Soul week with Gladys Knight 1 of 5: Baby Don’t Change Your Mind

I’m the proud owner of two vinyl LP’s of Gladys Knight and the Pips. No finer expression of Soul/R&B that from her and the Pips, in my view.

A week of music from Gladys Knight is, I think, in keeping with the downbeat state of our national politics.  The first in the daily series this week is Baby Don’t Change Your Mind.

Away with the cold wet days, it’s Dolly Day

The Dolly I’m talking about is Dolly Parton, American country and western song composer and singer.

What better way to brighten up the current cold, wet and dark weather with burst of Dolly’s songs. Here are three, Jolene, 9 to 5, and After the Gold Rush with EmmyLou Harris and Linda Ronstadt.

Gives me a happy and sunny disposition listening to Dolly Parton.

It’s a week of Steeleye Span music: #2: Hind Horn

This second of this week’s five Steeleye Span folk rock ballads, is not strictly a Steeleye Span performance. although it contains many members of the band, notably Maddy Prior. Where would English folk rock be without the magnificent Maddy Prior.

Here’s number 2 in the week of Steeleye Span performances. It’s the popular ballad Hind Horn, performed in 2016.

Nostalgia Friday No.5: Dave Brubeck Quartet and Take Five

Well, we’ve arrived at the last of my Nostalgia Friday songs, and lo and behold, it’s not a song but a piece of modern jazz.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet recorded highly original jazz pieces, such as Unsquare Dance, Blue Rondo a la turk, and Take Five. Brubeck’s music took me from the 1950’s into the 1960’s.

Nostalgia over after this. Ah, the happy days of my youth.

Nostalgia Friday song No.4: Little Richard and Long Tall Sally

The 1950’s was a rich era for rock music, many of whom died young. Think of Buddy Holly.  A standout performer of the time was Little Richard. Rock movies were popular in the 1950’s, such as Elvis in Jailhouse Rock. Little Richard featured in the films, Don’t Knock the Rock, and The Girl Can’t Help It.

This, number four in my Nostalgia Friday songs, is Little Richard singing Long Tall Sally and Tutti Frutti from the 1956 film Don’t Knock the Rock.