Saturday, November 26, 2005

50 Years Ago Today: Little Richard charted with “Tutti Frutti” (11/26/1955)

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Little Richard “Tutti Frutti”


Writer(s): Little Richard, Dorothy LaBostrie (see lyrics here)

Released: October 1955, First charted: 11/26/1955

Peak: 17 US, 2 RB, 29 UK (Click for codes to singles charts.)

Sales (in millions): -- US, -- UK, -- world (includes US and UK)

Radio Airplay (in millions): -- Video Airplay (in millions): --


Review: The 22-year-old Richard Penniman, aka “Little Richard,” was looking for a breakthrough in 1955 when he went into a New Orleans recording studio to lay down his first tracks for Specialty Records. He “started extemporizing verses of ‘Tutti Frutti,’ a risque feature of his club sets.” NRR As he said, “I’d been singing ‘Tutti-Frutti’ for years, but it never struck me as a song you’d record.” RS500

Lyrics like “Tutti frutti, loose booty/ If it don’t fit, don’t force it/ You can grease it, make it easy” were deemed too raunchy, “so Dorothy La Bostrie was called in to sanitize them; she gave Richard a gal named Sue (“She knows just what to do”) and another named Daisy (“She almost drive me crazy”). TM

“Kids scrambled to decipher the meaning of the sounds emitted by the pompadoured piano dervish…but really, the words weren’t nearly as important as the remorselessly frenetic beat, the propulsive piano work and the primal, screaming vocal.” TM Jimi Hendrix, who worked as a sideman for Richard in 1964, said, “I want to do with my guitar what Little Richard does with his voice.” TM

Little Richard “fused a unique falsetto and gospel scream that simultaneously oozed sexuality and spirituality. His performances and wardrobe were wild and outlandish. His androgynous stage persona would be reflected by Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, and Prince. FR-38-9 The man who’d grown up in the South “black, gay, and outrageous…was so far out he was in.” SA His first chart single became a signature in the early days of rock and roll, cementing him as one of the genre’s forefathers.


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Variety - 100 Icons of the Century

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Variety named its 100 icons of the century based on factors like their commercial and creative impact. The list consisted of people from all facets of the entertainment industry, but only those in the music arena are listed below (the top ten were ranked):

  • Louis Armstrong (ranked #2)
  • Fred Astaire
  • The Beatles (ranked #1)
  • Irving Berlin
  • Chuck Berry
  • Maria Callas
  • Johnny Cash
  • Ray Charles
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Bing Crosby
  • Miles Davis
  • Bob Dylan
  • Duke Ellington
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Judy Garland
  • Woody Guthrie
  • Oscar Hammerstein II
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • Billie Holiday
  • Michael Jackson
  • Robert Johnson
  • Al Jolson
  • Janis Joplin
  • Gene Kelly
  • Little Richard
  • Madonna
  • Bob Marley
  • Edith Piaf
  • Elvis Presley (ranked #10)
  • Richard Rodgers
  • Ginger Rogers
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Sex Pistols
  • Tupac (2pac) Shakur
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Igor Stravinsky
  • Barbra Streisand
  • The Supremes
  • Hank Williams
  • Stevie Wonder

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Saturday, June 4, 2005

Mariah Carey hit #1 with “We Belong Together”: June 4, 2005

Originally posted June 4, 2012.

Mariah Carey was the singer of the ‘90s with her pop/R&B/AC blend of music, but was quickly derailing in the first half of the next decade. After signing an $80 million contract with Virgin Records, she had an infamous appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live, a huge commercial failure with her semi-autobiographical film and album project Glitter, and reportedly had a physical and emotional breakdown. It didn’t help that she largely “abandoned her girl-next-door tunefulness in favor of hip-hop whoredom.” PD

Virgin dumped her, but Def Jam gambled that the fifteen-time-chart-topper might have something left. With collaborator Jermaine Dupri, Carey found the right mix of contemporary and old-school R&B on “Together.” While “uncharacteristically restrained” AB’00 for Carey, it still had a “rapid-fire, BeyoncĂ©-esque staccato vocal” PD that just might make it “the finest single of her career.” PD

We Belong Together

Not only did it put Carey back on top after a five year absence, but Billboard magazine named it the most successful song in history by a female artist WK and the best-selling song of the decade. SF Its 14 weeks atop the pop chart tied it with the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” as the biggest #1 of the decade and in the rock era only “One Sweet Day,” which Carey recorded with Boyz II Men, has spent more weeks (16) atop the Hot 100. Two more trips to the top before decade’s end put Carey second only to the Beatles.

The laundry list of writers (ten credits in all) suggest a written-by-committee approach, but some of the credits are due to references to other R&B heartbreak songs. In a radio-flipping session, Carey cleverly weaves lyrics from Bobby Womack’s “If You Think You’re Lonely Now” and The Deele’s “Two Occasions” into her own reflections of love lost.


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Saturday, February 19, 2005

Kerrang! Top 100 Albums

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This is an exclusive DMDB list which consolidates six lists from the British hard-rock-oriented music magazine Kerrang!:

Here are the results:
  1. Sex Pistols…Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
  2. Led Zeppelin…Physical Graffiti (1975)
  3. Black Sabbath…Black Sabbath (1970)
  4. Metallica…Master of Puppets (1986)
  5. Iron Maiden…The Number of the Beast (1982)
  6. Nirvana…Nevermind (1991)
  7. Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  8. AC/DC…Back in Black (1980)
  9. Guns N’ Roses…Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  10. Green Day…Dookie (1994)

  11. Slayer…Reign in Blood (1986)
  12. Def Leppard…Hysteria (1987)
  13. The Clash…London Calling (1979)
  14. Black Sabbath…Vol. 4 (1972)
  15. Bon Jovi…Slippery When Wet (1986)
  16. The Stooges…Raw Power (1973)
  17. Def Leppard…Pyromania (1983)
  18. Motorhead…Ace of Spades (1980)
  19. Bad Brains…Rock for Light (1982)
  20. Discharge…Hear Nothing, Say Nothing, See Nothing (1982)

  21. Napalm Death…Scum (1987)
  22. Fugazi…Repeater (1990)
  23. Journey…Escape (1981)
  24. The Clash…The Clash (1977)
  25. Korn…Korn (1994)
  26. Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin II (1969)
  27. Refused…The Shape of Punk to Come: A Chimerical Bombation in 12 Bursts (1998)
  28. Operation Ivy…Energy (1989)
  29. Black Flag…Damaged (1981)
  30. Pearl Jam…Ten (1991)

  31. Sepultura…Roots (1996)
  32. Black Sabbath…Paranoid (1970)
  33. The Damned…Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)
  34. Rage Against the Machine…Rage Against the Machine (1992)
  35. Manic Street Preachers…Everything Must Go (1996)
  36. Ramones…Ramones (1976)
  37. Alice in Chains…Dirt (1992)
  38. Rancid…And Out Come the Wolves (1995)
  39. Hole…Live Through This (1994)
  40. Sublime…Sublime (1996)

  41. Therapy?...Trouble Gum (1991)
  42. Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin I (1969)
  43. Offspring…Smash (1994)
  44. Nine Inch Nails…The Downward Spiral (1994)
  45. Kyuss…Welcome to Sky Valley (1994)
  46. The Descendents…Milo Goes to College (1982)
  47. The Wildhearts…Earth Vs. the Wildhearts (1993)
  48. The Prodigy…The Fat of the Land (1997)
  49. Bryan Adams…Reckless (1984)
  50. Aerosmith…Rocks (1976)

  51. Deep Purple…Machine Head (1972)
  52. The Stooges…Fun House (1970)
  53. Deep Purple…In Rock (1970)
  54. Pantera…Vulgar Display of Power (1992)
  55. Manic Street Preachers…The Holy Bible (1994)
  56. Red Hot Chili Peppers…Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
  57. Kiss…Alive! (1975)
  58. Bon Jovi…Bon Jovi (1984)
  59. Reef…Glow (1997)
  60. Ash…1977 (1996)

  61. Smashing Pumpkins…Siamese Dream (1993)
  62. Van Halen…Van Halen (1978)
  63. Michael Bolton…Everybody’s Crazy (1985)
  64. Quicksand…Manic Compression (1995)
  65. Aerosmith…Toys in the Attic (1975)
  66. Terrorvision…How to Make Friends and Influence People (1994)
  67. Rainbow…Rising (1976)
  68. The Dead Kennedys…Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
  69. Thin Lizzy…Live and Dangerous (1977)
  70. Judas Priest…Screaming for Vengeance (1982)

  71. The MC5…Kick Out the Jams (1968)
  72. Iron Maiden…Iron Maiden (1980)
  73. Rocket from the Crypt…Scream, Dracula, Scream! (1995)
  74. Boston…Boston (1976)
  75. Motorhead…No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (1981)
  76. Queensryche…Operation: Mindcrime (1988)
  77. Helmet…Meantime (1992)
  78. Magnum…On a Storyteller’s Night (1985)
  79. Bush…Sixteen Stone (1994)
  80. Metallica…Kill ‘Em All (1983)

  81. Motorhead…Overkill (1979)
  82. The Ruts…The Crack (1979)
  83. Queen…A Night at the Opera (1975)
  84. Killing Joke…Killing Joke (1980)
  85. Venom…Black Metal (1982)
  86. Skunk Anansie…Paranoid & Sunburnt (1995)
  87. Foo Fighters…Foo Fighters (1995)
  88. Stiff Little Fingers…Inflammable Material (1979)
  89. Sisters of Mercy…Floodland (1987)
  90. Judas Priest…Stained Class (1978)

  91. Iron Maiden…Killers (1981)
  92. Saxon…Wheels of Steel (1980)
  93. Nirvana…In Utero (1993)
  94. Faith No More…Angel Dust (1992)
  95. Icon…Night of the Crime (1985)
  96. Montrose…Montrose (1973)
  97. Strangeways…Native Sons (1987)
  98. Journey…Raised on Radio (1986)
  99. Tool…Aenima (1996)
  100. Muse…Absolution (2003)

Thursday, February 17, 2005

In Concert: Finn Brothers

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Venue: Liberty Hall; Lawrence, KS


The Set List:

1. Six Months in a Leaky Boat *
2. A Life Between Us ***
3. Weather with You **
4. There Goes God **
5. Nothing Wrong with You ***
6. Part of You, Part of Me ***
7. World Where You Live **
8. Bold As Brass *
9. Edible Flowers ***
10. Disembodied Voices ***
11. Give It a Whirl *
12. What’s the Matter with You? *
13. Anything Can Happen ***
14. It’s Only Natural **

Encore:

15. Gentle Hum ***
16. Shark Attack *
17. I Got You *
18. All the Colours ***
19. Distant Sun **
20. Into Temptation **

* Split Enz (6 songs)
** Crowded House (6 songs)
*** Finn Brothers (8 songs – all from the new album)