Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole – The Finale


It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured the icons and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

For over 30 years William Price King has been paying his tribute to two musicians who have influenced not just musicians, but all of us as we listened to their music. Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. Certainly many love stories began and sometimes ended whilst dancing to their music. In the next two features on the Jazz greats, William will be sharing some of their most iconic music, the musicians who influenced their passion for music and the highs and lows of their careers and personal lives.

Nat King Cole – The Finale

In last week’s post we explored Nat King Cole’s music and collaborations in the 1950s and in this final part of the series we revisit the final years of the short life of Nat King Cole. Although Nat was only 45 when he died he had performed for over 30 years and had been a huge influence on the music of the time.

His influence was not restricted to the world of music as he gained the respect of Presidents and statesmen as he campaigned for racial equality in all walks of life.

Not only was Nat King Cole an iconic figure in music but he was particularly appreciated by the President of the United States in the 1960s.

He was present at the Democratic National Convention in 1960 to throw his support behind Senator John F. Kennedy who won the presidential election against Richard Nixon.

Cole was also among the dozens of entertainers recruited by Frank Sinatra to perform at the Kennedy Inaugural gala in 1961. Cole frequently consulted with President Kennedy (and later President Lyndon B. Johnson) on civil rights. As he was often the victim of blunt racism in the South in particular, and throughout the country in general, his support for integration and his fight against racism were highly appreciated by both presidents.

Two of his most famous quotes against racism are:

“I am an American citizen and I feel I am entitled to the same rights as any other citizen.”

And, “I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.”

Nat King Cole was an international figure on the world stage. He traveled extensively, doing highly successful concert tours of Latin America, Japan, the European Continent and England. In London, he performed at a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II.

Nat was chosen by Paramount Pictures to play W.C. Handy in the movie about the composer’s life, “St. Louis Blues.”

St. Louis Blues is a 1958 American film broadly based on the life of W.C. Handy. It also starred jazz and blues greats Pearl Bailey, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, and Eartha Kitt, as well as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson and actress Ruby Dee. In conjunction with the film, Cole recorded an album of W. C. Handy compositions arranged by Nelson Riddle, and Fitzgerald incorporated “St. Louis Blues” into her concert repertoire.

Nat King Cole with Barney Bigard, Teddy Buckner etc: W. C.Handy’s “Careless Love”

Nat King Cole’s last album,L-O-V-E” was recorded in early December 1964—just a few days before he entered the hospital for cancer treatment—and was released just prior to his death. It peaked at #4 on the Billboard Albums chart in the spring of 1965. A “Best Of” album went gold in 1968.

“L-O-V-E” was one of the three songs Nat recorded that day, and he would pass away less than 3 months from the date of this session. Nat knew at the time of this recording that he was headed to the hospital.

His 1957 recording of “When I Fall In Love” reached #4 in the UK charts in 1987.

Cole was inducted into both the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1990, he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 1997 was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. In 2007, he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.

Some famous quotes by Nat King Cole:

“I’m a musician at heart, I know I’m not really a singer. I couldn’t compete with real singers. But I sing because the public buys it.”

“If I could read it, I could play it.”

I’m an interpreter of stories. When I perform it’s like sitting down at my piano and telling fairy stories.”

Here is “Don’t Get Around Much anymore”. The song is a jazz standard with music by Duke Ellington and lyrics by Bob Russell. The tune was originally called “Never No Lament” and was first recorded by Ellington in 1940 as a big-band instrumental. Russell’s lyrics and the new title were added in 1942.

Nat King Cole recorded this song on the “Just One Of Those Things” album in the summer of 1957. It was arranged and conducted by Billy May and produced by Lee Gillette for Capitol Records. The album was released in November 1957.

Additional source: Wikipedia

Next time.. the life and music of Mel Torme… I hope you will tune in again.

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 Venue – Cave Wilson

 

Thank you for dropping and as always William would love to receive your feedback… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1987 Part One – Whitney Houston, U2, Rick Astley, Aretha Franklin and George Michael


Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

Here is my first selection of top 1987 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Whitney Houston – I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me) –

“I wanna dance with somebody (who loves me)” is from Houston’s second studio album entitled “Whitney.” The song became a worldwide success, topping the charts in eighteen countries including Australia, Italy, Germany and the UK. In the US it became her fourth consecutive #1 single and won a Grammy Award for the “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance,” marking Houston’s second win in the category. It also won the award for “Favorite Pop/Rock Single” at the 15th American Music Awards. Additionally, in 2015 the song was voted by the British public as the nation’s fifth favorite 1980s #1 in a poll for ITV. Whitney Houston 

January 3rd Aretha Franklin is the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

U2 – With or without you

“With or without you” is the third track on U2’s fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree.” The song was the group’s most successful single at the time, becoming their first #1 hit in both the US and Canada by topping the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and the RPM national singles chart for one week, with a further three weeks at number two. “With or Without You” is U2’s second most frequently covered song. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine placed the song at #132 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

January 21st B.B. King donates his 7,000 record collection to the University of Mississippi

Here are my first picks from 1987.

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up

“Never Gonna Give You Up” is the debut single recorded by English singer and songwriter Rick Astley, released on 27 July 1987. It was written and produced by Stock Aitken Waterman, and was released as the first single from Astley’s debut album, Whenever You Need Somebody (1987). The song was a worldwide number-one hit, initially in the United Kingdom in 1987, where it stayed at the top of the chart for five weeks and was the best-selling single of that year. It eventually topped the charts in 25 countries, including the United States and West Germany.  The song won Best British Single at the 1988 Brit Awards. Rick Astley

March 9th U2 release their fifth album “The Joshua Tree” (Grammy for Best Album 1988)

Aretha Franklin and George Michael – I Knew You Were Waiting For Me

“I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)” is a song released by American singer Aretha Franklin and English singer George Michael as a duet in 1987. The song was a number one hit in the United States and the United Kingdom. Billboard listed “I Knew You Were Waiting (for Me)” as Franklin’s all-time biggest Hot 100 single. Franklin and Michael won a 1987 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group. georgemichael

April 6th 22nd Academy of Country Music Awards: Hank Williams Jr, Randy Travis, and Reba McEntire win 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 80s: Playback FMWikipedia

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 Venue – Cave 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

Next week 1987 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole – The 1950s


It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured the icons and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

For over 30 years William Price King has been paying his tribute to two musicians who have influenced not just musicians, but all of us as we listened to their music. Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. Certainly many love stories began and sometimes ended whilst dancing to their music. In the next two features on the Jazz greats, William will be sharing some of their most iconic music, the musicians who influenced their passion for music and the highs and lows of their careers and personal lives.

Nat King Cole – The 1950s.

In Part Two  we followed the increasing popularity gained by Nat King Cole in the 1940s..Now we continue the story of this talented and charismatic musician into the 1950s and the new era of television music shows.

In 1953 the trio signed a deal with Capitol Records. A first hit tune “I’m Lost” helped make enough money to launch the trio and the recording company, too. Revenues from Cole’s sales played a major role in financing the Capitol Records building, which was known as “The house that Nat built.” Uploaded by Neil Arnold

The Nat King Cole Trio had the honor of playing in the very first “Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts.” The line-up of: piano, guitar, and bass became very popular and was emulated by the likes of Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, and Ahmad Jamal, to name a few. When Nat Cole wasn’t playing with his own trio he played on sessions with Lester Young, Lionel Hampton and others, but always under the pseudonym of “Aye Guy.”

Cole’s first mainstream vocal hit was one of his own compositions –“Straighten up and fly right,” based on a black folk tale that his father used as a theme for a sermon. This recording sold over 500,000 copies. It is said that this song led the way for “rock and roll.” Uploaded by VampsRawkZH

Once again, understanding the power of radio, the trio financed their own 15 minute spot (usually paid for by Ads), called the “King Cole Trio Time.” This was a “first” for black artists. Recordings from these shows eventually became commercial records.

With success knocking at his door, Nat King Cole decided to widen his base and ultimately his popularity by doing pop-oriented songs for mainstream audiences.

This was highlighted by his introducing a string orchestra into his recordings. With his luscious baritone voice he turned out hit after hit, cementing his iconic stature with “The Christmas Song” which he recorded four times; as a pure trio, with an added string section (twice), and for a double album – The Nat King Cole Story. His hits are legion: Route 66, Nature Boy, Mona Lisa, Unforgettable, to name a few. Here is the wonderful “Mona Lisa” Uploaded by Nat King Cole 

In 1956 Nat King Cole went on to do TV with the Nat King Cole Show on NBC. It was a first by an African American and created lots of controversy. Unfortunately the show was taken off the air because of a lack of sponsorship, despite the appearances of such greats at the time like Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Mel Tormé, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, and others. Cole quipped after the show was killed: “Madison Avenue is afraid of the dark.”

Here is a version of the very well loved “(Get your kicks on) Route 66”, which became popular as “Route 66”, and is a rhythm and blues standard composed in 1946 by songwriter Bobby Troup.

The idea for the song came to Troup on a cross-country drive from Pennsylvania to California. Troup wanted to try his hand as a Hollywood songwriter, so he and his wife, Cynthia, packed up their 1941 Buick and headed west. The trip began on Highway 40 and continued along Route 66 to the California coast. Troup initially considered writing a tune about Highway 40, but Cynthia suggested the title “Get Your Kicks on Route 66.” The song was composed on this ten-day journey.

The lyrics read as a mini-travelogue about the major stops along the route, listing several cities and towns that Route 66 passes through.

“Route 66” was first recorded in 1946 by Nat King Cole, whose rendition became a hit on both the U.S. R&B and pop charts. Cole would later re-record the tune in 1956 (on the album After Midnight) and in 1961 (on the album The Nat King Cole Story).

 

Next time the finale to the Nat King Cole mini-series.

Additional source: Wikipedia

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 Venue – Cave Wilson

 

Thank you for dropping and as always William would love to receive your feedback… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1986 Part Two – Peter Gabriel, Billy Ocean, The Bangles, Lionel Richie


Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

Here is my second selection of top 1986 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer

“Sledgehammer” was released as the lead single from the album “So,” produced by Peter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois. It topped the charts in Canada and the US, and reached #4 in the UK. It was Gabriel’s biggest hit in North America and ties with “Games Without Frontiers” as his biggest hit in the UK. The song’s music video won a record nine MTV Video Music Awards and Best British Video. “Sledgehammer” garnered three Grammy nominations for Peter Gabriel for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance,” “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” In a 2005 poll conducted by Channel 4, the music video was ranked second on their list of the 100 Greatest Pop Videos.

August 25th Warner Bros. releases Paul Simon’s seventh solo album “Graceland”, a blend of pop, African, zydeco, and rock music; wins Grammy for album of the year, 1987 and sells over 16 million copies 

Billy Ocean – When the going gets tough

“When the going gets tough,” penned by Wayne Brathwaite, Barry Eastmond, Mutt Lange, and Billy Ocean, was used as the theme song for the Michael Douglas film “The Jewel of the Nile.” Aided by a video featuring Douglas and co-stars Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito as lip-syncing back up singers and with DeVito miming the saxophone solo, the song became a major international hit reaching #1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

October 9th Stage musical “Phantom of the Opera” premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; runs for 13,629 performances 

Here are my second picks from 1986.

The Bangles – Manic Monday

“Manic Monday” is a song by the American pop rock band the Bangles, and the first single released from their second studio album, Different Light (1986). It was written by American musician Prince using the pseudonym “Christopher” and was originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984. It became the Bangles’ first hit, reaching No. 2 in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as in Austria, Canada, Germany, and Ireland, and peaked within the Top 5 in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. TheBanglesMusic

November 10th Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band “Live/1975-85”, a 5 LP box set of concert recordings 

Lionel Ritchie Dancing on the Ceiling

“Dancing on the Ceiling” is a song by American recording artist Lionel Richie. It was written by Richie, Mike Frenchik, and Carlos Rios for his third studio album of the same name (1986), Released as the album’s leading single, it became a worldwide hit, reaching the top five in Sweden and Belgium as well as peaking on the top spot on the national singles chart in Norway. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1986. lionelrichie

December 27th “Les Miserables” opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

 Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 80s: Playback FMWikipedia

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 Venue – Cave 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

Next week 1987 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Music Column 2022 – William Price King meets the Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole – The 1940s and The Nat King Cole Trio


It is eight years since William Price King joined Smorgasbord to share music across the genres. It is six years since we have featured the icons and delighted to showcase them again in 2022.

For over 30 years William Price King has been paying his tribute to two musicians who have influenced not just musicians, but all of us as we listened to their music. Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. Certainly many love stories began and sometimes ended whilst dancing to their music. In the next two features on the Jazz greats, William will be sharing some of their most iconic music, the musicians who influenced their passion for music and the highs and lows of their careers and personal lives.

Nat King Cole – The 1940s.

Hittin' The Ramp: The Early Years 1936-1943

In Part One of the Nat King Cole tribute; we met the young Nat and followed his early career and today we will look at the next ten years and include some of the music which made this increasingly popular young musician a phenomenon.

William also looks at the other musicians that Nat partnered with in what was to become the very successful group of musicians the King Cole Trio.

The young Nat had attracted the attention of James Hubert Blake known in the business as Eubie Blake, a composer and lyricist who also was a master of the Jazz Piano and Ragtime. Eubie was responsible for many of the popular songs of the day such as ‘Charleston Rag‘ and ‘Love will find a Way‘ and after hearing Nat play, hired him on as the pianist for his ‘Shuffle Along’ revue which was on a national tour.

Here is Eubie Blake aged 98 playing Charleston Rag and proving that music is definitely good for you! Uploaded bykenjikent

The tour of ‘Shuffle Along’ ended in Long Beach, California where Nat decided to stay and build on his career from there. For starters, he formed the group the “King Cole Swingsters.” Nat was on the piano, of course, Oscar Moore on the guitar, and Wesley Prince on the double bass.

Nat King Cole - The Incomparable Nat King Cole, Vols. 1 & 2

Oscar Moore was an American swing jazz guitarist and his contribution to the trio was significant over the ten years 1937 to 1947 and he performed on the majority of the recordings from that period. Wesley Prince was a Jazz Bassist and apart from the King Cole Swingers he played with Lionel Hampton a percussionist, pianist and band leader who was ranked one of the best Jazz musicians of the time. Having these two experienced and talented musicians as part of the trio paved the way for the success of the group in the years before the Second World War.

Here is one of Nat King’s Cole early classics ‘What Can I Say After I Say I’m Sorry‘ Uploaded byRevolucionario1931

On a personal note, at the age of 17 Nat married Nadine Robinson. Very little is known about her and about their years together. Unfortunately this marriage came to an end in 1948 when he divorced and suddenly married Maria Hawkins Ellington (no relation to the Duke), but who sang with the Duke Ellington orchestra. This marriage yielded five children, among whom was Nathalie Cole who went on to become a super star long after her father’s death.  Here is one of the Trio’s hits ‘If I had You’ – Uploaded by Nat King Cole

Back in California with the “King Cole Swingsters,” Nat understood the importance of radio, and in particular, live radio. The “King Cole Swingsters” became the King Cole Trio and their rise in popularity became evident after their first radio broadcast on NBC’s Blue in Network in 1938. From there they spiralled on to many more radio shows including the Orson Welles Almanac in 1944.

Nat Cole, early on, began singing between instrumentals. Noticing the audiences appreciated his vocal prowess, he happily added more songs, and created the rumour that one night a drunken man asked him to sing. He knew that rumours always worked well with the press and consequently the public. Here is another popular recording ‘My Baby Just Cares For Me’ – Uploaded by cuzinkevin

Thanks to his popularity on the radio, Nat Cole was able to build a substantial audience and consequently get more and better paying gigs. When the war broke out (World War II) the bass player, Wesley Prince, left the trio and was replaced by Johnny Miller from Los Angeles. He would ultimately be replaced by Charlie Harris who had played with Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie and who can be heard on such recordings as Unforgettable and Mona Lisa.

To finish this post in the series I asked William to share one of his personal favourites from the Nat King Cole portfolio – also covered by Mel Torme.  Here is William Price King with My Funny Valentine.

Next time we move into the 1950s with more of the iconic Nat King Cole

Additional source: Wikipedia

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 Venue – Cave Wilson

 

Thank you for dropping and as always William would love to receive your feedback… thanks Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1986 Part One – Dionne Warwick, Lionel Ritchie, Simply Red, Robert Palmer


Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

 Here is my first selection of top 1986 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Dionne Warwick and Friends – That’s what friends are for

“That’s what friends are for” was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film “Night Shift.” This song is better known for the 1985 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John, billed as “Dionne and Friends.” It was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention and was a massive hit worldwide, becoming the #1 single of 1986 in the US and winning the Grammy Awards for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” and “Song of the Year.”

January 23rd Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips

Lionel Richie –  Say you, say me  

“Say you, say me” was written by Lionel Richie for the film “White Nights,” starring Mikhaïl Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. The song peaked at #1 in the US for two weeks on Billboard’s R&B chart, and for four weeks on the Hot 100 chart. It became Richie’s ninth number-one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song was hugely successful in South Africa, attaining the #1 spot and remaining there for a total of 30 weeks. It eventually became the #1 single of 1986 on that country’s year-end Springbok charts. The track won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.”

March 29th Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia 

Now time for my first picks from 1986 which are still on my playlist today.

Simply Red – Holding Back the Years

“Holding Back the Years” is the seventh track on Simply Red’s debut studio album Picture Book (1985). It remains their most successful single, having reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It is one of two Simply Red songs (the other being their cover of “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”) to reach number one in the US. The song was nominated in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. Simply Red

June 15th Amnesty International “Conspiracy of Hope” tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & AMry; and The Hooters 

Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love

“Addicted to Love” is a song by English rock singer Robert Palmer released in 1986. It is the third song on Palmer’s 1985 album Riptide and was released as its second single. The single version is a shorter edit of the full-length album version. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending 8 February 1986. The song ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. It also reached number one in Australia and number five on the UK Singles Chart. Robert Palmer

July 4th Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 80s: Playback FMWikipedia

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 Venue – Cave 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

Next week 1986 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 1981 Part Two- Kim Carnes, Grover Washington and Bill Withers, Queen/David Bowie, Bucks Fizz


Each week William and I select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK 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 are now in the 1980s.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my seond selection of top 1981 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

News Event: May 11th Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London

Kim Carnes  –  Bette Davis Eyes 

“Bette Davis Eyes” was written and composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon. Kim Carnes’ version of this song spent nine non-consecutive weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Billboard’s biggest hit of the year. It peaked at #2 in Canada and #10 in the UK and won the Grammy Awards for “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.” It also ranked at #12 on Billboard’s list of the Top 100 songs in the first 50 years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

News Event: May 21st Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral

Grover Washington and Bill Withers

“Just the Two of Us” was composed by Bill Withers, William Salter, and Ralph MacDonald and was originally released on Grover Washington’s album “Winelight.” It peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, remaining there for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. Bill Withers released an edited version of the song in his compilation “Bill Withers’ Greatest Hits.”

News Events:  August 1st “Endless Love” single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)

Now time for my second picks from 1981 which would prove to be a spectacular year and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure

“Under Pressure” is a song by the British rock band Queen and singer David Bowie. Originally released as a single in October 1981, it was later included on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen’s second number-one hit in their home country and Bowie’s third, and also charted in the top 10 in more than ten countries. QueenHouse85

News Event: December 30th “That Girl” single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)

Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up

“Making Your Mind Up” is a song by the British pop group Bucks Fizz. It was the winner of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and was composed by Andy Hill and John Danter. Released in March 1981, it was Bucks Fizz’s debut single, the group having been formed just two months earlier. Following its win in the contest, the song reached No. 1 in the UK and several other countries, eventually selling in excess of four million copies. It launched the career of the group, who went on to become one of the biggest selling acts of the 1980s and featured on their debut, self-titled album.  BucksFizzVEVO

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

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 Venue – Cave 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

Next week 1982 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column 7th Anniversary – A wonderful collaboration with William Price King


It is The Music Column’s 7th Anniversary and although I have shared this interview before, I know that there are quite a few new visitors to the blog in the last 18 months who may not have seen it and enjoyed the music..

I saw William Price King on Twitter and was looking for guests for my first creative artist interviews 2014. I tentatively asked him in a message if he would be my first guest and was delighted when he said yes. After a few months I asked William if he would like to write some posts for the blog about iconic Jazz musicians. Since then 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 for 2022.  The Breakfast Show every Tuesday has been a great success and whilst we initially thought to only go to 1985… we will be continuing the series throughout next year and hope you will continue to join us each Tuesday..

Here is the first interview with Wiliam and a selection of his 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.

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

 

Thanks for dropping in and I hope you will join us each Tuesday for The Breakfast Show…Sally and William.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1980 Part One – Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Queen


Each week William and I select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK 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 are now in the 1980s.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1980 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

News Events: January 18th Pink Floyd’s album The Wall hits #1

Christopher Cross  –  Ride like the wind

“Ride Like the Wind” was Christopher Cross’ debut single from his Grammy-winning first album. It reached #2 on the US charts and remained there for four consecutive weeks. The song tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico, and told from a first-person point of view. It describes how a convicted murderer has to ‘ride like the wind’ to reach ‘the border of Mexico.’

News Event: February 27th 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year Kenny Loggins’ “What a Fool Believes” Best Album Billy Joel’s “52nd Street

Dionne Warwick – Déjà vu 

“Déjà vu,” written by Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson was from the album “Dionne” and produced by Barry Manilow. Warwick won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for this song. “Déjà vu” peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart while enjoying success worldwide.

News Event: April 19th 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “What’s Another Year” in The Hague

Now time for my first picks from 1980 which would prove to be a spectacular year and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Diana Ross: Upside Down

“Upside Down” is a song written and produced by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. It was recorded by American singer Diana Ross. The song was issued from Motown as the lead single in 1980, from her eleventh studio album, Diana. “Upside Down” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco and Soul charts. The single was released a full four weeks after the album was released. It held down the number one spot for four weeks. It was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, while reaching number five in Canada. It also rose to number two on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since “I’m Still Waiting” in 1971 – ALL NIGHT LONG

News Event: May 23rd 33rd Cannes Film Festival: “All That Jazz” directed by Bob Fosse and “Kagemusha” directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track is included on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits in 1981. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and became the group’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks.It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks Queen Official

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

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 Venue – Cave 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

Next week 1980 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 1976 – Part Two – ABBA, Lou Rawls, Elton John, Kiki Dee and The Four Seasons


Each week William and I select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK 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 are now in the 1970s.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of top 1976 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.

News Event: May 31st The Who set the record for the loudest concert of all time, 120 decibels at 50 metres, at The Valley in Charlton, London, England

ABBA – Dancing Queen

“Dancing Queen” was ABBA’s only #1 hit in the US. Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, this song topped the charts around the world making it a colossal hit. The original video of this song has been viewed over 469 million times as of January 2021, and has become ABBA’s most recognizable and popular song. In 2015, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

News Event: September 24th “Oh! Calcutta!” revival opens at Edison Theater NYC for 5,959 performances, Broadway’s longest-running musical revue

Lou Rawls – You’ll Never Find Another Love like Mine

“You’ll Never Find Another Love like Mine” (written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff) was Lou Rawls’ breakthrough international hit, topping the charts in the US, Canada, and the UK. This song got Lou Rawls nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Lou Rawls     

News Event: September 25th Bono, David Evans, his brother Dik and Adam Clayton respond to an advertisement on a bulletin board at Mount Temple posted by fellow student Larry Mullen Jr. to form a rock band, which would eventually become U2

Now time for my second picks from 1976 and I hope you will enjoy my selection

Elton John and Kiki Dee – Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” is a 1976 duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms “Ann Orson” and “Carte Blanche”, respectively, and intended as an affectionate pastiche of the Motown style, notably the various duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and singers such as Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston.  Elton John 

News Event: December 18th Second remake of “A Star is Born” film, directed by Frank Pierson and starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

The Four Seasons – December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)

“December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” is a song originally performed by The Four Seasons, written by original Four Seasons keyboard player Bob Gaudio and his future wife Judy Parker, produced by Gaudio, and included on the group’s album, Who Loves You (1975). The single was released in December 1975 and hit number one on the UK Singles Chart on February 21, 1976. It repeated the feat on the US Billboard Hot 100 on March 13, 1976, remaining in the top spot for three weeks.Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1976.  It was the final Four Seasons’ song to reach number one.

 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

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 Venue – Cave 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

Next week 1977 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.