Sunday Morning Music Open Thread

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English rock singer-songwriter, composer, pianist and occasional actor. He has worked with lyricist Bernie Taupin as his songwriter partner since 1967; they have collaborated on more than 30 albums to date.

In his five-decade career John has sold more than 250 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists in the world. His single “Candle in the Wind 1997” sold over 33 million copies worldwide, and is the best selling single in the history of the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits, including seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, 56 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, four No. 2 hits, and nine No. 1 hits. He has received six Grammy Awards, four Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him Number 49 on its list of 100 influential musicians of the rock and roll era.

Growing up in the Sixties and Seventies we had no idea that we were living in the golden age of rock & roll. We just took great music for granted. I’m not knocking the music that came before and after, but there is just no comparison when it comes to quantity and quality.

Sir Elton John is a big part of the reason that era was so great. The kids today have no idea what they are missing.

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109 Responses to Sunday Morning Music Open Thread

  1. threewickets says:

    Here’s a nice cut from Robin Trower’s new album. He’s 68 this year…around what Hendrix would be today.

  2. driguana says:

    Good post for a Sunday morning…thanks.

    As you suggest, music is a generational thing and everyone has their own personal attachment to the times they grew up in. During my 25 years on the radio in Santa Fe I had the opportunity to interview many famous musicians, from Hank Ballard to Graham Nash. Early on I decided to always ask the questions “In what year did you turn 13, where did you live, and what music were you listening to”.My theory was that the year you turned a teenager had a lot to say about who you were and who you became. The conversations were always amazing from that point on. Mostly because it was that music, early in your life that you always carried with you. I think of all the interviews I did the most amazing one was with Dave Grusin, the jazz/classical pianist….think it was ’91…he was up for 7 Grammys that year…the question blew him away and he want on for about 10 minutes talking about the music of the 40s!!!

    For me, I turned 13 in 1959 in Pittsburgh and was already consumed with the music of the times…and the brilliance of the singing in particular. Most kids didn’t have instruments in those days, so we just sang. What was astounding about he 60’s, especially with the British invasion of Elton John and, of course, The Beatles, was how much more sophisticated the music became because of the instrumentation and the talented playing of those instruments. That being said, and the way I think about it, is that rock and roll was created in the 50s, elevated in the 60s, and funked up in the 70s. Not sure those three decades can ever be matched, musically speaking…and especially because of how they influenced each other.

    The two songs that influenced me the most growing up….and many others, as well, were “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” by Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers (a mixed race, Black/Latino group). Personally, I don’t think there has ever been a voice like his…too bad his life and the music business were so screwed up at that time. The other song was “Work With Me Annie” by Hank Ballard (the writer and originator of The Twist, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). Ballard’s music was the flip side of all the nice, romantic 50s music…it was raw, raunchy and very groovy….and, you never heard it on white radio stations so you had to listen elsewhere…songs like “Get It’ and “Sexy Ways” literally drove all of us young teenagers crazy.

    The most fortunate moments for me growing up though actually occurred before ’59 being born and raised in Cincinnati. My grandmother lived about 5 blocks away from King Records in Norwood….home of Bill Doggett, James Brown, Hank Ballard and all the great r&b groups of the time. I would walk down the street and sit across the road (on the white side of the street) and wait for hours to catch a glimpse of these great musicians.

    Here’s an interesting clip of Frankie Lymon.

  3. The Klown says:

    I just learned that my cousin died last night. He was 8 years younger than me. We weren’t close but it’s still sad.

  4. Wow, really? The “back in my day…your music sucks” argument from a boomer? Who’d a thunk? There isn’t an emoticon in the world that could symbolize the magnitude of my eyes rolling right now.

    I am sorry about your cousin, though. May he rest in peace.

  5. DandyTIger says:

    Here’s my pet theory regarding music then and now. There was a nexus of styles and approaches that made a music revolution resulting in the music of the 60s and 70s. A lot of it was cultural revolution and wars even more than music. But though the industry was corrupt before, it became a much bigger money business and even more corrupt. Then on top of that came the hollywoodization of the industry. The result can be seen in the 80s with an unprecedented amount of fluff and manufactured showbiz. But during the 80s (even even just before in the 70s) there was a reaction against the business and showbiz in the form of punk and other things. Things seem to settle down a bit in the 90s with a better ratio of great music to showbiz fluff. There is great music now. Seriously great music. But there is a lot of silly fluff to distract because of the showbiz and money side of things. And some of that great music is also driven by revolutionary things going on in the culture and hard economic times. The great stuff then and now is very rarely the top 40 stuff on the radio, but it’s there. It’s hard to compare to a rare revolution where whole new forms of music are created, but there is great art going on now just the same.

    • helenk3 says:

      dick clark and payola. reason he left Philadelphia and came west.
      payola determined just what music got airtime both on radio and tv.

      when I was a teenager there were tv and radio shows that catered to teenage music.
      Joe Grady and Ed Hurst and the 950 club on radio and then later on tv from the Steel Pier in Atlantic City.
      Bandstand on tv first with Bob Horn then when he got arrested on vice charges for taking a teenage girl across state lines from Philly to NYC Dick Clark took over bandstand
      Also there were radio stations that played nothing but “black” music. DJ like Jocko. the introduction to his radio show was what later became rap but it was not considered music then

    • driguana says:

      Good points, DT. It’s the beauty of music…something cool is always going on somewhere but you are also correct in that you may or may not even be aware of it, especially nowadays with corporate radio ruling the air waves. Reggae music of the mid-70s (love it or hate) certainly changed the music world for a good 5-10 years. African music of the 70s and 80s sold millions and millions of records that Americans never even knew existed…styles such as highlife, juju and soukous were huge music-altering forms in other parts of the world. Salsa has had huge years. Every decade seems to spawn some groundbreaking artists. For whatever reason, ’91 was an interesting musical year with Dead Can Dance, Deacon Blue, Cocteau Twins, Massive Attack, The KLF some of my favs….but not to forget REM, Divinyls, Seal, U2, Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses…etc…….all those great groups converging in that year.

      • kanaughty says:

        hi iguana, you are right about 91. there was something that happened in rock music especially. it was like glam/hair rock turned introspective. so did hip hop. i don’t know if it was because of aids (people who I knew were beginning to pass away from aids in those years) or a feeling of real angst against consumerism. maybe there was a rebellion against the excess and somewhat fakeness of the 80’s. i don’t know if people just wanted to get real, but for me 1991 feels like a big change in music too. it went inward and more thoughtful all of a sudden….

        • driguana says:

          How true…didn’t think of it that way but you’re exactly right…groups like Cocteau Twins definitely took it from glam to introspective…I really hear that as I listen back to some of the songs…

          Hymn of the Big Wheel by the British group Massive Attack featuring legendary Jamaican singer Horace Andy was one of those songs that did me in in ’91….kind of its own British invasion…

  6. driguana says:

    Sorry about your cousin.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    When the old and new music worlds collide ! Pre-Gaga and Miley era, this was a shocker, but worked very well. Especially that Eminem was considered homophobic among other things back in the day…..

  8. catarina says:

    Am I the only one waiting by the teevee for Breaking Bad to start?

    Just heard a new spin-off prequel called “Better Call Saul” is in the works..

  9. 1539days says:

    As far as C&W, I’ve found this guy is pretty good.

  10. DandyTIger says:

    Oh, and all the stuff out of motown during those amazing years. Holy crap, so good.

  11. The Klown says:


    “This three-part phallogocentric negation and sublation of history can be grasped easily. Yet even such a sublation, of history as timing through the mediation of law–the vanishing moment of sequential human temporality into a catachresis named Time, is not the final hortatory instrument of the text.”

  12. Anthony says:

    Here’s an oldie but a goodie…

    • driguana says:

      Great track! Another awesome group that not only built on the rock idioms before them but threw in jazz and blues inflections as well…Stevie Winwood and Dave Mason wsere awesome…nice cut!

  13. driguana says:

    What a bunch of great tunes everyone is posting…much better way to spend a Sunday than watching narcissistic news shows!!! Thanks!

    • DandyTIger says:

      I tuned into a couple of those news shows this morning. I was stunned at how even more out of touch they seem lately. I think it would be fitting if they all wore powdered wigs.

  14. The Klown says:
  15. DeniseVB says:

    Anyone else have their name immortalized in Doo-Wop ? Hee, hee….

  16. DandyTIger says:

    Interesting issue for the lawyers regarding using fingerprint IDs for communication, etc.

    Because the constitutional protection of the Fifth Amendment, which guarantees that “no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself,” may not apply when it comes to biometric-based fingerprints (things that reflect who we are) as opposed to memory-based passwords and PINs (things we need to know and remember).

  17. DandyTIger says:

    Getting cavities prevents cancer. OK, probably not that simple, but I love studies like this. Mostly it’s about being over zealous in killing bacteria:

  18. DandyTIger says:

    Nearly half of US jobs will be automated in the future. That is, the automation and productivity increase efforts continue to march forward. Of course according to Elizabeth Warren, the three or four unskilled jobs left should make about a billion an hour. Apparently math is hard for Dems.

    • 1539days says:

      Nearly any job can be automated. You could have a 90% automated fast food restaurant. Human labor is cheap enough that companies still hire people. China has very cheap labor and that’s why business goes there. Pay McDonald’s employees $15 an hour or unionize illegal migrant workers and watch both industries become heavily automated.

  19. wmcb says:

    What’s funny about new ideas/trends that begin to be written about is that so many times these “new observations” are things that ordinary people have been saying for some time.

    For, oh, I’d say about 15 years now, I have spoken with moms and dads and others who began to notice that we are doing horrible things to our boys. That the rise in bad behavior, no self-control, violence, acting out, frustration, etc among our prepubescent and teenage boys seems to track pretty closely with the demise of positive masculinity.

    A lot of this goes back to the hubris we so often note on this blog: the idea that all of history began in the post modern age. That “ways of being” that society developed over centuries were all backward and old and unreasoning and of no value in any way whatsoever. Given that hubris, it’s no wonder that the “traditional” manner of dealing with boys: of giving them outlets for mock/ritual combat, ways to do the jostling/challenging for position that they WILL inevitably do, were all thrown out the window. What do you do with the gender biologically programmed to be warriors, when there is no war or beast to kill? Our ancestors, in centuries past, did a good job taking male aggression/kineticism and reorienting it toward protection, competition, and, dare I say, chivalry.

    We moderns, in our infinite wisdom, decided to throw away societal norms that had managed to keep young men mostly civilized for hundreds of years, and instead embarked upon a mission to effectively eradicate those traits, not channel them. And with our usual hubris, I note that the more it has not worked, the more we decide that the solution is to do it harder. Zero zero ZERO tolerance, and this time we mean it! And so it gets worse, not better. Our boys are more feral and cruel and angry. They find outlet not in protection, not in the esteem of society for being masculine, but in the the twisted cruelties that furtiveness and shaming inevitably produce. We have shamed the time-honored ritualized male chest beating that can be made to serve society, leaving young men only dirty dirty outlets for their dirty dirty urges. We have driven maleness underground, and that won’t end well. For men, for women, or for society.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to write a meandering opus. But this article is good, and I’m musing of a Sunday morning.

    • The Klown says:

      When I first started school we still played baseball at PE and recess. Then we played it with a semi-hard ball. Then a softball. Then a mushball.

      Now they can’t play baseball at all except for varsity athletics.

      We went from football to flag football. Now “contact” sports are not permitted except for varsity athletics.

      We used to bring toy guns and army men to play with at recess. Now a toy paper gun can get a kid expelled.

    • 1539days says:

      The only ally in the war on boys would be the conservative media, but they are mostly unable to understand the problem. A lot of it gets deflected as “so what if boys are treated like they are inherently wrong? They should just man up.”

      I even saw one woman talk about how Sarah Plain’s “fight like a girl” implies that boys aren’t even good at one of the few things they are allowed to be better than girls at. In this case, I think Palin was trying to be positive, but men are pretty much in the position of sublimating everything.

    • angienc says:

      We have shamed the time-honored ritualized male chest beating that can be made to serve society, leaving young men only dirty dirty outlets for their dirty dirty urges. We have driven maleness underground, and that won’t end well. For men, for women, or for society.

      This is one of the main premises of Fight Club (one of my fav movies).

  20. The Klown says:
    • 1539days says:

      1. 3 Republicans now equal All Republicans.
      2. Republicans, most Democrats and the rest of the world also opposed strikes.
      3. Republicans are rightfully opposed to a plan where the Russians create the conditions, Assad has moved the weapons to 50 different places and have now made it a violation of a UN treaty if the US were to enforce the treaty.

    • DandyTIger says:

      It’s kind of funny to even mention Republican’s in this Obama foreign policy cluster&*k. They’re pretty much irrelevant in this.

  21. helenk3 says:,1979&title_type=feature

    some of the great movies of the 70s

    having teenage girls, you will never know how many times I saw Grease

    the Godfather series
    One flew over the Coocoo’s nest

  22. wmcb says:

    This tweet is a perfect window into the mindset of a Prog. See, in their world there is no objective truth, only loyalties. Truth is the servant of ideology. If my guy is doing it, if it advances my causes, then it is by definition good.

    This is why she can sincerely and with a straight face be gobsmacked at the “support” for Assad. Because in her world, one does not say that a person one does not support is winning a debate or conflict. The only possible reason she can think of for saying Putin/Assad are eating Obama’s lunch is that the person saying it must support Putin/Assad. Because that’s the only reason she herself would ever say it. The pure projection is very enlightening. It’s a window into how the mind of the Left works.

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