Fast away the old year passes: The Zombies, “This Will Be Our Year” (1969)

Years ago I remember listening to John Landecker's morning show at WJMK/Chicago, and he made a comment about how he'd like his next job to be the guy who picks out old music to use in movies and television shows. The right song at the right time can evoke a pretty powerful feeling. Not only … Continue reading Fast away the old year passes: The Zombies, “This Will Be Our Year” (1969)

Rest in peace, Gershon Kingsley: Hot Butter, “Popcorn” (1972)

Word is making the rounds that Gershon Kingsley passed away last week in New York City at the age of 97. Kingsley made music that you know even though you might not know his name. He was one of the earliest pioneers of the Moog synthesizer. His work with Jean-Jacques Perrey yielded some memorable collaborations; … Continue reading Rest in peace, Gershon Kingsley: Hot Butter, “Popcorn” (1972)

New this week in ’69: December 13

(Above: There's an implication here that she's letting more than her hair down.) December 13, 1969 This is a slow news weekend, unless you are a fan of the Continental Football League. Remember them? Their final championship was played on this date as Indianapolis beat San Antonio 44-38. The league folded the following month. Monday … Continue reading New this week in ’69: December 13

Rest in peace, Jack Scott: “Leroy” (1958)

  Jack Scott passed away yesterday in Michigan after suffering from congestive heart failure at the age of 84. His may not be a name that's immediately familiar to you. Let's fix that. Scott was born Jack Scafone in Windsor, Ontario, Canada in 1936. His family relocated to the Detroit suburbs when he was ten … Continue reading Rest in peace, Jack Scott: “Leroy” (1958)

New this week in ’69: December 6

(Above: Smile now, kids, 'cause this ain't gonna end well.) December 6, 1969 There's a big football game: #1 Texas plays #2 Arkansas in Fayetteville and wins 15-14. What's more interesting is that not only is President Nixon at the game, but also future President George H.W. Bush. The next night the animated Rankin-Bass Christmas … Continue reading New this week in ’69: December 6

Rest in peace, Marie Fredriksson: Roxette, “The Look” (1989)

(Above: If you didn't have this LP, someone that you know did.) Word is circulating this morning that Gun-Marie Fredriksson passed away yesterday at the age of only 61. Fredriksson had been battling a brain tumor. She, along with Per Gessle, were the forward faces of a band that you couldn't get away from hearing … Continue reading Rest in peace, Marie Fredriksson: Roxette, “The Look” (1989)