Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Sep 6th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Lyn Collins “Don't Make Me Over” from Mama Feelgood - The Best of Lyn Collins (Spectrum 2005) —This goes out in tribute to Hal David - one of America's greatest songwriters - who just passed away at the age of 91. I know I played this 1974 version of this Hal David/Burt Bacharach composition a few weeks back but how could I not play it for this?Buy it!
The Sweet Inspirations “Let Me Be Lonely” from What The World Needs Now Is...Burt (Rhino 2006) —Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David and originally released on Atlantic in 1969. For a really nice & well thought out tribute to Hal David, go to Christian Schaeffer's RFT article at http://tinyurl.com/d9ftxymBuy it!
The Meters “The Look of Love” from What The World Needs Now Is...Burt (Warner Jazz/Rhino 2006) —Music bed. 1969 instrumental version of the Hal David/Burt Bacharach composition recorded for the Josie label in1969.Buy it!
Gladys Knight & The Pips “One Less Bell to Answer” from Motown Legends: Gladys Knight & The Pips (Motown Record Company L.P. 1993) —There might be soul singers as good as Gladys Knight but there aren't any soul singers better than Gladys Knight. Written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David and recorded for Motown in 1971.Buy it!
Roy Hamilton “Reach Out For Me” from Dark End Of The Street 1963-69: The Operatic Soul of Roy Hamilton (Raven 2009) —Hal David/Burt Bacharach composition recorded in 1965. Sublime.Buy it!
The Shirelles “It's Love That Really Counts (In The Long Run)” from The Shirelles Anthology: Will You Love Me Tomorrow? (Castle 2005) —1962 Scepter b-side written by Hal David & Burt Bacharach, produced by Leiber & Stoller, and arranged by Burt Bacharach. That's a whole lot of talent.Buy it!
Willie Hightower “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” from Willie Hightower (Honest Jon's/Astralwerks unk 1970) —This set goes out to the memory of Joe South who passed away yesterday at the age of 72. Besides writing songs like Games People Play, Hush, Down In The Boondocks & Rose Garden, he played guitar on albums such as "Blonde on Blonde" & "Sounds of Silence."Buy it!
Lee Fields & The Expressions “Moonlight Mile” from Faithful Man (Truth and soul 2012) —Rolling Stones cover from their 2012 release. They will be at Lola one week from Sunday (9/16). Highly recommended.Buy it!
Aimee Mann “What The World Needs Now” from Sweetheart Love Songs (Hear Music 2004) —RIP Hal David. Written by Hal David & Burt Bacharach and originally recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1963. Aimee Mann will be at the Pageant in November (Tuesday 11/13).Buy it!
Dolly Varden “Why Why Why” from For a While (Mid-Fi 2012) N —Really fine single from the Chicago band's forthcoming album slated for release in January, 2013. Terrific lead vocals by Steve Dawson on this track.Buy it!
Lou Johnson “(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me” from Always Something There (Ace 2008) —One of the greatest Burt Bacharach/Hal David covers, ever. Recorded in 1964 and arranged, conducted, and produced by Burt Bacharach.Buy it!
Spectator “We've Been Through This Before” from In The Brick (self-released 2012) N L —From the St. Louis band's new debut release. Words and music by Jeffrey Albert & Megan Rooney (who also sings lead on this track).Buy it!
Dionne Warwick “Odds And Ends” from The Definitive Burt Bacharach Songbook (Universal Music 2006) —Alright, it would be crazy to celebrate the songs of Hal David & Burt Bacharach without playing something by Dionne Warwick who recorded so many great versions of their songs. Recorded in 1969.Buy it!
Bill Fay “Be At Peace With Yourself” from Life Is People (Dead Oceans 2012) N —New release from the British singer/songwriter. They don't come often. His last release was in 1971. You don't want to rush into things, I always say. This is a really beautiful track.Buy it!
Southern Culture on The Skids “Rose Garden” from Countrypolitan Favorites (Yep Roc www.yeproc.com 2007) —Written by Joe South and a huge hit for Lynn Anderson. Mary Huff does a fine take on this version.Buy it!
Burrowss “Don't Take It Slow” (self-released 2012) N L —From the St. Louis band's May debut release. Emily Keefauver sings lead on this track. You can find out more about the band at www.facebook.com/burrowssstlBuy it!
Old Capital Square Dance Club “Hold The Light” from Long White Ride (Old Capital Square Dance Club 2012) N L —Old Capital Square Dance Club are having their CD release party this Friday (9/7) at Off Broadway. Also on the bill are Whiskey War Mountain Rebellion and the Dock Ellis Band. The festivities begins at 9PM sharp.Buy it!
Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant “Low Man On A Totem Pole” from Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming Guitars of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant (Razor & Tie 1995) —Music bed. 1954 instrumental written by Jimmy Bryant.Buy it!
Tami Lynn “Wings Upon Your Horn” from Behind Closed Doors: Where Country Meets Soul (Kent 2012) N —1972 song written by Loretta Lynn & performed by the New Orleans soulstress. Is 'soulstress' even a word? If not, it ought to be. This compilation is highly recommended.Buy it!
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