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
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.
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:
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:
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 Charles – Georgia on My Mind – 1960
Mark Dinning – Teen Angel – 1960
Chubby Checker – The Twist – 1960
Brenda Lee – I’m Sorry – 1960
cast recording – The Sound of Music – 1960
Patsy Cline – I Fall to Pieces – 1961
Dion – Runaround Sue – 1961
Ben E. King – Stand By Me – 1961
Henry Mancini – Moon River – 1961
Roy Orbison – Crying – 1961
The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow – 1961
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight – 1961
Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart in San Francisco – 1962
Ketty Lester – Love Letters – 1962
Little Eva – The Loco-Motion – 1962
Joan Baez – We Shall Overcome – 1963
Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire – 1963
The Drifters – On Broadway – 1963
Lesley Gore – It’s My Party – 1963
The Kingsmen – Louie Louie – 1963
Peter, Paul & Mary – Blowin’ in the Wind – 1963
The Ronettes – Be My Baby – 1963
The Tymes – So in Love – 1963
The Animals – House of the Rising Sun – 1964
The Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand – 1964
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme – 1964
Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 1964
Stan Getz/Astrud Gilberto – The Girl From Ipanema – 1964
The Kinks – You Really Got Me – 1964
Martha & The Vandellas – Dancing in the Street – 1964
Dean Martin – Everybody Loves Somebody – 1964
Roy Orbison – Oh Pretty Woman – 1964
The Shangri-Las – Leader of the Pack – 1964
Dionne Warwick – Walk on By – 1964
Mary Wells – My Guy – 1964
The Beatles – Yesterday/Act Naturally – 1965
James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good) – 1965
The Byrds – Turn Turn Turn – 1965
Petula Clark – Downtown – 1965
Jackie DeShannon – What the World Needs Now Is Love – 1965
Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone – 1965
Ramsey Lewis Trio – The In Crowd – 1965
The Impressions – People Get Ready – 1965
Roger Miller – King of the Road – 1965
The Miracles – The Tracks of My Tears – 1965
Wilson Pickett – In the Midnight Hour – 1965
The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – 1965
The Rolling Stones – Satisfaction – 1965
Simon & Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence – 1965
Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe – 1965
The Supremes – Stop in the Name of Love – 1965
The Temptations – My Girl – 1965
Frank Sinatra – Strangers in the Night – 1966
The Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There – 1966
Mamas & Papas – California Dreamin’ – 1966
Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves a Woman – 1966
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World – 1967
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations – 1967
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 1967
Buffalo Springfield – For What It’s Worth – 1967
Glen Campbell – By the Time I Get to Phoenix – 1967
The Doors – Light My Fire – 1967
*Aretha Franklin – Respect – 1967
Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 1967
Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billy Joe – 1967
Merle Haggard – Sing Me Back Home – 1967
Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit – 1967
Sam & Dave – Soul Man – 1967
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl – 1967
Dion – Abraham, Martin and John – 1968
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through the Grapevine – 1968
Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower – 1968
Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay – 1968
Sly & The Family Stone – Everyday People – 1968
Steppenwolf – Born to be Wild – 1968
Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man – 1968
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary – 1969
Edwin Hawkins Singers – O Happy Day – 1969
B.B. King – The Thrill Is Gone – 1969
Frank Sinatra – My Way – 1969
B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head – 1969
cast recording – Hair – 1969
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew – 1969
The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back – 1969
Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’ – 1969
A great song to end the era? My Way by Frank Sinatra (And now, the end is near…):
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 do you think is the most popular song EVER in the 50 year history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart?
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.
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).