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Posted Monday, December 14, 2009, at 7:30 AM

Have you ever awakened in the morning with a song on your mind? I do almost every morning. Occasionally I can attribute it to something I heard the night before, but usually it is just there. It takes a while to remove it unless I turn on the radio.

Now I'm not complaining. I actually enjoy humming to the songs of my life, but I am curious how many of us do it?

The lyric from above was there this morning. Anyone want to guess who sang it. Now I know you can Google it, but how about with the old grey matter. I actually could sing the whole song, but the artists evaded me for a long time

Here is something from their website.

"Originally formed in Ottawa, Ontario in 1964 as the Staccatos (Rick Belanger, Peter Fallis, Brian Rading & Vern Craig). Les Emmerson joined the band after Peter Fallis left to finish his schooling. . The band developed into one of Canada's best-known groups, with a solid and dedicated fan base, a contract with Capitol Records of Canada, promotional opportunities and, most of all, live work."

I used to love that TV show "Name That Tune" where contestants try to name the song based on a few notes. You would bet on how few a notes it would take to name it. I may not do well if it was modern day music, but from the 80's back to the 30's I could hold my own. No I was not listening in the 30's but my mother was an avid musician and we kids were introduced to a lot.


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Five Man Acoustical Band later covered by Tesla

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 7:35 AM

Jam not band sorry

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 7:37 AM

Interesting gordo1965. You are right, but it is not the group I of whom I was thinking.

It points out a generational difference. Five Man Acoustical Jam (Tesla) did perform this recording on an album in 1990. I believe they added a few extra words that would not have made the airways back when I was hearing it.

The Band that I THINK was the original performer of this was The Five Man Electrical Band. Are these names coincidentally similar? I need to check on the background of Tesla and why they changed their original name. Or, does someone know?

The FMEB's hit was around 1971. Here is their website with some of their old pictures as well as new. http://www.fivemanelectricalband.ca/

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 8:41 AM

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who wakes up each morning with a random song in my head! Sometimes I can attribute it to a song I heard the night before, but most of the time, I have no idea where it came from. I usually have to sing it out loud to get it to go away.

-- Posted by onenamil on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 11:13 AM

You are right. Confusion with that dang Tesla recording. I like the original better. The Tesla album was call Five Man Acoustical Jam. the original band was Five Man Electrical Jam. Tesla was just called Tesla. Great question and yes I have days when those old songs just wear me out.

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 11:53 AM

I wish I could do a name that tune with notes, but right now, I am limited to words.

I have a strange variety of albums. I might just choose one for a blog now and then, or use my wake-up song of the day.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 12:03 PM

"Think I'm going back to the things I learned so well in my youth." Help me with this song. Can't stop humming it today.

-- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 1:00 PM

Goin' Back by the Byrds

-- Posted by gordo1965 on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 1:13 PM

Nice catch Gordo1965.

The lyrics sounded familiar but I can not recall the tune so I went looking. Found Dusty Springfield, (not for me) and saw reference to The Byrds but no music. Did Carole King write it?

Still can't place it in my head. Anyone know where to find the Byrds rendition?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 2:05 PM

Yep woke up this morning sing ing a Rammstein song : We all live in amerika. I love the song very catchy.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 4:16 PM

I wonder if some things were lost in translation. I am not quite sure I understand, but then again, some of the Beatles lyrics slipped by me as well.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 5:00 PM

You old people and your silly little songs..

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 5:53 PM

Little songs? You ever listen to the long version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida? I believe it was 17+ minutes long. DJs used to use it to take potty, smoke breaks and who knows what else.

Silly???? Yeh, some of them were pretty silly but they sure sounded good.

I'll probably review records of Jazz, Classical, Big Band, etc. I have one 45 rpm that only the guy's mother could love and I am not sure that even she would have loved it. Got to do some digging to find that one again.

EM, what kind of music to you enjoy?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 6:13 PM

Still can't place it in my head. Anyone know where to find the Byrds rendition?

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 2:05 PM

The Byrds

20 Essential Tracks

From The Boxed Set: 1965 - 1990

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 7:00 PM

Thanks ilikeoldsongs. Sounds like you have a nice collection there.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 7:12 PM

I was never a fan of the Byrds to the point of buying a four cd collection, but they did have a nice sound overall, and I really liked a couple of their songs, and fortunately for me both songs were included on this single disc release.

My collection is not extensive by any means, as I've never had a desire to own every recording ever made, but rather I have tried to collect music and artists that I have enjoyed through the years, and continue to enjoy today. Music is much more than just sound waves reaching the eardrum, at least to me.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 7:33 PM

I have gone through numerous stages of interest, but while our daughter was in early high school I could never get comfortable with her music.

Slowly she started to change to a different type and I must admit that I can now enjoy her music choices again. I will probably always be more comfortable with music from the past because they bring forth memories, but what she is listening to now is once again music.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 8:00 PM

steve,

I was teasing, you know most of the time it is the other way around? Personally, I like Christy Crowl, Greg Edmonson, Geoff Tate, David Newman, Matthew Sweet, Dokken, George Lynch, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Queensryche, Queen, The Beatles, Hayseed Dixie, Alizee, Information Society, Duran Duran, Wrathchild America, Kix, Lizzy Borden, are among the plethora of musicians I enjoy listening to.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Dec 14, 2009, at 10:23 PM

I have the pleasure of knowing you EM so I knew from where you were coming. Boy, I hate to say that I only recognized a few and you can guess most of them.

Once they stopped producing records (the original circular disks) I lost touch. Not because I don't have CD players (our daughter saw to that).

We collect records of all speeds and therefore listen to many of them to determine genre, or condition. I now also use the internet a lot to explain what I am listening to, since I often can not understand.

Just the image of Nine Inch Nails makes me think of a blackboard and the sound/feel of nails working across it. I hope that is not indicative of their music. (just got a shiver)

Of course I would bet that Frank, Dean, Sammy, Lena, Johnny, Tony, etc. are on the other side of the spectrum from youth today. Strangely though, I hear the old songs being used as background for some of the new. I kind of like most of that.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 6:44 AM

There is nothing like the "old" songs ... meaning (from MY standpoint) pretty much from the '50s, '60s, and early to mid '70's. I think I like them the best!

-- Posted by welkindance on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 7:55 AM

Welcome kindred soul welkindance!

Even though I was barely a thought in the 40's, I even go back to many of those because my siblings and mother were music oriented. Mother taught piano and all of us played some instrument in the band and most sang in chorus.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 9:01 AM

Even though I was barely a thought in the 40's,

Posted by stevemills on Tue, Dec 15, 2009, at 9:01 AM

Ah yes, the 1940's. A decade like no other during my lifetime. The unbounded joy of a young child hard at play during the day, only to be tempered by the pessimistic tone of the evening newscasters, as they brought gloom and doom reports of the war effort to our radio, causing feelings of apprehension that no young child should ever have to feel. But eventually, Fat Man and Little Boy returned me to the happier state of listening to music at night instead of newscasts.

And what music it was! Jimmie Rodgers was still heard on radio at that time, even though he had passed away several years before. The Grand Old Opry, WCKY Cincinnati, WLS New Orleans, and some station in Del Rio Texas, whose call letters escape me, became a regular part of my listening fare.

It seems that folk and country music has always included a liberal sprinkling of songs of tragedy of some form or the other, train wrecks, caves, murders, drownings etc., and the music of the 1940's is no exception. What is different about the tragedy that I want to call to your attention at this time, is the fact that I lived through this particular tragedy, through the radio reports from the scene, as well as updates during regular newscasts. My family and I stayed "glued" so to speak, to the radio for the better part of two days, I guess, hoping and praying that this little girl would would be saved. Of course it didn't work out that way. There have been other similar cases in the years since, but for some reason this one has always maintained a hold on me, emotionally, and for that reason I seldom play this song.

The child in this tragedy was Kathy Fiscus, and the song about her death, written and sung by Jimmie Osborne, can be found on youtube. Just go to youtube, type in her name, click search, and if you are a sympathetic kind of person, have a couple of Kleenex handy.

Another tragic note: Jimmie Osborne committed suicide in either 1957 or 1958 around Christmas time.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 2:09 PM

That sounds sad before I ever get to it. I was glued to the TV during the Marsha Trimble case in Nashville, but I was not a child by that time.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 5:02 PM

No, WLS was a Chicago station, and WWL was the New Orleans station, and had as part of their slogan "Loyola Of The South". I'm getting too old for this.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 8:48 PM

Steve,

Most of them, you would like. Most of the ones in the beginning is good stuff.

Christy Crowl, graduated with me, she has done a ton of music for motion pictures from Spiderman 1, 2, and 3 to all of the X-men moves.

Greg Edmonson, does classical, bluegrass, and asian music mixed together. Really kicks butt.

David Newman, does Orchestral music with a ting of bluegrass.

Most of the rest are rock, punk, metal or similar genre.

Glenn Miller, Oh yeah, And Yes I love the Rat Pack as well. I would love to have lived in the 1920's to the 60's. The music really grew a lot, each with it's own flavor and style. I liked the 1980s because it resembled all of that mixed into one.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Dec 16, 2009, at 9:51 PM

Nearly every time I step in the shower I begin singing American Pie by Don McClean. My wife is usually in another part of the house and is therefore spared my vocal assassination of this great song. However my black lab usually begins emitting a very painful sounding howl. Think he's trying to tell me something?

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 1:07 AM

ilikeoldsongs, Ah yes, WLS was part of my regular late nite listening fare, and who can forget WWL and their broadcast from the Blue Room high atop the Roosevelt Hotel in downtown New Orleans, as well as the Singing Brakeman from Meridian, Mississippi.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 9:10 AM

I will check them out EM, especially the first three.

I stopped my spouse complaining about me singing in the shower by not showering. The trade-off soon became apparent.

I remember both radio stations but MERIDIAN? Were you close to them or did they have a clear channel at night?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 10:15 AM

Steve,

I think leeiii's reference to Meridian was in the context of that being Jimmie Rodgers home, as opposed to a radio station broadcasting from there.But I'm wrong, pretty often.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 11:32 AM

Aahhh, now it clicks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 17, 2009, at 5:44 PM

Ilikeoldsongs mentioned Del Rio Texas radio. The call letters were XERA. The reason for the odd call letters was because the owner, Dr. John Brinkley could not get an American license for a station with the power he wanted, so he put it across the border in Mex.

He used the station to run ads for his patented medicines and unique treatments. He used 500,000 watts of power raised to 1,000,000 by the antennae. On clear nights they claimed the station could be heard as far as Canada.

Wolfman Jack got his start at that station.

Thanks E..

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 18, 2009, at 12:39 PM

Steve,

Here is a few of the songs via the people from above, this is from my radio show.

http://www.kiyi.net/radio/index.html

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Fri, Dec 18, 2009, at 4:28 PM

EM, I had trouble getting sound. What player do I need to have?

-- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 11:50 AM

should work with the download bar at the top of the browser. It installs the acc codec then it will open the embedded player.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sat, Dec 19, 2009, at 12:36 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.