Slow Ride – Foghat – 1975

October 29, 2015

Foghat Slow RideAnother 70s band who have had limited singles success but a loyal following over their 40+ years in the music biz – Foghat and their most successful single, Slow Ride.

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  • Forming in London, England, in 1971, Foghat continue to tour and record today with three of the four original members still in the line-up.
  • With 18 albums to their credit, Foghat have achieved eight gold records, one platinum and one double platinum record.
  • Their first album, Foghat (1972) was produced by Dave Edmunds.
  • The band took a year or so off around 1985 before being urged by producer Rick Ruben to reunite.
  • Foghat 2Though never successful on the singles charts, the band continue to make great music featuring that awesome slide guitar.

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  • Slow Ride was written by Foghat member, Dave Peverett.
  • It featured on Fool for the City (1975); the band’s fifth album.”
  • In 2009, VH1 listed Slow Ride at #45 on its Best Hard Rock songs of all time.
  • Foghat 3There are five versions of Slow Ride; the original album version (8 mins and 14 secs), the single version (3:56), the 1977 live version (8:21), the King Biscuit Flower Hour Foghat version (10:37), and the 2007 live version (9:44).
  • The single version peaked at #20 on the US singles Chart.
  • Slow Ride has appeared in the movie FM and the television shows, Family Guy and Mike and Molly.
  • Slow Ride lyrics.

slow ride – foghat – 1975 – video

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This Will Be – Natalie Cole – 1975

October 23, 2015

Natalie Cole - This will be - 1975Born into the world of a musical mega-star, Natalie Cole went on to forge a pretty good musical career of her own.  Her first hit single was 1975’s, This Will Be.

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  • Natalie Cole found success throughout the mid to late 70s as a R& B performer.
  • Drug addiction saw Natalie fade from the charts throughout most the 80s until her 1987 album Everlasting and the hit single; Bruce Springsteen’s Pink Cadillac.
  • In the 90s she re-recorded some of her father’s hit songs and had her greatest hit, Unforgettable.
  • Natalie’s father was music legend Nat King Cole.
  • Having sold over 30 million records, Natalie has won eight Grammy Awards.
  • Natalie Cole 3Natalie continues to perform today.

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  • This Will Be was written by Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancy.
  • This Will Be was Natalie Cole’s debut single in 1975; lifted from her debut album, Inseperable.
  • The song peaked at #6 on the US singles chart and hit the top of the US R&B chart.  It made the top 40 in the UK.
  • This Will Be won the 1976 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (Aretha Franklin had won it the previous eight Natalie Cole 2years!) and helped Natalie win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.  Natalie also won the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Female R& B Performance with, Sophisticated Lady (Such a Different Lady).
  • This Will Be has appeared in numerous movies and movie soundtracks.  Movie soundtracks have included: The Parent Trap (1998), Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle (2003), Taxi (2004), and Swinging with the Finkels (2010).  Movies to include This Will Be include: While You Were Sleeping (1995), A Cinderella Story (2004), and The Bounty Hunter (2010).
  • This Will Be lyrics.

this will be – natalie cole – 1975 – video

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Spiders and Snakes – Jim Stafford – 1973

October 10, 2015

Jim Stafford - Spiders and Snakes CoverNow, here’s a song that may have slipped from your memory bank!  From the man who gave us, Under the Scotsman’s Kilt and Your Bulldog Drinks Champagne, comes Spiders and Snakes – a big hit for Jim Stafford back in 1973/4.

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  • Jim Stafford is an American comedian, musician, and singer-songwriter best known for his light-hearted 1970s recordings many of which became hits.
  • Jim released two albums in the early 70s and a third in 1993. He has since released a couple of classical guitar albums.
  • The 70s albums produced the hits, Spiders and Snakes, I Got Stoned and I Missed It, My Girl Bill and Wildwood Weed.
  • During college years, Jim played in a band with Gram Parsons and Kent LaVoie (better known to 70s music fans as Lobo).
  • Jim’s biggest hit was Spiders & Snakes in 1973.
  • Jim wrote tunes for a number of movies including Clint Eastwood’s Any Which Way You Can  which he also appeared in.
  • In 1975 Jim had his own variety show on television – it lasted for six weeks and was quite popular.
  • Jim was married briefly to Bobbie Gentry with whom he has a son.
  • In 1990, Jim opened his own theatre in Branson, Missouri where he continues to play most nights…

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  • Released in November 1973, Spiders & Snakes is a hit song recorded by Jim Stafford.
  • Spiders and Snakes was written by Jim and David Bellamy.
  • Spiders and Snakes hit the US singles charts in 1974 and peaked at #3.
  • Selling over a million copies, it sat on the US charts for almost six months.
  • Conway Twitty covered Spiders and Snakes substuting the name Loretta Lynn for the name of the girl (Mary Lou).
  • Jim and Dolly Parton sometimes performed Spiders and Snakes together (video below).
  • Spiders and Snakes lyrics.

spiders and snakes – jim stafford – 1973 – video

spiders and snakes – jim stafford and dolly parton

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