Two for Tuesday: The Stylistics

Soul and rhythm & blues played a big part of the sounds of the early Seventies, and while many of the best hits never crossed over to Top 40 radio, there were many that did. One of the groups that did well as crossover artists was The Stylistics, who had five songs in the top 10 on the Hot 100, spending a total of 22 weeks there. On the R&B chart, they had twelve straight top 10 singles. In neither case did they have any #1 hits. Kind of a surprise, because they were one of the better vocal groups out of Philadelphia, featuring the falsetto of Russell Tompkins, Jr. and Thom Bell’s production.

The song that did the best on the Pop chart was “You Make Me Feel Brand New,” which went to #2, as well as #5 on the R&B chart, in 1974.

Their second best-selling single on the Pop chart was “Betcha By Golly Wow,” which reached #3, and #2 on the R&B chart, in 1972.

The Stylistics, your Two for Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: RIP Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry… man, what a player. I heard he had passed Saturday, and have read a few of the obits and tribute posts to him, all of which said he was a legend, which he was, the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll, which he was (or at least one of them), etc. etc. etc. As I see it, Chuck influenced George Harrison, who in turn influenced me.

Here are a few songs, and I found a way not to repeat any that others have posted: I started with “Guitar Boogie” and let YouTube pick the rest. I came up with some gems I hadn’t even heard of. Enjoy!

“Guitar Boogie”

“Woodpecker”

“House Of Blue Lights”

“Tulane”

“You Never Can Tell”

Chuck was still performing until before he died, and it took death to get him to stop. He’s probably still playing in Rock & Roll Heaven. Rest in peace, Chuck Berry, and thanks for all the great tunes.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.


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A Simple Theme For The 2017 #atozchallenge

The 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge starts a week from this coming Saturday, as I’m sure you know, and today is the day we all reveal the theme we’re going to use, if in fact we’re going to use a theme.

Two years ago, my theme was “words that start and end with the same letter.” This year’s theme is similar to that. It was an idea I got from watching Jeopardy!.

Words that end in the letter after the one they start with

A week from Saturday, my post will have a topic that starts with “A” and ends with “B.” The following Monday, the topic will start with “B” and end with “C,” and so on through the month (except Sundays), until Sunday, April 30 (this being a year that April either starts or ends with a Sunday), when the topic will start with “Z” and end with “A.”

Those of you who have followed the blog for some time know I maintain all my regular features (Monday’s Music Moves Me, Two for Tuesday, etc.) during the Challenge, so you can expect to find multiple posts each day of the Challenge. The Challenge posts will be tagged with #atozchallenge so you can find them in the list on the right side of the page. Also, because of the logistical changes we’ve made to the Challenge this year, I’ll be leaving a comment on the Challenge blog each day with a direct link to that day’s post, as well as updates to Facebook and Twitter which you can find using the #atozchallenge hash tag.

In honor of the occasion, here is a promo from ABC, announcing their fall lineup for Friday nights in 1970…

I look forward to hearing about what your theme is!

The Last Week That Was Of Winter 2017

The Week That Was is brought to you this week by Pan American World Airlines. Pan Am – You can’t beat the experience!

Another one of those airlines that shut down before I got a chance to fly on them.

The Week That Was

A big week coming, what with the A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal tomorrow and lots more blogging to do for the Challenge as well as the regular stuff I do out here. So, let’s get to it.

Songs and/or artists with “air” in the name was last Monday’s theme. I joined almost everyone else in sharing a song by Air Supply, but I came up with some unique choices as well. “The Air That I Breathe” by The Hollies was not one of them. I try to come up with songs that no one else thinks of, and I’d say I did a pretty good job.

The Reverend Al Green, formerly known as just Al Green, who had a few Top 10 hits on the Hot 100 (and many more on the Soul/R&B chart) in the early Seventies, was the featured artist this week. I have his Greatest Hits collection and it’s one of my favorite albums.

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This week’s one-liner came from the A to Z Challenge blog. The theme reveal for this year’s Challenge is tomorrow, so be sure and check the blog for a list of this year’s participants.

BATTLE OF THE BANDS! (BOTB Top Photo)

I’ll announce the winner of my most-recent Battle of the Bands on Tuesday, so if you haven’t voted, stop on out there and have a listen and let your voice be heard. The song is “Air Mail Special” and the contestants are Caterina Valente and Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band.

Kat asked for seven reasons I would want to go to Ireland, which is a moot issue since I highly doubt I’ll ever make it there.

As Friday was the Feast of St. Patrick, I played Irish music. No surprise there.

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Linda’s prompt was “man,” and as I woke up thinking of songs with “man” in the title, I shared five of them. Hey, I didn’t use The Friday Five to do it. I’m open to suggestions of other songs with “man” in the title, and will share your suggestions this Friday.

Tomorrow, I’ll be eulogizing Chuck Berry, who died yesterday at the ripe old age of 90, and will also reveal my theme for this year’s A to Z Challenge. As I mentioned above, I’ll reveal the name of the winner of Battle “Air Mail Special” on Tuesday and your “man” songs on Friday. Two for Tuesday will feature another artist from my high school days, I’ll have another pithy one-liner on Wednesday, and I’ll have to wait to see what Kat has planned for Thursday and Linda for Saturday. I’ll also continue plugging away at my entries for A to Z (I’m halfway done now) and visit as many of you who do a theme reveal tomorrow as I can.

One other thing: in last week’s survey about what to do with Daylight Saving Time, seven of you said get rid of it altogether, two said to go back to “last Sunday in April to last Sunday in October,” and there were votes for both moving the clocks ahead one hour permanently and moving them ahead a half-hour permanently. No one wanted to keep the current scheme. Thanks to everyone who voted!

That wraps up last week. Stay tuned!

“Man” Songs #socs

I woke up this morning with songs with “man” in the title going through my head. I took it as a sign that was what I was supposed to do for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. You might have seen a preview of this earlier; I wasn’t quite awake when I started this one, and haven’t quite figured out WordPress for the Kindle Fire.

Anyway, here are five of them, though I thought of lots more. See what you can come up with and leave me a comment. At some point, I’ll do another post with your selections.

The Spencer Davis Group, “I’m A Man” This is the original, with Stevie Winwood in his pre-Traffic days. In 1967, it reached #10 in the US and #9 in the UK.

Neil Diamond, “Solitary Man” From April 1966, it was Neil’s first song to chart, although it only made it to #55. A real good friend of mine loved this song, and I kind of like it myself.

Elton John, “Madman Across The Water” Title track from his 1971 album. This featured Rick Wakeman in his pre-Yes days on organ.

John Parr, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” This was a 1985 Brat Pack film, but the song, written by Parr and producer David Foster, wrote this for Rick Hansen during his “Man In Motion” tour to raise awareness of spinal injuries. The song was better than the movie, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 in 1985.

The Beatles, “I Wanna Be Your Man” From With The Beatles (1963). It’s live and Ringo is a little hard to hear over the screaming, but you’ll get the idea.


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