Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 4/21/17

4/21/17: The Main Ingredient “I Don’t Want to Be Lonely”  A sad song is in my head today, and it started last night when I heard that Cuba Gooding, Sr. was found dead in his car out in Los Angeles. Cuba was 72m and is survived by his son, Cuba Gooding, Jr – you know, the “show me the money!” guy in “Jerry McGuire.” Cuba Gooding, Sr. was the lead singer for a group called “The Main Ingredient” back in the 70s. The group had a tremendous hit record called “Everybody Plays the Fool” that went all the way...

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The Music in My Head: 4/20/17

4/20/17: Don McLean “American Pie” In 1971, Don McLean wrote and recorded a song called “American Pie.”  It’s amazing, iconic, and more than a little mysterious. The tune has been analyzed and scrutinized in every facet, from lyrics to composition, by just about every so-called music expert in the world. Fans have tried to figure out what it all meant too, and McLean remained quiet on the subject for most of his career, preferring to let his music speak for itself. Obviously, it was at the very least partially inspired by the deaths of early rock n’ roll starts...

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The Music in My Head – 4/19/17

4/19/17: Motherlode “When I Die” Today, it’s one of those one-hit-wonders that’s rattling around in my head. “Motherlode” was a group that came out of Canada, had one hit record, and then I never heard anything about them… ever again. It was late 1969, and this band out of Ontario hit it big with a song called “When I Die.” I thought it was great! Good vocals, good instrumentation, the whole deal. They were never able to scale that mountain again, though. I remember how much radio play it got all those years ago, long before I came to...

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The Music in My Head – 4/18/17

4/18/17: Cream “I Feel Free”  Click to Listen! I was thinking about Cream yesterday, and how great those guys were for the brief time they were together. Of course, there are plenty of songs folks remember them for. “Sunshine of Your Love” is almost always playing somewhere, “Crossroads” remains a classic Clapton cover, and the iconic wah-wah found in so much of Cream’s music is on full display in “White Room.” What I was thinking about today was “I Feel Free,” and after listening to the song, watching the video and talking about it on Facebook, I just can’t...

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The Music in My Head – 4/17/17

4/17/17: The Ronettes  “Be My Baby“ I know exactly how this great song by The Ronettes got into my head this morning.  Yesterday, we were flipping around the TV channels and came across this great documentary on the creation of “Pet Sounds,” the wonderful, groundbreaking album from Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys.  It’s one of the Best of all time.  Anyway, Brian Wilson is an absolute musical genius.  He heard music in his head that no one else could hear!  Anyway, he became enamored with Phil Spector’s famous “Wall of Sound.”  That was Spector’s invention, incorporating a whole studio of talented...

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The Music in My Head – 4/14/17

4/14/17: Jackie DeShannon “What the World Needs Now is Love” Not much of an explanation needed today. I’ve been thinking a lot lately, thinking about all the hate in this country and all over the world. We seem to be headed in the wrong direction, in so many ways, as a people. Back in the mid-60s, Jackie DeShannon recorded a song that pleas for love, compassion and understanding. The situations we’re seeing almost every day now are just as serious as the goings-on then, potentially even more so. The words of this song still apply, and I think they...

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The Music in My Head – 4/13/17

4/13/17: Jackson Browne “The Load Out/Stay” We’ve talked about this one before, but it just keeps coming back. I can’t hear one without the other, and I’ve listened to “Running on Empty” more times than I care to count since late ’77 when it came out. Written and performed as a tribute to all the fans who came to his shows, “The Load Out/Stay” is mostly for the roadies, the unsung heroes of tours across miles of land and for millions of people. Loading and unloading the equipment off trucks, hauling heavy amps and lights, setting up stages, tearing...

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The Music in My Head – 4/12/17

4/12/17: James Brown “I Got You (I Feel Good)” It’s James Brown! The Godfather of Soul! The hardest-working man in show business! Well, he used to be. James Brown died a little more than a decade ago, but what a body of work he left behind! James was the creator of funk, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame pedigree to back it up. I love his early stuff, from back when he was with the Famous Flames, doing songs like “Try Me” and “Please Don’t Go.” Everybody was on board the “Night Train,”...

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The Music in My Head – 4/11/17

4/11/17: George Harrison “My Sweet Lord” George Harrison was known as the “quiet Beatle.” He was incredibly talented, but the strong personalities of Paul McCartney and John Lennon often relegated him to the background. George was laid back and low-key when it came time to get his songs included on the group’s albums, although he had some real gems we all know that were just as good as the often-showcased Lennon and McCartney material. “Something,” for example, and “Here Comes the Sun.” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” as well! All three unforgettable Beatles tunes, all three George Harrison songs....

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The Music in My Head – 4/10/17

4/10/17: The Rolling Stones “It’s All Over Now” There’s a really interesting story behind today’s song. It was written by the late Bobby Womack, who recorded it first with his group, The Valentinos. When the Rolling Stones toured America in 1964, they did a series of interviews with Murray the K, a famous disc jockey in New York City. Knowing the Stones’ passion for American music, specifically soul and blues artists, he played several songs for them. The Stones were known to do their own versions of songs they liked or tunes that inspired them, and one of the...

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