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Whole Lotta Love

Back when music didn’t require autotune:

“In late 1968, Led Zeppelin began pioneering a heavier, more metallic-sounding form of rock geared for FM radio’s new album-oriented stereo format. By combining a slashing electric guitar and wailing vocals with a rhythmic bass and locomotive drums, the band quickly became the darlings of better stereo systems and large indoor arenas—and inspired several generations of metal-driven rockers.

When “Whole Lotta Love” was released in October 1969, it appeared first on “Led Zeppelin II,” the band’s second album, and then as a single weeks later—with a shorter edit for AM radio. While the single reached No. 4 on Billboard’s pop chart, the album shot to No. 1 in November, and a three-month battle with the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” for the top spot ensued.”

-The Making of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’

Go read the whole thing while listening to the song . . .

 

 

You kids get off my lawn . . .

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Before the Beach Boys, There Was Jan & Dean

Spotify playlist Hit play to listen as you read   Brian Wilson gets all the respect and Jan Berry’s been forgotten and I’m gonna try to rectify that right now. “THE LITTLE OLD LADY (FROM PASADENA)” Because it’s the one you know. When I first heard this in the summer of ’64 I had no…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Silencers: A Primer

Click to listen to playlist on Spotify   The best band you’ve never heard. It matters what label you’re on, and whether you’re a priority. And being on RCA left the Silencers not a priority and with no career, as the label was in transition. But the only records I played more in the nineties…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Jimmy Fallon: Brian Williams Raps

Jimmy Fallon’s crew put together a series of monster edits of NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams, turning him into a rapper. The results were hilarious — see the mashup of raps after the jump — but it also resulted in Williams showing up on Fallon for an interview.

Here is the interview with

Bri Willi
Bri Will.I.ams
Brizzle
B Dubs

Rap Master B Videos after the jump
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NBC Nightly News managing editor and anchor Brian Williams talks to Jimmy about life after the world discovered his rapping abilities.

Brian Williams Addresses His Rapping — Part 1

Brian Williams Addresses His Rapping — Part 2

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Humor, Music, Television, Weekend

Pharrell Williams Interview

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In this “Sunday Morning” preview Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Pharrell Williams gives credit to his high school band teachers for helping him get to where he is today, and tells Anthony Mason that while growing up, his life was filled with special people. (CBS)

He is an interesting and humble guy:

“My story is the average story”

April 12, 2014

More interview videos and Get Happy after the jump

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Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music, Weekend

Crosby, Stills & Nash Primer

Click for Spotify playlist   SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1st Album) It wasn’t an immediate hit. “Marrakesh Express” got all the airplay. And being in excess of seven minutes long, radio was reluctant to play the track in its entirety, the days of free format radio were dying. So the initial…Read More

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Michael Jackson “Beat It” Demo

Check out MJ rockin it old school: Click to play audio. Source: Harrattan Blog Here is what Rob Hoffman, a Sound Engineer who worked with Jackson early in his career, observes: One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note…Read More

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Jethro Tull Primer

Note: Launch this Spotify play list, to hear the songs as they are discussed. Spotify link   A SONG FOR JEFFREY Purists believe the initial album is best, “This Was,” the one before Mick Abrahams left. If nothing came after, Tull would be seen as English blues progenitors, but a hit changes all perceptions. There…Read More

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

Abbey Road Medley: Acapella

Astonishing: Hat tip dangerous minds

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Music

2 Cellos – Thunderstruck

Two Cellos. AC/DC’s Thunderstruck. NY Daily News: Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hause shred in 18th century-style costumes in the video, which has been viewed nearly 3 million times

Category: Friday Night Jazz, Weekend