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Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Thu May 25, 2017 2:01 pm

https://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Gre ... 1442254483

The book is now out on Kindle. I emailed Steve recently, and he said he would be happy to come to the forums and share the list!
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Postby Henrik » Thu May 25, 2017 4:26 pm

That's extremely generous (again!) of you Steve. Thank you in advance!
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Fri May 26, 2017 3:13 pm

Picking up where I left off, here are the classic song performances of the 1920s in my new Volumes 3 and 4 of the Encyclopedia. As noted, all of these songs rank between #1,000 and #2,750 all-time for me.

If anyone has a question or comment on a particular song, or wants to see the actual entry on a song listed here, please let me know.

When My Baby Smiles At Me (Jan. 12, 1920) - Ted Lewis & His Band
St. Louis Blues (Apr. 16, 1920) - Marion Harris
I Ain’t Got Nobody (April 21, 1920) - Marion Harris
The Japanese Sandman (Aug. 19, 1920) - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Royal Garden Blues (Jan. 1921) - Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds
St. Louis Blues (May 25, 1921) - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
Ory’s Creole Trombone (June 1921) – Kid Ory’s Sunshine Orchestra
Keep Off the Grass (Oct. 18, 1921) - James P. Johnson
My Man (Mon Homme) (Nov. 8, 1921) - Fanny Brice
St. Louis Blues – Medley Fox Trot (Jan. 1922) - W.C. Handy’s Memphis Blues Band
The Boys of the Lough / The Humours of Ennistymon (1922) - Michael Coleman
Ragtime Annie (July 1, 1922) - A.C. (Eck) Robertson
Three O’clock In The Morning (Aug. 22, 1922) - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Farewell Blues (Aug. 29, 1922) - Friars’ Society Orchestra
My Man Rocks Me (With One Steady Roll) (September 1922) - Trixie Smith
My Lord’s Gonna Move This Wicked Race (Apr. 1923) - Norfolk Jubilee Quartet
Milenberg Joys (July 18, 1923) - New Orleans Rhythm Kings
Wild Cat Blues (July 30, 1923) - Clarence Williams’ Blue Five w/ Sidney Bechet
It Ain’t Gonna Rain No Mo’ (Oct. 12, 1923) - Wendell Hall
Tears (Oct. 25, 1923) - King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band
Fare You Well, Old Joe Clark (Nov. 7, 1923) - Fiddlin’ John Carson
You Will Never Miss Your Mother Until She’s Gone (Nov. 7, 1923) - Fiddlin’ John Carson
Somebody Stole My Gal (Feb. 16, 1924) - Ted Weems & His Orchestra
Chicago Stomp (Apr. 4, 1924) - Jimmy Blythe
California, Here I Come! (May 3, 1924) - Al Jolson
It Had to Be You (July 19, 1924) - Isham Jones & His Orchestra
Copenhagen (Oct. 30, 1924) - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
Tea for Two (Nov. 1924) - Marion Harris
Fascinating Rhythm (Dec. 10, 1924) - Cliff Edwards
I’ll See You In My Dreams (March 14, 1925) - Isham Jones & His Orchestra
Adeste Fidelis (O Come All Ye Faithful) (March 31, 1925) – Associated Glee Clubs of America
Charleston (April 2, 1925) - Golden Gate Orchestra (California Ramblers)
Careless Love Blues (May 26, 1925) - Bessie Smith
Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down Blues (July 27, 1925) - Charlie Poole & North Carolina Ramblers
Dinah (Oct. 20, 1925) - Ethel Waters
Always (February 10, 1926) - Henry Burr
Trouble In Mind (Feb. 23, 1926) - Bertha “Chippie” Hill
Heebie Jeebies (Feb. 26, 1926) - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
Death‘s Black Train is Coming (April 24, 1926) - Rev. J.M. Gates
The Cuckoo, She’s a Fine Bird (June 10, 1926) - Kelly Harrell
Jakie Jazz ‘Em Up (July 23, 1926) - Kandel’s Jazz Orchestra
Bye Bye, Blackbird (July 31, 1926) - Gene Austin
Young Woman’s Blues (Oct. 26, 1926) - Bessie Smith & Her Blue Boys
Na Wesiliu, Pry Weczeri (At the Wedding Dinner) (Nov. 1926) - Pawlo Humeniuk
Doctor Jazz (Dec. 16, 1926) - Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers
I’m Gonna Meet My Sweetie Now (Jan. 31, 1927) - Jean Goldkette &His Orchestra
Back Water Blues (Feb. 17, 1927) - Bessie Smith
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (March 2, 1927) - Bessie Smith
Pretty Polly (March 10, 1927) - Dock Boggs
Pan American Blues (April 18, 1927) - DeFord Bailey
Wild Man Blues (Apr. 22, 1927) - Johnny Dodds’ Black Bottom Stompers
Doin’ Things (May 4, 1927) - Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang
Sail Away, Ladies (May 7, 1927) - Uncle Dave Macon & Fruit Jar Drinkers
Riverboat Shuffle (May 9, 1927) - Frankie Trumbauer w/ Bix Beiderbecke
Jordan Is a Hard Road to Travel (May 9, 1927) - Uncle Dave Macon
I’m Coming, Virginia (May 13, 1927) - Frankie Trumbauer w/ Bix Beiderbecke
Mr. Jelly Lord (June 10, 1927) - Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers
I Am Bound for the Promised Land (July 29, 1927) - Alfred G. Karnes
Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (August 1, 1927) - Carter Family
Single Girl, Married Girl (August 2, 1927) - Carter Family
Section Gang Blues (Aug. 12, 1927) - Texas Alexander
I Varka (August 1927) - Marika Papagika & Marika Kastrouni
Melancholy Baby (Sept. 14, 1927) - Gene Austin
Train Forty-Five (October 1927) - G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter
Someone to Watch Over Me (Oct. 17, 1927) - Gertrude Lawrence
Birmingham Jail (Nov. 10, 1927) - Darby & Tarlton
Lift Him Up, That’s All (Dec. 2, 1927) - Washington Phillips
If I Had My Way I’d Tear the Building Down (Dec. 3, 1927) - Blind Willie Johnson
It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine (1927) - Blind Willie Johnson
Lady Gay (Jan. 16, 1928) - Buell Kazee
I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow (January 18, 1928) - Emry Arthur
Minglewood Blues (Jan. 30, 1928) - Cannon’s Jug Stompers
Mountain Dew (Feb. 6, 1928) - Bascam Lamar Lunsford
Somethin’ Doin’ (Feb. 15, 1928) - Nap Hayes & Matthew Prader
See That My Grave Is Kept Clean (Feb. 1928) - Blind Lemon Jefferson
In the Jailhouse Now (Feb. 15, 1928) - Jimmie Rodgers
Costumi Siciliani (Mazurka) (April 3, 1928) - Gioviale String Trio
Antioch (May 1, 1928) - Allison’s Sacred Harp Singers
Keep On the Sunny Side (May 9, 1928) - Carter Family
Prove It On Me Blues (June 12, 1928) - Ma Rainey
Lovesick Blues (June 12, 1928) - Emmett Miller & His Georgia Crackers
Bull-Doze Blues (June 13, 1928) - Henry “Ragtime Texas” Thomas
Tis Ksenity As o Ponos (The Exile’s Grief) (June 15, 1928) - Andonis Dalgas
I Am a Pilgrim (June 16, 1928) - Silver Leaf Quartet
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love (July 24, 1928) - Annette Hanshaw
King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-o (Aug. 23, 1928) - Chubby Parker
The Big Rock Candy Mountain (Sept. 6, 1928) - Harry McClintock
South (Sept. 7, 1928) - Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
Concerto in F (September 15, 1928) - Paul Whiteman & His Concert Orchestra
Stealin’, Stealin’ (Sept. 15, 1928) - Memphis Jug Band
It’s Tight Like That (Oct. 24, 1928) - Tampa Red & Hokum Jug Band
The Lost Child (Nov. 15, 1928) - Stripling Brothers
Basin Street Blues (Dec. 4, 1928) - Louis Armstrong & His Hot Five
Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Crying (Dec. 5, 1928) - Blind Willie Johnson
Wscickla Polka (Wild Polka) (Dec. 6, 1928) - Orkiestra Majuta
Hokum Blues (December 8, 1928) - Dallas String Band
Tight Like This (Dec. 12, 1928) - Louis Armstrong & His Savoy Ballroom Five
Makin’ Whoopee (Dec. 18, 1928) - Eddie Cantor
Candy Man Blues (December 28, 1928) - Mississippi John Hurt
West End Blues (Jan. 16, 1929) - King Oliver & His Orchestra
Handful of Keys (March 1, 1929) - Fats Waller
Roll and Tumble Blues (March 14, 1929) - Hambone Willie Newbern
Hot Town (April 17, 1929) - Fess Williams & His Royal Flush Orchestra
Ma Blonde est partie (April 18, 1929) - Amede Breaux
El Deportado (The Deportee) (early/mid-1929) - Los Hermanos Banuelos
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (May 25, 1929) - Bessie Smith
Singin’ In the Rain (May 28, 1929) - Cliff Edwards
A Spoonful Blues (June 14, 1929) - Charley Patton
Bumble Bee (June 18, 1929) - Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe
When the Levee Breaks (June 18, 1929) - Kansas Joe & Memphis Minnie
Am I Blue? (July 20, 1929) - Ethel Waters
(What Did I Do to Be So) Black and Blue (July 22, 1929) - Louis Armstrong
Frankie and Johnny (August 10, 1929) - Jimmie Rodgers
That’s No Way to Get Along (Sept. 23, 1929) - Robert Wilkins
Going Down the Lee Highway (Sept. 30, 1929) - G.B. Grayson & Henry Whitter
Brilliancy Medley (Oct. 11, 1929) - Eck Robertson
Blind Arthur’s Breakdown (October 1929) - Blind Blake
Hello, Lola (Nov. 14, 1929) - Mound City Blue Blowers
The Wabash Cannonball (Nov. 24, 1929) - Carter Family
Manes Tsergiach (Nov. 28, 1929) - Andonis Dalgas
A Mother’s Last Word to Her Daughter (Dec. 2, 1929) - Washington Phillips
How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live (Dec. 4, 1929) – Blind Alfred Reed

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Postby StevieFan13 » Fri May 26, 2017 5:33 pm

Thanks again!
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Sat May 27, 2017 7:19 pm

Now we come to Playlist/Chapter 3 of the new volumes, covering 1930-1939. After the incredible 1926-1929--one of the greatest four-year periods in the history of pop music recording (PBS's "American Epic" helps illustrate why), things slowed down quite a bit in the early 1930s, with the Depression. But the record industry started to pick up again somewhat in 1934, and by the following year, a new Golden Age, the Swing Era, was flowering.

Stop and Listen Blues (Feb. 17, 1930) - Mississippi Sheiks
Motherless Child Blues (March 1930) - Elvie Thomas
Puttin’ On the Ritz (March 26, 1930) - Fred Astaire
Goodbye, Babylon (April 1930) - Rev. T.T. Rose & Congregation
Star Dust (May 1930) - Isham Jones & His Orchestra
Dry Spell Blues, Parts 1 & 2 (May 28, 1930) - Son House
Blue Yodel #9 (Standing on the Corner) (July 16, 1930) – Jimmie Rodgers (w/ Louis Armstrong)
Body and Soul (Oct. 9, 1930) - Louis Armstrong & Sebastian New Cotton Club Orch.
Body and Soul (Oct. 11, 1930) - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
I Got Rhythm (October 14, 1930) - Ethel Merman
La Toma de Matamoros (Dec. 5, 1930) – Lara & Novelo
Casa Loma Stomp (December 6, 1930) - Casa Loma Orchestra
Dolce Avvenere (Dec. 1930) - Giovanni Vicari Trio
St. James’ Infirmary (Dec. 23, 1930) - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
Love for Sale (Dec. 24, 1930) - Waring’s Pennsylvanians
Rockin' In Rhythm (Jan. 14, 1931) - Duke Ellington & His Cotton Club Orchestra
Hard Time Killin’ Floor Blues (Feb. 1931) - Skip James
La Crisis Actual (March 11, 1931) - Los Cancioneros Alegres
Out of Nowhere (March 30, 1931) - Bing Crosby
Roll On, Mississippi, Roll On (April 23, 1931) - Boswell Sisters
Blue Again (April 28, 1931) - Louis Armstrong
I'm Through With Love (June 12, 1931) - Bing Crosby
Star Dust (Aug. 19, 1931) - Bing Crosby
Tiger Rag (Oct. 12, 1931) - Mills Brothers
Molly, Put the Kettle On (Oct. 24, 1931) - Gid Tanner & His Skillet Lickers
Georgia On My Mind (Nov. 24, 1931) - Mildred Bailey
St. Louis Blues (Feb. 12, 1932) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra w/ Bing Crosby
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing) (Feb. 27, 1932) - Duke Ellington & His
Orchestra
Washboard Blues (March 16, 1932) - Connie Boswell/Casa Loma Orchestra
Grand Canyon Suite (April 26-28, 1932) - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Maple Leaf Rag (Sept. 15, 1932) - Sidney Bechet/New Orleans Feetwarmers
Willow Weep for Me (Nov. 17, 1932) - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra
Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? (Nov. 26, 1932) - Rudy Vallee/Connecticut Yankees
Toby (Dec. 13, 1932) - Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra
Hawaiian Love (Feb. 22, 1933) - Noi Lane’s Hawaiian Orchestra
Theme, “King Kong” (March 23, 1933) - Max Steiner
Stormy Weather (March 25, 1933) - Leo Reisman Orch. w/ Harold Arlen
Sophisticated Lady (May 16, 1933) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Stormy Weather (May 16, 1933) - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
I Never Will Marry (June 17, 1933) - Carter Family
The Crawdad Song (August 5, 1933) - Lone Star Cowboys
Home On the Range (September 27, 1933) - Bing Crosby
Dance of the Octopus (Nov. 21, 1933) - Red Norvo
Daybreak Express (Dec. 4, 1933) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Brown’s Ferry Blues (Dec. 6, 1933) - Delmore Brothers
Blues Before Sunrise (Feb. 21, 1934) - Leroy Carr
Alexander's Ragtime Band (May 23, 1934) - Boswell Sisters
Jim Crack Corn (Blue Tail Fly) (1934) - Sons of the Pioneers
The Very Thought of You (July 7, 1934) - Ray Noble & His Orch. w/ Al Bowlly
Les Blues de Voyage (Traveling Blues) (Aug. 8, 1934) – Amede Ardoin & Dennis McGee
Mundo Engandoso (Deceptive World) (Aug. 10, 1934) - Lydia Mendoza
Stratosphere (Sept. 4, 1934) - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra
Old Original Kokomo Blues (Sept, 9, 1934) - Kokomo Arnold
Wrappin' It Up (Sept. 12, 1934) - Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra
Rock Island Line (October 5, 1934) - Kelly Pace & Group /
Rock Island Line (June 22, 1937) - Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly)
On the Sunny Side of the Street, Parts 1 & 2 (November 7, 1934) - Louis Armstrong
Lost In a Fog (November 18, 1934) - Coleman Hawkins
Don’t Be That Way (Nov. 19, 1934) - Chick Webb & His Orchestra
Jolie Blon (La Valse de Gueydan) (January 18, 1935) - Leo Soileau & His Three Aces
Under the Double Eagle (January 27, 1935) - Bill Boyd & Cowboy Ramblers
Taking Off (January 28, 1935) - Milton Brown & His Brownies
El Dia Que Me Quieras (March 19, 1935) - Carlos Gardel
Blue Skies (June 25, 1935) - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
King Porter (July 1, 1935) - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Summertime (July 19, 1935) - Abbie Mitchell/“Porgy & Bess”
Twelve Gates to the City (July 26, 1935) - Blind Gary Davis
I’m Getting Sentimental Over You (Oct. 18, 1935) - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Baby Please Don’t Go (Oct. 21, 1935) - Big Joe Williams & Washboard Blues Singers
Stompin' At the Savoy (Jan. 24, 1936) - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Ave Maria (February 4, 1936) - Marian Anderson
New River Train (Feb. 17, 1936) - The Monroe Brothers
My Long Journey Home (Feb. 17, 1936) - The Monroe Brothers
The Workers’ Appeal (April 7, 1936) - The Tiger
Man Smart, Woman Smarter (Apr. 9, 1936) - King Radio
A Fine Romance (July 26, 1936) - Fred Astaire
Moon Glow (Aug. 21, 1936) - Benny Goodman Quartet
Jolie Blonde (Oct. 17, 1936) - Hackberry Ramblers
Easy to Love (Oct. 21, 1936) - Teddy Wilson & His Orchestra w/ Billie Holiday
Organ Grinder’s Swing (Oct. 24, 1936) - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra
Sweet Home Chicago (Nov. 23, 1936) - Robert Johnson
Terraplane Blues (Nov. 23, 1936) - Robert Johnson
Ramblin’ On My Mind (Nov. 23, 1936) - Robert Johnson
I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Jan. 12, 1937) - Billie Holiday
Marie (Jan. 29, 1937) - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Song of India (Jan. 29, 1937) - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Maraval Girls (Feb. 10, 1937) - The Tiger
Mystery Pacific (April 26, 1937) - Quintette of the Hot Club of France (Django Reinhardt)
Good Morning, Little Schoolgirl (May 5, 1937) - (John Lee) Sonny Boy Williamson
Stones In My Passway (June 19, 1937) - Robert Johnson
Trouble So Hard (July 22, 1937) - Vera Hall
Riding On That Train 45 (Aug. 2, 1937) - Steve Ledford, Wade Mainer & Zeke Morris
El Colorado (Sept. 13, 1937) - Narciso Martinez
Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (November 2, 1937) - Marian Anderson
In the Mood (January 14, 1938) - Edgar Hayes & His Orchestra
John the Revelator (January 24, 1938) - Golden Gate Quartet
Sent for You Yesterday (Feb. 16, 1938) - Count Basie & His Orchestra w/ Jimmy Rushing
Swinging the Blues (Feb. 16, 1938) - Count Basie & His Orchestra
Coal Creek March (March 29, 1938) - Pete Steele
Theme, “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (May 14, 1938) - Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Pretty Polly (May 30, 1938) - Coon Creek Girls
Doggin’ Around (June 6, 1938) - Count Basie & His Orchestra
A-Tisket, A-Tasket (June 18, 1938) - Chick Webb with Ella Fitzgerald
Rock My Soul (Aug. 10, 1938) - Golden Gate Quartet
It Makes No Difference Now (Sept. 13, 1938) - Cliff Bruner’s Texas Wanderers
I’m Free (What’s New?) (October 19, 1938) - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra
The Rising Sun (November 3, 1938) - Roy Acuff
Thanks for the Memory (November 23, 1938) - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross
September Song (November 24, 1938) - Walter Huston
John Henry (Dec. 26, 1938) - Leadbelly
Roll ‘Em, Pete (Dec. 30, 1938) - Joe Turner & Pete Johnson
This Train (Jan. 10, 1939) - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
My Prayer (Jan. 12, 1939) - The Ink Spots
More Than You Know (Jan. 30, 1939) - Teddy Wilson & His Orch. with Billie Holiday
Death (Jan. 31, 1939) - The Lion
Deep Purple (Feb. 4, 1939) - Larry Clinton & His Orchestra w/ Bea Wain
The Gallows Pole (April 1, 1939) - Leadbelly
Sunrise Serenade (April 8, 1939) - Glen Gray & Casa Loma Orchestra /
Sunrise Serenade (April 29, 1939) - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
At the Woodchopper’s Ball (April 12, 1939) - Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Back In the Saddle Again (Apr. 18, 1939) - Gene Autry
Fine and Mellow (April 20, 1939) - Billie Holiday
Yesterdays (April 20, 1939) - Billie Holiday
Summertime (May 1939) - Sidney Bechet Quintet
Orange Blossom Special (June 16, 1939) - Rouse Brothers
O Que e Que Baiana Tem? (1939) - Carmen Miranda
The Little Dove (1939) - Aunt Molly Jackson
Ida Red (July 5, 1939) - Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys
Cherokee (July 17, 1939) - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra
Tuxedo Junction (July 18, 1939) - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra
Ravel’s Bolero (Aug. 11, 1939) - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Day In, Day Out (Aug. 27, 1939) - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra/Helen Forrest
Lester Leaps In (Sept. 5, 1939) - Count Basie’s Kansas City Seven w/ Lester Young
When Lights Are Low (Sept. 11, 1939) - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
Flying Home (Oct. 2, 1939) - Benny Goodman Sextet
All the Things You Are (Oct. 26, 1939) - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Precious Lord (late 1939) - Five Soul Stirrers
Lunceford Special (Dec. 14, 1939) - Jimmie Lunceford & His Orchestra
The Man I Love (Dec. 15, 1939) - Billie Holiday

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Mon May 29, 2017 2:48 pm

My capsule trip through the new Volumes 3 and 4 of the Encyclopedia has now reached Playlist/Chapter 4, the 1940s. The decade began in a blaze of glory with the heart of the Swing Era, with great records being released almost weekly. The devastating musician union's strike that hit in August 1942 brought most recording to a screeching halt, so the next couple of years were pretty slow. 1945 marked the beginning of bebop led by Parker and Gillespie, and a new flurry of amazing recordings. While mainstream pop music in the late '40s was awfully dull, the combination of bop, the ever-growing strength of R&B that pointed the way toward the rock era, and the emergence of other significant artists like Hank Williams and The Weavers, made things a lot more interesting.

Star Dust (Jan. 29, 1940) - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
The East Bound Train (February 5, 1940) - Blue Sky Boys
Ballad for Americans (Feb. 9, 1940) - Paul Robeson
The Invasion of Poland (February 1940) - Roaring Lion
Fixin’ to Die Blues (March 8, 1940) - Bukka White
Dusty Old Dust (So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Ya) (April 26, 1940) - Woody Guthrie
Tom Joad, Parts 1 & 2 (April 26, 1940) - Woody Guthrie
Cotton Tail (May 4, 1940) - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
After Hours (June 10, 1940) - Erskine Hawkins & His Orchestra
Stewball (June 17, 1940) - Leadbelly & Golden Gate Quartet
Tom Dooley (1940) - Frank Proffitt /
Tom Dooley (1952) - Frank Warner
The Nearness of You (Aug. 22, 1940) - Connie Boswell
Summit Ridge Drive (Sept. 3, 1940) - Artie Shaw & His Gramercy Five
In a Mellotone (Sept. 5, 1940) - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
Warm Valley (Oct. 17, 1940) - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
Benny Rides Again (Nov. 13, 1940) - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
Star Dust (Jan. 4, 1941) - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra, Vocal By Frank Sinatra
Dancing In the Dark (Jan. 23, 1941) - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra
Song of the Volga Boatmen (Feb. 22, 1941) - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
Take Me Back to Tulsa (Feb. 26, 1941) - Bob Wills & Texas Playboys
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (March 1, 1941) - Andrews Sisters
Solo Flight (March 4, 1941) - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra w/ Charlie Christian
Catfish Blues (March 28, 1941) - Robert Petway
Portrait of a Guinea Farm (April 16, 1941) - Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra
Why Don’t You Do Right (April 23, 1941) - Lil Green
Let Me Off Uptown (May 8, 1941) - Gene Krupa & His Orchestra (w/ Roy Eldridge, Anita O’Day)
Solitude (May 9, 1941) - Billie Holiday
Pastures of Plenty (May 1941) - Woody Guthrie
Green Eyes (May 17, 1941) - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Worried Life Blues (June 14, 1941) - Big Maceo
Besame Mucho (1941) - Pedro Vargas
Blues In the Night (Sept. 10, 1941) - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
When Was Jesus Born? (Oct. 1, 1941) - Heavenly Gospel Singers
House of the Rising Sun (c. late 1941) - Josh White
Going Down Slow (Nov. 11, 1941) - St. Louis Jimmy (Oden)
He Never Said a Mumblin’ Word (Dec. 3, 1941) - Golden Gate Quartet
The Man I Love (Dec. 15, 1941) - Lena Horne
(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover (Dec. 20, 1941) – Kay Kyser & His Orch.
But Not for Me (Dec. 30, 1941) - Harry James & His Orchestra
Moonlight Cocktail (Feb. 7, 1942) - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (March 6, 1942) - Big Bill Broonzy
Well, Git It! (March 9, 1942) - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Skylark (March 19, 1942) - Earl Hines & Orchestra with Billy Eckstine
There’s a Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere (March 19, 1942) - Elton Britt
Sleepy Lagoon (April 18, 1942) - Harry James & His Orchestra
Tangerine (April 18, 1942) - Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Wreck on the Highway (May 28, 1942) - Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys
Main Stem (June 26, 1942) - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
Down Under (July 24, 1942) - Woody Herman & His Orchestra
The Cuckoo Bird (August 1942) - Hobart Smith
I’m Free At Last (Aug. 28, 1942) - Southern Sons
Lift Every Voice and Sing (Oct. 10, 1942) - Southern Sons
There Are Such Things (Nov. 7, 1942) - Tommy Dorsey & Orch. w/ Frank Sinatra
Brazil (Aquarela do Brasil) (Jan. 23, 1943) - Xavier Cugat & Waldorf-Astoria Orchestra
Black (From “Black, Brown & Beige”) (Jan. 23, 1943) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
For Me and My Gal (Jan. 23, 1943) - Judy Garland & Gene Kelly
That Old Black Magic (Feb. 20, 1943) - Glenn Miller & His Orchestra
All or Nothing At All (June 19, 1943) - Frank Sinatra w/ Harry James Orchestra
Pistol Packin’ Mama (June 19, 1943) - Al Dexter & His Troopers
Paper Doll (July 17, 1943) - Mills Brothers
But Not for Me (Nov. 2, 1943) - Judy Garland
Artistry In Rhythm (Nov. 19, 1943) - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (Dec. 4, 1943) - Bing Crosby
Sweet Lorraine (Dec. 15, 1943) - King Cole Trio
It’s Only a Paper Moon (Dec. 15, 1943) - King Cole Trio
Oklahoma! (Dec. 18, 1943) - Alfred Drake & Broadway Cast
The Man I Love (Dec. 23, 1943) - Coleman Hawkins’ Swing Four
It’s Rainin’ Here This Morning (Feb. 1944) - Grandpa Jones
As Time Goes By (April 1, 1944) - Billie Holiday
The Boy Next Door (April 20, 1944) - Judy Garland
Swinging On a Star (May 13, 1944) - Bing Crosby
I’ll Walk Alone (July 8, 1944) - Dinah Shore
Skyliner (Aug. 13, 1944) - Charlie Barnet & His Orchestra
Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) (Oct. 4, 1944) - Billie Holiday
I Wonder (October 21, 1944) - Pvt. Cecil Gant
On the Sunny Side of the Street (Nov. 14, 1944) - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra
Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye (Nov. 16, 1944) - Benny Goodman Quintet
The Trolley Song (Nov. 18, 1944) - Judy Garland
As Long As I Live (Nov. 21, 1944) - Lena Horne
The Cattle Call (Dec. 4, 1944) - Eddy Arnold
The Man I Love (Dec. 12, 1944) - Lee Wiley/Eddie Condon & His Orchestra
Someone to Watch Over Me (Dec. 14, 1944) - Lee Wiley/Eddie Condon & Orchestra
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Dec. 30, 1944) - Judy Garland
Rum and Coca-Cola (Jan. 6, 1945) - Andrews Sisters
Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive (Jan. 6, 1945) – Johnny Mercer & Pied Pipers
Stardust (January 11, 1945) - Coleman Hawkins
Moonlight in Vermont (Feb. 10, 1945) - Billy Butterfield w/ Margaret Whiting
Apple Honey (Feb. 19, 1945) - Woody Herman & His Orchestra
Groovin’ High (Feb. 28, 1945) - Dizzy Gillespie & Sextet (w/ Charlie Parker)
Smoke On the Water (March 24, 1945) - Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys
A Cottage for Sale (May 2, 1945) - Billy Eckstine
Lover Man (May 11, 1945) - Dizzy Gillespie & Quintet with Sarah Vaughan
Hot House (May 11, 1945) - Dizzy Gillespie & His All-Star Quintet (w/ Charlie Parker)
Caldonia Boogie (May 12, 1945) - Louis Jordan & Tympany Five
Laura (May 26, 1945) - Dick Haymes
Oklahoma Hills (July 7, 1945) - Jack Guthrie & His Oklahomans
You Are Too Beautiful (August 3, 1945) - Dick Haymes
I Only Have Eyes for You (August 27, 1945) - Frank Sinatra
It’s Been a Long, Long Time (Oct. 13, 1945) - Harry James & His Orchestra
Since I Fell for You (November 7, 1945) - Buddy Johnson & His Orchestra
Good Morning Heartache (Jan. 22, 1946) - Billie Holiday
Air Mail Special, Parts 1 & 2 (January 30, 1946) - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
Round About Midnight (February 6, 1946) - Dizzy Gillespie’s All-Stars
Eight More Miles to Louisville (March 1946) - Grandpa Jones
The Gypsy (May 4, 1946) - The Ink Spots
They Say It's Wonderful (June 1, 1946) - Perry Como
That's All Right (Sept. 6, 1946) - Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Oct. 17, 1946) - Louis Armstrong
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (Nov. 9, 1946) - King Cole Trio
A Sunday Kind of Love (Nov. 11, 1946) - Claude Thornhill & Orch. w/ Fran Warren
Happy-Go-Lucky Local (Nov. 25, 1946) - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
I Saw the Light (April 21, 1947) - Hank Williams & His Drifting Cowboys
Sixteen Tons (June 9, 1947) - Merle Travis
Don’t Let Nobody Turn You Around (1947) - Fairfield Four
Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette) (July 5, 1947) - Tex Williams/Western Caravan
Milky White Way (Sept. 12, 1947) - The Trumpeteers
Our Delight (Sept. 26, 1947) - Tadd Dameron Sextet with Fats Navarro
Embraceable You (Oct. 28, 1947) - Charlie Parker
I've Got a Crush On You (Nov. 5, 1947) - Frank Sinatra
Midnight Sun (Nov. 10, 1947) - Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra
The Natural Facts (That’s All) (Nov. 25, 1947) - Sister Rosetta Tharpe
If I Loved You (Dec. 10, 1947) - Jo Stafford
Crazeology (Little Benny) (Dec. 17, 1947) - Charlie Parker Quintet (with J.J. Johnson)
Merry Christmas, Baby (Dec. 20, 1947) - Johnny Moore featuring Charles Brown
Four Brothers (Dec. 27, 1947) - Woody Herman & His Orchestra
West Side Baby (Dec. 29, 1947) - T-Bone Walker
King Size Papa (Feb. 14, 1948) - Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends
Tomorrow Night (Feb. 28, 1948) - Lonnie Johnson
Nature Boy (April 17, 1948) - Nat “King” Cole
Just Because Polka (May 8, 1948) - Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks
Misterioso (July 2, 1948) - Thelonious Monk Quartet
I Want My Crown (July-August 1948) - Pilgrim Travelers
Chicken Shack Boogie (Nov. 20, 1948) - Amos Milburn
White Christmas (Dec. 25, 1948) - The Ravens
Philadelphia Lawyer (January 1949) - Maddox Brothers & Rose
Ain’t Nobody’s Business (March 5, 1949) - Jimmy Witherspoon
Yesterdays (April 2, 1949) - Art Tatum
Boplicity (April 22, 1949) - Miles Davis Nonet
The House I Live In (May 1949) - The Ravens
Bali H’ai (May 21, 1949) - Juanita Hall/”South Pacific”
Pine Grove Blues (May 23, 1949) - Nathan Abshire
Body and Soul (June 14, 1949) - Billy Eckstine
Baby Get Lost (July 30, 1949) - Dinah Washington
I’ll Fly Away (August 1949) - Chuck Wagon Gang
Tell Me Why You Like Roosevelt (September 1949) - Otis Jackson & Natural Clouds of Joy
Blues Stay Away from Me (Sept. 17, 1949) - Delmore Brothers
The Hammer Song (late 1949) - The Weavers
Lost Highway (Oct. 8, 1949) - Hank Williams
Little Delia (Nov. 1949) - Blind Willie McTell
Mardi Gras in New Orleans (Nov. 1949) - Professor Longhair
The Fields Have Turned Brown (Nov. 20, 1949) - Stanley Brothers
Just Friends (Nov. 30, 1949) - Charlie Parker
Sleigh Ride (Dec. 24, 1949) - Boston Pops Orchestra /
Sleigh Ride (Sept. 11, 1950) - Leroy Anderson & “Pops” Concert Orchestra

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Postby Henrik » Mon May 29, 2017 10:04 pm

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Postby stevejazz » Tue May 30, 2017 4:31 pm

The 1950s chapter (Playlist 5, covering 1950-59) is the longest one in Volumes 3 and 4 of the Encyclopedia. The 1960s would have been even longer, but I split that decade into two chapters in order to make the two volumes a little more equal. I consider the 1955-1960 period as the third "Golden Age" in popular song recording (following the great 1926-1930 and 1936-1942 periods). Just about every musical genre was producing great records on a regular basis--rock, pop, soul, blues, folk, country, jazz, classic vocals, Broadway, and gospel. Here are the 1950s songs whose stories are told in the new books:

Rollin’ Stone (Feb. 1950) - Muddy Waters
By and By (February 24, 1950) - The Soul Stirrers
Bon Ton Roulet (Feb. 25, 1950) - Clarence Garlow
Mambo No. 5 (March 5, 1950) - Perez Prado & His Orchestra
Surely God Is Able (June 1950) - Clara Ward & the Ward Singers
Blue Light Boogie (August 5, 1950) - Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Someone to Watch Over Me (Sept. 1950) - Ella Fitzgerald
How Long Has This Been Going On? (Sept. 1950) - Ella Fitzgerald
Our Father (September 1950) - Original Five Blind Boys
Get Happy (Sept. 30, 1950) - Judy Garland
Uncle Pen (Oct. 15, 1950) - Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
Roll In My Sweet Baby’s Arms (October 20, 1950) - Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs
La Vie en Rose (Oct. 21, 1950) - Edith Piaf
The Lonesome River (Nov. 3, 1950) - Stanley Brothers
Hot Rod Race (Dec. 30, 1950) - Arkie Shibley & Mountain Dew Boys
Electricity (January 29, 1951) - Jimmy Murphy
Black Night (February 10, 1951) - Charles Brown
Night In Tunisia (May 1, 1951) - Bud Powell Trio
I’m a Fool to Want You (June 23, 1951) - Frank Sinatra
Straight, No Chaser (July 23, 1951) - Thelonious Monk Quintet
Criss-Cross (July 23, 1951) - Thelonious Monk Quintet
Dust My Broom (August 1, 1951) - Elmore James
How I Got Over (August 1951) - Mahalia Jackson
The Glory of Love (Aug. 18, 1951) - The Five Keys
When the Saints Go Marching In (August 25, 1951) - The Weavers
I’m in the Mood (Oct. 13, 1951) - John Lee Hooker
Our Love Is Here to Stay (Oct. 17, 1951) - Gene Kelly
's Wonderful (Oct. 17, 1951) - Gene Kelly & George Guetary
Unforgettable (November 3, 1951) - Nat “King” Cole
I’ll Fly Away (November 1951) - The Southern Sons
One Day (December 1951) - Angelic Gospel Singers & Dixie Hummingbirds
I’ll Live Again (December 27, 1951) - Dixie Hummingbirds
Blue Tango (Dec. 29, 1951) - Leroy Anderson & His “Pops” Concert Orchestra
Petite Fleur (January 1952) - Sidney Bechet All-Stars
Fair and Tender Ladies (Feb. 10, 1952) - Carter Sisters & Mother Maybelle
Wheel of Fortune (Feb. 16, 1952) - Kay Starr
Night Train (March 1, 1952) - Jimmy Forrest, His Tenor & All-Star Combo
The Wild Side of Life (March 14, 1952) - Hank Thompson
He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands (May 14, 1952) - Marian Anderson
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy (May 17, 1952) - Lloyd Price
Lover (June 7, 1952) - Peggy Lee
Are You Missing Me? (June 13, 1952) - Jim and Jesse & Virginia Boys
In the Pines (July 18, 1952) - Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
Dancing On the Ceiling (Sept. 16, 1952) - Jeri Southern
Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You) (June 20, 1953) - Les Paul & Mary Ford
The Eagle Stirreth Her Nest (1953) - Reverend C.L. Franklin
The Third Degree (July 4, 1953) - Eddie Boyd
There Will Never Be Another You (August 3, 1953) - Nat King Cole
Mystery Train (early August 1953) - Little Junior Parker’s Blue Flames
Shake a Hand (Aug. 22, 1953) - Faye Adams
By Myself (Aug. 29, 1953) - Fred Astaire
I’ll Go Stepping Too (Aug. 29, 1953) - Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys
I Wonder If I Will Ever Rest (Oct. 12, 1953) - Mahalia Jackson
There Stands the Glass (Oct. 24, 1953) - Webb Pierce
Money Honey (Oct. 31, 1953) - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Tipitina (November 1953) - Professor Longhair & His Blues Scholars
Golden Teardrops (Dec. 12, 1953) - The Flamingos
Parker’s Mood (December 24, 1953) - King Pleasure
A Sunday Kind of Love (Dec. 26, 1953) - The Harptones featuring Willie Winfield
Secret Love (Jan. 9, 1954) - Doris Day
My Funny Valentine (Feb. 15, 1954) - Chet Baker
Hello Little Boy (April 1, 1954) - Ruth Brown
Work With Me, Annie (April 24, 1954) - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
Goodnite, Sweetheart, Goodnite (May 1, 1954) - The Spaniels
Evil (Is Going On) (May 25, 1954) - Howlin’ Wolf
I Don’t Hurt Anymore (May 29, 1954) - Hank Snow
Riot In Cell Block #9 (June 19, 1954) - The Robins
Sh-Boom (July 3, 1954) - The Chords
Beale Street Blues (July 12, 1954) - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars
Hey There (July 17, 1954) - Rosemary Clooney
Misty (July 27, 1954) - Erroll Garner Trio
Daahoud (August 6, 1954) - Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet
Shake, Rattle and Roll (Aug. 21, 1954) - Bill Haley & the Comets
Blue Moon of Kentucky (August 28, 1954) - Elvis Presley
Something Cool (October 2, 1954) - June Christy
I’m Ready (Oct. 23, 1954) - Muddy Waters
Mr. Sandman (Oct. 30, 1954) - The Chordettes
Sincerely (Dec. 4, 1954) - The Moonglows
Embraceable You (Dec. 16, 1954) - Sarah Vaughan
White Christmas (Dec. 18, 1954) - The Drifters

Pledging My Love (January 22, 1955) - Johnny Ace
Every Day I Have the Blues (Jan. 29, 1955) - B.B. King
I’m a Man (March 2, 1955) - Bo Diddley
The Seventh Son (June 1, 1955) - Willie Mabon
Trying to Get to You (July 11, 1955) - Elvis Presley
Corner Pocket (July 1955) - Count Basie & His Orchestra
Manish Boy (July 30, 1955) - Muddy Waters
Only You (And You Alone) (July 30, 1955) - The Platters
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (August 12, 1955) - Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller)
Cry Me a River (Nov. 12, 1955) - Julie London
Smokey Joe's Café (Dec. 3, 1955) - The Robins
Speak Low (Dec. 16, 1955) - Carmen McRae
Need Your Love So Bad (Jan. 7, 1956) - Little Willie John
You Make Me Feel So Young (January 9, 1956) - Frank Sinatra
When the Sun Comes Out (Jan. 20, 1956) - Mel Torme
Memories of You (January 28, 1956) - Rosemary Clooney & Benny Goodman Trio
If I Had My Way (Jan. 29, 1956) - Rev. Gary Davis
Night and Day (February 1956) - Ella Fitzgerald
Begin the Beguine (Feb. 8, 1956) - Ella Fitzgerald
What Is This Thing Called Love? (Feb. 9, 1956) - Ella Fitzgerald
Mack the Knife (Theme from the “Threepenny Opera”) (Feb. 11, 1956) – Louis Armstrong
Drown In My Own Tears (Feb. 25, 1956) - Ray Charles
Pent-Up House (March 22, 1956) - Sonny Rollins
Trouble of the World (March 27, 1956) - Mahalia Jackson
Please, Please, Please (Apr. 7, 1956) - James Brown
I Could Have Danced All Night (Apr. 28, 1956) - Julie Andrews/“My Fair Lady”
Come Rain or Come Shine (Apr. 28, 1956) - Count Basie & His Orch./Joe Williams
Bye Bye Blackbird (June 5, 1956) - Miles Davis Quintet
Hallelujah I Love Her So (June 16, 1956) - Ray Charles
Be-Bop-a-Lula (June 16, 1956) - Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
St. Thomas (June 22, 1956) - Sonny Rollins Quartet
Rip It Up (June 30, 1956) - Little Richard
Candy (June 30, 1956) - Big Maybelle
My Prayer (July 7, 1956) - The Platters
Diminuendo and Crescendo In Blue (July 7, 1956) - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Let the Good Times Roll (July 28, 1956) - Shirley & Lee
99 and a Half (Won’t Do) (August 1956) - Dorothy Love Coates & Original Gospel Harmonettes
That’s Enough (August 1956) - Dorothy Love Coates & the Original Gospel Harmonettes
Honky Tonk (Aug. 18, 1956) - Bill Doggett
You Don’t Know Me (September 1, 1956) - Eddy Arnold
Shiny Stockings (Sept. 7, 1956) - Count Basie & His Orchestra
Sweet Little Angel (Sept. 8, 1956) - B.B. King
The Train Kept a-Rollin’ (September 1956) - Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘n Roll Trio
Too Much Monkey Business (Oct. 6, 1956) - Chuck Berry
Autumn in New York (October 11, 1956) - Sarah Vaughan
Brilliant Corners (Oct. 15, 1956) - Thelonious Monk Quintet
Jump, Jive, an’ Wail (October 1956) - Louis Prima w/ Sam Butera & the Witnesses
Jamaica Farewell (Oct. 20, 1956) - Harry Belafonte
Lonely Avenue (Oct. 20, 1956) - Ray Charles
I Put a Spell on You (late October 1956) - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Oh, What a Nite (Nov. 10, 1956) - The Dells
Senor Blues (Nov. 10, 1956) - Horace Silver Quintet
A Thousand Miles Away (Nov. 14, 1956) - The Heartbeats
Since I Met You, Baby (Nov. 17, 1956) - Ivory Joe Hunter
The Lady Is a Tramp (Nov. 26, 1956) - Frank Sinatra
Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) (Dec. 8, 1956) - Jesse Belvin
Packing Up (Dec. 12, 1956) - Clara Ward & the Ward Singers (featuring Marion Williams) / Packing Up (c. 1959) - Marion Williams & the Stars of Faith
Blue Monday (Dec. 29, 1956) - Fats Domino
When Sunny Gets Blue (Feb. 9, 1957) - Johnny Mathis
Wonderful! Wonderful! (Feb. 9, 1957) - Johnny Mathis
Come Go With Me (Feb. 16, 1957) - The Dell-Vikings
Walkin’ After Midnight (March 2, 1957) - Patsy Cline
Just One of Those Things (March 4, 1957) - Lena Horne
Haitian Fight Song (March 12, 1957) - Charles Mingus & Orchestra
Reincarnation of a Lovebird (March 12, 1957) - Charles Mingus & His Orchestra
Lucille (March 16, 1957) - Little Richard
Matchbox (March 23, 1957) - Carl Perkins
You Don't Know What Love Is (March 28, 1957) - Teddi King
School Day (April 13, 1957) - Chuck Berry
It’s Not for Me to Say (April 29, 1957) - Johnny Mathis
Young Blood (May 6, 1957) - The Coasters
I Got It Bad (And That Ain’t Good) (June 1957) - Ella Fitzgerald w/ Duke Ellington’s Orch.
Cheek to Cheek (1957) - Sarah Vaughan & Billy Eckstine
Rockin’ Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu (July 15, 1957) - Huey “Piano” Smith & His Clowns
Blue Train (Sept. 15, 1957) - John Coltrane
John Henry (Sept. 23, 1957) - Lilly Brothers
Wake Up, Little Susie (Sept. 30, 1957) - Everly Brothers
Autumn In New York (October 3, 1957) - Frank Sinatra
Lil' Darlin' (October 1957) - Count Basie & His Orchestra
One Morning In May (November 1957) - Mel Torme
At the Hop (Dec. 9, 1957) - Danny & the Juniors
What’ll I Do? (Dec. 23, 1957) - Johnny Mathis
Dedicated to the One I Love (end 1957) - Five Royales
Poinciana (January 16, 1958) - Ahmad Jamal Trio
Maybe (Jan. 20, 1958) - The Chantels
Big River (February 10, 1958) - Johnny Cash
Reelin’ and Rockin’ (Feb. 24, 1958) - Chuck Berry
76 Trombones (Feb. 24, 1958) - Robert Preston/”The Music Man”
The Sermon (Feb. 25, 1958) - Jimmy Smith
Somewhere (March 17, 1958) - Reri Grist/“West Side Story”
Straight, No Chaser (April 2, 1958) - Miles Davis Sextet
Milestones (April 2, 1958) - Miles Davis with Gil Evans & His Orchestra
Twilight Time (April 7, 1958) - The Platters
Rumble (April 28, 1958) - Link Wray
Texas Flood (May 16, 1958) - Larry Davis
Rave On (May 26, 1958) - Buddy Holly
Angel Eyes (May 29, 1958) - Frank Sinatra
Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry (May 29, 1958) - Frank Sinatra
Yakety Yak (June 2, 1958) - The Coasters
High School Confidential (June 2, 1958) - Jerry Lee Lewis
Willie and the Hand Jive (June 23, 1958) - Johnny Otis
Goodbye (June 25, 1958) - Frank Sinatra
Rebel-‘Rouser (June 30, 1958) - Duane Eddy and His “Twangy” Guitar
Freight Train (1958) - Elizabeth Cotten
Fever (July 14, 1958) - Peggy Lee
City Lights (July 14, 1958) - Ray Price
Baltimore Oriole (August 8, 1958) - Carmen McRae
It’s All In the Game (August 18, 1958) - Tommy Edwards
Summertime (August 14, 1958) - Miles Davis with Gil Evans & His Orchestra
It’s Only Make Believe (Sept. 15, 1958) - Conway Twitty
My Shining Hour (Sept. 26, 1958) - Mabel Mercer
Isn’t It Romantic? (October 1958) - Carmen McRae
Moanin’ (Oct. 30, 1958) - Art Blakey & His Jazz Messengers
Try Me (I Need You) (Nov. 10, 1958) - James Brown
Stagger Lee (Dec. 8, 1958) - Lloyd Price
(Night Time Is) The Right Time (Jan. 5, 1959) - Ray Charles
Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting (Feb. 4, 1959) - Charles Mingus/Jazz Workshop Band
My Funny Valentine (Feb. 9, 1959) - Johnny Mathis
Peter Gunn (March 2, 1959) - Henry Mancini
I Don’t Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You (March 24, 1959) - Frank Sinatra
The Twist (April 6, 1959) - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
Black Land Farmer (April 13, 1959) - Frankie Miller
Freddie Freeloader (April 22, 1959) - Miles Davis
All Blues (April 22, 1959) - Miles Davis Sextet
Naima (May 5, 1959) - John Coltrane
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (May 12, 1959) - Charles Mingus
How I Got Over (May 12, 1959) - Swan Silvertones
Congeniality (May 22, 1959) - Ornette Coleman
What a Diff'rence a Day Makes (May 25, 1959) - Dinah Washington
Long Black Veil (June 8, 1959) - Lefty Frizzell
M.T.A. (June 15, 1959) - Kingston Trio
I Loves You, Porgy (June 22, 1959) - Nina Simone
Desafinado (1959) - Joao Gilberto
Wayfaring Stranger (1959) - Roscoe Holcolmb
Misty (July 20, 1959) - Sarah Vaughan
Love Potion No. 9 (Sept. 14, 1959) - The Clovers
Where Will This End? (Sept. 1959) - Buzz Busby & the Bayou Boys
Where or When (Oct. 28, 1959) - Tony Bennett
A Sleepin' Bee (Oct. 28, 1959) - Tony Bennett
He’ll Have to Go (Dec. 7, 1959) - Jim Reeves
Harlem Nocturne (Dec. 28, 1959) - The Viscounts

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Postby StevieFan13 » Tue May 30, 2017 5:49 pm

Wowee!
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StevieFan13 wrote:Wowee!


Seconded. I just received Volumes 1 & 2 in the mail today; and, for those who aren't familiar with them, they're quite amazing. It's nearly impossible to imagine the level of research that went into these (not to mention the time spent writing them!). For someone like myself (and many of us on AM) who love music from all eras and genres, it would be impossible to find better books than these. Now, I'm just looking forward to spending as many hours reading them as possible without my wife filing for divorce...

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Postby Henrik » Wed May 31, 2017 11:15 am

Steve, I will also buy your books one day. I'm just afraid that if i start reading the next update will be even more delayed... :whistle:

Anyway, I noticed that you posted 1890-1919 in a different thread. If it's ok I will try to merge the threads.

I hope you have these lists readily available, so you're not basically writing your book (or at least the index) a second time!
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Wed May 31, 2017 5:49 pm

Thanks for the very nice comments, they're much appreciated. I finally received my copies of Volumes 3 and 4 yesterday, and I've gotta say, they look fabulous. Rowman & Littlefield is known for producing books that are not only high quality inside, but beautifully designed (often large-format hardcover books like these), sturdy, and attractive. They come in at 818 total pages to encompass the 1,700 song performances. And i love the sky-blue covers. Of course it's the content that matters most, and I feel very, very good about that.

Now, on to Playlist/Chapter 6, covering 1960-1964, which concludes the first of the two new volumes:

Theme from “A Summer Place” (Jan. 11, 1960) - Percy Faith & His Orchestra
Let It Be Me (Jan. 11, 1960) - Everly Brothers
So Many Roads, So Many Trains (Jan. 1960) - Otis Rush
West Coast Blues (Jan. 26, 1960) - Wes Montgomery
The Work Song (Feb. 1, 1960) - Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Jin-go-lo-ba (Drums of Passion) (Feb. 15, 1960) - Babatunje Olatunji
This Land Is Your Land (Feb. 22, 1960) - The Weavers
You Go to My Head (March 1, 1960) - Frank Sinatra
The First Time I Met the Blues (March 2, 1960) - Buddy Guy
Doggin’ Around (April 4, 1960) - Jackie Wilson
Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down (April 8, 1960) - Odetta
Cathy's Clown (April 18, 1960) - Everly Brothers
Wonderful World (May 9, 1960) - Sam Cooke
I’m Sorry (May 30, 1960) - Brenda Lee
Psycho (June 16, 1960) - Bernard Herrmann/Motion Picture Theme
La Barca (1960) - Lucho Gatica
Barbara Allen (1960) - Jean Ritchie
Walking to New Orleans (July 11, 1960) - Fats Domino
Walk, Don’t Run (July 18, 1960) - The Ventures
It’s Now or Never (July 18, 1960) - Elvis Presley
Tell the Truth (Aug. 8, 1960) - Ray Charles
Save the Last Dance for Me (Sept. 5, 1960) - The Drifters
Stay (Sept. 26, 1960) - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
Peter Gunn (Oct. 10, 1960) - Duane Eddy
My Favorite Things (Oct. 1960) - John Coltrane Quartet
Theme, “The Magnificent Seven” (Oct. 23, 1960) - Elmer Bernstein /
The Magnificent Seven (December 5, 1960) - Al Caiola & His Orchestra
All My Trials (November 1960) - Joan Baez
Night Life (late 1960) - Willie Nelson
Please Come Home for Christmas (Dec. 26, 1960) - Charles Brown
I Just Want to Make Love to You (Jan. 16, 1961) - Etta James
Dedicated to the One I Love (Jan. 23, 1961) - The Shirelles
I Pity the Fool (Feb. 6, 1961) - Bobby Bland
Hide Away (March 6, 1961) - Freddy King
Hello Walls (March 20, 1961) - Faron Young
Daddy’s Home (Mar. 27, 1961) - Shep & the Limelites
Big Boss Man (May 1, 1961) - Jimmy Reed
Hello, Mary Lou (May 1, 1961) - Ricky Nelson
Quarter to Three (May 22, 1961) - Gary “U.S.” Bonds
Rainin’ In My Heart (May 22, 1961) - Slim Harpo
The Red Rooster (June 1961) - Howlin’ Wolf
Round Midnight (June 23, 1961) - Ella Fitzgerald
Waltz for Debby (June 25, 1961) - Bill Evans Trio
Last Night (July 3, 1961) - The Mar-Keys
It Was a Very Good Year (July 3, 1961) - Kingston Trio
Michael (July 10, 1961) - The Highwaymen
Battle Royal (July 6, 1961) - Duke Ellington & Count Basie Orchestras
Bright Lights, Big City (Sept. 4, 1961) - Jimmy Reed
Please Mr. Postman (Sept. 4, 1961) - The Marvelettes
Moon River (October 9, 1961) - Jerry Butler
Gypsy Woman (Oct. 16, 1961) - The Impressions
Joy to the World (November 1961) - Louvin Brothers
Turn On Your Love Light (Dec. 4, 1961) - Bobby Bland
The Wanderer (Dec. 4, 1961) - Dion
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (Jan. 20, 1962) - Kingston Trio /
Where Have All the Flowers Gone? (May 1962) - Pete Seeger
She’s Got You (March 3, 1962) - Patsy Cline
She Thinks I Still Care (April 14, 1962) - George Jones
Night Train (April 14, 1962) - James Brown
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (April 28, 1962) - Gene Pitney
Born to Lose (May 12, 1962) - Ray Charles
Watermelon Man (May 1962) - Herbie Hancock
Boom Boom (May 26, 1962) - John Lee Hooker
Twist and Shout (June 2, 1962) - Isley Brothers
Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (June 30, 1962) - Neil Sedaka
The Loco-Motion (June 30, 1962) - Little Eva
You Don’t Know Me (July 28, 1962) - Ray Charles
You Belong to Me (Aug. 4, 1962) - The Duprees
Do You Love Me (Aug. 11, 1962) - The Contours
Sherry (Aug. 25, 1962) - The Four Seasons
He’s a Rebel (Sept. 8, 1962) - The Crystals
You Are My Sunshine (Nov. 17, 1962) - Ray Charles
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me (Dec. 8, 1962) - The Miracles
Cast Your Fate to the Wind (Dec. 8, 1962) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
Theme, “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Dec. 25, 1962) - Elmer Bernstein
Silent Night, Holy Night (December 29, 1962) - Mahalia Jackson
I’m Old-Fashioned (Jan. 5, 1963) - Ella Fitzgerald
All the Things You Are (Jan. 7, 1963) - Ella Fitzgerald
Help Me (Jan. 11, 1963) - Sonny Boy Williamson
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (January 1963) - Pete Seeger
Walk Like a Man (Jan. 26, 1963) - Four Seasons
In Dreams (Feb. 9, 1963) - Roy Orbison
Our Day Will Come (Feb. 9, 1963) - Ruby & the Romantics
He's So Fine (Feb. 23, 1963) - The Chiffons
Lush Life (March 1963) - Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane
You Are Too Beautiful (March 1963) - Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane
Another Saturday Night (April 20, 1963) - Sam Cooke
El Watusi (April 27, 1963) - Ray Barretto
Who Do You Love (May 4, 1963) - Ronnie Hawkins
Copper Kettle (May 1963) - Country Gentlemen
One Fine Day (June 1, 1963) - The Chiffons
Six Days On the Road (June 1, 1963) - Dave Dudley
Blue Bossa (June 3, 1963) - Joe Henderson
Memphis (June 8, 1963) - Lonnie Mack
Fingertips, Part 2 (June 22, 1963) - Stevie Wonder
Oh Death (June 26, 1963) - Dock Boggs
Then He Kissed Me (Aug. 17, 1963) - The Crystals
Over the Rainbow (Aug. 31, 1963) - Ray Charles
Sally Go Round the Roses (Aug. 31, 1963) - The Jaynetts
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Sept. 7, 1963) - Bob Dylan /
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Sept. 14, 1963) - Peter, Paul & Mary
Blue Bayou (Sept. 14, 1963) - Roy Orbison
It’s All Right (Sept. 28, 1963) - The Impressions
Four Strong Winds (Sept. 28, 1963) - Ian & Sylvia
Can I Get a Witness (Oct. 19, 1963) - Marvin Gaye
In My Room (Nov. 2, 1963) - The Beach Boys
I’ll Be Around (Nov. 6, 1963) - Tony Bennett
Alabama (Nov. 18, 1963) - John Coltrane
Black Mountain Rag (November 26, 1963) - Doc Watson
Do You Hear What I Hear? (Nov. 30, 1963) - Bing Crosby
There’s a Meetin’ Here Tonight (Nov. 30, 1963) - Joe & Eddie
Anyone Who Had a Heart (Dec. 7, 1963) - Dionne Warwick
The Sidewinder (Dec. 21, 1963) - Lee Morgan
Please Please Me (Feb. 1, 1964) - The Beatles
Hello, Dolly! (Feb. 15, 1964) - Louis Armstrong
The Way You Do the Things You Do (Feb. 29, 1964) - The Temptations
Ain’t Nothing You Can Do (March 7, 1964) - Bobby Bland
Needles and Pins (March 7, 1964) - The Searchers
Can’t Buy Me Love (March 28, 1964) - The Beatles
My Boy Lollipop (May 23, 1964) - Millie Small
I Get Around (May 23, 1964) - The Beach Boys
Corcovado (June 6, 1964) - Stan Getz, Joao & Astrud Gilberto
Cantaloupe Island (June 17, 1964) - Herbie Hancock
Time Is On My Side (July 4, 1964) - Irma Thomas
Where Did Our Love Go (July 11, 1964) - The Supremes
You Never Can Tell (Aug. 1, 1964) - Chuck Berry
Hey Nelly Nelly (August 1964) - Judy Collins
Chimes of Freedom (Sept. 19, 1964) - Bob Dylan
My Back Pages (Sept. 19, 1964) - Bob Dylan
Leader of the Pack (Oct. 10, 1964) - The Shangri-La’s
The Last Thing On My Mind (Oct. 1964) - Tom Paxton
Goin’ Out of My Head (Nov. 7, 1964) - Little Anthony & the Imperials
A Love Supreme: Part 1 (Acknowledgement) (December 9, 1964) - John Coltrane
Infant Eyes (Dec. 1964) - Wayne Shorter
Downtown (Dec. 19, 1964) - Petula Clark

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Thu Jun 01, 2017 4:31 pm

Volume 3 of the Encyclopedia concluded with the 1960-1964 chapter. Volume 4 begins with Playlist/Chapter 7, covering 1965-1969. This is when I began listening to pop music (I bought my first albums as a kid in late 1965), so of course it's one of my favorite time periods. Here are the 1965-69 songs whose stories are told in the book:

E.S.P. (January 1965) - Miles Davis Quintet
Shotgun (Feb. 13, 1965) - Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
Stop! In the Name of Love (Feb. 20, 1965) - The Supremes
The Sound of Music (March 20, 1965) - Julie Andrews
We’re Gonna Make It (March 27, 1965) - Little Milton
Ooo Baby Baby (March 27, 1965) - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Subterranean Homesick Blues (April 3, 1965) - Bob Dylan
Iko Iko (April 3, 1965) - The Dixie Cups
Woolly Bully (April 3, 1965) - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Death Letter Blues (April 12 & 14, 1965) - Son House
September Song (April 13, 1965) - Frank Sinatra
Wade In the Water (April 1965) - Staple Singers
Ticket to Ride (April 24, 1965) - The Beatles
Crying In the Chapel (April 24, 1965) - Elvis Presley
It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (May 1, 1965) - Bob Dylan
I Can't Help Myself (May 15, 1965) - The Four Tops
Temptation ‘Bout to Get Me (May 22, 1965) - Knight Brothers
What the World Needs Now Is Love (May 22, 1965) - Jackie DeShannon
Gloria (May 22, 1965) - Them (featuring Van Morrison)
I Got You, Babe (July 10, 1965) - Sonny & Cher
California Girls (July 24, 1965) - Beach Boys
Since I Lost My Baby (July 24, 1965) - The Temptations
We Gotta Get Out of This Place (August 14, 1965) - The Animals
Eve of Destruction (August 21, 1965) - Barry McGuire
Respect (September 4, 1965) - Otis Redding
There But for Fortune (Sept. 11, 1965) - Joan Baez /
There But for Fortune (July 9, 1966) - Phil Ochs
Hoodoo Man Blues (September 23, 1965) - Junior Wells
Rescue Me (Sept. 25, 1965) - Fontella Bass
Early Morning Rain (Oct. 9, 1965) - Peter, Paul & Mary /
Early Mornin’ Rain (March 1966) - Gordon Lightfoot
A Change Is Gonna Come (Oct. 16, 1965) - Otis Redding
Waltz Across Texas (Oct. 23, 1965) - Ernest Tubb
Buckaroo (Oct. 30, 1965) - Buck Owens & the Buckaroos
Linus and Lucy (December 1965) - Vince Guaraldi Trio
Uptight (Everything’s Alright) (Dec. 18, 1965) - Stevie Wonder
We Can Work It Out (Dec. 18, 1965) - The Beatles
Michelle (Dec. 25, 1965) - The Beatles
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) (Dec. 25, 1965) - The Beatles
I Can't Turn You Loose (Dec. 25, 1965) - Otis Redding

Elusive Butterfly (January 11, 1966) - Bob Lind
The Impossible Dream (The Quest) (January 22, 1966) - Richard Kiley /
The Impossible Dream (June 4, 1966) - Jack Jones
I Fought the Law (January 29, 1966) - Bobby Fuller Four
Homeward Bound (Feb. 12, 1966) - Simon & Garfunkel
Thirsty Boots (Feb. 1966) - Eric Andersen
This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) (Feb. 19, 1966) - Isley Brothers
Sloop John B (April 2, 1966) - The Beach Boys
Wang Dang Doodle (April 16, 1966) - Koko Taylor
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (April 30, 1966) - James Brown
Enter, Evening (May 1966) - Cecil Taylor
Ain't Too Proud to Beg (May 28, 1966) - The Temptations
Summertime (July 16, 1966) - Billy Stewart
Bus Stop (July 23, 1966) - The Hollies
You Can’t Hurry Love (August 13, 1966) - The Supremes
Cherish (August 27, 1966) - The Association
96 Tears (Sept. 3, 1966) - ? & the Mysterians
The Poor Side of Town (Sept. 17, 1966) - Johnny Rivers
East-West (Oct. 8, 1966) - Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Devil With a Blue Dress On & Good Golly, Miss Molly (Oct. 8, 1966)
– Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Stay With Me (October 15, 1966) - Lorraine Ellison
Mustang Sally (Nov. 26, 1966) - Wilson Pickett
Tell It Like It Is (Dec. 3, 1966) - Aaron Neville
I’m a Believer (Dec. 10, 1966) - The Monkees
Jingle Bells (December 17, 1966) - Booker T. & the MGs
Standing In the Shadows of Love (Dec. 17, 1966) - The Four Tops

Suzanne (January 7, 1967) - Judy Collins
Pretty Ballerina (January 7, 1967) - Left Banke
Ruby Tuesday (January 21, 1967) - Rolling Stones
The Dark End of the Street (Feb. 4, 1967) - James Carr
Strawberry Fields Forever (Feb. 25, 1967) - The Beatles
Penny Lane (Feb. 25, 1967) - The Beatles
Bernadette (March 11, 1967) - The Four Tops
The End (March 25, 1967) - The Doors
A Change Is Gonna Come (April 8, 1967) - Aretha Franklin
Alfie (April 8, 1967) - Dionne Warwick
Canadian Railroad Trilogy (April 1967) - Gordon Lightfoot
Song for a Winter’s Night (April 1967) - Gordon Lightfoot
Creeque Alley (April 29, 1967) - Mamas & the Papas
Waterloo Sunset (May 13, 1967) - The Kinks
Heroin (May 13, 1967) - Velvet Underground
Society’s Child (May 27, 1967) - Janis Ian
Up, Up, and Away (June 3, 1967) - The 5th Dimension
More Love (June 17, 1967) - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (June 24, 1967) - The Beatles
With a Little Help from My Friends (June 24, 1967) - The Beatles /
With a Little Help from My Friends (Nov. 16, 1968) - Joe Cocker
You Only Live Twice (June 24, 1967) - Nancy Sinatra
Gentle On My Mind (July 29, 1967) - Glen Campbell
The Letter (August 12, 1967) - The Box Tops
The Wind Cries Mary (August 26, 1967) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Your Precious Love (Sept. 9, 1967) - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
How Can I Be Sure? (September 9, 1967) - The Young Rascals
Pata Pata (Oct. 7, 1967) - Miriam Makeba
What a Wonderful World (October 14, 1967) - Louis Armstrong
Lazy Day (Oct. 14, 1967) - Spanky & Our Gang
Tell Mama (Nov. 18, 1967) - Etta James
Alice’s Restaurant Massacree (Nov. 18, 1967) - Arlo Guthrie
Goin’ Back (November 18, 1967) - The Byrds
Pleasures of the Harbor (Dec. 9, 1967) - Phil Ochs

Since You Asked (January 6, 1968) - Judy Collins
Mission: Impossible (January 6, 1968) - Lalo Schifrin
Sunshine of Your Love (January 13, 1968) - Cream
Theme from “Valley of the Dolls” (January 20, 1968) - Dionne Warwick
Ball and Chain (January 25, 1968) - Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton
Rocky Top (Feb. 3, 1968) - Osborne Brothers
Strange Man (early 1968) - Dorothy Love Coates
Ain't No Way (April 6, 1968) - Aretha Franklin
Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing (April 13, 1968) - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
No Regrets (April 20, 1968) - Tom Rush
Mrs. Robinson (April 27, 1968) - Simon & Garfunkel
America (April 27, 1968) - Simon & Garfunkel
Alone Again Or (May 4, 1968) - Love
MacArthur Park (May 11, 1968) - Richard Harris
Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon) (July 20, 1968) - The Moody Blues
Save the Country (August 3, 1968) - Laura Nyro
Piece of My Heart (August 31, 1968) - Big Brother & Holding Co. w/ Janis Joplin
Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud (Sept. 7, 1968) - James Brown
Revolution (Sept. 14, 1968) - The Beatles
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (Oct. 19, 1968) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Madame George (November 1968) - Van Morrison
Samba with Some Barbecue (Nov. 20, 1968) - Paul Desmond
Everyday People (Nov. 30, 1968) - Sly & the Family Stone
Son of a Preacher Man (Nov. 30, 1968) - Dusty Springfield

Games People Play (January 11, 1969) - Joe South
Crossroads (January 25, 1969) - Cream
God Bless the Child (Feb. 1, 1969) - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Someday Soon (Feb. 1, 1969) - Judy Collins
Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show (Feb. 22, 1969) - Neil Diamond
Hungry Eyes (Feb. 22, 1969) - Merle Haggard & the Strangers
Only the Strong Survive (March 1, 1969) - Jerry Butler
You’ve Made Me So Very Happy (March 1, 1969) - Blood, Sweat & Tears
Aquarius - Let the Sunshine In (March 8, 1969) - The 5th Dimension
Galveston (March 15, 1969) - Glen Campbell
My Way (March 29, 1969) - Frank Sinatra
Stand! (April 12, 1969) - Sly & the Family Stone
Sin City (April 1969) - Flying Burrito Brothers
Get Back (May 10, 1969) - The Beatles
My Cherie Amour (May 31, 1969) - Stevie Wonder
We’re Not Gonna Take It / See Me, Feel Me (June 7, 1969) - The Who
Both Sides Now (June 14, 1969) - Joni Mitchell
Pressure Drop (1969) - Toots & the Maytals
Lay Lady Lay (July 12, 1969) - Bob Dylan
Who Knows Where the Time Goes (July 1969) - Fairport Convention
You Can’t Always Get What You Want (July 19, 1969) - Rolling Stones
Everybody’s Talkin’ (August 16, 1969) - Nilsson
I Can't Get Next to You (August 16, 1969) - The Temptations
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Oct. 4, 1969) - Crosby, Stills & Nash
Here Comes the Sun (Oct. 18, 1969) - The Beatles
Leaving On a Jet Plane (Oct. 25, 1969) - Peter, Paul & Mary
Eli’s Coming (Oct. 25, 1969) - Three Dog Night
Down on the Corner (Oct. 25, 1969) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Up on Cripple Creek (Nov. 1, 1969) - The Band
Someday We’ll Be Together (Nov. 8, 1969) - Diana Ross & the Supremes
Sunlight (November 8, 1969) - The Youngbloods
Whole Lotta Love (Nov. 22, 1969) - Led Zeppelin
To Be Young, Gifted, and Black (November 22, 1969) - Nina Simone
Fancy (November 22, 1969) - Bobbie Gentry

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby Bruno » Thu Jun 01, 2017 6:05 pm

Great job, Steve.

Sorry if this has been answered before, but what is the last chapter of your books?

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby panam » Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:25 pm

I'm waiting for the 70's part :)

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Mon Jun 05, 2017 3:25 pm

Panam, here is "the '70s part." Playlist/Chapter 8 covers 1970-1979. These were important years in my musical education. I had started listening to pop radio in 1964, and this grew a little more each year. In January 1970, I began compiling weekly Top 40 song lists, based on my personal preferences and local radio airplay. When "American Top 40" debuted that July, I began taking Billboard into account, and that November I became a Billboard subscriber. I compiled my first all-time-greatest songs ranking in 1973 while in high school. These all-time lists grew to a top 500 by 1978, a top 1,100 by 1983, a top 2,500 by 1987, and sprawled to over 10,000 songs by 1995. They served as an early basis for these books.

Now, for the 1970s songs in the new books:

Superstar (January 31, 1970) - Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers
Travelin’ Band (January 31, 1970) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Shilo (Feb. 7, 1970) - Neil Diamond
Kentucky Rain (Feb. 14, 1970) - Elvis Presley
Instant Karma (We All Shine On) (Feb. 28, 1970) - John Lennon
Run Through the Jungle (April 25, 1970) - Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Circle Game (April 11, 1970) - Joni Mitchell
Lay Down (Candles In the Rain) (April 25, 1970) - Melanie w/ Edwin Hawkins Singers
Maybe I'm Amazed (May 9, 1970) - Paul McCartney
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down (May 16, 1970) - Miles Davis
The Long and Winding Road (May 23, 1970) - The Beatles
Across the Universe (May 30, 1970) - The Beatles
Joe Hill (June 6, 1970) - Joan Baez
Teach Your Children (June 6, 1970) - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
For the Good Times (June 27, 1970) - Ray Price
Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) (June 27, 1970) - Stevie Wonder
Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine (July 18, 1970) - James Brown
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (Aug. 8, 1970) - Diana Ross
Long, Long Time (Aug. 15, 1970) - Linda Ronstadt
Border Song (Holy Moses) (August 15, 1970) - Elton John
Cracklin' Rosie (Aug. 22, 1970) - Neil Diamond
Lola (Aug. 29, 1970) - The Kinks
We’ve Only Just Begun (Sept. 12, 1970) - The Carpenters
El Condor Pasa (Sept. 12, 1970) - Simon & Garfunkel
After the Gold Rush (Sept. 19, 1970) - Neil Young
Midnight Rider (Oct. 24, 1970) - Allman Brothers Band /
Midnight Rider (Dec. 22, 1973) - Gregg Allman
He Ain’t Heavy…He’s My Brother (Nov. 7, 1970) - Neil Diamond
Gethsemene (I Only Want to Say) (Nov. 21, 1970) - Ian Gillian
My Sweet Lord (November 28, 1970) - George Harrison
If I Were Your Woman (November 28, 1970) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
Help Me Make It Through the Night (Dec. 19, 1970) - Sammi Smith
Chestnut Mare (Dec. 19, 1970) - The Byrds
Merry Christmas, Darling (Dec. 19, 1970) - The Carpenters
If You Could Read My Mind (Dec. 26, 1970) - Gordon Lightfoot
Father and Son (February 6, 1971) - Cat Stevens
Oye Como Va (Feb. 20, 1971) - Santana
I Am…I Said (March 27, 1971) - Neil Diamond
If (March 27, 1971) - Bread
Will You Love Me Tomorrow (April 10, 1971) - Carole King
That’s the Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be (April 17, 1971) - Carly Simon
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (April 19, 1971) - Gil Scott-Heron
Brown Sugar (May 1, 1971) - Rolling Stones
I Feel the Earth Move (May 8, 1971) - Carole King
You’ve Got a Friend (June 5, 1971) - James Taylor
Wild Horses (June 19, 1971) - Rolling Stones
Baba Ngbo ti Wa (Father Hear Us) (1971) - I.K. Dairo & His Blue Spots
Riders On the Storm (July 3, 1971) - The Doors
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) (July 3, 1971) - Marvin Gaye
River (July 3, 1971) - Joni Mitchell
Tired of Being Alone (July 10, 1971) - Al Green
Ain’t No Sunshine (July 17, 1971) - Bill Withers
The Wedding Song (There Is Love) (July 31, 1971) - Paul Stookey
Spanish Harlem (July 31, 1971) - Aretha Franklin
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) (Oct. 9, 1971) - Marvin Gaye
Wild Night (Oct. 9, 1971) - Van Morrison
Theme from “Shaft” (Oct. 16, 1971) - Isaac Hayes
Respect Yourself (Oct. 16, 1971) - Staple Singers
The City of New Orleans (c. October 1971) - Steve Goodman
Have You Seen Her (Oct. 23, 1971) - The Chi-Lites
Coat of Many Colors (Oct. 30, 1971) - Dolly Parton
Rock Steady (Oct. 30, 1971) - Aretha Franklin
Grandma’s Hands (October 30, 1971) - Bill Withers
Behind Blue Eyes (Nov. 6, 1971) - The Who
Family Affair (Nov. 6, 1971) - Sly & the Family Stone
Stones (Nov. 13, 1971) - Neil Diamond
Truckin' (Nov. 27, 1971) - Grateful Dead
Tupelo Honey (January 1, 1972) - Van Morrison
Slippin’ Into Darkness (January 15, 1972) - War
Heart of Gold (Feb. 5, 1972) - Neil Young
Rock and Roll Lullaby (Feb. 12, 1972) - B.J. Thomas
Betcha By Golly, Wow (Feb. 26, 1972) - The Stylistics
Dogtown (March 18, 1972) - Harry Chapin
Rock and Roll (March 18, 1972) - Led Zeppelin
Oh Girl (April 8, 1972) - The Chi-Lites
I’ll Take You There (April 8, 1972) - Staple Singers
Love Theme from “The Godfather” (April 22, 1972) - Nino Rota/Carlo Savina & Orchestra
Castles In the Air (April 22, 1972) - Don McLean
Lean On Me (April 22, 1972) - Bill Withers
Tumbling Dice (April 29, 1972) - Rolling Stones
Sail Away (June 17, 1972) - Randy Newman
How I Got Over (June 17, 1972) - Aretha Franklin
Amazing Grace (June 17, 1972) - Aretha Franklin
I Am Woman (June 24, 1972) - Helen Reddy
Go All the Way (July 1, 1972) - The Raspberries
Is It Really Love at All? (July 15, 1972) - Eric Andersen
Back Stabbers (July 22, 1972) - The O’Jays
Saturday In the Park (Aug. 5, 1972) - Chicago
Freddie’s Dead (Aug. 12, 1972) - Curtis Mayfield
Burning Love (Aug. 19, 1972) - Elvis Presley
Summer Breeze (September 9, 1972) - Seals & Crofts
I'll Be Around (Sept. 16, 1972) - The Spinners
American City Suite (Sept. 23, 1972) - Cashman & West
If You Don’t Know Me By Now (Sept. 30, 1972) - Harold Melvyn & Blue Notes
Me and Mrs. Jones (Oct. 28, 1972) - Billy Paul
Do It Again (Nov. 18, 1972) - Steely Dan
Rocky Mountain High (Nov. 25, 1972) - John Denver
You’re So Vain (Dec. 2, 1972) - Carly Simon
Dreidel (Dec. 23, 1972) - Don McLean
Could It Be I’m Falling In Love (Dec. 30, 1972) - The Spinners
Dueling Banjos (January 13, 1973) - Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandell
Space Oddity (January 27, 1973) - David Bowie
Behind Closed Doors (Feb. 10, 1973) - Charlie Rich
Stir It Up (Feb. 10, 1973) - Johnny Nash
Walk On the Wild Side (Feb. 17, 1973) - Lou Reed
You Are the Sunshine of My Life (March 17, 1973) - Stevie Wonder
Why Me (April 7, 1973) - Kris Kristofferson
Daniel (April 7, 1973) - Elton John
Right Place, Wrong Time (April 14, 1973) - Dr. John
Desperado (May 5, 1973) - The Eagles
Ol’ 55 (May 1973) - Tom Waits /
Ol’ 55 (April 20, 1974) - The Eagles
Money (May 19, 1973) - Pink Floyd
Precious Lord, Take My Hand (1973) - Marion Williams with Thomas A. Dorsey
Live and Let Die (July 7, 1973) - Paul McCartney & Wings
Loves Me Like a Rock (Aug. 4, 1973) - Paul Simon w/ Dixie Hummingbirds
Ramblin’ Man (Aug. 25, 1973) - Allman Brothers Band
Summer (The First Time) (Aug. 25, 1973) - Bobby Goldsboro
Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Sept. 1, 1973) - Bob Dylan
If We Make It Through December (Oct. 27, 1973) - Merle Haggard
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Oct. 27, 1973) - Elton John
Jolene (Nov. 3, 1973) - Dolly Parton
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) (November 11, 1973) - Bruce Springsteen
Time In a Bottle (Nov. 17, 1973) - Jim Croce
I Shot the Sheriff (c. December 1973) - Bob Marley & the Wailers
(You’re the) Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me (Feb. 16, 1974) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (Feb. 16, 1974) - Barbra Streisand
Piano Man (Feb. 23, 1974) - Billy Joel
Aguas de Marco (Feb. 25, 1974) - Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim
Chameleon (March 23, 1974) - Herbie Hancock
I Will Always Love You (April 6, 1974) - Dolly Parton
Stars (June 1, 1974) - Janis Ian
Widescreen (early June 1974) - Rupert Holmes
Love Theme from “Chinatown” (June 20, 1974) - Jerry Goldsmith
Running Hard (Aug. 3, 1974) - Renaissance
You Haven’t Done Nothin’ (Aug. 3, 1974) - Stevie Wonder
Quimbara (September 14, 1974) - Celia Cruz with Johnny Pacheco y su Tumbao
Cat’s In the Cradle (Oct. 5, 1974) - Harry Chapin
Louisiana 1927 (October 5, 1974) - Randy Newman
Fountain of Sorrow (Oct. 12, 1974) - Jackson Browne
Terminal (October 1974) - Rupert Holmes
Promised Land (Oct. 26, 1974) - Elvis Presley
Take Me to the River (Nov. 24, 1974) - Al Green
Streets of London (Dec. 7, 1974) - Ralph McTell
Lady Marmalade (Dec. 14, 1974) - LaBelle

Before the Next Teardrop Falls (January 11, 1975) - Freddy Fender
Shining Star (Feb. 8, 1975) - Earth, Wind & Fire
Bad Luck (March 15, 1975) - Harold Melvyn & the Blue Notes
Boulder to Birmingham (April 19, 1975) - Emmylou Harris
Rhinestone Cowboy (June 7, 1975) - Glen Campbell
Some Other Time (June 10-13, 1975) - Tony Bennett & Bill Evans
Saturday Night Special (June 14, 1975) - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Fame (June 28, 1975) - David Bowie
Water No Get Enemy (1975) - Fela Kuti
That’s the Way of the World (July 5, 1975) - Earth, Wind & Fire
Where Am I Going? (July 19, 1975) - Gino Vannelli
I Only Have Eyes for You (Aug. 23, 1975) - Art Garfunkel
The Song of Scheherazade (Aug. 30, 1975) - Renaissance
Lyin' Eyes (Sept. 13, 1975) - The Eagles
Wind On the Water (Oct. 11, 1975) - David Crosby & Graham Nash
Wake Up, Everybody (Nov. 22, 1975) - Harold Melvyn & Blue Notes
Acadian Driftwood (December 13, 1975) - The Band
Gloria (In Excelsis Deo) (December 13, 1975) - Patti Smith
Marcus Garvey (Dec, 15, 1975) - Burning Spear
Dream On (January 10, 1976) - Aerosmith
Only Love Is Real (Feb. 14, 1976) - Carole King
Rhiannon (Will You Ever Win) (March 6, 1976) - Fleetwood Mac
Jerusalem Ridge (March 30, 1976) - Kenny Baker (with Bill Monroe)
Kiss and Say Goodbye (April 3, 1976) - The Manhattans
Howlin’ Wind (April 1976) - Graham Parker
Turn the Page (May 1, 1976) - Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band
You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (May 15, 1976) - Lou Rawls
You Should Be Dancing (July 4, 1976) - Bee Gees
She’s Gone (July 24, 1976) - Daryl Hall & John Oates
More Than a Feeling (Sept. 18, 1976) - Boston
Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (Oct. 2, 1976) - Rod Stewart
Corey’s Coming (Oct. 30, 1976) - Harry Chapin
Walk This Way (Nov. 20, 1976) - Aerosmith
Summertime (Dec. 4, 1976) - Ray Charles & Cleo Laine
I Wish (Dec. 4, 1976) - Stevie Wonder
Evergreen (Love Theme from “A Star Is Born”) (Dec. 11, 1976) - Barbra Streisand
Dancing Queen (Dec. 11, 1976) - ABBA
Disco Inferno (March 5, 1977) - The Trammps
Sir Duke (April 2, 1977) - Stevie Wonder
Piano Concerto in B Flat, 3rd Movement (April 9, 1977) - Keith Emerson
Dreams (April 16, 1977) - Fleetwood Mac
Fanfare for the Common Man (June 4, 1977) - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
God Save the Queen (June 4, 1977) - Sex Pistols
One Love / People Get Ready (June 11, 1977) - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Dey (c. 1977) - Toto Bissainthe
The Highwayman (July 1977) - Jimmy Webb
I Feel Love (August 6, 1977) - Donna Summer
Some Enchanted Evening (Sept. 10, 1977) - Jane Olivor
Dance Band on the Titanic (Sept. 17, 1977) - Harry Chapin
How Deep Is Your Love (Sept. 24, 1977) - Bee Gees
Love Is the Answer (October 1977) - Todd Rundgren & Utopia
We Will Rock You / We Are the Champions (Oct. 22, 1977) - Queen
My Song (October-November 1977) - Keith Jarrett & Jan Garbarek
Heroes (November 5, 1977) - David Bowie
Just the Way You Are (Nov. 12, 1977) - Billy Joel
Mull of Kintyre (Nov. 19, 1977) - Paul McCartney & Wings
Alison (December 3, 1977) - Elvis Costello
Running on Empty (February 11, 1978) - Jackson Browne
Flash Light (February 11, 1978) - Parliament
Baker Street (April 22, 1978) - Gerry Rafferty
Miss You (May 27, 1978) - Rolling Stones
Saludo Celestial (1978) - Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco
Badlands (Aug. 19, 1978) - Bruce Springsteen
MacArthur Park (September 9, 1978) - Donna Summer
Time Passages (Sept. 30, 1978) - Al Stewart
I Wanna Be Sedated (Oct. 21, 1978) - The Ramones
Take Me to the River (Nov. 4, 1978) - Talking Heads
The Gambler (Nov. 4, 1978) - Kenny Rogers
What a Fool Believes (January 20, 1979) - Doobie Brothers
Theme from “Superman” (January 27, 1979) - John Williams
Heart of Glass (Feb. 17, 1979) - Blondie
Roxanne (Feb. 24, 1979) - The Police
Reunited (March 17, 1979) - Peaches & Herb
Old-Time Rock & Roll (April 7, 1979) - Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band
We Are Family (April 28, 1979) - Sister Sledge
Good Timin’ (April 28, 1979) - The Beach Boys
Good Times (June 16, 1979) - Chic
Iya (1979) - Irakere
After the Love Has Gone (July 7, 1979) - Earth, Wind & Fire
Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough (July 28, 1979) - Michael Jackson
Tusk (Oct. 6, 1979) - Fleetwood Mac
Chiquitita (Nov. 10, 1979) - ABBA
With You I’m Born Again (Dec. 8, 1979) - Billy Preston & Syreeta
Longer (Dec. 15, 1979) - Dan Fogelberg

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Postby panam » Mon Jun 05, 2017 11:33 pm

Finally, somebody who reivindicate "Quimbara"!! :) No common see on this kind of lists.

But I would prefer another classic of salsa like "Che che colé", "El cantante" or "Pedro Navaja" instead of "Saludo Celestial", cheers

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Postby stevejazz » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:29 pm

Before proceeding into the 1980s, I need to go back to the first chapter in the new books, covering 1890-1919. I had originally posted this list elsewhere in the forums, so for the sake of consistency, it should be here, so that anyone can find the entire song list in one place.

The Thunderer (1890) - United States Marine Band
Semper Fidelis (1890) - United States Marine Band
The Old Folks at Home (mid-1892) - Len Spencer
O Promise Me (Jan.-Feb. 1893) - George J. Gaskin
Daisy Bell (1893) - Dan Quinn
Mama’s Black Baby Boy (fall 1893) - Unique Quartette
Yankee Doodle (early 1894) - Vess L. Ossman
The Liberty Bell (Jan.-Feb. 1894) - United States Marine Band
Keep Movin’ (Apr. 11, 1894) - Standard Quartette
El Capitan March (early 1895) - Sousa’s Band
Washington Post March (March 10, 1895) - Sousa’s Band
Oh Mister Johnson, Turn Me Loose (late 1896) - Len Spencer
Ragtime Medley (early 1897) - Vess L. Ossman
The Stars and Stripes Forever (1897) - Columbia Orchestra
At a Georgia Camp Meeting (1897) - Edison Concert Band
On the Banks of the Wabash (summer 1897) - George J. Gaskin
Smoky Mokes (Oct. 18, 1899) - Vess L. Ossman
Honolulu Cake Walk (Nov. 10, 1899) - Vess L. Ossman
The Thunderer March (late 1899) - Gilmore’s Band

Pasquinade (June 7, 1901) - Sousa’s Band
Good Morning, Carrie (Oct. 11, 1901) - Bert Williams & George Walker
Steal Away (Oct. 29, 1902) - Dinwiddie Colored Quartet
In the Good Old Summer Time (Dec. 17, 1902) - Sousa’s Band
Silver Threads Among the Gold (Oct. 27, 1903) - Richard Jose
Vesti La Giubba (On With The Play) (“Pagliacci,” Act 1) (Feb. 1, 1904) - Enrico Caruso
A Coon Band Contest (April 26, 1904) - Arthur Pryor’s Band
The Battle Cry of Freedom (October 10, 1904) - Frank Stanley & Byron Harlan
In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree (March 1905) - Henry Burr
The Cakewalk In the Sky (April 10, 1905) - Victor Orchestra
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (Oct. 1905) - Byron G. Harlan
In the Good Old Summer Time (Nov. 1905) - Billy Murray
Gypsy Love Song (May 4, 1906) - Eugene Cowles
Chicken Chowder (Jan. 1907) - Ossman-Dudley Trio
Red Wing (July-Aug. 1907) - Frank Stanley & Henry Burr
The King of Rags (Sept. 17, 1907) - Arthur Pryor’s Band
The Smiler (Nov. 1907) - Vess L. Ossman
Wouldn’t You Like to Have Me for a Sweetheart? (April 11, 1908) - Ada Jones & Billy Murray
Come Where My Love Dies Dreaming (April 21,1908) - Peerless Quartet
National Emblem (May 22, 1908) - Arthur Pryor’s Band
I’ve Taken Quite a Fancy to You (June-July 1908) - Ada Jones & Billy Murray
Dill Pickles Rag (July 7, 1908) - Chris Chapman
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (Oct. 17, 1908) - Edward Meeker
Shine On, Harvest Moon (April 10, 1909) - Harry Macdonough & Elise Stevenson
Black and White Rag (June 15, 1909) - Victor Dance Orchestra
What a Time (Nov. 1909) - Polk Miller & Old South Quartette
Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet (Nov. 24, 1909) - Haydn Quartet
Roll, Jordan, Roll (Dec. 9, 1909) - Fisk University Jubilee Quartet

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (March 1910) - Peerless Quartet
Come, Josephine, In My Flying Machine (Nov. 22, 1910) - American Quartet
King of the Bungaloos (February 17, 1911) - Gene Greene
The Camptown Races (Gwine to Run All Night) (May 26, 1911) - Billy Murray
I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad (July 27, 1911)
– American Quartet
Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Oct. 1911) - Billy Murray
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Oct. 20, 1911) - Trinity Choir
Ragtime Cowboy Joe (April 23, 1912) - Bob Roberts
When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (February 1913)
- Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling (Feb. 25, 1913) - Chauncey Olcott
Red Onion Rag (March 1913) - Roy Spangler
You Made Me Love You (June 4, 1913) - Al Jolson
Fon der Choope (From the Wedding) (1913) – Abe Elenkrig’s Yiddishe Orchestra
Too Much Mustard (Tres Moutarde) (Dec. 29, 1913) - Europe’s Society Orchestra
Castle House Rag (Feb. 10, 1914) - Europe’s Society Orchestra
Desecration Rag (March 6, 1914) - Felix Arndt
By the Beautiful Sea (May 14, 1914) - Heidelberg Quintet
Memphis Blues (July 15, 1914) - Victor Military Band
Sans Souci (Maxixe Brasilienne) (July 24, 1914) - Van Eps Banjo Orchestra
Chinatown, My Chinatown (Oct. 27, 1914) - American Quartet
Carry Me Back to Old Virginny (Nov. 13, 1914) - Alma Gluck
It’s a Long, Long Way to Tipperary (Nov. 23, 1914) - John McCormack
Somewhere a Voice Is Calling (Nov. 23, 1914) - John McCormack
Hello, Frisco, Hello! (July 19, 1915) - Olive Kline & Reinald Werrenrath
Alabama Jubilee (Sept. 11, 1915) - Arthur Collins & Byron Harlan
O Mary Don’t You Weep, Don’t You Mourn (Oct. 23, 1915) - Fisk University Male Quartette
St. Louis Blues (December 1915) - Prince’s Orchestra
Operatic Rag (Feb. 4, 1916) - Joseph Moskowitz
They Didn’t Believe Me (March 18, 1916) - Grace Kerns & Reed Miller
America (My Country ‘Tis of Three) (Apr. 21, 1916) - Columbia Mixed Double Quartette
Sunset Medley (May 1916) - W.G. Haenschen & T.T. Schiffer
Maple Leaf Rag (April 1916 piano roll) - Scott Joplin
The Entertainer (1916 piano roll) - Scott Joplin
Pretty Baby (June 22, 1916) - Billy Murray
Down Home Rag (December 1916) - Wilbur Sweatman with Emerson String Trio
For Me and My Gal (March 1, 1917) - Van & Schenck
The Star-Spangled Banner (May 26, 1917) - John McCormack
Darktown Strutters’ Ball (May 31, 1917) - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
The Battle Hymn of the Republic (June 28, 1917) – Charles Harrison & Columbia Stellar Quartette
Aloha Oe (Farewell to Thee) (1917) - Helen Louise & Frank Ferera
Over There (July 13, 1917) - Nora Bayes
Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody (March 13, 1918) - Al Jolson
Blaze Away (Apr. 25, 1918) - Mike Bernard
Sensation Rag (June 25, 1918) - Original Dixieland Jazz Band
I’m Always Chasing Rainbows (July 26, 1918) - Charles Harrison
Memphis Blues (March 7, 1919) - Lt. Jim Europe’s 369th Regiment Hellfighters Band
Go Down, Moses (summer 1919) - Harry T. Burleigh
The Hesitating Blues (Sept. 19, 1919) - Art Hickman’s Orchestra

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 6:35 pm

Thanks Steve!
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:41 am

Rowman & Littlefield is offering all four volumes of the Encyclopedia at a 30 percent discount. While still not exactly qualifying as a casual purchase, for anyone who's really a serious music lover and student of pop cultural history (and certainly a lot of folks in this group fit that description), the discounts provide a more affordable way to dig deeply into that history. The four volumes together tell the stories behind more than 2,750 great song performances from 1890 to 2016. Here are the codes to take advantage of the discounts:
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Postby stevejazz » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:32 pm

OK, it's time for Playlist/Chapter 9 of the new books, covering 1980-1989. The chapter tells the stories behind these song performances:

Another Brick In the Wall (Jan. 19, 1980) - Pink Floyd
Refugee (Jan. 26, 1980) - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Brass In Pocket (I’m Special) (Feb. 16, 1980) - The Pretenders
Sailing (June 14, 1980) - Christopher Cross
The Breaks (June 14, 1980) - Kurtis Blow
That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again (June 28, 1980) - Roy Orbison & Emmylou Harris
Love Will Tear Us Apart (June 28, 1980) - Joy Division
Caballo Viejo (1980) - Simon Diaz
It Hurts Too Much (July 12, 1980) - Eric Carmen
Late In the Evening (Aug. 9, 1980) - Paul Simon
On the Road Again (Sept. 6, 1980) - Willie Nelson
Master Blaster (Jammin’) (Sept. 20, 1980) - Stevie Wonder
Celebration (Oct. 25, 1980) - Kool & the Gang
Point Blank (Nov. 1, 1980) - Bruce Springsteen
(Just Like) Starting Over (Nov. 1, 1980) - John Lennon
Back In Black (Dec. 20, 1980) - AC/DC
While You See a Chance (Feb. 7, 1981) - Steve Winwood
Seven Year Ache (Feb. 21, 1981) - Rosanne Cash
The Waiting (May 2, 1981) - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
In the Air Tonight (May 30, 1981) - Phil Collins
Ghost Town (June 20, 1981) - The Specials
The Field Behind the Plow (1981) - Stan Rogers
The Reach (Sept. 12, 1981) - Dan Fogelberg
Body and Soul (Oct. 17, 1981) - Carly Simon
Don’t Stop Believin’ (October 31, 1981) - Journey
Centerfold (Nov. 7, 1981) - J. Geils Band
I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Feb. 6, 1982) - Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
Down Home Blues (February 13, 1982) - Z.Z. Hill
Always On My Mind (March 6, 1982) - Willie Nelson
Teach Me Tonight (April 3, 1982) - Al Jarreau
Planet Rock (May 15, 1982) - Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force
Route 66 (May 29, 1982) - Manhattan Transfer
Eye of the Tiger (June 5, 1982) - Survivor
More Than This (June 19, 1982) - Roxy Music
There’s a Light Beyond These Woods (1982) - Nanci Griffith
Anima (1982) - Milton Nascimento
Theme from “E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial” (July 3, 1982) - John Williams
Steppin’ Out (Aug. 21, 1982) - Joe Jackson
Southern Cross (Sept. 18, 1982) - Crosby, Stills & Nash
I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World) (Oct. 9, 1982) - Donald Fagen
Atlantic City (Oct. 9, 1982) - Bruce Springsteen
Allentown (Nov. 27, 1982) - Billy Joel
Amarillo By Morning (Feb. 12, 1983) - George Strait
The Wall of Death (March 5, 1983) - Richard & Linda Thompson
Pancho and Lefty (April 30, 1983) - Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) (May 14, 1983) - Eurythmics
It’s Like That (May 21, 1983) - Run-DMC
Buffalo Soldier (June 18, 1983) - Bob Marley & the Wailers
Give Yourself to Love (1983) - Kate Wolf
Total Eclipse of the Heart (July 16, 1983) - Bonnie Tyler
Texas Flood (July 23, 1983) - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Radio Free Europe (July 23, 1983) - R.E.M.
Burning Down the House (July 30, 1983) - Talking Heads
Pride and Joy (August 13, 1983) - Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
King of Pain (Aug. 28, 1983) - The Police
All Night Long (Sept. 17, 1983) - Lionel Richie
Uptown Girl (Sept. 24, 1983) - Billy Joel
What’s New? (October 29, 1983) - Linda Ronstadt w/ Nelson Riddle Orchestra
White Lines (Don’t Do It) (Oct. 29, 1983) - Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel
Phone Booth (late 1983) - Robert Cray Band
Owner of a Lonely Heart (Nov. 5, 1983) - Yes
Karma Chameleon (Dec. 3, 1983) - Culture Club
Girls Just Want to Have Fun (Dec. 17, 1983) - Cyndi Lauper
Wrapped Around Your Finger (Jan. 7, 1984) - The Police
Thriller (February 11, 1984) - Michael Jackson
What’s Love Got to Do With It (May 19, 1984) - Tina Turner
Dancing In the Dark (May 26, 1984) - Bruce Springsteen
The Nancy (1984) - Stan Rogers
Let's Go Crazy (Aug. 4, 1984) - Prince & the Revolution
Move On (August 25, 1984) - Mandy Patinkin & Bernadette Peters
On the Wings of a Nightingale (Sept. 1, 1984) - The Everly Brothers
Purple Rain (Oct. 6, 1984) - Prince & the Revolution
Like a Virgin (Nov. 17, 1984) - Madonna
Do They Know It’s Christmas? (December 15, 1984) - Band Aid

I'm on Fire (Feb. 16, 1985) - Bruce Springsteen
Crazy for You (March 2, 1985) - Madonna
Smooth Operator (March 2, 1985) - Sade
How Soon is Now? (March 2, 1985) - The Smiths
Walking on Sunshine (March 23, 1985) - Katrina & the Waves
Highwayman (May 18, 1985) - Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson
& Kris Kristofferson
Shout (June 15, 1985) - Tears for Fears
People Get Ready (June 15, 1985) - Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart
Freeway of Love (June 22, 1985) - Aretha Franklin
The Power of Love (June 29, 1985) - Huey Lewis & the News
Summer of ‘69 (June 29, 1985) - Bryan Adams
Money for Nothing (July 13, 1985) - Dire Straits
Saving All My Love for You (Aug. 17, 1985) - Whitney Houston
Sunset Grill (Aug. 31, 1985) - Don Henley
You Belong to the City (Sept. 14, 1985) - Glenn Frey
Broken Wings (Sept. 21, 1985) - Mr. Mister
Conga (October 19, 1985) - Gloria Estefan/Miami Sound Machine
My Hometown (Dec. 7, 1985) - Bruce Springsteen
Russians (Jan. 18, 1986) - Sting
Manic Monday (January 25, 1986) - The Bangles
R.O.C.K. In the U.S.A. (A Salute to ‘60s Rock) (Feb. 1, 1986) - John Mellencamp
Theme, “Out of Africa” (Feb. 1, 1986) - John Barry
Kiss (Feb. 22, 1986) - Prince & the Revolution
Nasty (April 19, 1986) - Janet Jackson
Rain On the Scarecrow (April 26, 1986) - John Mellencamp
On the Other Hand (April 26, 1986) - Randy Travis
Like a Rock (May 24, 1986) - Bob Seger
Higher Love (June 14, 1986) - Steve Winwood
Papa Don't Preach (June 28, 1986) - Madonna
Levi Stubbs’ Tears (June 28, 1986) - Billy Bragg
In Your Eyes (Aug. 30, 1986) - Peter Gabriel
Caught Up In the Rapture (Oct. 18, 1986) - Anita Baker
Land of Confusion (Nov. 1, 1986) - Genesis
Graceland (Dec. 6, 1986) - Paul Simon
Knozz-Moe-King (Dec. 19-20, 1986) - Wynton Marsalis
Song of Bernadette (Feb. 14, 1987) - Jennifer Warnes
Rhapsody In Blue (February 1987) - Maurice Peress & His Orchestra featuring Ivan Davis
Theme, “The Mission” (Feb. 21, 1987) - Ennio Morricone
Sign o’ the Times (March 7, 1987) - Prince
Something So Strong (May 2, 1987) - Crowded House
Ever Since the World Ended (May 12, 1987) - Mose Allison
La Bamba (June 27, 1987) - Los Lobos
Memphis In the Meantime (July 4, 1987) - John Hiatt
A Touch of Grey (July 25, 1987) - Grateful Dead
I Need Love (August 1, 1987) - LL Cool J
Where the Streets Have No Name (Sept. 12, 1987) - U2
Faith (Oct. 24, 1987) - George Michael
Father Figure (Jan. 16, 1988) - George Michael
Man In the Mirror (Feb. 6, 1988) - Michael Jackson
Bring the Noise (Feb. 6, 1988) - Public Enemy
Beds Are Burning (April 2, 1988) - Midnight Oil
The Valley Road (April 30, 1988) - Bruce Hornsby & the Range
Roll With It (June 11, 1988) - Steve Winwood
Passionate Kisses (1988) - Lucinda Williams
Runaway Train (Aug. 13, 1988) - Rosanne Cash
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (Sept. 24, 1988) - Robert Cray Band
Giving You the Best That I Got (Sept. 24, 1988) - Anita Baker
Djobi Djoba (December 17, 1988) - Gipsy Kings
Veronica (Feb. 11, 1989) - Elvis Costello
F*** tha Police (March 4, 1989) - N.W.A.
Cult of Personality (March 11, 1989) - Living Colour
Spread Love (March 11, 1989) - Take 6
Me, Myself and I (April 1, 1989) - De La Soul
Theme, “Field of Dreams” (April 20, 1989) - James Horner
Too Long In the Wasteland (Aug. 22, 1989) - James McMurtry
Call It Love (Aug. 26, 1989) - Poco
Love Shack (Sept. 2, 1989) - The B-52s

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Postby StevieFan13 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 7:53 pm

Billy Joel, Sunday in the Park with George, and ET are odd bedfellows but I'm glad they're all getting a boost!
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Postby StevieFan13 » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:45 pm

I'm so glad Volumes 3 and 4 are making appearances here. However I'm a little curious - was Volume 2 ever posted?
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Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 12:54 pm

Can't wait to see the rest!
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Postby stevejazz » Tue Jun 13, 2017 2:15 pm

To Steviefan13 -- I posted the song lists for Volumes 1 and 2 in 2014. So I assume they can be found in the Forums.

Now, it's on to Playlist/Chapter 10 in the new volumes, covering the songs of 1990-1999.

No Myth (Jan. 6, 1990) - Michael Penn
Rescue Mission (Jan. 30, 1990) - Luka Bloom
Ode to Life (March 1990) - Don Pullen
Vogue (April 14, 1990) - Madonna
The Downeaster "Alexa" (May 5, 1990) - Billy Joel
The Dance (May 5, 1990) - Garth Brooks
Here’s Where the Story Ends (May 26, 1990) - The Sundays
Vision of Love (June 2, 1990) - Mariah Carey
Tom’s Diner (October 6, 1990) - Suzanne Vega / DNA
Further to Fly (Nov. 3, 1990) - Paul Simon
Get Here (Nov. 10, 1990) - Oleta Adams
Unfinished Sympathy (February 23, 1991) - Massive Attack
Mama Said Knock You Out (March 2, 1991) - LL Cool J
The Star-Spangled Banner (March 9, 1991) - Whitney Houston
Series of Dreams (April 13, 1991) - Bob Dylan
Blood Is Thicker Than Water (Apr. 20, 1991) - The Triplets
(Everything I Do) I Do It for You (June 29, 1991) - Bryan Adams
Unforgettable (July 13, 1991) - Natalie Cole & Nat “King” Cole
There She Goes (July 20, 1991) - The La’s
Enter Sandman (Aug. 24, 1991) - Metallica
Beauty and the Beast (Jan. 18, 1992) - Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
Hazard (Feb. 15, 1992) - Richard Marx
There Is Always One More Time (Feb. 29, 1992) - B.B. King
Human Touch (March 21, 1992) - Bruce Springsteen
Better Days (March 21, 1992) - Bruce Springsteen
She’s Already Made Up Her Mind (April 18, 1992) - Lyle Lovett
Here’s to Life (Apr. 21, 1992) - Shirley Horn
The Last Month of the Year (May 26, 1992) - Fairfield Four w/ Nashville Bluegrass Band
This Used to Be My Playground (July 4, 1992) - Madonna
Cityscape: Hustle Bustle / City Beat (July 28, 1992) - Wynton Marsalis Septet
Sodade (July-August 1992) - Cesaria Evora
Constant Craving (August 1, 1992) - K.D. Lang
Galileo (Aug. 8, 1992) - Indigo Girls
The Last Song (Oct. 31, 1992) - Elton John
Nothin’ But a “G” Thang (Jan. 23, 1993) - Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
Hope of Deliverance (Feb. 20, 1993) - Paul McCartney
Ain’t That Lonely Yet (Mar. 13, 1993) - Dwight Yoakam
The Hard Way (April 17, 1993) - Mary-Chapin Carpenter
Chattahoochee (May 15, 1993) - Alan Jackson
Runaway Train (June 12, 1993) - Soul Asylum
Worlds Apart (July 17, 1993) - Jude Cole
Over the Rainbow / What a Wonderful World (Sept. 1, 1993) - Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
Bury My Lovely (Oct. 12, 1993) - October Project
Prayer In Open D (Oct. 16, 1993) - Emmylou Harris
Hero (Oct. 23, 1993) - Mariah Carey
Mr. Jones (Jan. 22, 1994) - Counting Crows
Loser (Jan. 29, 1994) - Beck
Come to My Window (Feb. 26, 1994) - Melissa Etheridge
Love Sneakin’ Up on You (March 12, 1994) - Bonnie Raitt
Theme, “Schindler’s List” (April 9, 1994) - John Williams
Independence Day (May 7, 1994) - Martina McBride
Prayer for the Dying (June 11, 1994) - Seal
All I Wanna Do (August 6, 1994) - Sheryl Crow
Body and Soul (Sept. 3, 1994) - Anita Baker
You Gotta Be (Sept. 3, 1994) - Des’ree
7 Seconds (Oct. 8, 1994) - Youssou D’dour & Neneh Cherry
Adru ku Adru (October 11, 1994) - Obo Addy
Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Nov. 19, 1994) - Nirvana

I Know (Jan. 28, 1995) - Dionne Farris
When You Say Nothing At All (Feb. 25, 1995) - Alison Krauss & Union Station
Go Rest High on That Mountain (May 13, 1995) - Vince Gill
Hallelujah (May 20, 1995) - Jeff Buckley
Fake Plastic Trees (May 20, 1995) - Radiohead
Waterfalls (June 10, 1995) - TLC
Kiss from a Rose (June 24, 1995) - Seal
Gallo del Cielo (Aug. 29, 1995) - Joe Ely
St. Teresa (Sept. 9, 1995) - Joan Osborne
Listen to My Heart (December 12, 1995) - Nancy LaMott
Fields of Gold (January 3, 1996) - Eva Cassidy
Blue (May 25, 1996) - LeAnn Rimes
Cyar Take Dat (June 3, 1996) - Brother Resistance
Change the World (July 20, 1996) - Eric Clapton
Strawberry Wine (Aug. 17, 1996) - Deana Carter
Stardust (September 1996) - Doc Cheatham & Nicholas Payton
Lulei Soros’cha (If Not for Your Torah) (Sept. 22, 1996) - Andy Statman Quartet
Lonely Bird (Sept. 24, 1996) – Bulgarian Voices-Angelite & Huun-Huur-Tu
Un-break My Heart (October 26, 1996) - Toni Braxton
Galaxie 500 (January 14, 1997) - Kate Campbell
There’s a Train (April 1997) - Holmes Brothers
You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive (April 22, 1997) - Darrell Scott
Stomp (May 3, 1997) - God’s Property featuring Kirk Franklin
I’ll Be Missing You (June 14, 1997) - Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
Let Down (July 19, 1997) - Radiohead
Building a Mystery (September 6, 1997) - Sarah McLachlan
Dos Gardenias (October 4, 1997) - Buena Vista Social Club / Ibrahim Ferrer
A Child With the Blues (Nov. 11, 1997) - Erykah Badu
Time of Your Life (Good Riddance) (Dec. 6, 1997) - Green Day
You’re Still the One (Feb. 14, 1998) - Shania Twain
My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme from “Titanic”) (Feb. 28, 1998) - Celine Dion
The Mummers’ Dance (March 7, 1998) - Loreena McKennitt
Iris (April 18, 1998) - Goo Goo Dolls
Doo Wop (That Thing) (Nov. 14, 1998) - Lauryn Hill
Theme from “Chinatown” (March 27, 1999) - Terence Blanchard
Livin’ La Vida Loca (April 17, 1999) - Ricky Martin
Shenandoah (May 18, 1999) - Bill Frisell & Ry Cooder
H’rabti (tu t’es detournee de moi) (You Turned Away from Me) (1999) – Cheb Mami
Breathe (October 9, 1999) - Faith Hill
Murder On Music Row (Oct. 1999) - Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time
The Great Beyond (Dec. 25, 1999) - R.E.M.

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Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:06 pm

Thanks, Steve - and thanks for including The Downeaster "Alexa" and The Great Beyond, two personal favorite songs that don't pop up often around here!
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby StevieFan13 » Tue Jun 13, 2017 3:48 pm

Matter of fact, I'm curious - would you mind posting the entries on those two songs?
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby panam » Tue Jun 13, 2017 4:29 pm

Good! ;)

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:08 pm

StevieFan13, here are the two song entries you requested. Definitely two of my personal favorites of the '90s:

The Downeaster "Alexa" (1990) - Billy Joel
Columbia 73333 Chart debut May 5, 1990 (reached #57); from the album Storm Front (chart debut Nov. 4, 1989; 1 week at #1, sold 4 million)
Among his other gifts as a songwriter, Billy Joel always had the capacity to create some ripping good yarns, and few can top The Downeaster Alexa. The album Storm Front was Joel’s first in 12 years not produced by Phil Ramone, based on the artist’s conclusion that their spectacularly successful partnership had run its course; Joel co-produced the album with Mick Jones of Foreigner. Inspired by the dilemma of lifelong professional fishermen who are faced with a combination of waters virtually emptied by chronic overfishing among other issues, Joel creates a vivid tale of men whose way of life is dying. Billy, then-wife Christie Brinkley, and Alexa had moved to East Hampton on the eastern end of Long Island shortly before he started work on the album, and this brought him into contact with the fishing industry of the East Bay. (It’s named after Joel’s daughter Alexa Ray. A downeaster is the type of boat used by East Bay fishermen.) ”The Baymen are being put out of business by politicians, developers, industrial pollution, agricultural insecticide runoff, and the sport-fishing lobby,” the artist declared. (FN 14) He told biographer Fred Schruers: “I composed a song that reminded me of an old-time sea chantey, with the pounding cadences of shipboard work—hauling up rope or an anchor chain.” (FN 15) With rich documentary-like details, a relentless storytelling structure (with no chorus), some unusual instrumentation (including accordion played by Joel), and a deeply felt performance, this is one of his best ever.

FN 14: Bordowitz, Billy Joel: The Life & Times of an Angry Young Man, 170.
FN 15: Schruers, 202-203.

The Great Beyond (1999) - R.E.M.
Jersey/Warner 16888 Chart debut December 25, 1999 (#57 peak); reached #3 in England; from the soundtrack to the film Man On the Moon
A fascinatingly loopy ballad paying tribute to a fascinatingly loopy comedian. After R.E.M.’s 1992 hit Man On the Moon directly inspired by the mad antics of the late Andy Kaufman, director Milos Forman made it the title of his Kaufman biographical film starring Jim Carrey, and invited R.E.M. to provide new music for the soundtrack. The Great Beyond, its closing theme, draws the line “There’s nothing up my sleeve” from the chorus to the 1992 song. “I’m pushing an elephant up the stairs” referred to what Stipe called Kaufman “trying to achieve the impossible.” The theme of “looking for answers from the great beyond,” explained the singer, went to the core of what the comedian was trying to do, seeking to open people’s minds to larger truths: “Andy’s whole thing was breaking down the fourth wall to such a degree that the audience never knew whether he was for real or not. And I wanted to capture a little bit of that in the song.”
Tony Fletcher writes that with the excitement surrounding the film and one of their favorite producers (Pat McCarthy) on hand, “the atmosphere was calm and the entire group felt inspired.” (FN 256) R.E.M. built the song into a lush ballad with strings, strong harmonies designed by Mike Mills, and a soaring chorus (“I’m breaking through…”) featuring one of Stipe’s most fervently delivered vocals.

FN 256: Fletcher, Remarks/Remade, 337-338.

If anyone else would like to see a particular song entry from the books, please let me know.

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby StevieFan13 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:28 pm

Thank you very much Steve! I've actually read that Fred Schruers biography - a fascinating read.
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby Bruno » Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:02 pm

Good selection, Steve!

What is the last chapter of your books?

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby panam » Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:33 am

Are there a 21th century selection?

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby Rob » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:42 am

panam wrote:Are there a 21th century selection?


The Amazon description says it should go to June 2016, so we should expect another list.

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Postby stevejazz » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:13 pm

And now we move into the new century. Here's the song list for Playlist/Chapter 11 in Volume 4 of the Encyclopedia, covering 2000 through 2009:

Michaelangelo (Sept. 30, 2000) - Emmylou Harris
Beautiful Day (Oct. 7, 2000) - U2
Stan (October 7, 2000) - Eminem featuring Dido
Ms. Jackson (Nov. 11, 2000) - Outkast
Babylon (Dec. 2, 2000) - David Gray
O Death (January 13, 2001) - Ralph Stanley
Yellow (March 10, 2001) - Coldplay
Land of Hope and Dreams (April 21, 2001) - Bruce Springsteen
Amazing Grace (April 24, 2001) - The Blind Boys of Alabama
Train Don’t Leave Me (April 24, 2001) - Aubrey Ghent
West End Blues (May 12, 2001) - Nicholas Payton
1952 Vincent Black Lightning (July 10, 2001) - Del McCoury Band
Family Affair (July 28, 2001) - Mary J. Blige
Superman (It’s Not Easy) (Sept. 1, 2001) - Five for Fighting
Que Nao Se Ne (Cannot Be Seen As You Want Me) (Sept. 4, 2001) - Caetano Veloso
Dixie / Strange Fruit (September 2001) - Rene Marie
Peaceful World (Oct. 27, 2001) - John Mellencamp with India Arie
Whenever, Wherever (October 27, 2001) - Shakira
Last Night (November 10, 2001) - The Strokes
New York, New York (December 29, 2001) - Ryan Adams
Across the Universe (January 26, 2002) - Rufus Wainwright
A Thousand Miles (March 2, 2002) - Vanessa Carlton
Ten Million Slaves (April 2, 2002) - Otis Taylor
None of Us Are Free (August 10, 2002) - Solomon Burke
Work It (September 14, 2002) - Missy Elliott
John Walker’s Blues (Oct. 12, 2002) - Steve Earle
Beautiful (Nov. 23, 2002) - Christina Aguilera
Cry Me a River (Dec. 21, 2002) - Justin Timberlake
I Can (January 4, 2003) - Nas
Bring Me to Life (March 15, 2003) - Evanscence with Paul McCoy
Seven Nation Army (May 24, 2003) - White Stripes
Outside of the Inside (May 24, 2003) - Richard Thompson
Where Is the Love (June 14, 2003) - Black Eyed Peas with Justin Timberlake
The Blower’s Daughter (August 23, 2003) - Damien Rice
The Way You Move (Sept. 13, 2003) - OutKast featuring Sleepy Brown
You Don’t Know My Name (Nov. 15, 2003) - Alicia Keys
Are You Gonna Be My Girl (Dec. 20, 2003) - Jet
Mad World (Dec. 27, 2003) - Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
Toxic (Jan. 31, 2004) - Britney Spears
Bessie’s Advice (Feb. 24, 2004) - Maria Muldaur, Eric Bibb & Rory Block
Confessions, Part 2 (May 1, 2004) - Usher
Van Lear Rose (May 15, 2004) - Loretta Lynn
Live Like You Were Dying (June 5, 2004) - Tim McGraw
One (June 8, 2004) - Warren Haynes
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress (June 26, 2004) - Karrin Allyson
Hard Times Come Again No More (Aug. 24, 2004) - Mavis Staples
Breakaway (Aug. 28, 2004) - Kelly Clarkson

This Land is Your Land (January 1, 2005) - Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Wake Up (January 22, 2005) - Arcade Fire
Like Toy Soldiers (Jan. 29, 2005) - Eminem
In State (March 1, 2005) - Kathleen Edwards
I’ll Play the Blues for You (April 2, 2005) - Jason Moran
Holiday (April 9, 2005) - Green Day
We Belong Together (April 16, 2005) - Mariah Carey
Breathe (2 A.M.) (April 30, 2005) - Anna Nalick
Speed of Sound (May 7, 2005) - Coldplay
Gold Digger (July 30, 2005) – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
I Run for Life (Oct. 22, 2005) - Melissa Etheridge
Unwritten (December 10, 2005) - Natasha Bedingfield
Hora Decubitis (March 18, 2006) - Elvis Costello with Metropole Orkest
Promiscuous (May 20, 2006) - Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
Chasing Cars (June 3, 2006) - Snow Patrol
Before He Cheats (Sept. 16, 2006) - Carrie Underwood
Thunder on the Mountain (Sept. 16, 2006) - Bob Dylan
Up to the Mountain (Sept. 26, 2006) - Solomon Burke /
Up to the Mountain (Feb. 24, 2007) - Patty Griffin
The War Was In Color (Sept. 30, 2006) - Carbon Leaf
No Cars Go (March 24, 2007) - Arcade Fire
Rehab (March 31, 2007) - Amy Winehouse
Back to Black (March 31, 2007) - Amy Winehouse
Hey There Delilah (April 14, 2007) - Plain White T’s
Umbrella (April 28, 2007) - Rihanna featuring Jay-z
Big Girls Don’t Cry (May 5, 2007) - Fergie (Stacy Ferguson)
Gone, Gone, Gone (Nov. 10, 2007) - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Time to Pretend (Feb. 16, 2008) - MGMT
In Color (March 2008) - Jamey Johnson
American Boy (May 3, 2008) - Estelle with Kanye West
Mercy (May 10, 2008) - (Aimee) Duffy
I Kissed a Girl (May 24, 2008) - Katy Perry
Paper Planes (August 2, 2008) - M.I.A.
If I Were a Boy (Oct. 25, 2008) - Beyonce Knowles
Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) (Nov. 1, 2008) – Beyonce Knowles
Chasing Pavements (Nov. 8, 2008) - Adele
People Like Me (March 14, 2009) - K’naan
I Gotta Feeling (June 27, 2009) - Black Eyed Peas
Need You Now (Aug. 29, 2009) - Lady Antebellum
Uprising (Sept. 26, 2009) - Muse
Hey Soul Sister (Oct. 17, 2009) - Train
There Ain’t No Cure (Nov. 10, 2009) – Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez with Ian Hunter

Next up will be Playlist 12, covering 2010 to June 2016.

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby StevieFan13 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:32 pm

Wonderful stuff, Steve! Although isn't it spelled Last Nite?
Also, can you share your write-ups on Time to Pretend and A Thousand Miles?
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby panam » Mon Jun 26, 2017 6:42 pm

Interesting! :) We're close to June 2016!!

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:17 pm

Here are the two requested song entries, plus another from this chapter that may be of interest:

A Thousand Miles (2002) - Vanessa Carlton
A&M 497676 Chart debut March 2, 2002 (reached #5, 41 total weeks), #6 in England; from the album Be Not Nobody (#5 peak)
One of pop music’s most promising newcomers of the decade, Vanessa Carlton was born August 16, 1980 in Milford, Pennsylvania, composed her first piano piece at age eight. She was accepted at 14 by the School of American Ballet in New York, but while studying there found her artistic interests returning to music. An impressive demo tape and club performances in the New York area led to a record deal with A&M. The 2001 breakthrough by Alicia Keys no doubt made the pop market more receptive to a fervent female singer-songwriter-pianist. A Thousand Miles, her debut smash, is an expressive ballad with lushly flowing melody and piano, and heartfelt lyrics and vocal. “You know I’d walk a thousand miles / If I could just see you tonight…”

Mad World (2003) - Michael Andrews featuring Gary Jules (written by Roland Orzabal) Adventures in Music/Sanctuary release, British chart debut Dec. 27, 2003 (1 week at #1); U.S. debut February 28, 2004 on Universal 71802 (#30 on Modern Rock chart); #3 in Europe & Germany
Mad World was the very first British hit for Tears for Fears (reaching #3) in 1982 before the group broke big in America, and it cast a spell on nearly everyone who heard it—even though, in retrospect, its cluttered, murky arrangement was inappropriate to the delicate nature of the song. One was composer Michael Andrews, who revived it on his score for the 2001 cult film Donnie Darko. He recruited singer-songwriter friend Gary Jules (whose 1998 debut album was torpedoed when a merger took down his label) to do the vocal, accompanied by Andrews’ piano, and a cello for additional atmosphere. Darko, one of the most bizarre and original films of its time, was a flop in its original release (depicting the nightmarish visions experienced by a troubled teenager), but in the next couple of years began to garner a passionate following. In late 2003 its growing British popularity led to release of Mad World as a single, and as Brian Hiatt noted, the “whispery, elegiac” performance became “an unlikely phenomenon.” (FN 100) The hauntingly beautiful ballad is given a gentle, deeply felt treatment that carries it far beyond the ‘80s original. Given the film’s storyline, the song’s theme of childhood memories, alternating images of happiness and loneliness with an overriding mood of melancholy, is perfectly matched. “The dreams I’ve had of dying are the best I’ve ever had…When people run in circles, it’s a very, very mad world.” The soft, restrained arrangement accentuates Jules’ vocal, which evokes Michael Stipe at his most ethereal. Its impact was further deepened by a music video of deceptively simple, stunning beauty.

(FN 100) April 23, 2004 Entertainment Weekly. It sold over 650,000 copies in the U.K.

Time to Pretend (2008) - MGMT
Originally from the Cantora Records EP Time to Pretend (released August 30, 2005); then on the Columbia album Oracular Spectacular (chart debut Feb. 16, 2008, #38 peak, 99 weeks); Columbia track, chart debut November 1, 2008 (#109 pop) (1001, VIL-#170, ACC-#179, RS)
Eccentricity and artistic self-absorption are part of the basic job description for a rock band, and the psychedelic/trance-rock duo of Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser of MGMT (pronounced Management) fit the bill perfectly. After teaming up as students at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University, the duo evolved a brand of rather freaky rock melding melodic tunes with lyrics inspired by Mayan prophecies and conspiracy websites. (FN 182) Columbia signed the group in late 2006 based on their independently produced six-song EP Time to Pretend, for their debut album Oracular Spectacular, produced by Dave Fridmann. Pretend is a catchy rocker with clever, amusing lyrics mocking the rock-star life, with an appreciation for Phil Spector/Brian Wilson-style lavish effects (complemented by its psychedelic video). The Rolling Stone readers’ poll voted it the #2 song of 2008, and New Musical Express named it the #2 song of the decade.

(FN 182) November 2007 Spin.

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Fri Jun 30, 2017 4:41 pm

And here is the concluding Playlist/Chapter 12 in Volume 4 of the Encyclopedia, covering great performances from 2010 into June 2016.

The Weary Kind (Feb. 6, 2010) - Ryan Bingham
The House That Built Me (March 6, 2010) - Miranda Lambert
1070 (I’m Your Dirty Mexican) (May 11, 2010) - The Krayolas
Tightrope (June 5, 2010) - Janelle Monae
Just the Way You Are (Amazing) (Aug. 7, 2010) - Bruno Mars
Mine (Aug. 21, 2010) - Taylor Swift
Ready to Start (August 21, 2010) - Arcade Fire
Down By the Water (Dec. 4, 2010) - The Decemberists
Perfect (January 1, 2011) - Pink
Thunder on the Mountain (Jan. 25, 2011) - Wanda Jackson (with Jack White)
Born This Way (Feb. 26, 2011) - Lady Gaga
Set Fire to the Rain (March 12, 2011) - Adele
Super Bass (May 14, 2011) - Nicki Minaj
The Edge of Glory (May 28, 2011) - Lady Gaga
Walk (June 18, 2011) - Foo Fighters
A Little Bit of Everything (June 25, 2011) - Dawes
Rumour Has It (August 13, 2011) - Adele
Brighter Than the Sun (September 3, 2011) - Colbie Calliatt
Drive All Night (Sept. 3, 2011) - Need to Breathe
We Are Young (Dec. 24, 2011) - Fun featuring Janelle Monae
Someone That I Used to Know (Jan. 21, 2012) - Gotye featuring Kimbra
Going Home (Feb. 18, 2012) - Leonard Cohen
Hold On (Feb. 18, 2012) - Alabama Shakes
Climax (March 10, 2012) - Usher
Little Pocket Size Demons (March 13, 2012) - Vijay Iyer Trio
No Light, No Light (April 14, 2012) - Florence & the Machine
C’est La Vie (July 2012) - Khaled
Thinkin’ ‘Bout You (July 28, 2012) - Frank Ocean
Adorn (August 18, 2012) - Miguel
I Will Wait (August 25, 2012) - Mumford & Sons
Merry-Go-Round (Sept. 15, 2012) - Kacey Musgraves
Sing the Delta (October 2, 2012) - Iris Dement
Skyfall (Oct. 20, 2012) - Adele
Anything Made of Paper (Jan. 15, 2013) - Bill Carter
You Never Need Nobody (February 12, 2013) - The Lone Bellow
Same Love (Feb. 16, 2013) - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Recovery (April 6, 2013) - Frank Turner
Song for Zula (April 6, 2013) - Phosphorescent
The Ceiling (April 27, 2013) - Wild Feathers
Get Lucky (May 4, 2013) - Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Vivir mi Vida (May 11, 2013) - Marc Anthony
Black Skinhead (July 6, 2013) - Kanye West
Dance Apocalyptic (July 2013) - Janelle Monae
Royals (July 20, 2013) - Lorde
My Favorite Picture of You (August 10, 2013) - Guy Clark
Roar (August 24, 2013) - Katy Perry
Down, Down the Deep River (September 3, 2013) – Okkervill River
Man (September 21, 2013) - Neko Case
Wolfcry (September 28, 2013) - Gregory Porter
All of Me (October 26, 2013) - John Legend
The Monster (November 16, 2013) - Eminem featuring Rihanna
Follow Your Arrow (Nov. 23, 2013) - Kacey Musgraves
Let It Go (Dec. 14, 2013) - Idina Menzel
Happy (Jan. 18, 2014) - Pharrell Williams
The Long Way Home (Feb. 1, 2014) - Rosanne Cash
When the Master Calls the Roll (Feb. 1, 2014) - Rosanne Cash
Truck Stop Gospel (Feb. 22, 2014) - Parker Millsap
Our Basement (March 11, 2014) - Ambrose Akinmusire
Bailando (April 5, 2014) - Enrique Iglesias (featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona)
Take Me to Church (April 12, 2014) - Hozier
Seasons (Waiting on You) (April 12, 2014) - Future Islands
Stay With Me (April 26, 2014) - Sam Smith
Turtles All the Way Down (May 31, 2014) - Sturgill Simpson
Sweet Amarillo (July 19, 2014) - Old Crow Medicine Show
America, Here’s My Boy (August 16, 2014) - Swamp Dogg
Learning to Fly (August 19, 2014) - Ruthie Foster
Two Weeks (August 30, 2014) - FKA Twigs
Mercy Now (Sept. 16, 2014) - Mike Farris
Thinking Out Loud (October 25, 2014) - Ed Sheeran
Never Catch Me (October 25, 2014) - Flying Lotus (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
Blank Space (November 8, 2014) - Taylor Swift
Every Breaking Wave (November 22, 2014) - U2
Uptown Funk! (November 29, 2014) - Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars
Girl Crush (December 20, 2014) - Little Big Town

Ex’s and Oh’s (January 3, 2015) - Elle King
Glory (February 7, 2015) - John Legend & Common
Black Is the Color (Feb. 28, 2015) - Rhiannon Giddens
All Night Long (March 7, 2015) - The Mavericks
La Patria Madrina (My Home Country) (March 24, 2015) - Lila Downs & Juanes
See You Again (March 28, 2015) - Charlie Puth & Wiz Khalifa
King Kunta (April 4, 2015) - Kendrick Lamar
St. Teresa (April 14, 2015) - Beth Hart
Change of the Guard (May 23, 2015) - Kamasi Washington
Tennessee Whiskey (May 23, 2015) - Chris Stapleton
Can’t Feel My Face (June 27, 2015) - The Weeknd
S.O.B. (September 5, 2015) - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
River Deep, Mountain High (October 10, 2015) – Darlene Love
Alexander Hamilton (October 17, 2015) - Cast, “Hamilton: An American Musical”
All Your Favorite Bands (October 24, 2015) - Dawes
Hello (November 14, 2015) - Adele
When We Were Young (December 12, 2015) - Adele
New York Is My Home (February 12, 2016) - Dion and Paul Simon
Til It Happens to You (Feb. 20, 2016) - Lady Gaga
The Sound of Silence (March 12, 2016) - Disturbed
Formation (May 14, 2016) - Beyonce’ Knowles

During the next few weeks, I'll be compiling a list of the top 2016 songs that did not make it into the books, plus my top songs for the first half of 2017. Many of those songs will appear in the upcoming Volume 5. So that will be forthcoming.

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby StevieFan13 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 5:01 pm

A great selection! Can you post the write-ups on SOB, Alexander Hamilton, and Follow Your Arrow?
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Cool choices!
Thanks, stevejazz!

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Postby StevieFan13 » Fri Jun 30, 2017 6:50 pm

panam wrote:Update today ? viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4159&p=75593#p75593

He's also posting songs for future editions, so it might be a little longer.
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StevieFan13 wrote:
panam wrote:Update today ? viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4159&p=75593#p75593

He's also posting songs for future editions, so it might be a little longer.


I hope not, like a fan.

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Postby stevejazz » Thu Jul 06, 2017 1:36 pm

StevieFan, here are the three requested song entries. By the way, regarding the chart data, remember that my cutoff point was June 2016; "Hamilton" at that point had a #12 peak position in Billboard, but it later reached #3.

Follow Your Arrow (2013) - Kacey Musgraves (written by Kacey Musgraves, Brandy Clark & Shane McAnally) (FN 1)
Chart debut November 23, 2013 (reached #10 on country chart); from the Mercury Nashville/UMGN album Same Trailer, Different Park (chart debut April 6, 2013)
The best country music in the current era can be found in songs that draw deeply upon the music’s traditions and the influences of Southern culture, while at the same time looking at the world through a 21st century perspective, acknowledging and even celebrating attitudes that would have seemed heresy a generation ago. Kacey Musgraves is one of the most eloquent and refreshing examples. Born August 21, 1988 in Mineola, Texas, she began singing in East Texas talent shows, and recorded three independent-label albums and one EP as a teenager (from 2002-2008) that were heard by few. After graduating high school she placed in the top ten of the USA Network competition “Nashville Star” in 2007, then found a mentor in Texas singer-songwriter Radney Foster, honed her songwriting chops, and hit it big with her major-label debut. Same Trailer, Different Park, immediately hailed as a triumph, won its just rewards with the Grammy for best country album. (FN 2) Jonathan Bernstein called it “one of the most fully-formed, arresting debuts Nashville’s seen in years.” (FN 3)
Follow Your Arrow was perhaps the most-discussed country song of 2013, with an inspirational message urging each person to follow his or her own path regardless of what others might say (“If the straight and narrow gets too straight, follow your arrow wherever it points”), offered up in a classic, breezy Nashville package. The track was initially too touchy for her label to release it as a single (with its brief references to pot smoking and same-sex smooching “if that’s something you’re into”), but (ranked as the #3 song of 2013 by American Songwriter) it may always serve as her trademark song. (FN 4) Alan Scherstuhl: “Musgraves isn’t just a breakthrough for country music…She’s a breakthrough, period, persuasively articulating the pleasures of an open-minded life. Her message: Find something—or someone—you love, rather than just another thing to kill the time. This record is a fantastic place to start.” (FN 5)

(FN 1) Brandy Clark won the 2013 Country Music Critics’ Poll for best songwriter, with her pal Kacey placing second, and was second to Musgraves for best album and best new artist.
(FN 2) It was named the year’s #1 album by the Washington Post.
(FN 3) March 18, 2013 American Songwriter.
(FN 4) “When that line about kissing girls came out,” Musgraves recalled for Geoffrey Himes, “I kept it because it made sense to me, and it made the song better. It’s a song about following your arrow wherever it might take you, and that should include all kinds of people.” (January 23, 2014 Nashville Scene)
(FN 5) January 15, 2014 Village Voice.

S.O.B. (2015) - Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Stax Records track, chart debut September 5, 2015 (4 weeks at #1 on Triple A chart, #3 on Alternative, #8 on Rock); #16 in Canada; from the album Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats (#17 peak pop, 8 weeks at #1 on Folk chart)
Blessed with one of the most uproarious, thrilling rock choruses in years, Nathaniel Rateliff’s S.O.B. was voted—for good reason—the #1 song of 2015 by SiriusXM’s The Spectrum listeners. A native of rural Missouri, Rateliff began writing and performing in his teens, became frontman for the Denver alt-rock band Born in the Flood, and released his first album in 2007, followed by a folkish 2010 release, In Memory of Loss, that won raves even though it didn’t chart. But when his record label rejected his next album, he faced a crossroads. Tapping into his love for the music of Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, in 2013 he formed the seven-piece soul band the Night Sweats, wrote new songs that fit his passionate new sound, and signed with the iconic Memphis label Stax. S.O.B., he told David Browne, is “a troubled song about drinking your way through a breakup,” (FN 6) but he and the band (with blasting horns and electric piano along with guitar and drums) hurl themselves into the piece with such furious gusto that listeners know he’s going to get over the heartache soon. Chuck Arnold called him “a revelation. Rateliff comes on like Van Morrison fronting Booker T. & the MGs.” (FN 7)

(FN 6) October 8, 2015 Rolling Stone.
(FN 7) September 24, 2015 Rolling Stone.

Alexander Hamilton (2015) - “Hamilton: An American Musical”/Cast (written by Lin-Manuel Miranda) From the Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic/AG Broadway cast album, chart debut October 17, 2015 (#12 peak) (FN 8)
The very concept sounded bizarre: a hip-hop musical about the all-white Founding Fathers revolving around the leading member of George Washington’s first Cabinet. Lin-Manuel Miranda (born January 16, 1980, of Puerto Rican descent, in New York City), who made his reputation with the 2008 Broadway musical In the Heights, conceived the wild notion after reading Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography of the Revolutionary War veteran who wrote the lion’s share of the Federalist Papers (establishing the basis for a strong national government) before serving as the nation’s first Secretary of the Treasury (1789-1795), helped to elect Thomas Jefferson over Aaron Burr in 1800, and then was mortally wounded in an 1804 duel with Burr. Manuel decided that Hamilton’s life was “very hip-hop”—as a West Indies native whose writing enabled him to escape difficult circumstances, with an early, violent death. His first musical (a Tony and Grammy winner) had combined rap, salsa, and more traditional show tunes; Hamilton is primarily hip-hop and R&B, with some pop and jazz touches. Miranda himself plays the title role, and the song Alexander Hamilton (the show’s opening number, summarizing the character’s amazing early life journey) establishes the production’s dazzling energy and ingenuity. The show made its Broadway premiere August 6, 2015, and was an immediate sensation, with $60 million in advance ticket sales and months of million-dollar weekly grosses. (FN 9) The Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Hamilton scored a near-sweep of the Tony Awards with eleven trophies. Tony Calling it “the most revolutionary Broadway hit since Rent,” Brian Hiatt notes that it “reconnects Broadway with contemporary music” with its mostly black and Latino cast, and “reclaims American history for people cast to the margins of the narrative.” (FN 10) Brittany Spanos declared that the cast album proved a theatrical production “can work as a powerful, cohesive, exhilarating pop experience in the 21st century.” (FN 11)

(FN 8) The hip-hop group The Roots assisted with the cast album, which won the Grammy for best musical theater album.
(FN 9) December 4, 2015 Entertainment Weekly. By spring 2016, some projected that the show’s ticket revenues, over time, “could reach into the billions of dollars.” (April 10, 2016 New York Times Magazine) The show earned another distinction when its annotated libretto reached #1 on the New York Times nonfiction best-seller list (May 1, 2016).
(FN 10) October 8, 2015 Rolling Stone.
(FN 11) October 22, 2015 Rolling Stone.

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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby Henrik » Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:40 pm

Steve, I haven't thanked you since you posted the last chapter. I am of course extremely grateful for your generosity.

I hope you feel that all your posting was worth the work. As you can see in this post, your book will have a major impact on the coming update.

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Postby stevejazz » Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:30 pm

Thanks, Henrik. As per my private email, you (or a designated Acclaimed reviewer) can request a review copy of the books through Rowman.

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Postby Henrik » Sat Jul 22, 2017 10:33 pm

Hi Steve!

I'm sorry it took time to get back to you. I have asked Rob who would like to request a review copy. I think the review will be posted here in the forum, but I can probably link to the review from the main site somehow. Does it sound good to you?
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Re: Steve Sullivan - Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes 3 and 4)

Postby stevejazz » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:19 pm

Sounds good! Incidentally, recently I've been writing up songs from 2014 to 2017 that will appear in the next volume of the encyclopedia. 2017 has been a very good year so far, with at least six or seven songs that will definitely be in the book, plus some other strong candidates. (By year's end I'm sure something like 15 or 20 songs will make it.) Soon I'll be taking another look at 2000-2009 songs to see if there's anything I've missed, and toward that end printed up the Acclaimed song list for that decade. Very helpful. Some of my top candidates for the next book are actually in your "bubbling under the top 6,000" section, including some that are wayyy down toward the bottom. Maybe if they do make Volume 5, it can help nudge them up a bit.


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