Remembering Clarence Burke Jr

Clarence Burke

Clarence Burke Jr passed away on May 25th, he was 62.  He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist with 1970’s family band “The Five Stairsteps“.  The band was best known for it’s hit “O-o-h Child“, a song rated at 392 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 of All time.  The video below is the band on “Soul Train“.

Random Songs From My Phone – The Commitments – “Mustang Sally”

The Commitments (film)
The Commitments (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I am adding a new feature to my Song Of The Day category.  I hit random on my iPhone and whatever song pops up is my Song Of The Day.  This feature joins my current group consisting of “Remembering”, “Canada’s Best Music”, “Let’s Explore The Blues” (which I’m resurrecting) and the “Song Of The Day” (which makes up everything else).


I couldn’t have chosen a better song to start this series.  The Commitments, filmed in 1991, follows the forming of a soul group in Dublin, Ireland.  It is unique in that the actors were chosen for their musical talent and not their acting ability.  Kind of like the Blues Brothers in that respect.  The result, a terrific movie and an absolutely great soundtrack.  The song that popped up was the Mack Rice classic, “Mustang Sally“.  The song has had a great life, being recorded by Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy, The Rascals, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and many others.





Song Of The Day – Michael Franti and Spearhead – The Sound Of Sunshine

American musician Michael Franti
American musician Michael Franti (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s almost summer.  Forget that Calgary was plus 6 yesterday with biblical rainfall and the mountains got a sprucing up with a bunch of new snow.  I am going to call it and say, summer starts now.  To bring it in with some music, I give you Michael Franti and Spearhead with “The Sound of Sunshine”.

California-based, the band, fronted by Michael Franti, plays a great mix of, well, pretty much everything.  I hear funk, jazz, hip-hop, reggae, some folk and lots of fun.  Great tune, and wherever you are, remember Canadians love summer.  It is short and we make the most of every minute.

Michael Franti Home

Michael Franti on iTunes

Michael Franti on Amazon

Michael Franti on CBC

Song Of The Day – The Wailin’ Jennys

English: Soprano singer-songwriter Ruth Moody,...
English: Soprano singer-songwriter Ruth Moody, a member of the trio ‘The Wailin Jennys’, casts a spell over the audience at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Great news, for me anyway.  My car radio started working again.  Good thing for a few reasons.  First, I have music again (old car – no iPod plug) and second, I get to tap into my favourite music resource again.  Today, we have the Wailin’ Jennys doing a cover of the great one’s (not Gretzky, Neil Young) song “Old Man” off his classic Harvest album.  An outstanding cover with superb 3 part harmonies and some great guitaring.  I am sure Neil would be proud.  The group originated in Winnipeg and has a couple of incarnations over the years.  They have performed since 2002 and have 4 albums to their credit.  This song is off their 2004 album “40 days”.


The Wailin’ Jennys Home


The Wailin’ Jennys on CBC


The Wailin’ Jennys on iTunes


The Wailin’ Jennys on Amazon



Song Of The Day – Grouplove – Tongue Tied

Never Trust A Happy Song
Never Trust A Happy Song (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Lets go with a bit of an oldie (2011), Grouplove and their hit, Tongue Tied.  Great song, very interesting video.  The song comes from their only album to date “Never Trust A Happy Song”.  They are an indie group, based in NYC.  The NYC sound is becoming very familiar to my tastes of late.


Grouplove Home


Grouplove on YouTube


Grouplove on iTunes


Grouplove on Amazon