Friday, August 31, 2018

Classical Works: Top 100

This was originally posted as a top 10 on the DMDB Facebook page on 2/21/10 and then expanded to a top 50 on 5/2/2011. This list was determined by an aggregate of more than 30 classical-music-focused, best-of lists combined with the works’ standings in the overall Dave’s Music Database. Here’s the top classical works (which includes operas, symphonies, concertos, etc.) according to the DMDB. Note: most of these are considered “albums” based on their lengths. Those works noted with an asterisk (*) are shorter pieces and not considered album-length works.


Composer: Name of Work (year composition was finished)
1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations (1741)
2. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (1875)
3. Antonio Vivaldi: The Four Seasons (1725)
4. George & Ira Gershwin: An American in Paris (classical soundtrack, 10/4/51)
5. Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (1562)
6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cello Suites (1717-23)
7. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (32) (1795-1822)
8. Claudio Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610)
9. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (1808)
10. George Friedrich Handel: Messiah (1741)

11. Thomas Tallis: “Spem in Alium, Motet for 40 Voices” (1570) *
12. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (1812)
13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Brandenburg Concertos (1719-21)
14. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (1824)
15. Claudio Monteverdi: L’Orfeo (opera, 1607)
16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Mass in B Minor (1733-1749)
17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concertos (27) (1773-1791)
18. Modest Mussorgsky: Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (1874)
19. George Friedrich Handel: Water Music (1717)
20. Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (1809)

21. Georges Bizet: Carmen (opera, 1873-74)
22. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem Mass in D minor (1791)
23. Johann Sebastian Bach “Toccato and Fugue for Organ in D minor” (1708) *
24. Igor Stravinsky: Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, 1913)
25. Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major (1806)
26. Johann Pachelbel “Canon in D major” (1694) *
27. Johann Sebastian Bach: St. Matthew Passion (1736)
28. Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartets (16) (1798-1826)
29. Richard Wagner: Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (opera, 1848-1874)
30. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Don Giovanni (opera, 1787)

31. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale” (1808)
32. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Sinfonia Eroica” (1804)
33. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”) (1786)
34. Richard Wagner: Tristan Und Isolde (opera, 1857-59)
35. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)
36. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (1788)
37. Hector Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (1830)
38. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major (1791)
39. Béla Bartók: The String Quartets (1908-39)
40. Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)

41. Gioacchino Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (opera, 1816)
42. Giuseppe Verdi: Messa Da Requiem (Requiem Mass) (1874)
43. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (1885)
44. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Die Zauberflote (“The Magic Flute”) (1791)
45. Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (1944)
46. Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”) (1822)
47. Franz Schubert: Piano Quintet in A Major (“Trout”) (1814)
48. Franz Liszt: Piano Sonata in B Minor (1853)
49. Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1901)
50. Igor Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (aka “Petrushka”) (ballet, 1947)

51. Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème (opera, 1896, performed 2/1/1896)
52. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (1787)
53. Giacomo Puccini: Tosca (opera, 1900)
54. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) (1884-88)
55. Antonin Dvorák: Cello Concerto in B minor (1895)
56. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major (1909)
57. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 in B minor (“Pathetique”) (1893)
58. Sergey Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor (1909)
59. Claude Debussy: La Mer (ballet, 1903-05)
60. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor (1902)

61. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor (1876)
62. Igor Stravinsky: L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) (ballet, 1910)
63. Giuseppe Verdi: Aida (opera, 1871)
64. Franz Schubert: Winterreise (1827)
65. Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 9 in C major (“The Great”) (1828)
66. Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring (ballet, 1944)
67. Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
68. Edward Elgar: Cello Concerto in E minor (1919)
69. Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor (1844)
70. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: “1812 Overture” (1880)

71. Giuseppe Verdi: La Traviata (1853)
72. Franz Schubert: String Quintet in C major (1828)
73. Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”) (1894)
74. Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”) (1893)
75. Giacomo Puccini: Turandot (1926)
76. Felix Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1842)
77. Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1875)
78. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
79. Carl Orff…Carmina Burana (1936)
80. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major (1877)

81. Gabriel Fauré: Requiem in D minor (1900)
82. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
83. Giuseppe Verdi: Rigoletto (1851)
84. Alban Berg: Violin Concerto (1935)
85. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888)
86. Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor (1937)
87. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker Suite (1891)
88. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor (1878)
89. Maurice Ravel: “Boléro” (1928) *
90. Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (1876)

91. Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (1881)
92. Gustav Holst: The Planets (1919)
93. Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (1899)
94. Maurice Ravel: String Quartet in F major (1903)
95. Sergei Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet (1935)
96. Giacomo Puccini: Madame Butterfly (Madama Butterfly) (1904)
97. Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major (1915)
98. Claude Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prelude L'Apres Midi d'un Faune) (1894)
99. Jean Sibelius…Symphony No. 2 in D major (1902)
100. Arnold Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (1899)


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

In Concert: Melissa Etheridge, 8/29/18

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Venue: Grinders at Crossroads; Kansas City, MO

Considering Etheridge is from Leavenworth, Kansas, this was a hometown show of sorts. She interspersed a number of stories with her songs, joking with the audience at one point about how often she remembered seeing shows where the performer didn’t know if he/she was in Kansas or Missouri. The show relied heavily on nostalgia, pulling the entire set list from albums released from 1988-1995, meaning she touched nothing from the last twenty-plus years of her career.

She somewhat daringly played five non-hit album cuts mid-show with only "If I Wanted To" thrown in the middle of them. The highlight of the show was during the 15-minute-plus encore of “Like the Way I Do” when she joined the drummer on his kit to play a lengthy drum solo, er, duet. See video clip below from another show. Drum duet starts at about the 8:45 point of the video.

Set List:

1. No Souvenirs 2
2. Similar Features 1
3. Let Me Go 2
4. I Want to Come Over 5
5. Royal Station 4/16 2
6. Yes I Am 4
7. If I Wanted To 4
8. Ruins 4
9. An Unusual Kiss 5
10. Shriner’s Park 5
11. Chrome Plate Heart 1
12. Come to My Window 4
13. Bring Me Some Water 1
14. I’m the Only One 4

Encore:

15. Like the Way I Do 1

Like the Way I Do (live, 3/17/18)


Select Discography:
  • 1 Melissa Etheridge (1988)
  • 2 Brave and Crazy (1989)
  • 3 Never Enough (1992)
  • 4 Yes I Am (1993)
  • 5 Your Little Secret (1995)


Michael Jackson's Top 100 Songs

First posted 8/29/2013; updated 5/27/2019.

R&B/pop singer/songwriter and dancer born 8/29/1958 in Gary, Indiana. Died 6/25/2009. The 7th of 9 children, he was born into one of history’s most musical families. Achieved fame at 11 years old with his brothers in the Jackson 5 (69-76); the group later became The Jacksons (76-84). Launched a solo career (72-09) while simultaneously working in The Jackson 5.

His 1979 Off the Wall album became only the second in history to score 4 top 10 hits. His 1982 Thriller album, with an estimated 60+ million sales worldwide, became the best-selling album in history; it was the first album to score 7 top 10 hits, fueled in part by breaking down the racial barrier on MTV with some of the most iconic videos of all time. His 1987 Bad album was the 1st to score 5 #1 songs.

Two of his songs (“Billie Jean” and “Beat It”) are featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999. Thriller is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Albums of All Time.

For a complete list of this act’s songs and albums honored by the DMDB, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

* Jackson 5, ** The Jacksons. Noted below are songs which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (US), Cashbox (CB), R&B chart (RB), adult contemporary chart (AC), UK chart (UK), Canadian chart (CN), and Australian chart (AU).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Billie Jean (1982) #1 US,CB,RB,UK, CN,AU
2. Beat It (1982) #1 US,CB,RB,CN
3. I Want You Back * (1969) #1 US,CB,RB
4. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (1979) #1 US,CB,RB,AU
5. I’ll Be There * (1970) #1 US,CB,RB

DMDB Top 5%:

6. ABC * (1970) #1 US,CB,RB
7. Say, Say, Say (with Paul McCartney, 1983) #1 US,CB,CN
8. Black or White (1991) #1 US,CB,UK,CN,AU
9. Thriller (1982)
10. Rock with You (1979) #1 US,CB,RB

11. Man in the Mirror (1987) #1 US,CB,RB
12. Bad (1987) #1 US,CB,RB
13. You Are Not Alone (1995) #1 US,CB,RB,UK
14. Remember the Time (1991) #1 CB,RB
15. The Way You Make Me Feel (1987) #1 US,CB,RB
16. I Just Can’t Stop Loving You (with Siedah Garrett, 1987) #1 US,CB,RB,AC,UK
17. The Girl Is Mine (with Paul McCartney, 1982) #1 RB,AC
18. Somebody’s Watching Me (Rockwell w/ Michael Jackson, 1984) #1 RB
19. Ben (1972) #1 US,AU
20. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) (1982)
21. Shake Your Body Down to the Ground ** (1978)

DMDB Top 10%:

22. Smooth Criminal (1987)
23. The Love You Save * (1970) #1 US,CB,RB
24. Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ (1982) #1 CN
25. Dancing Machine * (1973) #1 CB,RB
26. She’s Out of My Life (1979)
27. Earth Song (1995) #1 UK
28. Got to Be There (1971) #1 CB
29. Rockin’ Robin (1971) #1 CB
30. Heal the World (1991)

31. Dirty Diana (1987) #1 US,CB
32. Love Never Felt So Good (w/ Justin Timberlake, 2014)
33. Scream (with Janet Jackson, 1995)
34. Off the Wall (1979)
35. In the Closet (1991) #1 CB,RB
36. Enjoy Yourself ** (1976)
37. Human Nature (1982)
38. Will You Be There? (1991)
39. State of Shock ** (with Mick Jagger, (1984)
40. Never Can Say Goodbye * (1971)

DMDB Top 20%:

41. Jam (1991)
42. You Rock My World (2001)
43. Another Part of Me (1987) #1 RB
44. Who Is It (1991)
45. Mama’s Pearl * (1970) #1 CB
46. Lovely One ** (1980)
47. Torture ** (1984)
48. They Don’t Care About Us (1995)
49. Farewell My Summer Love (1973)
50. I Am Love * (1974)

51. Ease on Down the Road (with Diana Ross, 1978)
52. Blood on the Dance Floor (1997) #1 UK
53. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town * (1970)
54. Lookin’ Through the Window * (1972)
55. One Day in Your Life (1975) #1 UK
56. I Wanna Be Where You Are (1971)
57. Childhood (1995)
58. Little Bitty Pretty One * (1972)
59. Don’t Matter to Me (w/ Drake, 2018)
60. Hold My Hand (with Akon, 2010)

61. Heartbreak Hotel (This Place Hotel) ** (1980)
62. Sugar Daddy * (1971)

Not in DMDB Top 20%:

63. Can You Feel It ** (1980)
64. Show You the Way to Go ** (1976) #1 UK
65. Just a Little Bit of You (1975)
66. Blame It on the Boogie ** (1978)
67. Corner of the Sky * (1972)
68. Maybe Tomorrow * (1971)
69. With a Child’s Heart (1973)
70. Who’s Lovin’ You * (1969)

71. We’re Almost There (1975)
72. Whatever You Got, I Want * (1974)
73. Come Together (1988)
74. Ain’t No Sunshine (1971)
75. Goin’ Places ** (1977)
76. Hallelujah Day * (1973)
77. Butterflies (2001)
78. Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming (w/ Jermaine Jackson, 1984)
79. Forever Came Today * (1975)
80. Walk Right Now ** (1980)

81. Stranger in Moscow (1995)
82. Get It (with Stevie Wonder, 1987)
83. Give in to Me (1991)
84. Leave Me Alone (1987)
85. Body ** (1984)
86. Eaten Alive (w/ Diana Ross, 1985)
87. Get It Together * (1973)
88. Happy (1973)
89. Smile (1995)
90. Doctor My Eyes * (1972)

91. The Man (with Paul McCartney, 1983)
92. One More Chance (2003)
93. Liberian Girl (1987)
94. Skywriter * (1973)
95. Why (with 3T, 1995)
96. Working Day and Night (1979)
97. The Girl Is Mine 2008 (with will.i.am., 2008)
98. Girl, You’re So Together (1973)
99. Ghosts (1997)
100. You Can’t Win (1978)


Awards:


Byron Harlan: His Top 50 Songs

First posted 8/29/2013; updated 5/29/2019.

Tenor singer born Byron George Harlan on 8/29/1861 in Kansas. Died 9/11/1936. Worked as a ragtime and minstrel singer and balladeer, recording as a solo artist (1899-1919), in a duo with Arthur Collins (01-18), and with the Big Four Quartet (01) and Columbia Comedy Trio (07). He was friends and neighbors with Thomas Edison.

Harlan has five songs featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Pre-Rock Era, 1890-1953 – “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” are duets with Arthur Collins while “School Days,” “My Gal Sal,” and “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” are solo recordings.

For a complete list of this act’s songs and albums honored by the DMDB, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 100 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

AC = Arthur Collins, FS = Frank Stanley. His 23 songs which peaked at #1 on the U.S. pop charts are noted.

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Alexander’s Ragtime Band (w/ AC, 1911) #1
2. School Days (When We Were a Couple of Kids) (1907) #1
3. My Gal Sal (1907) #1
4. Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie (1906) #1
5. Darktown Strutters’ Ball (w/ AC, 1918) #1
6. The Aba Daba Honeymoon (w/ AC, 1901) #1
7. Hello, Central, Give Me Heaven (1901) #1
8. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (I Never Knew Any Girl Like You) (w/ AC, 1911) #1
9. Down Where the Wurzburger Flows (w/ AC, 1902) #1
10. Blue Bell (w/ FS, 1904) #1

DMDB Top 5%:

11. When the Midnight Choo Choo Leaves for Alabam’ (w/ AC, 1913)
12. The Right Church But the Wrong Pew (w/ AC, 1909) #1
13. The Good Old U.S.A. (1906) #1
14. Under the Yum Yum Tree (w/ AC, 1911) #1
15. Where the Morning Glories Twine Around the Door (1905) #1
16. Hurrah for Baffin’s Bay (w/ AC, 1903) #1
17. I Love the Ladies (w/ AC, 1914) #1
18. Everybody’s Doin’ It Now (w/ AC, 1912)
19. Always in the Way (1903)
20. Daddy’s Little Girl (1906)

21. Keep on the Sunny Side (1906)
22. Camp Meetin’ Time (w/ AC, 1906) #1
23. Oh How She Could Yacki Hacki Wicki Wachi Woo (That's Love in Honolulu) (w/ AC, 1916) #1
24. Alabama Jubilee (w/ AC, 1915)
25. Nobody’s Little Girl (1907) #1
26. Tammany (w/ AC, 1905)
27. Coax Me (w/ AC, 1905)
28. Would You Care? (1905)
29. Oh, You Circus Day (w/ AC, 1912)
30. All Aboard for Dreamland (1904) #1

31. Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Boys Are Marching Along) (w/ FS, 1910) #1
32. The Old Grey Mare (Whiffle Tree) (w/ AC, 1918)
33. Tell Me Pretty Maiden (w/ FS, Joe Belmont, & Flordora Girls, 1901) #1
34. When the Harvest Days Are Over, Jessie, Dear (1901)
35. Melinda’s Wedding Day (w/ AC, 1913)
36. Down Among the Sugar Cane (w/ AC, 1909)
37. Down in Jungle Town (w/ AC, 1908)
38. They're Wearing 'Em Higher in Hawaii (w/ AC, 1917)
39. Snookey Ookums (w/ AC, 1913)
40. The Mansion of Aching Hearts (1902) #1

41. There Never Was a Girl Like You (1908)
42. In the Shadows of the Pines (with A.D. Madeira, 1900)
43. The Cubanola Glide (w/ AC, 1910)
44. The Wedding of Reuben and the Maid (w/ AC, 1901)
45. My Gal Irene (w/ AC, 1908)
46. The Battle Cry of Freedom (w/ FS, 1905)
47. Waiting for the Robert E. Lee (w/ AC, 1912)
48. Won’t You Come Over to My House? (1907)

DMDB Top 10%:

49. That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune (w/ AC, 1910)
50. Two Blue Eyes (Two Little Baby Shoes) (1907)

51. Under the Anheuser Busch (w/ AC, 1904)
52. Two Rubes in a Tavern (w/ FS, 1902)
53. Under the Bamboo Tree (w/ AC, 1903)
54. Parody on “Hiawatha” (w/ AC, 1903)
55. The Blue and the Gray (The Mother’s Gift to Her Country) (1900)
56. The International Rag (w/ AC, 1913)
57. Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet (1910)
58. In My Merry Oldsmobile (w/ AC, 1905)
59. Please Mamma Buy Me a Baby (1903)
60. The Leader of the German Band (w/ AC, 1906)

61. There’s No Place Like Home (1903)
62. Longing for You (1905)
63. How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm After They’ve Seen Paree (1919)
64. Down in Chattanooga (w/ AC, 1914)
65. Sugar Moon (w/ AC, 1910)
66. Celebratin’ Day in Tennessee (w/ AC, 1914)
67. The Honeymoon Glide (w/ AC, 1911)
68. The Message of the Old Church Bell (1905)
69. And a Little Bit More (w/ AC, 1907)
70. Sunbonnet Sue (1908)

71. I’m Crazy ‘Bout It! (w/ AC, 1906)
72. I'm Going Back to Dixie (aka “I Want to Be in Dixie”) (w/ AC, 1912)
73. Meet Me in Rose-Time, Rosie (w/ FS, 1909)
74. The Birds (w/ Joe Belmont, 1902)
75. First Rehearsal for the Huskin’ Bee (w/ FS, 1902)
76. I’m a Twelve O’Clock Fellow in a Nine O’Clock Town (1917)

DMDB Top 20%:

77. Out in an Automobile (w/ AC, 1906)
78. It Makes Me Think of Home, Sweet Home (1905)
79. Casey Jones (w/ AC, 1910)
80. Are You Sincere? (1908)

81. It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight (w/ AC, 1908)
82. Chicken Reel (w/ FS, 1911)
83. Here Comes My Daddy Now (w/ AC, 1913)
84. The Memphis Blues (w/ AC, 1915)
85. On a Monkey Honeymoon (w/ AC, 1910)
86. Down Where the Big Bananas Grow (w/ AC, 1910)
87. Moonlight in Jungle Land (w/ AC, 1910)
88. Minstrel Parade (w/ AC, 1915)
89. Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay! (w/ AC, 1909)
90. Paddle Your Own Canoe (w/ AC, 1906)

91. Goodbye Little Girl Goodbye (1904)
92. Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula (w/ AC, 1916)
93. Long Boy (Goodbye, Ma! Goodbye, Pa! Goodbye, Mule) (w/ the Peerless Quartet, 1918)
94. A Picnic for Two (1905)
95. Camp Meeting Band (w/ AC, 1914)
96. By Heck (with Will Robbins, 1915)
97. My Wife’s Gone to the Country (Hurah! Hurah!) (w/ AC, 1909)
98. Down in Dear Old New Orleans (w/ AC, 1913)
99. School Mates (1909)
100. It’s Great to Be a Soldier Man (1907)


Awards:


Saturday, August 25, 2018

Happy Birthday, Elvis Costello! / His Top 50 Songs

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Elvis Costello was born Declan McManus in Liverpool, England, on August 25, 1954. He came out of the British punk/new wave scene in 1977 and became one of the most celebrated musicians of all time with his diverse abilities for dipping his toe into multiple musical genres including R&B, country, and classical. While these lists reflect a definite emphasis on his work from the ‘70s and ‘80s, Costello continues to make adventurous music. His fans never know just where he might go on his next album.

Sales, chart date, awards, and appearances on best-of lists are factored into the song and album lists. The song list also includes appearances on Elvis Costello specific lists and compilations.


The Top 50 Elvis Costello Songs

Alison

1. Alison (1977)
2. Watching the Detectives (1977)
3. Radio Radio (1978)
4. Oliver’s Army (1979)
5. Pump It Up (1978)

Watching the Detectives

6. What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding? (1979)
7. Everyday I Write the Book (1983)
8. Accidents Will Happen (1979)
9. Veronica (1989)
10. Shipbuilding (1983)

Radio Radio

11. I Don’t Want to Go to Chelsea (1978)
12. Man Out of Time (1982)
13. I Want You (1986)
14. Beyond Belief (1982)
15. I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down (1980)

Oliver’s Army

16. Lipstick Vogue (1978)
17. Clubland (1981)
18. A Good Year for the Roses (1981)
19. The Other Side of Summer (1991)
20. The Only Flame in Town (1984)

Pump It Up

21. 13 Steps Lead Down (1994)
22. New Lace Sleeves (1981)
23. The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes (1977)
24. Watch Your Step (1981)
25. High Fidelity (1980)

26. Two Little Hitlers (1979)
27. New Amsterdam (1980)
28. Pills and Soap (1983)
29. All This Useless Beauty (1996)
30. Less Than Zero (1977)

What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?

31. Brilliant Mistake (1986)
32. Tokyo Storm Warning (1986)
33. Indoor Fireworks (1986)
34. Tramp the Dirt Down (1989)
35. This Town (1989)

Everyday I Write the Book

36. Baby Plays Around (1989)
37. Kinder Murder (1994)
38. So Like Candy (1991)
39. Almost Blue (1982)
40. Party Party (1982)

Accidents Will Happen

41. King Horse (1980)
42. Mystery Dance (1977)
43. Riot Act (1980)
44. Hurry Down Doomsday (1991)
45. Sulky Girl (1994)

Veronica

46. I Wanna Be Loved (1984)
47. Psycho (1979)
48. I’m Not Angry (1977)
49. Tiny Steps (1978)
50. Let Him Dangle (1989)

Shipbuilding


Awards:


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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Kenny Rogers: Top 75 Songs

First posted 6/6/2019.

Singer born Kenneth Donald Rogers on 8/21/1938 in Houston, Texas. One of the biggest country artists of all time, but also successful on the pop charts. Recorded with The Scholars (58), the Bobby Doyle Three (60-65), New Christy Minstrels (66-67), and The First Edition (67-76). Solo artist since 1976, although frequently recorded hit duos with numerous female singers including Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Kim Carnes, and Sheena Easton. In 2015, he announced his intent to retire.

For a complete list of this act’s DMDB honors, check out the DMDB Music Maker Encyclopedia entry.


Top 75 Songs

Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards.

FE = First Edition. Noted are songs which reached #1 on the U.S. pop chart (US), country chart (CW), and adult contemporary chart (AC).

DMDB Top 1%:

1. Lady (1980) #1 US,CW,AC
2. Islands in the Stream (w/ Dolly Parton, 1983) #1 US, CW, AC

DMDB Top 5%:

3. Lucille (1977) #1 CW
4. The Gambler (1978) #1 CW
5. Coward of the County (1979) #1 CW

DMDB Top 10%:

6. She Believes in Me (1978) #1 CW
7. I Don’t Need You (1981) #1 CW
8. Through the Years (1981) #1 AC
9. You Decorated My Life (1979) #1 CW
10. We’ve Got Tonight (w/ Sheena Easton, 1983) #1 CW

11. Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town (w/ FE, 1969)
12. Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer (w/ Kim Carnes, 1980)

DMDB Top 20%:

13. Reuben James (w/ the First Edition, 1969)
14. Daytime Friends (1977) #1 CW
15. Love Will Turn You Around (1982) #1 CW, AC
16. Love the World Away (1980)
17. Share Your Love with Me (1981) #1 AC
18. What Are We Doin’ in Love (w/ Dottie West, 1981) #1 CW

Not in DMDB 20%:

19. This Woman (1983)
20. What about Me? (w/ Kim Carnes & James Ingram, 1984) #1 AC

21. Love or Something Like It (1978) #1 CW
22. Something’s Burning (w/ FE, 1970)
23. All My Life (1983)
24. Twenty Years Ago (1986)
25. Morning Desire (1985) #1 CW
26. Sweet Music Man (1977)
27. Tell It All Brother (w/ FE, 1970)
28. But You Know I Love You (w/ FE, 1969)
29. A Love Song (1982)
30. Blaze of Glory (1981)

31. Heed the Call (w/ FE, 1970)
32. Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Was In (w/ FE, 1967)
33. Someone Who Cares (w/ FE, 1971)
34. Eyes That See in the Dark (1983)
35. Crazy (1984) #1 CW
36. Real Love (w/ Dolly Parton, 1985) #1 CW
37. Every Time Two Fools Collide (w/ Dottie West, 1978) #1 CW
38. Make No Mistake, She’s Mine (w/ Ronnie Milsap, 1987) #1 CW
39. All I Ever Need Is You (w/ Dottie West, 1979) #1 CW
40. Buy Me a Rose (w/ Alison Krauss, 1999) #1 CW

41. Love Lifted Me (1975)
42. I Prefer the Moonlight (1987)
43. The Greatest Gift of All (w/ Dolly Parton, 1984)
44. Scarlet Fever (1983)
45. You Are So Beautiful (1983)
46. That Crazy Feeling (1958)
47. When You Put Your Heart in It (1988)
48. ‘Til I Can Make It on My Own (w/ Dottie West, 1979)
49. Buried Treasure (1983)
50. They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To (1986)

51. Love Is What We Make It (1985)
52. The Pride Is Back (w/ Nickie Ryder, 1986)
53. Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight (w/ Dottie West, 1978)
54. You Were a Good Friend (1980)
55. Calling Me (w/ Don Henley, 2006)
56. The Factory (1987)
57. The Vows Go Unbroken (1989)
58. Today I Started Loving You Again (w/ FE, 1973)
59. I’ll Be There for You (1991)
60. Tomb of the Unknown Love (1985) #1 CW

61. Together Again (w/ Dottie West, 1979)
62. Evening Star (1983)
63. I Can’t Unlove You (2005)
64. Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got?) (1976)
65. Goodbye Marie (1979)
66. If You Want Me to Find Love (1991)
67. Love Is Strange (w/ Dolly Parton, 1990)
68. Maybe (w/ Holly Dunn, 1989)
69. If I Ever Fall in Love Again (w/ Anne Murray, 1989)
70. Planet Texas (1989)

71. Twentieth Century Fool (1985)
72. Crazy in Love (1990)
73. The Greatest (1999)
74. If I Knew Then What I Know Now (w/ Gladys Knight, 1989)
75. Take My Hand (w/ FE, 1971)


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Friday, August 17, 2018

August 17, 1876: Wagner's Ring Cycle completes its first full performance

Last updated August 30, 2018.

Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle)

Richard Wagner (composer)


Composed: 1848-1876


First Performed as a Cycle: August 13-17, 1876


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Genre: classical > opera


Works/When Composed (w)/When First Performed (p)/Average Duration:

  1. Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), opera, WWV 86a (w. 1853-54, p. 9/22/1869) [148:00]
  2. Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), opera, WWV 86b (w. 1854-56, p. 6/26/1870) [220:00]
  3. Siegfried, opera, WWV 86c (w. 1856-71, p. 8/16/1876) [235:40]
  4. Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods), opera, WWV 86d (w. 1869-74, p. 8/17/1876) [259:10]

Review:

Stretched out over 15 hours, Wagner’s Ring Cycle comprises “one of the most extended of all artistic creations.” AMG His series of four operas, created over a quarter century, are sometimes performed separately, but Wagner intended them as a series. The first opera, Das Rheingold, is the shortest, typically running about two and a half hours, while Götterdämmerung , the last of the four, can run five hours. WK He eventually premiered the full cycle from August 13-17 in 1876 WK at his Festival Theater in Bayreuth. TM1 The four-day event was seen by audiences as comparable to visiting a shrine. To this day, the staging and attending of the full Ring Cycle is considered “the most significant events in the lives of both opera companies and opera-going fans.” AMG

The story centers around characters based on the Norse sagas, following three generations of protagonists. Alberich is a dwarf who, with gold stolen from the Rhine maidens in the river Rhine, fashions a magic ring which gives him the power to rule the world. WK Wotan, the chief of the gods, oversees the existing world order ruling through adherence to contracts, which he keeps on a spear. AMG He schemes to regain the ring and also sacrifices an eye to gain the hand of Fricka, the goddess of marriage. AMG Alberich and Wotan are opposites, in that one has sacrificed love for power and the other sacrifices for love. AMG

Musically, there are suites of motives headed by the Ring which are marked by a simple pair of chords while “an imposingly-rhythmed downward major scale” AMG marks the motives ruled by the Spear. Nature, a third force from the beginning of the opera which represents the power between Man and Gods, “is represented by a single chord, unwound into a slow upward arpeggio.” AMG

“The music of the cycle is thick and richly textured and grows in complexity as the cycle proceeds. Wagner wrote for an orchestra of gargantuan proportions, including a greatly enlarged brass section with new instruments such as the Wagner tuba, bass trumpet and contrabass trombone” WK and minimal use of a chorus. WK

In the first opera, Das Rheingold (The Rhine Gold), greed and the lust for power are beginning to corrupt the world. The Ring, Wotan’s spear, and the renunciation of love are introduced. Wotan’s human children, Siegmund and Sieglinde, and the Valkyrie, Brünnhilde, inherit situations brought on by a series of “gods, nymphs, giants, and dwarves.” TM1

The second opera, Die Walküre (The Valkyrie), is the one most often performed separately and is arguably Wagner’s best-loved work. The story focuses on the incestuous love between Siegmund and Sieglinde “and the father-daughter relationship of Wotan and Brünnhilde.” TM2

Wagner halted work on Siegfried, the third opera, in 1857 when the Ring project hit financial obstacles. Wagner moved on to other works, including Tristan and Die Meistersinger, before finally returning to the Ring in 1869, TM3 during which time Wagner moved from his initial intent to make Siegfried as the drama’s hero to a greater exploration of Wotan. He also developed a more pessimistic stance in which greed and corruption could not be overcome by the power of love alone. TM3

As the longest of the four operas, Die Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods) is “one of the longest evenings of opera in the standard repertory.” TM4 “‘Siegfried’s Rhine Journey’ probably comprise the longest continuous stretch of music heard in any operatic work.” TM4 “Despite this, the drama is so compressed that events seem almost to race to their cataclysmic end.” TM4 “Musically, Wagner has gained such mastery of his drama and musical motives, that he treats both with superb fluidity.” TM4 Wagner completed the entire opera on November 21, 1874. TM4


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