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Issue #094 - December, 2020.
Tune in each day to my favorite oldies station, the Country Doo Wop Show. My friend, Ned Ward turns music into memories playing yesterday’s Country favorites and the Classic Doo Wop hits of the 50s and 60s. Listen in Monday thru Saturday from 1pm to 3pm, all times Pacific, on KNCP Newberry Mix 107.3 FM.
Favorite pages visited during the
of December always include the Elvis and Martina McBride Blue Christmas
video. A special favorite of mine is "All I Want For Christmas is You"
by Vince Vance and The Valiants, with Lisa Layne on lead vocals. You can revisit both in this popular 2019 newsletter issue.
In late 1962 and early 1963, this song spent nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 24. The song has since become widely used by rock and roll revival acts and remains well known for its chorus of "Re-meh-meh, re-meh-meh-mem-ber.....Re-meh-meh, re-meh-meh-mem-ber....and one of the "Spotlight Songs" played regularly on the Country Doo Wop Show.
The Country side of Elvis and for those who missed it, a repeat on why Elvis gave out white scarves at his concerts.
“Blue Bayou” was released as the b-side to stateside single “Mean Woman Blues” and became an international hit for Roy Orbison, peaking at No. 3 on the U.K. charts. With no official U.S. radio push, the song finished at only No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.
As with many of her own reworkings of popular hit songs, Linda Ronstadt’s 1977 version of "Blue Bayou" is often known as irrefutably hers. One of many classy ladies I have on album covers, Linda is our choice for Album Cover Art of The Month.
Cover Song of The Month is one that my Spanish lady friends will watch over and over. A well done cover of "Can't Help Falling In Love," by one of the most recognized and commercially successful continental European singers in the world.
The first man to fly faster than the speed of sound has died. A legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism, Chuck Yeager will be remembered forever.
Let's get started...
Doo-Wop blends classic rhythm and blues with vocal group harmonies, street corner singers, and falsetto leads mixed with baritone and bass singers.
Having these old songs in our lives provides us with memories and connects us with the emotions and special feelings that let us "Remember Then" just like this December Spotlight Song performed below by Larry Chance and The Earls.
Kathy Westmoreland was an Elvis background singer from 1972 to around 1975. She loved what he did with the scarves and shortly after meeting Elvis, asked about the scarves.
He told her he got that from
Tibetan Lamas, Tibetan Monks. Elvis had a great culture about religions.
In Tibetan culture, gift giving is part of Buddhist philosophy and way
Tibetans give white silk scarves called a khata to friends and family who are arriving or leaving. They symbolize good luck.
How many of you knew the significance of the scarf greeting?
Elvis counted country music as an influence early on, largely abandoned it during his years of making movies, and returned to it in the last decade of his life as seen here four years before his death.
Even when singing classic country songs like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," and this great cover of "Welcome To My World" he doesn't give it a strictly country arrangement (using steel guitar or fiddle) for example. This is a great arrangement and notice one of those white scarves he gives out at the end of the song.
Roy Orbison wrote a lot of songs with themes of loneliness and yearning, but in many cases there was a lot more to them.
"Blue Bayou," a somber ballad yearning after simpler times, was originally recorded by Orbison on his legendary 1963 album In Dreams. While it only scored as high as #29 in the US, Linda Ronstadt took it to far greater fame as her only gold-selling single and her signature song.
So, who does the best version of the song? You be the judge, both are great, but I like the original by Roy Orbison. This is another song and story that will have its own page on Vinyl Record Memories in the not to distance future. Stay tuned...and do enjoy this original by Roy Orbison.
Linda Ronstadt’s “Blue Bayou” was released in August 1977 and climbed to the No. 3 and No. 2 on the pop and country charts, respectively. As with many of her own reworkings of popular hit songs, Ronstadt’s 1977 version is often known as irrefutably hers.
Our Album Cover Art of The Month, titled "What's New" is an album of traditional pop standards released by Linda Ronstadt in 1983. This recording, along with "For Sentimental Reasons" and "Lush Life," has great song selections beautifully arranged by Nelson Riddle and interpreted very well.
No vocalizing for the sake of calling attention to one's self, just beautiful touching renditions of great standards, as they should be sung. John Kosh designed the album covers for all three albums.
I've had this unique album in my collection for well over 20 years. It was an interesting change of pace with the Nelson Riddle Orchestra. I've framed the album as shown and it is still in excellent condition. The vinyl record inner sleeve is just as nice.
"Can't Help falling in love" by Julio Iglesias, recognized as the most commercially successful continental European singer in the world and The Best-Selling Latin Artist In History. Watch closely as some of these Ladies appear to be having a music-gasm watching him sing.
For my Spanish lady friends. I receive many visitors from around the world visiting pages I have written about Ritchie Valens, Johnny Rodriguez, Vikki Carr, Luis Meguel and of course, Connie Francis singing the beautiful Spanish love song, "Cuando calienta el sol." I appreciate those who write to me about the music you love. This one is for you.
Chuck Yeager, America’s greatest Pilot, died on Dec 7, 2020, at age 97. A legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism Yeager will be remembered forever.
USAF Capt. Charles E. Yeager (shown standing with the Bell X-1 supersonic rocket plane) became the first man to fly faster than the speed of sound in level flight on Oct. 14, 1947. (Image credit: United States Air Force Archive)
The rocket-propelled orange airplane was nicknamed the "Glamorous Glennis" after Yeager's first wife, who passed away in 1990.
Yeager was born on February 13, 1923, in Myra, W.Va. ″Little did I realize when I left this town to join the Army Air Corps in September 1941 ... that I would come back here to see a statue of myself in front of Hamlin High School, where I spent so many wicked days,″ said Yeager.
Blessed with exceptional vision, he totaled 12.5 aerial victories and shot down 13 German planes on 64 missions during World War II, "including five Me109s on 12 October and four FW 190s on 27 November," his website added.
“That day was a fighter pilot’s dream. In the midst of a wild sky, I knew that dogfighting was what I was born to do," he said of the battles on Nov. 27. He later returned to combat during the Vietnam War, where he flew several missions a month in twin-engine B-57 Canberras making bombing and strafing runs over South Vietnam.
He flew for more than 60 years, including piloting an F-15 to near 1,000 mph at Edwards Air Force Base in October 2002 at the age of 79.
“Living to a ripe old age is not an end in itself. The trick is to enjoy the years remaining,” he said in “Yeager: An Autobiography.”
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Congratulations on an outstanding site. I am from old school. I was 13 when Rock & Roll erupted in 1955. I would literally run home from school to watch Bandstand every day. I lived outside Philly and grew up with all the Philadelphia music scene and its performers. Keep up the good work and I thank you for your time and effort in keeping the old vinyl music alive for us and future generations.
Bill was our first newsletter subscriber.
Rest easy my friend.
Danny, I think you did a great job and my family enjoyed it as well. I have had some more time to go through your site and find it to be fantastic, and your personal story is great as well.
are a blessing to all of Us. Thanks for sharing your memories with us. I
look forward to seeing and hearing more from you.
The song "You Were Mine" was written by Paul Giacalone. Read the story here.
"I don't usually contact doo wop article authors as I rarely find much value in the articles, but your article struck me as sincere, genuine and respectful."
Producer, Audio Engineer
"In The Still Of The Night" (1956)
Read the story here.
Danny, Great job !!!! I can't express enough how much my mother would have been so happy with your work on her song. As for myself and the rest of my family, we really appreciate your time & effort to let everyone who is interested in her song know the true story behind it. Read more...
Thanx so much, Bob
I just read your article on Duke of Earl/Vee Jay Records. My father was Randy Wood, President of Vee Jay at the time. I'm doing some research on the company and am learning how influential Vee Jay was in shaping the future of music. Nice to see your web page. Read the Duke of Earl story.
February 15, 2015
Thanks for an excellent musical experience. I found your website by accident and just kept enjoying one classic after another. Great job! Like yourself, I'm still enjoying my vinyl collection. We share many of the same favorite artists. Regards,
Jim Miles, Germantown, MD
I so love your site, brings back great memories. Elvis is still the King of several types of music. I wish that I could send you all of my old vinyls --I will keep Elvis. Thank you for your wonderful site.
Debra and Donald
Danny, great going with your site. I will be visiting often. I have all of my dad's LPs and several of my own, so your site is of special interest to me.
Salt Lake City, Utah
Polish up your spurs, Saddle up ole paint and get ready to relive your childhood! Come with me and let's relive those bygone days with these cowboy campfire songs and fond memories of your favorite silver screen cowboys. Read more...
The song "Dream" reminds us of those glamorous movie stars of the '40s,' 50s, and early '60s. The one thing they all shared was a level of glamor we still aspire to today. This is a song everyone should have in their music collection. Read more ...
A man with this much talent should certainly be entitled to more than this one simple page that I have provided and not just because I enjoyed one particular song of his more than his others. Read more...
Just creamy harmony and seamless pleasure returns you to the days when easy listening was called "dinner music."
Another beautiful love song from 1964. Read more.
A truly beautiful song with words that reflect the long lasting meaning of love.
"But just tell me you love me and you are only mine ...
And our love will go on 'til the end of time." Read more ...
The song "True Love Ways" was recorded in the presence of Buddy's wife, and should be appreciated for the impact of this great song, and the love that inspired it. Read the story here.
"We almost didn't put it on an album. We were sitting around listening to it going...naaah, that's a chick song." Billy Joel...
Song of the year and Record of the year in 1978. Read more...
I always enjoyed the Beach Boys version but Kathy just multiplied the WOW factor by a million. One of those really nice "feel good" love songs. Read more.
"Tear Time" takes you through a feminine emotional experience and will touch your heart with the lyrics, "All it takes is the smallest thought of you ... Then tear time starts crying all night through." Read more ...
This 1960 teen love song was a short song with a long-lasting heartbroken message. One of the more romantic teen ballads written at the time. Read More ...