Friday, May 20, 2016

STAND BY ME - Popular Song Info Moment and Video...
"Stand by Me" is a song originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King, written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. According to King, the song title is derived and was inspired by a spiritual composition by Sam Cooke called "Stand by Me Father" (although Mike Stoller has stated differently). This spiritual was sung by The Soul Stirrers with Johnnie Taylor singing lead. There have been over 400 recorded versions of "Stand by Me" performed by many artists. The song has been featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me.
In 2012 it was estimated that the songs royalties had topped £17 million, making it the sixth highest earning song as of that time. 50% of the royalties were paid to King.[1]
In 2015, King's original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant",[2] just under five weeks before King's death. Later in the year the 2015 line up of The Drifters covered the song in tribute to King.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Why Else?

"All humans are musical. Why else would the Lord give you a beating heart?"
-Mitch Albom, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Rolling Stones to Trump: Stop Using Our Songs.

The Saw Lady (Natalia Paruz)

You'll find her playing like a concert violinist in many a subway station in NYC, except she isn't playing a violin, she's playing a saw. When asked what made her take up the 'saw' she said as soon as she heard someone playing it, she loved it and wanted to do it. She learned well. You can see her at her web site: