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The Oldies Music Board » CNN Special: What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s Anthem for the Ages » May 4, 2021 1:35 pm

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In 1971, while the United States was in the midst of the Vietnam war and social unrest permeated the country, Motown singer Marvin Gaye took to the airwaves with a song of peace and conscious reflection.  Fifty years later, the song and album — What’s Going On — continue to speak no less vividly of this era of racism, poverty, police brutality and the destruction of the planet.  In the CNN Special: What’s Going On: Marvin Gaye’s Anthem for the Ages airing Sunday, May 9th at 8pm ET, CNN’s Don Lemon explores the impact and genius of Marvin Gaye, his unprecedented album and the anatomy of several iconic hits from the record that reflect some of the most significant challenges and divisions in the nation today.
https://cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com/2021/05/04/cnn-special-whats-going-on-marvin-gayes-anthem-for-the-ages/

The Oldies Music Board » WRECKING CREW » May 2, 2021 6:27 pm

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The link in Cloud9's post is different from the one that you had posted. His works fine for me as well, but I just tried the other one and found that it still doesn't work here. 

The Oldies Music Board » WRECKING CREW » April 30, 2021 1:43 pm

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Going by the info at https://tinyurl.com/f87d6bua, it depends on when they are considered to have begun -- which isn't surprising, considering the unofficial nature of the group. But for what it's worth, Donna is listed on the website for the documentary on the group, at http://www.wreckingcrewfilm.com/music.php. Since La Bamba was on the flip side and the list is not exhaustive, I think by extension it could be included as well. 

The Oldies Music Board » Why Neil Young Hates David Crosby » April 23, 2021 9:37 am

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Little Rich wrote:

I have watched his autobiographical documentary, "Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind" and I didn't detect much of an ego there.  He's a brilliant musician who has done well and is highly respected by his countrymen and other musicians.

I agree. I've consistently seen over the years that Lightfoot is a class act, and I thought about that as I read your previous post about why he would have needed quiet to tune his guitar string properly -- it was so he could give his audience his best. Conversely, I've seen one negative thing after another over the years about Crosby's behaviour towards others, and so I can definitely see him showing a lack of consideration for his audience in the way that Karen described. When I had first read that Young was no longer willing to work with him I had been sorry to see this, but when I read the details combined with Crosby's other behaviour over the years, I found it totally understandable ... I'd feel the same way if I were him. 

The Oldies Music Board » Four Different Songs - Same Title » April 15, 2021 10:37 am

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I liked Ian Thomas' original version of Hold On more myself, and it was good to see that it was noted in the Wikipedia list. But even if it had made the Billboard top 40, it wouldn't have changed the number that's being discussed here because it relates to different songs with the same title. Indeed, an interesting aspect of the situation with this title is that every time a song named Hold On made the top 40 from 1955 to 2000, it was a different song ... there were no instances of a remake of any of the songs with this title making the top 40. 

The Oldies Music Board » Four Different Songs - Same Title » April 14, 2021 4:41 pm

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Found a title that's been used for seven different songs which reached the top 40 from 1955 to 2000: Hold On. Once again, here are the years, peak positions, and artists.
1979 18 Ian Gomm
1979 38 Triumph
1980 40 Kansas
1982 15 Santana
1990 2 En Vogue
1990 1 Wilson Phillips
1995 16 Jamie Walters

This got me thinking that Wikipedia must have quite the disambiguation page dealing with this title, and they do ... it's been used a lot as an album title as well. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hold_On

The Oldies Music Board » Four Different Songs - Same Title » April 13, 2021 4:55 pm

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It's also possible to increase this to five different songs with the same title, all of them reaching the top 40 from 1955 to 2000. Here are the years, peak positions, and artists.
1962 22 The Volume's
1968 14 People
1978 37 Donna Summer
1981 12 Climax Blues Band
1999 24 Martina McBride

The Oldies Music Board » Honoring Vito Picone, lead singer of the Elegants on his 80th birthday » April 4, 2021 10:46 pm

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This is a nice 80th birthday tribute to Vito Picone that features numerous performers and radio personalities. It's on Facebook Watch, but I don't believe that you need to be on Facebook to access it. 
https://www.facebook.com/LegendsPromotionsInc/videos/347854516595321

The Oldies Music Board » Kate Goldfield (former regular on the Oldies Music Bulletin Board) » March 29, 2021 2:59 pm

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Here's Kate's obituary.  

Kaitlin Goldfield
February 24, 1984
March 23, 2021

Kaitlin Goldfield, 37, of Portland Maine, passed away on March 23, 2021. Kate was born on 2/24/84 in Johnstown, PA.

She was a graduate of Greely High School in Cumberland and went on to attend Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

She is survived by her twin brother Jake, her parents, David Goldfield and Valerie Saffer, her brother Spencer and her step parents Diane Rogers and Ned Vasquez.

Kate was a beautiful soul who struggled much of her adult life with both mental and physical illness. In the past year her health had deteriorated significantly. She was diagnosed with Pneumonia in January and continued to have symptoms which became worse in March. After much encouragement from family and friends, she went to the emergency room and while she was being worked up she went into cardiac arrest.

Kate will be remembered as a generous woman who was passionate about life and cared deeply about her friends and family. Kate had a wonderful sense of humor and a quick smile and wit.

She enjoyed music, writing, and was looking forward to swimming in Sebago Lake this summer.

Kate will be dearly missed. A celebration of her life will be held on June 26 at the home of Diane Rogers and Dave Goldfield.

Online condolences may be expressed below.

http://www.coastalcremationservices.com/Content/Sidebar/FOV2-00014E83/S00C43BDF-00C43BEF 

The Oldies Music Board » Kate Goldfield (former regular on the Oldies Music Bulletin Board) » March 28, 2021 1:02 pm

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I received a message yesterday from Kate's stepmother Diane, because she and Kate's father Dave had read through all the comments here about Kate. She asked me to thank all of you on their behalf, for the kind comments and expressions of sympathy. I very much appreciate what everyone has had to say as well. 

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 28, 2021 11:31 am

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Taz wrote:

and another
The Blob - The Five Blobs 
And now I officially hate Roman, I can’t stop thinking about these songs.  At this point, I’d love a good earworm.

Let me see if I can help out here as well ... I think that this is the perfect song for your situation. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png



 

The Oldies Music Board » Title and Artist » March 28, 2021 10:27 am

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I think I found the song for you. I like it ... it has clever lyrics, and it's a nice tune as well. 

The Oldies Music Board » Kate Goldfield (former regular on the Oldies Music Bulletin Board) » March 24, 2021 8:29 am

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It's hard for me to know what to say here, but I'll try. Back in December, I had seen a Facebook post from Kate in which she had expressed a need for more people in her life that she could really talk with. So I reached out to her, and we started talking on the phone on a regular basis. I became increasingly concerned about different aspects of how she was doing, but it was very difficult to find good solutions. In particular, this was because she had a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, in addition to having Asperger's Syndrome. She discussed how all of this affected her on a blog that she used to maintain at http://aspiefrommaine.blogspot.com/2010/06/.

In January she had told me about having breathing difficulties, and she ended up going to the hospital and being diagnosed with walking pneumonia. She was given medication for it and eventually her breathing got better, but the difficulties had returned again recently. She had talked to me about going to the hospital on Sunday, and I told her that I thought she should do so. However, she had been there for ten hours when she went on a weekday in January, and she thought that it was likely to be busier on a weekend. She then talked to me again on Monday about going to the hospital ... I told her that I definitely thought she should go, and she told me that she was going to do so. I'm very deeply saddened that she passed away so suddenly, and it's hard to believe that she's gone.

The Oldies Music Board » Kate Goldfield (former regular on the Oldies Music Bulletin Board) » March 23, 2021 6:43 pm

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I have some very sad news to pass along regarding Kate Goldfield, who had been a regular on the previous version of this board ... she passed away this morning, at the age of only 37. Kate and I were friends on Facebook, and this afternoon I saw the following post that a friend of hers had passed along on behalf of her stepmother and father. 

SAD NEWS ABOUT KATE
This morning Kate’s stepmom Diane wrote:
______________________
I have sad news. 
Kate finally went to the ER today and while she was there she went into cardiac arrest and died.
I just got back from the hospital and I did get to see her, but not in time.
The only thing I can tell you is that I have never seen her look so peaceful.
The doctors don’t know what caused her to crash so quickly and are going to recommend that the medical examiner does an autopsy.
Kate will be cremated and we will all get together this summer and send Kate to the ocean via Sebago Lake.
Thank you for being such a good friend to her.
Love, 
Diane and Dave
______________________
To clarify: Kate went to the ER late in the day yesterday.  It was this morning by the time Diane got home.....

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 22, 2021 7:37 pm

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Yes, when I saw Roman's post I did think about saying that he must be looking for me to mention Ringo by Lorne Greene ... but then I saw that gopher had given me an even better way of responding by mentioning MTA. I also thought that Roman might quibble with Ringo, since he was really looking for songs that only have spoken passages rather than being entirely spoken -- although I could have argued that the verses qualified as spoken passages, with "Ringo ... Ringo" being sung at the end of each one. 

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 22, 2021 11:05 am

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Interesting that you mention that the spoken part of Fire is brief, because reedo's mention of Harry Chapin brought to mind how he speaks a couple of lines in Taxi ("Harry, keep the change" and "I stashed the bill in my shirt"). Can't recall if there were any lines like that in the Sequel that he eventually did to this record. 

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 21, 2021 12:14 pm

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So, kind of like Never Been To Spain. I think I might like the song better that way ... would give it a Weird Al Yankovic kind of quality, and it's definitely his type of song. Wish I'd heard that DJ do this with it at the time, but better late than never. Got to thank Roman as well for thinking of me here.  

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 21, 2021 10:36 am

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To be honest, I heard Charlene not that long ago on an old American Top 40 program, and I didn't mind hearing it. It's the same if I hear Muskrat Love ... I don't mind hearing it on a one-off basis now. I actually find it kind of interesting to listen to records like that from the point of view of what might have made them appealing to others. For instance, when I heard I've Never Been To Me recently, I kept thinking "Roman likes this" all through the song ... you and Charlene are inextricably linked in my mind. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 21, 2021 6:08 am

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gopher wrote:

did you guys ever check out the 70's uk punk band, subway sect?
 

I had to look them up because I had never heard of them ... interesting name, though. 
 

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 21, 2021 6:01 am

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It's me Karen wrote:

Have You Seen Her - Chi-Lites
Patches -  Clarence Carter
Smokin' In the Boys Room - Brownsville Station
Proud Mary - Ike and Tina Turner

Good list, and I especially like Have You Seen Her ... it's done in such a heartfelt way. Another one I really like in that regard is Honey Come Back by Glen Campbell. In both cases, the spoken parts play a major role in why I like the songs so much. 

The Oldies Music Board » Songs with spoken passages » March 20, 2021 12:19 pm

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gopher wrote:

one of my favorites since a child is the intro to "m.t.a." by the kingston trio. 

Yes, that's a favourite of mine, and it was also a favourite of my father's ... it was the first song that came to mind when I saw this topic. And I have an interesting personal anecdote about it as well. A few years ago, I was attending a show that featured my friends Sue and Dwight Peters from the Toronto Transit Commission's Subway Musicians Program, and this song was part of their set as it's also a favourite of theirs. But in introducing it, Sue commented on the fact that there happened to be a TTC fare increase coming up. She knows that I used to work in TTC fare policy, and so as she said this I was thinking to myself, "Please don't tell everyone that there also happens to be a former TTC fare policy person in attendance". But she's a good friend, and didn't blow my cover. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

 

The Oldies Music Board » A Classic Oldies Music Special Not Seen Since 1965 Resurfaces On PBS » March 5, 2021 6:50 pm

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Actually, when I saw this on SOWNY, I had thought of posting it here myself but then got busy with other things. So thanks for looking after that.

The Oldies Music Board » Would a museum of Yorkville's musical past still strike a chord? » March 1, 2021 8:04 am

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The age of flower power had barely dawned, but the poetry and songs that defined a generation of protest and counter-culture were already thriving in Yorkville in the early 1960s.
Coffee houses and jazz clubs with names like the Riverboat, Penny Farthing and Purple Onion were packing in the beatniks and university kids eager for the folk tunes of Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitchell (who was still Joni Anderson then), Buffy Ste. Marie, Carly Simon and Neil Young.
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The Oldies Music Board » The 60 Greatest Motown Songs of All Time » February 18, 2021 12:46 pm

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Roman wrote:

I have to object that there is no Canuck representation on the list. Specifically, R. Dean Taylor's Indiana Wants Me and Gotta See Jane should have cracked the Top 60. One of Toronto's finest also had a hand in writing The Supremes' Love Child and Living in Shame. Beauty, eh?

It was definitely an achievement for a young unknown songwriter and singer from Toronto to become successful in both respects at Motown. But I think the fact that he was such an anomaly may also contribute to him being forgotten as a Motown artist. I know that he was on the Rare Earth label and the group did make the list, but they were a Detroit group, they had more American hits (although Gotta See Jane went to #1 here, it only got to #67 on Billboard), and I'd suggest that Rare Earth's sound, while different from other Motown acts, fit in better with the nature of the label. Personally I would still say that he'd have been more worthy of inclusion than Charlene, but I guess managing to somehow make a hit out of "soap opera set to music" is significant in its own right. 

The Oldies Music Board » End of an era for Golden Earring as George Kooyman diagnosed with ALS » February 16, 2021 6:04 am

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One of the founders of Dutch rock band Golden Earring has been diagnosed with the muscle disease ALS, and that means the end of the band performing, the group’s manager told broadcaster NOS. Guitarist and singer George Kooymans, 72, formed the band as a young teenager with bass player Rinus Gerritsen and they were joined later by Barry Hays and drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk.
https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2021/02/an-end-of-an-era-for-golden-earring-as-george-kooyman-is-diagnosed-with-als/

The Oldies Music Board » Carole King, Todd Rundgren, Go-Go’s Lead List of Rock Hall Nominees » February 13, 2021 11:03 pm

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alangee wrote:

The fact that it took this long for Carole King to be nominated (unbelievable that she's not already in) demonstrates what a farce the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is.

Even though she was previously inducted with Gerry Goffin as a songwriter in 1990, I completely agree. I think she should have been inducted as a performer at the same time, and it's incredible that this still hasn't happened 31 years later. But she is certainly in very good company ... I think a pretty impressive Hall of Fame could be put together consisting of artists who aren't in the current one. 

The Oldies Music Board » An Oldie But A Goodie » February 13, 2021 8:25 pm

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I think that is my favourite one yet. It sure applies to me. 

The Oldies Music Board » Tina Turner Documentary Coming This Spring » February 11, 2021 7:59 pm

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Tina Turner will be the subject of a new documentary, Tina, coming to HBO. The feature-length film debuts on March 27, 2021. The Feb. 10 announcement coincides with the artist’s nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. (She’s already been inducted as part of Ike and Tina Turner.)
https://bestclassicbands.com/tina-turner-documentary-hbo-2-10-21/

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