A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done When All I Need Is You


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You know, I was going to post some pictures of Sonny and Cher and question “Oh, what will they say in 30 – 40 years about what I wore?” or comment “Wow, what dated, old clothes, you can definitely tell what year it is”.

Then I started going through and I’d actually draw inspiration from all of her outfits. Mixed prints, good shapes, you know fashion, trendy stuff that make the outfits timeless in a way. Perhaps a little tweaking here and there to make the outfits modern, but honestly not much. She’s also been a fashion icon on top of having hits throughout many decades.

Sonny’s definitely another story though! Those suits!

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Side One

A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done

Side Two

Somebody

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Side One

All I Ever Need is You

Side Two

I Got You Babe

The Sparkletones


The Sparkletones (sometimes credited as Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones) were an American rock and roll/rockabilly group from Spartanburg, South Carolina.

At their first recording session they recorded the 12-bar blues “Black Slacks”, with Paul Anka (who had been recording in the studio earlier that day) as an uncredited background singer. Released as a single soon after, “Black Slacks” became a local hit and slowly built up national recognition as the group set out on a tour that crisscrossed the U.S. several times over. They also performed on The Nat King Cole Show, American Bandstand, and The Ed Sullivan Show. “Black Slacks” remained on the U.S. charts for over four months, peaking at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 late in 1957.

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Side One

Black Slacks

Side Two

Boppin’ Rock Boogie

Half Breed


Cher. The legend herself on an LP. I’ve obviously posted about her with Sonny before, but this is my first time posting an album of just Cher. I picked this up in the $0.99 bin (considering this a hidden gem!) at Garnick’s because I thought there was some controversy when this album and the title song came out. Somehow, I got in my head that people thought she was appropriating another culture.

I think if there was any sort of outcry, it quickly cleared up when people realized Cher actually did have a Native American heritage from her mother’s side. I’m such a celebrity gossip fiend and I love a good controversy or story behind a song’s meaning or release. I can’t seem find anything to confirm or deny if I made the whole thing up, but I probably could’ve looked harder. If you find anything, let me know! I do love it when y’all leave me facts or let me know you had the album too!

Whether people doubted her heritage or not, Cher has always made people talk when it comes to her costumes. The ones for this album are no different. Check out the picture and album cover! And somehow we are still shocked when musicians dress and the skin to material ratio is heavy on the skin side…

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Half-Breed is the tenth studio album by American singer-actress Cher, released on October 27, 1973 by MCA. Half-Breed was the second record for MCA and also promoted on her successful The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour show. After its release, the album faced mixed reviews from critics, and the RIAA certified it Gold on March 4, 1974. The album was her second solo album to receive a certification by RIAA.

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Half Breed

Cher

Side One

My Love
Two People Clinging to a Thread
Half Breed
The Greatest Song I Ever Heard
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Carousel Man

Side Two

David’s Song
Melody
The Long and Winding Road
The God-Forsaken Day
Chastity Sun

Little Blue Riding Hood


I first posted about Stan over two years ago now. Honestly, when I first realized that, I did a quick search to see if he’s still alive, which he is. I do think that is a natural reaction considering he’s been entertaining for 70 years!

In checking, I did find out that one of his sketches was used in one of my favorite TV shows, Mad Men (so bummed it’s ending soon!). On the fourth season premiere, Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) and Joey (Matt Long) act out the “John and Marsha” comedy soap opera parody. There’s so much more to the show, but their cultural references for the 1960s are so on point. I enjoy the show so much, I even have a single from the soundtrack that I’ll be entering at some point soon!

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Side One

Little Blue Riding Hood

Side Two

St. George and the Dragonet

Erroll Garner


There have been so many musicians over the decades, that my dad’s sticking to only the top of the charts for his collection has kind of limited the collection. Yes, sticking to the hits would show a great representation to the culture during the different decades but a lot is left out. I’ve always been a sucker for the counter cultures after all! I guess what I’m trying to say is, as legendary as Errol Garner was, I would have completely missed out had I not broadened my horizons!

Erroll Louis Garner (June 15, 1921 – January 2, 1977) was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his swing playing and ballads. Scott Yanow of Allmusic calls him “one of the most distinctive of all pianists” and a “brilliant virtuoso”.

Born in Pittsburgh, PA, to an African American family in 1921, Erroll began playing piano at the age of three. Garner was self-taught and remained an “ear player” all his life – he never learned to read music. Garner is credited with having a superb memory of music. At the age of seven, he began appearing on the radio station KDKA in Pittsburgh with a group called the Candy Kids. By the age of 11, he was playing on the Allegheny riverboats. At 14 in 1937, he joined local saxophonist Leroy Brown.

Short in stature (5 ft 2 in), Garner performed sitting on multiple telephone directories. Considering that his small hands could barely span an octave on the piano keyboard, his rapid right-handed octave and chordal passages were all the more amazing. He was also known for his vocalizations while playing, which can be heard on many of his recordings. He helped to bridge the gap for jazz musicians between nightclubs and the concert hall.

Garner made many tours both at home and abroad, and produced a large volume of recorded work. He was, reportedly, The Tonight Show host Johnny Carson’s favorite jazz musician, appearing on Carson’s show many times over the years.

Erroll Garner died from a cardiac arrest on January 2, 1977. He is buried in Pittsburgh’s Homewood Cemetery.

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Plays for Dancing

Erroll Garner

Side One

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man
Stompin’ at the Savoy
Out of Nowhere
It’s the Talk of the Town

Side Two

Sweet Sue – Just You
Cheek to Cheek
Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone
The Petite Waltz
The Petite Waltz Bounce

Steve Lawrence’s Footsteps And Pretty Blue Eyes


Steve Lawrence (born July 8, 1935) is an American singer and actor, perhaps best known as a member of a duo with his wife Eydie Gormé, billed as “Steve and Eydie.” The two appeared together since appearing regularly on Tonight Starring Steve Allen in the mid-1950s until Gormé’s retirement.

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Side One

Footsteps

Side Two

Pretty Blue Eyes