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Volume 184: Connie’s Sing Along

Volume 184: Connie’s Sing Along

Liner NotesAlmost everybody likes to show off their singing skills whether they have some or not. Karaoke bars have made a killing off that theory for decades. Back in the 1950s and 60s, there were a couple of TV shows that got viewers to sing along with them. Of...

Volume 183: Six Pages of Patti on 78

Volume 183: Six Pages of Patti on 78

Liner NotesLet's finish the first half of the year by turning up the speed. Let’s make it a 78 RPM Sunday. What better voice to do that with than one who sold over 100 million records during a six-decade-long career. She topped the Hot 100 FOUR times and had several...

Volume 182: Beethoven’s 1st & 2nd

Volume 182: Beethoven’s 1st & 2nd

Liner NotesMy dad had plenty of records featuring large orchestras playing classical music on both 33 ⅓ RPM vinyl LPs and 78 RPM Shellac records. The Reader’s Digest liner notes for this seven record box set starts off…quote…the nineteenth century was just opening in...

Volume 181: Dixieland Stars for Fathers Day

Volume 181: Dixieland Stars for Fathers Day

Liner NotesSo, Dad…your last fathers day was 2019. You died that December. In those four and a half years since, you have been dearly missed, thought of often and always toasted at family get-togethers. I still use a lot of your tools. But no…I still don’t know where...

Volume 180: Hit Makers

Volume 180: Hit Makers

Liner NotesWhen it came to how popular a band’s music was, it was the charts that told you. It was the charts that determined radio station song lists and how often they changed. While maybe not quite all of the songs on this record made the charts, even though that’s...

Volume 179: Viva the Latin Beat

Volume 179: Viva the Latin Beat

Liner NotesI’m not sure the person who gathered the music for this record understood what the assignment was. This is not at all what I expected the music to sound like after seeing the name of the album and the text on the cover. I mean, who hasn’t enjoyed that Latin...

Volume 178: Headliners

Volume 178: Headliners

Liner NotesHere’s an album I came across while looking for a specific artist for an earlier episode. I wasn’t familiar with some of the musicians and most of the music on this record. But it represents an interesting time frame in music. Sort of between bebop and rock...

Volume 177: Sammy Record 2

Volume 177: Sammy Record 2

Liner NotesHere’s the second record of a two disk set that spent as much time among my own records as it did my dad’s. There was a point where neither one of us remembered whose collection it actually belonged in. Like I’ve said in the past, my dad and I had similar...

Volume 176: For Mama on Mothers Day

Volume 176: For Mama on Mothers Day

Liner NotesSo, mom...your last mother's day was in 2015 just three weeks before you died. In those nine years since, you have been dearly missed, thought of often and always toasted at family get-togethers. I still use your recipes and even some of your kitchen tools...

Volume 175: JJ is Blue

Volume 175: JJ is Blue

When you think of bebop and other improvisational jazz, your mind usually hears a trumpet or saxophone as the lead. We rarely think about that instrument with the long slide that makes some pretty funny sounds as taking on any serious solo work, because, the thinking...

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