Night Moves – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – 1976

July 14, 2017

Night Moves Bob Seger 1976A few name changes along the way, but Bob Seger and his band have been rockin’ the music scene since 1961 and are still going strong.

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  • Bob Seger began his life as a musician in Detroit, performing as Bob Seger and the Last Heard, then Bob Seger System (three albums), then as Bob Seger, from 1971 – 1975, (five albums), then as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, from 1976 – 1995, (seven albums), then as Bob Seger again, 2006 -present (another two albums) – plus a number of live and compilation albums along the way.
  • It was with the Silver Bullet Band and their 1976 live album, Live Bullet that Bob first found success; quickly followed by the wonderful studio album, Night Moves.
  • On his studio albums, Bob worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appeared on several of his best-selling singles and albums.
  • Despite phenomenal success, Bob had only one #1 album on the US charts (Against the Wind – 1980) and only one #1 US single, (Shakedown – 1987). Bob produced some GREAT recordings though – Katmandu, Mainstreet, Night Moves, Stil the Same, We’ve Got Tonight, Old Time Rock and Roll, Against the Wind, Hollywood Nights, to name a few.
  • Bob was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

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  • Night Moves was written by Bob Seger and appeared on the album Night Moves by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
  • Some music critics state Night Moves to be the song that lifted Bob from being a Detroit star to a national star.
  • Bob based Night Moves on a teenage love affair he experienced in the early 1960s.
  • Because the Silver Bullet Band were not around at the time of recording, Bob used local session musicians from around Ontario.
  • Released as a single in December 1976, Night Moves peaked at #4 on the US singles chart, #5 on the Canadian chart and #45 on the UK singles chart.
  • In 1977, Rolling Stone magazine named Night Moves as the Best Single of the Year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named it one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
  • Night Moves lyrics.

night moves – bob seger and the silver bullet band – 1976 – video

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The Thrill is Gone – BB King – 1970

June 19, 2017

The Thrill is gone BB King 1970Occasionally, in seventiesmusic, we feature a song by an artiste about whom little can be said – the name alone says it all. BB King is such an artiste.

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  • Born on a cotton plantation in Mississippi, back in 1925, BB King was attracted to music and the guitar in church. BB died, aged 89, on May 14, 2015.
  • In between those two dates BB became one of the most influential blues musicians of all time, even earning the nickname, “The King of the Blues.”
  • From early in his career, which continued until very shortly before his death, BB was a tireless performer. Even into his 70s he would often perform 200+ shows a year.  It’s said that, in 1956, he performed 342 concerts!
  • BB was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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  • In 1949, BB was playing a gig in Arkansas. During a performance, two men began to fight, knocking over a barrel of burning oil used to heat the venue.  The hall burst into flames, and the building was evacuated.
  • Once outside, BB realised that he had left his beloved $30 Gibson guitar inside – he ran back into the burning building to retrieve it.
  • The next day, BB heard that the two men had been fighting over a woman who worked at the hall named Lucille. BB named that guitar, and every guitar he subsequently owned, Lucille, as a reminder never again to do something as stupid as run into a burning building or fight over women.

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  • BB was had a certified private pilot’s licence and would often fly himself to gigs around the US.
  • BB’s favourite singer was Frank Sinatra. In his autobiography, BB wrote that he went to bed every night listening to Frank’s album In the Wee Small Hours.  During the 1960s, Frank had arranged for BB to play clubs in Las Vegas.  BB praised Frank for opening doors to black entertainers who were not given the chance to play in white-dominated venues.
  • Married twice, BB was said to have fathered 15 children to various women.
  • BB suffered throughout his later life with diabetes and was active in the campaign to warn people of the spread of diabetes.

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  • The Thrill Is Gone was written by blues musician Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951. Roy’s recording, released the same year, peaked at #6 on the US R&B charts.
  • BB King recorded his version of The Thrill Is Gone in June 1969 for his album Completely Well.
  • When released as a single in December 1969, The Thrill is Gone, became one of the biggest hits of BB’s career, peaking at #15 on the US singles chart.
  • BB’s recording won the 1970 Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and a Grammy Hall of Fame award in 1998. It was ranked at #183 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
  • Other artistes to cover The Thrill is Gone include: Aretha Franklin (1970), Barbara Mandrell (1982), Jerry Garcia and David Grisman (1991), The Manhattan Transfer (1995), The Marshall Tucker Band (1975) and Christina Aguilera (2014).
  • The Thrill is Gone lyrics.

the thrill is gone – roy Hawkins – 1951 – video

the thrill is gone – bb king – 1970 – video


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Memphis, Tennessee – Roy Orbison – 1972

May 5, 2017

One of the greatest ever songs of all time was a hit for neither Chuck Berry nor Roy Orbison – but it’s a great song all the same – Memphis Tennessee

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  • Born in Texas in 1936, died in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1988 – he was only 52, but what a ride!!
  • Most of Roy’s success was in the early rock and roll era from 1957 to 1964. At the height of his popularity, Roy had 22 songs on the US top 40, 6 Top five hits and, 2 went all the way to #1 – Running Scared and Oh, Pretty Woman.
  • In the UK Roy had ten Top 10 hits between 1960 and 1966, including three #1’s – Only the Lonely, It’s Over, and Oh, Pretty Woman.
  • In the 1980s there was a resurgence in Roy’s popularity via The Traveling Wilburys (with Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison).
  • Roy’s start in music came thanks to Sam Phillips at Sun Records where he had moderate success.
  • Later he recorded several songs at Monument Records under producer Fred Foster. With Fred and song writing partners Joe Melson and Bill Dees, Roy wrote songs that were more suited to his unique voice.
  • Roy died of a heart attack on December 6, 1988. He had taken on a heavy workload and had complained to Johnny Cash that he was having chest pains that he feared were health related.
  • Two posthumous albums have been released. Mystery Girl, just after his death (1989) – he was working on it at the time of his death.  And, King of Hearts (1999) which was put together from master sessions and demos by Jeff Lynne for Virgin Records.
  • Most of the16 singles Roy released in the 70s didn’t even dent the charts. He did, however, do a great version of Memphis, Tennessee, which peaked at #84 in Australia; it didn’t chart anywhere else in the world – but is a great version.

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  • Memphis, Tennessee was written and first recorded by Chuck Berry.
  • Chuck released it in 1959 – surprisingly, it failed to chart anywhere in the world except the UK where it peaked at #6 in 1963.
  • Interestingly, at the same time as Chuck’s release was in the UK charts, Decca Records issued a cover version in the UK by Dave Berry and the Cruisers – it also became a UK Top 20 hit single.
  • Johnny Rivers covered the song in 1964 – his version made it to #2 on the US charts.
  • Memphis, Tennessee may be one of the most covered songs of all time. Artists to have covered it include: The Beatles, The Animals, The Who (as The High Numbers), Paul Anka, Count Basie, The Dave Clark Five, Bo Diddley, Faces, Al Green, The Hollies, Jan and Dean, Tom Jones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Led Zeppelin, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Johnny Rivers, The Rolling Stones, Del Shannon, Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders, The Statler Brothers, Rod Stewart, George Thorogood, Conway Twitty, and Hank Williams Jr.
  • Chuck Berry later composed a sequel, “Little Marie”, which appeared in 1964 as a single and on the album St. Louis to Liverpool.
  • The Beatles first performed this song for their failed Decca audition on 1 January 1962, with Pete Best on drums.
  • Memphis, Tennessee lyrics.

memphis, tennessee – roy orbison – 1972


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Cold As Ice – Foreigner – 1977

February 14, 2017

foreigner-cold-as-ice-single-coverA couple of Brits and an American walk into a band and form, Foreigner; a band who go on to have multiple hit records including 1977’s, Cold As Ice. And, the next minute… it’s in an NFL Super Bowl advertisement!

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  • Foreigner formed in New York back in 1976. Original members were Englishmen, Mick Jones (not to be confused with The Clash guitarist) and Ian McDonald (ex-King Crimson) and American vocalist, Lou Gramm, another Englishman, Dennis Elliott, and a couple more Americans, Al Greenwood and Ed Gagliardi.  That’s quite a line-up – within a year they had a #4 US hit with Feels Like the First Time.  A couple of decades later, they are still going strong (with a few line-up changes) and have become one of the world’s best-selling bands with over 80 million records sold worldwide.
  • Included in their successes is the huge hit I Want to Know What Love Is, which reach the top of both the US and UK charts. Add to that, Cold As Ice (1977), Hot Blooded (1978), Double Vision (1978), Urgent (1981), and Waiting for a Girl Like You ((1981), and you got the potential for a pretty strong Greatest Hits album!
  • Foreigner have released ten studio albums and 47 singles. The singles release in recent years have failed to achieve great chart success and one would have to conclude, the band’s heyday was in the 70s and 80s.  Having said that, Foreigner continue to tour and play to large and adoring audiences.

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  • Cold as Ice was a 1977 hit for British-American band Foreigner. It was lifted from their eponymous debut album.
  • Written by Foreigner members, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm, Cold as Ice was originally the B-side of some versions of the single, Feels Like the First Time.
  • Cold As Ice peaked at #6 on the US singles chart and #24 on the UK singles chart.
  • Kanye West sampled Cold As Ice as part of the intro for his song Cold at Glastonbury 2015.
  • A cover version of Cold As Ice was used in a Wendy’s advertisement commercial during the 2017 NFL Super Bowl.
  • Cold As Ice lyrics.

cold as ice – foreigner – 1977 – video

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Leon Russell 1942 – 2016

November 14, 2016

leon-russellLeon Russell died in his sleep in at his home in Nashville, Tennessee, on November 13, 2016, at the age of 74, his wife said in a statement on his website. In 2010, he underwent surgery to stop leaking brain fluid, and he suffered a heart attack in July 2016. He was recovering from heart surgery.

Elton John, who had once been Russell’s opening act, said “He was my biggest influence as a piano player, a singer and a songwriter.”  On hearing of Russell’s death, he said “My darling Leon Russell passed away last night. He was a mentor, inspiration and so kind to me.”

Click here to read the New York Times press release.

 


I Want You To Want Me – Cheap Trick – 1977 & 1979

September 23, 2016

cheap-trick-i-want-you-to-want-me-1977Perhaps Cheap Trick’s best known song, I Want You To Want Me didn’t even tickle the charts first time around—then came the live version (1979), and a #7 hit in the US and #29 in the UK. 

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  • Tom Petersson, Randy “Xeno” Hogan (replaced very early on by Robin Zander) and Bun E. Carlos formed Cheap Trick in Rockford, Illinois back in the 60s.  After going through several band names, the boys went to a Slade concert.  Tom noted that the band used “every cheap trick in the book” as part of their act.  That became the band’s new name – one which has been used since 1973 through to today.
  • Tcheap-trick-1he band’s first album, Cheap Trick, was released in early 1977.  Two more followed and, while acclaimed by fans, had little real success in the US with none of them making it to the Top 40.
  • In Japan it was a different story, however.  All three albums went gold and, when Cheap Trick toured there for the first time in April 1978, their reception was reminiscent of Beatlemania.  While in Japan, the band recorded two concerts and Cheap Trick at Budokan was born.  Initially intended for release in Japan only, it was released in the US in 1979 and launched the band into international stardom—the album went triple platinum in the US.
  • The biggest hit from the album was I Want You to Want Me.  It had previously been released on the album, In Color.
  • The band’s next studio album, Dream Police, was a hit, as was the title track.
  • By 1980, Cheap Trick was headlining arenas and engaged George Martin to produce their album All Shook Up – another gold record.
  • Band members recorded tracks for John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s album Double Fantasy – their cuts were never used on the original album with John favouring a lighter sound. They can be found on bootlegs and various anthologies, however.
  • After four decades, Cheap Trick continues to tour and can now lay claim to over 5,000 live performances.cheap-trick-2

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  • Written by Rick Nielsen, I Want You to Want Me first appeared on Cheap Tricks second album In Color.  Released in 1977, it was the first single from that album, and it did not chart in the United States.
  • I Want You to Want Me was, however a #1 single in Japan paving the way for Cheap Trick’s Budokan concerts and their subsequent international success.
  • The live version of I Want You to Want Me, released in 1979, became Cheap Trick’s biggest selling single, reaching #7 US charts. It was also the band’s highest charting UK single, peaking at #29.
  • Bass player Tom says:

My recollection is that Rick did that song as a bit of a joke, because at the time when we had done that song there was a lot of pop music on the radio—ABBA, and all sorts of things, disco, Rick thought, ‘I’m just going to do an over-the-top pop song. I just want to do one that’s so silly—total pop—and then we’ll do a heavy version of it.’ He didn’t know what was going to happen with it. The idea was to have it like a heavy metal pop song. Cheap Trick doing ABBA—except a very heavy version.

  • I Want You To Want Me has been covered by an eclectic mix of artists including: Dwight Yoakam, Lindsay Lohan, and Chris Isaak.

I Want You To Want Me lyrics.

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Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad – Meat Loaf – 1977

August 20, 2016

Meat Loaf Two out of Three Ain't Bad coverGreat singer – great song – Meat Loaf’s 1977 hit, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad.

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  • With over 80 million records sold, Michael Lee Aday is one of the highest selling music artists of all time.
  • Born in Dallas, Texas, Michael is better known as Meat Loaf.  Meat Loaf’s music career began in Los Angeles with his band, Meat Loaf Soul, named after his mother’s favourite dinner.  Their first gig was in Huntington Beach opening for Van Morrison’s band, Them.
  • Meat Loaf 2By the 1970s, Meat Loaf had gone solo although his first album was on a Motown subsidiary label as a duet with Shaun “Stoney” Murphy.  The album’s production team wrote and selected the songs while Meat Loaf and Stoney were invited to lay down their vocals, nothing more.  The album, titled Stoney & Meatloaf (Meatloaf being shown as one word), was released in 1971 and left the charts untouched.
  • Then came the trilogy of Bat Out of Hell albums.  Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell, and Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose.  The first sold more than 43 million copies worldwide and continues, 40 years after its release, to sell around 200,000 copies each year.  It stayed on the charts for a phenomenal nine years.
  • Meat Loaf won the 1993 Grammy Award for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).  That song being his only #1 single, hitting the top of the charts in over ten countries around the world, including USA and UK.
  • Alongside his singing career, Meat Loaf has appeared in over 50 movies and television shows.
  • Meat Loaf 3It was in the early 1970s while touring with the musical Hair that Meat Loaf auditioned for a musical named, More Than You Deserve, that he met his future collaborator Jim Steinman.  Jim wrote most the material for the Bat Out of Hell trilogy.  He also wrote or co-wrote hit songs for: Bonnie Tyler (Total Eclipse of the Heart), Air Supply (Making Love Out of Nothing at All), and Boyzone, No Matter What.  Meat Loaf and Jim subsequently fell out and ceased working together.
  • Meat Loaf continues to perform – with varying reviews – today, although it is amazing that he’s lasted this long.  It’s said that he’s cheated death on numerous occasions, including: a serious car crash, being struck on the head with a shot during a shot put event, jumping off a stage during a concert and breaking both of his legs, and being afflicted with Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome, a heart condition.  In October 2006, his private jet had to make an emergency landing at Stansted Airport, London, after the plane’s landing gear failed.  In 2011, he fainted on stage in Pittsburgh; in June 2014, he collapsed while on stage in Edmonton – his vocal double track continuing while he lay unconscious on the stage.

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  • Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad was written by Jim Steinman and recorded by Meat Loaf for his 1977 Bat Out of Hell album.
  • The song peaked at #11 on the US singles chart and 32 on the UK singles chart.  It earned a million-selling Gold single.
  • Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad was the final song written for Bat Out of Hell.  In 2003, Jim said of the song:

“I remember Mimi Kennedy [a cast member of Jim’s then-current musical Rhinegold] telling me, “Steiny, your stuff is so complicated. Can’t you write something simple?”  And while she was saying that the oldies station was on the radio and it was playing that old Elvis song, ‘I Want You, I Need,’ whatever it was. ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You’, you know. I just started singing my own song but it was ‘I Want You, I Need You, I Love You.’ She said, “Why don’t you write something simple like that, ‘I want you, I need you, I love you’?” I said, “Well I’ll try.” I don’t try to make them complicated. I remember going home and I tried so hard but the best I could do was: I want you, I need you but there ain’t no way I’m ever gonna love you, don’t be sad, ’cause two out of three ain’t bad. So it was still a twist but it was my closest to a simple song, and one Elvis could have done.”

  • Two versions of the song exist; one timed at around 5:27 and one at around 3:50.
  • Todd Rundgren produced the Bat Out Of Hell album. On this song, he used the other three members of his band Utopia: Kasim Sulton on bass, Willie Wilcox on drums, and Roger Powell on synthesizer. Todd played guitar and sang BVs on this one.
  • Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad lyrics.

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