Thursday, June 25, 2009

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass 1966


This extremely rare stunning video was shown around the 1966 era. Video compiles of Tijuana Taxi, The Lonely Bull, Taste of Honey and Zobra the Greek.

Bob Dylan When The Deal Goes Down


Bob Dylan When The Deal Goes Down, Track 4 off the album Bob Dylan Modern Times.

In the still of the night, in the world's ancient light
Where wisdom grows up in strife
My bewildering brain, toils in vain
Through the darkness on the pathways of life
Each invisible prayer is like a cloud in the air
Tomorrow keeps turning around
We live and we die, we know not why
But I'll be with you when the deal goes down

We eat and we drink, we feel and we think
Far down the street we stray
I laugh and I cry and I'm haunted by
Things I never meant nor wished to say
The midnight rain follows the train
We all wear the same thorny crown
Soul to soul, our shadows roll
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down

Well, the moon gives light and it shines by night
When I scarcely feel the glow
We learn to live and then we forgive
O'r the road we're bound to go
More frailer than the flowers, these precious hours
That keep us so tightly bound
You come to my eyes like a vision from the skies
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down

Well, I picked up a rose and it poked through my clothes
I followed the winding stream
I heard the deafening noise, I felt transient joys
I know they're not what they seem
In this earthly domain, full of disappointment and pain
You'll never see me frown
I owe my heart to you, and that's sayin' it true
And I'll be with you when the deal goes down.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Soon It's Gonna Rain from The Fantasticks

Kingston Trio´s very last performance together.


The last time Nick, Bob and John sang together on a stage! FC8, August 18th became the last time the original Kingston Trio performed together, here singing "Where have all the flowers gone". There were also some hilarious jokes from Bob, as always!

Kingston Trio - "I'm Going Home"


A FINE performance from the January 29, 1965 episode of "The Jack Benny Program."
Well, no matter where i wandered i know i'll always find a
Welcome at the end of every journey.
There'll be friendly people waitin'.

Chorus:
California would not hold me 'though i loved her timber
Mountains.
Worked her fields and worked her orchids up and down her central
Valley.

I have driven open highway through the golden utah valley
And i watched the rivers gently gliding. i wave my hand to
Friendly people.

(chorus)

Folks who know me call me a drifter. they don't know i'll stop
My ramblin'.
They don't know that someday somewhere somebody's gonna make me
Settle down.

I'm going home, lord, i'm going home. (repeat and then chorus
Twice)

I'm going home!

Linda Eder: If I Had My Way


Linda's first performance of this song from her Gold album.
Music by Frank Wildhorn, Lyrics by Jack Murphy.
(September 11 2001 9/11 911 World Trade Center WTC New York NY, Pentagon Washington DC, United Flight 93 near Pittsburgh)

Linda Eder: If I Had My Way - Lyrics

Long ago and far away
Before the world had come to this
I took for granted how my life would be
Assuming that my freedom would be free

Before this evening shadows fell
I reveled in the light of day
I rarely ever cried, my patience wasn't tried
And heroes never died

But if I had my way
Things would be different
Danger wouldn't come from a sky of blue
Choices would be clear
Strangers would be kinder
Love a little blinder
As it saved the day
If I had my way

Every now and then it seems
We live our lives to such extremes
Racing all around, never homeward bound
Losing what we've found

But if I had my way
Things would be different
No one would believe that a lie was true
Choices would be clear
Wisdom would be heeded
Warnings never needed
This is what I pray
If I had my way

The milk of human kindness
Would seek us out and find us
And color all the words we say

And hearts would come alive
Instead of breaking
No one would believe
That a lie was true
Angels would appear
Children would be cherished
Hope would never perish
Faith would not betray
If I had my way

Monday, June 22, 2009

Who Put the Benzadrine in Mrs Murphys Ovaltine? - Harry "The Hipster" Gibson (1944)



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Harry (the Hipster) Gibson blends jive & barrelhouse as he pounds out his boogie woogie like Jerry Lee Lewis pounding out rock n roll. A hipster poet precursor to the Beats & even the hippies, his...
Harry (the Hipster) Gibson blends jive & barrelhouse as he pounds out his boogie woogie like Jerry Lee Lewis pounding out rock n roll. A hipster poet precursor to the Beats & even the hippies, his daring lyrics occasionally got him into trouble. "Who Put The Benzedrine In Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?" is an updating of an old Irish folk song "Who Put The Overalls In Mrs. Murphy's Chowder?" that ended up getting Harry "The Hipster" Gibson black listed from radio play, and put his career on a downward slope it wouldn't recover from until the seventies. While the lyrics now seem tame and humorous, the far stiffer morality of 1944 considered it as taking things just a little too far.

The animation is from the 1938 Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon classic titled "Sally Swing," courtesy archive.org.

Lyrics:

Mrs. Murphy couldn't sleep,
Her nerves were slightly off the beat,
Until she solved her problem,
With a can of Ovaltine.

She drank a cup full most every night
And oooh, how she would dream,
Until something rough got in the stuff,
And made her neighbors scream...

"Oh! Who put the benzedrine
In Mrs. Murphy's Ovaltine?"
Sure is a shame, don't know whose to blame
Cause the old lady didn't even get his name.

Where did she get that that stuff,
Now she just can't get enough
It might have been the man who wasn't bad
Not Jack, that guy's a square.

She never ever wants to go to sleep.
She said that everthing is reet.
Now Mr. Murphy don't know what its all about
So she went and threw the old man out. Clout.

(HOPEFULLY UNECESSARY DISCLAIMER:

Ovaltine does not actually contain Benzedrine. It contains: Sugar, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Barley Malt Extract, Sweet Dairy Whey (Milk), Beet Extract, Salt, Mono and Diglycerides, Molasses, Natural Caramel Flavor, and Vanillin. )

Ella Fitzgerald "SUMMERTIME"


Ella Fitzgerald sings Gershwin's "Summertime". Accompanied by the Tee Carson Trio. 1968 German television show appearance.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

RARE 1st Studio Recording Of "Me & Bobby McGee" Janis Joplin


The first recording of Me & Bobby McGee in the studio. Janis sounds amazing and completely nails it in one take. Is raw and unedited - features studio conversations at beginning.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

R.I.P. Koko Taylor


Grammy Award-winning blues legend Koko Taylor, 80, died on June 3, 2009 in her hometown of Chicago, IL, as a result of complications following her May 19 surgery to correct a gastrointestinal bleed. On May 7, 2009, the critically acclaimed Taylor, known worldwide as the “Queen of the Blues,” won her 29th Blues Music Award (for Traditional Female Blues Artist Of The Year), making her the recipient of more Blues Music Awards than any other artist. In 2004 she received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award, which is among the highest honors given to an American artist. Her most recent CD, 2007’s Old School, was nominated for a Grammy (eight of her nine Alligator albums were Grammy-nominated). She won a Grammy in 1984 for her guest appearance on the compilation album Blues Explosion on Atlantic.

Born Cora Walton on a sharecropper’s farm just outside Memphis, TN, on September 28, 1928, Koko, nicknamed for her love of chocolate, fell in love with music at an early age. Inspired by gospel music and WDIA blues disc jockeys B.B. King and Rufus Thomas, Taylor began belting the blues with her five brothers and sisters, accompanying themselves on their homemade instruments. In 1952, Taylor and her soon-to-be-husband, the late Robert “Pops” Taylor, traveled to Chicago with nothing but, in Koko’s words, “thirty-five cents and a box of Ritz Crackers.”