Percy Mayfield – Poet of The Blues.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Percy Mayfield – What A Fool I Was – 1950
The immortal Percy Mayfield tonight. Rightfully dubbed The Poet Of The Blues, Mayfield was not only a gifted and compelling singer, but he was also was one of the great Blues and Pop Music composers from the 1950’s writing a string of hits, not only for himself, but for Ray Charles among many others.
Tonight it’s one of his own singles – What A Fool I Was came out on Specialty Records in 1950 and climbed up the Billboard charts, topping at Number 8.
Definitely an artist you need to get familiar with if you aren’t already.
You kind of owe that to yourself this weekend.
Easier said than done.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for Week of November 28, 1950
No picnic, this week in November of 1950. Starting off with an out-of-control bus on a mountain road in Colorado to a much hoped-for “Final Push” in Korea, it was just a haywire week in the world.
Between all that was news of a Red Chinese delegation heading to the United Nations to complain over U.S. aggression in Formosa. Word that, as of this week in November, the Korean War had become the 4th costliest in U.S. history (and we were only 5 months into it). Re-commissioning World War 2-era ships to be sent to Korea, and with all that, hopeful proclamations that the war could be over by Christmas. It didn’t seem likely, considering the buildup.
Elsewhere was news of a fatal train crash on Thanksgiving Eve, a state visit to England by Queen Juliana of The Netherlands and an interview with British Playwright Christopher Fry over his wave of successes on the stage.
That, and much more for this week in November of 1950 as reported over NBC Radio‘s Voices In The Headlines.
How the Political Cartoon community viewed The Marshall Plan in 1947.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: News for November 26, 1947
News for this day in November of 1947 had to do with a preview of The Marshall Plan and what was expected to be reaction by both the public and Capitol Hill. There was a lot riding on it and cautious eyes were waiting for the outcome.
It was also Thanksgiving week, this week in 1947. Anticipation of the Holiday and news regarding the annual Santa Claus Lane Parade in Hollywood attempted to overshadow the other news; more scandals, disasters at sea and conditions in the Post-War World.
Just another November 26th – as presented by The Alka-Seltzer News Of The World for November 26, 1947.
Gene Ammons – Had a unique and influential way with notes.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Gene Ammons – Angel Eyes
Continuing our low-key post-Thanksgiving weekend with the legendary Gene Ammons and Angel Eyes from the Prestige album of the same title. Recorded June 17, 1960. Playing along with Ammons is Frank Wess on tenor Sax, Johnny “Hammond” Smith, organ. Doug Watkins, bass and Arthur Taylor on drums.
One of the great sax players in Jazz, whose career was cut way too short and interrupted way too many times.
How this day ended in 1963 was a lot different than how it started.
Click on the link here for Audio Player:JFK Assassination
Not to bring down the festivities of this particular Thanksgiving (falling on the 22nd of November and all), but today marks the 49th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
As a reminder of how the day unfolded, from just any other day to a day to remember no matter where you were (if you were around at the time), here is NBC Radio News On The Hour, followed by the daily feature Emphasis and then the first bulletin regarding the shooting in Dallas.
All on November 22, 1963.
John Lewis – aside from founder of MJQ, musician for all seasons.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: John Lewis – Bach Prelude and Fugue No. 1 – 1984
Taking it down several notches tonight with something completely different, but somehow totally appropriate to end this insane week with.
John Lewis, founder of the Legendary Modern Jazz Quartet, also recorded considerably as a solo artist, as well as a highly respected composer, conductor and arranger.
Probably one of the most unique album projects he was to record was a series he did for Philips Records on the music of J.S. Bach.
Tonight’s track is off the first volume, recorded in 1984 and features Lewis’ take on Bach’s Prelude and Fugue Number 1.
In a way, its a musical exhale with a kind of Thanksgiving vibe to it.
However you want to look at it, it’s the perfect musical end to this week.