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Wonderful! Wonderful! Johnny Mathis

Wonderful Wonderful Johnny Mathis

I once said that I love Johnny Mathis but that it was ok because my husband loved him too.  The greatest thrill in my life, when I was a teenager, was to go to the Latin Casino in New Jersey and see Johnny perform live and I did this many times. I thought I had heard every Johnny song and ... Read More »

Carly Simon: Anticipation These Are The Good Old Days

Carly Simon

At least they are on Movies Broadway Singers and Beyond.  It’s hard to picture Carly Simon as part of “the good old days”.  On this station I play people like Frank Sinatra, Carmen McRae, and others who were part of the generation before mine, but Carly Simon is part of my generation and now she is at a time in ... Read More »

Keely Smith: Sweet and Lovely

Keely Smith

When I was a child, I listened to some of the most wonderful music.  My mother played music all day long. . . all night long.  Day and night I would listen to Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and hundreds of others.  These others are not to be taken lightly and some had the most beautiful voices ... Read More »

Till Love Touches Your Life

Till Love Touches Your Life

There are times when I think I’ve heard almost every song, especially those sung by the one and only Johnny Mathis.  Just recently though, I bought a new Johnny Mathis disc that I did not have.  Although I had some of the songs on this disc, I didn’t have all of them and I felt the need for more Johnny.  ... Read More »

Happy Holidays and Sleigh Ride

Sleigh Ride

When I was young, my favorite holiday song was Sleigh Ride.  I didn’t care who performed it.  I liked every version.  I was so disappointed when the holidays were through and for some reason everyone stopped playing Sleigh Ride.  I didn’t have the money to buy the music, so all I could do was wait for the holiday season. When ... Read More »

Linda Eder and Josh Groban . . . Paradise!

Josh Groban Linda Eder

When beautiful voices come together with exquisite music it is paradise.  I remember when I first saw Linda Eder on Star Search.  I thought she was so beautiful and her voice was magical.  I knew she would be successful: she had it all.  I believe that was when composer, Frank Wildhorn saw her and a wonderful collaboration began. A few ... Read More »

The Crooners

Bing Crosby The Crooners

It’s been described that the word crooner was given to male singers of jazz music either backed by a full orchestra, big band or piano.  What allowed the crooners to perform with such finesse was the invention of the microphone.  Before the mic, singers had to project their voices to the back of the theatre. I describe crooners as singers ... Read More »

Frank Sinatra: Nice ‘N Easy

Frank Sinatra Nice n Easy

The song said he did it “His Way”. . . and at the end of his life, it certainly appeared that he had.  But upon deeper reflection, Frank’s life was like any other life in that it had highs and lows, except his were much higher and much lower. In the early 1940s, the teenagers of that day screamed whenever ... Read More »

Singers and Songwriters: Part I

Singers and Songwriters Part 1

Perception deception.  One of my favorite stories is about the late, beautiful Laura Nyro.  In 1967, she appeared at the Monterey Pop Festival.  The story goes, she followed the late and immortal Jimmy Hendrix.  As always, Jimmy was a sensation and when Laura followed him, she, well, felt that she wasn’t quite “as popular”.  For years afterwards, she would tell ... Read More »

Stevie Wonder . . . Ful!

Stevie Wonder

This is a belated thank you to Stevie Wonder . . . ful.  I grew up with Stevie’s music and I love it.  When I came of age, as a young teenager, the one and only Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons released the song, Sherry.  Everywhere I went I’d hear my friends singing Sherry in Frankie’s falsetto voice.  Well, ... Read More »