January 27, 1930 Happy Birthday Bobby “Blue” Bland!
The version of Let The Good Times Roll that I listen to is a Bobby Blue Bland and B.B. King duet. It don’t get better than that!
I loved this song so much we put it as the finale in our show Showdown on Norwegian Cruise Lines. Showdown just completed its 5th year on the high seas, going into its 6th. We get the audience to sing the Let it roll Let it roll Let it roll part.
This is also the perfect bar song! The Stingers play it all the time. Nobody does this better than Chuck Stanley, although sometimes I have to reign him in cause he can stretch this song out for 15 minutes. There was this one time Chucky sang this for 5 minutes then told me to vamp, then he disappears for 3 minutes then comes back with a tray of shots that someone at the bar bought us. Now I don’t drink so Chucky had mine and his and maybe some of the others and then started the song from scratch and went another 15 minutes.
Now I reel him in at around 10 minutes. No more!
So, happy birthday BBB! Letting the Good Times Roll!
October 5, 1961 – #1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit; Ray Charles’ Hit the Road Jack!
I’m sitting on a bench at Yonkers Raceway watching the trotters. The jockeys look like they are laying back in a recliner just whipping the hell out the horses. My gig doesn’t start until 10 so I’m just gonna sit and watch a few races.
The guy next to me is smoking a short fat smelly cigar. It looks like it’s been in his mouth for a week.
I think I tried a cigar once and inhaled and choked for an hour. Never again.
Had a great music day with Glenn Schloss and Erik Blicker recording military chants. Lots of fun with some talented guys!
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the song of the day! Hit the Road Jack by one of my all time favs Ray Charles!
Love this song. We use it in our R&B American Idol spoof Showdown which has been running for over four years now, sailing the seas on the Norwegian Jade. Whenever one of the scripted characters gets voted off, the rest of the cast sings “Hit the Road, Jack…” My wife is a funny girl to think that stuff up! If you’re ever on that ship, check out the hilarity that Claudia, John Carrafa and I put together in Showdown!
Great song and I’m singing it here for you. But don’t go anywhere. There’ll be more tomorrow!
July 18, 1941 Happy Birthday Martha Reeves!
Dancing in the Street is one of those great songs I’ve used in many different ways for years. It’s always a winner!
In Showdown, the show we have running in its fourth year on the high seas, Dancing in the Street is our big opening number!
When the Stingers began at LOLA, which was a small venue, the band played against one wall and the other wall was full of long booths so most of the audience was on the sides. My five singers would do a conga line to Dancing in the Street and we’d get about forty people on the line and take it right out into the street.
The doors would stay open and the Stingers would do what they do best — create a rocking party! All was good until the neighbors called the police and from then on we had to shut the doors and keep the party inside!
Martha Reeves has such a unique and fabulous voice. Dancing in the Street is one of her big hits, but everything she recorded was pretty great!