Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 10/24/17

10/24/17: Dion & The Belmonts “The Wanderer”  Does the name Dion Dimmuci mean anything to you? Step into my Wayback Machine today, going all the way back to 1961! That’s when Dion was what was known as a “teen idol.” It was Dion & The Belmonts on stage back then, and Dion was the front man, an Italian guy that grew up in the Bronx, a great singer and prolific songwriter, he was around before The Beatles came along and Dion was one of the biggest things going. Dion, alone and with the Belmonts, had no less than 39...

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The Music in My Head – 10/23/17

10/23/17: The Four Tops “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” There was a familiar sound in my head as I began my day today. Not for the first time – and definitely not the last – I woke up hearing the sounds of The Four Tops! The Four Tops were an amazing part of the whole Motown Records phenomenon in the ‘60s and ‘70s, one of those great Detroit groups that really left a mark, like The Temptations, The Supremes, Martha & The Vandellas, The Miracles, and so many more. What set The Four Tops apart from anything else you...

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The Music in My Head – 10/20/17

10/20/17: Lynyrd Skynyrd “Freebird” How about an absolute rock n’ roll anthem today? I’ve been thinking a lot about Lynyrd Skynyrd, since today marks the 40th anniversary of that horrific, fiery plane crash back in 1977, in which 3 members of the band lost their lives. There was Ronnie Van Zant, the founder of Lynyrd Skynyrd – as well as lead singer and primary songwriter – plus Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, who was one of the backup singers. The band had a concert in South Carolina and were on their way to Baton Rouge to play a concert...

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The Music in My Head – 10/19/17

10/19/17: The Friends of Distinction “Grazing in the Grass”  “I can dig it, he can dig it, she can dig it, we can dig it, they can dig it, can you dig it? Oh, let’s dig it!” If you’ve been around long enough, you probably already know the song playing in my head today! It’s “Grazing in the Grass,” by Friends of Distinction! There was an instrumental version of this song done in the summer of ’68 by Hugh Masekela, and it was really great stuff… but it got even better when this band out of LA put some...

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The Music in My Head – 10/18/17

10/18/17: Linda Ronstadt “Poor, Poor Pitiful Me”  Today’s “Music in My Head” features Linda Ronstadt, who was all over the radio for a long time – particularly in the ‘70s. The woman had a fantastic set of pipes, singing and belting with the best of them. She was revered by rock and country fans alike, even winning over a sizable portion of the hard-to-please easy listening crowd! She started out with the Stone Poneys, was closely associated with The Eagles (Don Henley and Glen Frey played in her backing band, at one time!) and was an incredibly successful solo...

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The Music in My Head – 10/17/17

10/17/17: Hall & Oates “You Make My Dreams Come True” The music in my head today is a little blue-eyed soul out of the City of Brotherly Love! I don’t care what color their eyes are, though… it’s two guys who grew up in Philly, listened to a lot of great music by The Delfonics, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Jerry Butler, The Intruders, The Stylistics and a whole bunch more and came out making some excellent music of their own! That’s right, it’s Hall & Oates! Daryl Hall and John Oates can certainly harmonize well, in my opinion...

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The Music in My Head – 10/16/17

10/16/17: Elton John “I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues”  We’re talking rock and roll royalty today! A career spanning five decades, more than 300 million records sold, over 50 Top 40 hits, seven consecutive #1 in the United States, 58 Billboard Top 40 singles – 27 of those in the Top 10 – and 31 consecutive years (1979 through 2000, if you’re interested) with at least one song in the Hot 100. All in all, a remarkable career that isn’t even over yet. It’s none other than Elton John. Elton’s long-time collaborator, Bernie Taupin, deserves a...

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The Music in My Head – 10/13/17

10/13/17: Fleetwood Mac “Silver Springs”  Everybody I know loves Fleetwood Mac. It’s easy to make a case for Stevie Nicks and the rest of the band as one of the best bands to cut a record or step on stage. Excellent musicianship, wonderful songwriting, electric stage presence. Everybody loves a three-part harmony, as well. When you listen to Fleetwood Mac, you can hear the significant influence that Stevie Nicks, our very own “Queen of Rock and Roll” inarguably had on the band. The song in my head is definitely a Stevie Nicks song, and I wouldn’t have it any...

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The Music in My Head – 10/12/17

10/12/17: Electric Light Orchestra “Don’t Bring Me Down” I don’t know why Electric Light Orchestra was playing in my head this morning, except maybe it’s because Jeff Lynne, the leader of that British group, was a close friend of Tom Petty. Obviously, I’ve been thinking a lot about him… I think a lot of us have. They were both in the Traveling Wilburys together, along with Bob Dylan, George Harrison and Roy Orbison. You don’t get to be a part of that club without having a membership card, and Jeff Lynne’s career definitely qualifies! Anyway, the Electric Light Orchestra...

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The Music in My Head – 10/11/17

10/11/17: Jonny Lang “Still Raining” At the end of “Blues Brothers 2000,” there’s one of those big ensemble rock n’ roll numbers, where everybody sings a verse as they roll the credits. I forget the exact song they were doing, but there was this one performer who really caught my attention. It was this young, blond kid with shaggy hair. He stood out with this strong, bluesy voice, and it looked, felt, and sounded like he was putting every ounce of his energy into his performance. Immediately, I thought “man, I gotta find out who that kid is!” He...

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