Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Ernestine Anderson

Ernestine Anderson (and her twin sister Josephine) were born, in Houston, Texas, on November 11, 1928. By the age of 3, Anderson showed a knack for singing along with her parent’s old blues 78 rpm records by the likes of Bessie “The Empress of the Blues” Smith. Anderson started singing at a local church, singing solos in its gospel choir.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Keith Emerson and his Moog

Keith Emerson was an English keyboardist and composer. Emerson played in a number of bands before he found his first commercial success with P. P. Arnold's backing band the Nice in the late 1960s. He was a founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP), one of the early progressive rock supergroups, in 1970. Emerson, Lake & Palmer were critically and commercially successful through much of the 1970s, becoming one of the best-known progressive rock groups of the era.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Jon English

Jon English was an English-born Australian singer, songwriter, musician and actor. He emigrated to Australia with his parents in 1961. He was an early vocalist and rhythm guitarist for Sebastian Hardie but left to take on the role of Judas Iscariot in the Australian version of the stage musical Jesus Christ Superstar from May 1972, which was broadcast on television. English was also a noted solo singer; his Australian top twenty hit singles include "Turn the Page", "Hollywood Seven", "Words are Not Enough", "Six Ribbons" and "Hot Town".

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Joey + Rory

Joey + Rory were an American country & bluegrass duo composed of singer-songwriters Rory Lee Feek and Joey Martin Feek, who were husband and wife. Joey was the duo's lead vocalist, while Rory sang background vocals and played guitar.

Monday, March 21, 2016

BOTB Results and A to Z Theme Reveal

The Results are IN!

Here’s how it works: I’ll be posting two versions of the same song and after you give a listen to each, place your vote for your favorite and reason for the way you voted in the comments section. I’ll tally the votes and post the results in another post 6 days later. The Battles take place on the 1st and 15th of each month, and the results will be posted on or around the 7th and 21st.  The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles (different songs), So once you’re done voting and commenting on my battle, take a moment to visit the other participants and vote & comment on their battles.  There are some really good battles going on!


Friday, March 18, 2016

Sha Na Na

Sha Na Na is an American rock and roll group. The name is taken from a part of the long series of nonsense syllables in the doo-wop hit song "Get a Job", originally recorded in 1957 by the Silhouettes.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Remembering Dan Hicks


Daniel Ivan Hicks was an American singer-songwriter who combined cowboy folk, jazz, country, swing, bluegrass, pop, and gypsy music in his sound. He led Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks. He is perhaps best known for the songs "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music." His songs are frequently infused with humor, as evidenced by the title of his tune, "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?" His latest album, Live at Davies, was released in 2013, capping over forty years of music released under his name.

Monday, March 14, 2016

BOTB: Build Me Up Buttercup

Time for the next round of Battle of the Bands!



Here’s how it works: I’ll be posting two versions of the same song and after you give a listen to each, place your vote for your favorite and reason for the way you voted in the comments section. I’ll tally the votes and post the results in another post 6 days later. The Battles take place on or around the 1st and 15th of each month, and the results will be posted on or around the 7th and 21st.  The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles (different songs), So once you’re done voting and commenting on my battle, take a moment to visit the other participants and vote & comment on their battles.  There are some really good battles going on!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Sonny James

James Hugh Loden was born on May 1, 1928 to Archie Lee 'Pop' Loden and Della Burleson Loden, who operated a 300 acres farm outside Hackleburg, Alabama. His parents were amateur musicians, and his sister Thelma Lee Loden Holcombe also played instruments and sang from an early age. By age three he was playing a mandolin and singing and was dubbed "Sonny Boy". In 1933 the family appeared on a radio audition which resulted in their being offered a regular Saturday slot on Muscle Shoals, Alabama radio station WMSD-AM. About this time the parents volunteered to raise an Alabama girl named Ruby Palmer, and soon Ruby was also part of the musical group, and the singing Loden Family, later billed as Sonny Loden and the Southerners, was soon playing theaters, auditoriums and schoolhouses throughout the Southern United States.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Vanity: Under the Influence

Vanity was born on January 4, 1959 as Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, she was the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews. Her mother is of Polish and Jewish descent and was born in Germany, while her father was African American.

Monday, March 7, 2016

BOTB Results: I Still Believe

The Results are IN!

Here’s how it works: I’ll be posting two versions of the same song and after you give a listen to each, place your vote for your favorite and reason for the way you voted in the comments section. I’ll tally the votes and post the results in another post 6 days later. The Battles take place on the 1st and 15th of each month, and the results will be posted on or around the 7th and 21st.  The other blogs participating in the Battle of the Bands are posting different battles (different songs), So once you’re done voting and commenting on my battle, take a moment to visit the other participants and vote & comment on their battles.  There are some really good battles going on!


Friday, March 4, 2016

If The Devil Danced In Empty Pockets

Kim Edwin Williams was born into a musical family in Kingsport, Tenn., on June 28, 1947. According to information he provided the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame (into which he was inducted in 2012), he was writing songs by the time he was 11. Later he played and toured in a variety of bands throughout the South and Midwest.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Music & Words Award #MWA


Recently, I was nominated for Music & Words Award by fellow blogger, Miss Andi.

Miss Andi said I didn't need to accept the award if I didn't want to, as it came with a tiny challenge. The challenge sounded fun, so here I am sharing this with you.