Sunday Morning Music

Hello and welcome to
another one of our
super-sonic Sunday
Morning Music Posts.

We’ve decided to go
1960’s on ya today,
mixing the psychedelic
with the soulful to
hopefully come up
with a combination
that will make you
wanna get yer
YA YA’s out.

Ya.

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Rolling Stones —
” Jumpin Jack Flash (Live)

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Peppermint Rainbow —
Will You Be Staying
After Sunday

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The Honeycombs —
” Have I The Right
To Hold You

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Gary Puckett and Union Gap–
Over You

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Gregg Allman —
One More Try

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Merrilee Rush —
Angel Of The Morning

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Beatles —
I Wanna Hold Your Hand

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The Supremes —
Come See About Me

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Cufflinks —
Tracy

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Animals —
San Franciscan Nights

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Beverly Bremers —
Don’t Say You
Don’t Remember

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Esquires —
” Get On Up

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Dave Clark Five —
Because

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Traffic —
Many A Mile
To Freedom

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The Association —
Along Comes Mary ( TV )

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Mary Wells —
You Beat Me
To The Punch

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Janis Joplin —
Maybe (TV) ”

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The Tremeloes —
Here Comes My Baby

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Jose Felicano–
Don’t Let The Sun
Catch You Crying

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Doors —
” L.A. Woman

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Patti Drew —
Workin On A Groovy Thing

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Buckinghams —
Don’t You Care

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Tower Of Power —
You’re Still A Young Man

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Joe South —
” Games People Play

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The Clovers —
Don’t Play That Song

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Glen Campbell —
Gentle On My Mind (TV)

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Seekers —
I’ll Never Find
Another You

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David Gates —
Never Let Her
Go ( BBC LIVE)

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and finally,
a request from Deanna :

Tom Waits —
” Downtown Train

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!!! HOY !!!

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Anyone Can Play

As long as there’s
been good music,
there’s been wanna-be
music makers, who
despite all the best
intentions in the world,
can’t really put two notes
together that sound like
they belong together.

They call these folks
‘frustrated musicians’ –
– they love music,
but they weren’t born
with the talent to play
a complicated instrument
like the harpsichord or
the vibraphone.

Some of those folks
(like me) take up the
drums or harmonica,
and play only when
there’s not a living soul
around to make any
smart ass inference
about strangling cats
or eardrums made of tin.

Others just hum
along in silent
desperation..

.. while still others
turn to the world of
‘novelty instruments’.

There are a surprising
variety of them, which I
guess speaks to the
genuine rarity of real
musical talent.

Almost every kid in my
neighborhood growing
up had something like
this, whether it was a
jaw harp, a bugle, a
tambourine, or a simple
bongo.

But, if you happen to
be one of those folks
in the ‘silent desperation’
category, there might still
be time to step into the
wonderful world of
anyone can play it“.

If you can believe the
vintage advertising,
anyway.

Take the “Stylophone”,
for instance-

It was invented in the
mid-1960’s as a stylus
controlled mini-keyboard.

And much like a full size
synthesizer of it’s age,
it could only play one
note at a time.

Easy?

Well, it featured only
three controls, and
one of them was an
on-off switch, so
if your goal was
to drive everybody
at the office crazy
with your stylin’
rendition of:
“Mary Had A Little Lamb”,
this thing would do the
job, N-HOW.

Still, you might have
trouble getting a hold
of one…. they only
made ’em for about
8 years, although I did
hear a rumor somebody
recently picked up the
license to make ’em again.

Why?

Frankly, I got no idea.

If you’re really
looking for ‘simple’
(as in simple-minded?)
maybe the musical saw
could be your ticket to
bigger and better things
(like the triangle, I dunno).

All I can tell ya is that
it would make screechy
enough of a racket
to prompt your
long-dead deaf
great grandmother
to get up out of the
grave and tell you to
shut the fuck up – so
find a very safe place
to practice.

The “Gahoon” was,
despite many online
insinuations to the
contrary, a real
enough instrument,
apparently invented by
somebody who liked the
sound of an inflated balloon
when you let the air out real slow.

Ugh…
honestly, you have a
better chance of playing
cool jazz by blowing into
the back end of a
long necked goose than
this thing.

Still, it sold for only a
buck in 1950’s era comic
books, so at least you
wouldn’t have to worry
about picking feathers
out of your teeth, I guess.

!!! HOY !!!

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Sunday Morning Music

Hiya and
a big
‘How Y’all Are’
from your ole buddy
Muscleheaded.

I know yer
chompin’
at the bit
to get started
with our weekly
Sunday Morning
Music segment….

Ow…
that’s my finger, man.

Maestro !

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Warren Zevon —
Desperadoes Under The Eaves

and one for Katie :
” French Inhaler ” 

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Dire Straits–
” Skate Away

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David Bowie —
” Let’s Dance
(album version ) 

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Santana —
” No One To Depend On
(album version) “

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Ten Wheel Drive w/ Genya Raven —
” Tightrope (album cut)  ” 

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Beach Boys —
” Disney Girls ” 

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New Order —
” Age of Consent
(album content) “

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Isley Brothers —
” Summer Breeze
(album version ) ” 

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Bruce Springsteen —
” Rosalita (album version) “

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The Zombies —
” Tell Her No ( Shindig 1965 )

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Van Morrison —
Sense of Wonder

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Lydia Pense and Cold Blood —
You Got Me Hummin’ (album version) 

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Linda Ronstadt —
” Silver Threads and Golden Needles (LIVE)

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Association —
” Cherish ” 

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Rod Stewart —
” You Wear It Well (album version) “

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Talking Heads —
Take Me To The River “

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Humble Pie —
Good Booze and
Bad Women” 

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Outsiders —
” Time Won’t Let Me ” 

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Pure Prairie League —
” Amie (album version ) “

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Warren Zevon —
Poor Poor Pitiful Me

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Malo —
” Suavecito (album version)”

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The Cure —
” Push (album version ) ” 

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Tom Waits —
“Downtown Train “

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Chicago —
” Dialogues (album version) “

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Heatwave —
” Boogie Nights
(album version ) 

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Depeche Mode —
” In Your Room (album version)

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War —
“Summer (album version ) 

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Sunday Morning Music

Welcome to
Sunday Morning
Music, y’all.

We don’t do slow
and mellow around
here unless there’s
some fast and rockin’
in there, too —

— and I’m pretty sure
our Sunday mix will
scratch both itches –

– especially if that
hydrocortisone cream
isn’t working like it
should.

Remember –
leaves of three,
leave em be.

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Van Halen —
Dance The Night Away

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Swing Out Sister —
Somewhere Deep In Your Heart

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Y’all know we appreciate
requests around here ,
and with that in mind:

Sunny from SunflowerScenes
suggested a very cool
piece for this week’s post….

Ani DiFranco–
” Done Wrong

and we’ve got another
more obscure John Kay
chort for her…

Steppenwolf —
“Children Of The Night

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Our old friend
Katie has requested
a couple of Bob
Dylan’s pieces…..
and y’all know I’d
do anything for my
friends, so……..

Bob Dylan —
Most Of The Time

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Bob Dylan —
Things Have Changed

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And now, back to
our regularly
scheduled program:

Boz Scaggs —
We’re All Alone (acoustic)”

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Beach Boys —
I Was Made To Love Her

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Dave Stahl Band —
Liquid Sunshine

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Aretha Franklin —
” Jump To It ” 

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BBM —
“Waiting In The Wings “

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Sandy Denny —
” Listen, Listen

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Traffic —
Empty Pages

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Duran Duran —
A View To A Kill

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Coasters —
Charlie Brown

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Motorhead —
Heroes (live)”

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Robert Plant —
Ship Of Fools

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Don Henley —
New York Minute

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Steely Dan —
Black Cow

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Neil Young —
” Four Strong Winds

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Candy Duffer w/Dave Stewart —
Lily Was Here

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Laura Branigan —
” Self Control

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Glenn Frey —
” You Belong To The City”

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Rush —
” Time Stand Still

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Charlie Daniels —
Long Haired Country Boy (live)

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Mark Knopfler —
The Long Road

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Edie Brickell —
Good Times

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Grand Funk Railroad —
Bad Time ” 

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Sade —
Smooth Operator

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Dave Stahl Band —
” Stahl’s Call

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Rolling Stones —
Can’t You Hear Me Knockin

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Barry White —
Just The Way You Are

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Kool and the Gang —
” Fresh

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Carlos Santana —
” Samba Pa Ti

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Chaka Khan —
” I Feel For You

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Gato Barbieri —
” Europa “

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!!! HOY !!!

Today’s Cover Story

Ok, yes
it’s been a
while since
we had some
blog-o-tastic
fun with vintage
song sheets…

(here’s a
previous
post on the
subject)

so,
maybe today
we’ll see what
fun stuff that
we have in the
archives that
hasn’t been
posted here yet.

It’s pretty much
a passe thing
today, but there
was quite a
large, profitable
market for
sheet music
and song sheets
in the early part
of the 20th century.

These days,
we have
recorded
music being
utilized just
about
everywhere….

But, back then,
notwithstanding
the very limited and
unsatisfying quality
of musical recordings
as they slowly became
available, most people,
well into the 1930’s,
preferred music that
was performed live –
in restaurants, bars,
cabarets, burlesques,
strip joints, band shells,
speakeasies, carnivals,
medicine shows, revivals,
yes, even at the movie
theatre.

A large percentage
of educated people
in the U.S. and Britain
played at least one
instrument at the time,
and that usually meant
folks had plenty of sheet
music to go with it.

Song sheets
proliferated
in every musical
genre, from John
Philip Sousa style
marches,
all the way up
and down the
scales –

— blues,
gospel,
classical pieces,
tangos,
folk songs,
and operettas,
to ragtime
jazz.

The large publishing
houses that printed
music in New York
City were collectively
called
” Tin Pan Alley “,
and you still
occasionally
hear that phrase
used today…..

but before the
rise of radio and
the phonograph,
it’s hard to imagine
just how essential
these early publishers
were to the period’s
culture and
entertainment.

I personally
especially
treasure the ones
that had an
interesting or
suggestive theme
or illustration on
the cover —

— or feature music
written for an
unusual instrument
like the ukelele or
the contra-bassoon.

But believe me,
suggestive covers
were effective in
selling more
sheet music
than the
potential
hit songs inside
them ever did. 

There was a lot
of very good
music being
written
and published,
of course –

– but there were
also a lot of songs
that wouldn’t
seem to have been
worth the price
of printing –
except for
the novelty
aspect of them.

And of course,
that’s what
got them
featured on
today’s
Muscleheaded Blog,
cause we love
a little novelty
around here.

!!! HOY !!!

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