Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Fun with music day: summertime hits and treats

The All Music Guide have collated a groovy historical collection of songs using nonsense words called "Start Making Sense." The tunes range from swing to doo wop to funk. Among them are "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" by The Exciters (it was later a hit for Manfred Mann, but I love the rawness of this version). The hi-de-ho man is smiling down from heaven. 
And NPR Music, bless their industrious little hearts, have gone back five decades and created an online playlist of summer hits. From the 21st century come Adele's anthem "Rolling in the Deep" and "Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj. Zooming along in the wayback machine, you'll hear Heart's "Alone" (1987) as well as that bootylicious hit of 1980, Lipps, Inc's "Funkytown." Some of them, like Aretha's 1967 smash "Respect" and The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" of 1965 have never been off the airwaves, so let's give the last call to Little Eva's joyful "Locomotion" of 1962.
And for artists whose musical careers have covered nearly the entire era encompassed above, have a look at our new offerings by Eric Clapton, Mavis Staples, Tracy Nelson, and Boz Scaggs. All highly recommended.
Dig you see today's Google doodle? Check out this related title: Franz Kafka: The Tremendous World I Have Inside My Head

8 comments:

  1. Heart,YES!!!! I saw them perform in 2010 at Pier 6 in Baltimore. It was EPIC!!!

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  2. Start making sense, indeed. A song that definitely belongs on that list is Ooh Pooh Pah Doo, which comes from New Orleans but the first version I ever heard was by Paul Revere and the Raiders. (Beware of the Jerry/Gary Lewis introduction.)

    A little later, in the mid-70s, Travis Wammack had a similar song I enjoyed, called (Shu-Doo-Pa-Poo-Poop) Love Being Your Fool.

    p.s. I must say, although I don't remember the original version very well, that some of the most fun I ever had in a bar was drumming with a group playing Funkytown a few years ago. It is a fantastic song to play.

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    1. tina turner sang the heck out of the first song you mention!

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  3. Someone please remember "The Hut Sut Song"...or did I dream?

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    1. a riverbank... a walla walla something (bing bang? ding dong?) comes to mind. we should both head over to google!

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    2. “Oo ee oo ah ah ting tang walla walla bing bang” comes from David Seville’s Witch Doctor, a #1 hit in 1958. A real oldie-but-goodie.

      The Hut Sut Song— “Hut-Sut Rawlson on the rillerah and a brawla, brawla sooit,” from 1941, is before my time, but I remember when they sang it in the movie From Here To Eternity.

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    3. There is an explanation of sorts, which goes that Rawlson is a Swedish town, rillerah is a stream, and brawla a boy and girl...but sooit is left to the imagination.
      I recall an elephant singing it--is there a housecleaning pill for the brain?

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