Me and You and a Dog Named Boo –Lobo – 1971

June 3, 2016

Lobo Me and You and a Dog Named BooAnother artist who had mega-hits in the 70s and continues to perform today.  Me and You and a Dog Named Boo was Lobo’s first hit, way back in 1971.

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  • Lobo was born Roland Kent LaVoie in Tallahassee, Florida way back in 1943.
  • He had three top ten hits in the early 70s, Me and You and a Dog Named Boo, I’d Love You to Want Me and Don’t Expect Me to Be Your Friend.
  • Lobo’s musical career began as a member of a local band named The Rumours.  The band included 70s musicians Gram Parsons and Jim Stafford.Lobo 1
  • Lobo’s first solo album was released in 1969 under his real name.  His name change came in 1971 – Lobo is Spanish for “wolf.”
  • It was in 1971 that Lobo’s first single was released – Me and You and a Dog Named Boo.  It became the first hit for his label Big Tree Records.  The song featured on Lobo’s debut album Introducing Lobo which was released a couple of months after the single.
  • Lobo 2I’d Love You to Want Me, released in November 1972, became Lobo’s biggest hit reaching #2 in the US and #5 in the UK.  It topped the charts as a #1 hit in Germany.
  • To date Lobo has released 17 albums, the last in 2010.
  • Lobo continues to tour and play gigs – he is particularly popular in Asia.

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  • Me and You and a Dog Named Boo is lifted from the 1971 album Introducing Lobe.
  • Written by Lobo under his real name Kent LaVoie, it reached #5 on the US charts and #4 on the UK charts.
  • Also in 1971, country artist Stonewall Jackson recorded Me and You and a Dog Named Boo.  It was his final Top 40 hit on the US country chart, peaking at number seven.
  • The Brady Kids sung the song on their TV show – an animated version of The Brady Bunch.
  • Me and You and a Dog Named Boo lyrics.

me and you and a dog named boo – lobo – 1971 – video

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(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher – Rita Coolidge – 1977

January 10, 2016

Rita Coolidge Higher and HigherPart Scots, part Cherokee Indian, Rita Coolidge’s greatest hit was 1977’s, (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher.

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  • Born in Tennessee in 1945, Rita Coolidge continues to perform today.
  • Rita’s singing career began in bars around Memphis and in recording advertising jingles, before she was discovered by Delaney and Bonnie.
  • After moving to Los Angeles with Delaney and Bonnie, Rita sang background vocals for many popular artists of the time, including: Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills.  Rita features in Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen album, singing Leon Russell’s Superstar.
  • Rita was nicknamed, The Delta Lady and inspired Leon Russell to write a song of the same name for her.
  • 500_FRONT.jpgIn 1973, Rita married Kris Kristofferson.  Together they recorded several duet albums, which sold well and earned them two Grammy Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal; From the Bottle to the Bottom (1974) and Lover Please (1976).
  • As a soloist, Rita scored four consecutive top 25 hits in 1977-78.  Coincidentally, they were all covers: Jackie Wilson’s (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher, Boz Scaggs’ We’re All Alone, The Temptations’ The Way You Do The Things You Do, and Marcia Hines’ You.

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  • Having recorded the initial version of Layla in 1970, Eric Clapton heard drummer Jim Gordon playing a piano piece he had allegedly composed himself.  Eric was impressed by the piece and convinced his drummer Gordon to allow it to be used as the song’s coda section. Jim Gordon has been officially credited with this part but keyboardist Bobby Whitlock claims,

Jim took that piano melody from his ex-girlfriend Rita Coolidge. I know because in the Delaney & Bonnie days, I lived in John Garfield’s old house in the Hollywood Hills and there was a guest house with an upright piano in it. Rita and Jim were up there in the guest house and invited me to join in on writing this song with them called Time.  Her sister Priscilla wound up recording it with her husband, Booker T. Jones (of Booker T. & the M.G.’s). Jim took the melody from Rita’s song and didn’t give her credit for writing it. Her boyfriend ripped her off.

  • Time ended up on the 1973 album Chronicles by Booker T. and Priscilla.

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  • Rita Coolidge 3(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher was originally recorded by Jackie Wilson.  It was released in August 1967 and peaked at #6 on both the US and UK singles charts.
  • The song was covered by The Move in 1968 and Bette Midler in 1973 – that was before Rita Coolidge’s hit.
  • Rita recorded the song in 1977 and included it on her album, Anytime…Anywhere.
  • Rita and her sister Priscilla Jones had sung background on a version of the song for a prospective album by Priscilla’s husband Booker T. Jones; when that album was shelved Coolidge asked him if she could cut the song using his arrangement.
  • (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher was Rita’s first major hit despite nine years of recording.  Her version peaked at #2 on the US charts – it earned Rita her first gold record.
  • Rolling Stone magazine once ranked the song as #246 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  In 1999, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  • (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher lyrics.

(your love has lifted me) higher and higher – Rita Coolidge – 1977 – video

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Who’ll Stop the Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival – 1970

November 19, 2015

Creedence+Clearwater+Revi+Wholl+Stop+The+Rain CoverSix Top Five US hits and never a #1 – little more than five years together – one of the great bands of the 70s; CCR or Creedence Clearwater Revival; in 1970 they had a double-sided hit single; Who’ll Stop the Rain and Travellin’ Band.

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  • John Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford formed The Blue Velvets (sometimes called, The Golliwogs) way back in 1959.  They played gigs and sometimes backed John’s big brother Thomas.  Eventually Tom joined the band.
  • In 1967, the boys were offered a recording contract but it came with one proviso – they had to change the name of the band!  The boys went away with a challenge; to each come up with ten possible names.
  • That’s how, in January, 1968, they came to be known as Creedence Clearwater Revival.  According to the boys, the name came from three sources:
  1. Tom’s mate Credence Newball, whose name they changed to form the word Creedence,
  2. A television commercial for Olympia beer (“clear water”); and
  3. The four members’ renewed commitment to their band.
  • CCR 3Over the coming years the band produced eight studio albums including the four times platinum, Cosmo’s Factory; and had at least 23 hit singles.  Never a #1 but six of them made the top five.
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and, in its list of the 100 greatest artists of all time, Rolling Stone magazine ranked CCR at #82.
  • The band members went their separate ways in 1972 – all continue to be involved in the music industry.

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  • Who’ll Stop the Rain was written by John Fogerty and recorded by Creedence Clearwater Revival for their 4xPlatinum 1970 album Cosmo’s Factory.
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain was one of three double-sided hits released by Creedence Clearwater Revival from Cosmo’s Factory.  In this case, the single was backed with Travelin’ Band.
  • Who’ll Stop the Rain peaked at #2 on the US singles charts and #8 on the UK charts.
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Who’ll Stop the Rain at #188 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • The meaning of the song has been long debated, some claiming it was a call to end the war in Vietnam.  Here’s what John said about his song;

Well, this next song has a bit of a fable surrounding it. A lot of folks seem to think I sang this song at Woodstock way back then. No. I was at Woodstock 1969… I think. It was a nice event. I’m a California kid. I went up there and saw a whole bunch of really nice young people. Hairy. Colorful. It started to rain, and got really muddy, and then (yelling) half a million people took their clothes off!!! (Normal voice again) Boomer generation making its presence known I guess. Anyway, then I went home and wrote this song.

  • Artists to have covered Who’ll Stop the Rain include: Bruce Springsteen, The Stereophonics, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bob Seger (as a duet with John Fogerty), Garth Brooks, Dwight Yoakam, and Bill Haley and the Comets.
  • John Fogerty signed away legal control of his old recordings to Fantasy Records, a move he may have come to regret as they have allowed his songs to be used in all manner of commercials.  John once said;

Folks will remember Forrest Gump and that was a great movie, but they don’t remember all the really poor movies that Fantasy Records stuck Creedence music into: car commercials, tire commercials. I’m remembering a paint thinner ad at one point,(actually, it was Thompson’s Water Seal) the song “Who’ll Stop the Rain”. Oh, boy. That’s clever, isn’t it?

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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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Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me – Mac Davis – 1972

September 24, 2015

Mac Davis - Baby, Don't get hooked on me 1972In 1972, the man who wrote one of Elvis’ greatest hits had a hit of his own; Mac Davis – Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me.

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  • Hailing from Lubbock, Texas and known as a country singer, Mac Davis also made quite a name for himself as an actor and songwriter.
  • Mac wrote and produced three hit records for Elvis Presley; In the Ghetto, A Little Less Conversation and Memories.
  • In the 70s Mac launched his solo career and had a handful of charting songs including, Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me, Stop and Smell the Roses, One Hell of a Woman and Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble.
  • In 1974, Mac was awarded the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year award.
  • As an actor Mac had his own television variety show for three years.  He then appeared in a number of movies including, North Dallas Forty (1979), Cheaper To Keep Her (1981), The Sting II, and The Dukes of Hazzard movie.
  • Mac was listed as one of 12 Promising New Actors of 1979 by Screen World magazine.
  • In 2000, Mac was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.  He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the recording industry.

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  • Mac Davis 1Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me was written and sung by Mac Davis.
  • It is the title track of Mac’s third album.
  • Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1972.
  • Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me was covered by Liza Minnelli.
  • Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me lyrics.

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Every Night – Phoebe Snow – 1979

September 3, 2015

Phoebe Snow - Every NightWith her  astounding four-octave voice, Phoebe Snow had a 1979 hit with Paul McCartney’s, Every Night.

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  • Early in 1972 Denny Cordell – who along with Leon Russell, owned Shelter Records – visited the Bitter End Club in Greenwich, New York.  There he first heard the voice of Phoebe Snow and was so taken with it that he signed her on the spot.
  • Phoebe’s first album, Phoebe Snow, sold over a million copies and produced the wonderful single, Poetry Man.  The same year she was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category.
  • Phoebe performed as the opening act for artists like Jackson Browne, Paul Simon and Linda Ronstadt.
  • Phoebe’s second album was produced by Phil Ramone.
  • Rolling Stone called Phoebe; One of the most gifted voices of her generation, Phoebe Snow can do just about anything stylistically as well as technically … The question that’s still unanswered is how best to channel such talent.
  • Phoebe Snow 2After the birth of her daughter, Valerie, Phoebe spent long periods away from recording.  Born December 10, 1975, Valerie was born with severe brain damage.  Phoebe refused to institutionalise Valerie and cared for her at home until Valerie died in 2007.  Phoebe’s commitment to Valerie severely limited and almost scuttled her singing career.
  • In 1998, Phoebe received the Cultural Achievement Award by New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. She was also the recipient of a Don Kirschner Rock Award, several Playboy Music Poll Awards, New York Music Awards and the Clio Award.
  • Phoebe suffered a cerebral haemorrhage on January 19, 2010 and slipped into a coma.  She died on April 26, 2011 at age 60.

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  • Every Night was written by Paul McCartney and first released on his McCartney album in 1970.
  • Phoebe Snow included the song on her 1978 album Against the Grain and, in 1979, released it as a single.
  • The 5th Dimension also covered Every Night on their 1970 album Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes.

Every Night lyrics.

every night – phoebe snow – 1979 – video

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Little Sister – Ry Cooder – 1979

August 26, 2015

Ry cooder little sister cover 1979Supremely talented but not overly commercially successful, Ry Cooder’s biggest hit was in 1979, an Elvis cover called Little Sister.

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  • From Santa Monica, California, Ryland “Ry” Cooder is an American musician, songwriter, film score composer, and record producer.
  • Known for his slide guitar work, Ry is a multi-instrumentalist and an exponent of most stringed instruments.
  • Ry has tended to leap between genres and embraced many different ethnic styles.
  • Ry has worked with a number of musicians, including: Captain Beefheart, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Randy Newman, David Lindley, The Chieftains, and The Doobie Brothers.
  • Ry Cooder 2As a producer he was responsible for the Buena Vista Social Club album (1997), which became a worldwide hit.
  • In 2003, Ry was ranked 8th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.
  • Ry has won six Grammy awards including one for Best Recording for Children, and a couple in the Latin American genre.
  • Ry’s 8th album, Bop Till You Drop, was the first major-label digitally recorded album of Pop music.
  • Ry has been playing the guitar when he was three years old, and has had a glass eye since he was four, when he accidentally stuck a knife in his left eye.

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  • Little Sister was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.
  • Little Sister was originally released as a single in 1961 by Elvis Presley.
  • Ry Cooder’s version is the first track on his 1979 album, Bop Till You Drop.
  • Little Sister lyrics.

little sister – ry cooder – 1979 – video

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