Bermuda + Coca Cola = Steel Drums (Yeah, I Don’t Really Know Either)

When my dad got sick, he made it a point to take family trips on my school vacations. We went to Alaska and various islands in the Bahamas in the few short years we had. While we were there, I really fell in love with the steel drum players and bands you would see everywhere. I guess that’s why when I found this for $3.99 in a Boston record store (well Cambridge, but they’re rude so no name), I couldn’t help myself.

I really couldn’t find any information on the group though! I just love listening to this album, it takes you away! Do you know anything about this album or band? Please let me know in the comments! I would absolutely love it. I recently bought some more steel drum albums so be on the look out for those too!!



The Clay House Inn, Presents The Real Thing Steel Band (Sponsored By The Coca-Cola Bottler in Bermuda)

The Real Thing Steel Band

Side One

The Real Thing Theme
Poet & Peasants
Hallelujah Chorus
Somewhere My Love
Mas In Madison Square Garden

Side Two

Voices of Spring
Yellow Bird
Holly City
Extro Real Thing


Also, as some of you followers may know, I’m also doing something insane. For those of you just popping by for the first time, I’m rappelling down 22 stories of the Hyatt in Boston, MA to raise money and awareness for the Special Olympics. I really need some help raising money in order to rappel, as my minimum is $1000.00 raised. Wouldn’t it be awesome to double that amount for the Special Olympics?

I know times are tough for people, but a donation as small as a few dollars would really help bring me closer to my goal. I greatly appreciate it! Please just click HERE to get to my personal donation page. Click GIVE NOW and be brought right to the donation page for me. If you are kind enough to visit and follow along with my experience (I’ll be posting updates here, on Facebook and Instagram), please leave a comment and let me know you’re coming through My Dad’s Albums so I can be sure to thank you loud, proud and on here!! Thank you so much for your support.

Atlantic Rhythm and Blues


Atlantic Rhythm and Blues: Volume 4

Various Artists

Side One

I Cried a Tear – La Vern Baker
The Right Time – Ray Charles
Charlie Brown – The Coasters
What’d I Say (Parts 1 & 2) – Ray Charles
There Goes My Baby – The Drifters
Along Came Jones – The Coasters
Let the Good Times Roll – Ray Charles

Side Two

Poison Ivy – The Coasters
Dance with Me – The Drifters
Just For a Thrill – Ray Charles
This Magic Moment – The Drifters
Save the Last Dance for Me – The Drifters
Shopping for Clothes – The Coasters
Spanish Harlem – Ben E. King

Side Three

Young Boy Blues – Ben E. King
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Gee Whiz – Carla Thomas
Saved – La Vern Baker
Just Out of My Reach (Of Two Empty Arms) – Solomon Burke
Little Egypt – The Coasters
Amor – Ben E. King

Side Four

Last Night – The Mar-Keys
I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song) – The Ikettes
You Don’t Miss Your Water – William Bell
I Found a Love – The Falcons
Cry to Me – Solomon Burke
Don’t Play That Song (You Lied) – Ben E. King
Green Onions – Booker T. & The MG’s


Atlantic Rhythm and Blues: Volume 6

Various Artists

Side One

Land of 1000 Dances – Wilson Pickett
Knock On Wood – Eddie Floyd
Try a Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
Mustang Sally – Wilson Pickett
When Something Is Wrong with My Baby – Sam & Dave
Sweet Soul Music – Arthur Conley
Soul Man – Sam & Dave

Side Two

I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) – Aretha Franklin
Do Right Woman – Do Right Man – Aretha Franklin
Show Me – Joe Tex
Tramp – Otis and Carla
Funky Broadway – Wilson Pickett
Hip Hug-Her – Booker T. & The MG’s
Respect – Aretha Franklin

Side Three

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin
Soul Finger – The Bar-Keys
Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Skinny Legs and All – Joe Tex
Chain of Fools – Aretha Franklin
I’m In Love – Wilson Pickett
Memphis Soul Stew – King Curtis

Side Four

(Sittin’  On) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Tighten Up – Archie Bell & The Drells
Slip Away – Clarence Carter
Think – Aretha Franklin
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Take a Letter, Maria – R.B. Greaves
Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton

You Don’t Have to Be Jewish

You Don’t Have to be Jewish is a 1965 comedy album written by Bob Booker and George Foster, the team behind the 1962 comedy album The First Family. The album features Lou Jacobi, Betty Walker, Jack Gilford, Joe Silver, Jackie Kannon, Bob McFadden, Frank Gallop, and Arlene Golonka,in a variety of roles, mostly Jewish, performing a mixture of jokes and comedy sketches. The album was highly successful, with syndicated columnist Walter Winchell calling the album “the No. 1 seller in Suburbia” and noting that as a popular gift “it has replaced the fountain pen at Bar Mitzvahs.”

You Don’t Have To Be Jewish

Various Artists

Side One

Scene 1: A Call From Long Island
Scene 2: Home From the Office
Scene 3: The Reading of the Will
Scene 4: The Diamond
Scene 5: Quickies
Scene 6: The Jury
Scene 7: The President
Scene 8: The Cocktail Party
Scene 9: Final Discussion
Scene 10: More Quickies
Scene 11: The Convicts

Side Two

Scene 1: The Housewarming
Scene 2: The Luncheon
Scene 3: Still More Quickies
Scene 4: Conversation In the Hotel Lobby
Scene 5: The Agony and the Ecstacy
Scene 6: My Son, The Captain
Scene 7: Secret Agent, James Bondstein
Scene 8: Enough Already with the Quickies
Scene 9: Goldstein

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days is a 1956 Technicolor adventure comedy film starring David Niven and Cantinflas, produced by the Michael Todd Company and released by United Artists.

The epic picture was directed by Michael Anderson and produced by Mike Todd, with Kevin McClory and William Cameron Menzies as associate producers. The screenplay was written by James Poe, John Farrow, and S. J. Perelman based on the classic novel of the same name by Jules Verne. The music score was composed by Victor Young, and the Todd-AO 70 mm cinematography was by Lionel Lindon.

The film won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.


Around the World in Eighty Days

Various Artists

Side One

Around the World – Part 1
Paris Arrival
Sky Symphony
(A) Invitation To a Bull Fight (B) Entrance of the Bull March
India Country Side
Around the World – Part 2

Side Two

The Pagoda of Pillagi
Temple of Dawn
Prairie Sail Car
Land Ho

A Preview Of Things To Come

Aside from my trip to the record store yesterday, I was doing pretty well and getting close to entering the singles. In my excitement, I pulled a few singles to get started on. I haven’t actually gone through the crates of singles just yet, but I have a feeling as we get there, you’ll see a lot more contemporary music. My dad never saw the point in buying a full album for one song so we have a million singles. Not really, but close.

The roomie and I started chatting about one hit wonders because I’m sure that corresponds to the magnitude of singles. I was guessing they took off in the 1970s, the roomie guessed 1960s but Wikipedia / Billboard goes with the 1950s. If you care to check out the full lists, click HERE.

I didn’t pull a one hit wonder for the first of the single entries. I went with the complete opposite. I went with an icon, the MADGE-STY herself, Madonna. I know for a fact there are more, but I had pulled these few to listen to a while ago.


Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and entrepreneur. One of the most prominent cultural icons for over three decades, she has achieved an unprecedented level of power and control for a woman in the entertainment industry.

She attained immense popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for continuously reinventing both her music and image, and for retaining a standard of autonomy within the recording industry. Music critics have praised her diverse and innovative musical productions which have also been known to induce controversy. Cited as an influence among numerous artists around the world, she is often referred to as the “Queen of Pop”.

Check out the YouTube video of Madonna as she expresses herself here.

Born in Bay City, Michigan, Madonna moved to New York City in 1977 to pursue a career in modern dance. After performing in the music groups Breakfast Club and Emmy in the late 1970s and early 1980s, she signed with Sire Records (an affiliate of Warner Bros. Records) in 1982 and released her self-titled debut album the following year. She followed it with a series of commercially successful albums, including the Grammy Award winners Ray of Light (1998) and Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005). Throughout her career, she has written and produced most of her songs, with many of them having hit number one on the record charts, including “Like a Virgin”, “Into the Groove”, “Papa Don’t Preach”, “Like a Prayer”, “Vogue”, so on and so on and so on and so on.

Madonna has sold more than 300 million records worldwide and is recognized as the best-selling female recording artist of all time by Guinness World Records. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), she is the best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century and the second best-selling female artist in the US, with 64.5 million certified albums. Billboard ranked her at number two, behind only The Beatles, on the Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, making her the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart.


Side A:

Causing a Commotion

Side B:

Jimmy, Jimmy


Side A:

Express Yourself

Side B:

The Look Of Love


Side A:

Keep It Together

Side B:

Keep It Together


I didn’t list the original cast as I feel that I’d have to list the later cats and I didn’t really want to get into all that business. Definitely check it out some more if you’re interested!

Godspell is a musical by Stephen Schwartz and a book by John-Michael Tebelak. It opened off Broadway on May 17, 1971, and has played in various touring companies and revivals many times since, including a 2011 revival which played on Broadway from October 13, 2011, to June 24, 2012. Several cast albums have been released over the years and one of its songs, “Day by Day” from the original cast album, reached #13 on the Billboard pop singles chart in the summer of 1972.

The structure of the musical is that of a series of parables, mostly based on the Gospel of Matthew (three of the featured parables are recorded only in the Gospel of Luke). The parables are interspersed with a variety of modern music set primarily to lyrics from traditional hymns, with the passion of Christ treated briefly near the end of the performance. It started as a college project performed by students at Carnegie Mellon University and moved to La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in Greenwich Village. It was then re-scored for an off-Broadway production which became a long-running success.


Side One

Prepare Ye the Way Of the Lord
Save the People
Day By Day
Bless the Lord
All For the Best

Side Two

Light Of the Wind
Turn Back, O Man
By My Side
We Beseech Thee

A Trip To the Record Store – Garnick’s

This last weekend, I packed my bags and headed to Vermont with the roommate. After a night in Weston without cell service, we proceeded to Burlington. My intention was to head to a couple of record stores there, but alas, I drank while they were open on Saturday and they opened pretty late on Sunday. It was rainy and bleeehhh outside so we called it a day. I did hit up the Bern Gallery where I saw some pretty nifty painted album covers. I had posted this earlier on Instagram (have you checked it out yet, you should, you should!) but in case you haven’t seen it, these are two of those covers.


To make up for my timing on the Vermont trip, the roomie and I headed to Garnick’s today on Middlesex in Lowell. It. Was. Amazing. The guy, Bob, knew my dad, his music AND had some funny stories about my dad. I definitely loaded up while in there too. He’s holding a Nina Simone album for me too, which I’m so freakin’ pumped for. The store was pretty crowded, but they’re absolutely fantastic in there. There are some more pictures on Facebook too, get your buns over there and check it out!




Like I said, I loaded up. The roomie opted for more classic, collectables and I went straight up piggy style and got all the guilty pleasures I wanted. I’m working on some other posts right now but be on the look out for:

Eddie Murphy

Bethlehem’s Finest – a various artists album with artists like Julie London, Betty Roche, Mel Torme, etc

Nancy Wilson

Billie Holiday

Together – an album with Diana Ross, The Supremes and The Temptations

Another Diana Ross album

Al Green

And… Miss Jackson if you’re nasty! Janet Jackson

I’m so excited to get these entered and listen to them. I’m headed back to Garnick’s Saturday to pick up my Nina and they’re also checking for some reggae for me. More updates to come!

Which Dimension Are You In?

The 5th Dimension is an American popular music vocal group, whose repertoire also includes pop, R&B, soul, and jazz.

Originally known as The Hi-Fi’s, the group changed its name to The 5th Dimension in late 1966 and was best-known during the late 1960s and early 1970s for popularizing the hits like “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “One Less Bell to Answer”, “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”, and The Magic Garden LP.

The five original members were Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson. They have recorded for several different labels over their long careers. Their first work appeared on the Soul City label, which was started by Imperial Records/United Artists Records recording artist Johnny Rivers. The group would later record for Bell/Arista Records, ABC Records, and Motown Records.


Greatest Hits on Earth

Side One

(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All
Stoned Soul Picnic
One Less Bell to Answer
Medley: Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)
Wedding Bell Blues

Side Two

Save the Country
Love’s Lines, Angles and Rhymes
Puppet Man
Up, Up and Away
Never My Love
Together Let’s Find Love

Pack Your Packs For a Road Trip

Another Christmas gift from the roomie! Love the cover art for this one and you can actually check out the making of it HERE (well, part one). It’s actually pretty freaking nifty!

Bon Iver is an American indie folk band founded in 2007 by singer-songwriter Justin Vernon. The band also includes Michael Noyce, Sean Carey, Colin Stetson and Matthew McCaughan amongst others. The name Bon Iver is derived from the French phrase bon hiver , meaning “good winter”, taken from a greeting on Northern Exposure.

Vernon released Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago independently in July 2007. The majority of that album being recorded while Vernon spent three months in a cabin in northwestern Wisconsin. The group won the 2012 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Music Album for their album Bon Iver, Bon Iver.


Bon Iver

Self Titled

Side One

Minnesota, WI

Side Two

Hinnom, TX
Lisbon, OH
Beth / Rest