Category Archives: Pop

(November 11, 2017): John McCormack – There’s A Long, Long Trail

From the 1917 single side 78 rpm, There’s A Long, Long Trail.  A WWI staple for this old Armistice Day.  Stoddard King and Alonzo Elliott, both seniors at Yale, wrote the tune in 1913. Note the price on the lable … Continue reading

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(October 25, 2017): Avishai Cohen – Song of Hope

From the 2017 album, 1970.  Jazz bassist Cohen has produced a record that is not jazz; a much more mainstream offering that has him exercising his pipes. Cohen says this tune was prompted by “the state of the world and … Continue reading

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(Oct 12, 2017): Glenn Campbell – Times Like These

From the 2008 album, Meet Glenn Campbell.  Meet Glenn Campbell doing rock covers, that is. In addition to the Foo Fighters, Campbell covers the Replacements (their late-career ballad “Sadly Beautiful”), the Velvet Underground (“Jesus”), U2 (“All I Want Is You”), … Continue reading

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(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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