Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong were busy and successful music pros who wrote a lot of memorable songs for the Temptations. But one that they avoided for a couple of years would end up as a #1 hit for the group and become a signature song. Written in 1969, "just My Imagination" was a ballad, … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Surprising Super Hit
The title of this latest installment of Anatomy of a Song is a little misleading, because the song we're featuring is much better known by it's English title -- "Return to Me"-- but when Dean Martin introduced it in 1958 the Italian name was included in parentheses, so I figure that makes it pretty official. … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song: Ritorna-Me
I was thinking of using this song for the Saluting Silly Songs feature, but even though at first blush it seems a likely candidate, I'd rather think of it as something slightly more serious than that. So we'll go with Silly Songs' older brother in the Special Features category, Anatomy of a Song. I've written … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song: Pound Those Keys!
The story of today's Anatomy Of A Song starts with its composer, Mexican legend Consuelo Velázquez (Torres), who was often called Consuelito. She was 88 when she died in 2005, and had spun out a long and successful career as a pianist, singer, and composer. Many of the songs she wrote are still loved and … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Consuelito’s Mexican Classic
As we all look forward to the approach of the new year (it has to be better than 2017, right?) I thought it might be a good time for another edition of one of my favorite Special Features, Anatomy Of A Song. The featured piece of music is one that has a history that includes … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A Russian Classic Goes Pop
Another Gershwin classic is in the spotlight today, joining three others we've featured in the past -- but for a different Special Feature. All of the previous tunes appeared on our Fantastic Foursome feature. (You can see them here: "I've Got a Crush on You" - "Summertime" - "'S Wonderful") However, today's offering is showing … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Revisiting The Gershwins
This edition of our Anatomy of a Song feature showcases a classic that's a little unusual. Like many of the old standards, it was written for a movie way back in the golden days of Hollywood musicals, but in this case it also became a hit record decades later for a doo-wop singing group. Written … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – From Movies To Doo-Wop
Our recent post about British singer Anne Shelton mentioned that she was the first to record an English version of the German song, "Lili Marlene," a World War II musical piece that has a fascinating history, including the fact that it became a favorite for fighting men on both sides. That fact alone makes it … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – A War Ballad Beloved By Both Sides
It's about time we had another edition of our oldest Special Feature, Anatomy of a Song, so here we go. Today's choice was popular with fans in two different eras although it had a contrasting style in each. It began life in the mid-1940s as a movie love song that was perfect for crooners, but … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Differing Styles But Same Song
Isham Jones kept pretty busy in the 1920s and 1930s as the leader of a popular orchestra, but years later his legacy is more about his songwriting ability. He was the composer of a number of familiar songs, among them "I'll See You In My Dreams," "There Is No Greater Love," and our Anatomy of … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – It Had To Be ME?