November 16, 1968 B.J. Thomas’ Hooked On A Feeling is released!
I remember singing Hooked on a Feeling in the car when I was a young teen. I had amazing valet service when I was a kid. My uncle Bill, who lived with us, drove me and my friends anywhere we wanted to go and he would always have candy in the car and we would go to Coney Island and he would give all of us money and then drive each friend home to their door. He was the man!
Well, I had Elle Winter over today. We worked on a Christmas song for a parade she’s appearing in on Sunday. Tonight the results of last week’s voting came out so before she left I gave her the talk — it doesn’t matter if you win or lose, you are so talented and we will go to the next project, don’t worry, I believe in you — and I meant it all, but SHE GOT INTO THE FINALS!! Yeah! I’m really glad and really excited!
So, thank you all my friends who voted for her. The big final round of voting is in 2 weeks and I will keep you posted!
here ya go. Today in Music. Hooked on a Feeling! If you have a minute, go find the original and listen to it again. Great voice on B.J. Thomas!
November 5, 1941 Happy Birthday Art Garfunkel!
juliet in the backyard
I might see Art Garfunkel tonight. He is usually at this event, the Autumn Ball for Lenox Hill Hospital that I’m at tonight with my Stingers. We have Cindy Lauper on the bill tonight. Her voice is so unique and soulful. I love her and I love Elaine Caswell who is singing backup for her. She’s a good friend and an amazing singer. She sang all over Claudia and my songs for the Willie & the Swagga project. Looking forward to hanging with her tonight. Also, Elle Winter is coming and she will be on the red carpet event prior to the gig. All in all pretty exciting!
On a sadder note, Juliet our Hedgehog (yes, i said hedgehog) died this morning. She was a cute little hedgehog with a cute face and this pointy snout. Actually, she was Casey’s hedgehog but he left her with us since he’s travelling the world with Chanticleer.
Oh well. We are going to bury her in the backyard and have a traditional hedgehog burial service that I will make up as I dig a hole!
Happy Birthday AG! Maybe I’ll catch you later!
November 2, 1961 Happy Birthday k.d. lang!
k.d. lang is another great voice and I can listen to anything she sings.
I love her duet album with Tony Bennet and I love her album Hymns of the 49th Parallel which is her covers of songs of Canadian songwriters. One of the artists she covered in that album was Neil Young and when I heard her sing HELPLESS I said Damn! So as usual I listened to it for 3 days nonstop like I do with every song I love.
Okay – GOOD news is that my artist Elle Winter is moving on to the next round in Disney’s NEXT BIG THING contest! Please vote for her – here is some info on how to do it!
BAD news – My mom just got operated on. She broke her hip in 3 places and got a rod put in and it will be a 4-6 week recovery period.
GOOD news – My mom is a tough old broad who will be up and gambling as soon as she she’s able and will be enjoying a gin and tonic very soon!
GOOD news – Power is coming back on downtown. My in-laws are back up and running@
BAD news – my gig tomorrow got cancelled!
GOOD news – I got another gig for tomorrow playing blues at Terra Blues with Michael Powers – a great blues guitar man!
BAD news -there’s nothing good on t.v. tonight!
GOOD news – Pinkberry is back open – so gotta go!
Here’s Helpless and see ya’s tomorrow.
September 9, 1941 Happy Birthday Otis Redding!
It’s sad to think Otis Redding recorded this song 3 days before he died in a plane crash. He didn’t get to see what a huge hit it became and how enduring it is. Otis was one of the great soul singers of his time and many singers today are still singing his riffs.
Well, today is a beautiful day in Manhattan – 70 degrees and sunny (at least that’s what Siri told me this morning when I asked her.) She’s a good secretary but sometimes she gets temperamental and will say “Sorry, I didn’t get that” “Sorry, I wasn’t able to do that.” Samuel L. Jackson’s Siri in the commercial seems so much smarter than my Siri.
But this morning Siri was right and Claudia and I went to the 3rd Ave Street Fair where Elle Winter performed. We would have had to stand around for 2 1/2 hours in the sun to watch the concert, but I spied 1 open table at a French bistro right across from the stage and Claudia and I sat there and ate in the shade. Oh yeah baby, mussels and fries, and it was all you can eat mussels. I could have stayed there all day but Claudia told me that the 150 mussels I ate was enough. Damn! I’m gonna go back there with Dylan and go mussel crazy with him!
So, today we weren’t
Sittin’ on the dock of the bay …
Sitting at a french cafe …
September 4, 1967 Lulu’s To Sir With Love was released.
This is a beautiful song and I remember it from the movie which was great. Lulu’s voice had such grit to it. Love it! We used this song in Beehive in a section called the British Invasion. Laura Theodore sang it in between Downtown and You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me. It amazes me how many great, soulful singers came from the U.K. In the 60’s you had Lulu and Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark and more recently Adele and Amy Winehouse and Jessie J. You can tell they were listening to soul music growing up. I can listen to anything this Jessie J sings!
Just got back from another Elle Winter gig. She is doing this Music is Medicine concert series in hospitals and we played at the Ronald McDonald House and it felt great to get all these kids with various illnesses up and singing and dancin! I worked them into a frenzy. All the parents and staff were like, oh great now we got to get them to bed after you hyped them all up, but everyone was happy.
Elle was great with the kids! What a pro!
Here’s today’s video, To Sir With Love! More tomorrow…