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Here's the link to a very interesting website:
Still love this album!...
(Oh yeah, and I just bookmarked that upchucky thing...it looks very cool indeed!)
Thanks for the recent posts and for the info. I've been over on Youtube ( again ). An area of interest of mine is the " Big Band Era " and also the Singers that came out of that scene as well. Bing Crosby was first known from back in that period and one very interesting song that he had out in the 1930's was " Brother Can You Spare A Dime ? " ( reflecting on the Great Depression of course ). Today I found another version of that song as put out by the Ronnie Lane's Slim Chance group, done in a nice Blusey style. Now I don't remember everything that happened back 40 or 50 years ago and this group seems to have slipped my mind ( they also have several other nice songs over on Youtube by this group as well).
I always think of "Brother (Buddy) Can You Spare a Dime" as a Gershwin tune, even though I've read and re-discovered again and again that it isn't. Same era, but Dime was of course written (lyrics) by Yip Harburg and composed by Jay Gorney.
Speaking of Gershwin, I've always really liked a lot of his (and "their", for works with lyrics, which were done by brother Ira) material, musicals and otherwise, and they are very popular still. But thinking about it, it seems like there haven't been all that many well known covers done of Gershwin's songs, many of which would work in different musical genres. Or maybe there were covers done that were well known half a century ago, way before I would have been paying attention.
Thanks for the info Cystem_Phailure. The " Big Bands " of the 30's and 40's had out a lot of good stuff that seemed to be influenced by Jazz, I gather that Louis Armstrong, among others, was also popular in that scene.
As I've mentioned before I'm a radio person ( with the odd DVD movie thrown in ) and the first radio turns itself on here at 8 AM and most often a radio is on until 12 Midnight. Today I'm in the mood for 50's on 5 and they are playing some hot numbers. I also like it when I hear a song that is not played too often. " My Baby Left Me " done by Elvis was just on and that song could serve as a reminder of how he energized things right from his early days.
Hey, here's a fun one! That's Carly Simon with her sister, appearing on the old folkie show Hootenanny:
Thanks for the info AndyClifton, one can see the start of Carly Simon's career there in that clip.
Rather a sad item in the news the other day in regards to Folk & Roots music with the passing of Earl Scruggs, one of the Pioneers of Blue-Grass music ( and of course the " Guru " of the Banjo ). The late Lester Flatt was the singing partner in the long-lived Flatt & Scruggs team that at one time was part of Bill Monroe's Blue-Grass Boys ( with Bill Monroe claiming to be the Father of Blue-Grass ). Flatt and Scruggs wrote the theme for " The Beverly Hillbillies " TV show and often appeared as guests which allowed them to do a song or two during the program. The soundtrack for the film " Bonny and Clyde " was also done by Flatt & Scruggs ( I've still got a copy of that soundtrack LP Album here somewhere ). Earl Scruggs was 88 years of age.
I didn't know of the names Flatt and Scruggs, but I definitely remember the Beverly Hillbillies and Bonnie and Cylde music. Got it running through my head right now. Thanks for the memory!
Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys (circa 1939)...
Thanks for the post Cystem-Phailure. Flatt & Scruggs had their own Regional TV show many years ago and a few clips have made it onto Youtube ( it was long ago, many of the clips are in Black and White lol ).
Ever since someone mentioned Bill Monroe all I have running through my head is "Blue moon of Kentucky, keep on shinin'..."
Thanks for the recent posts and Thanks for the photo AndyClifton. Bill Monroe worked very hard to bring " His " Blue-Grass music into the mainstream helped in part by the successes of Flatt & Scruggs and others. However in his rush to claim the title of the " Father " of Blue-Grass Bill Monroe seems to have trampled on other Pioneers of that music including ironically his older brothers. The Monroe Brother's Band ( started by Bill's older brothers ) is where Bill Monroe got his start in music. I am a fan of Bill and the Blue-Grass Boys but the true history of that type of music is rather complicated.
It's a very cool sound.
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