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A blog about music with a focus on cover songs. Dealing with the history of Rock & Roll and Blues as well as featured Artists.
2022-08-12 00:58
I’ve had this topic in my folder since I started blogging four years ago. On the heels of the Elvis post it seems it’s time. Rockabilly by definition is a hybrid name, or technic… Read More
2022-07-06 05:53
I have dedicated two posts to Elvis and his name pops up over 50 times throughout my blog, more than any other artist. Now there is a new biopic out and from what I have heard and read it wa… Read More
2022-06-29 14:44
Originally posted on words and music and stories: 🅁 🄴 🄻 🄸 🅃 🅃 🄾 Vorrei proporre un acrostico che rifacendosi alla poesia di Adrienne R… Read More
2022-05-07 01:19
Year Four I write this blog because I enjoy the subject matter and it interests me, last year I recapped some stats on my third anniversary; as of the end of April 2021, there were a record… Read More
2022-04-29 17:39
I received some feedback on the first two 1970’s posts citing that there were “some forgotten songs mentioned, and yet they came back immediately in my head” which is all p… Read More
2022-04-01 11:00
Last but not least, 25 more of the Greatest Cover Songs Ok here is the last of my list, I could go on and as a matter of fact I will, just not with another set of 25 plus “to infinity… Read More
2022-03-26 11:00
25 more of the Greatest Cover Songs There has been a very positive response to the first two ‘Greatest’ posts. So the list continues and the songs become no less in their timeles… Read More
2022-03-18 14:56
The next 25 of the Greatest Cover Songs #26-50 In part one I listed 25 of the greatest cover songs and to date it’s been one of my most viewed blog post. There are so many more added t… Read More
2022-03-12 12:00
25 of the Greatest Cover Songs-2022 update Nothing quite grabs the attention more than a list of the greatest this or that, so at 85 posts about cover songs I did this one and now it’s… Read More
2022-03-03 03:35
The Ukraine is under siege and many around the world are witnessing the horrors of war in real time. Many of us are doing what we can be it financial contributions, political pressure or spi… Read More
2022-02-02 21:57
The 1970’s Pt. 2 (75-79) Bruce This is the 1970’s continued from Pt. 1 and just a reminder that I have short formed the Rolling Stone Magazines 500 Greatest Songs of All Time… Read More
The 1970's Pt. 1 (1970-74)
2022-01-09 21:01
 The 1970's. Lists, Charts and Cover Songs (1970-74)Tapestry from my collectionThere is too much to talk about for the 1970's so I'll split this one up. Parts one and two will largely f… Read More
Gospel Music
2021-12-14 09:30
Gospel MusicWhat do you think of when you hear the words Gospel Music? It depends on your background to a great extent, such as religious ties and beliefs, geography, family, ethnicity and w… Read More
Happy Holidays 2021
2021-11-20 00:00
Happy Holidays!Whether you view the upcoming holidays as a secular event, religious or a bit of both there's one thing that's synonymous with this time of year- Christmas songs! You don't ha… Read More
Les Feuilles Mortes & Édith Piaf
2021-11-09 00:47
Excerpts from past posts Les Feuilles Mortes Linnaea Mallette I have posted on the Most Covered Pop Songs and Artists, which was me sort of cherry-picking to the exclusion of songs fro… Read More
2021-11-09 00:47
Shayne commented on “Women in Music” I agree with your comment about women not having as many opportunities as men. Wonder what the top 100 lists would look like if they did. I… Read More
The Mojo Triangle
2021-11-07 19:19
The Mojo TriangleSource: USA TodayWriter James L. Dickerson coined the brilliant term Mojo Triangle in 2005, before I learned of it I had referred to the area as the reverse Bermuda Triangle… Read More
Session And Background Singers
2021-10-07 17:42
 Background SingersToday I am talking about the voices in the back, these singers may also include the ones traveling with the recording artist, but some session musicians worked in the… Read More
The Greatest Bands Of All Time!
2021-09-20 04:18
The Greatest Bands of all Time!You may not know their names but we most certainly have heard the songs! Although there are many more to be acknowledged, between The Wrecking Crew, The Funk B… Read More
2021-09-05 17:18
When did Rock drop the Roll?They Called it RockSince Rock and Roll was such a groundbreaking development in Music, I set myself to reading more about the genre itself, more specifically its… Read More
Groundbreakers Part 2
2021-08-23 00:10
Groundbreakers Part 2Rock & RollI have talked about R&R in numerous posts, and I have many reasons for doing so, aside from the many great songs. R&R revolutionized Popular music… Read More
2021-07-29 06:30
 Groundbreakers in Music (Part 1)*Note to subscribers at the endSo, what is a "Ground breaker" anyway. And is it two words or one? For my purposes, the Dictionary.com definition as a no… Read More
Under Cover With Elvis Costello
2021-07-07 07:00
Under Cover with Elvis CostelloFew singer songwriters can match Elvis Costello's ability to sing songs that were written and recorded by others. I have included at least three of his origina… Read More
Canada And The USA
2021-06-23 07:00
   Happy Canada and Independence Day! When it comes to music there is a lot we here in Canada share with our American cousins to the south. There is also much we don't directl… Read More
Summertime Blues
2021-05-15 07:00
Summertime BluesPublic Domain photo by Haanala 76Summer SongsWe here in the northern hemisphere are in spring, and summer is not too far off so I thought it a good time to talk about some su… Read More
Third Blogiversary
2021-05-06 07:00
My Third BlogiversaryMe and my #1 fan 💕After 144 posts it's a good time for some reflection, for me at least, on where this journey of writing about cover songs started and all the p… Read More
Women  In Music
2021-04-26 07:00
Women in MusicAnne MurrayRecently, while doing some research I was reminded that the history of ranking and rating recording artists really does give women the short shrift. My next post wil… Read More
Born On The Bayou
2021-04-07 07:00
Born on the BayouJust like the food, Cajun and Creole music has its own flavour. From the south part of Louisiana (in major cities such as Lafayette and Lake Charles) just west of New Orlean… Read More
The 1960's
2021-03-21 07:00
The 1960'sFully discussing a decade of music in one post is nearly impossible, but if you look back, I have done blogs titled: 1960, 1969 and The Greatest Pop Rock Ballads of the '60s. I&rsq&hell…Read More
2021-03-20 02:42
 More 50/60's RBVirtually everyone involved in music in the 1950's and early 60's in the UK cite this music and artists like Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, Howlin'… Read More
Instrumental Songs
2021-02-27 08:00
Instrumental Pop SongsThe instrumental Pop song is very much a thing of the past. At one time there would be several instrumentals on the mainstream charts, some would even hit #1. These day… Read More
We're Number One! (almost) Part 2
2021-02-06 08:00
We're Number One! (almost) part 2Here are some more great songs that just didn't make it to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since my first post on the topic stopped at 1969, today I list tunes… Read More
The Sea Shanty
2021-01-28 07:00
Sea Shanties I have had this topic as one of 21 ideas in my draft folder for some time and the plan was to release it for International Talk Like a Pirate Day Sept 19, 2020, but I never… Read More
Folk Rock II
2021-01-16 07:00
Folk Rock IIIn the first instalment on Folk Rock, I talked about the origins and the founders of the genre such as Bob Dylan and The Byrds. I stand by my observation that for the most part… Read More
2020-12-17 08:00
"Tis or 'tis not "the Season to be Jolly"?As I discussed in my post last year on Christmas and Holiday songs they are the most covered and performed songs of all time. Yet this year many wil… Read More
Women Of Rock
2020-11-27 08:00
Women of RockHistoryMelissa EtheridgeYou can always count on me for a walk back in time in my blog and this topic will be no different. In order to trace the history of female Rock singers I… Read More
What Is A Cover Song?
2020-10-28 07:00
What is a Cover Song?Simply put: a cover song is a re-recording of an original song. And the original song has to have been recorded first and in most cases, released on some recognizable fo… Read More
2020-10-11 07:00
Isn't it Ironic?Sorry, I'm not talking about Alanis Morissette! But there are artists who have been eclipsed by their own songs. Many of them are amazing songwriters but, ironically, their c… Read More
Music Icons, Is It All Just DNA?
2020-10-04 07:00
Music Icons, is it all just DNA?Some well-known recording artists come from families who have a strong musical background. It makes perfect sense, having the exposure and a bit of musical DN… Read More
Record Setting Records And Artists
2020-09-02 07:00
Record-setting Records There are so many different achievements that artists and their recorded music have attained and here I have highlighted some that I found interesting. I will stick to… Read More
Sexism In Song
2020-08-19 07:00
Sexism in SongFirst we need to define the word sexism. From various dictionary sources I can summarize by saying that broadly it means to stereotype by gender or gender roles. It is also use… Read More
Piedmont
2020-08-06 07:00
PiedmontPiedmont is an area that runs to the east of the Appalachian region and Blue Ridge Mountains to the Atlantic Coast and extends from Alabama up through New York State. I have made som… Read More
The Monkees
2020-07-23 07:00
The MonkeesThis is an updated repost from Dec. 18, 2018For a TV series that ran for only two years (1966-68) albeit 58 episodes, it has had a significant effect on music, even today. I recal… Read More
Bluegrass
2020-07-15 07:00
BluegrassBascom Lamar LunsfordHistory of BluegrassIf we look at the roots of Bluegrass music, it most certainly begins in large part with the arrival of Scottish and Irish immigrants to the… Read More
I Write The Songs Part 3
2020-07-08 07:00
I Write the Songs (part 3)Jerry Leiber (April 25, 1933 – August 22, 2011) and Mike Stoller (born March 13, 1933) This pair met in Los Angeles and by age 17 their songs were being… Read More
I Write The Songs Part 2
2020-06-18 07:00
I Write the Songs, Part 2Here are the next batch of songwriters. Many are paired with their most frequent collaborators. As I said I am limiting my list to the people known primarily as song… Read More
Rock And Roll Part 4
2020-06-10 07:00
Beginnings of Rock and Roll (Part four)As you may gather from parts 1 to 3, one can seesaw on the debate of the beginning of R&R. What I am attempting to demonstrate is that R&R was… Read More
Rock And Roll Part 3
2020-06-04 07:00
Beginnings of Rock and Roll (Part three)"Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats, released April 1951There has been much attention paid to the song "Rocket 88" as being the 'fi… Read More
Rock And Roll Part 2
2020-05-29 07:00
Beginnings of Rock and Roll (Part two)Listeners of this new sound were mostly only getting it in small doses in clubs and hearing it on regional radio stations. However, smaller independent… Read More
I Write The Songs
2020-05-21 07:00
I Write the Songs Part 1Carrie Jacobs-BondWell I don't write the songs but I am about to feature some people who did. And yes I stole the (song) title from Captain & Tennille's "I W… Read More
Rock And Roll Part 1
2020-05-14 07:00
Beginnings of Rock and Roll (Part one)An updated repost, the first of a four part seriesThe recent passing of the legend, Little Richard has some people trying to write their own version of… Read More
Happy Blogiversary!
2020-05-06 07:00
Happy blogiversary... to me! Two Years of Blogging May 6, 2020 Post #122RockpileSo "blogiversary" has been a real word for some time now (who knew?) and I'm not sure who came up wi… Read More
2020-04-30 07:00
We're Number one! almost, because we're number one 2!Jerry Lee Lewis would only ever reach as high as #2on Billboard's Hot 100Here are some great songs that just didn't m… Read More
Little Richard
2020-04-23 07:00
Little RichardRichard Penniman was born in Macon Georgia, on December 5th, 1932, now age 87. He grew up with 11 brothers and sisters and learned music from family, friends and at Church. By… Read More
April 19th (2020)
2020-04-19 07:00
April 19th (2020)Its my wife's birthday today so I've given a couple updates to my post from last year. I'm going to write about some of the music through the years and add a few of her favo… Read More
One Hit Wonders (for Real)
2020-04-15 07:00
Real One Hit WondersRalph Kramden and Ed Norton doing the HucklebuckA while back I sort of debunked "One Hit Wonders" lists in my "One Hit Wonders (Not!)" post as there were so many songs th… Read More
Radio, Radio
2020-04-09 07:00
Radio, RadioWhere would popular music be without the Radio? "Radio Nowhere" that's where. Okay, anytime I can work a Bruce Springsteen song into a sentence it's a good day! Radio has always… Read More
Classic R&B Songs
2020-04-02 07:00
Classic R&B SongsWell it's time to explore the genre of R&B. For me that means the older traditional stuff, so if you are looking for Drake or Bieber, Beyonce or Rihanna you've come… Read More
2020-03-26 07:00
The Greatest Pop Rock Ballads (1960's)There are many definitions for "ballad" songs and many sub categories as well such as the; Sentimental, Blues, R&B, Hard Rock, Soft Rock and of cour… Read More
Greatest Blues Songs
2020-03-19 07:00
Greatest Blues SongsAs with any list of songs as I've mentioned before there is always a lot of subjectivity. However I do take some time and do some research so most of my choices are influ… Read More
Happy St. Patrick's Day
2020-03-16 07:00
Happy St. Patrick's Day!A day when typically many have celebrated perhaps a bit too much, all that is Irish, green and is in a beer glass. Most of us don't have much reason to be celebrating… Read More
2020-03-12 07:00
Healing Power of MusicWhether a song can give you a little "pick me up" or make a tragic situation just a bit more bearable, many look to music in times of trouble. These days many people ar… Read More
2020-03-06 08:00
Western & Cowboy MusicCarl SpragueWhen we hear the term "Western Music" the obvious question is where is the "Country"? It has been some time since the two genres have been attached… Read More
Greatest Folk Rock Songs
2020-02-25 08:00
My "Greatest of" Folk Rock SongsThe ByrdsTo begin the 'greatest of' topic in my "Not all 'Greatest of' lists are created equal" post I talked about the creation of lists and then got a start… Read More
Valentines Day Songs
2020-02-12 08:00
Valentines Day SongsNot all songs with the title of "Valentines Day" are love songs. In fact many are not and some are quite depressing such as "Valentines Day" not surprisingly by Marilyn M… Read More
Linda Ronstadt
2020-01-24 08:00
Linda RonstadtJust recently I watched "Linda Ronstadt, The Sound of My Voice" on CNN and I don't mind saying I was moved to tears more than once. Narrated by Linda herself and including rare… Read More
Get The Message Songs
2020-01-10 08:00
Get the Message SongsHaving had a household were I was outnumbered by three females to one male (me), I think for the most part "I got the message". I am versed on at least the basics like "… Read More
2020-01-03 08:00
Vocal GroupsYou may ask, isn't any group that sings a "Vocal Group"? As with many musical questions the answer is not that straight forward. But think of the 'Backstreet Boys'. My understand… Read More
Happy New Year!
2019-12-30 08:00
Happy New Year!As we walk, rock and or roll into 2020, a bit of music never hurt anyone and many songs have been written about the event. From old favorites to new these songs help us reflec… Read More
Christmas And Holiday Songs
2019-12-20 08:00
The most covered Christmas Carols and Holiday SongsMost people love them, some loathe them and the rest perhaps are somewhat indifferent. Wherever you sit on the spectrum, this music is unav… Read More
Artists That Sing Covers = Not As Talented
2019-12-06 08:00
Artists that Sing Cover Songs are not as talented (as those who don't).Ok hold your hand up if this is what you believe. Ok good, only a few of you did but you few are apparently not alone… Read More
Rock Artists Sing Soul
2019-11-29 08:00
 Rock Artists SingI've blogged about Soul and there are dozens' of songs sprinkled throughout my posts, but I want to focus on covers by Rock artists. While R&B was the main inspira… Read More
Chess Records
2019-11-22 08:00
Chess RecordsEarlier this November I had the privilege and pleasure to visit the former Chess Records (1956-65) building in Chicago. It is an important landmark in the history of Blues and R… Read More
Southern Rock
2019-11-15 08:00
Southern RockLynyrd SkynyrdAs I have discussed in previous posts trying to pigeon hole bands into genres and subgenres in particular is a tough task at times. That said when we think of Sout… Read More
Remembrance And Veterans Day
2019-11-07 08:00
Veterans Day and Remembrance DayIn Canada and the Commonwealth on Remembrance Day we observe the end of WWI to remember those who sacrificed their lives and those that gave service. Sin… Read More
25 Of The Greatest Cover Songs #76-100
2019-10-25 07:00
25 of the Greatest Cover Songs #76-100Ok here is the last of my list, I could go on and as a matter of fact I will, just not with another set of 25 plus "to infinity and beyond!" I have to s… Read More
Music Myths And Other Silly Things
2019-10-18 07:00
Music Myths and other Silly ThingsWho doesn't like a good story? There are many great ones and some not so much about music. I try and put a little story into my blogs and during the course… Read More
Rock Artists Sing The Blues
2019-10-11 07:00
Rock artists sing the BluesI have talked about this frequently throughout my posts but more particularly in the series on the Delta Blues and the History of R&R parts 1-4. Truth be told… Read More
Sweet Soul Music
2019-10-04 07:00
Sweet Soul MusicSam CookeArthur Conley co-wrote this song with Otis Redding and it's a tribute to some of the early greats of Soul Music. The song's melody (and words for that matter) borrow… Read More
One Hit Wonders (not!)
2019-09-27 07:00
One Hit Wonders (not!)Yesterday (Sept. 26) was the 50th Anniversary of Abbey Road, the Beatles last recording session together and the second last album before Let it Be was issued May 8, 19… Read More
Old Country New Country
2019-09-20 07:00
Old Country/New CountryWhat exactly I am about to attempt to demonstrate I confess I'm not 100% certain, but what I do know is that there has been a bit of a downward sliding scale rega… Read More
25 Of The Greatest Cover Songs #51-75
2019-09-13 07:00
25 of the Greatest Cover Songs #51-75There has been a very positive response to the first two 'Greatest' posts. So the list continues and the songs become no less in their timeless quality c… Read More
Radiohead
2019-09-06 07:00
RadioheadWhen talking about the band I have to confess I'm out of my depth so I will tread lightly. We should however get right to their beginnings and major influence, that being the 'Talki… Read More
25 Of The Greatest Cover Songs #26-50
2019-08-30 07:00
The next 25 of the Greatest Cover Songs #26-50In part one I listed 25 of the greatest cover songs and to date it's been my most viewed blog post. There are so many more I wanted to add to th… Read More
Country Rock
2019-08-23 07:00
Country RockMusic genres attempt to be definitive but are still typically full of a good spectrum of divergent styles. In order to pigeon hole artists we have over time developed other genre… Read More
Elvis Presley (part 2)
2019-08-12 07:00
Elvis Presley (part 2)In part one on the King (born January 8, 1935)  I stuck to songs he had covered and recorded in 1956. With August 16 coming up, being the anniversary of his untime… Read More
New Wave
2019-07-31 07:00
New Wave...was a period of music during the late 70's to the early eighties and identified as a departure from the Punk Rock scene. It developed into a more diverse 'grass roots' pop oriente… Read More
25 Of The Greatest Cover Songs
2019-07-17 07:00
25 of the Greatest Cover SongsNothing quite grabs the attention more than a list of the greatest this or that, so at 85 posts about cover songs I thought it about time to get to it. As I adv… Read More
Nina Simone
2019-07-10 07:00
“Central Park Blues” (1958) written by Nina Simone. From her debut album 'Little Girl Blue'. While best remembered for her vocal talents, Nina shows off her considerable chops at… Read More
Happy Independence Day (updated)
2019-07-04 07:00
Happy Independence Day/4th of July to our American Cousins! Seems appropriate we ( July 1, in Canada) have our birthdays so close together. And a hello to my new readers from blogarama… Read More

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