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)


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.


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!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bruce Springsteen High Hopes released

High Hopes

Bruce Springsteen

Released: January 14, 2014

Peak: 11 US, 11 UK, 11 CN, 11 AU

Sales (in millions): 0.21 US, 0.06 UK, 0.52 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. High Hopes (Tim Scott McConnell) [4:57] (11/19/96, 16 AA) *
  2. Harry’s Place [4:04]
  3. American Skin (41 Shots) [7:23]
  4. Just Like Fire Would (Chris Would) [3:56]
  5. Down in the Hole [4:59]
  6. Heaven’s Wall [3:50]
  7. Frankie Fell in Love [2:48]
  8. This Is Your Sword [2:52]
  9. Hunter of Invisible Game [4:52] (7/9/14, --)
  10. The Ghost of Tom Joad [7:33] (11/21/95, 26 UK, 34 CN) *
  11. The Wall [4:20]
  12. Dream Baby Dream (Martin Rev, Alan Vega) [5:00] (9/13, --)

Songs written by Bruce Springsteen unless noted otherwise.

* Chart data for original versions.

Total Running Time: 56:24

The Players:

  • Bruce Springsteen (vocals, guitar, etc.)
  • Roy Bittan (piano, organ)
  • Clarence Clemons, Jake Clemons (tenor saxophone)
  • Danny Federici (organ)
  • Nils Logren (guitar)
  • Patti Scialfa (backing vocals)
  • Garry Tallent (bass)
  • Steven Van Zandt (guitar, backing vocals)
  • Max Weinberg (drums, percussion)
  • Tom Morello (guitar, vocals)
  • Charles Giordano (organ, accordion)
  • Ron Aniello (guitar, etc.)
  • Soozie Tyrell (violin, backing vocals)
  • Sam Bardfeld (violin)
  • Barry Daniellan, Clark Gayton, Stan Harrison, Ed Manion, Curt Ramm (horns)


3.366 out of 5.00 (average of 22 ratings)

About the Album:

Bruce Springsteen’s eighteenth studio album is a collection of covers, outtakes, and re-recordings. He called it “some of our best unreleased material from the past decade.” WK They “don’t cohere into a mood or narrative,” AMG “oscillat[ing] between the moody and militant, particularly in the politically charged numbers.” AMG It “doesn’t have the cohesion or gilded surfaces of [2012’s] Wrecking Ball,” AMG but “ti’s rather thrilling to hear Springsteen revel in a mess of contradictions.” AMG

It featured the E Street Band, including contributions from deceased members Clarence Clemons and Danny Federici. Guitarist Tom Morello also worked on the album, “proving to be a brother in arms to Springsteen,” AMG giving the album “its workingman’s politics and…cinematic sound.” AMG

He originally recorded the title cut in 1995 and released it on the Blood Brothers EP. He started performing it during the tour for 2012’s Wrecking Ball, which led to him re-recording it. The Ghost of Tom Joad also originated in 1995 from the album of the same name. Tom Morello had recorded the song with his band Rage Against the Machine, leading to Morello and Springsteen performing the song together many times. WK

The Wall dated back to 1998. He originally wrote it based on an idea from Joe Grushecky. It was inspired by Springsteen’s visit to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He tells the story of Walter Cichon, a New Jersey musician who didn’t come home from the Vietnam War. Springsteen said Cichon was one of his early guitar mentors. WK

American Skin (41 Shots) dated back to 2000 and release on the Live in New York City album. Harry’s Place was originally intended for the 2001 album The Rising. It sports “a bit of synthesized Sopranos noir that sounds much older than its ten years.” AMG

Three more songs date from between 2002 and 2008: WK Heaven’s Wall, Down in the Hole, “which rides the same train-track rhythm as ‘I’m on Fire,’” AMG and Hunter of Invisible Game with its “complicated waltz.” AMG

Just Like Fire Would is a cover of a 1986 single by the Saints, an Australian punk rock band. Dream Baby Dream, meanwhile, is a “strangely soothing interpretation” AMG of a single in 1979 by the protopunk band Suicide. Springsteen performed the song in 2005 to close out shows for his Devils & Dust tour.

The album also includes “the rousing Gaelic rock of This Is Your SwordAMG and “the absolutely glorious Frankie Fell in Love, as open-hearted and romantic a song as Springsteen has ever written.” AMG

Rolling Stone’s David Fricke called the collection “a retrospect with a cutting edge, running like one of the singer’s epic look-ma-no-set-list gigs.” WK The Independent’s Andy Gill specifically praised Tom Morello for re-invigorating some of Springsteen’s older material. WK

The album was Springsteen’s 11th chart topper in the United States, placing him third all time behind only the Beatles and Jay-Z. WK It was his tenth trip to the top of the charts in the UK, which put him in the company of the Rolling Stones and U2. WK

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First posted 8/29/2021.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Mojo Magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums

First posted 1/10/2014; updated 8/5/2020.

Mojo Magazine:

The Top 100+ Albums

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 aggregates 12 of Mojo’s lists together (see resources for all the lists at the bottom of the page). All albums appearing on 3 or more lists are included.

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

5 lists:

1. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
2. The Beatles Revolver (1966)
3. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
4. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
5. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973)
6. Radiohead The Bends (1995)
7. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972)
8. Jeff Buckley Grace (1994)
9. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
10. Patti Smith Horses (1975)

11. Ramones Ramones (1976)
12. The Doors The Doors (1967)
13. Pulp Different Class (1995)
14. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (1989)
15. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (1969)
16. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
17. Television Marquee Moon (1977)
18. Oasis Definitely Maybe (1994)

4 lists:

19. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
20. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)

21. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
22. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
23. The Clash London Calling (1979)
24. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
25. Fairport Convention Liege and Lief (1969)
26. Richard & Linda Thompson I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
27. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)
28. Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind (1997)
29. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
30. Love Forever Changes (1967)

31. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (1968)
32. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
33. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971)
34. New York Dolls New York Dolls (1973)
35. Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
36. Lou Reed Transformer (1972)
37. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
38. Steely Dan Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)
39. U2 Achtung Baby (1991)
40. Neil Young Tonight’s the Night (1975)

41. The Band Music from Big Pink (1968)
42. Frank Zappa Hot Rats (1969)

3 lists:

43. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
44. The Libertines Up the Bracket (2002)
45. Tricky Maxinquaye (1995)
46. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)
47. Nirvana In Utero (1993)
48. The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet (1968)
49. The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground (1969)
50. Blur Blur (1997)

51. Nick Drake Five Leaves Left (1969)
52. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
53. The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin (1999)
54. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
55. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
56. DJ Shadow Endtroducing… (1996)
57. James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962)
58. The Band The Band (1969)
59. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959)
60. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971)

61. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992)
62. Portishead Dummy (1994)
63. The Stooges Fun House (1970)
64. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)
65. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
66. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
67. Air Moon Safari (1998)
68. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
69. Oasis What’s the Story Morning Glory (1995)
70. The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

71. Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy (1985)
72. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
73. John Lennon Plastic Ono Band (1970)
74. Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
75. The Clash The Clash (1977)
76. Roxy Music For Your Pleasure (1973)
77. Blur Parklife (1994)
78. Otis Redding Otis Blue (1965)
79. Donald Fagen The Nightfly (1982)
80. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)

81. Gram Parsons Grievous Angel (1974)
82. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (1979)
83. Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones (1983)
84. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night (soundtrack, 1964)
85. Carole King Tapestry (1971)
86. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (1985)
87. Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (1975)
88. R.E.M. Murmur (1983)
89. Underworld Second Toughest in the Infants (1996)
90. Johnny Burnette & the Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio Johnny Burnette and the Rock ‘N’ Roll Trio (1956)

91. PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love (1995)
92. Derek and the Dominos Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
93. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
94. Free Fire and Water (1970)
95. The Slits Cut (1979)
96. Jethro Tull Stand Up (1969)
97. John Cale Music for a New Society (1982)
98. Can Future Days (1973)
99. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Clear Spot (1972)
100. Brian Eno Here Comes the Warm Jets (1974)

101. The Monks Black Monk Time (1966)
102. The MC5 Kick Out the Jams (1968)
103. Gang of Four Entertainment! (1979)
104. The Kinks Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
105. The Stooges Raw Power (1973)

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Monday, January 6, 2014

The All-Time Top 10 Digital Songs of Country Music

Florida Georgia Line, image from parade.com

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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