Category Archives: Pop

(May 2, 2017): Clint Eastwood – I Talk To The Trees

From the b-side of Lee Marvin’s, “Wand’rin Star”, the single from the Paint Your Wagon Red soundtrack, Wand’rin Star / I Talk To The Trees. Another gem my son turned me on to. I’ve seen Paint Your Wagon a number of … Continue reading

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(July 28, 2016): Oscar Brand – For Jefferson and Liberty

From the 1999 album, Presidential Campaign Songs 1789-1996.  Getting into the swing of things with the Conventions, here is a very old “campaign song” with continuing relevance song by folk legend Oscar Brand.  Schoening and Kasper provide backgound on this tune … Continue reading

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(July 23, 2016): Leo Reisman and his Orchestra – Happy Days Are Here Again

From the 1929 single, Lucky Me – Loveable You / Happy Days Are Here Again.  This was the first recording of this Eger and Yellen tune that has been covered countless times.  It was used as the finale in  the 1930 … Continue reading

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(June 25, 2016): Al Martino – Sweet Caroline

Today’s little heard cover: from the 1970 album, Can’t Help Falling In Love.  Overwhelmed by Diamond’s own 1969 release of his song, after which there would be no rival.  Bobby Womack fared little better in the early 1970s, but not much. … Continue reading

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(June 5, 2015): George Hamilton IV – Abilene

From the 1963 album of the same name, Abilene.  A song I can recall in the early rotation of my life on my parents car radio. Billboard number 1 on the country charts and number 15 on the pop charts.  Also … Continue reading

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(April 9, 2016): Abe Burrows – Upper Peabody

From the 1950 78rpm 10″ EP, Abe Burrows Sings?  Burrows was better known as a writer and director for radio and broadway.  At the time this EP was released, Burrows had done a stint as a writer for a Danny Kaye radio … Continue reading

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(March 7, 2016): Blood, Sweat and Tears – And When I Die

From the 1969 sophomore album, Blood, Sweat & Tears.  The tunes were recorded in 1968 as Al Kooper, Randy Brecker, and Jerry Weiss were departing. I assume that’s the reason the album is self-titled – a new start.  The LP … Continue reading

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