“Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” – Willie Nelson – “Red Headed Stranger” (1974)

Mar 7
Posted by admin Filed in Crooners

Everything about this record is timeless. Except that if it had been made about 40 years later, it would been called something like Mysterious Ginger Man.


“Trouble Man” by Marvin Gaye (1972)

Feb 5
Posted by Kala Filed in Crooners, Rewind, Rock and Roll Heaven, Soul Music

Yes, yesterday’s post was the impetus for today’s, but it’s more than just a copout to an easy segue from T.I. to Marvin Gaye. “Trouble Man” is the the title song from the blaxploitation film of the same name released in 1972. The song faired much better commercially than the movie due to Marvin Gaye’s soulful, gospel twinged voice that often reached a mighty fine falsetto.

I have very vivid chilhood memories of listening to this and other soul classics such as, “Mighty Mighty” by Earth, Wind & Fire (1974), “Super Fly” by Curtis Mayfield (1972) and “Ben” by Michael Jackson (1972), on KOL AM1300 in Seattle. AM at that time, with all it’s static and difficulty tuning the station in just right, had some good things going for it, like the fact you could listen to these soul songs and have it followed up by, “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper (1972), “Get It On” by T-Rex (1972) or “It never Rains In Southern California” by Albert Hammond (1972). What happened to that kind of diversity on the airwaves? At least we have KEXP.

For another excellent movie placement of this song check out “Four Brothers” (2005)

“You Don’t Cry Like I Do” – Chris Isaak – “Mr. Lucky” (2009)

Apr 19
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Has there ever been a guy as talented as Chris Isaak with more of a cult-like following. The guy’s got unreal pipes and has created a nice catalog of material whereas a lot of the artists that form little knots of dedicated fans have been type cast by “that one song” or a quirky personality. Isaak had “that one song”, actually maybe two songs but he’s super talented, polished, and a bit of a throwback.

I guess “cult” might be the wrong word to describe Isaak’s faithful because besides those whack jobs who reside on Wisteria Lane, most housewives don’t outwardly exhibit any signs of a life style suggesting membership to a cult. And, housewives are the people most likely to throw dollars, flowers…. under garments, Mr. Isaak’s way. Correct? Any ways, before I do any more pigeonholing of the rich throated crooner and his fans, I’d like to point out that, I’m not a housewife, and dig Isaak’s music.

Isaak’s making the annual trip to the PNW and will be playing for wine sippers on what is hopefully, a pleasent summer night at the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery. It would be nice to see Isaak live one of these days but it’s a ticket price that is pretty far outside of my acceptable range, and I’m already foreseeing problems talking to the boss about getting my concert fund debt ceiling raised for the rest of the year.