Despite the title & subject of this song Bill Staines is from New Hampshire where he still lives with his wife & son.
He is a folk musician and singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by many other artists, including Peter, Paul and Mary, Makem and Clancy, Nanci Griffith, Mason Williams, The Highwaymen, Glenn Yarbrough, Skip Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Schooner Fare, Grandpa Jones, The Grace Family, Hank Cramer, Coty Hogue and Priscilla Herdman.
Over his career he has recorded 22 albums. This song comes from his 7th album titled Just Play One More Tune, released in 1977.
I suspect that fans of John Denver will like this song.
Margo Guryan was born in 1937. She is an American songwriter, singer, musician and lyricist. As a songwriter, her work was first recorded in 1958, although it was for her 1960s song "Sunday Mornin'", a hit for both Spanky and Our Gang and Oliver, that she is perhaps best known. Her songs have also been recorded by Cass Elliot, Glen Campbell and Astrud Gilberto, among others.
Evidently her music underwent something of a revival in the 1990s especially in Japan & Great Britain. This particular song was 1st recorded in the mid 70’s.
Margo is still alive & living in New York City. She is now 83.
Seems to me as though this should have been a big hit back then, but that just wasn't the case. It sounds like it could have come off of a Paul McCartney album. I like it a lot.
Tom Petty is one of the artists mentioned on these posts that actually was from the state he is singing about. He was born in Gainesville Florida.
He was nominated for 18 Grammy Awards & won 3.
During his career he released 10 studio albums as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, three solo albums, two albums with Mudcrutch, and two albums as part of the supergroup The Traveling Wilburys. There have also been 13 compilation & greatest hits albums released from him.
This song comes from one of those compilation albums called An American Treasure, released posthumously in 2018.
Tom was found unconscious at his home, not breathing and in cardiac arrest, in the early morning of October 2, 2017. On January 19, 2018, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner announced that he had died accidentally from mixed drug toxicity, a combination of fentanyl, oxycodone, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl (all opioids); temazepam and alprazolam (both sedatives); and citalopram (an antidepressant). In a statement on his official website, his wife and daughter said he had a number of medical problems, including emphysema, knee difficulties "and most significantly a fractured hip". He was prescribed pain medication for these problems and informed on the day of his death that his hip injury had worsened.
Yesterday we had a Florida boy singing about Florida. Today we get a guy that was born in New Zealand, raised in Australia, & he now lives in the US with wife Nicloe Kidman. He has citizenship in all 3 countries.
During his career Keith Urban has released a total of eleven studio albums (one of which was released only in Australia), as well as one album with The Ranch. He has charted 37 singles on the US Hot Country Songs chart, 18 of which went to number one, counting a duet with Brad Paisley ("Start a Band") and the 2008 single "You Look Good in My Shirt", which he previously recorded on Golden Road.
He has won multiple ACM awards, multiple CMA awards & 3 Grammy awards.
This song comes from his 7th studio album called Get Closer, released in November 2010.
For anyone that has never seen him live, I highly recommend that you do so. He is as good on the guitar as anyone I have ever seen.
Rosalie Sorrels has an interesting history to say the least.
She was an American folk singer-songwriter who began her public career as a singer and collector of traditional folksongs in the late 1950s. During the early 1960s she left her husband and began traveling and performing at music festivals and clubs throughout the United States. She and her five children traveled across the country as she worked to support her family and establish herself as a performer. Her first major gig was at the Newport Folk Festival in 1966.
During her career she recorded more than 20 albums including the 2005 Grammy nominated album "My Last Go 'Round" (Best Traditional Folk Album.) She authored two books and wrote the introduction to her mother's book. In 1990 Sorrels was the recipient of the World Folk Music Association's Kate Wolf Award. In 1999 she received the National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award for "exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling." In 2000 she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Idaho.
This song 1st appeared on her 3rd album called Folk Songs of Idaho and Utah, released in 1961.
Rosie died on June 11, 2017, at a daughter's home in Reno, Nevada. She was 83.
Styx was formed in Chicago in 1972. Their 1st hit came almost immediately in 1973 when they had a #6 hit with Lady. Over the course of their career, they have had 8 top 10 hits & sold over 50 million albums.
They have released 17 studio albums with the latest one happening just this past June. This song comes from their 12th album called Edge Of The Century released in 1990. It was the 1st time since 1976 they had released an album that failed to hit the top 10 on the top 200 albums chart. It stalled out at #63. It was also the only album to feature the Dennis DeYoung/James Young/Glen Burtnik/Chuck Panozzo/John Panozzo lineup, and the last album to feature John Panozzo on drums before his death in 1996.
The album also got really scathing reviews, which probably helped to sink it.
David Mead is a Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter. Over the years he has toured extensively, headlining as well as opening shows for John Mayer, Fountains of Wayne, Ron Sexsmith, Liz Phair, Joe Jackson, and Shelby Lynne.
He has released 8 albums during his career. This song comes from his 3rd album, not surprisingly called Indiana, released in 2004. It was his 1st album released on the Nettwerk label.
The album was made under a bit of a dark cloud after an A&R person for RCA proclaimed that, given sales of his first two albums, it was a "miracle" that a third was being recorded at all. It remains his most recognized and critically acclaimed album.
This is the last song I have & the last time we venture into the state of Indiana.
Josh Ralph, known professionally as J. Ralph, is an American composer, producer, singer/songwriter and social activist who focuses on creating awareness and change through music and film.
His is a three-time Academy Award-nominated composer. He is the founder of a music production company The Rumor Mill, and has written and produced the music for Grammy Award-winning artists, symphony orchestras, the United Nations, and former United States President Barack Obama. His music has sold more than 10 million records worldwide reaching the number one position on the Billboard charts in over 22 countries.
This song was written for the 2006 movie Lucky Number Slevin. In the soundtrack, the song was performed by The Rumor Mill. It was the 1st movie he wrote music for, but certainly not the last.
White Mansions is one of my all time favorite albums. It tells the story of the Civil War from the Southern point of view.
John Dillion is a long time member of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils & Jessi Colter was a country star & wife of Waylon Jennings, who also has a major role on the album. Other players on the album include Steve Cash, also of The Daredevils. Bernie Leadon of the Eagles & Eric Clapton are just a couple of the backing musicians.
If you have never heard or even heard of this album, I highly recommend giving it a listen. The entire thing is available on youtube.
Last Dance & The Kentucky Race Horse by John Dillon & Jessi Colter
BeauSoleil is a Cajun band from Louisiana founded in 1975. The name means beautiful sun in French. They are one of a few groups performing traditional Louisiana music to win a Grammy Award. L'Amour Ou La Folie (Love Or Folly), recorded in 1996 won the 1997 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.
They also won a Grammy in the then newly created Grammy Award for Best Zydeco or Cajun Music Album category for the album Live at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.
During their career they have released 25 studio album & 5 compilation albums. This song comes from their 12th studio album called Cajun Conja released in 1991.
Rhett & Link are an American comedy duo consisting of Rhett James McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln "Link" Neal III. Self-styled as "Internetainers", they are known for creating and hosting the YouTube series Good Mythical Morning.
The duo 1st met on September 4, 1984, the date they started first grade in Buies Creek, North Carolina.
They may be into the comedy thing, but they certainly have a bit more on the ball. In 1996, they started college and were roommates at North Carolina State University, where Link studied industrial engineering and Rhett studied civil engineering. Rhett graduated magna cum laude in December 2000, and Link graduated summa cum laude in May 2001.
They now live in LA & have won multiple awards for their advertising savvy. In 2009, Rhett & Link were named No. 22 on Business Insider's Top 25 Most Creative People in Advertising List.
Sometimes it is nice to smile to start of your day.
I reckon everyone of a certain age remembers The Strawberry Alarm Clock for their big hit single Incense & Peppermints. They were a psychedelic rock band formed in 1967 with origins in Glendale, California.
All in all, the band released 5 albums during their career. This song was on their 3rd album called The World In A Seashell released in 1968.
The song was released as a single & stalled out at #67. Due to their lack of a follow up success, the record label took more control over what the band recorded & that led to the departure of many of the original members. The most famous member was guitar player Ed King who will join Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1973.
After the psychedelia of that big hit single, and after hearing what their record label required of them on songs such as this, you can understand the departure. This was worlds away from where they began.
Barefoot In Baltimore by The Strawberry Alarm Clock
This song was originally released back in 1957 as a single by Patti Page. Cape Cod natives recognize it as the "unofficial Cape Cod Anthem” the song has been credited with "putting the Cape on the map" and helping to establish the area as a major tourist destination.
It has been recorded many times over the years by such diverse artists as John Prine, Jimmie Rodgers, Anne Murray, Bing Crosby & Tennessee Ernie Ford.
This version by Bette was recorded for her 1972 debut album The Divine Miss M, but didn’t make the cut that time around. It didn’t appear on an album until her 1976 release Songs for the New Depression.
If memory serves, I do believe that she is the 1st artist to appear twice on these daily postings. She won’t be the last, but being 1st has to hold some weight somewhere. Right?
Rogue Wave is an indie rock band from Oakland, California, and headed by Zach Schwartz (a.k.a. Zach Rogue) who created the band after losing his job in the dot-com bust.
During the career of the band they have released 7 studio albums.
They have also had songs that were included as parts of soundtracks to 22 different movies or TV shows. Just a few of their soundtrack inclusions include Napolean Dynamite, Spiderman 3, Weeds, Scrubbs, Friends With Benefits, Friday Night Lights, & Iron Man 3.
This song was included on their 3rd album called Asleep At Heavens Gate, released in 2007, but it was also a part of the movie soundtrack for The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Shirley MacLaine, Adam Scott, Kathryn Hahn, and Sean Penn.
In 1995 Lenny Kravitz released his single “Rock and Roll is Dead”. Prince didn’t agree & he released this answer song as a B-side to the single “Gold” in the fall of 1995, just a few months after Lenny’s version hit the airwaves.
This was back in the days when he was not Prince, but that unpronounceable symbol (later dubbed "Love Symbol #2".
The album is no longer in print due to an ongoing plagiarism case relating to the song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World".
An Italian court ruled in 2003 that "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" plagiarized the song "Takin' Me to Paradise" by Bruno Bergonzi and Michele Vicino. Bergonzi and Vicino won on appeal in 2007. The third and final sentence, by the Court of Cassation of Rome, was dated May 2015, although the international case is ongoing. Italian collecting society SIAE recognizes Bergonzi and Vicino as the authors of the music for "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World"
Even though the song was on a 45, I don’t see any evidence of it being put on an album.
Rock 'n' Roll is Alive (And it Lives in Minneapolis) by Prince
Audrey Faith Perry; known professionally as Faith Hill, is an American singer and record producer. She is one of the most successful country music artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. And yes, she is from Mississippi. She was born in Ridgeland.
During her career she has won five Grammy Awards, 15 Academy of Country Music Awards, six American Music Awards, and several other awards. Her Soul2Soul II Tour 2006 with husband Tim McGraw became the highest-grossing country tour of all time.
This song comes from her from her sixth studio album Fireflies,released in 2005. The song went to #1 on the Country charts & was written specifically for her by John Rich of Big & Rich.
Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes is an album produced by T Bone Burnett featuring a group of musicians recording under the group name of The New Basement Tapes. Musicians included Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, Marcus Mumford & Johnny Depp who plays guitar on this particular song.
The album consists of a series of songs based on uncovered lyrics handwritten by Bob Dylan in 1967; these were probably written in the period between his motorcycle accident (July 29, 1966) and the first recordings in the spring of 1967.
Dylan's publisher contacted Burnett regarding the box of handwritten lyrics that had been found and asked if he had any interest in doing something with them. As soon as he was assured that Dylan was on board with the project, he agreed to it. Burnett selected his band based on their talent and collaborative style, as well as their interest as "musical archaeologists". Each member of the group was sent the collection of lyrics, and each arrived at recording sessions with a selection of music they had written to complete the song. Not wishing to encourage competition, the group decided to record all the tunes, including multiple versions of songs covering the same lyrics. Of the resulting 40 tracks they recorded, 20 are included on the album.
The end results gave co writing credits for each song to the artists whose version was chosen for inclusion on the album. This song is credited to Bob Dylan, Marcus Mumford & Taylor Goldsmith. The album came out in 2014.
Jewel Kilcher is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and author. She has received four Grammy Award nominations and, as of 2015, has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Jewel seems to be a woman with a wanderlust. She was raised near Homer, Alaska, where she grew up singing and yodeling as a duo with her father. At age fifteen, she received a partial scholarship at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where she studied operatic voice. After graduating, she began writing and performing at clubs and coffeehouses in San Diego.
During her career she has released 12 albums with the latest one coming in 2015. I don’t find any evidence of this song ever being on an album & she may have been making it up as she went along. But the crowd seemed to enjoy it & got all her references.
For those old enough, or if you listen to the oldies stations, you will remember Buddy Knox for his 1957 hit song, "Party Doll". He was an American singer and songwriter, born in Happy Texas.
Party Doll was his 1st hit single & his biggest all time hit as it went to #1 in March 1957. All in all he hit the top 40 five times with the last one happening in 1961. He continued to release singles into the early 70’s but never hit the hot 100 after early 1961.
I find no information on this song, so I can’t tell you even who wrote it. It may have been an album cut, but it never charted on the Hot 100 so if it was released, as a single it didn't get any attention.
Buddy fell and injured his hip in 1997. When he went to the Dr. he was informed that he also had terminal lung cancer. He died on February 14, 1999, in Bremerton, Washington. He was 65.
This is nothing like the songs he charted with, but I like it.
Southern Pacific was an American country rock band that existed from 1983 to 1991. The band was named New Country Group of the Year when they debuted and have been honored by having their name added to the Country Music Association's Walkway of Stars in Nashville, Tennessee.
The band was formed in 1983 with former Doobie Brothers members Keith Knudsen and John McFee and bassist Jerry Scheff.For a while the band also included Stu Cook of CCR. Once the band broke up, McFee & Knudsen returned to the reunited Doobies & Cook joined back up with the remains of CCR, without John Fogerty, of course. All 3 of those folks are members of The Rock & Roll Hall OF Fame as members of their more famous groups.
This song comes from the 1st of their 4 studio albums called Southern Pacific, released in 1985. The single was a #9 Country hit. The song was written by John McFee who also plays lead guitar & provides backing vocals.
Ronald Bruce "Ron" Shaw and Richard Randall "Rick" Shaw were twin brothers born on February 1, 1941 in West Stewartstown, New Hampshire.
There isn’t a lot of other info on the two of these guys but evidently, they were both members of a group called The Hillside Singers. You may remember the commercial jingle I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony) for Coca-Cola…that was The Hillside Singers.
The song was originally mean for The New Seekers to sing it, but they could not fit the project into their schedule and turned it down. The Hillside Singers were put together just for that project.
Ron Shaw died on April 1, 2018 age 77. Rick Shaw died on January 28, 2021, at age 79
It is time to step into the time machine & travel back to the year 1946.
Richard Benjamin Haymes (Dick) was an Argentinian-American actor and singer. He was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s.
This song was featured in the movie, "Three Little Girls in Blue" starring June Haver, George Montgomery, Vivian Blaine, Vera-Ellen, Celeste Holm and Frank Latimore. With Gordon Jenkins and his orchestra.
The single hit #21 for Dick in late 1946. It was his 9th & last hit single for the year.
Dick died from lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on March 28, 1980. He was 61 years old.
On the Boardwalk (In Atlantic City) by Dick Haymes
Since we are already firmly in the time machine from yesterday, let’s stay in the past for today’s offering.
Dorothy Shay was born Dorothy Sims in Jacksonville, Florida. When she began her career as a singer, she took vocal lessons to lose her Southern accent. She changed her name to "Shay" in order to not be confused with Ginny Simms, another performer of the day.
Dorothy had a lot of irons in the entertainment fire. She played a nightclub singer in the 1951 Abbott and Costello movie Comin' Round The Mountain. She was the musical guest on the second (television) season premiere of The Jack Benny Program in November 1951. She performed at Dwight D. Eisenhower's Inaugural Ball in 1953.
In the 1970s. She had a recurring role as Thelma, first owner of the Dew Drop Inn, in the TV series The Waltons.
Dorothy died of a heart attack on October 22, 1978 in Santa Monica, California. Upon her death, the writers of The Waltons wrote her character off, with the mention that she sold the Dew Drop Inn and moved to California. When she died she was just 57.
This song was released as a “B” side single on a 78 rpm disc back in 1948. The “A” side was called The Sample Song.
We don’t seem to get into a lot of Jazz around here, but New York City is one place that lends itself to the genre, so here we go. This is some nice smooth stuff.
Zachary Charles Breaux was an American jazz guitarist from Port Arthur Texas. He was influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery. He played with Roy Ayers, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Donald Byrd, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, and Lonnie Liston Smith.
Due to his short life, he released just 3 albums., This song comes from his final one called Uptown Groove, released in 1997.
You just can’t make this stuff up. Zachary who once saved a man from drowning while on tour in Italy in 1988, was vacationing in Miami Beach with his family when he tried to help another swimmer. He was caught by the current and suffered a heart attack. He was pronounced dead at the Miami Heart Institute on February 20, 1997. He was just 36.
I always wonder how they come up with a name for an instrumental. In this case 135th Street is a street in Manhattan that is home to multiple Subway Stations including one the hosts the Eighth Avenue Line in Harlem. This station is the only local station with six tracks between two side platforms and is one of only three stations in the entire subway system that features six tracks on the same level, within the same tunnel.
Darius Carlos Rucker is an American singer and songwriter who was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a multiple Grammy Award Winner as both a member of Hootie & The Blowfish & as a solo artist.
He has regularly worked with charities that support sick and underprivileged children, via benefit concerts, volunteering, the World Golf Foundation's The First Tee Program, and the Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation which has raised nearly $4.5 million to provide funding to public education systems throughout South Carolina.
He serves as a board member of the MUSC Children's Hospital in Charleston, SC. where his mother worked for over 30 years from the time he was a child, and has helped raise millions of dollars to help build a new hospital.
He also made a commitment to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital after touring the facility in 2008. Since then, he has spearheaded an annual event resulting in over $2.5M raised for St. Jude's to date.
As a solo artist he has released 6 studio albums. This song comes from his 5th album titled Southern Style released in 2015. The album won International Album of the Year at the British Country Music Association Awards.
The Pretenders are a British–American rock band. Lead singer Chrissie Hynde was originally from Akron, Ohio but had moved to London in 1973, working at the weekly music paper NME and at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's clothes store. The Pretenders formed in 1978 after Dave Hill at Anchor Records heard some demos of her music & arranged a rehearsal studio in Denmark Street, where a three-piece band consisting of Hynde, Mal Hart on bass (he had played with Hynde and Steve Strange in the Moors Murderers), and Phil Taylor of Motörhead on drums played a selection of Hynde's original songs.
During the career of the band they have released 11 studio albums four compilation albums, one extended play (EP), four live albums, and nearly 40 singles. They released their latest album in 2020.
This song comes from their 5th studio album called Packed, released in 1990. Mostly this can be considered as a Chrissie Hynde solo album as they used studio musicians on all tracks. At the time the album was recorded, the only other remaining official member from the band's previous album was drummer Blair Cunningham, who plays on all tracks, though he is not credited as part of the band.