The (Happy) Little Drummer Boy

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

‘Tis the season!   Like most families who celebrate Christmas (or whatever the holiday of their faith), our household has a holiday music “Greatest Hits” collection.  It dates back to the early 1980s, and the earliest mix was born on cassette (Maxell XLII-90).  In the ’90s, it went digital, spanning two CDs.  Today, it has grown […]

Sleigh Ride (The Ronettes, 1963)

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

Happy Thanksgiving!  If you are traveling “over the river and through the woods” today on the way to Grandma’s house or if you are standing in line at Best Buy, here’s a happy holiday song that, if you’re like me, will play in a loop in your head for the rest of the day…no matter […]

“For What It’s Worth” (Sergio Mendes, 1971)

Here’s an odd little cover of the Buffalo Springfield song, “For What It’s Worth.” (You know the song; you just might not recognize it by its title.) The singer is Wanda Sá, a Brazilian singer and guitar player who was part of Sergio’s potent international pop band, Brasil ’66, in the late ’60s and early […]

Aunt Rosemary?!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

I don’t know what the public thought about the song, “Pet Me, Poppa,” in 1955 (that was before my time, don’t cha know), but, um…well, I’ll bet they weren’t singing it in Sunday School.  For anyone who thinks Madonna invented sexually-charged pop music, take a listen to this bit of wink-and-wiggle from Rosemary Clooney.  I […]

“Dancin’ With Joey Ramone”

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

Take a rock and roll break with Amy Rigby.  In 2005, four years after Joey Ramone died of lymphatic cancer, Amy recorded this great little song about her fantasy dream date with the legendary punk rocker.  Not only do we get a tribute to Joey Ramone, we also get a quick tour of Amy Rigby’s […]

“Hey, Eugene” by Pink Martini

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Best Playlist Ever!, Pop Music!

Ever heard of Pink Martini?  No?  Don’t worry…you aren’t alone.  In a world where Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj have two or three hits out at a time, a band like Pink Martini doesn’t stand a chance.  They perform grown-up music (for grown-ups!), covering several styles and decades of music.  A lot of their material […]

“Tears of a Clown (Ska!)”

What is better than a Smokey Robinson classic from 1967?  Nothing!  So you gotta give The English Beat credit for being bold enough to take a thing of perfection, like “Tears of A Clown,” and record their own bouncy, ska version.  If you like this song, I highly recommend the full album (1980).  It’s an instant […]

The Original “Hound Dog”

There’s no disputing that the Elvis Presley recording of “Hound Dog” is a monumental classic…but something about it just doesn’t feel right.  Does it bother anybody else that the lyrics don’t make sense?  “Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit, and you ain’t no friend of mine.”  Huh?  (Well, first of all, that’s about a quadruple-negative.)  To whom […]

“Some Kind of Wonderful”…the original!

I had always assumed Grand Funk Railroad wrote “Some Kind of Wonderful.”  Nope.  Here’s the original, written and recorded by Soul Brothers Six.  Grand Funk’s version rocks, but the original rolls.  Loud and loose, it is all kinds of wonderful.  Now, can I get a witness? Check it out!…

Highway 49

This is Jim Suhler and Jason Elmore doing “Highway 49,” a performance we shot at the Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum.  (Jim on the left, Jason on the right.)  A classic blues vocal by Jason and some great slide work from the both of them.  Big Joe Williams would be proud.