Can't Get It Outta My Head








                A Baby Boomer


       Muses on The Music

Got to Graceland

The Continuing Digitization Project hasn’t been continuing much recently. But I finally decided I needed to rip the vinyl my friend Ron left with me months ago, a pair of Paul Simon albums: Still Crazy After All These Years (1975) and Graceland (1986). Converting those LPs into my iTunes library would double my total of Simon albums — sort of. I own There Goes Rhymin’ Simon and Negotiations and Love Songs, but the latter is a hits compilation that includes four cuts off Rhymin’. I’ve always liked those four songs, and most of the rest, on Simon’s 1973 effort. It was a No. 2 on the Billboard album charts that produced two No. 2 singles, “Kodachrome” and “Loves Me Like a Rock” — unsurprisingly

Separated by Seven Degrees on the Hot 100

Sports broadcaster Matt Vasgersian, when he was doing play-by-play for the Milwaukee Brewers, used to do what he called “Seven Degrees of Separation from Kevin Bacon.” That would consist of detailing how anyone and anything in the world could be connected to the Footloose star in seven steps. It was a stretch at times, but he’d get there, and was an entertaining way to fill those down times in the game — much more so than Harry Carey spelling the players’ names backwards, anyway. But I digress … I didn’t know it was an actual thing until after I decided it would be fun, what with the connections you can find in The Music, to do Seven Degrees with rock and roll and popular music. At which poi

2017’s Musical Passages, Part II

(Resuming last week’s review of Makers of The Music who passed away during 2017.) We lost some of the voices that provided us with memorable vocals in the early years of rock, pop and soul: Ronald “Bingo” Mundy, best known for his work with the doo-wop group the Marcels and their No. 1 hit “Blue Moon,” died Jan. 20 at age 76; Mitch Margo, a founding member of the Tokens, another doo-wop group with a No. 1, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” died at age 70 on Nov. 24; Warren “Pete” Moore, an original member of the Miracles, died Nov. 19, at 78; 72-year-old Robert Knight, who passed on Nov. 6, in the early ’60s was a member of the Paramounts, but was best known for his solo effort, the 1967 hit “Everl

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