Ron Stutts

The Music in My Head – 12/12/17

12/12/17: Freddie Scott “Are You Lonely For Me Baby?” I’ve got a great soul singer for you today, one of the absolute best and my personal favorites. Freddie Scott should have been a much bigger start than he was – he had it all. The look, the moves, the voice – but he never hit it quite as big as some of his counterparts. That’s just the way of the music business, though. He passed away about 10 years ago, at the age of 74, and a lot of people still don’t know his name. Like so many other...

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The Music in My Head – 12/11/17

12/11/17: It’s A Beautiful Day “White Bird”  The music in my head today is a little unusual, a little lesser-known. It’s by a psychedelic outfit from San Francisco called “It’s a Beautiful Day!” Back in 1967 – close to the height of peace, love, flowers and all that – the band “It’s a Beautiful Day” formed in San Francisco. Lead vocals were provided by Pattie Santos, but it was the husband-and-wife team of David LaFlamme (born Gary Posie) and Linda LaFlamme that really helped the band shine. David was an accomplished violinist (he played as a soloist in the...

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The Music in My Head – 12/8/17

12/8/17: Tom Petty “Wildflowers”  I don’t really need to say a lot more about Tom Petty. We all knew and loved his music, and I’ve been talking about him a lot since he passed away while going back through his fantastic collection of records. I really miss the guy, a sensation that’s strange when you didn’t actually know a person. Sure, I didn’t know Tom Petty in real life, but his music means a lot to me. It’s hard to believe he’s gone, to know that he won’t record anything new, unexpectedly show up on stage with one of...

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The Music in My Head – 12/7/17

12/7/17: Foghat “I Just Want to Make Love to You”  This one’s gonna rock pretty hard, so get ready! It’s actually strong in those rock roots, coming out of an old blues tune written by Willie Dixon and recorded by the one-and-only Muddy Waters way back in 1954! The legendary Etta James did it in 1959, and Muddy Waters recorded another take on it in 1968. It’s been covered a lot since then, even being taken on by The Rolling Stones, relatively in their career in 1964. Which makes sense, seeing as there would be no Rolling Stones if...

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The Music in My Head – 12/6/17

12/6/17: The Drifters “White Christmas”  With the holiday season here, I keep thinking of all these great Christmas songs. One of the first ones to pop into my head every year is the timeless “White Christmas,” by The Drifters. The song “White Christmas,” of course, has been around for a very long time. It’s an Irving Berlin tune, written way back in the early ‘40s, featured in the movie “Holiday Inn” and popularized by the legendary crooner Bing Crosby. Everybody knows the words to this one… it’s timeless! Crosby’s version has sold over 100 million copies all over the...

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The Music in My Head – 12/5/17

  12/5/17: The Chambers Brothers “Time Has Come Today”  Gimme some soul, gimme some gospel! Add some rock and roll, a touch of psychedelia. What do you get? The Chambers Brothers, of course! The only music that leaves your soul “psychedelicized!” The Chambers Brothers grew up in Mississippi, and like so many great music icons from all walks of life, they grew up singing in church. I can’t imagine how great those church services must have been with the young brothers performing, but I’m sure they were fantastic. The oldest brother, George, was drafted into the Army and served...

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The Music in My Head – 12/4/17

12/4/17: Cheap Trick “The Flame”  Everybody knows Cheap Trick for “I Want You to Want Me,” and maybe for “Surrender,” but mostly they seem to be a the kind of band that’s destined to embody a specific era of music. Whether those groups stay on the radio and stuck in people’s heads is something only time will tell. Cheap Trick got their start out of Illinois, back in the ‘70s. They’re still out there performing today, decades later, and they’re the kind of group that’s never been afraid to switch their sound up. The song in my head today,...

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The Music in My Head – 12/1/17

11/30/17: Steve Winwood “Back In The High Life Again”  The voice in my head cannot be confused with anyone else’s voice. Steve Winwood has never sounded like anyone else, and still doesn’t! He’s 69 now, and his voice sounds the same as it did when he was 15!  He was just starting out with the Spencer Davis Group. Back then he was known as “Stevie” Winwood. He can play just about every musical instrument out there: guitar, bass, drums, violin, mandolin — you name it, he can probably get a tune out of it. He’s best known as a...

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The Music in My Head – 11/30/17

11/30/17: Bruce Hornsby “The Way It Is”  Bruce Hornsby is the guy whose music is in my head today, and he’s come a long way from “Bobby Hi-Test & The Octanes!” That’s the band that Bruce’s older brother started back when he was in high school in Virginia, with the express purpose of playing at fraternity parties. Bruce was in that band playing the keyboard, and it would eventually turn out to be his life’s work! Bruce Hornsby grew up close to Williamsburg, Virginia, and he played basketball in high school – unsurprising, since he’s 6’4”! He received a...

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The Music in My Head – 11/29/17

11/29/17: Delaney & Bonnie “Things Get Better”  Once in a while I go on a Delaney & Bonnie listening binge. These people just knew how to rock, a musical duo featuring great songs are great songwriting. Plus, Delaney & Bonnie made every effort to surround themselves with legendary musicians. Back in 1969 and 1970, they fronted a rock n’ roll ensemble called “Delaney & Bonnie & Friends.” All those “friends” added up to be a mighty impressive roster. From time to time, the pair were joined on stage by the likes of Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon...

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