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Video of the Week: Spirit (and friends) Rip Through ‘I Got a Line On You’

  • Randy California – Guitar, Vocals
  • Mark Andes – Bass, Vocals
  • Ed Cassidy – Percussion, Drums
  • Jay Ferguson – Guitar, Vocals
  • John Locke – Keyboards
  • Jeff Baxter – Guitar
  • Bob Welch – Guitar, Vocals
  • Joe Lala – Percussion
  • Howard Leese – Guitar Gary Myrik – Guitar
  • Neal Doughty – Keyboards
  • Jerry Jumonville – Saxophone
  • Curly Smith – Percussion, Drums, Vocals
  • Keith Knudsen – Percussion, Drums
  • Bruce Gary – Percussion, Vocals
  • Alan Gratzer – Percussion, Vocals

See also: Songs You May Have Missed #258 | Every Moment Has A Song (edcyphers.com)

Songs You May Have Missed #689

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: “Horse’s Mouth” (2021)

A simple, crisply-put message on the topic of gossip.

Well, it’s been going on long as I can remember
Somebody talking ’bout ol’ so and so and
Next thing you know, it gets repeated like it’s gospel
When it got started by someone who does not know

If you don’t hear it from the horse’s mouth
You’re hearing it from a horse’s ass
Alright

If you don’t hear it from the horse’s mouth
You’re hearing it from a horse’s ass

It’s a temptation when I hear a story like that
I have to meditate to keep my mouth shut
And it’s like wrestling a bear to keep it quiet
I want to run and jump and tell somebody but

If you don’t hear it from the horse’s mouth
You’re hearing it from a horse’s ass
Alright

There’s a dog on the bed
Getting caught in the act
Spider weaving a web
For a snake in the grass

If you don’t hear it from the horse’s mouth
You’re hearing it from a horse’s ass
Alright

If you don’t hear it from the horse’s mouth
You’re hearing it from a horse’s ass
If you don’t hear it from the horse’s mouth
You’re hearing it from a horse’s ass
You’re hearing it
From a horse’s ass

America’s Summer Dream – The Beach Boys Before Dealey Plaza

by Shaun Kelly

When John F. Kennedy flew to Texas to begin his reelection campaign for the presidency on Thursday morning, November 21, 1963, the number-one band in the US consisted of five teens from Southern California called, appropriately enough, The Beach Boys. A heady mixture of cousins, siblings, and neighbors ranging in age from 17 to 23, the fledgling band had already released four long-playing records between 1962 and ’63, with their latest album release, Little Deuce Coupe, establishing itself as one of rock’s first “concept albums.” Within 18 months of their arrival onto the pop musical scene The Beach Boys had already manifested themselves as quintessentially American in style, concept, and sound.

Why then did such an improbable collection of kids from a working-class suburb of Los Angeles grab hold of the imaginations of millions in such a short time? It’s fairly simple, really: The Beach Boys’ were blessed to be led by the group’s lead vocalist, bass player, and primary composer, Brian Wilson. A musical wunderkind whose tastes ranged from Beethoven to The Kingston Trio, Wilson had been influenced by such disparate composers as George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Chuck Berry, and the R&B songwriting duo of Mike Leiber and Jerry Stoller…

Read more: America’s Summer Dream – The Beach Boys Before Dealey Plaza | slkellydotorg

Songs You May Have Missed #688

The Sallyangie: “A Midsummer Night’s Happening” (1969)

The Sallyangie were a British folk duo comprised of a 16-year-old Mike Oldfield and his 21-year-old sister Sally. Their single LP, the gently ethereal Children of the Sun, will be either musical balm or emetic depending on your affinity for fey Lord of the Rings-inspired Renaissance Faire soundtrack music.

Some critics have panned the sound quality, the singing, Mike’s musicianship and the dated, naive fairytale-cum-hippy essence of the music, but its inclusion here tells you what I think of their appraisals. Of course, I’ve read Tolkien’s trilogy five times and attend the Ren Fest yearly…

Of undeniable quality are the arrangements contributed by one David (now Dee) Palmer, whose brilliance graces some of Jethro Tull’s greatest and most complex work.

Mike Oldfield is best known for a tune about as far removed from Children of the Sun as it could possibly be: “Tubular Bells” a.k.a. the theme from The Exorcist.

Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting

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(via Variety) by Jem Aswad

Sixty-four years ago, as Elvis Presley’s career reached its supernova stage, the 21-year-old singer’s team hit on a strategy that enabled him to profit from songwriting without actually writing songs. His management and music publisher had added Presley’s name to the credits on a couple of his early hits, but the singer wasn’t comfortable with the practice and frequently told interviewers that he had “never written a song in my life.” Instead, as recounted in Peter Guralnick’s authoritative biography “Last Train to Memphis,” his team set up an arrangement whereby the King skipped the credit but received one-third of the songwriting royalties for each song he released, no matter who wrote it. (This arrangement was confirmed to Variety by an industry source familiar with the catalog.)

According to Dolly Parton, the policy not only was still in practice nearly two decades later, but the King’s ransom had gotten even bigger. Presley was going to cover Parton’s 1974 hit “I Will Always Love You,” which is now one of the top-selling and most-performed songs of all time, largely thanks to Whitney Houston’s epochal 1992 cover.

“I was so excited, Elvis wanted to meet me and all that,” she recalled in a September 2020 interview on the “Living & Learning With Reba McEntire” podcast. “And the night before the session, Colonel Tom [Parker, Presley’s longtime manager] called me and said, ‘You know, we don’t record anything with Elvis unless we have at least half the publishing.’ I said, ‘I can’t do that.’ And he said, ‘Well, then we can’t do it.’ And I cried all night, ‘cause I’d just pictured Elvis singing it. I know it wasn’t [his decision], but it’s true. I said ‘no.’”

Read more: Inside the Dirty Business of Hit Songwriting – Variety

On music…

Songs You May Have Missed #687

Sweet: “New York Groove” (2020)

First a UK top tenner for glam rockers Hello in 1975, then covered by Ace Frehley in ’78, this chestnut is given a bit of a mashup treatment from Ballroom Blitzers Sweet.

The familiar chorus dovetails with Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” with surprisingly successful results.

From their pandemic-referential Isolation Boulevard, which also plays on the title of their 1974 hit LP Desolation Boulevard.

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