Here’s a question for you, but I have to warn you that it’s a really long one, so feel free to skim through to the end. What do Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Roger Daltrey, Marianne Faithfull, Bela Fleck, James Galway, Art Garfunkel, Emmylou Harris, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Madonna, Ziggy Marley, … More A Tip Of The Hat To The Chieftains
As we all look forward to the approach of the new year (it has to be better than 2017, right?) I thought it might be a good time for another edition of one of my favorite Special Features, Anatomy Of A Song. The featured piece of music is one that has a history that includes … More Anatomy Of A Song – A Russian Classic Goes Pop
A few years back I posted A Norman Rockwell Thanksgiving, which was a slideshow of holiday paintings from one of my favorite artists. I’ve always thought he was a national treasure, and I have never been too concerned with art experts who look down their noses at him; after all, they’re the same people who … More A Norman Rockwell Christmas + Music!
Today’s featured song on the GMC Special Feature known as Fantastic Foursome is another with a strong connection to Fred Astaire. For a guy who always comes to mind first and foremost as a dancer, he had quite an impact in many other ways during his long career. In this case, he not only introduced … More Fantastic Foursome – Astaire Redux
Way back in 2007 I put together a post titled The Quintessential Italian Crooner, in which I wrote about some of the better-known Italian/American smoothies. But even though I didn’t intend that post to be all-inclusive and have written about quite a few more since then, it’s still surprising how many others remain. One who … More Frankie Randall Had A Helping Hand From Sinatra
It seems to me that I often open by writing about how a name might be unfamiliar to modern music fans, and I’m guessing today’s spotlighted singer will baffle most. And yet, Yma Sumac was a pretty big deal in her day. A flamboyant performer whose voice covered more than four octaves, she was a … More One Of A Kind – Yma Sumac
Although most would now remember Eddie Albert as the actor who played the city-bred farmer on TV’s Green Acres in the late 1960s, some of us will also recall that he had a long career that stretched from big movie roles in the 1940s and 1950s to countless TV appearances well into the 1990s. But … More Eddie Albert Was A Singer?
One of the most fascinating stories from the early jazz age would have to that of Leslie ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson, who left behind a budding career in the US in fear of the Ku Klux Klan, only to become a star in Europe. In fact, during the 1920s and 1930s he was one of the biggest cabaret … More Hutch Hutchinson – High Society’s Favorite Gigolo
In terms of singing ability, one of the best of the actresses who sang was Deanna Durbin, who was classically trained and could handle just about everything from opera to pop tunes. Although she had a relatively short career, the Canadian-born performer left her mark in Hollywood with a number of strong performances. (Even though … More Deanna Durbin’s Dust-Up With Judy
Another Gershwin classic is in the spotlight today, joining three others we’ve featured in the past — but for a different Special Feature. All of the previous tunes appeared on our Fantastic Foursome feature. (You can see them here: “I’ve Got a Crush on You” – “Summertime” – “‘S Wonderful”) However, today’s offering is showing … More Anatomy Of A Song – Revisiting The Gershwins