Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie Valli and his legendary group, The Four Seasons are back on everyone's minds again. Here, we look back to their gig at the DeVos Hall in Grand Rapids, MI, in 1985.
50 years ago today, the Hollies released the single in the UK which would, when it finally saw US release the following month, provide the band with their very first top-40 hit in America.
Written by Graham Gouldman and Charles Silverman, “Look Through Any Window” came on the heels of “I'm Alive,” a track which - ironically enough - failed to make a dent on the American charts despite having been written by an American: Clint Ballard, Jr., also known for having composed “Game of Love” (Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders) and “You're No Good,” which was recorded by Dee Dee Warwick, Betty Everett, and the Swinging Blue Jeans before Linda Ronstadt turned it into a #1 hit.
1999 saw the world’s population crack the 6 billion mark. This of course meant that is was time to party like it was the very year we were living in…let the music play, maestro!
42 years ago today, Bobby Darin performed what would prove to be his final concert.
It took place at the Las Vegas Hilton, the last date in a residency Darin had maintained at the hotel since the previous month, but his health was beginning to fail even more than it already had in the previous months. As TK Kellman, a member of Darin's band recalled of the Hilton stint on TVParty.com, “Bobby, who was unquestionably the consummate performer, would incorporate false exits and 'bows' in the show so he could duck briefly backstage and suck on an oxygen mask for a few seconds before returning to the stage.”
Today we kick off with the original 1970s version of Ghanian highlife guitar legend Ebo Taylor's "Love And Death." As the polyrhythms fade out things quickly turn hoodoo with Nora Dean's "Angie La La (Ay Ay Ay)" - a thick slice of Jamaican psychedelia from 1969. Up next is Tom Waits take on Skip Spence's "Books of Moses." With its ambient indeterminate clanking amidst pouring rain and thunder, the Spence original is already otherworldly. Here, Waits further injects the track with a kind of backwoods Pentecostal deliverance sounding as if snake handling and Glossolalia are imminent. Bo Diddley makes a brief appearance before we switch gears with F.J. McMahon's "Sister Brother," a track that sets the pace for a bit before Peter Sarstedt enters the fray with "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" - setting the stage for Jacques Dutronc. We close out stateside catching up with Emitt Rhodes beofre finally landing in Memphis with Alex Chilton's "The EMI Song (Smile For Me)" off the recently reissued !970 Sessions. Until next time...