Category Archives: Music History

This Week’s Birthdays in Canadian Music

March 29th saw 2 birthdays. First a big happy birthday to Terry Jacks who turned 75. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Terry is most noted for his monster hit, “Concrete Sea”. He also had a major international hit as a member of the Poppy Family with the tune “Which Way You Goin’ Billy’.

Our second birthday wishes go out to Sue Foley, a fine blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. She was born in Ottawa, Ontario 53 years ago. A prolific artist, she has released 15 albums since her debut in 1992. The attached video is an excellent introduction to her work, if you are not acquainted.

Canadian Winners At The Grammys 2021

And the Canadian artists that won Grammys are:

  1. Best traditional pop vocal album: Rufus Wainwright, Unfollow the Rules .
  2. Best Dance Recording: Kaytranada feat. Kali Uchis, “10%”
  3. Best Dance/Electronic Album: “Bubba,” Kaytranada
  4. Best country duo/group performance: Dan + Shay, Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours.”
  5. Best musical theatre album: Glen Ballard and Alanis Morissette, lyricists; original Broadway cast, Jagged Little Pill.
  6. Best engineered album, non classical: Shawn Everett, engineer, Hyperspace (Beck).
Rufus Wainwright
Justin Bieber does country, wild
Kaytranada with the double
Best Engineered Album – Shawn Everett
Jagged Little Pill

Interesting Covers – Feeling Good – Muse

Covering another person’s song is always an interesting endeavor. The balance between being somewhat recognizable and putting your own stamp on a classic is always a challenge. Making it a better song than the original is also very rewarding. To that end, finding a cover that might just be better is the point of this series of articles. I will post 2 songs, the original, and then the cover. Once you listen them both, pick your favorite in the poll, and voila, we have a winner. First up is Feeling Good, original Nina Simone, the cover by Muse. Lets see what Muse can do with a legitimate classic.

Nina Simone was an American singer, who basically could sing the phone book in all genres, a legend. This song is one of her signature tunes, a hard one to follow.

And now The Muse. An English group, they have a pretty strong body of work as well. So we have the legend versus the challenger, Muse. Your call from here.

Remembering Herman Green

Jazz and Blues saxophone player, Herman Green passed away at the age of 90 in Memphis on November 26, 2020. As I read up on him, I found his life to be amazing. I have attached his obituary below. It looks like he played with anybody that was anybody. A true musician’s musician. The YouTube link takes you to a track list, and I have also attached a video. It is over 10 minutes, and is quite interesting. Enjoy the work of this great player.

Herman Green

YouTube

Remembering Allee Willis

Do you know this song?

 

 

Or this one?

Both were written by Allee Willis, who passed away on December 24th of heart failure.  A prolific writer, she was nominated for a Tony for A Color Purple soundtrack and  won a Grammy for the same as well as several other nominations and wins at the Emmy’s, Grammys and Tonys.

A final song you may recognize.