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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Musicians Hall of Fame

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The Musicians Hall of Fame formed to honor musicians of all instruments and genres. As the website explains, nominations are made by current members of the American Federation of Musicians as well as various music industry professionals. There is no indication of how these nominees are whittled down to determine who is inducted. After its formation in 2007, the Hall inducted three classes before closing, reopening, and inducting a fourth class in 2014. Here are the inductees from 2007-2014:

  • Chet Atkins (2009)
  • Randy Bachman (2014)
  • Booker T. & the MG’s (Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, Al Jackson Jr., Booker T. Jones, 2008)
  • The Blue Moon Boys (Bill Black, DJ Fontana, Scotty Moore, 2007)
  • Jimmy Capps (2014)
  • Billy Cox (2009)
  • The Crickets (Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis, Joe B. Mauldlin, 2008)
  • Mike Curb (2014)
  • Dick Dale (2009)
  • Charlie Daniels (2009)
  • Duane Eddy (2008)
  • Victor Feldman (2009)
  • Fred Foster (2009)
  • Peter Frampton (2014)
  • The Funk Brothers (Richard “Pistol” Allen, Jack Ashford, Bob Babbitt, William “Benny” Benjamin, Eddie “Bongo” Brown, Dennis Coffey, Johnny Griffith, Joe Hunter, James Jamerson, Uriel Jones, Joe Messina, Earl Van Dyke, “Wah Wah” Watson, Eddie Willis, 2008)
  • Buddy Guy (2014)
  • Ben Keith (2014)
  • Al Kooper (2008)
  • Will Lee (2014)
  • Barbara Mandrell (2014)
  • The Memphis Horns (Wayne Jackson, Andrew Love, 2008)
  • The Memphis Boys (Gene Chrisman, Tommy Cogbill, Bobby Emmons, Mike Leech, Bobby Wood, Reggie Young, 2007)
  • The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section (Barry Beckett, Pete Carr, Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Clayton Ivey, Jimmy Johnson, Randy McCormick, Will McFarlane, Spooner Oldham, 2008)
  • The Nashville “A” Team (2007)
  • Corki Casey O’Dell (2014)
  • Roy Orbison (2014)
  • Paul Riser (2009)
  • Billy Sherrill (2008)
  • Velma Smith (2014)
  • The Tennessee Two (Grant Marshall, Luther Perkins, 2007)
  • Toto (David Hungate, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, Mike Porcaro, Steve Porcaro, 2009)
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble (2014)

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Jimmie Rodgers released his first of twelve blue yodels: January 27, 1928

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Jimmie Rodgers “Blue Yodel #1 (T for Texas)”


Writer(s): Jimmie Rodgers (see lyrics here)

Released: 1/27/1928, First charted: 3/31/1928

Peak: 2 US (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --


Review: Jimmie Rodgers grew up sickly, shuffled amongst family members. By age 14, he struck out on his own to follow his father’s footsteps as a railroad man. His failing health ended that career before he’d turned thirty, and he turned his attention to his other love – music.

In 1927, Rodgers auditioned for Ralph Peer of Victor Records. In August, Rodgers had his first recording session with Peer and then, on the day after Thanksgiving, drove to New York for his second session. When Rodgers had a shortage of material, Peer relented to recording one of Rodgers’ blues songs – “Blue Yodel No. 1.” SS Not sure what to do with the stuff, Victor marketed it as “a popular song for a comedian with a guitar.” LW

Tuberculosis felled the man known as “The Singing Brakeman” in 1933 when he was just 37. However, in his short life, he had such an impact on music that he earned an even bigger nickname: “The Father of Country Music.” He helped make country music as as a viable, commercial genre CL by articulating rural America’s concerns about “love, loss, and hardship in a way…most Tin Pan Alley writers could not…emulate.” LW He was so embedded in rural culture, shoppers requested his latest recordings be added to their grocery lists. LW

However, his music reached beyond white rural America. He “combined black and white musical forms and popularized American rural music traditions.” NRR That “marriage of blues and country is the essence of Rodgers’ contribution to popular music.” LW For a “generation after his death, virtually every country music performer – and not a few blues artists – would owe a deep stylistic debt” SS to Rodgers.


Resources and Related Links:

  • Jimmie Rodgers’ DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • CL Collins, Ace. (1996). The Stories Behind Country Music’s All-Time Greatest 100 Songs. New York, NY; The Berkley Publishing Group.
  • LW Lewens, Alan. (2001). Popular Song – Soundtrack of the Century. Billboard Books: New York, NY. Page 65.
  • NRR National Recording Registry
  • SS Sullivan, Steve. (2013). Encyclopedia of Great Popular Song Recordings (Volumes I & II). Scarecrow Press: Lanham, Maryland. Page 21.

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The Five Year Anniversary of Dave’s Music Database Blog

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Today marks the fifth anniversary of the DMDB blog. It has come a long way in five years! That first post, entitled “How to Get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, mocked that institution’s biases with five observations about what will (or won’t) lead to canonization in Cleveland. I ripped on the organization for failing to induct acts like Kiss, Rush, Genesis, and Alice Cooper. All are now in.

I put up a whopping 13 posts in 2009 and another 14 in 2010. About mid-way through 2011, I changed the focus of the blog from essays on music-related topics to more objective snapshots of musical history tied to that particular day. The paid off in spades. Prior to the thematic switch, my biggest month was September 2009 with 422 hits. I more than doubled that number in June 2011 with the new approach. I noted in a 2012 post, “The History of the Dave’s Music Database Blog”, how the blog had mustered 31,000 hits. I was quite proud. It has grown by more than ten times that in the last two years. By the end of January the blog should log 400,000 views.

I’m not sure how I’ve been so lucky to get so much attention to my blog, but I’m grateful to all the fans. Thank you for reading!


Friday, January 10, 2014

Mojo Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

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Mojo is a British music magazine. Over the years, they’ve put out a number of best-of-all-time album lists. This DMDB exclusive list consolidates 19 of Mojo’s lists together (see resources for all the lists at the bottom of the page.

Also, check out Mojo’s annual picks for album of the year.

1. What's Going On...Marvin Gaye (1971)
2. Horses...Patti Smith (1975)
3. Ramones...Ramones (1976)
4. Marquee Moon...Television (1977)
5. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band...The Beatles (1967)
6. London Calling...The Clash (1979)
7. Innervisions...Stevie Wonder (1973)
8. Pet Sounds...Beach Boys (1966)
9. Revolver...The Beatles (1966)
10. Exile on Main Street...The Rolling Stones (1972)

11. Trout Mask Replica...Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band (1969)
12. Live at the Apollo...James Brown (1962)
13. Led Zeppelin IV...Led Zeppelin (1971)
14. The Stone Roses...The Stone Roses (1989)
15. Sign ‘O’ the Times...Prince (1987)
16. The Bends...Radiohead (1995)
17. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols...Sex Pistols (1977)
18. Unknown Pleasures...Joy Division (1979)
19. Born to Run...Bruce Springsteen (1975)
20. Grace...Jeff Buckley (1994)

21. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars...David Bowie (1972)
22. The Doors...The Doors (1967)
23. Different Class...Pulp (1995)
24. Blood on the Tracks...Bob Dylan (1975)
25. Sticky Fingers...The Rolling Stones (1971)
26. Definitely Maybe...Oasis (1994)
27. New York Dolls...New York Dolls (1973)
28. Piper at the Gates of Dawn...Pink Floyd (1967)
29. Liege and Lief...Fairport Convention (1969)
30. Transformer...Lou Reed (1972)

31. Tapestry...Carole King (1971)
32. Otis Blue...Otis Redding (1965)
33. Talking Book...Stevie Wonder (1972)
34. There's a Riot Goin' On...Sly and the Family Stone (1971)
35. Raw Power...The Stooges (1973)
36. Blonde on Blonde...Bob Dylan (1966)
37. Velvet Underground & Nico...Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
38. Are You Experienced?...The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
39. Blue...Joni Mitchell (1971)
40. Rumours...Fleetwood Mac (1977)

41. Nevermind...Nirvana (1991)
42. Plastic Ono Band...John Lennon (1970)
43. Psychocandy...The Jesus and Mary Chain (1985)
44. For Your Pleasure...Roxy Music (1973)
45. The Clash...The Clash (1977)
46. Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
47. I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight...Richard & Linda Thompson (1974)
48. The Nightfly...Donald Fagen (1982)
49. Physical Graffiti...Led Zeppelin (1975)
50. Hounds of Love...Kate Bush (1985)

51. Time Out of Mind…Bob Dylan (1997)
52. OK Computer…Radiohead (1997)
53. Highway 61 Revisited...Bob Dylan (1965)
54. Forever Changes...Love (1967)
55. The Beatles (aka “The White Album”)...The Beatles (1968)
56. Abbey Road...The Beatles (1969)
57. Electric Ladyland...The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
58. Is This It…The Strokes (2001)
59. The Band...The Band (1969)
60. Kind of Blue...Miles Davis (1959)

61. Up the Bracket…The Libertines (2002)
62. Third/Sister Lovers...Big Star (1975)
63. Kick Out the Jams...The MC5 (1968)
64. Closer...Joy Division (1980)
65. Black Monk Time...The Monks (1966)
66. Maxinquaye…Tricky (1995)
67. High Land, Hard Rain...Aztec Camera (1983)
68. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere...Neil Young (1969)
69. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You...Aretha Franklin (1967)
70. Fire and Water...Free (1970)

71. Cut...The Slits (1979)
72. Grievous Angel...Gram Parsons (1974)
73. Can’t Buy a Thrill...Steely Dan (1972)
74. Clear Spot...Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band (1972)
75. Here Comes the Warm Jets...Brian Eno (1974)
76. Achtung Baby...U2 (1991)
77. Tonight’s the Night...Neil Young (1975)
78. Entertainment!...Gang of Four (1979)
79. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables...The Dead Kennedys (1980)
80. Music from Big Pink...The Band (1968)

81. Songs in the Key of Life...Stevie Wonder (1976)
82. Hot Rats...Frank Zappa (1969)
83. Here, My Dear...Marvin Gaye (1978)
84. Screaming Target...Big Youth (1973)
85. Black Woman & Child...Sizzla (1997)
86. Astral Weeks...Van Morrison (1968)
87. The Soft Bulletin…Flaming Lips (1999)
88. Maggot Brain...Funkadelic (1971)
89. Endtroducing…DJ Shadow (1996)
90. Hunky Dory...David Bowie (1971)

91. Dummy…Portishead (1994)
92. Automatic for the People...R.E.M. (1992)
93. Fun House...The Stooges (1970)
94. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)
95. Moon Safari (1998)
96. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory…Oasis (1995)
97. The Notorious Byrd Brothers...The Byrds (1968)
98. Live at the Star Club...Jerry Lee Lewis (1964)
99. Axis: Bold As Love...The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
100. Live at Leeds...The Who (1970)


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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Otis Redding’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” is released: January 8, 1968

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Writer(s): Steve Cropper/ Otis Redding (see lyrics here)

First charted: 27 January 1968

Peak: 14 US, #3 UK, #13 RB, #3 CB (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): 1.0 US, -- UK, 1.0 world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): 7.0 Video Airplay (in millions): 20.1


Review: There’s never been a better epitaph. Redding and six others died when his charter plane crashed into Lake Monona, near Madison, Wisconsin on December 10, 1967. WK On November 22, he‘d recorded “Dock of the Bay,” adding overdubs two days before his death.

“Using road weariness as its metaphor,” MA-18 Redding wrote an ode to his journey from Georgia to stardom, protesting against the guilt of wasting time, arguing in favor of relaxing, doing nothing, and just “watching the tide roll in and out.” WI-128

Fresh off the Monterey Pop Festival, Redding was playing the Fillmore in San Francisco while staying on a houseboat. Producer and guitarist Steve Cropper says this is where Otis “‘got the idea of the ship coming in...I took that and finished the lyrics. If you listen to the songs I wrote with Otis, most of the lyrics are about him…’Dock of the Bay’ was exactly that: ‘I left my home in Georgia, headed for the Frisco Bay’ was all about him going out to San Francisco to perform.’” WK

To add to the song’s coastal vibe, Cropper added seaside noises. One aspect of the song that wasn’t finished but was left alone was the now iconic whistling. Redding had hoped to add another verse, but after he died Cropper left the whistling in. BBC

Redding wasn’t new to the pop charts, having hit the top 40 more than a half dozen times, but most of his success had come on the R&B charts. However, this song topped the pop and R&B charts and became “the first posthumous number one single.” BR1-238


Resources and Related Links:

  • Otis Redding’s DMDB Encyclopedia entry
  • BBC BBC Radio 2 Songs of the Century (1999).
  • BR1 Fred Bronson (2003). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits (5th edition) . New York, NY; Billboard Books.
  • MA Dave Marsh (1989). The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made. New York, NY; New American Library.
  • WK Wikipedia
  • WI Paul Williams (1993). Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles. New York, NY; Carroll & Graf Publishers, Inc.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

The All-Time Top 10 Digital Songs of Country Music

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According to Nielsen SoundScan, who tracks sales for Billboard magazine, these are the top-selling digital songs for country music. Personally, I think some of these really challenge the definition of “country music” (Miley Cyrus “The Climb”?, Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”?) but this is their list, not mine.

1. Florida Georgia Line “Cruise” - 6.33 million

2. Lady Antebellum “Need You Now” - 6.27 million

3. Taylor Swift “Love Story” - 5.66 million

4. The Band Perry “If I Die Young” - 4.74 million

5. Taylor Swift “You Belong With Me” - 4.41 million

6. Zac Brown Band “Chicken Fried” - 4.06 million

7. Jason Aldean “Dirt Road Anthem” - 3.94 million

8. Carrie Underwood “Before He Cheats” - 3.90 million

9. Taylor Swift “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” - 3.77 million

10. Miley Cyrus “The Climb” - 3.71 million


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