Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 10/9/17

10/9/17: John Lennon “Watching the Wheels” The music in my head today is John Lennon. It would have been his birthday today, had we all had the good fortune for him to make it to 77. Can you imagine the work he would have been doing if he had lived past 40? There not much I need to say in terms of introducing the legendary Lennon, but I do need to provide some context for the particular song I’m thinking about. John had basically unplugged himself from the music business for more than five years, and people kept expecting...

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The Music in My Head – 10/6/17

10/6/17: Dhani Harrison & Company “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” has always been one of my favorite Beatles songs. Actually, it’s more of a George Harrison tune – seeing as he wrote it and fought pretty hard to get it put on The Beatles’ “White Album.” When the band was recording it, though, George wasn’t quite satisfied with how his own guitar solo sounded. When Eric Clapton is one of your best friends and you have a guitar solo that needs doing, that’s who you call. George knew this, gave Eric a call, and...

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The Music in My Head – 10/5/17

10/5/17: Roy Orbison “A Love So Beautiful” Roy Orbison is the voice I’m hearing in my head today. That amazing, operatic voice! The guy was known for a long time as a rockabilly singer, which fits pretty well seeing as he came out of Texas at the height of that musical era and recorded at Sun Records – the same label that got Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and other greats their start. Roy was later signed by Monument Records, and that’s where he had a huge string of hits in the early ‘60s. I mean, the guy...

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The Music in My Head – 10/4/17

10/4/17: Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” No surprise here, but I can’t stop thinking about Tom Petty. One of the giants of rock n’ roll music, who passed away late Monday. I’ve been listening to a lot of Tom Petty music, remembering the lives and times those sounds are so easily associated with, and remembering just how much I liked that guy. He performed with a lot of different artists over the years, and I’m sure one of his favorite collaborators was Stevie Nicks. In fact, he and Stevie were extremely closer friends. They...

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The Music in My Head – 10/3/17

10/3/17: Tom Petty “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” Tom Petty is gone. He had a heart attack, was rushed to the hospital, put on life support, never regained consciousness, and finally was pronounced dead late Monday. He died surrounded by his family and bandmates. This one really got to me. Tom would have turned 67 later in October.    We’re very close in age. He also just wrapped up his 40th Anniversary Tour… and, well, I just finished celebrating 40 years here at WCHL. He also had said he thought that might be the last tour. I’m not going to say this...

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The Music in My Head – 10/2/17

10/2/17: Jackie Wilson “Higher and Higher”  A few words today about Jackie Wilson, the famous “Mr. Excitement” himself! One of the most talented and energetic performers of any generation. His stage shows were so electrifying that he earned every single use of that nickname, and his performances managed to inspire a slew of other artists whose names we know just as well as his own. James Brown, Michael Jackson, too many others to name, they all wouldn’t have been the same without Wilson leading the way. Jackie started out with Billy Ward and the Dominos, and eventually became a...

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The Music in My Head – 9/29/17

 9/29/17: Gavin DeGraw “I Don’t Want to Be”  Does the name Gavin DeGraw ring any bells for you? I had no idea who he was until I heard the theme song for “One Tree Hill,” a pretty popular TV show back in the early 2000s. It featured a couple guys who happened to be twin brothers… but not identical twins. They were quite different, in fact. One lived with his rich dad, the other with his poor mom, and they went to the same high school. They were both basketball players on the school team, and that led to...

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The Music in My Head – 9/28/17

 9/28/17: Paul Young “Every Time You Go Away”  The music in my head today is a Hall & Oates tune, first written and recorded by Daryl Hall & John Oates. Ever heard of Paul Young? He was an absolute teen idol back in the ‘80s in the UK, where he was much more famous than he was here in the U.S. His soulful voice and delivery helped push him to the top of a lot of record stacks, and his good looks certainly didn’t hurt. I read somewhere recently that Paul young started his musical career as a lead...

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The Music in My Head – 9/27/17

9/27/17: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band “Like a Rock” Today’s edition of “The Music in My Head” was a special one, because I was once again joined in the studio by David Joseph, the owner of the School of Rock in Chapel Hill. It’s always great to get the chance to talk about music with a guy that really loves it. We talked about some of the special things they’re doing over at The School of Rock, upcoming performances and, of course, our own thoughts about rock and music in general. Thanks to David for coming in...

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The Music in My Head – 9/26/17

9/26/17: Derek & The Dominos “Bell Bottom Blues”  What can I say about Derek & The Dominos? Eric Clapton put the band together after stints in several bands, including The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers and Cream. After a short-lived adventure with Blind Faith, and during a growing reputation as a legendary guitarist, he just wanted to chill out for a while… have some fun on stage, play some great rock n’ roll. I’m sure all those signs proclaiming “Clapton is God!” weren’t helping ease the pressure of a career as a resident rock star. He spent some time...

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