2/5/18 – MFSB “The Sound of Philadelphia”
What a Super Bowl that was! Every moment since that nailbiter of a football game ended, I’ve been hearing a whole lot of Philadelphia music in my head!
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, Hall & Oates, The Roots, Joan Jett, The Tymes, McFadden & Whitehead, Chubby Checker – all these artists are from Philly. It’s a home for a lot of great soul music, but the one Philadelphia-born anthem that I’ve been hearing is a song by MFSB. That stands for “Mother, Father, Sister, Brother.” It’s the perfect song for Philly, with a lively instrumental, voice work from The Three Degrees… it even went on to become part of the theme song from “Soul Train!” It’s fittingly called “The Sound of Philadelphia,” and if you happen to be an Eagles fan, it’s time to get down!
2/6/18 – Gerry Rafferty “Baker Street”
You might know Rafferty from a group called “Stealers Wheel,” which became famous for “Stuck In The Middle With You.” He later went solo and had some fairly big hits, such as “Baker Street” and “Right Down The Line.” In 1978, he released an album called “City to City” with both those songs on it, and I always loved “Baker Street.” It sounded dark and mysterious, in its own way, and when I hear it I’m almost always taken back to a time in my live when I had been here in Chapel Hill for close to a year.
2/7/18 – Dan Fogelberg “Leader of the Band”
For me, though, “Leader of the Band” has its own connotations. Three years ago, Carolina’s legendary basketball coach Dean Smith passed away. We didn’t find out the next day, but today is the anniversary of the date that he left us. It’s difficult to explain what that loss meant to every UNC fan out there, and “Leader of the Band” was the song I chose to try and express some of that. Dean Smith’s impact wasn’t limited to college basketball, and his loss was felt across the state.
2/8/18 – Chicago “Wishing You Were Here”
The song just barely missed cracking The Top 10, and personally, I think it’s a great song. I could take or leave a lot of Chicago’s mellow stuff, but this one’s special. And if you listen closely, you can definitely tell The Beach Boys were a part of it. Especially, Carl Wilson, who had an amazingly smooth, sweet voice. Just listen to this beautiful offering from not one great group, but a couple of them getting together, and enjoying themselves.
2/9/18 – Whitesnake “Here I Go Again”
Whitesnake recorded a couple of albums that didn’t do a whole lot, but then, they started to gain some popularity here in the United States. In 1987, Whitesnake went into the studio and made its self-titled album that contained two songs destined to become giant hits. There was “Here I Go Again” and also “Is This Love,” reaching #1 and #2, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. And the album went 8 times platinum!
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