Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1963 – Part Two


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of  top 1963 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: May 15th 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

Peter, Paul, and Mary – Blowin’ in the wind

‘Blowin’ in the wind’ was written by Bob Dylan as a protest song and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2004 it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

News Event: June 22nd “Little” Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single “Fingertips” (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)

Leslie Gore – It’s my party

‘It’s my party’ was the first hit single produced by Quincy Jones and Gore’s second biggest hit. It peaked at #1 in the US Pop and R&B charts and #9 in the UK Singles chart.

News Event:  September 29th Rolling Stones 1st tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros)

Now time for my picks from 1963 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and reinforced my love of music.

The Searchers – Sweets for my Sweet

“Sweets for My Sweet” is a song written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, originally recorded by The Drifters. In 1963 the song was released by Merseybeat band the Searchers as their debut single, reaching #1 on the UK Single Chart for two weeks that August The Searchers’ version was also issued in the US in the spring of 1964, but failed to chart.

News EventsNovember 29th “I Want to Hold Your Hand” single released by the Beatles in the United Kingdom

Brian Poole & The Tremeloes – Do You Love Me

Like many American R&B songs of the 1960s, “Do You Love Me?” was covered by a number of British groups. Three British groups who recorded their own versions of the song were Brian Poole and the Tremeloes (who hit #one with it in the UK Singles Chart after learning it from Liverpool’s Faron’s Flamingos),the Dave Clark Five, and The Hollies on their 1964 album Stay with the Hollies.

News Event: December 10th 6-year old Donny Osmond’s singing debut on Andy Williams Show

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1964 Part One.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1963 – Part One


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of  top 1963 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: February 23rd Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at the Vienna State Opera in “La traviata”

Inez and Charlie Foxx  –  Mockingbird

‘Mockingbird’ was based on the lullaby ‘Hush Little Baby’.  It reached #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #3 on Cashbox, and #34 in the UK.

News Event: March 22nd Beatles release 1st album, “Please Please Me”

Sam Cooke  –  Twistin’ the night away  

‘Twistin’ the night away’ slid into the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 at #9 and peaked at #1 in Billboard’s R&B chart. It also climbed into the UK Singles Chart at #6.

News Event: March 23rd 8th Eurovision Song Contest: Grethe and Jorgen Ingmann for Denmark win singing “Dansevise” in London

Now time for my picks from 1963 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and reinforced my love of music.

The Beatles – She Loves You

“She Loves You” is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded by English rock group the Beatles for release as a single in 1963. The single set and surpassed several sales records in the United Kingdom charts, and set a record in the United States as one of the five Beatles songs that held the top five positions in the charts simultaneously, on 4 April 1964. It remains the band’s best-selling single in the United Kingdom and the top-selling single of the 1960s there by any artist.

News Event: April 19th Johnny Cash releases his single “Ring Of Fire” written by his future wife June Carter and Merle Kilgore

Andy Williams – Cant’ Get Used To Losing You.

“Can’t Get Used to Losing You” is a song written by Jerome “Doc” Pomus and Mort Shuman, first made popular by Andy Williams in a 1963 record release, which was a #2 hit in both the US and the UK. Twenty years later, British band The Beat took a reggae re-arrangement of the song to #3 in the UK.

News Event: May 10th Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1963 Part Two.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1962 – Part Two


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of  top 1962 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event May 5th  West Side Story soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 54 weeks which is more than 20 weeks longer than any other album

Little Eva – The Loco-Motion

‘The Loco-Motion’ was a #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100, and reached #2 on the UK charts. The Little Eva version of the song was later featured in the David Lynch film ‘Inland Empire (2006)’. “The Loco-Motion” is ranked #359 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

News Event: July 12th Rolling Stones 1st performance (Marquee Club, London)

Nat King Cole  –  Ramblin’ Rose

‘Ramblin’ Rose’ reached number two on both the Billboard and Cashbox charts and sold over a million copies as a single. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Record of the Year.

News Event – October 1st Barbra Streisand signs her 1st recording contract (with Columbia)

Now time for my picks from 1962 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and reinforced my love of music.

Ray Charles – I Can’t Stop Loving You

“I Can’t Stop Loving You” is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter, and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it on December 30, 1957, for RCA Victor Records The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962, featured on Charles’ Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, and released as a single.

Charles’ version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for five weeks. This version went to number one on the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1962.Charles reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1962, staying for two weeks –Ray Charles 

News Event –  October 20th Peter, Paul and Mary’s debut folk album “Peter, Paul and Mary” reaches No. 1 on US album charts

Pat Boone – Speedy Gonzales

“Speedy Gonzales” is a 1961 David Dante alias David Hess song (RCA 8056)[1] about Speedy Gonzales, “the fastest mouse in all Mexico”. It was written by Buddy Kaye, Ethel Lee and David Hess. The song was popularised in the United States as a 1962 single by Pat Boone. The Boone version peaked at the #6 Billboard Hot 100 position in 1962 during a total chart run of 13 weeks, doing better in many national charts in Europe, where it sold a million copies.

News event – December 20th Osmond brothers debut on Andy Williams Show

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1963 Part One.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1962 – Part One


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of  top 1962 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event : January 13th Chubby Checker’s song “The Twist”, credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot

The Four Seasons  –  Sherry

‘Sherry’  hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and remained there for five consecutive weeks, and made it to #1 on the R&B charts for one week. It peaked at #8 in the UK. The song appears on the soundtrack album of the films ‘Stealing Home’ (1988) and ‘The Help’ (2011).

New Event: January 26th Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools

Neil Sedaka  –  Happy birthday sweet sixteen

‘Happy birthday sweet sixteen’ written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #9 on Cashbox and #3 on the UK Singles chart.

News Event: February 11th Beatles record “Please, Please Me”

Now time for my picks from 1962 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and reinforced my love of music.

Acker Bilk – Strangers on the Shore

“Acker” Bilk MBE is an English clarinettist who was born on the 28th January in 1929. He is famous for his style which includes the trademark goatee, a bowler hat and a striped waistcoat. His clarinet style is breathy with notes on the lower-register and is vibrato-rich.

Stranger on the Shore reached No. 2 in the UK and No. 1 in the US in 1961.
It was the theme tune for the BBC TV drama also called ‘Stranger on the Shore’. onemediamusic

News Media: March 18th 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing “Un premier amour” in Luxembourg

Cliff Richard – The Young Ones

“The Young Ones” is a single by Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The song, written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, is the title song to the 1961 film The Young Ones and its soundtrack album.

With advance orders of over 500,000, it was released in January 1962 on the Columbia (EMI) label and went straight to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, the first British single to do so. It held that position for six weeks and spent 20 weeks in the chart. It has sold 1.06 million copies in the UK, and 2.6m worldwide

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blogSmorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1962 Part Two.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1961 – Part Two


Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

We will be sharing the music of the 1960s until the end of May before moving on to the 1970s. Participate in the spin-off shows and share your memories of the music of the 60s. An opportunity to share your work and here are the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of  top 1961 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: October 18th “West Side Story”, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, the film adaptation of the 1957 Broadway musical, starring Natalie Wood, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1962)

Bobby Lewis  –  Tossin’ and turnin’

‘Tossin’ and turnin’ ‘ hit #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the R&B charts on July 10, 1961 where it spent seven consecutive weeks. Billboard ranked the song as the 27th biggest song of all time in 2008. It was also featured on the soundtrack in 1978 of the film  ‘Animal House’.

News Event: December 11th Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” album goes #1 & stays #1 for 20 wks

The Miracles – Shop Around

‘Shop Around’, penned by lead singer Smokey Robinson, was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of The 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll, and was placed by Rolling Stone at #500 on their list of The Greatest Songs of All Time.

News Event: December 13th “The Young Ones” directed by Sidney J. Furie, starring Cliff Richard, Robert Morley and Carole Gray premieres in London

Now time for my picks from 1961 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and are still on my playlists today

The Everly Brothers- Walk Right Back

“Walk Right Back” is a 1961 song by Sonny Curtis that was recorded by The Everly Brothers, and went to No. 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Overseas, the song went No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks. Originally it was the B-side, then it was changed to the A-side.

News Event: December 18th Britain’s EMI Records originally rejects the Beatles

Ricky Nelson – Hello Mary Lou

“Hello Mary Lou” is a song written by U.S. singer Gene Pitney first recorded by Johnny Duncan in 1960, and later by Ricky Nelson in 1961.

Nelson’s version, issued as a double A-side with his No. 1 hit “Travelin’ Man”, (Imperial 5741), reached No. 9 on the Billboard music charts on May 28, 1961. In the United Kingdom, where it was released as a double A-side with “Travelin’ Man”, it reached No. 2. It was also a hit in much of Europe, particularly Norway, where it spent 14 weeks at No. 1. In New Zealand, the song reached No. 4.

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blogSmorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1962 Part One.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1961 – Part One


Welcome to The Breakfast Show and the top hits of the 1960s.

Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1961 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: January 26th  “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley hits #1

The Shirelles  –  Will you still love me tomorrow

“Will you still love me tomorrow” reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts in the US and peaked at #4 in the UK. The song is also notable for being the first song by a black all-girl group to reach #1 in the US.

New Event: March 18th –  6th Eurovision Song Contest: Jean-Claude Pascal for Luxembourg wins “Nous les amoureux” in Cannes

Del Shannon  –  Runaway

“Runaway”, composed by Del Shannon and Max Crook, made it to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 and is classified at #472 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It hit #2 in the UK.

News Event: March 21st The Beatles’ first appearance at the Cavern Club in Liverpool

Now time for my picks from 1961 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and are still on my playlists today

News Event: May 31st Chuck Berry’s amusement park, Berryland in St Louis, opens

Helen Shapiro – Walking Back To Happiness. 

“Walkin’ Back to Happiness” is a 1961 single by Helen Shapiro. The song was written by John Schroeder and Mike Hawker. With backing orchestrations by Norrie Paramor, the song was released in the United Kingdom on the Columbia (EMI) label on 29 September 1961. It was number one in the UK for three weeks beginning 19 October, but only reached #100 on the US Billboard Hot 100, Shapiro’s only US chart appearance. The single sold over a million copies and earned Helen Shapiro a golden disc.

News Event: July 23rd American opera singer Grace Bumbry becomes the first black singer to perform at the Bayreuth Festival, Germany, she earns 42 curtain calls

The Marcels – Blue Moon

The Marcels were an American doo-wop group known for turning popular music songs into rock and roll. The group was named after a popular hair style of the day, the marcel wave, by Fred Johnson’s younger sister Priscilla. In 1961 many were surprised to hear a new version of the ballad “Blue Moon”, that began with the bass singer saying, “bomp-baba-bomp” and “dip-da-dip.” The record sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. It is featured in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1961 Part Two.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1960 – Part Two


Welcome to The Breakfast Show and the top hits of the 1960s.

Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

You can find previous shows: The Breakfast Show 1960 – 1985

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is the second of my top 1960 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

Shirley Bassey – As Long As He Needs Me

Shirley Bassey’s recording of this song, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’, from the musical ‘Oliver‘ was one of the biggest sellers of 1960, staying on the UK charts for 30 weeks and peaking at #2 for 5 weeks.  Shirley Bassey Music and Vids

News Event: August 1st Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

Elvis Presley – It’s Now Or Never

In 1960 ‘It’s now or never’ (based on the Italian song ‘O Sole moi’) spent 5 weeks at #1 in the U.S. and eight weeks at #8 in the UK, selling over 20 million copies.

News Event: September 19th Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Now time for my picks from 1960 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and are still on my playlists today

News Event: Sep 29 “Tell Laura I Love Her” by Ricky Valance peaks at #1 in UK

The Drifters – Save The Last Dance For Me

“Save the Last Dance for Me” is a song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, first recorded in 1960 by the Drifters, with Ben E. King on lead vocals – The Drifters’ version of the song, released a few months after Ben E. King left the group, would go on to spend three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart, in addition to logging one week atop the U.S. R&B chart. In the UK The Drifters’ recording reached No. 2 in December 1960

News Event: December 1st Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Eddie Cochran – Three Steps to Heaven

“Three Steps To Heaven” was recorded in January 1960 and featured Buddy Holly’s Crickets on instruments. The song was written by Eddie Cochran and his brother Bob Cochran. The record became a posthumous UK number-one hit for Cochran following his death in a car accident in April 1960

News Event: December  21st Ornette Coleman records his influential album “Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation”, establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1961 Part One.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

 

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1960 – Part One.


Welcome to The Breakfast Show and the top hits of the 1960s.

Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.

Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021

Welcome to our new show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here are the first of my top 1960 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event July 15th Chubby Checker releases his version of “The Twist” in the US

Chubby Checker – The Twist 

This 1960 hit gave birth to the ‘Twist dance craze’ and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and #14 in the UK. ‘The Twist’ was originally recorded by Hank Ballard in 1958.

 

News Event March 5th Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army and on May 12th he debuts on a Frank Sinatra special

Ray Charles – Georgia on my Mind

Rolling Stone magazine named Ray Charles’ version of ‘Georgia on My Mind’ as the 44th greatest song of all time. This song reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #24 in the UK.

 

News Events: March 18th and the 5th Eurovision Song Contest is won by Jacqueline Boyer for France  singing “Tom Pillibi” in London

Now time for my picks from 1960 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and have stood the test of time.

News Event: Aug 1 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

The Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown

“Cathy’s Clown” is a popular song, written and recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. The lyrics describe a man who has been wronged and publicly humiliated by his lover: “Here he comes / That’s Cathy’s clown”.  The song is noted for its unorthodox structure, such as beginning on a chorus and having bridges but no verses. The song was a worldwide success and the best-selling single of the Everly Brothers career. Due to its enduring influence on popular music the song was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2013.

 

News Event: August 18th The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg

Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Shakin’ All Over

“Shakin’ All Over” is a song originally performed by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates. The song was written by frontman Johnny Kidd, and his recording of it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in August 1960. Kidd’s original recording was not a hit outside of Europe, and in other parts of the world “Shakin’ All Over” is much better known in versions by other artists. BurlFish79

 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021

 

Next week 1960 Part Two.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

 

 

Smorgasbord Posts from the Archives – William Price King – American jazz singer, crooner, and composer – Interview April 2014


Over the last few weeks I have been sharing some of the creative artist interviews from the last few years and although many of you enjoy the music column hosted by William Price King, you might not have been around for the start of our collaboration.

I saw William on Twitter and was looking for guests for my first creative artist interviews beginning in April 2014. I tentatively asked him in a message if he would be my first guest and was delighted when he said yes. Since then William has shared the lives and music of the most iconic of the jazz, classical and contemporary singers and musicians across the last 90 years.

Since William is a talented performer himself, I am going to share some of his own recordings during the interview.

And some news about the Music Column next year. From January 5th William and I will be hosting The Breakfast Show every Tuesday featuring the top hits in the charts between 1960 and 1985 with each of us selecting two to play for you. Once a month we will also be inviting special guests to share their top hit from a particular year.

I hope you will enjoy the interview and the music.

Welcome William and perhaps we could explore the inspiration behind your musical career. Did you grow up in a musical family?

My parents loved music. Both of my parents sang in Church. I studied piano at an early age and played for the Church choir. I also sang in the Youth Choir. When I went to High School I studied the clarinet and joined the marching and concert bands. That was thrilling because I got the chance to perform in parades, do half time shows at football games, and perform in classical concerts. This opened me up to music on a broader level.

My parents also took us (I had one brother and two sisters) often to the Atlanta Symphony concerts in downtown Atlanta and to the Opera. Music played a major part in my growing up. I was not into rock n’ roll, but loved ballads and beautiful voices. I remember watching and admiring Nat King Cole on TV. I loved his voice, his piano virtuosity, and his songs. I could identify with his emotions and his smooth way of phrasing.

Singing, for me, came from the soul. Playing the clarinet and the piano were more intellectual. So, when I got to Morehouse and majored in music I dropped the clarinet and took up voice training. Of course that meant singing the classical repertory, which suited me perfectly. I sang in the College Glee Club and Quartet and that enabled me to travel across the US on concert tours. Being a student at Morehouse was a privilege.

The Morehouse Glee Club did many concerts with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, of which I was one of their soloists. I sang my first Nat King Cole song (written by Mel Torme) “The Christmas Song” at a gala in honor of MLK’s parents.

At Morehouse I had the honor of hearing Martin Luther King speak during one of his rallys. I heard Sidney Poitier speak at a graduation ceremony, and also had the immense honor of meeting Mahalia Jackson who sang at King’s funeral (as I did in the Glee Club). Jazz was not taught at Morehouse. My training was completely classical. I studied and sang lieder, English, French and Russian melodies, as well as Opera.

You obtained your Masters degree in music from Yale and can you tell us more about your studies?

I auditioned for the School of Music at Yale University and was given a full scholarship as a singer. Once at Yale I continued my studies as a classical singer and traveled to Europe with the Yale Symphony as a soloist. Yale was completely different from Morehouse in that it was a mixed school (men and women) whereas Morehouse was all masculine. Yale was mostly white as opposed to Morehouse which was mostly black. The north had always been more “liberal” than the south and I appreciated that.

At Yale my studies were concentrated totally on music and the arts. I met many young composers and conductors. Music filled the air and life was so easy and smooth. There were concerts every week and the standard was very high. There were master classes given by big Opera stars and it was a privilege to be in their company. The only time I saw a non classical concert was when Nina Simone gave a concert on campus. She was fabulous. I was often featured in musical productions at the University and took pride in representing Yale on many occasions.

What followed your time at Yale?

When I graduated with a Master’s in Music from Yale I went straight to New York only to learn that I was much to young to go into Opera (I was 23). New York City was another planet. So many opportunities and challenges. But, it was a city without a heart – every man for himself was the air one breathed.

My talent was recognized but my voice was too “classical.” So, I changed direction and headed for Broadway. My voice was much too operatic for them, too, so I had to untrain myself and take the “classical sound” out of my voice to have a sound that would “fit” in a non classical world. It took me two years to do that.

In finding my “voice” I happened upon a record by Mel Torme – Stardust. I was shocked to see how similar our voice textures were, how his sense of melody was close to mine. Without ever copying him or really listening to him at great lengths I realized that we had a lot in common as far as “melody” goes. The other side of Mel was his sense of “scatting.” He was a master at that, equal at times to Ella Fitzgerald.

Scatting is not my thing. I always found scatting too intellectual, though it doesn’t come across that way. That’s probably because of my classical training. And that’s where Mel and I differ. I was, more than anything else, encouraged by what I heard from Mel, my classical training and untraining had finally paid off. I found myself, at last. Thank you, Mel.

Can you tell us more about your jazz trio?

I had met lots of singers in Manhattan who performed on Broadway and who wanted to do other projects as well. So, I auditioned many and chose two with whom I thought I could really create something special. That’s how “Au Naturel” was born. We were three singers and our repertoire was jazz and pop. That helped me to hone my technique into a “lighter” style of singing. I did all of the musical arrangements. We auditioned for record companies as well as agents. We were lucky enough to get agents who booked us all over New York and into the famous Rainbow Room, where I was lucky enough to see Cab Calloway perform.

At that time Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, and Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen MacRae were performing in New York. They were considered to be among the best in the world and I saw each of them just before leaving for Canada and Europe. The impact they made on me accompanied me on my adventure. Their musicianship was impeccable. Each of them had a strong sense of “melody.,” like Nat King Cole and Mel Torme.

At what point did you feel it was right to pursue a solo career?

We were touring Europe and had stopped in France. I met a lovely french woman whom I started dating. We fell in love and that was the turning point. I felt I needed a new start and this was the moment. So, when our contract in Europe was over I left the group and came back to France to get married and to start a new life. That was the beginning of my solo adventure.

What was the Jazz scene like in Paris in the 1930s and now?

When I was in New York I longed to go to Paris to get into the music scene there. All of the great American jazz artists had played in Paris and had loved it. Music was in the air and jazz was hot. But now, and perhaps because of the economic crisis, the jazz scene is rather poor. Musicians are not paid enough money and are exploited more and more. The music scene is very commercial and club owners only think about “box office” as they call it, meaning “how much money they are going to make” as opposed to the quality of the artists. If you’ve made a name for yourself then it’s pretty easy to get a gig, though not much money, because “name power” will attract crowds. I guess it was like that before as far as “name power” is concerned, but at least new artists were given a chance.

Today, if you don’t know the right people, or have a record playing on the radio then you just cannot get into the right clubs in Paris. I know because I’ve tried. I’ve contacted jazz clubs and they ask if I have a record on the “air” meaning on the radio, and when I say no then they tell me they can’t hire me because I don’t have a name – meaning no box office appeal. The radios refuse to play my record because I don’t have a record company behind me and record companies refuse to sign me up because I don’t have a name. It’s just business. The nostalgia of the 30s has long died out.

The music industry has evolved dramatically in the last 80 years since Nat King Cole and other Jazz artists were performing and can you share some of the more important changes?

Yes, technology has paved the way for musicians to do what was almost impossible years ago. One person can be an orchestra all by himself/herself. Wow. New sounds have been created and there will be even more in the future. That said, jazz is somewhat like classical music. In “classical or contemporary music” you may have all sorts of musical inventions but it stays “strict,” unlike popular music. Jazz is pretty much the same. One can enjoy traditional or modern jazz, contemporary jazz, jazz rock, electronic jazz, cool soulful jazz, etc. What matters in jazz is the “freedom of expression” but guided by certain rules of harmonisation, and rhythm.

I am a melodist, meaning one who puts the melody before everything else – of course the melody must be sustained by rich harmonies and rhythm, so I’m inclined to be more in the traditional jazz bag where this happens more. I don’t really make a difference between lieder, french melodies, or jazz melodies. For me it’s the melody that counts the most.

Who are the new artist coming on the scene?

I like Sachal Vasandani, a really good young singer/composer/musician. He has a style which stands out from the crowd and a perfect sense of melody. His voice is smooth and his approach to singing is like velvet. I also appreciate Gregory Porter, who is the opposite of Sachal Vasandani but whose style is reminiscent of the RnB jazz singers of the 70s and 80s, like Al Jarreau.

9. Do you see yourself living in France permanently?

I’ve been in France now for over 30 years. I’m practically french and I have dual citizenship. I would love to go back to the States to perform, especially in New York though the jazz scene is much different from when I was there years ago. As far as living in the States is concerned I don’t think so. I’m very European and I’ve noticed that when I go back to visit I always count the days to get back to France.

My thanks to William for such a wonderful six years of music and looking forward to the year ahead with the new column starting on January 5th 2020. You can listen to more of William’s music on his channel on YouTube

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – Facebook – William Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

 

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column with William Price King with John McLaughlin, English guitarist, bandleader, and composer.


This week William Price King shares selected music from John McLaughlin, guitarist, bandleader and composer.

John McLaughlin is an English guitarist, bandleader, and composer. His music includes many genres of jazz combined with elements of rock, Indian classical music, Western classical music, flamenco, and blues. He is a pioneer of jazz fusion.

After contributing to several key British groups of the early 1960s, McLaughlin made Extrapolation, his first album as a bandleader, in 1969. He then moved to the U.S., where he played with Tony Williams’s group Lifetime and then with Miles Davis on his electric jazz-fusion albums In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, and On the Corner. His 1970s electric band, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, performed a technically virtuosic and complex style of music that fused electric jazz and rock with Indian influences. Read more at : Wikipedia

Now time for some tracks from some of John McLoughlin’s albums.

“My Goal’s Beyond”, released on Douglas Records in 1971, is greatly influenced by Indian music and dedicated to Sri Chinmoy, McLaughlin’s spiritual guru. The first half of the album spotlights McLaughlin’s energetic acoustic guitar. There are three jazz standards and five original songs including the classic ‘Follow Your Heart.’ The second part of the album explores the intricate fusion of Indian rhythms, notably ‘Peace One’ and ‘Peace Two.’ The album features heavyweights Dave Liebman on flute and soprano saxophone; Billy Cobham on drums; and Jerry Goodman on violin. On Billboard’s Top 200 “My Goal’s Beyond” peaked at #194 and at #34 on their Jazz Albums Chart. Here is ‘Peace One‘ from the second part of the album.

To listen to the full album: Youtube

“The Inner Mounting Flame” was recorded by the jazz-rock fusion band Mahavishnu Orchestra and released on Columbia Records in 1971. All of the original material was written by McLaughlin. Though this album was influenced by jazz improvisation, it is the rock element that predominates, reminiscent of the electronic innovations of Jimi Hendrix.
McLaughlin’s post-Hendrix edgy guitar riffs on the double-necked electric guitar and Jerry Goodman’s virtuosity on the violin are outstanding, not to mention Billy Cobham’s hard-charging drums, whose jazz-trained technique became the standard for all rock drummers. This album was designed for young rock fans and was very popular in its day. On Billboard’s Jazz Album chart it reached #11 and on their Pop Albums Chart it peaked at #89. The Mahavishnu Orchestra consisted of John McLaughlin on guitar, Rick Laird on bass, Billy Cobham on drums, and Jan Hammer on keyboards and organ. Here is Meeting of the Spirits from the album.

To listen to the full album: Youtube

“Shakti”, released on Sony International in 1976, was recorded live at South Hampton College in New York State. This record presented a hybrid of jazz and far Eastern modes that helped set in motion the commercialization of ‘World Music’ by opening up the ears of many jazz-rock fans to sounds they had never heard before. « Shakti » created an amazing fusion with virtuosic guitar runs; unison playing among all the musicians; mesmerizing percussion duels between Hussain and Raghavan; and Shankar’s Far Eastern violin which matched McLaughlin’s guitar in call and response. All of this made « Shakti » one of the most exciting live albums around. “Shakti” peaked at #37 on Billboard’s Jazz Albums chart in 1976, and at #194 on Billboard’s Top 200.

“Friday Night in San Francisco” was recorded live by John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Paco de Lucía at the Warfield Theatre on December 5, 1980, a musical event compared to that of Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall in 1938 by critics. This album brings together three of the greatest guitarists at that time in a very relaxed and spontaneous performance, and has been considered one the most influential of all live acoustic guitar albums. This album is divided into three duo and two trio performances, filled with the fire and virtuoso that one expects from guitarists of this caliber at the peaks of their careers. The quality of the compositions and the sensitivity and dynamic variation coming from their performances stand out on this album and exemplifies the and artistry of these three great musicians. “Friday Night in San Francisco” peaked at #6 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart and #97 on Billboard’s Top 200 in 1981. Here is Mediterranean Sundance from the album.

You can listen to the full album here: Youtube

Buy the albums by John McLaughlin: Amazon US

And: Amazon UK

To find out more and check for tour dates: John McLaughlin Official Site

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Buy William’s music ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

Connect with William

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
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Regular Venue http://cave-wilson.com/ 

You can find all of the Music Column series in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-music-column/

Thanks for dropping in today and as always William looks forward to your feedback. Thanks Sally.