Fantastic Foursome – Concentration Is The Key

I have a little problem with this edition of Fantastic Foursome. I usually try to include a video of the definitive version of a song, then offer four different renditions that you can listen to and vote on. The only problem with today's song -- "I Concentrate On You" -- is that I'm not sure … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – Concentration Is The Key

Goldie Hill’s Answer To Perry Como

Although she died nearly a decade ago and retired from performing long before that, country singer Goldie Hill is still fondly remembered by many fans. Some might recall that she was the long-time spouse of country star Carl Smith, but she was a solid performer in her own right and helped pave the way for later … Continue reading Goldie Hill’s Answer To Perry Como

Anatomy Of A Song – Inspired By A Namesake

My namesake (for my given names) was early American composer Stephen Foster, so I was interested to discover that he apparently inspired the songwriters for the subject of today's Anatomy Of A Song. It seems that a note was found on him after his 1864 death, and it was addressed to 'Dear friends and gentle … Continue reading Anatomy Of A Song – Inspired By A Namesake

Fantastic Foursome – Tenderness Came Late To Otis

It's been a while since our last Fantastic Foursome, so I'll remind everybody how it works. I pick a classic song and tell you a little about it, and I usually include the definitive version of the song. Then I present four alternative performances and give you the opportunity to vote for your favorite. Today's … Continue reading Fantastic Foursome – Tenderness Came Late To Otis

Skeets McDonald VS Perry Como

I've written before about how certain songs seem so familiar that I'm convinced we had the record around the house while I was growing up. A good example would be Perry Como's "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes," which topped the pop charts in 1952. But even though his version is the one … Continue reading Skeets McDonald VS Perry Como