  He is best known for his starring roles in Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Heaven’s Gate, and A Star Is Born, the latter of which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
  • In 1985, Kris joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup The Highwaymen.
  • In 2004, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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  • Why Me was written by and recorded on July 8, 1972, by American country music singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson. It was released as a single in April 1973 – the third single from Kris’ third album, Jesus was a Carpenter.
  • Why Me was Kris’ greatest hit, peaking at #16 on the US singles chart, but topping the US and Canadian Country singles chart.
  • Artists to cover Why Me include, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Conway Twitty.
  • Why Me lyrics.

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Tight Rope – Leon Russell – 1972

February 22, 2018

Tight Rope Leon Russell 1972A great song (IMHO) from a man who wrote a heap of them; Leon Russell’s, Tight Rope.

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  • Leon Russell’s real name was Claude Russell Bridges.
  • Born in Oklahoma, in the USofA, Russell began making music with David Gates—later of Bread fame—who was in his high school class. Leon and David recorded together as The Fencemen. Also at the school were Anita Bryant and Elvin Bishop.
  • Leon was only 16 when he moved to Los Angeles and became a session musician and then a touring musician. Over his career he performed and recorded with many of music’s greats including: The Beach Boys, Eric Clapton, Elton John (he was once Leon’s support act), George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Doris Day, Ray Charles,  the Byrds, Barbra Streisand, Willie Nelson, Badfinger, Frank Sinatra, the Band, Bob Dylan, J. J. Cale, B. B. King, Glen Campbell, Joe Cocker, and the Rolling Stones.
  • In 1970, he began working as a solo artist going on to record 33 albums.
  • Leon was an accomplished songwriter best known for: Delta Lady (recorded by Joe Cocker); This Masquerade (George Benson and at least 75 others), Hummingbird (BB King), A Song for You (The Carpenters and at least 200 other artists), Superstar (The Carpenters), and Shine a Light (The Rolling Stones). Many of these songs, he also recorded himself.
  • Leon’s song A Song for You was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2018.
  • In 2011, Leon was inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Leon died in his sleep while recovering from heart surgery, on November 13, 2016.

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  • Tight Rope was written by Leon Russell and released in August 1972.
  • The song was from his album Carney.
  • Tight Rope peaked at #11 on the US singles chart.
  • The B-side of the single featured Leon’s song, This Masquerade, which became a hit for George Benson in 1976.
  • Tight Rope lyrics.

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Snowbird – Anne Murray – 1970

February 10, 2018

Snowbird-anne murray 1970Hugely successful in her homeland—Canada—Anne Murray produced 33 singles which reached #1 on the Canadian country chart, including 1970’s, Snowbird.

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  • Canadian country singer, Anne Murray, began her recording career in 1968 and, two years later, became the first Canadian female singer to achieve a #1 single on the US charts; perhaps paving the way for k.d. lang, Céline Dion, and Shania Twain.
  • A number of her hits were covers, e.g. Danny’s Song and I’m a Believer, but most were self-penned.
  • A noted philanthropist, Anne has established and been involved in a number of charities.
  • Throughout her recording career, Anne received four Grammys, 24 Junos (a record), three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She has been inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, the Juno Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. Anne is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame Walkway of Stars in Nashville, and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, and on Canada’s Walk of Fame in Toronto—that’s a pretty impressive list.
  • Along the way, she produced 32 studio albums and 76 singles.
  • Anne retired in 2008. She has a degree in Physical Education and is a widely respected golfer, playing off an 11 handicap—in 2007, Golf For Women magazine named her the world’s best female celebrity golfer.

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  • Snowbird was written by Gene MacLellan—he once said he wrote the song in 20 minutes while strolling along a beach.
  • It was recorded by many performers, including Elvis Presley, but is best-known through Anne Murray’s recording.
  • Anne recorded Snowbird in 1969 and released it as a single in June 1970. It was her first real hit, peaking at #2 hit on the Canadian singles chart, and #1 on both the Canadian and US adult contemporary, and Canadian and US country charts. It peaked at #8 on the US singles chart, and #23 on the UK singles chart.
  • In 2003, Snowbird was an inaugural song inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • The song’s composer, Gene MacLellan, made his own recording of Snowbird on his 1970 album Street Corner Preacher. This version features an additional verse to Anne’s version.
  • In 2007, Anne remade Snowbird for her Anne Murray Duets: Friends & Legends album—she sang it with Sarah Brightman.
  • Snowbird lyrics.

snowbird – anne murray – 1970

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Spill the Wine – Eric Burdon and War – 1970

February 5, 2018

Spill the wineWhile taking a break in San Fran, back in 1969, Eric Burdon of The Animals fame, joined up with the Californian band, War – Spill the Wine was one of a couple of resulting hits.

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  • Eric Burdon was born in the UK and is best known for being the lead vocalist of The Animals with whom he had hits like, The House of the Rising Sun, Boom Boom, Don’t Let me be Misunderstood, We Gotta Get Out of this Place, It’s My Life, and San Franciscan Nights.
  • In 1969, while living in San Francisco, Eric joined Californian band War.
  • A few months later, in April 1970, the album Eric Burdon Declares War was released. It produced two singles, Spill the Wine and Tobacco Road.
  • Later in 1970, a double album, The Black-Man’s Burdon, was released, with the singles, Paint It Black (first recorded by the Rolling Stones) and They Can’t Take Away Our Music.
  • While touring to promote the album, Eric collapsed on the stage due to an asthma attack. War continued touring without him and he commenced his solo career.
  • War’s genesis was in Long Beach, California back in 1962, in a band named The Creators. They then became Nightshift, before morphing into War.
  • War had a number of hit records including, Spill the Wine, The Cisco Kid, Why Can’t We Be Friends?, and Low Rider.
  • Both The Animals and War continue to perform today, though with radically different line-ups than back in the 60’s and 70’s.

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  • Spill the Wine was written by members of the US band, War – apparently inspired by an accident in which keyboardist Lonnie Jordan spilled wine on a mixing board.
  • It appeared on the album Eric Burdon Declares War and was released as a single in May 1970.
  • The original recording features a flute solo with a woman speaking Spanish in the background. This was omitted from the final radio version.
  • Spill the Wine was War’s first hit, peaking at #3 in the US. It didn’t make the UK charts.
  • Spill the Wine has featured in the movies, Boogie Nights (1997), Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999), and Remember the Titans (2000); and the television shows, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Dexter and Shameless.
  • The song has been covered by The Isley Brothers and Michael Hutchence; and was used by Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street band when they opened their 2014 concert in the Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia.
  • Spill the Wine lyrics.

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Tulsa Time – Don Williams – 1978

January 17, 2018

Tulsa Time Don WilliamsDon Williams – one of the artists we lost in 1978, was the first to record the Danny Flowers song, Tulsa Time.

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  • Born in 1939, was in his early 30s when he began his solo career as a country singer – a move that saw him amass 17 #1 US Country hits and induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2010). Don had success in the UK too.  In 1976, he was on the UK Top 40 with You’re My Best Friend and I Recall a Gypsy Woman.  In 1978, his album Images reached #2 on the UK charts.
  • Don only ever had one song on the US singles chart – I Believe in You peaked at #24 ihn 1980. He did, however, release 63 singles and 25 albums.
  • Don was a prolific and gifted songwriter. His songs being recorded by artists including: Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Alison Krauss, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings, and Pete Townshend.
  • Don died in Mobile, Alabama on September 8, 2017 due to emphysema.

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  • Tulsa Time was written by American songwriter, Danny Flowers.
  • It was first released by Don Williams in October 1978 – the first single from his album, Expressions.
  • It became Don’s eighth #1 single on the US Country Chart.
  • Tulsa Time was also recorded by Eric Clapton for his 1978 album Backless. There is also a live version on his album Just One Night.  It peaked at #30 on the US singles chart in 1980.
  • Reba McEntire recorded Tulsa Time for her 1995 album, Starting Over. It wasn’t included on the final release, however, but was released on her 1999 compilation album Comfort from a Country Quilt.
  • Tulsa Time lyrics.

tulsa time – don williams – 1978

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