music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Eric Clapton - 06/23/21 04:19 PM
I don’t think you can ever have too many Eric Clapton songs in your Soundtrack. Clapton who is known for his guitar work has always professed to be a blues guitarist, but his greatest success has always been in the Rock & Roll genre.
In 1992 after performing live for a new series called MTV Unplugged, Clapton recorded his album Unplugged which featured a lot of his songs in acoustic version.
One of my favorites is today’s song Tears in Heaven. "Tears in Heaven" is an acoustic ballad about the pain Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor. Conor, who … (2 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Frank Sinatra - 06/23/21 04:01 PM
Another big star that needs no introduction is Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was likely the guy that people once thought of when the term superstar first came into play. “Sinatramania” in the 1940s preceded Beatlemania by twenty years.
Sinatra is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide. But he was so much more. An Academy award winning actor he starred in dozens of movies throughout the 1950 and 1960s and eventually his own television show.
He was named one of the Twentieth Century’s Most Influential people by Time magazine. I could go on forever … (9 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Chuck Berry - 06/23/21 03:52 PM
Well June of 2021 has come to an end, and so the The Soundtrack of a Lifetime will go back on hiatus for another year. When I started the series back in 2018, the goal was to share some of the songs that I have enjoyed throughout my lifetime. The first song I featured was School Days by Chuck Berry.
Chuck Berry was one of the first and most influential rockers of all time. His distinctive guitar riffs, his on stage dance steps, including his distinctive “duck walk”, that every rocker ever has tried to copy, made him an international star. Berry … (8 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Natalie / Nat King Cole - 06/23/21 09:53 AM
I have always been a huge Nat King Cole fan. For my money no one makes singing look so effortless. I was only a child when Nat King Cole was a popular singer with his own television show. I remember my parents watching the show that I didn’t really appreciate at the time. Today's song is an old one. In fact, you must go back to 1951 to find the original recording of Nat King Cole's song, Unforgettable, a classic even today.
Unfortunately, Nat who was a heavy smoker died in 1965 of lung cancer, well before many of the readers of … (8 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Allman Brothers - 06/23/21 09:41 AM
Melissa is a song written by Greg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band. Gregg’s inspiration came from a trip to a grocery store where he encountered a woman with her granddaughter. The child was running all about the store with the older woman calling her name Melissa. Allman who was struggling to come up with a new song took the name Melissa to pen a new song. He went home and grabbed his brother Duane’s guitar and incorporated the name into a song he had been working on. The song didn’t get recorded until 1972.
When Duane died in 1971 in a … (5 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Band - 06/21/21 12:13 PM
I was lucky to see The Band perform live in 1973 at the old Chicago Stadium. At the time, I wasn’t a big fan of The Band, I was there to see Bob Dylan, but that night I became a fan.
Over the course of two hours, Dylan and The Band performed alternating sets with Bob Dylan performing his acoustic set, The Band performing a set of their own songs, and then joining Dylan on stage in an electric set. It was a marvelous night of entertainment.
Very few people think of The Band first when asked about their favorite performers, yet when … (6 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - John Denver - 06/19/21 10:57 AM
I have to admit when I was younger, I was not much of a John Denver fan. I preferred the music of other artists. It was not until a few years ago when I saw a documentary film on John Denver that I came to appreciate all that he accomplished as a singer/songwriter and as an actor
Denver produced so many popular songs. Like Country Road, Rocky Mountain High, and today’s selection Annie’s Song.
In the mid-1970s Denver began to speak out about a number of political causes like world hunger, for which he was ultimately awarded the Presidential World Without Hunger Award … (7 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Willie Nelson - 06/16/21 01:10 PM
Today’s artist is a man that needs no introduction. Willie Nelson has been around what seems like forever. Actually, he hasn't been around forever. He was born in 1933 and at 88 years old is still performing to sellout crowds.
Always known as a Country singer, Willie and friends perfected the outlaw sound. Nelson has worn many hats as an entertainer including author, disc jockey, song writer and movie star. Willie had parts in 30 movies including his starring role in Honeysuckle Rose.
In the 1980s Nelson joined with John Mellencamp and Neil Young to establish the Farm Aid benefit concerts to help … (13 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Eagles - 06/16/21 12:54 PM
I haven’t featured The Eagles on the Soundtrack since 2018 an oversight that I am correcting right now. After all, The Eagles are the largest selling rock band of all time.
A lot of great music has come from this group since their early days when Glenn Frye and Don Henley split off from the Stone Ponies to form their own band. Over the years there have been a few changes to the personnel , but the band has only gotten better with each year.
Today’s song Hotel California has, more than any other song, become their signature sound. For my money, no … (9 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The 5th Dimension - 06/15/21 10:42 AM
What ever happened to the Age of Aquarius? If you ask the astrological experts, they will tell you it is still forthcoming. But in 1967 a Broadway musical named Hair, declared we were at the dawn of the Age of Aquarius.
The song was the opening song for the play and later recorded and released as a single by singing group The 5th Dimension. The 5th Dimensions version topped the charts for six weeks in 1969 and was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It is listed as number 66 on Billboards Greatest Songs of All Time.
The expression Age … (9 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Harry Chapin - 06/12/21 10:09 AM
Harry Chapin was a singer songwriter that achieved international fame in the 1970s with his poignant folk-rock songs often detailing the dark challenges that people face as they move through life.
His breakthrough hit was a song title Taxi which told the story of a cab driver lamenting his failed attempt to be a pilot.
Chapin was a dedicated humanitarian who performed more than half of his concerts for charity. He was an active force behind the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger. He was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian efforts in 1987.
Our song today is his … (5 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Campbell / Paisley - 06/11/21 11:58 AM
Today we are going to try something a little different. We are going change over to the Country genre and at the same time give you two versions of the same song. Back in the 1970s a lot of Country stars were crossing over to the Rock charts. These days, it seems a lot of former Rockers are crossing over to the Country charts. I guess what goes around comes around.
Todays’ song is Try a Little Kindness first recorded by Glen Campbell. Campbell took the song to number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also topped the charts on … (4 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Peter Frampton - 06/10/21 11:41 AM
I had the good fortune to see Peter Frampton at the Kinetic Playground a famous nightclub on Chicago’s north side. The year was 1973 and Frampton, still a relative unknown, had just released the album Frampton’s Camel. He shared the stage that night along with The J. Giles Band who opened the show for psychedelic band King Crimson.
Frampton, who was rather clean cut, with long hair and sparkling costumes had a unique sound compared to the other bands that were emerging at the time.
Frampton employed a new sound that had not been used in rock music. The talk box, a synthesizer … (5 comments)

music: Sountrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Grand Funk Railroad - 06/09/21 10:05 AM
Grand Funk Railroad is a hard rock band that originated in Flint Michigan. Despite the word “funk” in the band’s name their sound was purely rock. With hit songs like “We’re An American Band” and the cover of the Little Eva song, “The Locomotion” they sold over 25 million records worldwide. At one-point Grand Funk was so popular they outsold the Beatles
One of their biggest hits was the 1975 single Bad Time written and sung by Marc Farner. The story goes that Farner was going through a nasty divorce when he supposedly met “the girl of his dreams.” He wrote the … (10 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Santana - 06/08/21 02:13 PM
Today we are going to flip the calendar forward to blend a little old with a little new. Carlos Santana has been one of the premier guitarists since the 1960s. A lot of people first started rocking with Santana from their appearance at the Woodstock Music and Arts Fair in 1969. But Santana never stopped and continues to make great music and keep up with the times.
Today’s song finds Carlos teaming up with Pop artist Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty to provide some top-notch lyrics and create a great song for modern times.
Released in 1999 Smooth topped the Billboard 100 for … (6 comments)

music: Sountrack of A Lifetime - 2021 - Little Anthony and The Imperials - 06/07/21 04:24 PM
We are rolling the clock way back to the doo-wop era. In the late 1950s and early 1960s R&B music was finding its way onto the pop charts. Singing groups would harmonize with voices from deep bass to falsetto, behind a lead singer with a variety of made-up sounds (doo-wop) that kept the beat.
One of the more popular groups was Little Anthony and The Imperials. Their first big hit single was Tears on My Pillow which sold over a million copies to achieve gold status from the Recording Industry Association of America.
Little Anthony’s child like high pitched voice added a distinct … (7 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - The Temptations - 06/07/21 09:19 AM
Think the world is a confusing place? If you do, I can reassure you that your feelings are not new or different.
Many of you are too young to remember the turbulent 1960s. It was a time not unlike our current period. There was a lot of disagreement and many protest movements. The music of the time reflected many of those viewpoints. One song that seemed to sum it all up was a song by the Soul group The Temptations. Psychedelic music was just gaining a foothold in the industry and The Temptations transitioned their repertoire from love songs to songs about … (7 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Elton John - 06/07/21 08:46 AM
Elton John is a performer that needs no introduction, unless you refer to him as Reginald Dwight, his birth name. He is one of the mostly widely known and loved artists around. When it comes to choosing an Elton John song, I had a lot to choose from. I chose one of Elton’s earlier creations.
The song I chose is “Your Song.” Written by Bernie Taupin. It is hard to believe that this huge hit was the “B” side of the single Take Me to the Pilot.
There have been a number of different stories as to the inspiration for the song. But … (6 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Earth, Wind and Fire - 06/06/21 11:16 AM
Today we are going back to my old hometown of Chicago to listen to a band that originated in Chicago but went on to international acclaim. Earth, Wind and Fire. Earth Wind and Fire’s music fits into a lot of categories. Some consider it R&B, others Soul, still others identify with their funky Disco sound.
Their music is complex with a variety of percussion and horn sections. Their stage shows were equally complex with elaborate costumes, perfect for the times, and precision dance routines.
Earth, Wind and Fire has been honored with 6 Grammy Awards, 4 American Music Awards and a Grammy Lifetime … (7 comments)

music: Soundtrack of a Lifetime - 2021 - Kyu Sakamoto - 06/05/21 07:00 AM
You can probably count on one hand the number of foreign language songs that made it to the top of the charts in the U.S. In 1963 a song from Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto made it to the U.S. and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song sold over 13 million copies.
The song's title was Ue o Muite Aruko or translated into English, "I Look Up as I Walk".
The story goes that British record producer Louis Benjamin heard the song on a visit to Japan but was concerned that westerners would not be able to identify with the … (4 comments)