On this day in 1973, Paul McCartney’s My Love hit Number 1 on the Billboard chart. It was the first Number 1 hit with his group Wings, and a love song written for his wife Linda. I love the lyrics: “Only my love holds the other key to me.”
Let’s watch Paul McCartney and Wings perform it here.
And here are other Paul classics:
Joe Cocker’s Hymn For My Soul is truly an inspired event. He has recruited the best musicians, and chosen to cover songs from varied artists and genres, all offering hope for our world’s current state.
Hymn For My Soul starts things off on a funky note with Cocker’s rendition of Stevie Wonder’s classic, trumpet-and-sax-filled, You Haven’t Done Nothin’. George Harrison’s Beware of Darkness and CCR’s Long As I Can See The Light get covered here quite nicely. Bob Dylan’s Ring Them Bells and The Beatles’ Come Together, the final track, are definite highlights. Another standout song on Hymn For My Soul is River’s Invitation, the Percy Mayfield-penned song that has been covered by Southside Johnny and Aretha Franklin, among others.
Hymn For My Soul isn’t solely made up of classics though. Two selections that shine on this record are the recent songs One Word (Peace) by The Subdudes and the title track Hymn 4 My Soul by blues artist Andy Fairweather Low.
Joe Cocker’s unmistakable voice brings new life to these songs. Hymn For My Soul is edgy, soulful, and funky – a real winner.
Click on the links below to watch some of Joe Cocker’s performances and videos.
Joe’s legendary Woodstock performance of With A Little Help From My Friends
As an avid Tears For Fears fan, I was pleased to hear that Curt Smith had another solo album in the works. As a matter a fact, Smith had been working on his new album Halfway, Pleased, when it was put on hold for 2004’s Tears For Fears reunion album Everybody Loves A Happy Ending and its accompanying tour. Smith gave us the memorable vocals on Tears’ Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Mad World, Pale Shelter, Change, and Advice For The Young At Heart. And on this new album, Curt shows off that stellar voice once again, along with his songwriting skills.
Smith’s lush voice is unmistakable, and it especially shines on Seven of Sundays, Halfway Pleased, and Snow Hill. Other standout songs include Coming Out, Aeroplane, Cover Us, and Perfect Day. Smith does a new version of Who You Are, a song from Tears’ last album. Also, acoustic versions of Seven of Sundays and Coming Out, a live version of Snow Hill, and a French duet version of Seven Sundays with an artist named SO are included here.
Halfway, Pleased is an outstanding display of styles. This isn’t like a Tears For Fears album, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Halfway, Pleased is a quiet album, perfect for reflection and relaxation.
Since it’s Cher’s 62nd birthday, let’s celebrate her style, versatility, and talent. She’s won an Academy Award, a Grammy, an Emmy, three Golden Globe Awards and then some. Her career has spanned four decades; she’s appeared on the big and small screens; and she’s scored with hit records during each of those decades.
Let’s take a look at Cher’s long and varied career. Click on the links below to see Cher (and her outfits) through the years.
I Got You Babe
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves