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Let’s chat with Juanjo Casal from Uruguay

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Guest: Juanjo Casal, musician and leader of Los Casals, a pop music band from Uruguay………….the band will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year……over the years, the band has performed a variety of music and enjoys great support from fans in Latin America……….you can see some of their performances in YouTube……..plus other stories….

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Source: Let’s chat with Juanjo Casal from Uruguay 05/22 by Silvio Canto Jr | Music Podcasts

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May 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

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Perry Como (1912-2001)

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We remember Perry Como who was born on this day in 1912 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.   He was one of the most commercially successful singers during a career over six decades.   

 

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May 18, 2017 at 10:30 am

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1966: “Pet sounds” released by The Beach Boys

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Let’s remember “Pet Sounds”, recorded many years ago and still one of my favorite LP’s!

It ranks as one of the best albums in rock history. (In fact, it is ranked #2 in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 rock albums!)

“Pet Sounds” was way ahead of its time. It included songs and arrangements that defined Brian Wilson’s awesome talents and skills.

The Beach Boys were Brian Wilson and his brothers Carl (guitar) & Dennis (drums). The other members were Mike Love (vocals) and Al Jardine (guitar). Bruce Johnston also sang vocals in this album.

Most pop albums do not get better with age.  In fact, they usually end up in a basement box or closet!

“Pet Sounds” gets better and better with age. In fact, it sounds great on the new CD format!

Get a copy, put it in your CD player and you will see what I mean!

 

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May 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm

1964: “My guy” by Mary Wells was # 1 this week

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Motown had 32 # 1 hits.     Who recorded the first one?   The answer is Mary Wells and “My guy”:     

Shortly after signing Mary Wells, Berry Gordy transformed her from a songwriter to a performer of other writers’ material. In this capacity, she was one of the first singers in the Motown stable to record a song by the now-legendary Holland/Dozier/Holland songwriting team. That song, “You Lost the Sweetest Boy” (1963), featured the Supremes and the Temptations singing backup to Wells—an indication of where she stood in the Motown hierarchy at the time. It was the songs of Motown Vice President and chief Miracle William “Smokey” Robinson, however, which brought Wells her greatest successes.

In 1962, Wells earned her first and Motown’s first top 10 hits with the Robinson-penned “The One Who Really Loves Me,” “You Beat Me To The Punch” and “Two Lovers.”

And then in 1964, she earned her first #1 with Robinson’s “My Guy.”  

Years later, you heard the song in the soundtrack of “Sister act”.

 

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May 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm

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May 1964: Louis Armstrong & The Beatles met in the pop charts

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On this week in 1964, Louis Armstrong ended The Beatles’ historic domination of the US pop charts:

“Following the ascension of “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” to #1 in early February, the Beatles held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three and a half solid months—longer than any popular artist before or since. 
Over the course of those months, the Fab Four earned three consecutive #1 singles (a record); held all five spots in the top five in early April (a record); and had a total of 14 songs in the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-April (yet another record). 
But just when it seemed that no homegrown act would ever stand up to the British invaders, one of least likely American stars imaginable proved himself equal to the task. 
On May 9, 1964, the great Louis Armstrong, age 63, broke the Beatles’ stranglehold on the U.S. pop charts with the #1 hit “Hello Dolly.””

The Beatles came back with more hits in 1964 and a movie that summer.  We remember today that it was Armstrong himself who ended the streak, one of the most amazing streaks in music history.

 Click here for “Hello Dolly“, a great song!

 

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May 9, 2017 at 4:00 am

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1979: “Reunited” by Peaches & Herb # 1 this week

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Herbert Feemster & Linda Greene were “Peaches & Herb”.   They had the # 1 song this week in 1979 or “Reunited”.  

It became one of the best “slow dance” songs of the decade:

 

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May 5, 2017 at 3:00 pm

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1974 and watching “Soul Train”

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On this day in 1974, we watched episode # 100 of “Soul Train”.    

The show started in the early 1970’s and it was fantastic.   It was like “American Bandstand” with a soul flavor.    Fabulous!

 

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May 4, 2017 at 8:30 am

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