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Archive for December, 2006

Song ID: The Orioles – “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” (1949)

Sunday, December 31st, 2006

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The Orioles had that irresistible pattern: Sonny Til taking the lead vocal and, by the time of the second bridge, when you’ve already begun falling under their spell, baritone George Nelson (not pictured on the sleeve above) stepping in and claiming you for good.

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Song ID: The Winkies – “Trust in Dick” (1975)

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

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Were these UK pub prodigies singing about Nixon? In any case, it’s the song that plays in my head whenever the current Vice President weighs in on anything. We all cope in different ways.

The Winkies – “Trust in Dick” (1975)

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Song ID: The Sunrays – “Hi How Are You” (1966)

Thursday, December 28th, 2006

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Beach Boy dad Murry Wilson focused on managing and producing this group, best known for their “I Live for the Sun,” after his sons fired him. But the notoriously heavy handed patriarch is remembered as being always on his best behavior around the Sunrays. This dizzy single is one of that group’s very last creations.

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Rackstraw Downes – P.H. Robinson Generating Station, Dickinson, TX: Eight Ibis Feeding with an Egret (1991)

Wednesday, December 27th, 2006

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Here’s an artist who really understands East Texas.

The Kingston Trio – “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” (1960)

Monday, December 25th, 2006

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The Kingston Trio – “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

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John Fahey – “Christmas Time’s a-Coming” (1983)

Sunday, December 24th, 2006

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John Fahey – “Christmas Time’s a-Coming”

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Christmas Top Ten circa 2006

Saturday, December 23rd, 2006

My list of ten favorite Christmas records changes a bit every year, but here’s how it looks now. Definitely reveals me as a bit of a slowed-down geezer. This realization hit me pretty hard last month when the piano music in an airport shuttle van caught my ear and I asked the driver what it was. “Piano Therapy,” he replied.

Sy Mann – Switched on Santa (1970)
The Kingston Trio – The Last Month of the Year (1960)
A Child’s Christmas Revels (1993)
The Ventures – The Ventures’ Christmas Album (1966)
Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel – The Gift (1989)
The Beach Boys – The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (1964)
John Fahey – The New Possibility (1968)
David Grisman – David Grisman’s Acoustic Christmas (1983)
Phil Spector – A Christmas Gift for You (1963)
Small-Torres Guitar Duo – Winterlight (1993)

Buck Owens and His Buckaroos – “Christmas Morning” (1965)

Friday, December 22nd, 2006

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Buck Owens and His Buckaroos – “Christmas Morning”

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A Child’s Christmas Revels: Children Singing in Celebration of the Winter Solstice (1993)

Thursday, December 21st, 2006

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“There Was a Pig Went Out to Dig”

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The Monkees – “Riu Chiu” (1967)

Wednesday, December 20th, 2006

Geez, Davey.