BOND THEMES

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It is such sad news that SIR ROGER MOORE passed away yesterday, May 23, 2017. While personally I find the original James Bond films with Sean Connery more to my liking and the James Bond of today more suspenseful than the Moore films, it appears that I am in the minority as Mr. Moore was voted “BEST BOND” in an Academy Awards poll, and in 2008 still had 62% of the votes.  My thanks to Sir Roger for keeping the franchise thriving.

Sir Roger, knighted by QUEEN ELIZABETH in 2003, played Bond seven times, starting with LIVE AND LET DIE in 1973 after Connery left the role. Sir Roger continued in the role with THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN (1974), THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977), MOONRAKER (1979), FOR YOUR EYES ONLY (1981), OCTOPUSSY (1983) and A VIEW TO A KILL (1985) when at 58 years of age Sir Roger announced his retirement from the role.

Now, what does this have to do with music one might ask? BOND has everything to do with music. After Shirley Bassey’s incredible version of GOLDFINGER which soared up the charts in 1964, most artists begged for a shot at “the title”. And here they are for better or worse, in chronological order as to see who was popular at the time. Interesting to note Shirley Bassey returned for a grand total of 3 and Chris Cornell passed away a few days before Sir Roger.

1962: DR.NO The James Bond Theme by The John Barry Orchestra

1963: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE: From Russia With Love by Matt Monro

1964: GOLDFINGER: Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey

1965: THUNDERBALL:Thunderball by Tom Jones

1967: YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE: You Only Live Twice-Nancy Sinatra

1967:CASINO ROYALE:Casino Royale-Herb Albert and The Tijuana Brass

1969:ON HER MAJESTY’S SECRET SERVICE: We Have All The Time IN The World-Louis Armstrong

1972: DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER:Diamonds Are Forever- Shirley Bassey

1973:LIVE AND LET DIE: Live And Let Die-Paul McCartney and Wings

1974:THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN: The Man With The Golden Gun:Lulu

1977:THE SPY WHO LOVED ME: Nobody Does It Better-Carly Simon

1979:MOONRAKER:Moonraker-Shirley Bassey

1981:FOR YOUR EYES ONLY-For Your Eyes Only-Sheena Easton

1983:OCTOPUSSY: All Time High-Rita Coolidge

1983:NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN: Never Say Never Again-Lani Hall

1985:A VIEW TO A KILL: A View To A Kill-Duran Duran

1987:THE LIVING DAYLIGHTS: The Living Daylights-a-ha

1989:LICENSE TO KILL: License To Kill-Gladys Knight

1995:GOLDEN EYE: Golden Eye-Tina Turner

1997:TOMORROW NEVER DIES:Tomorrow Never Dies-Sheryl Crow

1999:THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH:The World Is Not Enough-Garbage

2002:DIE ANOTHER DAY:Die Another Day-Madonna

2006:CASINO ROYALE:You Know My Name-Chris Cornell

2008:QUANTUM OF SOLACE: Another Way To Die-Jack White & Alicia Keys

2012:SKYFALL:Skyfall-Adele

2015:SPECTRE:The Writing’s On The Wall-Sam Smith

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SPIRIT SEEKER by Gary Golio

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During a Q and A session directly after CHASING TRANE, a superb documentary on the life and times of JOHN COLTRANE, one of the audience members asked the film maker where did some of the graphics used in the movie, and especially the poster for the movie, come from. The answer was direct and simple: “From a  children’s book, SPIRIT SEEKER ,written by a wonderful author Gary Golio who utilized the amazing art work of a guy out of New Jersey named RUDY GUTIERREZ”.

The very next day I searched for the book and lo and behold found it available on line. BINGO, I ordered two. The package arrived today and I can honestly say this purchase of two is well worth the money spent. The story chronicles the life of Coltrane from his humble, religious upbringing, through the deaths of his father and grandfather, to the time where he first picked up and instrument, and ultimately the musical leaps that occurred throughout his short career. The reason for two books ordered…THE PERFECT GIFT.

Mr. Gutierrez’s artwork is as stated “amazing” and somewhat breathtaking. I’m looking forward to sitting down with my grandchildren, putting on COLTRANE’S GIANT STEPS, and reading to them THE MUSICAL JOURNEY of JOHN COLTRANE.

CHASING TRAIN

What a wonderful evening it was. My bride accompanied me first to a nice dinner and then a short car ride to the CINEMA ARTS CENTER in Huntington ,New York  to view greatness, the superb documentary CHASING TRANE. We arrived a bit early as I knew the theater was SOLD OUT. Fortunately , when we arrived, the line was short and the crowd was being seated. Many seats were reserved for “dignitaries” AKA The Board of Trustees for THE COLTRANE HOME, and a few musicians.

To my surprise I was across the aisle from one of my favorite drummers, 92 years young Mr. ROY HAYNES.Seated directly behind him was bassist REGGIE WORKMAN. This was going to be a evening of memories which will last a lifetime for me.

After a lengthy, and late starting introduction of purpose, mission (To raise funds for The COLTRANE HOME), etc. etc, the film began. This documentary chronicles the life and times of JOHN COLTRANE and his influence on ALL types of music. In light of the fact that this was a fundraiser for the “saving” of the COLTRANE HOME in Dix Hills, a neighboring town, many paid close attention to the music written in that home by both John (A LOVE SUPREME) and his wife ALICE COLTRANE, a musician in her own rite.

After the film, to huge applause,REGGIE WORKMAN answered a few questions, and a SKYPE call was made to the director of the film, JOHN SCHEINFIELD who also fielded questions and gave insights to the making of the film including a humorous tale as to how DENZEL WASHINGTON was chosen to narrate the film and DENZEL’S response.

Special thanks to the CINEMA ARTS CENTER in Huntington for hosting this worthwhile and educational endeavor.

#CHASINGTRANE,#CINEMAARTSCENTER,#JOHNCOLTRANE,#ALICECOLTRANE,#THECOLTRANEHOME,#REGGIEWORKMAN,#ROYHAYNES,#JOHNSCHEINFIELD,

 

Dreaming The Beatles

Dreaming The Beatles is my current read. Written by Rob Sheffield, I am amazed at how each new chapter grabs my interest, makes me think back to a time moons ago, and ultimately  has me pulling up the music to verify my feelings about the music. Nice job Rob. Particularly, the juxtaposition of RUBBER SOUL and REVOLVER, which like Rob would be my two favorite collection song, and how the “chaps from Liverpool” developed as artists in the recording studio during that period. Experimentation aside, each Beatle brought a unique mindset to the sessions, and as Sheffield states, “you keep changing, letting your perspective get altered by time and drugs….and IMAGINATION”.#BEATLES,#SHEFFIELD,#RUBBERSOUL,#REVOLVER.

I READ THE NEWS TODAY, OH BOY…

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Survey said: Roe V Wade decision was rendered this week in 1973 and a 2012 survey revealed 38% of U.S. adults couldn’t GUESS what it was !

Breast implant leak causes emergency surgery thereby delaying a bigamy trial???To make it even more bizarre, the trial was for wife of Congressman Alan Grayson.

New York State is one of only TWO states where 16 year-olds are treated as adults under the law. If we raise that minimum to 17 and then 18 as proposed then these felons would be above the law,no?

Governor Cuomo stated, “In the next 45 days we plan to embark on a trade mission with Cuba”, “Let us get opportunities for NY companies”. Hmmmm, casino.

Economics 101: Motley Crue and Alice Cooper at the New York Stock Exchange closing bell.

Cuomo invited 300 public school kids to his bashing of public education. What a bully he is.

NY Jets new GM calls his position a dream job. Just remember some dreams are nightmares.

JUST ELVIS and A FEW COHORTS:

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JUST ELVIS and a few cohorts:

Undeniably, ELVIS PRESLEY served as a catalyst in the evolution of a genre that became known as” rock and roll”. We are also well aware of his significance to what is termed “popular music”. Born in Tupelo, Mississippi (1935), ELVIS at age 13 moved to Memphis, Tennessee, with his mother and father,where he started his musical journey. Today, as his original recordings  are studied,one finds it extremely difficult to label or categorize said recordings, as ELVIS  sampled and mixed genres from a huge musical palette including  gospel, hillbilly, and virtually anything and everything available to his ears.

Today, we will “tune” in to some of Elvis’ charting cohorts.

This true original was overweight, over thirty and not overly impressive on stage yet some musicologists claim he possesses the FIRST #1 Rock n Roll hit. He is A) BUDDY HOLLY  B)BILL HALEY  C)BIG JOE TURNER  D)JERRY LEE LEWIS .

This song heard in the 1955 film BLACKBOARD JUNGLE has conviently been used as the “line of demarcation” between the “rock” era and what had preceded it. This record sold over ONE Million copies in each of The United States, Germany and Britain …This tune was: A) SHAKE RATTLE AND ROLL  B)THAT’S ALL RIGHT  C)ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK  D)HEY JUDE.

His names include THE REVEREND, THE MACON MANIAC, and Mr. PENNIMAN but you and I know him better as A) CHARLES MANSON   B)KRIS KRISTOFFERSON  C)RICHARD SIMMONS   D)LITTLE RICHARD.

One of the true originals, CHUCK BERRY’S tune about a car started as a song entitled “IDA RED”…This tune is more familiar as A)LITTLE DEUCE COUPE  B)MAYBELLINE  C)LIVING IN THE USA  D) CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? .0

CHUCK BERRY’S First #1 hit was…A) MAYBELLINE  B)ROLL OVER BEETHOVEN  C)JOHNNY B. GOODE  D)MY DING A LING.

JILES PERRY RICHARDSON  died in the same plane crash as did BUDDY HOLLY. JP was better known as A) SWEARING STEVEN “SHORT-SHORTS” SWARTZ  B)RICHIE VALENS  C)THE BIG BOPPER  D)STEVIE RAY VAUGHN.

NAME THAT TUNE: The BIG BOPPER’s hit tune was………..

TRUE or FALSE: Along with JP Richardson AKA THE BIG BOPPER, BUDDY HOLLY and  RICHIE HAVENS also died together in the same plane crash.

This CARL PERKINS tune was the FIRST song to TOP the POP, COUNTRY and RnB charts at the same time. It is: A)HONEY DON”T  B)MATCHBOX  C)BLUE SUEDE SHOES  D)YELLOW SUBMARINE.

As the DJ of the nightly “MOONDOG ROCK nROLL PARTY” this gentleman tried to copyright the term ROCK AND ROLL, he was A)COUSIN BRUCE MORROW  B)MURRAY THE K  C)ALAN FREED  D) B.MITCHELL REED.

JUST ELVIS:

The answers, the way I see it: (1)The last single was MY WAY with a b-side of AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL, released a few days AFTER Elvis’ death.

(2) ELVIS had an amazing career with 18 #1 hits; 38 TOP TENS. Musicologists debate this number because one record, the a-side of which was HOUND DOG was #1 for 5 weeks, while it’s B-side was #1 for the next 6 weeks. The B-side was… D) DON’T BE CRUEL

(3) Elvis had a few big hits on SUN RECORDS before RCA purchased his contract. THE KING’s first RCA hit was  B)HEARTBREAK HOTEL .

(4) ELVIS recorded 24 songs during 1953-1955, some were self-financed demos. Of the 24, ten were released as 5 singles(a-sides,b-sides) on the SUN label. Today one of those 45’s or 78’s could fetch thousands of dollars for collectors (especially SUN209 released July 19,1954). The b-side was BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY….The A-side was   B) THAT”S ALL RIGHT.

(5) Sam Phillips sold ELVIS’s contract to RCA for D) $35,000  plus $5000 which he owed ELVIS in royalties.

(6) ELVIS’s harmony group was known as B) The Jordanaires

(7) ELVIS served in the military from 1958 thru 1960. He left with the rank of.. D) SGT.

(8) THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET ,of which ELVIS was affiliated, got together at SUN Studios on December 4,1956.This quartet consisted of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and.. B)JERRY LEE LEWIS.

(9) and (10) and BONUS:

This TRAVELIN’MAN outsold everybody during the 1950’s except ELVIS and PAT BOONE. He usually performed at the end of the hit TV show, OZZIE AND HARRIET, his name was Rick/Ricky Nelson and HIS BROTHER  was Dave/David.

Hope all is well….”tomorrow is another day”.

JUST ELVIS

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The career of Elvis Presley is a well documented one. From humble beginnings as a child in Tupelo,Mississippi to the pinnacle of popular music, followed by a slow decent in the charts,to a very dramatic “come back” and ultimately his untimely death at an early age of 42, Elvis was and still is an iconic figure whom many considered THE KING. Yet, How well do you know or remember his career?

Here we go with what I call…. JUST ELVIS:

(1)The last ELVIS single,released a few days after his death, was: A)MY WAY   B)HIT THE ROAD JACK    C) GOD IS GOOD    D) THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET.

(2) ELVIS had an amazing recording career with 38 TOP TENS, eighteen #1 hits. Yet Musicologists debate this number because one record, the a-side of which was HOUND DOG was #1 for 5 weeks, while it’s B-side was #1 for the next 6 weeks. The B-side was…A)BLUE MOON B) HEARTBREAK HOTEL C) BLUE SUEDE SHOES D) DON’T BE CRUEL

(3) Elvis had a few big hits on SUN RECORDS before RCA purchased his contract. THE KING’s first RCA hit was A) HOUND DOG B)HEARTBREAK HOTEL C)LOVE ME TENDER D)BLUE MOON .

(4) ELVIS recorded 24 songs during 1953-1955, some were self-financed demos. Of the 24, ten were released as 5 singles(a-sides,b-sides) on the SUN label. Today one of those 45’s or 78’s could fetch thousands of dollars for collectors (especially SUN209 released July 19,1954). The b-side was BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY….The A-side was  A) Hound Dog B) THAT”S ALL RIGHT  C) LOVE ME TENDER  D)BLUE SUEDE SHOES .

(5) Sam Phillips sold ELVIS’s contract to RCA for a significant amount of money according to the time, plus $5000 which he owed ELVIS in royalties. That amount of sale was A)$ 1,000,000   B)$5,000,000  C) $100,000  D) $35,000

(6) ELVIS’s harmony group was known as  A)The Beale Street Boys B) The Jordanaires C) The Memphis Mafia D) The Chiffons

(7) ELVIS served in the military from 1958 thru 1960. He left with the rank of…..A)Colonel B) PRIVATE C)CORPORAL D) SGT.

(8) THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET ,of which ELVIS was affiliated, got together at SUN Studios on December 4,1956.This quartet consisted of Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and…. A) CHUCK BERRY  B)JERRY LEE LEWIS  C)FATS DOMINO  D)WILLIE NELSON .

(9) and (10) and BONUS:

This TRAVELIN’MAN outsold everybody during the 1950’s except ELVIS and PAT BOONE. He usually performed at the end of the hit TV show, NAME THE SHOW …. NAME THE ARTIST… and NAME HIS BROTHER …..

The previous query: Finish this:

In his 1960 hit  Brian Hyland mentioned an ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE……(Yellow Polka Dot Bikini). Ooh La La…..

Gary Lewis and the Playboys sung…..Everybody loves a clown…(but why don’t you).

FYI: This first TOP TEN hit for Gary Lewis and The Playboys was actually recorded by the legendary Wrecking Crew with heavily overdubbed vocals added to the very weak vocals by Gary Lewis; and of course  The Playboys were nowhere near the record(s). Actually arranged by Leon Russell, this hit was written by Bob Brass, Irwin Levine, and another famous musician who also provided the organ parts for Bob Dylan’s LIKE A ROLLING STONE, AL KOOPER.

To Jim Morrison….People are strange when you are lonely, faces look ugly (when you’re alone).

Sir Paul once stated…..She was just seventeen…(you know what I mean)

If you need a little lovin’, call on me, and  If you want a little hugging, call on me….Finish the phone number…..634-5……….(789).

In THUNDER ROAD Bruce Springsteen tells us…….Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays Roy Orbison’s singing..(.For The Lonely).

The Easy Beats FRIDAY ON MY MIND………Monday morning feels so bad, everybody seems to nag me,Coming  Tuesday I feel better even…(my old man looks good.

Chuck Berry’s SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN has us…..Really rockin’ on Bandstand, Philadelphia P.A,deep in the heart of Texas…(round Frisco Bay).

Hi everybody ,I’m Archie Bell and The Drells of Houston Texas, and we don’t only sing, we dance just…(as good as we walk)

The ROLLING STONES……Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of……..(Wealth and taste).

BONUS ROUND: The Shangri La’s had a hit June of 64 with THE LEADER OF THE PACK. What was The Leader’s name? (JIMMY)………..

Who did the girls question about “really going out with him?”…(.Betty, Is That Jimmy’s ring you are wearing?)…..

and ” by the way where did she meet him?…(.at the candy store).

Hope all is well….”tomorrow is another day”.

IN TUNE AND IN TIME – FINISH THE LINE

IN TUNE AND IN TIME for September 21,2014

Once upon a time I wrote a weekly, some say” weakly”, feature for our local newspaper. While I found it somewhat stimulating for my brain cells, I also found it to be a task that others demanded of with deadlines, while others suggested what was to be written, and/or were sometimes critical of what was written. So this, my blog- IN TUNE AND IN TIME, will not be an adventure like my previous experience. Oh, it will be financial as rewarding as I never asked for payment on anything written. Nor will I respond to any negative criticism about what is written, seriously,I write for me and for enjoyment. So HERE WE GO….again.

This is a little ditty I call THE NEXT ROUND:

Finish this line….  (try to avoid pondering too long).

1960 hit for Brian Hyland mentioned an ITSY BITSY TEENIE WEENIE __________

Gary Lewis and the Playboys sung…..”Everybody loves a clown, ____________”

To Jim Morrison….”People are strange when you are lonely, faces look ugly _______________”

Sir Paul once exclaimed…..”She was just seventeen,___________________”

If you need a little lovin’, call on me, and  If you want a little hugging, call on me….Finish the phone number…..634-5______.

In THUNDER ROAD Bruce Springsteen tells us…….”Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays Roy Orbison’s singing___________________”.

The Easy Beats FRIDAY ON MY MIND………”Monday morning feels so bad, everybody seems to nag me, Coming  Tuesday I feel better even____________”.

Chuck Berry’s SWEET LITTLE SIXTEEN has us…..”Really rockin’ on Bandstand, Philadelphia P.A, deep in the heart of Texas,___________________”.

“Hi everybody ,I’m Archie Bell and The Drells of Houston Texas, and we don’t only sing, we dance just_____________________”.

The ROLLING STONES……”Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of______________”_.

Route 66 written by BOB TROUP and recorded by virtual hundreds of artists takes us on a journey of “more than 2000 miles all the way, get your kicks on Route 66, St. Louis, Joplin Missouri and …Name the city that looks so pretty?

Confident that you are awaiting the answers for the previous posting…. those answers are:

ODE TO BILLIE JOE, Bobbie Gentry…PRIDE (IN THE NAME OF LOVE), U-2….The 21st of September (EWF)….the 3rd of September (The Temptations)….by May 10th Richmond had fallen (The Band)….1814 (Johnny Horton)….in May of 1941 (Johnny Horton)….The Tallahatchie Bridge (Bobbie Gentry)….Al Kooper……Jimmy.

EXTRA CREDIT:

As a follow up to #10:LEADER OF THE PACK-  Whom did the girls question about “Is she really going out with him?”

and ” by the way where did you meet him?”……….

FYI: AL KOOPER has a terrific, informative, and well written blog for us “older”  listeners of good music. It can be found at THE MORTON REPORT.COM/Features/new-music-for-old-people. Simply put, Al reviews a good amount of new and not so new music for us.

Hope all is well,….. “tomorrow is another day”.

Musical Trivia…WHAT’S THE POINT?

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Since I was a young tyke I today remember the sound emulating from a small electric device located on top of what my folks called the “ice box”. That box was an AM (only) radio that had poor to good reception dependent on the weather conditions in suburbia and/or how one moved it around on top of the “ice box”. Tapping in time on the foot rests of my wooden high chair I recall some of those big band sounds as well as the emergence of later became ROCK N ROLL.

Todays quest is: MUSICAL TRIVIA

1)It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty delta day…Name that tune….

2)April Four, a shot rings out in the Memphis sky…Name that tune..

3)Give The date mentioned in the title of this Earth, Wind and Fire November 1978 hit: Do You Remember the……….

4)The TEMPTATIONS  informed us that  PAPA WAS A ROLLING STONE, and that Papa died on this date……..

5)In THE BAND’S historical masterpiece THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN, according to Robbie Robertson’s recollection “In the Winter of 65, we were hungry, just barely alive……on which date did Richmond fall?

6) 1959 RECORD OF THE YEAR was THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS by Johnny Horton. In what year did they take “a little trip along with Colonel Jackson along the mighty Mississippi…?

7)The following year of 1960 Johnny Horton had another smash hit with SINK THE BISMARK,historically accurate, what month and year does he mention?

8)Originally an 11 verse B-Side written by Miss Bobbie Gentry, this 1967 classic song was trimmed in half and re-released as an A side winning 4 Grammys and recognition as #412 of Rolling Stone Magazines TOP 500 GREATEST SONGS, ODE TO BILLIE JOE has Billie Joe McAllister jumping off which bridge?

9) The first TOP TEN hit for Gary Lewis and The Playboys was actually recorded by the legendary Wrecking Crew with heavily overdubbed vocals added to very weak vocals by Gary Lewis and of course  The Playboys were nowhere near the record(s). Actually arranged by Leon Russell, this hit was written by Bob Brass, Irwin Levine, and another famous keyboardist who also provided the organ parts for Bob Dylan’s LIKE A ROLLING STONE. Name this artist.

10)The Shangri La’s had a hit June of 64 with THE LEADER OF THE PACK. What was The Leader’s name?

“…tomorrow is another day”