(and, from the looks of things, still having some website issues!) ...
but were able to throw together a few quick end-of-the-week comments ... Enjoy!!!
Do you remember this fact ?
2/15/1967 = The group "Chicago" forms as " The Big Thing."
Yes ... actually, I think I had eggs for breakfast that day. (kk)
re: THE SUPERBOWL:
So here's my take on a few recent topics of discussion ...
I'm thrilled the Packers won the Super Bowl. I used to stand in Regalman's drug store on Downer Avenue in Milwaukee, just across the street from UWM, and watch them play on a little T.V. the store had. Good Times. As for the half time show, the only problem I had with it was Fergie's singing ... she tends to be off key in live performances quite a bit,(to my ears anyway ). I thought the costumes with all the lights were awesome. It kind of reminded me of the Olympics opening ceremonies in Beijing ... way cool.
Now that you mention it, we, too, thought Fergie was the weakest part of the show. (But at least she didn't pee herself!!!)
Another popular female artists who just can't seem to sing on key when performing live is Katy Perry ... her stuff is catchy as can be on the radio ... but I've yet to see a performance where she's been able to pull it off live. (kk)
re: THE GRAMMYS:
As for the Grammys, I really liked seeing so many different performers from so many different age groups and genres singing together. I liked the fact that more different people won awards instead of the same old same old winners. But one thing I do not get ... why are the accoustics soooo bad. It's the Grammys. It's all about music, nothing else and yet so many of the performers were so hard to hear. Babs is just one example. I think her voice sounded good but it was all muffled so who knows for sure?
They seemed to be having sound "technical difficulties" throughout the evening ... of course nowadays when something has to be bleeped out of virtually EVERY song they play, you can't really tell how much of that was intentional!
One stand-out performance that I failed to mention was the solo turn by Bruno Mars, one of the hottest acts on the charts right now. (Mars had his hand in three of the top nominees ... "Just The Way You Are", "Nothin' On You" and the oft-mentioned "F*** You".) He performed his most recent #1 Hit "Grenade" as a doo-wop ballad (broadcast in black and white ... and AWESOMELY done!) Bruno Mars channeled his inner Sam Cooke, James Brown and Jackie Wilson for this one in a letter-perfect performance. (kk)
Great Bobby Darin Grammy story.
I guess you're going to make me suffer and give me the Bobby Darin Series in bits and pieces. Okay. I'll take it anyway I can get it. LoL!
Do you know if this rumor is true?
I heard that Cee Lo Green's follow up hit is going to be called "SOB" LoL !
As I leave you, I will quote Bobby Darin: "That's All".
OK, I have to admit ... even reading some of this back all these years later ... I wrote a DAMN good Bobby Darin Series!!! (kk)
Deeply disappointed that Johnny Maestro's name was not mentioned during the "In Memoriam" segment. It's a real shame that the Grammy Foundation couldn't give a couple of seconds to showing Maestro's name and photo along with the others.
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You'll find more on Johnny Maestro below! (kk)
Jagger and Streisand looked terrific. Nice to see Aretha Franklin recovering from her illness - she looked great too.
One of my favorite uses of the "F" word in a song is Nilsson's "You're Breaking My Heart (you tore it apart, so F*** you!") Too bad I heard his smash hit version of "Without You", which I loved in January '72, long before Badfinger's original version, far superior IMO. But Kent, if you haven't heard it already, check out Nilsson's wild and weird soundtrack for Otto Preminger's glorious failure of a flick, "Skidoo." Especially "The Garbage Can Ballet."
I'll never forget the first time I played "You're Breaking My Heart" ... After falling head over heels for the "Nilsson Schmilsson" album, I couldn't wait to get the brand new Nilsson album home to see what Harry was up to next. Popped it on the ol' turn-table and immediately loved EVERYTHING about it ... (particularly "Joy" and "Turn On Your Radio", the two preceding tracks) ... and when this came on, I literally jumped out of my chair in utter and complete disbelief. I actually had to move the tone arm back and play it again, just to make sure I'd really heard what I thought I'd just heard! Shock value, yes ... funny as hell?!?!? HELL, yes!!! And it STILL sounds great nearly 40 years later!
I'm not familiar with "The Garbage Can Ballet" but, if you're a Nilsson fan ... and you haven't seen it yet ... I absolutely INSIST that you pick up a copy of the new Harry Nilsson bio-documentary "Who Is Harry Nilsson ... And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him?" It's wall-to-wall entertainment ... GREAT music ... and some insight into this tortured artist that you couldn't even have imagined. (kk)
Jim Peterik at The Grammys ... LOL