From my personal collection
I thought about something early today, and I think it’s worth blogging about. That is international internet radio stations. I am an avid radio listener, and I use many different applications and sources to get my oldies fix. The one thing I couldn’t help but to notice, is how many radio stations abroad that play classic American music! When I say radio stations abroad, I’m not talking about “Pandora like radio,” I’m talking about “live radio” who are playing our classics. Countries such as Spain, Russia, Dominican Republic, and even London, who has radio stations that are either fully dedicated to American classics, or play a good portion of it. America has effected so many cultures and don’t even realize it. I’ve also noticed that foreign radio stations that play “Top 100” don’t play a lot of American music; especially when it comes to pop or today’s R&B. This says a lot for American classic music; it says that our classics have more meaning, had more structure, and longevity. That’s the difference, most of today’s music is like fast foods, they are only hits today, and is usually never replayed in the same way as let’s say a Gladys Knight, or a Michael Jackson album. So don’t over look web radio stations from other countries, there are literally over 500,000+ (and more unaccounted for (Shoutcast alone has almost 60 thousand)) live web radio stations with all kinds of historic goodness! This is why we use Shazam. We can listen to all of this music free, legally. And, the artists get’s paid, just by us sitting back and listening to our favorite web stations. Please always remember that if your favorite on demand streaming service (such as Spotify or Rhapsody) does not have your favorite song in their library, email or take time to fill out their form to request it, it’s the only way to keep our history alive (especially Black music history). Happy listening and discovery!
Not only is Gloria Estefan beautiful, I think she is one of the most talented Cuban performers of our time. I can’t even list all of my favorites from Gloria, there is just way too many. She’s had so many hits, that I don’t think there is one particular song she is known for. I think the greatest thing she has done for her career, is to cross over into English music. The fact that she was able to seamlessly cross over, and still pump out hits says a lot about her musical talents. In my opinion, she defies the mentality that an artists has to be either all dance, or all ballads. Gloria is one of the very few artists, who can sing whatever she wants, and people love her no matter what she comes out with! After a serious accident that could have left her paralyzed, she bounced right back in to performing, making her one of the baddest, and fiercest divas the world has ever known in my opinion! There are many hits that came out of this album, such as, “Can’t Stay Away From You,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” and “Anything For you.” All three songs from this album are just a few of my many favorites. If you love Gloria as much as I do, check out Spotify’s 3 album collection of Gloria and the Miami Sound Machine’s Hottest albums. I consider them a lost treasure, cause now-a-days people are not listening to her music anymore. It’s a shame because their music is not only beautiful, but timeless.
I have to be honest with you guys, I don’t remember being a huge Ritchie Family fan. However, I do like the beat of this particular song called “I’ll Do My Best (For You Baby)” recorded in 1982. It has a steady funk tempo, and just about anybody can dance to it. The only song I really loved from the Ritchie Family was called “Brazil,” and it was recorded in 1975. It seemed as though every musician on the planet had their own version of this medley; however, I REALLY liked this version from the Ritchie Family. The Ritchie Family performed the song in a way that was both true to disco and club. If you are a true disco fan, I think you’ll really enjoy it.
You know, at first glance, you may think that the group Fleetwood Mac are out dated and irrelevant folk singers. However, when you listen to their music, you’ll find that they are an extremely talented band. Actually, I enjoy watching their live video performances just as much as I do listening to their CD. They happen to be one of my very very favorite classic bands. With the distinct vocals of Stevie Nicks, the band has spit out a string of hits throughout their career. The lead singer for most of their hits was Stevie Nicks; and unfortunately, she had a long battle with an addiction to pain killers. Sometimes I think she still has, after watching a couple of her live performances on video. It was as though she was performing while sleeping (it was the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen (she still sounded good though)). Just a side note, although I absolutely love Stevie Nicks, I think her best work was with Fleetwood Mac. The only song I really loved after she gone solo, was a song called “Stand Back (1983).” Some artists just do better when they collaborate with others. Some of my most favorite music from Fleedwood Mac are “Landslide,” “Dreams,” “Gypsy,” “Everywhere,” and “Don’t Stop.” Listen to more of Fleedwood Mac’s greatest hits on Spotify.
I am the proud owner of this classic vinyl. I used to love this song back in the day. There are very few American artists that has produced reggae songs I actually like. This is one of them. Maybe I’m just bias because it’s Stevie Wonder? Could be. But the song does have a nice danceable beat, and happend to be one of his many many big hits. I couldn’t help but to notice that, when I looked at the 45 record it does not have the mumbo-jumbo like the way CD singles have. This is largely because artists create their own material back then. Now you have to give credit to several artists on a CD. I have a question. Can an singer who’s never written a song of their own, actually call themselves an artist? Yet so many of today’s kids think much of our current “artists” are geniuses! Hmmmm, I digress. Listen to a real artist Stevie on Spotify.
Boy, do I have an oldie for you guys today. Does anyone remember Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson? Gloria Loring is an actress and singer. I believe she became really popular when she landed a gig on a soap opera called “Days Of Our Lives” back in the day. Carl Anderson is an actor that became recognized as for his role as Judas, in the hit Broadway musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” back in the day. TheY both recorded a hit song together called “Friends & Lovers” in 1985, but it was released in 1986. The song was produced as a new theme song for “Days Of Our Lives” (if I remember correctly). It was a huge hit, and peaked at #2 at 22 weeks. The song was not only a huge hit, it also played an important political role in the 80’s. Many of my visitors may have been be too young to remember, or weren’t born at all at the time. Among many social issues we had in the 80’s, one of the big controversies that existed was interracial relationships. It seemed that every single talk show and news media were discussing morals of interracial relationships. Personally, I never saw the big deal. If someone has a good heart, and treated me with respect, I couldn’t care what their race, or color was! This song help force people to deal and address the issue of anti-interracial relationships. I still think it is a great song. Listen on Spotify.
In my opinion, José Feliciano is definitely a lost Spanish Treasure. José is a Puerto Rican guitarist and composer, and has an absolutely beautiful male voice and I really love his earlier music. I don’t think too many children of this generation know anything about him. Listening to José is almost like listening to a Spanish version of Jim Croce. Although José performed different genres of music, my favorites has mostly been his folk style rhythms. Although José has had many hits throughout his career, once he released the holiday song Feliz Navidad (1970), it was almost as though he became immortal. This song was played everywhere, by everyone; it ascended beyond race and culture; Italians, Indians, etc, etc were playing this song literally every year (next to Nate King Cole Xmas albums). Two other iconic songs you may remember from José, Light My Fire (1968), and the theme song from the hit 70’s TV show called “Chico and The Man (1974).” Listen to his greatest hits.