Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
Favourite Worst Nightmare (2007)
Suck It and See (2011)
Too Young (1951)
Born: Hyman Arluck on 2/15/1905 Died: 4/23/1986
About: American songwriter.
Songs written by Arlen:
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (with Ted Koehler, 1933) – see Ethel Waters
Over the Rainbow (E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, 1939) – see Judy Garland
I’ve Got the World on a String (E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, 1941) – see Cab Calloway
Blues in the Night (My Mama Done Tol’ Me) (Johnny Mercer, 1941) – see Woody Herman
That Old Black Magic (Johnny Mercer, 1943) – see Glenn Miller
Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All the Time) (with Ted Koehler, 1943) – Lena Horne
Ac-Cent-Tchu-ate the Positive (Johnny Mercer, 1945) – see Johnny Mercer
One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) (Johnny Mercer, 1958) – see Frank Sinatra
The Wizard of Oz (w. Arlen, Yip Harburg, & Herbert Stothart; 1939) ST
About: Punk-rock singer and guitarist with Green Day.
About: Jazz singer and trumpet player. He learned to play cornet at a waifs’ home, and by 1918 was a protégé of King Oliver. Four years later he went to Chicago to join Oliver’s band; a new jazz age was dawning and Louis’ astonishing virtuosity was its herald. By the time he formed his own band in 1926, young “Satchmo” was already a legend and the records that group made the next few years helped create a new international audience for jazz. His popularity came with his uniquely raspy, scat-tinged vocals starting in 1929.
Born: Daniel Louis Armstrong on 8/4/1901 in New Orleans, LA Died: heart failure on 7/6/1971
Heebie Jeebies (1925)
St. Louis Blues (1925) – see Bessie Smith
Potato Head Blues (1927)
Struttin’ with Some BBQ (1927)
West End Blues (1928)
Weather Bird (with Earl Hines, 1928)
Hotter Than That (1928)
Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1929)
St. Louis Blues (1930)
Star Dust (music by Carmichael, lyrics by Mitchell Parish – added in 1929, 1931)
Lazy River (w. Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin, 1931)
All of Me (1932)
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (1938)
When the Saints Go Marching In (1939)
La Vie En Rose (1950)
Mack the Knife (1955)
Hello, Dolly! (1964)
What a Wonderful World (1967)
The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (1925-1928) box
Plays W.C. Handy (1954)
Ella & Louis (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1957)
Porgy and Bess (with Ella Fitzgerald, 1958)
An American Icon (1998)
Born: Richard Edward Arnold on 5/15/1918 in Madisonville, TN Died: 5/8/2008
About: Country singer/songwriter/guitarist. Own radio show on WMPS in Memphis from 1934-39. Lead singer of Pee Wee King’s Golden West Cowboys from 1940-43. Hosted own TV show from 1952-56. Hosted TV’s Out on the Farm in 1954. Hosted TV’s Today on the Farm in 1960. Once known as “The Tennessee Plowboy.” CMA Award: 1967 Entertainer of the Year.
Cattle Call (1945)
I’ll Hold You in My Heart Till I Can Hold You in My Arms (1947)
Bouquet of Roses (1948)
Make the World Go Away (1965)
3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (1992)
Artists United Against Apartheid
Sun City (1985)
Reggie “Fieldy” Arvizu
Foolish (with Ja Rule, 2002)
About: Britpop singer with the Verve.
Born: 5/4/1942 om Fairfield, S.C. Died: 8/22/2011
About: American R&B songwriter and producer with Motown. Also in singing and songwriting duo with wife Valerie Simpson (“Solid”).
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967) – see Marvin Gaye
Ain't No Mountain High Enough (1970) – see Diana Ross
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Nickolas Ashford: 1942-2011 (8/23/11)
The Coo Coo Bird (1929)
British rock supergroup formed by veterans of the progressive rock scene, but in an ‘80s arena rock mold (1981-). Members: Geoff Downes (k: 81-), John Wetton (v: 81-90, 07-), Steve Howe (g: 81-84, 92, 2001, 07-10), Carl Palmer (d: 81-85, 90-92, 07-), Mandy Meyer (g: 85-90), Pat Thrall (g: 90, 01), John Payne (v: 91-04), Al Pitrelli (g: 92-), Michael Sturgis (d: 94-01), Elliott Randall (g: 96-01), Aziz Ibrahim (g: 96), Ian Crichton (g: 01), Guthrie Govan (g: 01-04), Chris Slade (d: 01-04), Jay Schellen (d: 05). Downes and Howe had worked together in Yes, Wetton in King Crimson and Palmer in Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Latter day members Govan, Payne, and Schellen formed GPS after the original lineup reformed in 2007.
Silent Nation (2004)
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The Steve Howe Show (7/15/09)
Associated Glee Clubs of America
Adeste Fideles (1925)
Never My Love (1967)
Fascinating Rhythm (w. w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; performed with Fred Astaire, 1926)
The Astaire Story (Fred Astaire with the Oscar Peterson Quintet, 1952)
Born: Frederick Austerlitz on 5/10/1899 Died: 6/22/1987
About: American tap dancer, actor (Easter Parade), and pop singer.
Fascinating Rhythm (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; performed with Adele Astaire, 1926)
Night and Day (w. Cole Porter; performed with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, 1932)
Cheek to Cheek (written by Irving Berlin; performed with Leo Reisman’s Orchestra, 1935)
Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails (with Johnny Green & His Orchestra, 1935)
The Way You Look Tonight (w. Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields; performed with Johnny Green & His Orchestra, 1936)
A Fine Romance (A Sarcastic Love Song) (w. by Jerome Kern & Dorothy Fields, performed with Johnny Green’s Orchestra, 1936)
They Can't Take That Away from Me (w. George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin; performed with Johnny Green & His Orchestra, 1937)
The Astaire Story (with the Oscar Peterson Quintet, 1952)
About: British pop singer.
Never Gonna Give You Up (1987)
Born: 6/20/1924 Died: 6/30/2001
About: Country guitarist and producer.
John Yorke Atlee
Listen to the Mocking Bird (aka “The Mocking Bird”) (1891)
Born: 6/24/1900 Died: 1/24/1972
About: Pop singer.
Yes Sir, That's My Baby (w. by Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn; with Billy Carpenter, 1925)
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra, 1926)
Bye Bye, Blackbird (1926)
My Blue Heaven (1927)
My Melancholy Baby (1928)
Ramona (with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra & Viola Klaiss, 1928)
Carolina Moon (with Nat Shilkret’s Orchestra, 1929)
Top Billin’ (1988)
Born: Orvon Gene Autry on 9/29/07 in Tioga, TX Died: 10/2/1998
About: Singer/songwriter/guitarist/actor. Hollywood’s first “singing cowboy.” Worked as a cowboy and telegraph operator for the Frisco Railroad. Played saxophone and guitar with the Fields Brothers Marvelous Medicine Show. Sang on KVOO in Tulsa in 1929 as "The Oklahoma Yodeling Cowboy." Joined the WLS National Barn Dance in 1930. Hosted own Melody Dance radio series. Launched movie career in 1934; made more than 100 films. Starred in own TV western from 1950-56. Later owned several businesses, including baseball’s California Angels.
Back in the Saddle Again (1939)
Deep in the Heart of Texas (1942)
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (w. by Johnny Marks, 1949)
Frosty the Snowman (1950)
About: American pop singer.
Wake Me Up! (with Aloe Blacc, 2013)
Problem (2014) – see Ariana Grande
Fancy (with Charli XCX, 2014)
Born: Shahnour Varenagh Aznavourian on 5/22/1924
About: French-Armenian singer/songwriter (“Yesterday When I Was Young”, “Mama”, “She”) and actor.
The Peanut Vendor (El Manisero) (with Antonio Machin, 1930)
High Land, Hard Rain (1983)
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