Thursday, July 18, 2013

Music and Memories

With 2,805 songs in my jukebox, there is grist for many a fond (and occasionally not so fond) memory. I think it is safe to say that more than half of the songs carry with them the thought of some past event, friend, lover, or place. Many - most - of the memories are trivial, but do bring a smile to my face, or at least the thought of a smile to my mind.

Some songs that trigger a memory trigger *exactly* the same memory every time I hear them, although my mind might wander anywhere after the initial thought.

I cannot convey to you the substance of those memories, and if I tried then you might never return here, having learned that the printed word can indeed put one to sleep, but I'm not quite ready to abandon the subject of the jukebox, so I thought I'd give you some odd facts about it, at least a few of which you might find mildly interesting.
  • Artist with the most songs on the jukebox: Elvis Presley, with 60. It might have been The Beatles (47) but for the fact that many of their songs didn't make the top 20 only because they were not released as singles. Singles purchases and jukebox plays were part of the Billboard scoring criteria, so songs released only on albums paid a price for that.

  • Song with the most radical difference in presentations: With a Little Help from My Friends, by The Beatles and by Joe Cocker.

    (Note: this excludes a number of possiblities created by white artists covering releases of songs by black artists, a common practice in the 1950's. They are too numerous to recite, but a fine example would be Long Tall Sally by Little Richard and by Pat Boone. I once emailed a friend with links to YouTube versions of those two), and she subsequently told me that she simply could not listen to more than one verse of Pat Boone's version. Try it yourself:

    Little Richard

    Pat Boone:  )

  • Best cover version done in the same style as the original: Angel of the Morning, Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts, covered by Juice Newton

  • Too good to leave out: That's All Right, by Elvis Presley (his first recording)

  • Longest recording: Tubular Bells (Part One), (25:33) by Mike Oldfield. The ultimate stoner recording.

  • Best disco number: Stayin' Alive, by The Bee Gees (To be fair, there is very little on the jukebox in the way of disco.)

  • The song that breaks my heart: Adios Mi Corazon, by Juice Newton

  • The song you wouldn't believe is on my jukebox if you knew me: Dance Hall Days, by Wang Chung

  • Earliest recording: White Christmas, by Bing Crosby (1942)

  • Latest recording: Time After Time, by Blaque

  • Earliest Rock and Roll song: (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock, by Bill Haley and His Comets, the one that kicked it all off.

  • Longest (that made the charts): Money for Nothing, (8:13) by Dire Straits

  • Artist with most duets that charted: Marvin Gaye, with 8 - 5 with Tammi Terrell, 2 with Mary Wells, and 1 with Kim Weston
That's all I got.

8 comments:

dmarks said...

Have to love a post that mentions one of the greatest all-time recordings: Tubular Bells.

It's only that short due to the limitations of the record album side system.

Perhaps even more "stonery" is Oldfield's "Amarok"; a single 60-minute CD track (yes, infuritatingly not divided into any smaller tracks at all).

The sequels to "Tubular Bells", which number from 2 to 6, depending on how you count them, are worthwhile too.

BrokenDownProgrammer said...

Ah, a kindred spirit.

Hard to believe it's forty years old now.

YouTube has videos of most of Oldfield's works, and long before YouTube I once tripped over a televised live concert with Oldfield conducting "Tubular Bells."

Thanks for commenting.

Treasuremomz said...

When you said that's all you got did you mean that's it? For the blog? But that can't be all! I really look forward to it; it makes me think back to the bygone days of the BB.

BrokenDownProgrammer said...

Good morning, Treasuremomz.

Ah yes, the BB without snits. Ah ha ha ha ha ha.

Well, I meant that was all I had for that post, but it's pretty clear that I'm winding down as regards the blog. I've posted more than 200 times, mostly personal anecdotes, and it's been a while since I've remembered anything worth writing about.

But uneverno.

Hope you are well.

Dramlin said...

Last year I saw a great show which was two guys playing tubular bells -- live, with all the instruments.
Great show!

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