The last Phil Friday post! Hope you’ve enjoyed working through all the Phils in my collection!
“Sussudio” is a song by Phil Collins, released as a single in February 1985. The song entered frequent rotation on MTV in May, and by 6 July, reached number one on their respective US Billboard charts.
I Like the Way
You Can’t Hurry Love
Do You Know, Do You Care?
The most notable cover of the Supremes’ You Can’t Hurry Love was released in late 1982 as a single by Phil Collins from his second solo album. Collins’s version reached number-one on the UK Singles Chart, and reached number 10 in the United States. Although Collins had previously done covers as album tracks, “You Can’t Hurry Love” was the first cover he released as a single.
I do have a full Paul Anka LP and the post for that does have a brief summary of Paul’s life but my dad also had a ton of his singles. Not enough to really make a week out of it, but I’ll be posting the singles throughout the rest of the month and will include some more info about the man and his songs.
RuPaul – Back to My Roots (Jheri Curl Juice Mix) (written by R. Charles, J. Harry, and E. Kupper and produced by Eric Kupper)
When I saw this maxi-single at RRRecords, I knew right away that Erica and I absolutely could not afford to pass over the opportunity to have the iconic RuPaul in our catalogue.
We both grew up with MTV and Ru was a huge part of that experience growing up in the 90’s. I used to love staying up late and laughing so hard at her television show interviews. RuPaul has always been known to bring laughs through double entendres and “Back to My Roots” does not fall short of these. It’s a celebration of black hair, as stated in the opening, and Ru’s lyrical opinion of each style. It’s a long list too. Musically, it is a great dance track and example of the range of club music that really took off during the period.
We love playing this track on the weekends because it always is a happy way to get motivated and maybe a little self-conscious of your hair.
I’ve touched on Perry Como’s TV career before, but it really was impressive. On top of over 50 guest appearances, he had his own shows and specials. I won’t list all of his guest spots, but let’s take a moment to look at Perry’s long running TV career.
Regularly scheduled television shows
The Perry Como Chesterfield Supper Club (1948–1950)
The Perry Como Chesterfield Show (1950–1955)
The Perry Como Show (1955–1959)[
Perry Como’s Kraft Music Hall (1959–1967)
Perry Como Comes To London (1960)
The Perry Como Holiday Special (1967)
Perry Como Special – In Hollywood (1968)
Academy of Professional Sports Awards (February 21, 1969)
Christmas At The Hollywood Palace (1969)
The Many Moods Of Perry Como (1970)
Perry Como – In Person (1971)
Perry Como’s Winter Show (1971)
The Perry Como Winter Show (1972)
Cole Porter In Paris (1973)
The Perry Como Winter Show (1973)
The Perry Como Sunshine Show (1974)
Perry Como’s Summer of ’74 (1974)
Perry Como’s Christmas Show (1974)
Como Country: Perry And His Nashville Friends (1975)
William Paul Petersen (born September 23, 1945) is an American actor, singer, novelist, and activist.
Petersen first rose to prominence in the 1950s playing Jeff Stone on The Donna Reed Show, and transitioned to a singing career in the 1960s. In the early 1980s, he had a recurring role as a police officer on Matt Houston, and in the late 1990s, he played the author Paul Conway in the film, Mommy’s Day.
In 1990, Petersen established the organization A Minor Consideration to support child stars and other child laborers through legislation, family education, and personal intervention and counseling for those in crisis.
Be Everything to Anyone You Love
Keep Your Love Locked (Deep in Your Heart)
In honor of my dad’s twelfth anniversary of his passing (4/15/15), I’m asking people to donate $12.00 to the Special Olympics. You can visit my fundraising page for their Over the Edge event by clicking HERE. This is my second year participating and I hope to make it one of the biggest years to date!
Who doesn’t just like saying this group’s name over and over? Okay, well, you may not, but I do. And I’m hilarious (in my own head).
Sha Na Na is an American rock and roll group. The name is taken from a part of the long series of nonsense syllables in the doo-wop hit song “Get a Job”, originally recorded in 1957 by the Silhouettes.
Billing themselves as “from the streets of New York” and outfitted in gold lamé, leather jackets, and pompadour and ducktail hairdos, Sha Na Na performs a song and dance repertoire of classic fifties rock and roll, simultaneously reviving and sending up the music and 1950s New York street culture.
The group also hosted the Sha Na Na syndicated variety series that ran from 1977 to 1981.
The Best…Sha Na Na
Sha Na Na
Get a Job
Rock Around the Clock
Tell Laura I Love Her
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Teenager in Love
Great Balls of Fire
Romeo & Juliet
Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do
Rock ‘N’ Roll is Here to Stay
At the Hop
Come Go with Me
“Despite his immense popularity, Como is rarely given credit for what, once you stop and think of it, he so clearly is: one of the great singers and one of the great artists of our time.
Perhaps the reason people rarely talk about his formidable attributes as a singer is that he makes so little fuss about them. That celebrated ease of his has been too little understood. Ease in any art is the result of mastery over the details of the craft. You get them together to the point where you can forget about how you do things and concentrate on what you are doing. Como got them together so completely that the muscles don’t even show. It seems effortless, but a good deal of effort has gone into making it seem so. Como is known to be meticulous about rehearsal of the material for an album. He tries things out in different keys, gives the song thought, makes suggestions, tries it again, and again, until he is satisfied. The hidden work makes him look like Mr. Casual, and too many people are taken in by it — but happily so.”
–Gene Lees-sleeve note, Look To Your Heart
Door of Dreams
Juke Box Baby
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)
Papa Loves Mambo
The Things I Didn’t Do
On an unrelated to music note, this upcoming July, I’m rappelling a building (yep, a whopping 22 stories!) in Boston to raise funds for the Special Olympics. Please check out my Over the Edge fundraising page HERE and consider donating today. Thanks!!