Should have posted this yesterday for St. Patty’s Day! Ah well, better late than never right?!
Mitchell William “Mitch” Miller (July 4, 1911 – July 31, 2010) was prominent in the American music industry. Miller was involved in almost all aspects of the industry. He was one of the most influential people in American popular music during the 1950s and early 1960s, both as the head of A&R at Columbia Records and as a best-selling recording artist with an NBC television series, Sing Along with Mitch. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in the early 1930s, Miller began his musical career as an accomplished player of the oboe and English horn, and recorded several highly regarded classical albums featuring his instrumental work, but he is best remembered as a conductor, choral director, television performer and recording executive.
22 Beautiful Memories
Mitch Miller and The Gang
It’s Only a Paper Moon
I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover
I’ll See You In My Dreams
Peg O’ My Heart
Beer Barrel Polka
Bye Bye Blackbird
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree
Happy Days Are Here Again
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
The Yellow Rose of Texas
Singin’ in the Rain
When I Grow Too Old to Dream
Silver Threads Among the Old
In the Good Old Summer Time
Moonlight & Roses
The Gang That Sang “Heart of My Heart”
The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964 by Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle and Keith Moon. They became known for energetic live performances which often included instrument destruction. The Who have sold about 100 million records, and have charted 27 top forty singles in the United Kingdom and United States, as well as 17 top ten albums, with 18 Gold, 12 Platinum and 5 Multi-Platinum album awards in the United States alone.
Moon died at the age of 32 in 1978, after which the band released two studio albums, the UK and US top five Face Dances (1981) and the US top ten It’s Hard (1982), with drummer Kenney Jones, before disbanding in 1983. They re-formed at events such as Live Aid and for reunion tours such as their 25th anniversary tour (1989) and the Quadrophenia tours of 1996 and 1997. In 2000, the three surviving original members discussed recording an album of new material, but their plans temporarily stalled upon Entwistle’s death at the age of 57 in 2002. Townshend and Daltrey continue to perform as The Who, and in 2006 they released the studio album Endless Wire, which reached the top ten in the UK and US.
Has anyone besides me ever wondered why CSI: Miami and CSI: Las Vegas have The Who’s songs as their themes, but CSI: NY doesn’t? It bothers me… Anyway, my dad had a few of their albums:
Who Are You
Sir Thomas John Woodward, (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. Since the mid-1960s, Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel – and sold over 100 million records.
When I think of Tom Jones, I think of the movie Mars Attacks, or Carlton Banks from The Fresh Prince. I’m sure women a bit older than me think of other things, since he is known to drive the ladies crazy (despite being married since ’57 he apparently has admitted to sleeping with up to 250 groupies a year)!!
This Is Tom Jones
Fly Me To the Moon (In Other Words)
Little Green Apples
(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay
Dance of Love
Without You (Non C’E’ Che Lei)
That’s All Any Man Can Say
That Wonderful Sound
I’m a Fool To Want You
Let It Be Me
Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known as Tennessee Ernie Ford, was an American recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country and Western, pop, and gospel musical genres.
Aloha From Tennessee Ernie Ford
The Hawaiian Wedding Song
I’ll Remember You
Love Song of Kalua
Beyond the Reef
To You Sweetheart, Aloha
Sonny & Cher were an American pop music duo, actors, singers and entertainers made up of husband-and-wife team Sonny and Cher Bono in the 1960s and 1970s. The couple started their career in the mid-1960s as R&B backing singers for record producer Phil Spector.
The pair first achieved fame with two hit songs in 1965, “Baby Don’t Go” and “I Got You Babe”. Signing with Atco/Atlantic Records, they released three studio albums in the late 1960s, as well as the soundtrack recording for an unsuccessful movie, Good Times. In 1972, after four years of silence, the couple returned to the studio and released two other albums under the MCA/Kapp Records label.
In the 1970s, they also positioned themselves as media personalities with two top ten TV shows in the US, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour and The Sonny & Cher Show. The couple’s career as a duo ended in 1975 following their divorce.
Performing under her first name, Cher went on to a highly successful career as a solo singer and actress, while Sonny Bono was eventually elected to Congress as a Republican U.S. Representative from California. The two performers were inducted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998, right after Sonny’s death in a skiing accident.
Come on, you know I had a few albums from these two. How could I not?
Look At Us
The Best Of Sonny & Cher
In Case You’re In Love
Sheldon “Shelley” Berman (born February 3, 1925) is an American comedian, actor, writer, teacher, lecturer, and poet.
Berman’s success as a comedian enabled him to continue with his first love – acting. He starred on Broadway in A Family Affair and continued to do stage work in productions of The Odd Couple, Damn Yankees and Guys and Dolls, among many others. Comedic and dramatic acting roles on television began to come his way, including appearances on episodes of The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, The King of Queens, CSI: NY, and Boston Legal. Since 2002, Berman has appeared as Larry David’s father on Curb Your Enthusiasm, a role for which he received a 2008 Emmy Award nomination.
The Sex Life of the Primate -With Jerry Stiller, Anne Meara, Lovelady Powell
Inside Shelley Berman
Outside Shelley Berman
The Edge of Shelley Berman
Rick Springfield (born Richard Lewis Springthorpe; 23 August 1949) is an Australian singer-songwriter, musician, and actor.
In mid-1972, he relocated to the United States. He had a No. 1 hit with “Jessie’s Girl” in 1981 in both Australia and the US. He received the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for “Jessie’s Girl”. He followed with four more top 10 US hits, “I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “Affair of the Heart” and “Love Somebody”. His two US top 10 albums are Working Class Dog (1981) and Success Hasn’t Spoiled Me Yet (1982).
As an actor, he portrayed Dr. Noah Drake on the daytime drama General Hospital, from 1981 to 1983 and during 2005 to 2008. In 2010, Springfield published his autobiography, Late, Late at Night : a Memoir.
Working Class Dog
Love Is Alright Tonight
Hole In My Heart
Carry Me Away
I’ve Done Everything For You
The Light of Love
Red Hot & Blue Love
Roy Linwood Clark (born April 15, 1933) is an American country music musician and performer. He is best known for hosting Hee Haw, a nationally televised country variety show, from 1969–1992. Roy Clark has been an important and influential figure in country music, both as a performer and helping to popularize the genre. Most of all, he is an entertainer, with an amiable personality and a telegenic presence.
Charles Wilburn “Buck” Trent (born February 17, 1938) is an American country music instrumentalist. He invented the electric Banjo and also plays the five-string Banjo, Dobro, Steel Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Bass and Guitar.
Roy Clark and Buck Trent
Bugle Call Rag
The World Is Waiting For the Sunrise
John Cumberland Creek
Jolly Ho (Happy Hour)
Black Mountain Rag
Beer Barrel Polka
John Elroy Sanford (December 9, 1922 – October 11, 1991), better known by his stage name Redd Foxx, was an American comedian and actor, best known for his starring role on the sitcom Sanford and Son.
In the 1940s, he was an associate of Malcolm Little, later known as Malcolm X. In Malcolm’s autobiography, Foxx is referred to as “Chicago Red, the funniest dishwasher on this earth.” Foxx earned the nickname due to his reddish hair and complexion. His stage surname was taken from baseball star Jimmie Foxx.
Foxx gained notoriety with his nightclub act (considered by the standards of the time to be raunchy). His big break came after singer Dinah Washington insisted that Foxx come to Los Angeles, where Dootsie Williams of Dootone records caught his act at the Brass Rail nightclub. He was signed to a long term contract and released a series of comedy albums that quickly became cult favorites.
Raunchy albums you say? Of course my dad had them! A lot too:
‘Live’ Las Vegas
The Both Sides of Redd Foxx
On the Loose
Pass the Apple, Eve: Part Two
Laff of the Party
The Laff of the Party: Volume One
The Laff of the Party: Volume Two
The Laff of the Party: Volume Three
The Laff of the Party: Volume Four
Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson; June 7, 1958) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor.
Prince has a wide vocal range and is known for his flamboyant stage presence and costumes. His releases have sold over 80 million copies worldwide. He has won seven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the first year he was eligible. He established his own recording studio and label; writing, self-producing and playing most, or all, of the instruments on his recordings.
In 1984, he began referring to his backup band as The Revolution and released the album Purple Rain, which served as the soundtrack to his film debut of the same name. After releasing the albums Around the World in a Day and Parade, The Revolution disbanded and Prince released the critically acclaimed double album Sign o’ the Times as a solo artist. He released three more solo albums before debuting the The New Power Generation band in 1991, which saw him changing his stage name to an unpronounceable symbol known as “The Love Symbol”. In 2000, he began referring to himself as “Prince” once again.
I have a few of his albums, and nearly every song title would make a nice little title for this entry but whenever I think of Prince, I can’t help but thinking of Dave Chappelle’s skit. I mean, how can you not? It’s just so funny! I love Prince’s music though and plan on adding a few more of his recent albums to the mix when I can.
Random fact: I was born on a day when Prince’s “Kiss” was at the top of the Billboard charts.
Around the World In a Day