My Music Listening Journal: Day 98/ 366: Tuesday April 7, 2020.

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  • THE MONKEES: HEADQUARTERS: 1967: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: On their third album- The Monkees broke from the formula of their first two albums and string of hits- to write some of the songs and play the instrumentals- like a real band- not a made for television band. They had been frustrated at this point by their creator Don Kirshner’s limiting their creativeness. The album went to #1- where it would be replaced by The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. If you only know The Monkees from their hit singles you won’t find any on this album- there were no hits from this. Looking at reviews of the album -they are all over the place from 1 1/2 stars to being included in the book 1001 Albums To Hear Before You Die. Favorites “You Just May Be The One”, “No Time”, “Forget That Girl” and “For Pete’s Sake.” This album has a charm to it.

  • SLIM WHITMAN: THE VERY BEST OF SLIM WHITMAN: 1980: 4 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: Slim became a pop icon back in the early 80’s when about every commercial on television was the Slim Whitman “All My Best” album. The marketing for that album was genius. I had never heard of Slim before then and would later find out that he had been among other things- an influence on The Beatles- Paul was influenced- he had a guitar but being left handed didn’t know how to play the instrument manufactured for a right handed person- then he saw a picture of Slim playing -another lefty so he re-strung it so he could play left-handed. George cited him as an early influence “The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman, either a photo of him in a magazine or live on television. Guitars were definitely coming in.” Slim also opened up for Elvis in the 50’s.  This is a good sampling although I like his television “All My Best” more.

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  • BOZ SCAGGS: HITS! 1980: 3 1/2  STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: VINYL ALBUM: This focuses on the mid 70s to 1980 output- ignoring a few earlier gems which weren’t hits. There was later an Anthology covering 1969-97 which is much better than this one.

10 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL: DAY 98/366: TUESDAY APRIL 7, 2020

  1. When I think of watching tv in the late 70s…Slim Whitman pops up…because he dominated those commercials. That had to cost a fortune but it paid off I guess.

    • I remember around 1980 the local Pittsburgh rock station sponsored the Slim Whitman concert in Pittsburgh- now I wish I had gone!…Slim and Boxcar Willie should have toured together!! At one point Col. Tom Parker was his manager!

    • Oh man…Box Car Willie! The TV duo. I forgot about him. I did actually like some of his stuff.
      Man that would have been a tour made in tv heaven.
      lol the Parker connection doesn’t surprise me…the top carnival barker.

    • While I didn’t buy those albums from television at the time – I have over the years found Slim, Boxcar Willie and Roger Whitaker’s tv albums used- who am I missing Zamfir master of the pan flute?

    • Oh Hans…you are bringing the memories today. That huge pan flute…I remember those wow. I just looked one up and it came back to me….
      The popular artists I remember are the Jim Croce and Three Dog Night commercials….but they are not fun like Box Car or Zamfir

    • Those were the days.. I can still see those commercials in my mind. … another Slim Fact- he had the longest single at #1 11 weeks in the UK with “Rose Marie”– held for 36 years until he was beaten out by Bryan Adams!.. Slim said he sold over 120 million albums- who did the counting on that?

    • 120 Million? If that were true…everyone would be buying air time for commercials. That is a lot of vinyl.
      Bryan Adams…wow he pops up when you least expect him.

  2. I need to keep a music journal. I’ve kept real journals since I was 15 and wrote about every concert I’ve attended, but it would be cool to write the music of the day (though a lot to keep up with). Almost 20 years ago, before blogging was popular, there was a thing called “Live Journal.” People wrote about their days and there was a spot to put down what music you were listening to. (So if your content didn’t strike up conversation, the music certainly did!) I go back often and read and forgot about some of the music I was listening to. It’s a great trip down memory lane.

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