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Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by his nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in arockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but was revived by several covers of his songs and the use of "In Dreams" in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986). (wiki)
Orbison's vocal instrument bridged the gap between baritone and tenor, and music scholars have suggested that he had a three- or four-octave range. The combination of Orbison's powerful, impassioned voice and complex musical arrangements led many critics to refer to his music as operatic, giving him the sobriquet "the Caruso of Rock".[note 1] Elvis Presley as well as Petty and Dylan, have stated his voice was, respectively, the greatest and most distinctive they had ever heard. While most male performers in rock and roll in the 1950s and '60s projected a defiant masculinity, many of Orbison's songs instead conveyed a quiet, desperate vulnerability. He was known for performing while standing still and solitary and for wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses, which lent an air of mystery to his persona. (wiki)
Orbison was initiated into the second class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 by longtime admirer Bruce Springsteen. The same year he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame two years later. Rolling Stone placed Orbison at number 37 on their list of The Greatest Artists of All Time, and number 13 on their list of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2002, Billboard magazine listed Orbison at number 74 in the Top 600 recording artists. In 2014, Orbison was elected to America's Pop Music Hall of Fame. (wiki)
Roy Orbison . . . an "Unmatched Original"!
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Mumford and Sons is not the only band to make playing the banjo or harmonica look cool, because there is also Matthew and The Atlas. Trying to make folk rock music popular has been an uphill battle for most, but it takes a little something extra special for a band to make it appeal to a large audience, and there is absolutely no doubt that Matthew And The Atlas have what it takes.
The quintuplet band keeps things simple, and puts the concentration on the music. The band instrumentals consist of banjo, acoustic guitar, drums, keyboard, and accordion. All of them providing some vocals. The harmonies between the vocals are excellent and real, as in they are truly in sync with one another. They have a folk rock sound, which, during their live sets, surrounds you and puts you in a good, relaxed mood; almost like nothing in the world is wrong. They encourage participation too, getting the audience to clap along to keep the beat and add to the sound. Because of the music they play, their shows are very homey, like you are sitting back on the porch enjoying the company of your favorite people.
Not a lot of press on these guys yet. The group resides in London England. Still somewhat in the formative stage. Will they make it big??? Your guess is as good as mine. Nice sound though . . . don't you think?
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Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!
Coming in FAST from the horizon to Grandkids everywhere!!!
Here's what's "currently" turning our grandkids heads!
Here's what's turning their minds!
Here's what's turning their cranks!
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# The Coachmen's Turntable!
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IN THE NEWS This pup could be headed to the dog house. Transportation Security Administration officers say a woman's 7-year-old Chihuahua triggered an alert at New York's LaGuardia Airport. The owner had no idea that her little dog had crawled in while she was packing for a flight to Los Angeles. The woman's husband came to the airport and took the dog home. (forewarned is forearmed)
When we travel, we listen to Sirius radio "Easy Listening". Kind of insulates us from the "madness of the Freeways". Don't know if you do Easy Listening but if you do then you know they play a lot of "oldies" in instrumental arrangements. It's fun trying to guess who the "original" artist was that sang the song. This is always settled when we switch from navigation to radio. The screen lists the artist and the name of the song.
I can tell you that it has been a long time since I heard "Ferlin Husky's Gone" but there it was in a very nice instrumental arrangement. Amazingly, his name, and the name of the song came right to me. Joan is always shocked when that happens . . . "And you can't remember to pick up the peanut butter at Costco??? . . . Oh well . . . here's a real good guy and great singer from our high school years.
Ferlin Eugene Husky (December 3, 1925 – March 17, 2011) was an earlyAmerican country music singer who was equally adept at genres of traditional honky-tonk, ballads, spoken recitations, and rockabilly pop tunes. He had two dozen Top 20 hits in the Billboard country charts between 1953 and 1975; his versatility and matinee-idol looks propelling a seven-decade entertainment career.
In the 1950s and 60s, Husky's hits included "Gone" and "Wings of a Dove", each reaching No. 1 on the country charts. He also created a comic outspoken hayseed character, Simon Crum; and recorded under the stage name Terry Preston from 1948 to 1953.
In 2010, Husky was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
This song became popular in 1960 and is still played in various formats today.
Long career! . . . still singing "Wings of a Snow White Dove" until the day he died.
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We all revel in the past. We're pretty sure our HS years were the last "Golden Years"! Weren't we lucky to be living then . . . going to HS during the emergence of Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Ricky Nelson, and all those really great performers??? Too bad our grandchildren have to put up with the CRAPPY music they are exposed to today!
Really? Really? Well I beg to disagree! (with myself). Sure we had the talent during those years! The guys in the 50's and 60's were "One of a kind". But let's face it. At this point in our lives were are not "tuned in"to the NEW music. So I'm tuning in for us . . . and let me say there is some really great stuff out there. I'm sure, were we in HS today, we would be just as excited listening to "The Vamps" as we were listening to Fats Domino or Bobby Vinton. It's just that we have our memories invested in the music of our youth.
To appreciate todays music you must try to imagine that you are 16 and trying to be part of the "scene"! This is FUN music and the artists are really talented. So let's give it a try with "The Vamps" - "Somebody to you".
Remember when we looked like that? Pretty simple goals, just wanting to belong, and fit in. Don't you think?
Here's another really good selection. Avicii "Wake me Up". Let's face it we all would like to escape realityat one point or another. Who thought it would apply to today's youngsters
Taylor Swift - "Shake it Off" . . . I think another appropriate title might be "Let's get Silly"! This young lady is really talented. If you want to see something really cool (50's term - Still used by the way) watch the dancers in the background! Thought we had moves in the 50's? I think we could learn something here.
Warning (don't try twisting your neck like that guy does in the presentation. You might need a chiropractor's assistance to "untwist". Could take days to fix. Expensive too . . . medicare won't cover it! "At least not so far"" :)
Did I say that our youth today could be sweet and sexy too? Well they can! Here's a selection that shows just that. Ed Sheeran "Thinking out Loud" is an excellent example of how smooth today's popular stuff really can be.
The 50's . . . still tops in my book! Be assured that our kids today will be saying the same thing about the music of their HS years . . . One half century from now!
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