Love Hurts – Nazareth – 1975 (Everly Brothers / Jim Capaldi)

July 24, 2014

Nazareth - love hurts - 1975Like so many hard rock acts, Nazareth had a number of hits but their one big hit was a song that was quite uncharacteristic of their typical musical fare.  Love Hurts, a cover of an Everly Brothers song, earned them a gold record in 1975.

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  • Nazareth formed in Scotland in 1968.
  • Fans of The Band, Nazareth took their name from the town mentioned in the first line of The Weight.
  • Nazareth’s break came with the release of their 1975 album, Hair of a Dog.  Although it failed to chart in the UK, it went platinum in the US and contained their greatest hit single, Love Hurts.
  • Nazareth continues to record and tour, though the line-up has changed over the years and only the bassist, Peter Agnew, remains from the founding members. Having said that, lead vocalist, Dan McCafferty, only left the band in late 2013, due to ill health.
  • In all, Nazareth has released 23 studio albums.  The latest, 2014’s, Rock ‘n’ Roll Telephone.

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  • Love Hurts was composed by Boudleaux Bryant and first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960.
  • Well known cover versions have been released by Roy Orbison, Jim Capaldi, and, of course, Nazareth.
  • Other cover versions have been released by: Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons (a duet), Cher, The Who, Jennifer Warnes, Journey, Don McLean, Nicolette Larson, Joan Jett , Leo Sayer and Rod Stewart.
  • Nazareth’s version is the best known version—it peaked at #1 in Canada, #8 in the US and #15 in the UK.
  • The Nazareth version has featured in a number of movies, including: Dazed and Confused, Click, and Halloween.
  • It must be one of the most used songs in advertising.  It’s featured in advertisements for:  Gatorade Southwest Airlines, Nissan and, in my part of the world, Toyota.
  • Love Hurts lyrics.

love hurts – nazareth – video -1975

love hurts – the everly brothers – video – 1960

love hurts – jim capaldi – video – 1975

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Remembering Johnny Winter

July 20, 2014

Johnny Winter RIP smallJohnny winter 3Ranked #63 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of all time; Producer of three Grammy award winning albums for Muddy Waters, Inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame—Johnny Winter’s career began in the late 60s and continued until his death earlier this week.  The world of blues mourns one of its greatest guitarists and showmen.

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  • Johnny and his brother Edgar were born in Beaumont, Texas to parents who encouraged their pursuit of musicianship.
  • By the age of 15, Johnny and his band, Johnny and the Jammers had released their first single; School Day Blues.
  • Inspired by classic blues artists such as Muddy Waters, B.B. King, and Bobby Bland, Johnny developed a passion for blues guitar, releasing his first album, The Progressive Blues Experiment, in 1968.
  • Later that year—1968—Mike Bloomfield invited Johnny on stage at the Fillmore East to jam with him and Al Kooper.   Representatives of Columbia Records heard him and he was signed to what was reportedly the largest advance in the history of the recording industry at that time—$600,000.
  • Johnny performed at Woodstock, which was about the time he and Janis Joplin began a short but (apparently) passionate affair.
  • Contrary to popular opinion, Johnny never performed Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison on the 1968 Hendrix bootleg album Woke up this Morning and Found Myself Dead.  To quote Johnny;

I never even met Jim Morrison! There’s a whole album of Jimi and Jim and I’m supposedly on the album but I don’t think I am ’cause I never met Jim Morrison in my life! I’m sure I never, never played with Jim Morrison at all! I don’t know how that rumour started.

  • Johnny lived the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle complete with all the trappings that go with it, including a heroin addiction back in the 1970s.
  • Perhaps his best known track in the commercial sense is Rick Derringer’s Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo.
  • Johnny died in Zurich, Switzerland.  The cause of death has not yet been ascertained.  He was 70 years old and still rockin’ like every old rocker hopes to…

johnny winter – jumping jack flash – video

Romeo’s Tune – Steve Forbert – 1979

July 10, 2014

Steve Forbert Romeo's Tune CoverLittle Stevie Orbit – quirky, and sublime (to my ears anyway).  Over 30 years since the release of Romeo’s Tune and Steve Forbert still sits in the high rotation zone of my iPod… cause I like Steve and I like his music (except maybe that track with the piano accordion intro!)

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  • American singer/songwriter Steve Forbert began his recording career as a 20-something back in1978 with the album, Alive on Arrival, featuring the wonderful Goin’ Down to Laurel.
  • Steve, with his ability to write wonderful lyrics and catchy tunes, was immediately compared to Bob Dylan.  His response was:

You can’t pay any attention to that. It was just a cliché back then, and it’s nothing I take seriously. I’m off the hook — I don’t have to be smarter than everybody else and know all the answers like Bob Dylan.

  • In 1984, Steve and his record company had a falling out over a recording Steve wanted to release.  The record was shelved and contractual issues prevented Steve from recording for a number of years afterwards.  But he didn’t stop writing or performing—in fact, he’s still performing today and has 15 studio albums to his credit.
  • Steve’s latest album, Over With You (2010), features Ben Harper on several tracks.

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  • Steve played Cyndi Lauper’s boyfriend in her Girls Just Wanna Have Fun video.

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  • Written by Steve Forbert, Romeo’s tune was recorded in 1979 and appeared on his Jackrabbit Slim album.
  • Romeo’s tune peaked at #11 on the US singles chart in early 1980.
  • Romeo’s tune was dedicated to Florence Ballard, a founding member of the Supremes but is not about her—it is about a girl Steve knew when he was a teenager, though he’s never actually said who it is.
  • Romeo’s Tune took over a year to record.  Steve had four different attempts at it but could never get quite the right sound.
  • Keith Urban has covered Romeo’s Tune.
  • Romeo’s Tune lyrics.

romeo’s tune – steve forbert – video – 1979

goin’ down to laurel – steve forbert – video – 1978

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Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton – 1977

July 6, 2014

Dolly Parton Here you come again single coverThe first US pop hit single from one of America’s most prolific songwriters—Dolly Parton’s, Here You Come Again peaked at #3 in 1977.

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  • Dolly, born in 1946, needs no introduction—she is a country music phenomenon.
  • After a career as a child performer, Dolly gained a regular spot on a weekly television programme hosted by Porter Wagoner.  They released a duet of Tom Paxton’s, The Last Thing on My Mind, which was a hit on the US country chart.
  • By the mid-70s, Dolly was performing solo and had a string of hits on the country chart including the wonderful, Jolene.
  • A move towards more mainstream pop saw Dolly score her first hit on the US singles chart with, Here You Come Again (1977).  A string of further hits followed including her only #1 hit, 9 to 5 (1980).
  • Dolly had a second #1 hit on the US charts in 1983 with her Kenny Rogers duet, Islands in the Stream.
  • Dolly is the most honoured female country performer of all time with: 25 gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards; 25 Billboard Country chart #1’s; 41 top 10 country albums and, 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years.
  • That all adds up to over 100 million records sold worldwide.
  • On the award front, Dolly’s mantelpiece holds: 8 Grammy Awards (with 46 nominations—that’s a tie with Beyoncé for the most Grammy nominations for a woman, 2 Academy Award nominations, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 7 Academy of Country Music Awards, and 3 American Music Awards.
  • The 3,000+ songs that Dolly has composed include: I Will Always Love You, a massive hit for Whitney Houston.
  • As an actress, Dolly has starred in: 9 to 5, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Rhinestone, A Smoky Mountain Christmas, Steel Magnolias, Wild Texas Wind, Gnomeo & Juliet, Straight Talk, Unlikely Angel, Blue Valley Songbird, and Joyful Noise.
  • Dolly has also received a number of awards for her efforts in environmental causes and in helping with child literacy.

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  • Dolly 3Surprisingly, after all the hits Dolly has written, she didn’t write, Here You Come Again—it was written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.
  • Here You Come Again hit #1 on the US country singles chart and won the 1979 Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.  Recorded in June 1977 and released in September 1977, it peaked at #3 on the US singles chart in January 1978.
  • Here You Come Again was written in 1975 and was intended as a potential comeback hit for Brenda Lee but Brenda turned it down. B.J. Thomas, Patti LaBelle and Maureen McGovern.
  • Here You Come Again lyrics.

here you come again – dolly parton – 1977 – video

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