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Happiness

True words:

Enjoy!

Since I’m on a Beatles Nostalgia Kick… The Hey Jude Flowchart

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Enough Said… The Beatles

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Five for Friday – Impressive Rock Formations

This is likely just a cheesy attempt to highlight some of my favorite bands, so I thought I should also include something scholarly, therefore… Five for Friday – Impressive Rock Formations:

Wave Rock – Australia

This 15 meters high and 110 meters long impressive natural rock formation is located in Western Australia. It derives its name from the fact that it is shaped like a large, smooth wave. The total outcrop covers several hectares. The unusual shape of the rock is greatly highlighted by vertical darker streaks of algae, which grow on the surface of the wave, and by dark black stains which change to brown during the dry season.

The Beatles – England

The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England: John Lennon (rhythm guitar, vocals), Paul McCartney (bass guitar, vocals), George Harrison (lead guitar, vocals) and Ringo Starr (drums, vocals). Former members included Pete Best (drums, vocals) and Stuart Sutcliffe (bass, vocals). Although their initial musical style was rooted in 1950s rock and roll and skiffle, the group worked with different musical genres, ranging from Tin Pan Alley to psychedelic rock. Their clothes, style and statements made them trend-setters, while their growing social awareness saw their influence extend into the social and cultural revolutions of the 1960s. After the band broke up in 1970, all four members embarked upon successful solo careers.

 The Wave – USA

This spectacular sandstone formation called “The Wave” is located on the slopes of the Coyote Buttes, Arizona. This incredible formation can be reached by hiking approximately 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) across rugged, trail less landscape, making the round-trip to and from The Wave a nearly 6-mile (9.7-kilometer) hike that climbs about 350 feet (107 meters) in altitude.

Aerosmith – USA

 Aerosmith is an American hard rock band, sometimes referred to as “The Bad Boys from Boston” and “America’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”.  Their style, rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, glam, and rhythm and blues, which has inspired many subsequent rock artists.  The band was formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1970.  Guitarist Joe Perry and bassist Tom Hamilton, originally in a band together called the Jam Band, met up with singer Steven Tyler, drummer Joey Kramer, and guitarist Ray Tabano, and formed Aerosmith.  By 1971, Tabano was replaced by Brad Whitford, and the band began developing a following in Boston.  They were signed to Columbia Records in 1972 and released a string of multi-platinum albums, beginning with their 1973 eponymous debut album.  In 1975, the band broke into the mainstream with the album Toys in the Attic, and their 1976 follow-up Rocks cemented their status as hard rock superstars.  By the end of the 1970s, they were among the most popular hard rock bands in the world and developed a loyal following of fans, often referred to as the “Blue Army.”

Brimham Rock – England

 This 300 meters high incredible rock formation located on Brimham Moor in North Yorkshire, England is part of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

…and a bonus:

The Traveling Wilburys – Earth

Traveling Wilburys was a supergroup consisting of George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Bob Dylan.  The band recorded two albums during the two years they were together.  “Wilburys” was a slang term coined by Harrison and Lynne during the recording of Cloud Nine as a pet name for various types of equipment in the recording studio.  The term was used again when the entire group was together.  Harrison suggested “The Trembling Wilburys” as the group’s name; instead, Lynne suggested “Traveling”, which was agreed on by the group.

Enjoy!

A-Z Artists/Bands – Join in the Fun with Meme!

I happened across a version of this meme and decided to list a few of my favorite Artists/Bands from A-Z.

These aren’t necessarily my favorite songs by each of these artists, but I tried to find songs that were either well performed, unusual, or a version different from the one heard on the radio (yet, some are my favorite songs by that artist/band).  I’ve linked each artist/band to a YouTube video for your listening/viewing pleasure.

I would like to see your list, so be sure to link back if you decide to join in on the fun by creating your own list (no need to link to videos – that was just my way to kill some time on a day off).  Since the list is alphabetical, it seems that librarians and booksellers might find this enjoyable (no pressure Chartroose, Rebecca, Michael and Ann, and Stacy).  Of course, it is always good to hear from other friends as well.

Click on the artist or band to see and hear a song (be sure to check out Heart – it’s a great version of their song).  You might not recognize the names of all these artists, so click on their name to discover who they are:

Enjoy!

President Bush Ponders the Beatles

With only a few more weeks to appreciate the words and work of President Bush, here’s something every Beatles fan should be able to appreciate:

Enjoy!

R-E-S-P-E-C-T the 60’s – Top Songs of the Decade

Lately, all we are hearing about is change.  The 1960’s was a great era for change.

The Beatles changed the way we listened to music, Little Eva changed the way we danced, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto changed the way we enjoyed elevators, Tony Bennett changed the way we enjoyed San Francisco, Joan Baez changed the way we protested, Roy Orbison changed the way we wore sunglasses…

Singers of standards gave way to the British Invasion, dance music gave way to listening, innocence gave way to protest…

The top selling song of the 1960’s?  Respect by Aretha Franklin:

The top selling songs of the 1960’s (and what a great list it is), according to the RIAA and NEA:

Ray CharlesGeorgia on My Mind – 1960
Mark DinningTeen Angel – 1960
Chubby CheckerThe Twist – 1960
Brenda LeeI’m Sorry – 1960
cast recordingThe Sound of Music – 1960
Patsy ClineI Fall to Pieces – 1961
DionRunaround Sue – 1961
Ben E. KingStand By Me – 1961
Henry ManciniMoon River – 1961
Roy OrbisonCrying – 1961
The ShirellesWill You Love Me Tomorrow – 1961
The TokensThe Lion Sleeps Tonight – 1961
Tony BennettI Left My Heart in San Francisco – 1962
Ketty LesterLove Letters – 1962
Little EvaThe Loco-Motion – 1962
Joan BaezWe Shall Overcome – 1963
Johnny CashRing of Fire – 1963
The DriftersOn Broadway – 1963
Lesley GoreIt’s My Party – 1963
The KingsmenLouie Louie – 1963
Peter, Paul & MaryBlowin’ in the Wind – 1963
The RonettesBe My Baby – 1963
The TymesSo in Love – 1963
The AnimalsHouse of the Rising Sun – 1964
The BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand – 1964
John ColtraneA Love Supreme – 1964
Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin’ – 1964
Stan Getz/Astrud GilbertoThe Girl From Ipanema – 1964
The KinksYou Really Got Me – 1964
Martha & The VandellasDancing in the Street – 1964
Dean MartinEverybody Loves Somebody – 1964
Roy OrbisonOh Pretty Woman – 1964
The Shangri-LasLeader of the Pack – 1964
Dionne WarwickWalk on By – 1964
Mary WellsMy Guy – 1964
The BeatlesYesterday/Act Naturally – 1965
James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) – 1965
The ByrdsTurn Turn Turn – 1965
Petula ClarkDowntown – 1965
Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love – 1965
Bob DylanLike a Rolling Stone – 1965
Ramsey Lewis TrioThe In Crowd – 1965
The ImpressionsPeople Get Ready – 1965
Roger MillerKing of the Road – 1965
The MiraclesThe Tracks of My Tears – 1965
Wilson PickettIn the Midnight Hour – 1965
The Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – 1965
The Rolling StonesSatisfaction – 1965
Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence – 1965
Sonny & CherI Got You Babe – 1965
The SupremesStop in the Name of Love – 1965
The TemptationsMy Girl – 1965
Frank SinatraStrangers in the Night – 1966
The Four TopsReach Out I’ll Be There – 1966
Mamas & PapasCalifornia Dreamin’ – 1966
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman – 1966
Louis ArmstrongWhat a Wonderful World – 1967
The Beach BoysGood Vibrations – 1967
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 1967
Buffalo SpringfieldFor What It’s Worth – 1967
Glen CampbellBy the Time I Get to Phoenix – 1967
The DoorsLight My Fire – 1967
*Aretha FranklinRespect – 1967
Marvin Gaye/Tammi TerrellAin’t No Mountain High Enough – 1967
Bobbie GentryOde to Billy Joe – 1967
Merle HaggardSing Me Back Home – 1967
Jefferson AirplaneWhite Rabbit – 1967
Sam & DaveSoul Man – 1967
Van MorrisonBrown Eyed Girl – 1967
DionAbraham, Martin and John – 1968
Marvin GayeI Heard It Through the Grapevine – 1968
Jimi HendrixAll Along the Watchtower – 1968
Otis ReddingDock of the Bay – 1968
Sly & The Family StoneEveryday People – 1968
SteppenwolfBorn to be Wild – 1968
Tammy WynetteStand By Your Man – 1968
Creedence Clearwater RevivalProud Mary – 1969
Edwin Hawkins SingersO Happy Day – 1969
B.B. KingThe Thrill Is Gone – 1969
Frank SinatraMy Way – 1969
B.J. ThomasRaindrops Keep Falling on My Head – 1969
cast recordingHair – 1969
Miles DavisBitches Brew – 1969
The Jackson 5I Want You Back – 1969
NilssonEverybody’s Talkin’ – 1969

A great song to end the era?  My Way by Frank Sinatra (And now, the end is near…):

Enjoy!

Five For Friday – Favorite Songs from Favorite Albums

Five songs from five of my favorite albums for your weekend listening pleasure:

Sgt. Pepper’s by The Beatles (A Day In The Life – one of my favorite songs)

Louis Armstrong: The Ultimate Collection by Louis Armstrong (Wonderful World – The song I want played at my funeral – hopefully a long time away)

Justice by Steve Camp (Do You Feel Their Pain? – haunting)

Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Karn Evil 9 First Impression part 2 – hang in for the greatest drum solo ever – Carl Palmer playing)

She’s So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper (Time After Time – you can’t get any more 80’s than this)

What is the Most Popular Song Ever? (According to the Billboard Hot 100)

What do you think is the most popular song EVER in the 50 year history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart?

Would it be Whatever You Like by T. I.? (nope, but it is #1 today – September 16, 2008).

How about Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson? (no, but it was the first #1 – on the inaugural list on August 4, 1958).

Then it must be a Beatles song, right?  No.  Stones? Nope.  U2? Naw.  Bobby Darin? Nyet.  Dean Martin? Nee.

The top song… The Twist by Chubby Checker.

Billboard utilized a complex formula (you can read about it at their site) to weigh songs from different eras to ensure all would get a fair shake.  Although The Twist only spent three weeks at the top of the charts, it did so twice “in two separate runs more than a year apart” – the only song to be number one on two different chart runs.

Although the historic Billboard Hot 100 has (obviously) 100 songs listed, I’ll only list the top ten (click on top ten to see videos of the songs):

  1. The Twist by Chubby Checker
  2. Smooth by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas
  3. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  4. How Do I Live? by LeAnn Rimes
  5. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio (They’ve got to be kidding…)
  6. Physical by Olivia Newton-John (um… it was the early 80’s)
  7. You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone (…ok, now it’s getting ridiculous)
  8. Hey Jude by The Beatles (…much better)
  9. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey (the only song from this millenia on the top ten)
  10. Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton

Enjoy!

Like a Rolling Stone (Magazine) – Top 100 Songs

What do you believe are the greatest songs in (relatively recent) history?  Rolling Stone Magazine created their list almost four years ago (December 2004), but I only recently wandered onto it (I should really get out more).  These are not the greatest ROCK songs, mind you, just what Rolling Stone calls the greatest songs.  I’m sure the decision for the top choice on the list (Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan) was influenced by the name of the magazine.

Random thought: I’m not sure why I’ve momentarily wandered from book lists… (I’m sure it’s temporary)

For those of you who commented (thank you) on the last song list I posted:

Daisyfae: Be My Baby is #22, Tears in Heaven didn’t make the top 100.

Stacybuckeye: Beatles hold 10 of the top 100 songs.

Leaving Evangeline: Nirvana is at #9 on this list, Pearl Jam still didn’t make the top 100, nor did Radiohead, Green Day, or Rage Against the Machine.  Good news (dripping with sarcasm, or sarchasm on Sanity Found’s post) is that Michael Jackson is on this list too!  But, we have The Clash at #15.

Beaverboosh: Still no Spinal Tap.

Mssc54: I hope you can remember some of these…

Literate Housewife: U2 is #36 and #93 (not quite reigning supreme, but still…)

Amber: No Pink Floyd.

Britinla: Sorry, none of yours here.

don’stuff: (Hey, that’s me) A Day In The Life by The Beatles is #26 (it’s a crime).

The List:

  1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
  2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine, John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect, Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude, The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say, Ray Charles
  11. My Generation, The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday, The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling, The Clash
  16. I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
  18. Maybellene, Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be, The Beatles
  21. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby, The Ronettes
  23. In My Life, The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready, The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
  26. A Day in the Life, The Beatles
  27. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
  28. (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
  29. Help!, The Beatles
  30. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High, Ike and Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire, The Doors
  36. One, U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  40. Dancing in the Street, Martha and the Vandellas
  41. The Weight, The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
  43. Tutti-Frutti, Little Richard
  44. Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes, David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
  48. All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California, The Eagles
  50. The Tracks of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  51. The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry, Prince
  53. Anarchy in the U.K., The Sex Pistols
  54. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally, Little Richard
  57. Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On, Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You, The Beatles
  65. Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
  66. Redemption Song, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan
  69. Crying, Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls, The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever,The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train, Elvis Presley
  78. I Got You (I Feel Good), James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take, The Police
  85. Crazy, Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl, The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’, The Mamas and The Papas
  90. In the Still of the Nite, The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven, Chuck Berry
  98. Love and Happiness, Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones