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It’s Bobsled Time

February 16, 2014

“The Bobsled Song,” written and presumably performed by Sidney Mills and Jon Notar, produced by Groove Guild.

Just in time for Sochi’s two-man bobsled competition, the Jamaica Tourist Board has released  this music video supporting the island’s bobsled team, led by veteran Winston Watt. The retro 8-bit animation is a turn-by-turn representation of the 1365-meter (4478-foot) course at the Sanki Sliding Center.

Related:

“It’s Bobsled Time (in Warrenton, Va.),” Tim Regan, WCP City Desk

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Sweet Bourbon Street Child O’ Mine

February 16, 2014

Vocalist Miche Braden joins Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox in interpreting the Guns N’ Roses composition “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (written by William Bruce Rose, Jr., Saul Hudson, Jeffrey Dean Isbell, Michael Andrew McKagan, and Steven Adler; lyrics by Mr. Rose).

Postmodern Jukebox: Tom Abbott (clarinet), Jason Prover (trumpet), Robert Edwards (trombone), Adam Kubota (bass), Allan Mednard (drums), Scott Bradlee (piano).

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Let It Snow

February 13, 2014

“Let It Snow” (aka “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”), written by Jule Styne with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, performed here by Ella FitzgeraldVaughn Monroe was the first to record this seasonal tune in 1945.

Bonus: This week’s storm, seen from outer space.

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The Beatles DC Concert, 1964

February 11, 2014

The Beatles DC Concert 1964

At Noon on February 11, 1964, two days after their live telecast on the Ed Sullivan Show in New York, John, Paul, George and Ringo braved a snowstorm and took a train to the Nation’s Capital for a concert that night. The Beatles were seen as a menace by Washington’s barbers and the Second Coming by DC’s squealing teens.

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Louis Armstrong, 1964

February 7, 2014

Wednesday June 24, 1964 at Ravinia concert grounds, Highland Park Illinois: James Stein (14) and Michael Aisner (13) interview Louis Armstrong (64) for high school radio station WNTH.

Michael Aisner: “These little pre-pubescent sounding kids and this guy with this gravelly, incredible voice, but he gave us time and respected us.”

Animation by Patrick Smith of Blend Films for Blank on Blank (PBS Digital).

(Transcript)

Related:

“Was Louis Armstrong the First Great American Modernist?” Bob Duggan, Big Think

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Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

January 29, 2014

Pete Seeger 1919 – 2014

“Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94,” Jon Pareles, New York Times

“Pete Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014), Stephen Winick, Folklore Today

“Smithsonian Folkways Remembers Pete Seeger (1919-2014),” Folkways

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Image: 1965 Vega SS-5 Folklore Pete Seeger Longneck 5 String Banjo

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Ach du Lieber und Stoller!

January 24, 2014

Herr Marvin Gaye singt das Lied “Wie Schon Das Ist.” Wunderbar!

Okay, it’s a Holland-Dozier-Holland tune and not by Lieber and Stoller. And it’s in German. Motown stars recorded their hit tunes in other languages, for export.  Of course, so did The Beatles.

More:

“3 Motown Greats Who Recorded German Versions of Their Hits,” Arika Okrent, Mental Floss

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Polar Vortex Redux

January 21, 2014


“Walking Through Your Cold Winter Town,” written by Bruce “U. Utah” Phillips. Performed by Jody Stecher and Kate Brislin.

Okay, maybe it’s not technically the Polar Vortex, but it’s plenty cold on the East Coast.

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Take It to the Bridge, Jersey-Style

January 16, 2014

More:

“Bruce Springsteen joins Jimmy Fallon for ‘traffic jam’ parody song about Chris Christie bridge scandal,” Chiderah Monde, New York Daily News

“Blunder Road: Springsteen Runs Over Christie,” John Cassidy, New Yorker blog

“Christie and Springsteen: A Tale of Devotion, and a Very Public Snub,” Marc Santorajan, New York Times

Related:

“Jersey Boys,” Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

“Was Born to Run Almost the Official New Jersey State Song?” WelcomeToAsburyPark.com

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Hazy Shade of Winter

January 7, 2014

“Hazy Shade of Winter,” written by Paul Simon, performed by The Bangles. The group recorded the tune for the soundtrack of the film Less Than Zero and it became a hit.

Related:

“What is a ‘polar vortex’ and why is it so dangerous?” Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times

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