Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 1/5/18

1/5/18: Badfinger “Baby Blue” I’m guessing you’ve probably never heard of an English band called The Iveys. They were the first group to sign with the Beatles’ Apple Records, back in 1968. Of course, Apple Records is a well-known name, even if “Apple” is more synonymous with computers and phones, these days. In fact, Chapel Hill music legend James Taylor was the first U.S. artist to have an album released on the Apple label – but I digress. The Iveys changed their name soon after signing to one I’m sure you’ll recognize: Badfinger. Badfinger is mostly known as Pete...

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The Music in My Head – 1/4/18

1/4/18: Aerosmith “Back in the Saddle” Yesterday, I was thinking about coming back to work after spending some time away. There’s a phrase for that, getting “back in the saddle,” and thinking about those four words is what got this song stuck in my head! Imagine waking up with the sound of Steven Tyler screeching in your ear, “I’m BACK!” That’s what happened to me this morning. But man, does this song rock! It’s got everything from tambourines to bullwhip sounds, and a riff originally composed by Joe Perry on a six-string bass really pulls it all together. Aerosmith,...

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The Music in My Head – 12/22/17

12/22/17: The Temptations “Silent Night”  This song has certainly been in my head a lot lately, along with all the other random songs that appear there from time to time. This one isn’t exactly random, though. ‘Tis the season, after all, and all I could hear in my head after my alarm clock went off this morning was a tune I hadn’t played on the air yet this holiday season. I’m glad I saved it for today, my last show before Christmas! I think everybody knows by now how much I love The Temptations. I consider them to be...

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The Music in My Head – 12/21/17

12/21/17: The Flirtations “Nothing But A Heartache”  Some people would probably call this “an oldie but a goodie.” That’s not something I say, but if we’re talking in terms of clichés people use when talking about music, I think I’d call this the product of an excellent “one-hit wonder!” I’ve got no idea why this song took up residence in my brain this morning, because I haven’t heard it in a long time. Must be some kind of long-repressed memory that triggered it, maybe something I heard in a dream. Regardless of where it came from in my head,...

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The Music in My Head – 12/20/17

12/20/17: Sammy Hagar “I Cant Drive 55”   I know how this one got into my head….A couple of days ago, I got behind a car creeping along at 20 miles per hour on Weaver Dairy Road…..This was all the way from Timberlyne over to Erwin Road.  20 miles per hour!!!!  And there’s no way to get around it.  So frustrating…..and I had this song pop into my head…..by The Red Rocker, SAMMY HAGAR!     By the time I got to that roundabout just before you get to Erwin, I was singing out loud, “I CAN’T DRIVE 55!”  I mean, take...

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The Music in My Head – 12/19/17

12/19/17: Chicago “25 or 6 to 4”  Chicago Transit Authority came out of….Guess where…..CHICAGO.  The band formed in the late 60’s and they referred to themselves as “the rock and roll band with horns!”  That’s a great description.  In the beginning, when they were Chicago Transit Authority, they rocked pretty hard, primarily because the heart and soul of the band was a guy named Terry Kath.  He was lead guitarist, and did some vocals, too….and that guy could really rock.  Jimi Hendrix once said Kath was better than him…I don’t know about all that…but he could really play.  The...

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The Music in My Head – 12/18/17

12/18/17: Argent “Hold Your Head Up”  Today, the music I can’t stop hearing is “Hold Your Head Up,” by Argent! Argent was a rock and roll band started by, you guessed it, Rod Argent. He was one of the instrumental figures in one of the best groups to come out of the British Invasion, The Zombies. He’s primarily known as a keyboardist, but he’s very much a multi-instrumentalist. He’s also responsible for helping to write some of the great Zombies tunes that we all know and love, songs like “She’s Not There” and “Tell Her No.” A few years...

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The Music in My Head – 12/15/17

12/15/17: Melanie Safka “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” Melanie Safka grew up in Queens, New York, as the daughter of a jazz singer and voracious listener of music from all eras. She even had some public performances as a child, like singing on a radio show called “Live Like a Millionaire” when she was only four years old! As a teenager, she started to really get into folk music, and started playing in some Greenwich Village coffeehouses. A lot of notable artists in the folk scene got their start that way, and Melanie – now going by just...

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The Music in My Head – 12/14/17

12/14/17: Led Zeppelin “Kashmir”  It’s time for one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time! Well, one of the greatest as far as I’m concerned, seeing as music is subjective. Different songs affect different people in different ways, but this one rocks hard for me – every time I hear it I just want to jack up the volume all the way! Like a lot of hard rockin’ music, this particular tune comes from Led Zeppelin. Written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant with a little help from John Bonham, “Kashmir” was found on Zeppelin’s sixth...

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The Music in My Head – 12/13/17

12/13/17: Jefferson Starship “Miracles”  I’ve mentioned Jefferson Airplane’s music a lot. They were such an influential rock band coming out of San Francisco back in the far-out ‘60s. Grace Slick, Marty Balin and company put out some great music – both psychedelic and otherwise. After Jefferson Airplane became Jefferson Starship, a band that did not enjoy the same kind of critical acclaim – to be honest, I’m not too big a fan of their stuff, either – their sound completely changed. They had huge commercial success, though… with songs like “We Built This City On Rock and Roll,” “Nothing’s...

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