Sunday, May 24, 2020
It's been a while but I will join the 4m blog hop today! The fun theme is songs about Flowers and/or Gardens.
"Dead Flowers" The Rolling Stones
The Grateful Dead "Sugar Magnolia"
Scott McKenzie "San Francisco"
Tom Petty "Wildflowers"
"Octopus's Garden" The Beatles
"Wicked Garden" Stone Temple Pilots
"Every Rose Has a Thorn" Poison
Seal "Kiss from Rose"
David Lee Roth "Yankee Rose"
A little something for everyone! Enjoy and I will be back soon!
Sadly the world lost Little Richard. My battle of the bands play tribute to him by selecting his song "Long Tall Sally." Bruce might be the boss but he is not the mighty Led Zeppelin. Zeppelin wasn't just Robert Plant. This might not be his finest vocal performance as one reader commented:
"I think this could be titled 'Battle Of The Screamers'"
As noted by another reader:
"They have Jimmy Page... "
The band also had John Bonham and John Paul Jones which together made them Led Zeppelin. It is all math 4 greats better than 1. The votes agreed 5 to 1.
"Over the Hills and Far Away"
"Rock and Roll"
Hope you enjoyed! I will have another battle on the 1st!
Friday, May 15, 2020
The world lost an icon when Little Richard passed away. Scroll down my blog and you can see my tribute post. I honor of Little Richard today's Battle of the Bands features the song "Long Tall Sally."
Well I will pick a couple of covers. You my readers select the winner by telling me which one you like the best in the comments. I count them up and post about the results in a week a so.
Raw live Rock and Roll. Led Zeppelin versus the Boss!
Who has your vote Led Zeppelin or Bruce Springsteen?
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Sometimes,okay a lot of times I have an idea of who is going to win the battle. I tend to go with this is neat, or this is a really good contrast, or I leave my audience wondering what the heck I drank. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" is a great song. I thought Hank Williams Sr might lose in a landslide. Night taking away from his fame but his music does have a bit of twang in it. Elvis would be selling out concert venues today if venues still had concerts.
I was excited when the votes came in and Hank Williams took an early lead. The King of Rock and Roll was in trouble. He needed a rally. The Battle was close and every vote counts. The last three votes were for Elvis. The right Elvis, not that Costello fellow. (Strange votes do happen on here so it isn't like it is impossible.)
I mean Elvis Costello, his wife, and Willie did perform "Crazy" together. A couple of puffs on Willie Nelson's private stash they could have jumped right into "Bloodshot Eyes Crying in the Rain."
Reeling things back in the final score was 4 to 3 in favor of Elvis Pressley. The supposedly dead King of Rock Elvis Pressley has been suffering due to the Covid-19 situation since the restaurants he has been rumored to be working at since his death have been closed, hours reduced and other problems. Elvis has been working on new music and will be releasing a new album soon. You heard that here first!
Let's celebrate the winner!
Since Mother's Day passed Sunday
"That's Alright Mama"
"Mama Liked the Roses"
That's the Mama special. There might be some
"Suspicious Minds" about some of the content in this post..
I better go before I start singing "Jailhouse Rock"
I'll be back on the 15th with a new Battle of the Band.
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Rock and Roll pioneer, musical icon, the Innovator, the Originator, the Architect of Rock and Roll all describe one performer Little Richard. Sadly the flamboyant performer has passed away at the age of 87. We pay tribute the musical legend on my blog. He earned a lot of honors while he was alive Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame, and several lifetime achievement. He influence The Beatles, Elvis, and so many more.
Supposedly the first performance of "Tutti Frutti"
Followed up by "Long Tall Sally"
The icon had a bunch of unforgettable hits!
"Good Golly Miss Molly!"
His legacy is unique. He left his footprint in the music of the greats he influenced. He left a catalog of how rock and roll was created behind with his songs.
"Keep on Knockin'" and keep on rocking.
Saturday, May 9, 2020
Paul Rodgers left Bad Company in the 80s. He wanted to spend more time with family, solo albums, The Firm and other projects would take place for him. Pressure from the record company and Bad Company would return with a new singer Brian Howe who passed away this week.
Howe's first release with Bad Company didn't catch fire. But his second release had some hits like "No Smoke Without a Fire"
"If You Needed Somebody" off of Holy Water
"How About That"
Eight years he served as the voice of Bad Company.
"Hot Tin Roof" was his last single from his solo album in 2017.
A heart attack at the age of 66 ended Brian Howe's life. Within that life Howe carved out an interesting music career with Ted Nuggent, Bad Company and solo items. May he rest in peace.
Monday, May 4, 2020
90 years is a long life. In his life he became a coaching legend in the NFL, a successful restaurateur, an author and a family man. He coached the Miami Dolphins for 26 seasons. Currently the longest active coach in the NFL with one team is Bill Belichick with 20 seasons. Shula's 33 seasons (his first 7 with the Baltimore Colts) ranks him tied with Curly Lambeau for 2nd place. George Halas tops the list which you can read here.
Don Shula is the only Coach in the NFL to have an undefeated season including playoffs when his 1972 Dolphins won the Super Bowl. Shula had a 2-4 record in Super Bowls. He stopped coaching at the end of the 1995 season. He still has the most wins of any coach in NFL history. He is inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. If your gonna be a coach I guess being the winningest Coach would put you near the top.
He co-wrote three books. Two of those with Ken Blanchard of the One Minute Manager fame. I might have to look them up. I'm sure he has some good insights on motivation and leadership. He was involved in a lot of charities as well. He will be missed by fans, the community and family.