Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1971 Part One – Ike and Tina Turner, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones


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.

Welcome to this week’s show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of  top 1971 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event:  January 22nd John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Power to the People”

Ike and Tina Turner  –  Proud Mary

“Proud Mary” was written by John Fogerty and first recorded by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival in 1968. Ike and Tina Turner covered the song in 1971 and had a major hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #5 on Billboard’s R& B chart, earning the duo a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Group. The single was certified gold in the US and the UK.

News Event:  March 5th “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin first played live at Ulster Hall, Belfast by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Bonham and John Paul Jones

James Taylor  –  You’ve got a friend 

“You’ve got a friend” was written by Carole King. Taylor recorded the song in 1971 and it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the UK Singles Chart. “You’ve Got a Friend” won Grammy Awards both for Taylor “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” and King “Song of the Year.”Billboard ranked it as the #17 song for 1971.

News EventMarch 22nd 6th Academy of Country Music Awards: Merle Haggard and Lynn Anderson win

Now time for my first chart picks from 1971 and they certainly bring back memories of my teenage years.

Rod Stewart – Maggie May

“Maggie May” is a song co-written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton, and performed by Rod Stewart on his album Every Picture Tells a Story, released in 1971.In October 1971, the song went to number one in the UK Singles Chart (for five weeks), and simultaneously topped the charts in Australia (four weeks), Canada (one week), and the United States (six weeks). It was the No. 2 record for 1971 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles charts. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song number 131 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Rod Stewart 

 

News EventApril 4th Stephen Sondheim’s “Follies” opens at Winter Garden Theater NYC for 524 performances, then most expensive broadway musical

Tom Jones – She’s a Lady

 “She’s a Lady” is a song written by Paul Anka and was released on his album Paul Anka ’70s (RCA 4309, 1970). The most successful recording was performed by Tom Jones, and released at the beginning of 1971. It is Jones’ highest-charting single in the U.S. to date (and his final Billboard Top Ten hit). Jesus Ranero

Additional sources: On This Day – Music –  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 1971 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 1965 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 1965 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: February 6th Righteous Brothers “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” hits #1 

The Four Tops  –  I can’t help myself  (Sugar pie, Honey bunch)  

“I can’t help myself (Sugar pie, Honey bunch)” topped Billboard’s charts in the US for nine weeks, and was named the second biggest single of the year. It was the Four Tops’ first Top 40 single in the UK, peaking at #23 in 1965 and #10 in 1970 on its spring re-release. Rolling Stone ranked it #415 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

News Event: March 2nd One of the most popular musical films of all time, “The Sound of Music”, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1966)

Tom Jones  –  What’s new pussycat  

“What’s new pussycat” was the theme song from the Woody Allen movie of the same name and hit #11 in the US and #3 in the U.K. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1996.

News Event: April 5th 37th Academy Awards: “My Fair Lady”, Rex Harrison & Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins) win awards

Now time for my first picks from 1965 and these are tracks that I still play today

The Seekers – I’ll Never Find Another You

“I’ll Never Find Another You” is a 1964 single by The Seekers, which reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom in February 1965. It was The Seekers’ first UK-released single,[1] and was the second-best selling single of 1965 in the UK.The song was also popular in the United States, reaching peaks of No. 4 pop and No. 2 easy listening on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The track was written and produced by Tom Springfield, who was also responsible for most of The Seekers’ subsequent hits. Thanks for this stereo version  to rich963

News Event: April 28th Luciano Pavarotti makes his debut at La Scala, Milan in Franco Zeffirelli’s production of “La bohème” with Mirella Freni

I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher

“I Got You Babe” is a song performed by Sonny & Cher and written by Sonny Bono. It was the first single taken from their debut studio album Look at Us. In August 1965, their single spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States[1] where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. It also reached number 1 in the United Kingdom and Canada.

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 – Facebook – William 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 1965 Part Two.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

William Price King meets some Legends – Sir Tom Jones – Career and hits 2007 to 2017.


Last week we covered the career and music of Sir Tom Jones through the 1980s up to 2006.. This week we share some of the hits from the last ten years and his most successful song of his career and I will now hand you over to William Price King to pick up the story.

In 2008 S-Curve Records released “If He Should Ever Leave You” from the album 24 Hours. This was Jones’ first album of new material released in the US in 15 years. “The fire is still in me. Not to be an oldie, but a goodie. I want to be a contender.” Jones said. The song was named the 9th best song of 2008 by “Spinner,” and Jones was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.

Tom Jones was not about to let the fact that he was approaching his 68th birthday get in the way of performing over 200 dates a year, and setting out on a world tour to promote the album.

“Give a little love,” from the album, is a super duper Tom Jones dance tune. The video for “Give a little love” pays homage to Fleischer Studios cartoons, with Jones dancing with an Expy of Betty Boop. The song was also featured in the first trailer for the Robert De Niro / Ben Stiller film “Little Fockers.”

In March 2009, Jones went to the top of the UK Music Charts for the third time in his career thanks to a cover of “Islands in the Streams“, sung with Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Robin Gibb, who co-wrote the original with his brothers Barry and Maurice. The song, inspired by BBC’s hit sitcom “Gavin and Stacey,” was released in aid of Comic Relief and reached No. 1 in March 2009.

“Burning Hell,” a cover of the John Lee Hooker classic from the “Praise & Blame” album, was released on Jones’ 70th birthday (June 7, 2010), and the album debuted at #2 on the UK album chart. Jones appeared on the penultimate episode of “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross” in July 2010 and performed “Burning Hell.” By the end of the year Jones had sold a total of over 100 million records.

“Evil” is a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Evil” and features guest musicians from Jack White’s Third Man Records’ Blue Series, produced in Nashville. You can definitely hear White’s trademark sound on Jones’s rendition of this song. Enjoy this brawny, horn-smacked garage-soul stomper. Jones’ full-throated vocal has no hint of cheese.

The single was first made available through independent record stores in 7″ vinyl on March 5. An exclusive three-colored vinyl was also sold at only one shop – Spillers Records in Cardiff. The shop, from which Jones bought records as a schoolboy in the 1950s and early 1960s, was founded in 1894 and is listed in Guinness World Records as the oldest record shop in the world.

On June 4, 2012, Jones performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, singing “Delilah” and “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”

Tom Jones has featured as a judge on the voice twice, in 2012 until 2015 when he was replaced by Boy George but returned in 2017 for season six.

In September 2015, Jones announced the long-awaited release of his album “Long Lost Suitcase,” through Virgin/EMI. The album is the third in a trilogy of albums, following “Praise & Blame” (2010) and “Spirit in the Room” (2012). The album’s track titles are interwoven into the chapters of his autobiography “Over the Top and Back,” released at the same time. The producer is once again Ethan Johns and the diverse range of compositions includes songs from Gillian Welch, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams and the Milk Carton Kids.

To end the series here is Tom Jones greatest hit ever – “She’s A Lady”

Apparently Tom Jones’ manager, Gordon Mills, asked Paul Anka to write a song that would be a guaranteed hit in the United States, so Anka thought about Tom Jones and women. The rest is history. “She’s a Lady,” became Jone’s signature song. Jones recorded this song on his album “Sing She’s A Lady.” The song reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and became Jones’ biggest selling single of all time, giving Anka his first #1 hit in the USA and his only #1 hit in CashBox Magazine.

Buy Tom Jones Music: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jones/e/B000APJ7YA

You can buy Tom Jones’ autobiography: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoir-Sir-Tom-Jones/dp/0718180682/

You can keep up with news and performances: http://www.tomjones.com/news/

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Jones_(singer)

About William Price King

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to William

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

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally

William Price King meets some legends – Sir Tom Jones – The Early Years


Sir Thomas John Woodward Tom Jones has enjoyed a stunning career spanning six decades that has been embellished with a colourful personal life as well as some highs and lows as he navigated the changing trends within the music industry. To achieve this Tom Jones has successfully and consistently produced great music across several genres including pop, rock, R&B, Broadway, country, soul and gospel. He has sold over 100 million records with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the US. His top hits include It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home, She’s a Lady, Kiss and Sex Bomb.

He has also received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, two Brit Awards for Best British Male singer in 2000 and Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003. He was awarded the OBE in 1999 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music in 2006.

I am going to hand you over to William now to take us through the early years.

Thomas John Woodward, who would one day take the stages of the world by storm, was born in 1940 in Pontypridd, South Wales.. His parents were Thomas and Freda Woodward and his father was a miner. Thomas attended both primary and secondary school in Pontypridd, but having dyslexia, he found it a challenge. However, he did find enjoyment in listening to the BBC radio and its mix of American Blues, R&B and rock. At the time Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley were hitting the charts and their style influenced Thomas’s singing in his early career.

As you can see from this live performance of Elvis Presley there are clearly element of style and charisma that carried over into Tom Jones’ early performances. It was not long however before Tom Jones had developed a style that was uniquely his own.

Singing was something that the Welsh Valley towns have always excelled at and Thomas was a natural. He had a powerful voice and apparently was often told off in choir practice at school for drowning out the other singers in School assembly. It was not long before he was singing at family gatherings, weddings and even for his mother’s Women’s Guild meetings. Unfortunately at age 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was confined to bed for two years as he recovered. This was tough for any young boy, particularly one who was beginning to enjoy the limelight with his singing. However, he spent his time listening to music and drawing.

Perhaps it was this two years away from school, and a desire to catch up with his life, that led to some tearaway years. Eventually he left school at 16, getting married that year to his girlfriend Linda and becoming a father shortly afterwards. Tom was working in a paper mill at nights to support his new family, but it meant that he could spend little time on his first love, singing. In the end the singing won and Tom gave up his job at the mill.

In 1963 at the age of 23, Tom became lead singer for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a local group whose former frontman had a preference for ballads. When he failed to turn up one night, the band leader Vernon Hopkins offered Tom a crate of beer to perform with them at the local YMCA. That one off appearance lit the fuse of what has been, and continues to be a glittering, roller coaster ride that has been Tom’s career. He did experiment with playing guitar and the drums, but his real talent lay in his rich, upbeat baritone voice that is so suited to the blues and R&B songs of the day.

The group had a great local following in South Wales, but there was a limit to their exposure in the area. There were some attempts to interest record labels, and they were even talent spotted by a Decca producer who saw them perform; however this led to nothing. But, Tom’s luck was about to change one night, when the Tommy Scott and the Senators were performing at the Top Hat club in Cwmtillery in Gwent, Wales. A London based talent manager from London, Gordon Mills, who originated from South Wales, spotted Tom and persuaded him to let him manage his career. He took him to London and to take advantage of the Academy Award-winning film Tom Jones of 1963, he changed Tom’s name.

Decca Records signed Tom Jones and his first single was released, but to a lukewarm reception by the radio stations.

Tom Jones’ first single was a cover of “Chills and Fever,” originally recorded by Ronnie Love who managed to make it to #15 on the R&B charts and #72 on the Pop charts in 1960. Jones recorded this single on Decca Records and the result was a go-go stomping version with background girls and sharp horns. Critics thought the song was too over produced. The song failed to chart after it was released in late 1964.

The same could not be said for his follow up release “It’s Not Unusual” which was  written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills. This was the second Decca single Jones released, reaching number one in the UK in 1965, and peaking at #10 in the US. The BBC initially refused to play the song because of Jones’ sexy image, but it got overwhelming airplay on the UK pirate station, Radio Caroline. Jones performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US on 2 May 1965.

This success was swiftly followed up by  Gordon Mills who secured a number of film theme songs for Tom to record including what would become a Tom Jones classic.

“What’s New Pussycat” was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David as the title track for the 1965 American comedy directed by Clive Donner and with his first screenplay, Woody Allen. The film starred Peter Sellers, Peter O’Toole,, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and Ursula Andress. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1966 but lost out to “The Shadow Of Your Smile” from the film The Sandpiper.

“What’s New Pussycat” peaked at #11 in the UK charts and #3 in the US.

“Thunderball” was the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name . It was composed by John Barry and Don Black. It became Jones’ third Top 40 hit in America, and has been part of his Las Vegas show ever since.

On being offered the chance to record this song, Jones said: “I was thrilled to bits when they asked me to do ‘Thunderball.’ I thought, ‘Oh my God, a song for a James Bond film. The most memorable thing about the session was hitting that note at the end. John told me to hold on to this very high note for as long as possible. I hit it but I had to hold on to the wall of the sound booth to steady myself in case I fell down. Thank God, I didn’t. I knocked off the recording pretty quickly. I think John and I became very good friends, simply because he didn’t have to spend long on my part.”

Tom Jones was now one of the leading artists that had invaded the American music scene and it was confirmed with the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for 1966.

And to crown his achievements in Hollywood; a meeting with his childhood idol, Elvis Presley.

Buy Tom Jones Music: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jones/e/B000APJ7YA

You can buy Tom Jones’ autobiography: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoir-Sir-Tom-Jones/dp/0718180682/

You can keep up with news and performances: http://www.tomjones.com/news/

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Jones_(singer)

About William Price King

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

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

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

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

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

Connect to William

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

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/