Great song: I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye (and others)
For me, Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” is Motown’s greatest record. It may be played to death but I still like it, like it? I love it! It’s pulsating hypnotic rhythm pattern and the melodic singing hovering above it, it grooves and it’s funky as well.
Marvin Gaye (audio only):
It’s a love song, where one part pleads to the other part after a break up, but it feels deeper than ordinary pop ditty. It’s about lies, loss, gossip, torment, fear and doubt. Dark stuff hidden in a soul tune.
The Johnny Cash Show
The Johnny Cash Show was an American television music variety show hosted by Johnny Cash. The Screen Gems 58-episode series ran from June 7, 1969 to March 31, 1971 on ABC; it was taped at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
The show lasted a little under two years, but in that time it hosted a lot of fantastic musical guests. Johnny Cash had great taste in music and had to fight to get his choices on tv on several occasions.
There are so many great artists and they’re giving some of the best performances ever done for TV.
Here are my 11 favorite You Tube clips from the magnificent, The Johnny Cash Show:
Bob Dylan – I Threw It All Away , Living The Blues and Girl From The North Country (duet with Johnny Cash):
Neil Young – The Needle and the damage done and Journey through the past:
Johnny Cash & Kris Kristofferson – Sunday Morning Coming Down:
Cash fought hard to keep the word, “stoned” in the lyrics that were broadcast.
I’ve always felt that with true talent, and a commitment to hard work, it is possible to achieve an enduring respect and appreciation. In other words, I don’t take my fans for granted. – John Fogerty
John Cameron Fogerty was born May 28, 1945. He is a songwriter, and guitarist, best known for his time with the swamp rock/roots rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR) and as a #1 solo recording artist.
Mystic Highway (Letterman, May 2013) – John Fogerty:
Fogerty has a rare distinction of being named on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists at #40 and the list of 100 Greatest Singers at #72. The songs “Proud Mary” and “Born on the Bayou” also rank amongst the Greatest Pop songs (“Proud Mary,” #41) and Guitar songs (“Born on the Bayou,” #53).
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s music is still a staple of American and worldwide radio airplayand often figures in various media. The band has sold 26 million albums in the United States alone.Creedence Clearwater Revival was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.They were ranked at 82 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest artists of all time.
Someday Never Comes (Letterman, May 2013) – John Fogerty and The Dawes:
Album of the day @ JV is his marvelous comeback album from 1985, Centerfield:
Since Fogerty always romanticized a past he never lived, these sepia tones suit him but it also helps that he’s written a clutch of terrific songs: that giddy ode to his beloved game, the equally sunny rocker “Rock and Roll Girls,” the snappy Sun tribute “Big Train from Memphis,” the gently swaying “I Saw It on TV,” the rip-roaring “I Can’t Help Myself” (only slightly undone by its hyper-active drum programming) and, of course, “The Old Man Down the Road,” a callback to CCR’s spooky swamp rock so successful that Saul Zaentz, the then-president of Fogerty’s former label Fantasy, sued John for plagiarizing himself.
A great artist, a great rock guitarist and singer,
Happy birthday John Fogerty!