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                A Baby Boomer

 

       Muses on The Music

He Created a Monster

OK, Baby Boomers: Without going Google, what dance were we doing, and what was the No. 1 song on the pop chart, 55 years ago about now? It’s a number that, whether you’re listening to radio via satellite or the old-fashioned airwaves, you’re pretty likely to hear this week. And why not? “Monster Mash” is a fun piece of ’60s music, a Halloween classic, and a cultural relic of our child/teenhood. “Monster Mash,” of course, is that novelty song from the fall of 1962, co-authored by one Bobby “Boris” Pickett. No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from Oct. 20-27 of that year, it was the best-known recording by a wannabe actor and sometime nightclub comedian, but by no means Pickett’s only charge. Picke

Trying to Decide Who’s Famous

The 2018 nominees for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced recently, and once again I’m scratching my head about what constitutes “fame” in this musical genre. In case, dear reader, the proposed Class of 18 hasn’t impinged on your consciousness yet, the nominees are: Bon Jovi, Kate Bush, the Cars, Depeche Mode, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, Judas Priest, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and the Zombies. I blogged about the nomination process a year ago, and again I’m baffled about why some of these artists are even being nominated, and

Only A Few Petty Disagreements

Thomas Earl Petty died a week or so ago, at the age of 66. I might have blogged about the passing of one of the rock and roll greats of the late 20th Century at that time, but I was unaware of his passing. I wrote my last post early Monday, but when I hit the road that evening, Jim Ladd on Sirius/XM’s Deep Tracks led his regular show with breaking news. I expected it would be about the Las Vegas shooting, braced myself for Ladd’s typical rant, and prepared to change channels. But, no, instead I got a simulcast with the network’s Tom Petty channel, and a couple guys talking about the artist. But neither that, or the bulletins on the other SXM channels, ever said that Petty had died — just tha

A Single Shot of the Swingin’ Medallions

If you read my last blog post — and why wouldn’t you? — you’re aware that I provided the music for my 50-year high school class reunion. As noted previously, the playlist I put together consisted almost exclusively of music that was on the charts during the years my classmates and I were in high school, 1963-67. Most of the Motown artists, Beach Boys, Beatles, Girls Groups, etc., had more than one song on that playlist — some of them, particularly the Fab Four, had three or more. But there was one act, and one song, that was unusual in its singularity, not to mention its sound. That was “Double Shot of My Baby’s Love,” a 1966 Top 20 hit nationally for the Swingin’ Medallions, a South Carolin

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