Randy Newman with Ry Cooder have today’s almost forgotten track

More than just one today, as there are a small handful of Randy Newman hits here featuring his old buddy Ry Cooder along for the ride, as well as others of note…

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Published on July 22, 2018 at 9:56 pm by Greg Simpson

Waylon Jennings has today’s almost forgotten track

I got to thinking recently, while watching a Bob Wills video…on the list of choices to the right of the page was Waylon doing Bob Wills is Still the King, and I went looking for some early Waylon, and found this from an early pompadoured appearance on the Johnny Cash show…

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Published on July 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

The Kinks have today’s almost forgotten track

The Kinks have dabbled in so many genres over the years that some may have forgotten their one attempt at a country feel in the album Muswell Hillbillies…

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Published on July 18, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Stevie Ray Vaughan and Lonnie Mack have today’s almost forgotten track

Lonnie Mack is a name known to most guitarists, but he’s less known to music fans, and that’s why he’s here today…as a hitmaker, he scored twice in the 60s with this song and a version of Chuck Berry’s Memphis, both instrumentals back when instrumentals were on the radio regularly…

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Published on July 17, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Murray McLauchlan has today’s almost forgotten track

Back in the folk club days Murray McLauchlan was one of the performers you just knew was going somewhere…he shared management with Bruce Cockburn in Bernie Finkelstein, which you knew was a good thing, and he had a variety of great compositions that put him strongly in the tradition of superb Canadian writers…

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Published on July 16, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Pete Townshend has today’s almost forgotten track

Pete Townshend is, indisputably, one of the giants of popular music over the last 50 years through his work with The Who, but there can also be no doubt that his solo work contains more than a few gems too…

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Published on July 15, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

T-Rex have today’s almost forgotten track

T. Rex were easily one of the biggest bands in Britain through the mid-70s, but the hard charging power poppers had their roots in a completely different kind of band…not even a band, actually, but a duo consisting of Marc Bolan and Steve Peregrine Took with the more cumbersome name of Tyrannosaurus Rex…

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Published on July 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

The Kentucky Headhunters have today’s almost forgotten track

The Kentucky Headhunters emerged just as country music was splitting into two very separate camps…on the one hand there was what they called “new country” which was, in effect, the injection of pop music into mainstream country, which proved to be, commercially, where the record companies felt it should go, and it remains stuck there all these years later…

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Published on July 10, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Feargal Sharkey has today’s almost forgotten track

Every once in a while when I was a radio programmer a track would come along that I would champion only to see it fall short of measurable success…

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Published on July 9, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

Ray Charles has today’s almost forgotten track

Ray Charles’ work over the years covered virtually every genre from jazz to country…primarily, he’s perceived as an r’n’b artist, and I’ll concede that every form he tried, he mastered, but for me I like him the most when he’s pure blues as he is on this 1956 hit version of the Henry Glover song, performed here at Newport in 1960…

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Published on July 8, 2018 at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson