1966

Frank And Nancy 1966

17/4/17 – Frank Sinatra & Nancy Sinatra – Downtown / These Boots Are Made For Walking – 1966

Whilst The Beatles were releasing Revolver, the variety show dominated television with its brand of acceptable Easy Listening music known as family entertainment. Unfortunately not all the family were cuddling up and it wasn’t until 1967 that the BBC realized that the youth scene needed its own outlet and created Radio 1. Here we see […]

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29/1/17 – Los Shakers – Siempre Tu – 1968

Our last night in Montevideo before returning to Buenos Aires – Uruguay to Argentina. In the sixties there was a Uruguayan band that went to Argentina and became tremendously successful as part of the Uruguayan invasion. They modeled themselves on Los Beatles and after seeing the A Hard Day’s Night film they decided to form a […]

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19/1/17 – Buddy Greco – August 14 1926 – January 10 2017 – Pre Dylan Lyricists /The Lady Is A Tramp – Tommy Dorsey Featuring Edythe Wright – 1937 / Sophie Tucker – 1937 / Lena Horne – 1948 / Ella Fitzgerald – 1956 / Pat Suzuki – 1958 / Frank Sinatra – 1958/1965 / Buddy Greco – 1960 / Shirley Bassey – 1966 / Diana Ross And The Supremes – 1968 / Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga – 2011

Who were the great lyricists before Dylan? Well, from the fifties into the sixties you would probably say the men that wrote the words for the musicals, writers like Lorenz Hart. Hart wrote the lyrics for The Lady Is A Tramp and My Funny Valentine and was Richard Rodgers partner till alcoholism (Hart died tragically of […]

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16/11/16 – Mose Allison – November 11 1927 – November 15 2016 / I Don’t Worry About A Thing – 1962/ Parchman Farm – 1958 / Look Here – 1964 / I’m Smashed – 1969 / Blues Breakers – Parchman Farm – 1966 / The Clash – Look Here – 1980 The Who – Young Man’s Blues Live – 1970

As Jazz lovers struggle with Rock and vice versa, Mose Allison managed to stay out of the genre wars by inventing his own style that incorporated Jazz and Blues with real songs, virtuoso playing, meaningful lyrics, memorable melodies, humour, seriousness –  Allison had it all covered. When The Who released Live At Leeds they included […]

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12/4/16 – Irma Thomas – I’m Gonna Cry Till My Tears Run Dry – 1966 / Inbetween Tears – 1973

The late fifties and early sixties were an era of tears. Lost loves, betrayals, break-ups, teenage death songs, crying was the order of the day and Irma Thomas’ I’m Gonna Cry Till My Tears Run Dry is a rather forgotten song from that era’s Soul/Blues genre, rich with talent. Irma comes from Poncahtoula, Lousianna famous for […]