The music festivals such as Glastonbury will not be laid on this year with thousands of fans putting their glamping (and less than glam) weekends on hold until next year.
Whilst not the same as sitting in the rain and mud, amongst thousands of other fans listening to the headliners, over the next three months, every two weeks, we will be staging a summer music festival of our own.
William Price King has been writing the music column for the last five years, showcasing wonderful musicians and singers of the last 75 years and I will be playing music from those series.
I will be also sharing tracks from my favourite music from the last 50 years across the rock and roll, country and pop charts.
We hope you will enjoy the music…
From the Aretha Franklin Series
“Respect” is a song written and originally released by Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He won’t care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he brings money home. However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect.” Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…”
Franklin’s cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female”, and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. I
“I Say a Little Prayer,” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David for Dionne Warwick in 1966, returned to the Pop & R&B Top Ten in the fall of 1968 via Aretha Franklin, taken from her 1968 album “Aretha Now.” Franklin and background vocalists “The Sweet Inspirations” were singing the song for fun while rehearsing the songs intended for the album when the viability of their recording “I Say a Little Prayer” became apparent, significantly re-invented from the format of the Dionne Warwick original via the prominence of Clayton Ivey’s piano work.
In October 1968 “I Say a Little Prayer” reached number ten and number three on the R&B singles chart. The same month the single was certified Gold by the RIAA. “Prayer” became Franklin’s ninth and last consecutive Hot 100 top 10 hit on the Atlantic label.
I love Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and it was tough to find just one song to share from his fantastic Born in the USA album of in 1984…
Working on the Highway was not one of the seven tracks released as singles but was always a concert favourite…it began life in 1982 originally for the Nebraska album – Bruce Springsteen
The next track is one of the most romantic tracks for me from the 1980s… Lady in Red.. by Irish/British singer Chris de Burgh written as a tribute to the first time he saw his wife…from the album Into the Light released in 1986..The album is just one of his that I have and I can recommend this one in particular. Uploaded by georange
Thanks for tuning in this week.. William is on his summer break but will be back with a new series in September.. in the meantime we hope you will enjoy the summer of music.