Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Monday, January 21, 2008

The Top 100 Drags On...

I'm counting them back from ZZ Top forward as I bare my soul and give you my CDs that would be cool to have on a deserted island or anywhere really. The last artist on the list was Joe Walsh and we zoom past Jerry Jeff Walker, Rick Wakeman and even past Stevie Ray Vaughn...wha?
There is no mistaking Stevie; his body of work will stand against anyone's. I just didn't think he released that one powerful LP that formed my musical experiences. Great songs, great style. I think when I first heard Stevie (at 26) my musical alliances had already been formed. Hearing a piece of music at 21 (as inferior as it may be) may have been more influencial. That explanation leads to another in my top 100 of all time
Gino Vanelli's "Brother To Brother" This cat had it going on in the seventies. I first got introduced to Gino by a song I heard on the radio one day called "People Gotta Move" .

Working at an "underground" FM station, I discovered "Storm at Sun Up". This discovery was actually made by a suitor of mine who suggested it was "the greatest piece of music to make love to ever". Can't say she was wrong. That made him very cool in my book

As a matter of fact, I used that piece of music to my advantage many times, and being the careless, young and crazy guy I was, it worked frequently.
"A Pauper in Paradise" 1977 The first side of the album (cassette) was brilliant. The second side with an orchestra was shit.
Which leads us to his masterpiece (in my opinion) "Brother to Brother" which came out in 1978.
With the hit, "I Just Wanna Stop", this LP had everything. Well produced, crisp sounding songs that were played really well. "Appaloosa" kicks it off in high gear and "I Just Wanna Stop" has a smooth cool vibe. "Brother to Brother" is the workout masterpiece. The perfect soundtrack to 1978, right before I became someone. With this guy's hair and looks, anything I could do to have him rub off on me was worth it.
My top ten Gino songs:
10. "The River Must Flow" very funky number on "Brother to Brother"
09. "Mardi Gras" from A Pauper in Paradise
08. "A Song and Dance" from A Pauper in Paradise
07. "Mama Coco" from People Gotta Move
06. "I Just Wanna Stop" his big hit from "Brother to Brother"

05."People Gotta Move" from Powerful People

04. "Appaloosa" from "Brother to Brother"

damn, you have to admire him just for the hair

03. "Black Cars" his "comeback" from 1985. KSHE played this..believe or or don't

02. "Storm At Sunup" from "Storm At Sunup" She was so right, the best aphrodisiac ever.

01. "Brother To Brother" the musicianship is extraordinary in this video.

Quite the showman, probably got more in one week than most guys did in a month.
A true musical mulligan.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

R I P John Stewart

He was a member of the Kingston Trio and co-wrote the song "Daydream Believer" for the Monkees. When I really jumped into radio in early 1979, KY 102 played the shit out of "Gold" featuring vocals by Stevie Nicks and a nasty guitar solo by Lindsay Buckingham. Was married for 40 years to the same person. There goes another one...

Here's his story.

Another great one hit wonder here..

R I P Suzanne Pleshette

I had such a wild crush on her in high school. Bob Newhart was the luckiest guy on the planet to wake up to that every day. 35 years ago when the show was in it's hey day, she was 35 and I was 17. Hey, it would've worked. What a beautiful woman. She died of respiratory failure yesterday at the age of 70. Two husbands preceded her in death. One, Tom Poston, just recently. Beauty, style and grace. My heart is sad for her family and for losing another one of those people that made my life just a bit better. The song that played in the beginning was a song titled "Going Home To Emily". Emily goes home.

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