Smorgsbord Music Column Archive – Get your rock ‘n’ roll boots on with my top five picks by Sally Cronin


If you, like me, have enjoyed the luxury of indulging over the last few days, you might like to get up and get some exercise to these five favourite rock tracks of mine. They are on my playlist and when I am in the kitchen preparing meals I try to do so to the beat… you just have to watch you fingers when chopping the carrots….

I have hundreds of rock songs in the music folders and on tapes, vinyl and CD… and it was tough to just pick five tracks to share with you..

If I had to choose my top bands then Status Quo would definitely be on the list…here is Caroline…I dare you not to tap your feet… uploaded by Mahogany Records

Buy Status Quo:Amazon

Then of course there has to be Queen with a song that gave hope to all well endowed girls in a time of skinny models….  Fat Bottomed Girls…uploaded by  Queen Official

Buy music by Queen: Amazon

Two amazing artists getting together with Tearing us Apart.. Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.. fabulous…I have this on repeat….uploaded by hifi metallic

Buy music by Tina Turner: Amazon    Buy Music by Eric Clapton: Amazon

There would not be a top five without Bruce SpringsteenDancing in the Dark uploaded by Bruce Springsteen

Buy music by Bruce Springsteen: Amazon

And to finish this very short selection of my top picks… Creedence Clearwater Revival with Bad Moon Rising…uploaded by DRIVERATOMIC

Buy music by CCR: Amazon

Thank you for tuning in and I hope it has got your heart pumping and your feet tapping

New for 2021 – The Breakfast Show with hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin every Tuesday.

Each week throughout the year,  William and I will select two top ten hits from the years 1960 to 1985. We will also share the top headlines in the music industry for those years and we will be inviting guests to join us to share their favourite music from that era.

The first Breakfast Show is next Tuesday January 5th and we hope you will tune in.. thanks William and Sally… Happy New Year..

 

Smorgasbord Summer Music Festival with hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin – Headliners Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen and Chris de Burgh


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.

Buy Aretha Franklin Music: Amazon US –  Official website: Aretha Franklin – Additional Information: Wikipedia

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…

Born in the U.S.A.

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

 

Buy Bruce Springsteen music: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Official site and live concert dates: Bruce Springsteen

Into the Light

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

 

Buy the music of Chris de Burgh: Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – Official Site: Chris de Burgh

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.

Smorgasbord Health Column – Project 101 Resilience – How much do you get for your 1500 calories and Music Therapy – Sally Cronin


Project 101 – Resilience a reminder of the aim of the series.

Let me say upfront, that I cannot promise that what you will read over the next few weeks will prevent you catching a viral or bacterial infection, but what I would like to do is to encourage as many people as possible to take themselves out of the identified high risk categories by making some small changes to their lifestyle and diet.

One of the highest risks is to those over 70, particularly those who have underlying health problems. However, those health problems are predominantly lifestyle related and do not have to be for life. For example, Obesity, Type II Diabetes, Inflammatory diseases, nutritional deficiencies such as Vitamin D and High Blood Pressure.

I see a window of opportunity for all of us to review our health, diet and lifestyle and see where we can make improvements to boost our immune systems, reduce our risk factors and feel more confident about going back out into the world again. A chance to get our bodies fighting fit.

Over the last 20 years or so of working with 100s of clients as a nutritional therapist, I have discovered that making sweeping changes does not work. There are three elements that require attention, physical, mental and emotional, and making small but key changes in these areas is much more effective.

One of the areas that seems to cause the most confusion is calories...and yes they can be a pain to count each day but it is still one of the best ways to lose weight. Energy in and energy out.. too much of one or the other and your body does not run efficiently.

The key to healthy weight loss is to make sure that the calories that you do consume may be reduced by are nutrient dense

Getting the most out of your 1500 calories

I established in an earlier post that a woman needs a minimum daily intake of 1,500 calories and a man needs a minimum daily intake of 1,800 calories to provide sufficient calories and nutrition to run the body’s operating systems.

If you weigh 200lbs your body will require more calories per day to function – approximately 10 calories per pound. If your body requires 2000 calories per day and you eat 1500 calories you will create a deficit of 500 calories x 7 = 3500 calories per week, which is 1lb weight of body fat.

As an example at 330lbs I needed 3300 calories per day just to carry all that extra weight around. My initial programme allowed me to eat 2000 calories per day which was quite a lot of food (of the right kind). I lost an average of 3lbs a week once the initial water loss was completed.

If you only need to lose 10lbs you will find that in a moderately active day you will still be using 2000+ calories.. so by eating 1500 calories you will still be able to create a 500 calorie deficit which will be 1lb loss per week.

Always remember that the most important aspect of those calories should be the nutritional content.

Let’s look at two sample menus of around 1,500 calories.

Menu 1 – Bad example

• You could eat three chocolate bars, which would be 1,500 calories or around 60 fat grams.

OR, you could have ALL of the following;

Menu 2 – Good example

Breakfast

• Bowl of sugar free cereal such as porridge (30 g) with skimmed milk with a handful of blueberries (150 calories)
• Slice of toast with scrape of butter and jam or marmalade (130 calories)
• Cup of black coffee or green tea and a small glass of cranberry juice (50 calories)
(Total: 330 calories)

Morning snack
• Two pieces of fruit such as a small apple, pear, mandarin or one banana (100 calories)

Light Lunch

• Whole grain bread salad sandwich with chicken or fish (350 calories)
• Fat-free yogurt and one piece of fruit (105 calories)
(Total: 555 calories)

Dinner

• 150 gm grilled cod or small chicken breast (140 calories)
• 100 g potato (85 calories)
• Generous helping Broccoli, cabbage and carrots (120 calories)
• Tomato and basil sauce (100 calories)
(Total: 445 calories)

Evening snack

Fresh fruit salad and low-fat yogurt (watch the sugar in the yogurt) (250 calories)

Total for the day: 1,580 calories or 28 fat grams.

What you should notice here is just how much food you can eat and still lose weight. You would not be hungry with a daily menu similar to this. But, if you had eaten only three chocolate bars, you would not just have been very hungry at the end of the day but you would also have filled your system with many times the amount of sugar you need, and your fat intake would have been far too high.

We need a balanced diet whatever weight we are, but it is particularly important if you are trying to lose weight.

Every individual requires a different balance in their diet, depending on age, sex and activity level. If you are pregnant, elderly or recovering from illness then you will require a different balance to the types of food you are eating on a daily basis. I discuss supplements in a later post, since it is very difficult to achieve optimum nutrition even on 2,000 calories per day. This is why eating lots of fresh (or frozen) vegetables and fresh fruit is so important.

Carbohydrates play a crucial role in our energy levels and it is important to include a healthy amount in your program. Usually it is what we serve with our carbohydrates that cause us problems. A healthy slice of whole-grain bread at about 75 calories suddenly becomes the snack from hell when you add butter, a slice of cheese and two slices of ham.

As a guideline, if I were on a regime of 1,500-1,600 calories a day, I would expect to eat the following amounts in the various food groups.

Carbohydrates:– 4 to 6 servings depending on your activity level. ( 1 slice of breads, small bowl of cereal and starchy vegetables such as carrots large tablespoon, potatoes 1 medium, turnip 1 large tablespoon, swede large tablespoon and beans tablespoon).
Green and salad Vegetables:- 4 servings – 1 quarter of a plateful per serving.
Fruit:- 2 – 3 servings – An orange, apple, pear, banana, handful of berries (variety)
Protein:- 2 servings, (1 egg, lean meats, 150 gm chicken or fish)
Fats:- In meats, chicken, oily fish, olive oil and small amounts of cheese in the week.
Milk:– You can use semi-skimmed milk or skimmed milk, but tea does not taste the same to me so I use full-fat milk and just have a small amount on cereal.

The important thing to remember here is that you may need to increase your intake of carbohydrate to fuel certain levels of activity. I have worked with a number of athletes among my clients and their programs were planned around their training sessions. They would eat more carbohydrates, in the form of pasta or beans, on the day before training. This increases their energy and stamina levels even just hours later.

Now time to work off some of those calories and get your blood flowing with some music therapy.

One of the perks of being a radio presenter was being asked to MC charity events and my job was to warm everyone up before the walk or race with some motivational music… over the course of these posts I will be sharing my playlist for those events and to help build your resilience and improve physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Give yourself a break after reading this post and get up and get moving. Ideally every two hours of inactivity should be followed by at least 15 minutes of activity.

If you are not particularly active at the moment then you can walk on the spot, but swing your arms in time to the music so that you activate your breathing. If you are a little bit more adventurous then take to the floor and have fun.  Another artist that I have always enjoyed working out with is Bruce Springsteen and here is Dancing in the Dark uploaded Bruce Springsteen

Buy the music by Bruce Springsteen Amazon US – And:Amazon UK

Thanks for dropping in today and I hope you will join me Tuesday for some more Resilience training. Sally

Here are the links to the pages that support the posts in the series

©Sally Cronin Just Food for Health 1998 – 2020

I am a qualified nutritional therapist with twenty-two years experience working with clients in Ireland and the UK as well as being a health consultant on radio in Spain. Although I write a lot of fiction, I actually wrote my first two books on health, the first one, Size Matters, a weight loss programme 20 years ago, based on my own weight loss of 154lbs. My first clinic was in Ireland, the Cronin Diet Advisory Centre and my second book, Just Food for Health was written as my client’s workbook. Since then I have written a men’s health manual, and anti-aging programme, articles for magazines and posts here on Smorgasbord.

If you would like to browse my health books and fiction you can find them here: My books and reviews 2020

Smorgasbord Summer Music Festival – Get your rock ‘n’ roll boots on with my top five picks..


This week it is time go get your feet tapping and take to the floor for some serious rock ‘n’ roll…I have hundreds of rock songs in the music folders and on tapes, vinyl and CD… and it was tough to just pick five tracks to share with you..

If I had to choose my top bands then Status Quo would definitely be on the list…here is Caroline…I dare you not to tap your feet… uploaded by Mahogany Records

Buy Status Quo:Amazon

Then of course there has to be Queen with a song that gave hope to all well endowed girls in a time of skinny models….  Fat Bottomed Girls…uploaded by  Queen Official

Buy music by Queen: Amazon

Two amazing artists getting together with Tearing us Apart.. Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.. fabulous…I have this on repeat….uploaded by hifi metallic

Buy music by Tina Turner: Amazon    Buy Music by Eric Clapton: Amazon

There would not be a top five without Bruce Springsteen Dancing in the Dark uploaded by Bruce Springsteen

Buy music by Bruce Springsteen: Amazon

And to finish this very short selection of my top picks… Creedence Clearwater Revival with Bad Moon Rising…uploaded by DRIVERATOMIC

Buy music by CCR: Amazon

Thank you for tuning in and I hope it has got your heart pumping and your feet tapping… next week a little more classical…..

William Price King meets some Legends – Bruce Springsteen – Part Four – 1990’s to 2006


We are now entering the 1990s and Bruce Springsteen would later acknowledge that the 1990s were a “lost period” for him: “I didn’t do a lot of work. Some people would say I didn’t do my best work.”

I will now hand over to William Price King to explore the changes in Springsteen’s career during the decade.

Following Bruce Springsteen’s move to California in 1991 there was a change in the mood and tone of his music. He was clearly much happier in his personal life, and the rawness and intensity in his music that had propelled his career to such success in the previous decade, was evolving into a more measured delivery. Part of this was that he no longer recorded with the E Street Band, which to many of his fans, was a disappointment. He still continued to work with pianist Roy Bittan and Springsteen added studio musicians including Randy Jackson on bass guitar and Jeff Porcaro on drums to work on his next albums.

He released two albums on the same day on March 31st 1992 – Human Touch and Lucky Town. Springsteen had been working on Human Touch since the late 1980s with the intention of releasing in 1990. As he had shelved the project in 1991 as he began recording Lucky Town coming back to it the following year.

Human Touch featured mainly love songs and received critical success with some considering that the title track was amongst some of his best work, however his fans were not as enthusiastic. Lucky Town had a different folk theme and focused on specific events in Bruce Springsteen’s life rather than his love life. Living Proof for example was about the birth of his first son.

However, there was good news in 1994 when the multiple Grammy Award winner also won an Academy Award for his song Streets of Philadelphia, from the soundtrack of the film Philadelphia.

This haunting ballad captures the pain and the loneliness that accompanied the AIDS crisis. It was also a comeback for Springsteen, earning him a spot in Billboard’s Top 10, four Grammys as well as the Oscar. The vocal track from the video was recorded live during the shooting, using a hidden microphone – a new modern day technique at the time which was quite appropriate for emotionally intense songs.

His next release in 1995 followed a temporary reunion with the E Street Band to record a handful of new songs for his first Greatest Hits Album. This was followed by his second predominantly solo guitar album, The Ghost of Tom Joad which was inspired by John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and by Journey to Nowhere: The Saga of the New Underclass, a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dale Maharidge and photographer Michael Williamson.

Although Springsteen’s first guitar solo album Nebraska had done fairly well, this second album did meet with some criticism for the poor melody and vocals although some praised it for giving a voice to immigrants and others who rarely featured in American Culture. The extended Ghost Tom Joad Tour which was performed in small venues also included some of his older and popular tracks, stripped back in a new acoustic form.

However the decade did end on a high note when Springsteen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999 by Bono of U2. To the delight of his fans, 1999 also brought Springsteen and the E Street Band together for a year long Reunion Tour. The final two shows were recorded for HBO and the corresponding DVD and album were released as Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band: Live in New York City.

In 2002, Springsteen released his first studio effort with the full band in 18 years, The Rising, produced by Brendan O’Brien.  This record became Springsteen’s best-selling album of new material in 15 years. Kicked off by an early-morning Asbury Park appearance on The Today Show, The Rising Tour commenced, barnstorming through a series of single-night arena stands in the U.S. and Europe to promote the album in 2002, then returning for large-scale, multiple-night stadium shows in 2003.

Waiting on a Sunny Day is from the album The Rising, which predominantly deals with themes of relationship struggles, existential crisis, and social uplift, in the aftermath of the September 11 terror attacks. But this particular upbeat song is a reflection of a much simpler world, before the terror attacks. For Bruce Springsteen, this song was “a good example of pop song writing,” which he wrote in the style of Smokey Robinson.

Springsteen’s fan base both in the USA and in Europe had remained loyal throughout the 1990s but there had definitely been a cooling off in his popularity in the central and southern states due to his political leanings. Now however, The Boss was definitely back, and this was demonstrated by the 10 nights the band played in the Giants Stadium in New Jersey that has seldom been equalled. The Rising Tour finished with three nights in Shea Stadium with a guest appearance by Bob Dylan.

This successful album and tour was followed in April 2005 with the release of Devils and Dust, recorded without the E Street Band. Another low key acoustic album it did feature more orchestration than Nebraska and The Ghost of Tom Joad albums. The title track is about an ordinary soldier’s feelings and fears during the Iraq War and the rest of the album reinforced Springsteen’s anti-corporate sentiments. The album entered the charts at #1 in ten countries including the US, UK, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands.

In April 2006, Springsteen released We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions, an American roots music project focused around a big folk sound treatment of 15 songs popularized by the radical musical activism of Pete Seeger. This was Springsteen’s first album of cover songs and his second consecutive non-E Street Band and non-rock music project.

It was recorded with a large ensemble of musicians including only Patti Scialfa, Soozie Tyrell, and The Miami Horns from past efforts. In contrast to previous albums, this was recorded in only three one-day sessions, and frequently one can hear Springsteen calling out key changes live as the band explores its way through the tracks.

A tour began the same month. The tour proved very popular in Europe, selling out everywhere and receiving some excellent reviews. Bruce Springsteen with The Sessions Band: Life in Dublin, containing selections from three nights of November 2006 shows at the Point Theatre in Dublin, Ireland, was released the following June.

Old Dan Tucker is from the album, which won the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2007. This song is largely Anglo-American in nature but has black influences and falls into the idiom of minstrel music, relying on rhythm and text declamation as its primary motivation with a very simple melody and a simple harmonic base.

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Springsteen

For concert schedules and news: http://brucespringsteen.net/

Buy Bruce Springsteen’s Music: https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Springsteen/e/B000AQ2ZLQ

The previous Bruce Springsteen posts: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/classical-music-with-william-price-king/

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you so much for stopping by and your feedback is always very welcome. Thanks Sally

William Price King meets some Legends – Bruce Springsteen – The 1980s


Welcome to this week’s post on the legend that is The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. There are few of us in our 50s and 60s who do not know his music and in particularly the iconic songs such as Born in the USA and Dancing in the Dark.  This week William Price King takes us through the 1980s and the success that it brought for Bruce Springsteen after a frustrating start to his career.

Bruce Springsteen was seen as the advocate for the hard working Americans who also gave up their lives to fight for freedom. This was reinforced with his double album The River which was released in 1980. It was an eclectic mix of rock and roll and ballads that were delivered with intensity and emotion. It was also an album that hinted at the direction that Bruce Springsteen was headed both intellectually and musically.

The album was also cause for celebration as it yielded the first Top Ten single for Springsteen with the releases of Hungry Heart. The album itself became Springsteen’s first #1 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and he followed it up with an extended tour through to 1981 across Europe and multi-night arena performances in key US cities.

Springsteen originally wrote Hungry Heart for the Ramones but was convinced to keep it for himself by his manager and producer Jon Landau. This was Springsteen’s first top 10 hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1980. The song is about a guy who walks out on his wife and kids. The lyrics are pretty dark, but you’d never know it from the bright melody and arrangements. Furthermore, Springsteen’s voice was sped up a little on the recording which produced a higher pitched vocal. It’s a great song.

The album that followed in 1982 was a definite contrast to The River.  Springsteen had recorded a demo tape at his home on a simple four-track tape deck and studio sessions expanded on the resulting tracks. However both Bruce and his producer decided that the songs worked better as solo acoustic numbers and the original demo tape was released as the album Nebraska. Although not as popular with the fans as his previous three albums it did receive high praise from the critics and was named Album of the Year by Rolling Stones magazine.

The fans had a very different reaction to the Born in the USA album released in 1984 and it propelled Bruce Springsteen into musical super stardom.  Selling 15 million copies in the US and 30 million worldwide it became one of the best-selling albums of all time with seven singles in the Top Ten.

The title track Born in the USA is a protest song. It’s patriotic chorus is an ironic counterpoint to the verses which tell a heartbreaking story of a Vietnam vet, and casts a shameful eye on how America treated its Vietnam veterans. This song was originally entitled Vietnam, but when Springsteen received a script for a movie called Born in the USA, (from movie director Paul Schrader) about a rock band’s struggle with life and religion, he changed the title of the song to Born in the USA. Later, when the movie was finally made, the title Born in the USA was too associated with the song. So, to make up for that Springsteen provided Schrader with the song Light of Day, which became the new title for movie and the feature song in the film.

 

Born in the USA made a huge political statement that reverberated around America. His name was on the lips of prominent politicians including Ronald Reagan who said “America’s future rests in a thousand dreams inside your hearts. It rests in the message of hope in the songs of a man so many young Americans admire—New Jersey’s own, Bruce Springsteen.”

This commercial success was followed by a more unsettled time for Bruce Springsteen’s personal life. There was a short-lived marriage to actress Julianne Phillips in 1985 followed by his relationship with one of the E Street Band’s back up singer Patti Scialfa, both sharing similar working class New Jersey roots. However, Springsteen was very affected by his failed marriage and he released a much more toned down and refective album in 1987. Tunnel of Love explored the rollercoaster of love, loss and heartbreak of relationships.

In Tunnel of love Springsteen tells quite a sentimental story about two people taking their first “sweethearts’ ride” together, the promises they make to each other, and their dreams. But then the tunnel becomes a metaphor for a romantic relationship which slowly sinks into the abyss. It is thought that Springsteen is referring to his own failing relationship with his wife in this song. On Tunnel of love, Springsteen plays most of the instruments and is backed by Roy Bittan on synthesizers, Nils Lofgren on lead guitar, and Max Weinberg on drums. His future wife, Patti Scialfa sings the background vocals.

 

On July 19, 1988, Springsteen held a concert in East Germany that attracted 300,000 spectators. Journalist Erik Kirschbaum has called the concert “the most important rock concert ever, anywhere”, in his 2013 book “Rocking the Wall! Bruce Springsteen: The Berlin Concert That Changed the World.”

Later in 1988, Springsteen headlined the worldwide Human Rights Now! tour for Amnesty International. In late 1989 he dissolved the E Street Band, and he and Patti Scialfa relocated to California, marrying in 1991.

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Springsteen

For concert schedules and news: http://brucespringsteen.net/

Buy Bruce Springsteen’s Music: https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Springsteen/e/B000AQ2ZLQ

The previous Bruce Springsteen posts: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/classical-music-with-william-price-king/

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you so much for stopping by and your feedback is always very welcome. Thanks Sally

New Series – William Price King meets some Legends – Bruce Springsteen – The Early Years


Welcome to a new series from Jazz singer, musician and composer William Price King.

William has informed and entertained us for the last three years with wonderful behind the scenes and insightful posts about some of the most iconic artists in jazz and classical music.

For those of us of a certain age – 39 plus VAT or Sales Tax… there are certain contemporary artists who have weaved their musical magic over the last 50 years or so. In this series William will be exploring the lives and music of those artists and we start with one of my all time winners.. The Boss.. Bruce Springsteen.

Bruce Springsteen was born in September 1949 and is an American singer songwriter best known for his work with the E Street Band. He is known to his millions of fans as ‘The Boss’ as well as for his poetic lyrics which reflect his roots, history and at times his political sentiments. He is renowned for energetic and lengthy concert performances which require as much stamina from his audiences as he entertains for four hours of longer.

He has been performing for nearly 50 years and has released over 250 albums with two of his most successful being Born to Run in 1975 and Born in the USA in 1984. He is one of the best-selling artists of all time and has received many awards for his work. This includes 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes and an Academy Award. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2009 he was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient and in 2016 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Early Years.

Bruce Springsteen was born on September 23, 1949, in Long Branch, New Jersey of Dutch, Irish and Italian ancestory. His father, Doug Springsteen worked at a number of jobs including as a bus driver and prison guard whilst his mother Adele worked in an insurance office. His home life and in particular his relationship with his father was not always easy.  “When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house, one was me, and the other was my guitar.”

It was a Catholic household and the young Bruce found this restrictive. However later in his career he did admit that if was his Catholic upbringing rather than the expected political ideology that had influenced his music. School, run by the nuns with its restrictive confines, was not a popular place for Bruce and he admits to getting into trouble frequently.

In high school his teachers said he was a “loner, who wanted nothing more than to play his guitar.” He also had the distinction of being the only altar boy knocked down by a priest during mass. He skipped his own high school graduation because he felt too uncomfortable to attend.

Music however offered no such restrictions and at an early age Bruce fell in love with Rock ‘n’ roll when he saw Elvis Presley performing on The Ed Sullivan Show.   “Elvis was as big as the whole country itself,” Springsteen later remembered, “as big as the whole dream. He just embodied the essence of it and he was in mortal combat with the thing. Nothing will ever take the place of that guy.”

Here is one of Elvis Presley’s performances on the Ed Sullivan ShowDon’t Be Cruel

That was the start of the legend that was to take the music world by storm. Bruce’s mother, who clearly saw that music was the only thing that interested her son, took out a loan and bought him a Kent guitar for his 16th birthday and he has played that instrument ever since.

By 1967 the draft was in place for 18 year olds and Bruce Springsteen found another cause that would inspire some of his most successful lyrics. His intention was not to go to Vietnam and fortuitously he failed his physical, apparently due to his ‘crazy’ behaviour and a concussion previously suffered in a motorcyle accident. This released him from his military obligation and allowed him to pursue his music career full-time.

By the late 1960s, Bruce Springsteen was honing his performance skills with a number of bands on the New Jersey Shore including The Castles. Soon it became apparent that this new musician on the scene had a unique vocal quality in his gravelly baritone voice that has been his trademark throughout his career. It was during this time that he acquired his nickname ‘The Boss’ as he would collect donations from the audience and divide it equally amongst his band mates.

The duet “Sam and Dave” had a No.1 hit with “Hold on, I’m comin” in 1966, written by Issac Hayes and David Porter. Bruce Springsteen with his group “The Castles” payed tribute to “Sam and Dave” by doing a rock/blues version of the song which became an immediate crowd pleaser for the group. The fervor and intensity of the song is caught in this video.

One of the bands that he performed with regularly between 1969 and 1971 was the group Steel Mill. He rapidly developed a dedicated following and even music critics began to sit up and take notice.

Bruce Springsteen is quite convincing as a rock blues singer in this piece. His appropriation of the “blues sound” is perfect and and his ability to translate both the form and content of the blues in a rock song is refreshing and reminiscent of blues singer Leadbelly in “House of the Rising Sun.”

 

The San Francisco Examiner music critic Philip Elwood gave Springsteen credibility in his glowing assessment of Steel Mill: “I have never been so overwhelmed by totally unknown talent.” Elwood went on to praise their “cohesive musicality” and, in particular, singled out Springsteen as “a most impressive composer“.

The next few years were intensive as Bruce worked solidly to build not just his career but establish his unique music and lyrical style. Some of the bands that he worked with included  Dr. Zoom & the Sonic Boom  the Sundance Blues Band, and the Bruce Springsteen Band . With the addition of pianist David Sancious, the core of what would later become the E Street Band was formed.

The music genres that these bands explored were eclectic and included blues, R&B, Jazz, early rock ‘n’ roll and Soul. They also explored and developed the influences of current artists such as Joe Cocker and Van Morrison.

Here is “Southside Shuffle,” which, acording to band member Albee “Albany Al” Tellone, was written by Bruce Springsteen to showcase Southside Johnny on harmonica. In this recording one can easily hear the different musical genres Springsteen explored including the blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and soul.

Apart from his growing fan base, who loved the combination of his music, lyrics, vocal and performance abilities, music executives sat up and took notice. His career and his life were about to change dramatically and in 1972 he began to be represented by two new managers. Mike Appel and Jim Cretecos brought Bruce Springsteen to the attention of a Columbia Records talent scout, John Hammond who auditioned him for the label in May 1972.

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Springsteen

For concert schedules and news: http://brucespringsteen.net/

Buy Bruce Springsteen’s Music: https://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Springsteen/e/B000AQ2ZLQ

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/classical-music-with-william-price-king/

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

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