Song Of The Day – Mavis Staples – “Can You Get To That”

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of the day returns with a gem.  CBC2 is playing the crap out of this new song (yes new) from 74-year-old Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers fame.  A great R&B/Gospel/Countryish tune that really gets you going.  Enjoy.  I’ll be doing some travel updating over the next few days, so much in the brain, so little time to spew it out.

Music Trivia Question for the Day – September 15, 2012

The first album to feature the group's name ch...

The first album to feature the group’s name change from “The Miracles” to “Smokey Robinson & The Miracles” was 1965’s Top 10 album Going To A Go-Go.Clockwise from top left: Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, Ron White, Smokey Robinson.(not shown: Claudette Robinson, Marv Tarplin) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The previous question was:

Q: What was Motown‘s first million selling hit?

The answer is:

“Shop Around” by The Miracles.  The song was recorded and released in 1960.  This was before they were known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.  The artist on this classic was credited as The Miracles (featuring Bill “Smokey” Robinson”.

Shop Around

We had no winner on this one, so Rebecca’s stupendous award has, once again, been forced to wait on it’s introduction to the world.

Today’s question will leave Motown and move on to Blackburn, Lancashire.

Q: In the song “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles, there is a line referring to a particular place.  What is Blackburn, Lancashire and why does it have 4,000 holes in it?

 

 

Song of The Day – Marvin Gaye – “Heavy Love Affair”

 

Marvin Gaye in 1973

Marvin Gaye in 1973 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Marvin Gaye.  Not much to say about one of the greats.  Terrific singer, smooth R&B guy who is missed to this day.  It is hard to believe he died in 1984, holy crap.  I heard this song on my way to work the other day and was blown away….again.

 

 

Heavy Love Affair

 

 

Music Trivia Question for the Day – September 12, 2012

Motown 4 album set

Motown 4 album set (Photo credit: vintage_breda)

The previous question was:

Q: What was Motown’s first hit?

The answer is

Money – Barrett Strong

Recorded in 1959, Money reached number 2 on the charts.  Beatle fans will instantly recognize this song as they did a cover version in 1962 with Peter Best on drums.

Money – The Beatles

Interestingly, Berry Gordy, Motown’s driving force and owner,  wrote this song, which helped turned Motown into the hit factory it was known for in the 1960’s and beyond.

No one guessed the answer, so I am unable to bestow my newly minted award on anyone.  Thanks to Rebecca for designing the award.

Today’s question, and we will continue in Motown mode is:

Q: What was Motown’s first million selling hit?

Listening To Canadians – Chris Kirby

veiw looking east of St. John's, Newfoundland

view looking east of St. John's, Newfoundland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I first heard this song from Chris Kirby on CBC2.  It was created for their compilation album in 2011 called Road Songs.  A really great song with echoes of Steely Dan among others.  Up till now, I have not been able to find in online to present here for all of you to enjoy.  I did a search yesterday (I do this on a regular basis for this song) and it was recently uploaded.  But first, a bit about the artist.  Chris is from St John’s, Newfoundland.  His sound can only be coined as R&B, but R&B with an east coast twist.  He is an up and coming star with astonishing song writing skills.  The band is Chris Kirby and the Marquees and they have 2 albums out with a new one on the way.  The video below is actually 2 songs.  The first is “Free Man” and is the song I was looking for.  The second is an Amy Winehouse tribute, “Valerie”.  Enjoy.

Free Man