⦿ Bob Dylan’s birthday~2 songs

It’s  Bob’s = 80th = Birthday !   (why do I suddenly feel so Very OLD.)
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2  Fine  songs !   Most  of  the Time (Oh Mercy 1990) Things  Have  Changed  (from the film Wonder Boys, 2000) 

⦿You’re a Big Girl Now – Dylan 1974

Bob Dylan.  from Blood on the Tracks 1974, about the breakup with his wife Sara.
A most beautiful and heartfelt song, with stunning  acoustic guitar

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⦿Just Like Heaven~The Cure live, 2004

One of my all time favorite songs in a live performance from 2004.
Some people react to Robert Smith’s appearance, which has zero to do
with his talents as a songwriter & musician.  He is an individual who lives
as he chooses
with no apologies.
 
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⦿ What Does It Take (to Win Your Love)~~Junior Walker 1969

Another great oldie that’s like a time capsule of emotion. I remember how I felt then,
the things I thought about, and how my room looked in the dawn as I got ready for
school with the radio on.

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⦿ Bonnie Raitt ~ You Got It

 Bonnie Raitt, 1995.  The 1989 song by Roy Orbison,Tom Petty & Jeff Lynn.
Who doesn’t love Bonnie ! I’ve never heard of a bad word said against her, she is widely respected
for her character & values, as well as talent.   I love her to death !

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⦿Elmer Bernstein – ‘Hollywood & the Stars’ theme

The memorable beautiful theme by Elmer Bernstein for the tv show ‘Hollywood and the Stars’, 1963-64;
also used for a time at the Academy Awards.  A lovely piece of music that so many remember and love.

  To me it evokes a haunting melancholy,  yet at the same time a majestic grandeur..
Bernstein was a prolific composer, with 200+ well-known film & television themes and scores in 50+ years,
for a wide scope of projects : dramas, comedies and westerns — the iconic Magnificent Seven theme, for one.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elmer_Bernstein
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⦿ Buzzin’ Fly -Tim Buckley 1969

A beautiful & sweet emotional love song by Tim Buckley from the Happy Sad  album, 1969.
A sad ending from a heroin overdose in 1975, only 28 yrs old.
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Buzzin’ Fly
I wanna know  everything about you …I wanna know  everything about you…
What makes ya smile, what makes ya wild,  what makes ya love me this way,  Darlin’  I wanna know. . . 
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⦿ Cannibals – Mark Knopfler 1996

A feel-good Zydeco thing,  &  not about cannibals !
from  ‘A Night in London’ concert, live 1996  –  with a long intro w/Sonny Landreth.
This is wild  at the end  and everyone has a good time !

big strong daddy,  big strong boy,  livin’ in a big strong land’

‘once upon  time there were cannibals, now there are no cannibals anymore’

⦿Jefferson Airplane ~ She Has Funny Cars & It’s No Secret

because  I  like  the  classic oldies.
R.I.P.  Paul  Jan 2016 …. R.I.P.  Marty  Sept 2018

     She  Has  Funny  Cars .  from Surrealistic Pillow 1966  Flash ! Paradise
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     It’s  No  Secret 

 

             Paul,  Grace  &  Marty  1966
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⦿ Hurricane – Bob Dylan 1976


the story of Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter and his unjust arrest   &   20 year imprisonment
 
  with the lovely Scarlett Rivera on fiddle.

Dylan was sued  by Patty Valentine for using her name & had to pay her off and delete
her name from future issues of the record..but people know  the original recording.
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[complete lyrics]

Pistols shots ring out in the barroom night
Enter Patty Valentine from the upper hall
She sees the bartender in a pool of blood
Cries out “My God they killed them all”
Here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put him in a prison cell but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.
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Three bodies lying there does Patty see
And another man named Bello moving around mysteriously
“I didn’t do it” he says and he throws up his hands
“I was only robbing the register I hope you understand
I saw them leaving” he says and he stops
“One of us had better call up the cops”
And so Patty calls the cops
And they arrive on the scene with their red lights flashing
In the hot New Jersey night.
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Meanwhile far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are driving around
Number one contender for the middleweight crown
Had no idea what kinda shit was about to go down
When a cop pulled him over to the side of the road
Just like the time before and the time before that
In Patterson that’s just the way things go
If you’re black you might as well not show up on the street
‘Less you wanna draw the heat.
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Alfred Bello had a partner and he had a rap for the cops
Him and Arthur Dexter Bradley were just out prowling around
He said “I saw two men running out they looked like middleweights
They jumped into a white car with out-of-state plates”
And Miss Patty Valentine just nodded her head
Cop said “Wait a minute boys this one’s not dead”
So they took him to the infirmary And though this man could hardly see
They told him that he could identify the guilty men.
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Four in the morning and they haul Rubin in
Take him to the hospital and they bring him upstairs
The wounded man looks up through his one dying eye
Says “Why’d you bring him in here for ? He ain’t the guy !”
Yes here comes the story of the Hurricane
The man the authorities came to blame
For something that he never done
Put in a prison cell but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.
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Four months later the ghettos are in flame
Rubin’s in South America fighting for his name
While Arthur Dexter Bradley’s still in the robbery game
And the cops are putting the screws to him
looking for somebody to blame

“Remember that murder that happened in a bar ?”
“Remember you said you saw the getaway car?”
“You think you’d like to play ball with the law ?”
“Think it might-a been that fighter you saw running that night ?”
“Don’t forget that you are white”
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Arthur Dexter Bradley said “I’m really not sure”
Cops said “A boy like you could use a break
We got you for the motel job and we’re talking to your friend Bello
Now you don’t wanta have to go back to jail be a nice fellow
You’ll be doing society a favor
That sonofabitch is brave and getting braver
We want to put his ass in stir
We want to pin this triple murder on him
He ain’t no Gentleman Jim”
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.Rubin could take a man out with just one punch
But he never did like to talk about it all that much
It’s my work he’d say and I do it for pay
And when it’s over I’d just as soon go on my way
Up to some paradise
Where the trout streams flow and the air is nice
And ride a horse along a trail
But then they took him to the jailhouse
Where they try to turn a man into a mouse.
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All of Rubin’s cards were marked in advance
The trial was a pig-circus he never had a chance
The judge made Rubin’s witnesses drunkards from the slums
To the white folks who watched he was a revolutionary bum
And to the black folks he was just a crazy nigger
No one doubted that he pulled the trigger
And though they could not produce the gun
The DA said he was the one who did the deed.
And the all-white jury agreed.
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Rubin Carter was falsely tried
The crime was murder ‘one’,  guess who testified
Bello and Bradley and they both baldly lied
And the newspapers they all went along for the ride
How can the life of such a man
Be in the palm of some fool’s hand ?
To see him obviously framed
Couldn’t help but make me feel ashamed to live in a land
Where justice is a game.
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Now all the criminals in their coats and their ties
Are free to drink martinis and watch the sun rise
While Rubin sits like Buddha in a ten-foot cell
An innocent man in a living hell

That’s the story of the Hurricane
But it won’t be over till they clear his name
And give him back the time he’s done
Put him in a prison cell but one time he could-a been
The champion of the world.
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⦿I’m Every Woman –Chaka Khan & Can’t Get Enough of Your Love – Barry White

Youngsters take note– this is how it’s done,  1970s  old school

 CHAKA KHAN – I’m Every Woman   ‘Chaka Khan – Chaka Khan – Chaka Khan’
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BARRY WHITE  – Can’t Get Enough of Your Love    
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⦿ Mexico – James Taylor (1975)

A lovely record that I associate with a dear friend, now passed on.
I introduced this song to him so now I associate it with pleasant memories.  

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⦿Daddy Sang Bass~Johnny Cash live @San Quentin 1969

‘Daddy sang bass, Mama sang tenor, me & little brother would join right in there. . ‘
the 1969 San Quentin concert.   Carl Perkins wrote the song !
I first heard this song, Johnny w/ the Carter Family,  long ago late at night, on a powerful
vintage Zenith table radio – on a 50K watt country station, coming in from UTAH  to California. 

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⦿ Move It On Over . . . . . . . . .. . . . George Thorogood

a killer record that never gets old ! (a surprize : written by Hank Williams Sr.)
If this doesn’t wake you up, you might be dead. . .
. move over little dog, the big dog’s comin’ in
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⦿I’m an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grand & Soda Fountain Baby ……….. Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks

Dan Hicks passed away  6Feb2016  . . best known in the San Francisco area
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. 1972. l’ve loved this ever since first hearing years ago.   . . . . . the amazing vocalist is  Lickette  Maryann Price  arrow white in red black circle-SM
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Soda Fountain Baby 
~Flip Wilson Show ’72 . . delightful Maryann is on the left in the white top

Dan Hicks HotLicks

           (photo: Swing That Cat).  Maryann on the left

originally posted 2013

⦿ Van Morrison: Caravan. Domino. Wild Night

Van ♥ 3 superb classic songs from Van the Man ♥ 

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 Domino. . .the horns ! (‘hit it’)
I figured out late that the words are ‘roll me over, roll me off, there you go.’

Wild Night . . .more horns ========================================

⦿MARK KNOPFLER ♥Romeo & Juliet (2) ~ ✪Darling Pretty ~ ✪Cannibals ~ ✪I Think I Love You Too Much♥

Romeo & Juliet. . this is me pretending I had a good seat at  the Mark Knopfler concert (9 Sept 15) .
On youtube (try it full screen display)   linked picture   https://youtu.be/Rvx0WnCxnvE

Mark Knopfler 091815 Berkeley youtu.be

♥ Romeo & Juliet – from A Night  in London concert 1996.( he chokes up on  ‘I can’t do anything but be in love with you..’)
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✪ Darling Pretty a pretty  song that sounds  like it could be an ancient  Celtic tune–but Mark wrote it Darling Pretty lyrics edit

 ✪ Cannibals   A  feel-good Cajun zydeco thing with a long intro w/Sonny Landreth.
.This is wild  at the end! ‘Once upon a time there were cannibals, now there are no cannibals anymore’.

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✪  I Think I Love You Too Much ♥ Mark Knopfler  a perfect blues song.  .with the Notting Hillbillies 1990     ♥
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⦿CALL ME AL & Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes ~~Paul Simon–Zimbabwe & Graceland

 ‘ bone-digger, bone-digger, dogs in the moonlight, far away, my well-lit door. . ‘ –how great is that !
Hugh Masekela on trumpet.
‘. .woe,  my  nights are so long . . ‘ If this doesn’t get you moving there’s something wrong with you !
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from the Graceland album 1986.
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Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes – w/Ladysmith Black Mambazo – live Zimbabwe  –———————————————————————————————————————————-
 Graceland ~ Paul Simon  

⦿Let’s Dance~David Bowie (Red Shoes) & Elvis impersonation


♥ R.I.P. ♥  10 Jan 16
 . . . a lovely and gracious man in addition to his many talents 
under the moonlight, this Serious Moonlight . .    red shoes record cover (2)             . . castanettes !
David Bowie was a big Elvis fan, even wrote a song for him (declined!)
His Elvis impersonation – Christmas Greetings  (he’s spot- on!) 

originally posted 2013
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