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
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
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
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
I thought maybe our weekend post should be a light one. The world has plenty of problems to deal with so maybe we just all need to stop and smile. Perry Como - "When You're Smiling"
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