Adeli’s Music Blog

Was (Not Was) Says Boo!

Posted in music by adeli on April 29, 2008

Was (Not Was) has released a new album, finally. After more than sixteen years, the funky Was Brothers are back with Boo!. Both brothers have been using their talents elsewhere: Don was producing Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones albums, and David was working on film scores. But now, the Detroit duo is back with Sweet Pea Atkinson and Sir Harry Bowens making some groovy, soulful sounds on Boo!.

The funkiest songs on Boo! are the opener “Semi-interesting Week,” “Your Luck Won’t Last,” “Big Bad Hole”, “Crazy Water” — a highlight for Sweet Pea’s vocals — and “Mr. Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore” (co-written by Bob Dylan).

The techno, outer space-sounding “Needletooth” doesn’t work here, at least not for this listener. “Forget Everything” is a bit strange too, but works a little better.

But it’s not all high-spirited songs on this album. There are some nice slow grooves too. “It’s a Miracle” and “From the Head to the Heart” are great additions to this funky reunion party. Kris Kristofferson, with his gravely serious voice, makes an interesting appearance singing “Green Pills in the Dresser,” the final track.

There’s a fine group of soul masters helping Was (Not Was) on this new set. James Gadson on drums, Marcus Miller on bass, and the renowned Booker T on Hammond join in to make Boo! a great return for Was (Not Was).

Welcome back, boys! Your fans do ask that you don’t keep us waiting another decade before we hear from you again.

If you need a refresher on Was (Not Was) click below:

Spy In The House Of Love

Walk The Dinosaur

Hello Operator

Can’t Turn You Loose

Happy Birthday, Roy Orbison

Posted in music by adeli on April 23, 2008

Roy Orbison was born on this day in 1936, in Vernon, Texas. For his sixth birthday, Roy asked for a harmonica, but his father Orbie Lee gave him a guitar. And the rest is history.

The main thing that contributed to Roy’s success, aside from his tenor voice, was that his songs were completely original in structure, sound, and style. He was an innovator. Roy was a pioneer in rock and roll, and his career spanned more than four decades. He got his start in Memphis at Sun Records, with the other music pioneers: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

His hits include Only the Lonely, Crying, Blue Angel, Running Scared, Dream Baby, In Dreams, Blue Bayou, You Got It, and his biggest hit Oh Pretty Woman.

Late in his career, he joined Bob Dylan, George Harrison (Beatles), Jeff Lynne (ELO), and Tom Petty to form the supergroup Traveling Wilburys. Their hits include Last Night, Handle With Care, Tweeter and The Monkey Man, Heading For The Light, and End of the Line.

Roy died at the age of 52 in Dec. 1988. The Traveling Wilburys won the Grammy for Best Rock Performance by a Group in 1990. For more on the Traveling Wilburys click here.

Let’s watch some of his performances.

We’ll start with a 1960 performance of Only The Lonely.

Roy on The Johnny Cash Show in 1969 singing Crying

Oh Pretty Woman

In Dreams

Crying (with kd lang)

California Blue

Handle With Care

End of the Line

His last hit, You Got It.

For a complete biography, visit :

#1 Songs in ’83, ’77 & ’65

Posted in music by adeli on April 18, 2008

On this day in 1983, the Number 1 song was Come on Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners.

The disco hit Don’t Leave Me This Way by Thelma Houston was Number 1 on April 18, 1977.

And in 1965, Game of Love by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders had the top place on the music chart. This song became a favorite of mine when it was featured on the Good Morning Vietnam soundtrack. And you’re hearing it on the jukebox now!

Click below to watch the video for Come on Eileen and live performances by Thelma Houston and Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders.

Come on Eileen

Don’t Leave Me This Way

Game of Love

More from the Mindbenders and Dexys Midnight Runners:

Groovy Kind of Love


Dusty Springfield

Posted in music by adeli on April 16, 2008

Dusty Springfield (Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien), born on April 16, 1939, made the biggest impression among the female artists of the British invasion. From 1963 to 1970 she scored 18 Billboard Hot 100 singles. Dusty Springfield is an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the UK Music Hall of Fame.

Dusty Springfield sang with soul, earning her the nickname “White Queen of Soul.” Her husky voice communicated a sense of longing, and created music that was evocative. Dusty’s image included her peroxided blonde hair in a beehive style, heavy eyeliner and fake eyelashes, and elegant evening gowns.

Her hits include Son of a Preacher Man, The Look of Love, I Only Want To Be With You, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Wishin’ and Hopin’, Stay Awhile, and I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself.

After some time away from the music business, Dusty accepted an invitation from the British pop duo Pet Shop Boys in 1987 to sing on their single What Have I Done to Deserve This? and appear on the promotional video. The record rose to Number 2 on both the British and American charts. With BJ Thomas, Dusty recorded the theme song As Long as We Got Each Other for TV’s Growing Pains.

Dusty lost her battle against breast cancer and died at the age of 59 on March 2, 1999.

Below, some of Dusty’s performances.

Son of a Preacher Man

The Look of Love

I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself

I Only Want To Be With You

Stay Awhile

Money, Money, Money

Posted in music by adeli on April 15, 2008

In honor of…in respect for, or in fear of the IRS on this 15th of April, here are my Top 10 songs about money. Click on the song titles for the videos or live performances of these songs.

Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems – Notorious B.I.G. with Puff Daddy and Mase

Money’s Too Tight to Mention (To Mention) – Simply Red

Take The Money And Run – Steve Miller Band

Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) – Pet Shop Boys

You Never Give Me Your Money – The Beatles

Money – Pink Floyd

Money, Money, Money – ABBA

Money – The Beatles

Money For Nothing – Dire Straits

Money Talks – AC/DC

Vince Gill

Posted in music by adeli on April 14, 2008

Vince Gill, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and recipient of 18 CMA Awards, came on the national scene with the country rock band Pure Prairie League in 1979. Gill sang lead on the hit Let Me Love You Tonight. Gill went solo in 1983 with some success. In 1989, he joined MCA Records and recorded his breakthrough song When I Call Your Name. Since then, Gill has been a force in country music.

Vince’s velvety voice isn’t his only talent. He is a marvelous guitarist, and also plays banjo, bass, mandolin, and the fiddle. Gill has transcended genres by singing duets with leading ladies from country, pop, rock, and R&B, including Dolly Parton (I Will Always Love You), Reba McEntire (Oklahoma Swing, The Heart Won’t Lie, It Just Has to Be That Way, These Broken Hearts), Faith Hill (Let Me Let Go), Barbra Streisand (If You Ever Leave Me), Gladys Knight (Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing), and Amy Grant (House of Love).

In 2006, Gill released the Grammy Award winning-album These Days, a groundbreaking, four-CD set featuring more than 40 new recordings. Each album in the set explores a different musical mood – traditional country; ballads; contemporary, up-tempo; and acoustic/bluegrass music. The set features guest performers including Sheryl Crow, Phil Everly, daughter Jenny Gill, wife Amy Grant, Emmylou Harris, Diana Krall, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt, Leann Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood and more.

Check out some of Vince’s performances below:

House of Love

When I Call Your Name

Never Knew Lonely

Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

Important Music Events of 1957

Posted in music by adeli on April 13, 2008

1957 was a big year in music. Probably the most important event of the year was the birth of American Bandstand. On August 5th, American Bandstand began its 30-year run on TV. Dick Clark helped launched the careers of many starts and got America dancing.

In 1957, Jerry Lee Lewis and Patsy Cline started their musical careers. Here’s Jerry performing Great Balls of Fire. And here’s Patsy crooning her classic I Fall To Pieces.

Also, in 1957, John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met in Liverpool, and Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel started out as the duo Tom and Jerry with their first song Hey, Schoolgirl. And on March 19 of that year, Elvis Presley purchased a mansion in Memphis and called it Graceland, the place where fans would flock to for years after his death.

Top Songs of 1957

Posted in music by adeli on April 11, 2008

The No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit during this time in 1957 was All Shook Up.

Other notable songs of 1957 include:

Diana by Paul Anka

Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley

Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis

At The Hop by Danny & The Juniors

Tony Orlando & Dawn

Posted in music by adeli on April 3, 2008

Tony Orlando (Michael Anthony Orlando Cassivitis) was born on this day in 1944 in New York City. He formed Dawn with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson. The trio was together from 1970 to 1977. The group’s biggest hit was 1973’s Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree, and it topped Billboard’s Hot 100 for four weeks. The group had the first multi-ethnic variety show on TV. The biggest names in show business appeared each week as Tony’s guests, including the comedians Jackie Gleason, Ted Knight, and Jerry Lewis.

Below are clips from the show and live performances.

Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round Ole Oak Tree

Sweet Gypsy Rose

Knock Three Times

I’m a Woman

I’ll Teach You Everything I Know (with Jackie Gleason)

Little Ones Out of Big Ones (with Johnny Cash)

Marvin Gaye: Sweet, Silky Soul

Posted in music by adeli on April 2, 2008


In honor of Marvin Gaye’s birthday today, I’ve compiled his best work from the early days, his duets, to Sexual Healing. So, let’ s get it on and take a look at his finest performances.

The first video is a performance not many people have seen: Marvin singing The Star Spangled Banner at the 1983 NBA All Star Game.

Here’s his biggest hit I Heard It Through the Grapevine, which held the top spot for seven weeks in 1968-69.

During his early days at Motown, Marvin Gaye teamed up with Tammi Terrell for three albums of duets. Here are some of their best tunes:

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Your Precious Love
Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing

Below, the very best of Marvin. Enjoy!

Let’s Get it On

What’s Going On

Inner City Blues

Hitch Hike

Got To Give It Up

Sexual Healing

Finally, Diana Ross’ tribute to Marvin: Missing You