Ron Stutts

The Music in my Head – 6/28

6/28/17: POCO “You Better Think Twice” POCO came out of Southern California….In fact, they were at the forefront of the whole West Coast Country Rock Movement! Here’s the story:  When Buffalo Springfield split up in 1968, 3 members of the group decided to put together another band.  Richie Furay, Rusty Young, and Jim Messina started POCO…..originally called POGO, but the creator of the comic strip by that name threatened to sue them…so they changed it to POCO! The first album they released was entitled, “Pickin’ Up The Pieces,” which was a not-so-veiled reference to the breakup of Buffalo Springfield. ...

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The Music in my Head – 6/27/17

6/27/27: Simon & Garfunkel “Mrs. Robinson” If I were to say the name “Benjamin Braddock” to you, do you know who that is?  What about if I walked up to you and said one word, “plastics.”  Would that word have any meaning for you?  No???  Well, I guess you didn’t see the movie, “The Graduate.”  It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, starring Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a young man who just graduated from college and had returned home to live with his parents while he figured out what he was going to do next. Actually, Ben...

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The Music in My Head – 6/26/17

6/26/17: Rod Stewart “Every Picture Tells a Story” It’s the slightly raspy voice of Rockin’ Rod Stewart that’s in my head today! The guy is one of the biggest-selling rock n’ roll artists in history. Seriously! Look it up. He’s sold over 100 million records, putting him squarely in the same category sales-wise as legends such as Prince, David Bowie, and The Beach Boys! Stewart had six consecutive #1 albums in the UK, along with 62 hit singles – 31 of which made the top ten and a half dozen hit #1. My favorite era of Rod Stewart was...

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The Music in My Head – 6/23/17

6/23/17: KC & The Sunshine Band “Get Down Tonight” Remember KC & The Sunshine Band? I’ve talked about the band being based in Florida, where it gets the “Sunshine,” KC owning a house right here in Chapel Hill, and seeing him a couple times in the grocery store, but I haven’t talked about this song in particular. “Get Down Tonight” was the first of five charted hits for the ol’ Sunshine Band, and their first to reach the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart. The song was written and produced by Harry Wayne, KC himself, and bassist Richard...

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The Music in My Head – 6/22/17

6/22/17: Three Dog Night “The Family of Man” People probably get tired of hearing me talk about peace, love and brotherhood. There’s only so many times you can hear someone ask “why can’t we all just get along?” But, an old friend of mine once asked us all what’s so funny about peace, love and understanding… and made sure we knew he was a dreamer, and not the only one. Songs with a message tend to resonate with me, get stuck in my head. What’s stuck in my head today is a tune from the 70s, “The Family of...

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The Music in My Head – 6/21/17

  6/21/17: The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The story goes that he woke up in the middle of the night, grabbed a guitar leaning against the wall, and turned on a tape recorder sitting on his bedside table. A five-note riff was echoing in his head, and he wanted to hold on to it… so he played it, recorded it, and rolled over back to sleep. Several hours later, as the morning began, he remembered that he had recorded something in the night. So he moved over, played it, and the rest is history. The man...

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The Music in My Head – 6/20/17

6/20/17: Dusty Springfield “Wishin’ and Hopin'” The music I heard in my head first thing this morning was the sweet voice of the one-and-only Dusty Springfield! With a career spanning from the late 50s all the way to the 90s, the London-born mezzo-soprano singer consistently makes it near the top on lists of the most popular and influential female artists of her time. An important piece of what’s often called “blue-eyed soul,” she had a half-dozen big hits in the 60s here in the United States, and more than twice that across the pond! Born as Mary Isobel Catherine...

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The Music in My Head – 6/19/17

6/19/17: Buffalo Springfield “For What It’s Worth” The song I was hearing in my head when I woke up this morning was “For What It’s Worth” by Buffalo Springfield.  I think I actually dreamed about it.  The song was a hit in early 1967, going all the way up to #7 on the Billboard chart. The song has actually grown in popularity over the years, and Rolling Stone magazine named it #63 on its list of the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll songs of all time. Buffalo Springfield featured Stephen Stills and Neil Young alongside some other very talented musicians,...

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The Music in My Head – 6/16/17

6/16/17: Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour” I love the wicked Pickett man! Wilson Pickett’s always been one of my favorites, and he was always wild and raw and just a little bit gospel in his delivery. He used to sing as part of The Falcons, and you may remember a song of theirs called “I Found a Love.” That was Wilson Pickett singing the lead, before he went on to what he’s best-known for: his solo career. Along with The Falcons, Pickett paved the way for soul music’s future success. His performing skills were second only to his...

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The Music in My Head – 6/15/17

6/15/17: Al Green “Love and Happiness”  It’s not all that unusual for the Revered Al Green’s voice to be in my head, and it was there when I woke up this morning. I’ve been thinking about my favorite Al Green song, and it isn’t “Let’s Stay Together,” “Take Me to the River,” or “I’m Still in Love With You.” Those are all great, sure, but it’s “Love and Happiness” that does it for me every time. Love will make you right, and love will make you do wrong. You know what I mean? A lot of Al Green’s songs...

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