Arthur Lee – the world was a whole lot better off with him in it.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Arthur Lee & Love – Live – 1996
One of my absolute favorites tonight. Sadly, not a complete concert, but enough to give you an idea of how Arthur Lee’s revival was coming along in 1996.
One of the great artists of the 60s, who shaped and influenced many bands long after the initial Love dissolved. Lee was beset with a lot of personal problems and it hampered what was becoming a huge career. Luckily for everyone, he already had a rich legacy of music, which was, and still is, being discovered by fans who never met him.
Tonight it’s a performance from his 1996 Summer Concert Tour in Europe. He is backed by a band otherwise known as Baby Lemonade, but re-named Love for the occasion. It was recorded in a club in Odense Denmark, broadcast by Danish Radio.
Here’s what’s on the player:
Arthur Lee & Love (aka: Baby Lemonade)
Rytmeposten Club, Odense, Denmark
1. Signed D.C.
2. Orange Skies
3. Your Mind And We Belong Together
4. 7&7 Is.
Happy New Year somewhere.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for January 1, 1945
New Years Day in 1945 was pretty much “business as usual” during World War 2. Although the Allies were making substantial gains in their drive into Germany. The infamous Battle Of The Bulge that went on just before Christmas was now in the mopping up stages, with any gains the German Army made during that period of time now lost and regained by the Allies. And the war was continuing without let-up on all fronts.
But it was a general feeling that the war would be over sometime in 1945. At least it was hoped.
Here is the news for January 1, 1945 as reported on News Of The World over NBC.
Phoenix – unless they told you, you would never know they were French.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Phoenix – Lisztomania – 2010
Interesting phenomenon of late – many European bands have taken to singing in English, rather than their native tongue. Makes perfect sense – the English speaking audience is a lot larger than many others (except possibly for Spanish speaking countries). Not that many non-English speaking bands haven’t done it in the past. The difference is – a lot of the current crop have gone through great pains to erase any trace of an accent. And for a lot of those bands it’s been successful.
Take Phoenix for instance. An Indie band from Versailles who got together in 1995, settled in Paris and eventually got the notice of several College stations in the U.S. and have achieved a steady progression in popularity. Initially a backing band for Air during their live appearances, Phoenix have been getting attention on their own, releasing their break-through Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix in 2009 and winning the Grammy for Best Alternative Band that year.
Here they are, from the 2010 Vieilles Charrues Festival with Lisztomania, recorded on July 17, 2010.
See? Further evidence Rock has no borders. Not anymore, anyway.
Paris – May, 1968 – not that much different than many places in the world of 2012.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 1968 – Year Of Revolution
Starting today, and going all the way until New Years Day next week, I will be posting year-end reviews throughout history. A reminder that, in some ways, many things have changed, and in others, it’s exactly the same.
So we kick off the week with 1968, a year that probably saw as much, if not more Domestic and International upheaval and strife than any other in recent memory. It also saw dramatic leaps forward – from the first Heart transplant to one step closer to landing on the Moon. It was a year of incredible contrasts.
And we’ll start off with that one, via NBC Radio‘s Second Sunday series from December 1968. 1968: Year Of Revolution.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 14 O Christmas Tree
It’s been an amazing year so far. Past Daily has only been up and running for 6 months and your support and visits have been overwhelming. And a special thanks to all of you who have written in. Your comments and encouragement are more than welcome and so appreciated. It’s difficult to know, at times, whether anyone reads or even cares about this project I’ve undertaken. The Archive, from which 90% of the material you hear, is finally being utilized in a way I always wanted it to be and it’s difficult to know if it’s making any difference.
But I’ll be here as long as you’ll be here – and your continued encouragement and support (and tell your friends) will keep this thing going well into 2013 and hopefully way beyond.
I’m thankful for all of you today and, no matter which batch of holidays you’re celebrating – I wish you the best, the merriest, and the happiest of all of them.
We’re all in this together, so don’t make strangers of yourselves. Here’s to 2013!
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Click on the link here for Audio Player: Christmas Sing With Bing – 1957
Okay – you can’t have Christmas without Bing Crosby. I tried – doesn’t work.
So here is the 1957 edition of his yearly (in the 1950’s) Radio program, Christmas Sing With Bing, always presented on Christmas Eve and something of an institution in homes throughout America in the 1950’s.
So if you wanted to know what mainstream America was doing around Christmas Eve in 1957, here it is.
And now a word from John, Paul, George and Ringo.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Beatles – Christmas 1967
As long as we’re in a celebratory mood, you can’t have Christmas without this one – Christmas Time Is Here Again, from the Beatles Fanclub release of 1967.
A word from The Fab Four.