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Elton John

Elton John

Rocketman, the story of Elton John is due in theatres May 31
Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) was born Reginald Kenneth Dwight, 25 March 1947 in London, England. Surrounded by music at an early age he learned to play on his grandmother's piano. The young Reginald could play back anything he heard including complex classical compositions. His music career started with his band 'Bluesology' but really began gaining traction when he met Bernie Taupin at Liberty Records, writing songs for people like Roger Cook a noted British songwriter and recording artist who co-wrote "Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)" by the Hollies. His first release as Elton John is now a very rare song "I've Been Loving You" Written entirely by Elton but he gave Bernie songwriting rights to help him establish his publishing credit. He has gone on to become the fifth best selling artist (albums) of all time with sales exceeding 2…

The Guitar

A simple enough word 'guitar' but that is where the simplicity ends. The instrument is both beautiful and complex and in the hands of the right person it can make a sound unmatched by any other instrument. Just to clarify things I can't play myself (unlike my two older brothers) and I'm no expert on the topic but I wanted to blog a bit on it regardless. So here, briefly the history of the guitar as I understand it. Firstly a definition from Dr. Michael Kasha who was a Physical Chemist and molecular spectroscopist. Apart from that impressive gig he spent many years researching and designing guitars. From a work done by Paul Guy, he quotes Dr. Kasha as saying a guitar has "a long, fretted neck, flat wooden soundboard, ribs, and a flat back, most often with in-curved sides". According to Guy the first known guitars date back about 4000 years and the oldest representation is a stone carving at Alaca Huyuk in Turkey, of a 3300 year old Hittite "guitar".


The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

When you have released your 26th compilation album 'Honk', you know you've been around a long long time. Their 30 studio albums however does not put them anywhere near the top album producers in numbers (Brian Carroll known as 'Buckethead' has released over 300) that said it is the most impressive and unprecedented body of work. As most will know they were formed in 1962 with the basic original lineup of; Brian Jones who was the original bandleader (guitar, harmonica, keyboards), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ian Stewart (piano). Stewart soon left but continued to play under contract for many years. Brian Jones would spiral downward due to addiction and be replaced shortly before his drowning death in 1969. Mick Taylor who replaced Jones would leave after Ronnie Wood joined in 1975. No secret the heart and soul has always been Jagger and Richards.

If we stick …

Post #75 One Year of Blogging

One Year mark for my blog is May 6, 2019

Thank you to my subscribers and everyone else who reads my blog, and an extra thanks to those who share the blog with others whether via posting on your timeline in FB, twitter, email or word of mouth. One year ago I made my first  blog post (thanks Darren) not knowing how it might work out but I'm really enjoying sharing my thoughts on cover songs and artists and find the time it takes (average 14 hrs.) to produce and edit a post well worth it. Optimistically, as time goes on I'll get a bit better at it as well. Many of you are familiar with some of the material I talk about but hopefully there's a bit of new stuff in there to keep you reading every week. I also know the diversity of topics might have you skipping the odd post as well.
To the new readers and to those who don't know me, I have no musical talent myself and I'm just now remembering a phrase I've heard "those who can't do, teach". Well I'…

Crooners

Crooners

As defined in a google search; croon·er, noun. a singer, typically a male one, who sings sentimental songs in a soft, low voice.


I've read most singers we might put into this category don't or didn't identify with the classification and even today some feel the term is somewhat pejorative. That said I may actually be able to find one song like "As Time Goes By" and list a cover version from just about every crooner in history, but I won't do that to you today. However as it happens that song was written by Herman Hupfeld in 1931 and was used in the Broadway musical 'Everybody's Welcome' performed by Frances Williams. First recorded by one of the original crooners Rudy VallĂ©e in July of that same year. If you are a movie buff you will recognize the song from Casablanca (1942), sung by Sam (Dooley Wilson), later released as a record in 1943. Covered over 430 times.

Chronologically here is a list of Crooners from another well researched blog…