Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 11/20/17

11/20/17: Sheryl Crow “Steve McQueen”  Today, it’s all-American singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow – an artist who has sold over 50 million albums and claimed 9 Grammy awards – that’s in my head! Crow has an interesting history. She was a music teacher at an elementary school in Missouri, and on weekends she would sing with various bands at gigs and open mic events. This led to her beginning to sing short jingles for ad agencies, going so far as to sing a jingle for McDonalds at one point! She ended up as a backup singer for Michael Jackson on stage...

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The Music in My Head – 11/17/17

11/17/17: Wilson Pickett “Hey Jude”  This one might just blow you away if you’ve never heard it before. You take one of the greatest soul singers ever, add one of the greatest guitar players of all time, have them perform a timeless Beatles tune, and have the whole thing go down in Muscle Shoals, Alabama… and what you get is something absolutely legendary. Wilson Pickett was already a legend all by himself. He gave us songs like “Midnight Hour” and “Mustang Sally.” He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, of course, because of his enormous influence –...

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The Music in My Head – 11/16/17

11/16/17: The Wallflowers “One Headlight”  I’ve got some Wallflowers on the brain! Bob Dylan’s son, Jakob, started a rock band out in LA called The Wallflowers, back in 1989. Over the years, there have been a lot of personnel changes, but it’s Jakob that’s been the one constant. Right away, there was no shortage of people that were willing to give the band a chance simply because The Wallflowers were the project of the son of Bob Dylan, thinking “Gee, the kid must be talented!” But there were also folks who refused to give the project the time of...

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The Music in My Head – 11/15/17

11/15/17: Steve Perry “Oh Sherrie”  Steve Perry’s incomparable voice has been in my head a lot over the years. I mean, he wasn’t nicknamed “the Voice” by fellow rock star Jon Bon Jovi for no reason! The name certainly suits him, especially since he could really hit those high notes! Perry can be found on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, though he’s a bit down the page, clocking in at #76. He’s also a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a part of Journey, inducted earlier this year. Why...

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The Music in My Head – 11/14/17

11/14/17: Lighthouse “One Fine Morning”  I don’t know why I woke up with this song playing in my head, but it makes perfect sense. I remember waking up and thinking that today was going to be a great day, and sure enough a group called Lighthouse was right on cue with a song called “One Fine Morning”! Lighthouse came out of Toronto, Canada, and really hit it big in 1971 with this tune. It went all the way to #2 in Canada, and reached #24 here in the states. Lighthouse sounded a lot like Chicago and Blood, Sweat &...

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The Music in My Head – 11/13/17

11/13/17: The Troggs “Wild Thing” Wild thing! You make my heart sing! You make everything… groovy! You know what song I’m talking about! The music in my head today is some pretty wild stuff by The Troggs – even though they didn’t record it first. “Wild Thing” was originally recorded by The Wild Things, but the record didn’t really go anywhere. Everybody really got acquainted with the tune when it was covered by The Troggs, an English rock band. In addition to this song, they had a couple other big hits in the UK and here in the States....

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The Music in My Head – 11/10/17

11/10/17: Kool & The Gang “Celebration”  I was watching the Carolina football game last night, of course, and I certainly enjoyed celebrating that inspiring Tar Heel win! It’s been a long season for UNC, and it was great to finally see something work out in their favor. The first thing that popped into my mind when I saw all the guys celebrating that well-earned win at the end of the game was that classic good-time chorus “Celebrate good times, come on!” It stuck in my mind, I even remember hearing it in my sleep! The guy who wrote that...

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The Music in My Head – 11/9/17

11/9/17: Cream “Badge”  I’ve got a fun one for you today! This song’s been in my head on repeat for the last 24 hours, and it isn’t the first time this has happened! “Badge” is one of my old favorites from “Cream,” and there’s an interesting story behind it. First of all, this song was co-written by Eric Clapton and one of his best friends, George Harrison. George actually played rhythm guitar on the track, while Clapton sang lead. Nowhere in the song is the word “badge” mentioned, and there’s a good reason for that. The song isn’t about...

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The Music in My Head – 11/8/17

11/8/17: Them “Gloria”  “G-L-O-R-I-A!” It’s one of my favorite old tunes by them. No, I mean “Them!” That’s right, the group was actually named “Them,” and they featured a young and talented singer/songwriter by the name of Van Morrison. Maybe you’ve heard that name since? In 1967, Them put out a song called “Baby Please Don’t Go,” and they did a great job on that old blues tunes. That said, it was the flip side of the record that got the most attention, probably to their surprise. It was a song Morrison has written, and when they band played...

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The Music in My Head – 11/7/17

11/7/17: Peaches & Herb “Shake Your Groove Thing”  Don’t ask me why this song was in my head this morning, because I don’t know! It’s about as disco as you can get, and I’m not usually a big fan of disco music… but I still end up occasionally “shaking my groove thing” all the same. There is an interesting story behind these artists, though. Peaches & Herb are a famous singing duo, and they’ve been around a long, long time. Actually, Herb Fame has been around a long time… with a variety of “Peaches” as his singing partner. Seven...

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