Posts Tagged ‘music’

BlondieGenerally speaking, I like to note the 70th birthday of performers that I enjoy in this blog. Well, Debbie Harry, the lead singer of the group Blondie, no relation to Bumstead, turned 70 on July 1, and I totally missed it.

Blondie is an American rock band that Harry formed with guitarist Chris Stein. It took the band until its third album, Parallel Lines in 1978 Read the rest of this entry »

vanmorrisonGeorge Ivan ‘Van’ Morrison is one of those artists who’s been around practically as long as I’ve been listening to music.

The Northern Irish singer/songwriter has released over three dozen albums. I have his second solo album, Astral Weeks, and his 2012 album, Born to Sing: No Plan B, but only about a half dozen in between, so there are definite gaps in my Van awareness.

Incidentally, Legacy Recordings has just acquired most of his catalog, and Rhino Remasters, Expands His “Astral Weeks,” “His Band and the Street Choir”.

I dare say if I listened to the entirety of his oeuvre, I’d likely find 25 more songs, but these are the ones that struck a chord with me today. And while the top 7 are probably my favorites, the order is fairly arbitrary.

25. When That Evening Sun Goes Down, from Tupelo Honey (1971) -TH
24. Cleaning Windows, from Beautiful Vision (1982) Read the rest of this entry »


How a ’50s-Era New York Knife Law Landed Thousands in Jail.

Jeff Sharlet interviews Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King.

No matter how sincerely we think we get it, we don’t really get it. “A personal epiphany about race and gender, to my fellow white males.” And Please Stop Being a Good White Person (TM).

Donald Trump Just Stopped Being Funny. “Win or lose, Trump’s campaign threatens to unleash the Great American Stupid.”

About Josh Duggar’s Ashley Madison Account. Am I the only person who had never HEARD of Ashley Madison until this summer? Read the rest of this entry »

Tyrone_Davis_oct_1970As I have alluded to in the past, there are lots of different popular music charts put out by Billboard magazine, and other music publications. For instance, some songs might be a hit on the the charts geared towards black music, but do far less well on the pop charts, or occasionally better.

The black charts were known as race records, rhythm and blues, soul, et al, since they were begun in 1942. It’s currently Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Tyrone Davis (ne Tyrone Fettson, May 4, 1938 – February 9, 2005) was a successful soul singer for over four decades. He had THREE #1 soul singles, and 43 in the top 100, whereas he had 15 top 100 pop hits, none reaching #1.

His obituary in the Guardian reads: “Tyrone Davis, who has died aged 66, was an American soul singer whose voice, between low tenor and baritone, had a blues tinge. He commanded a large, loyal black following, but was denied a mass audience.”

BTW, this phenomenon is hardly specific to Davis. James Brown, e.g., had 17 soul #1s, and over 110 top 100 soul tunes. He had zero #1 pop tunes and about 95 top 100 pop hits.

Of Tyrone Davis’ soul #1s, Turning Point (1976) didn’t even chart on the pop charts. Can I Change My Mind went to #5.

Turn Back the Hands of Time, which was based on the relationship problems of co-writer Jack Daniels (no relation to the drink) got to #3 in 1970.

Listen to Turn Back the Hands of Time.

Boz_Scaggs_SpotlightI had this need to find out if I had ever seen Boz Scaggs, and what the venue was. As I suspected, I had, in 1972, according to the Boz Scaggs Music Community website at, though it had expired; I retrieved the information from the Wayback Machine. The Facebook page associated with it hasn’t been updated since 2010.

I didn’t put the info together, it’s not mine, and I can’t verify the entries. But it seemed a shame that the listing was inaccessible. So if anyone wants to take and expand this roster, it’d be fine with me. And if the BSMC objects, please let me know.

1967 Jun 17 Monterey Pop Festival Monterey, CA w/ SMB, Canned Heat, Janis, Country Joe, Al Kooper, QMS

1969 Please Submit Awalt High School Mountain View, CA
1969 Feb 21 Petersen Gym, SD State University San Diego, CA Quicksilver, Robert Savage
1969 May 15 Cal State Hayward Hayward, CA Ike & Tina Turner, Elvin Bishop
1969 Oct 17-19 Piedmont Park Music Festival Atlanta, GA ABB, Mother Earth, Joe South, Jackie Wilson

1970 Please Submit KRON Channel 4 San Francisco, CA First live quadraphonic broadcast of a concert performed in TV studio
1970 Please Submit Frenchy’s Hayward, CA Either 1970 or 1971
1970 Please Submit University of New Hampshire Durham, NH It’s A Beautiful Day, Steve Miller
1970 Jan 7-11 Whiskey A Go Go Hollywood, CA
Fleetwood Mac
1970 Jan 14-15 The Matrix San Francisco, CA
1970 Feb 12-14 The Matrix San Francisco, CA Steel Mill (Bruce Springsteen) opened
1970 Mar 17-21 The Matrix San Francisco, CA
1970 Mar 27 Capitol Pavilion Olympia, WA Cold Blood, Lovecraft
1970 Mar 28 Seattle Arena Seattle, WA Cold Blood, Lovecraft
1970 April Springer’s Ballroom Portland, OR
1970 Apr 19 Berkeley Community Theatre Berkeley, CA Billed as Frank Zappa and the Hot Rats
1970 May 2 Fillmore West San Francisco, CA Tull, Boz replaced Fairport Convention,Sant ‘n Pepper
1970 Jun 19-20 Civic Auditorium Honolulu, HI Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, John Lee Hooker
1970 Jun 27 Euphoria San Rafael, CA Ike & Tina, A.B. Skhy Read the rest of this entry »

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