Thursday, October 18, 2018

In Concert: Fleetwood Mac, 10/18/2018

l to r: John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Neil Finn, Mick Fleetwood, Mike Campbell; image from ultimateclassicrock.com


Venue: Sprint Center; Kansas City, MO


Members:
  • Mike Campbell (guitar) (MC)
  • Neil Finn (vocals, guitar) (NF)
  • Mick Fleetwood (drums)
  • Christine McVie (vocals, keyboards) (CV)
  • John McVie (bass)
  • Stevie Nicks (vocals) (SN)

This was close to, but not quite, the familiar Fleetwood Mac lineup. True to their history, the band is surrounded by drama as they embark on this tour, having ousted Lindsey Buckingham (who is now suing them) and replacing him with Neil Finn (best known from Crowded House and Split Enz) and Mike Campbell (of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers). They proved capable and welcome additions to the band, resulting in some highlights which wouldn’t have occurred if Buckingham were still part of the mix. Not only did the band dip into pre-Buckingham/Nicks era songs like “Oh Well” and “Black Magic Woman,” but they tackled representations of Finn (“Don’t Dream It’s Over,” “I Got You”) and Campbell (Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’”).

Most of the show relied on fan favorites from their biggest albums with five songs from Fleetwood Mac (1975), seven songs from Rumours (1977), and three from Tango in the Night (1987). Occasionally McVie would introduce one of their “old” songs which made me snicker, considering the most recent song they played the entire night was “All Over Again” from 1995’s Time.

That song was a rare duo from Christine and Stevie on a non-hit from a largely forgotten album. That was a highlight as was the extended drum solo and some amusing, albeit sometimes indecipherable, verbal spouts from Mick Fleetwood during “World Turning.”


Set List: (vocalists in parentheses)

1. The Chain (NF, CM, SN) 11
2. Little Lies (CM) 16
3. Dreams (SN) 11
4. Second Hand News (NF) 11
5. Say You Love Me (CM) 10
6. Black Magic Woman (SN) (1968 single)
7. Everywhere (CM) 16
8. I Got You (NF, Split Enz cover)
9. Rhiannon (SN) 10
10. Tell Me All the Things You Do 4
11. World Turning (NF, included drum solo and band introductions) 10
12. Gypsy (SN) 13
13. Oh Well (MC) 3
14. Don’t Dream It’s Over (NF/SN, Crowded House cover)
15. Landslide (SN) 10
16. Isn’t It Midnight (CM) 16
17. Monday Morning (NF) 10
18. You Make Loving Fun (CM) 11
19. Gold Dust Woman (SN) 11
20. Go Your Own Way (NF) 11

Encore:

21. Free Fallin’ (SN, Tom Petty cover)
22. Don’t Stop (CM, NF, SN) 11
23. All Over Again (CM/SN) 16

The Chain (live in Tulsa, OK, 10/3/18)


Discography:
  • 1 Fleetwood Mac (1968)
  • 2 Mr. Wonderful (1968)
  • 3 Then Play On (1969)
  • 4 Kiln House (1970)
  • 5 Future Games (1971)
  • 6 Bare Trees (1972)
  • 7 Penguin (1973)
  • 8 Mystery to Me (1973)
  • 9 Heroes Are Hard to Find (1974)
  • 10 Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  • 11 Rumours (1977)
  • 12 Tusk (1979)
  • 13 Mirage (1982)
  • 14 Tango in the Night (1987)
  • 15 Behind the Mask (1990)
  • 16 Time (1995)
  • 17 Say You Will (2003)


Chuck Berry: Top 25 Songs

Posted 5/21/2019.

Rock singer/songwriter and guitarist Chuck Berry (click link for DMDB encyclopedia entry) was born Charles Edward Anderson Berry on 10/18/1926 in St. Louis, Miissouri. He died 3/18/2017. He has been called “the architect of rock and roll.” His song “Johnny B. Goode” (1958) is featured in the DMDB book The Top 100 Songs of the Rock Era 1954-1999.

To celebrate his birthday, the DMDB compiled a list of his top 25 songs.

1. Johnny B. Goode (1958)
2. Maybellene (1955)
3. Roll Over Beethoven (1956)
4. Rock and Roll Music (1957)
5. Sweet Little Sixteen (1958)

6. My Ding-a-Ling (live, 1972)
7. Memphis, Tennessee (1959)
8. School Days (1957)
9. No Particular Place to Go (1964)
10. You Never Can Tell (1964)

11. Promied Land (1964)
12. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (1956)
13. Carol (1958)
14. Nadine (1964)
15. Almost Grown (1959)

16. Back in the U.S.A. (1959)
17. Reelin’ & Rockin’ (1958)
18. Too Much Monkey Business (1956)
19. Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller (1958)
20. 30 Days to Come Back Home (1955)

21. Little Marie (1964)
22. Let It Rock (1960)
23. Too Pooped to Pop (1960)
24. Oh Baby Doll (1957)
25. Bye Bye Johnny (1960)

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Cliff Edwards hit #1 with “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” 90 years ago (10/13/1928)

Last updated 4/12/2020.

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love

Cliff Edwards

Writer(s): Jimmy McHugh, Dorothy Fields (see lyrics here)


First Charted: September 15, 1928


Peak: 1 US, 2 GA (Click for codes to singles charts.)


Sales (in millions): 2.5 (sheet music)


Airplay/Streaming (in millions): -- radio, 0.09 video, -- streaming

Awards:

About the Song:

The song has been rumored to have originally been called “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Lindy,” in honor of Charles Lindburgh’s historic transatlantic flight. RCG However, lyricist Dorothy Fields’ account suggests otherwise. She said this song was inspired by a conversation she overheard between a black couple gazing at the jewelry in a Tiffany’s display window in which the man said, “Gee, honey, I can’t give you anything but love.” SB

Initially unpublished, the song resurfaced in the flop 1927 revue Delmar’s Revels. JA The scene featured Bert Lahr and Patsy Kelly as a couple of poor kids sitting on the front steps of a tenement building. The song was removed after the first night because Harry Delmar hated it. SB However, Fields and McHugh didn’t give up on it, using it again in Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds of 1928, where it was performed by Aida Ward (later replaced by Adelaide Hall), and Willard McLean, and Bill Robinson. TY

The song charted four times in 1928 – Cliff Edwards took it to #1 under the “Ukelele Ike” moniker, but other versions charted as well – Ben Selvin (#2), Johnny Hamp (#4), and Seger Ellis (#19). In 1929, it hit the charts two more times in renditions by Gene Austin and Nat Shilkret, who both took it to #12. Other versions charted in 1936 and 1948 – respectively by Teddy Wilson featuring Billie Holiday (#5) and another version by Rose Murphy (#13).

Louis Armstrong, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Frank Sinatra, and Fats Waller recorded the song as well. JA By the mid-‘60s, more than 450 recordings had been made. TY Katharine Hepburn sang it in the 1938 romantic comedy Bringing Up Baby. JA Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney sang it in the Broadway hit Sugar Babies and it was also featured in the 1978’s Ain’t Misbehavin’, a tribute to Waller. MM There have been claims that Waller actually wrote the music and sold it to Jimmy McHugh, but this is doubtful considering how similar this song is in style to other McHugh works. RCG


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