Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 2/22/17

2/22/17: Mary Chapin Carpenter “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” In light of all the protests these days regarding civil justice issues, specifically women’s rights, this feels appropriate. Mary Chapin Carpenter is an absolutely amazing singer/songwriter. I saw her perform here in Chapel Hill at UNC’s Memorial Hall, and again when she opened for Joe Cocker over at what used to be the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in Raleigh. Back in 1993, she co-wrote “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” with Don Schlitz, a prolific songwriter from Durham, and it appeared on a fantastic album called “Come On, Come On.” I still play...

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The Music in My Head – 2/21/17

2/21/17: The Dave Clark Five “Can’t You See That She’s Mine?”  The Dave Clark Five was the second British Invasion band to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. After having The Beatles on three times, of course. The group was enormously successful in the UK as well as here in the US back in the 60’s with an amazing string of records that hit it big. The DC5 were big enough, in fact, that there were all sorts of silly comparisons in teen magazines and music rags at the time: “Who’s better? The Fab Four of the DC5?” Dave Clark...

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The Music in My Head – 2/20/17

2/20/17: Ben E. King “Uno dei Tanti” Ben E. King is an artist who’s best known for his song “Stand By Me.” For years, he was the lead singer of The Drifters, a group that produced hit after hit. Ben sang lead vocals on a lot of great classic songs, from “Save the Last Dance for Me” to “There Goes My Baby.” He’s originally from Henderson, right here in North Carolina, as well. His given name was Ben Earl Nelson, and somewhere along the way he took “King” as his chosen last name. Ben E. King is what he...

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The Music in My Head – 2/17/17

2/17/17: Roy Orbison  “A Love So Beautiful” Roy first became known as an artist back in the late 50’s, and he had some great hit records in the early parts of the 60’s. Song like “Crying” and “Running Scared” made him a big name in music, and his operatic voice certainly didn’t hurt. In fact, I’m convinced he could have been an opera star, if he wanted to. He was characterized as a rockabilly type of guy, but he was so much more than that. At a time when other male rock n’ rollers were projected a swaggering, macho...

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The Music in My Head – 2/16/17

2/16/17: Prince  “Baby, I’m a Star” No way was it difficult to jump out of bed this morning with Prince playing in my head. This last year was rough in terms of losing gifted artists and entertainers, and one of those who went up to the Spirit in the Sky was Prince Rogers Nelson, known as “Prince,” of course. Or possibly the artist formerly known as “Prince.” I became a big fan of Prince back in the 80’s, especially after seeing “Purple Rain.” Prince was all about stage presence, and we’re talking perpetual motion in addition to great singing...

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The Music in My Head – 2/15/17

2/15/17: Peter Frampton  “Baby, I Love Your Way” Peter Frampton became an overnight superstar back in the mid-70’s when he released his famed live album “Frampton Comes Alive.” Obviously, he was actually not an “overnight” sensation by any stretch of the imagination. Music takes work, and Frampton certainly put in the time as a member of a band called “The Herd,” and as lead guitarist in “Humble Pie,” an outfit that landed success with “30 Days in The Hole” and some other great songs. But when Frampton went out on his own is really when he found his audience....

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The Music in My Head – 2/14/17

2/14/17: Otis Redding   “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)” Well, since it’s Valentine’s Day and we’re doing Love Song Dedications all day, the song in my head this morning is perfect for that.  I want to dedicate it to my long-suffering wife, Beverly. We’ve been married for over 34 years, and I’m certain I’m not the easiest guy in the world to live with….so I thought I would play one of my favorite artists of all time for the best woman of all time……Bev, this is for you! “I’ve  Been Loving You Too Long (To...

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The Music in My Head – 2/13/17

2/13/17: Adele   “Hello”  Adele was in my head this morning…..the song “Hello” to be more specific. She is an incredible artist.  An incredibly talented singer/songwriter who really ought to be in a category all by herself.  We first became aware of Adele (or most of us, anyway) with this amazing album called “21.”  (So named because she was 21 years old when she recorded it.)  Not a bad song on the whole collection! Then some of us realized that she had recorded her first album, “19,” two years earlier. Hit after hit after hit on that second album,...

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The Music in My Head – 2/10/17

2/10/17: Bad Company   “Shooting Star”  A sad rock n roll story this morning.  And sad to say, it’s typical, in many cases.  A young guy falls in love with music and decides he wants to be a star, so he learns to play a guitar, slings it on his back and leaves home looking for fortune and fame. Gradually, it happens. He has a song that goes all the way to the top, but finds it difficult to do it again.  Then, he quickly falls from grace, and eventually, his life comes to a tragic end.  To illustrate...

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The Music in My Head – 2/9/17

2/9/17: Three Dog Night   “Black and White”  I’ve been thinking a lot lately about social injustices.  Racial equality.  Prejudice.  There are so many people these days who see others in terms of whether they’re black, white, brown, yellow, red, whatever……Wouldn’t it be nice if  we could all just see people as people, and not pre-judge others depending on their skin color….or for  that matter, their religion, or non-religion, or where they’re from…. And, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, we should judge people by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.  I...

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