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Chicago

Chicago

I talked about the beginnings of the rich Blues music scene in Chicago in the "Delta Blues Part 1" post a while back. Chicago blues evolved from the style of play brought up from the Delta starting with Big Bill Broonzy and followed by many others including the great Muddy Waters. With more; electric guitar, amplification, harmonica and with city and urban related lyrics it became a sub-genre of the Blues referred to as "Electric Blues" and also with development in St Louis "Urban Blues".
But Chicago is home to more than the Blues though I strongly suggest checking out 'Buddy Guy's Legends', been there, got the t-shirt. When I blogged Chuck Berry I made reference to his best music coming from Chicago and Chess Records, here is a sampling of some of the more well known artists to either come from Chicago or have their musical genesis there.

Sam Cooke, while born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1931, his family moved to Chicago …

From the Movies (Part 2)

From the Movies (Part 2)
I mentioned some great movie songs in Part 1, but there are so many more.
One of the best songs written for a movie is "Mrs. Robinson" composed by Paul Simon. I referenced this song in the Simon and Garfunkel post but it's worth another mention.
 As I understand the story of this song Mike Nichols the Director of 'The Graduate' was obsessed with the music of Simon and Garfunkel and via Clive Davis, Simon was convinced (with a $25,000 cheque) to write three songs for his new movie. Apparently "Mrs. Roosevelt" was still in the early stages of development. When played for Nichols after he was unimpressed with the first two songs, the "dee de dee dee de dee dee dee" was just filler for words not yet written. Well he liked it so much the nonsense phrasing was kept and "Mrs. Robinson" was part of the Movie. It hit #1 in both Canada and U.S. in 1968 and won two Grammys; Record of the Year and Best Contemporary-Pop …