Playlist for 6/28/06

Mary Coughlan - Upon A Veil Of Midnight Blue
Elvis Costello - I've Been Wrong Before
Randy Newman - Shame
Chris Isaak - Heart Full Of Soul
Brenda Lee - Everybody Loves Me But You
Zombies - I Love You
John Lennon - Stand By Me
Gary Hoey - Walk Don't Run
Dick Dale & The Del-Tones - Let's Go Trippin'
Neptunes - Jack The Ripper
Jim Messina & The Jesters - Yang Bu
Jeff Beck - Beck's Bolero
Spike Jones - Clink Clink Another Drink
Mae West - A Guy What Takes His Time
Louis Prima - Banana Split For My Baby
Mary Martin - Let's Do It
Cyndi Lauper - Stay
Dr. John - I'm An Old Cowhand
Jackie Greene - About Cell Block #9
Albert Lee - Livin It Down
Big Al Anderson - Another Place I Don't Belong
Kris Kristofferson - Chase The Feeling
Crowded House - Private Universe
David Wolfenberger - Tentatively Vince Foster
Leo Sayer - Drop Back
John Martyn - Could've Been Me
Steely Dan - Razor Boy
Racoon featuring Laury - Autour De Moi
Todd Rundgren - Hello It's Me
Camera Obscura - Tears For Affairs
Psapp - King Of You
Adrian Belew - Oh Daddy
Jam - Precious
Jane Wiedlin - Rush Hour
Tori Amos - Happy Phantom
Root Boy Slim - The Lonliest Room In The World
Firesign Theatre - Hotter Than Hooker (Happy Hour News Team)
Graham Parker - Heat Treatment
Sly & The Family Stone - Hot Fun In the Summertime
Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks - Strike It While It's Hot
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell
Big Bill Broonzy - You Got To Hit The Right Lick
Odetta - Another Man Done Gone
Bruce Springsteen & The E St. Band - 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
Leomoon - The Orchid
Bakerloo - King Of Woolworths


Arif Mardin

Arif Mardin, the Turkish-American record producer who was one of the most successful and artistically significant behind-the-scenes figures in popular music in the past half- century, died Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 74.

An arranger and composer as well as a producer, Mardin was a guiding force behind hit records by many pop luminaries, most notably Aretha Franklin, the Bee Gees, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan and Norah Jones, whose careers he was instrumental in shaping. Winner of 12 Grammys, including two for best producer, nonclassical (in 1976 and 2003), he was a major architect of the pop-soul style nicknamed the Atlantic Sound in the late 1960s.

That influential style was a three-way collaboration with his fellow Atlantic Records producers Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd; Mardin was the arranger of the three. It resulted in a series of stirring groundbreaking pop-gospel albums that catapulted the career of the young Aretha Franklin out of the doldrums and earned her the nickname Queen of Soul. The same basic formula of recording with Southern musicians was successfully applied to a number of other artists, most notably Dusty Springfield in her classic "Dusty in Memphis" album.

Out of the Atlantic Sound grew the sophisticated mainstream style of rhythm and blues made by white musicians that he developed working with artists like Daryl Hall and John Oates, Average White Band and the Bee Gees that was labeled "blue-eyed soul." His work with the Bee Gees reignited their stalled career and directly influenced their score for "Saturday Night Fever."

His association with Atlantic, which was founded by his fellow Turks Ahmet Ertegun and his brother Nesuhi, began in 1963 and lasted for nearly four decades until he retired in 2001. He then began a new corporate relationship as senior vice president and co-general manager of the EMI label Manhattan Records. His first project there was producing Jones's debut album, "Come Away With Me." He was also co-producer of its hit follow-up, "Feels Like Home."

Some of his hits as a producer include "Jive Talkin'" (the Bee Gees), "Send in the Clowns" (Judy Collins) and "Against All Odds" (Phil Collins).


Catherine Russell "CAT"

The Catherine Russell CD "CAT" is currently one of my absolute favorites. Russell is economical, precise and can flat out sing. She is comfortable in a range of styles that covers the blues, swing jazz, standards, soul/R&B and a touch of country. Now, covering a wide range of genres is nothing new these days. Many artists have made bloated attempts in an effort to prove their eclectic tastes but Catherine Russell actually pulls it off seemingly without effort but with class and substance. She's a real find. One of those artists whose album you can turn people on to and see there eyes widen with appreciation. She even covers the Grateful Dead's "New Speedway Boogie." Now that's eclectic. More information is available at www.worldvillagemusic.com Check this one out. You'll be glad you did.


Today in Music History

Sonny and Cher's divorce finalized. She married Gregg Allmann four days later

Jamiroquai : Emergency on Planet Earth : #1 LP England


Playlist for 6/21/06

Graham Parker - Howling Wind
Joe Jackson - The Other Me
Ruben Blades - The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul
Brian Wilson - Wind Chimes
Paul McCartney - Great Day
Harry Nilsson - All I Think About Is You
Mark Knopfler/Emmy Lou Harris - This Is Us
Bruce Springsteen - Pay Me My Money Down
Yonder Mountain String Band - How About You
Ian Matthews - Only Tigers Will Survive
Ian & Sylvia - Last Lonely Eagle
Los Lobos - Will The Wolf Survive
Super Lucky Catz - What's Your Name
David Gilmour - On An Island
Foo Fighters - Miracle
Ryan Adams - Carolina Rain
Kinks - Top Of The Pops
M - Pop Muzik
Rezillos - Top Of The Pops
Neko Case - Star Witness
Norfolk & Western - A Gilded Age
O'Jays - For The Love Of Money
Flying Lizards - Money (That's What I Want)
Gang Of Four - To Hell With Poverty
Blake Jones & Trike Shop - Clever Things
Neptunes - Mr. Moto
Jenny Lewis W/ The Watson Twins - Handle With Care
Allison Moorer - Fairweather
Josh Ritter - Wolves
David Gray - Hospital Food
Ray Davies - Other People's Lives
Lou Reed - I Love You Suzanne
Pretenders - Show Me
Fine Young Cannibals - Don't look Back
Amy Speace - Idle Hands
D L Byron - Listen To The Heartbeat
Beat - She's A Different Kind Of Girl
Tom Petty - Here Come's My Girl
Ron Sexsmith - From Now On
Camera Obscura - Lloyd, I'm ready To Be Heartbroken
Belle & Sebastian - The Blues Are Still Blue


Playlist for 6/14/06

Chris Isaak - I Want You To Want Me
Cheap Trick - Ain't That A Shame
Fats Domino - I'm Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
Sophie Milman - My Heart Belongs To Daddy
Simply Red - Money's Too Tight To Mention
Madeline Peyroux - Lonesome Road
Catherine Russell - The Late, Late Show
Golden Smog - 5/22/02
David Mead - Fighting For Your Life
K T Tunstall - Another Place To Fall
My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
Tommy James & The Shondells - I Think We're Alone Now
Four Seasons - Tell It To The Rain
Country Joe & The Fish - The Masked Marauder
Donovan - The Music Makers
Ramones - Do You remember R & R Radio
They Might Be Giants - Anna Ng
Allison Moorer - Work To Do
Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint - Tears Tears and More Tears
Herbie Hancock/John Mayer - Stitched Up
Dr. John - That Old Black Magic
Boz Scaggs - I'll Be Long Gone
Electric Light Orchestra - Mama
Beatles - Rain
Harry Nilsson - Daybreak
Reckless Kelly/Joe Ely - Rider In the Rain
Jackie Wilson - Baby Workout
Bobby Freeman - Do You Wanna Dance
Shirelles - Mama Said
John Lee Hooker - Dimples
Howlin' Wolf - Killin Floor
Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Neil Young - Far From Home
Scott Miller & The Commonwealth - Say Ho
Avett Brothers - Matrimony
Mark Bilyeu - Antique Dreams
Peter Case - Echo Wars
Little Axe - Long Way To Go
Uriah Heep - Stealin
Argent - Be My Lover, Be My Friend
Z Z Top - Master Of Sparks
Carl Perkins - Blue Suede Shoes
Robert Parker - Barefootin
Steve Miller Band - Take The Money & Run
Madonna - Live To Tell
Dave Matthews Band - Too Much
Blake Jones & Trike Shop - One Telling Kiss