Archive for July, 2017

Twangin’ Twice

“Twangin’ Twice” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

It features “dueling guitars” in a call & response setting.

July 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

It’s All in the Game

It’s All in the Game” was a 1958 1958 number one hit for Tommy Edwards, staying at the top of the charts for 6 weeks. Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics in 1951 to a wordless 1911 composition titled “Melody in A Major,” written by Charles G. Dawes, who went on to be Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge.

Recognized as a “standard” today, it has been recorded my many artists — charting for many of them — including Dinah Shore, Sammy Kaye, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Cliff Richard, Bing Crosby, Merle Haggard and the Four Tops.

My instrumental arrangement is in late 50’s early 60’s style.

July 17, 2017 at 7:19 am Leave a comment

Shadow Man

“Shadow Man” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows.

July 16, 2017 at 2:16 pm Leave a comment

Nut Rocker

Nut Rocker” was an instrumental rock single recorded by  B. Bumble and the Stingers that reached number 23 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in March 1962.  It is based on of Tchaikovsky’s “March of the Toy Soldiers”, from his ballet The Nutcracker.

The first version released was by pianist H. B. Barnum, released by “Jack B. Nimble and the Quicks” on the small Del Rio label.

It was also performed live and recorded by prog-rockers Emerson, Lake & Palmer, whose single was also released in 1972. In 2009, Trans-Siberian Orchestra released a version of “Nut Rocker”, featuring Greg Lake, on their album Night Castle.

Both the Ventures and the Shadows also recorded versions.

My arrangement is based on the original 1962 versions.

 

July 15, 2017 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Bastille Bess

“Bastille Bess” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows.

July 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Eddy-fied

“Eddy-fied” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

July 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

So Much in Love

So Much in Love“was written by George Williams and Bill Jackson. As sung by The Tymes, it went all the way to #1 in the United States in 1963.

This song was suggested to me by my wife. I do happily take requests and suggestions!

July 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

I Will

“I Will” is a gem from the Beatles white album. Written by Paul McCartney, it reportedly took 67 takes to complete.

My instrumental version is based on the original, but takes the traditional feel even further back to a late 50’s vibe.

July 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm Leave a comment

Waiting in the Shadows

“Waiting in the Shadows” is an original composition in which I try to combine the feel of 60’s instrumental guitar rock with a somewhat more sophisticated musical and harmonic language than was typical for that genre. This one is like the style of the Shadows.

July 11, 2017 at 10:58 am Leave a comment

Waiting for Bess

“Waiting for Bess” is an original jazz/rock/fusion instrumental.

 

July 10, 2017 at 6:23 pm Leave a comment

Turn Turn Turn

Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)“, was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s. The lyrics, except for the title, which is repeated throughout the song and the final two lines, are adapted word-for-word from the English version of the first eight verses of the third chapter of the biblical Book of Ecclesiastes. The song was originally released in 1962 as “To Everything There Is a Season” on the Limeliters’ album Folk Matinee and then some months later on Seeger’s own The Bitter and the Sweet.

The song became an international hit in late 1965 when it was adapted by the American folk rock group the Byrds. The single entered the record chart at number 80 on October 23, 1965, before reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 4, 1965.

My instrumental arrangement is an encapsulation of the Byrd’s version, featuring the 12-string electric part originated by Roger McGuinn.

July 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm Leave a comment

Surf Chaser

This is an original instrumental in a slightly funky 1960s surf-rock style.

July 8, 2017 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

With a Little Help from My Friends

With a Little Help from My Friends” was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, from the 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song was written for and sung by drummer Ringo Starr. It has been covered numerous times, including the Joe Cocker version seen in the movie “Woodstock”.

My instrumental arrangement is written with a sixties feel, but is different from either the Beatles’ or Joe Cocker’s approaches.

July 7, 2017 at 2:22 pm Leave a comment

Sgt. Pepper’s

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was written by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney).  It was first recorded and released in 1967, on the album of the same name.

My instrumental arrangement preserves the form and also the instrumental breaks as originally played. However, it preserves little else.

July 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

Groovy Kind of Love

A Groovy Kind of Love” was written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager. The music is heavily based on the Rondo movement of Muzio Clementi’s Sonatina in G major, op. 36 no. 5. The song title was an early use of the then-new slang word “groovy”. Wine and Bayer-Sager reportedly wrote the song in 20 minutes.

The Mindbenders, a British rock group, took the song to #2 on both the UK and US charts in 1966. Phil Collins, in 1988, took the song to #1.

My instrumental arrangement is in the 1960s style.

July 5, 2017 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

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