Friday, April 15, 2016

Song Of The Day "Paid In Full" Eric B & Rakim Long and Short Version

"Paid In Full" is today's song it's an early hip hop classic from 1987 by  Eric B & Rakim. Ironically enough  in 2003, Eric B. alleged the duo had not been fully paid for their work, and filed a lawsuit against Island Def Jam Music Group,the label that released the lp that included “Paid In Full”, guess not. Here's the short and long versions.

The short version is live from MTV's Yo Raps

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Song Of The Day "Harlem Nocturne' by The Viscounts & Others

So okey today's song isn't really a song but the instrumental classic "Harlem Nocturne" a one hit wonder cover for the Viscounts. Or a twice hit wonder since the band released it twice as a single charting high on Billboard Hot 100 each time. First in 1959, when it peaked at #53, and again in 1966, peaking at #39. The tune was written in 1939 by Earle Hagen and Dick Rogers. Earl went on to a prolific career composing TV themes among his scores were The Andy Griffith Show, Dick Van Dyke, That Girl & The Mod Squad.

I used to work for Val's Halla a record store institution in Oak Park IL. and for a year or so this would be the final song of the day as we closed. There have been over 500 covers of this venerable classic making it one of the most covered tunes in modern history. Here we present a couple of versions to start out we have the 8+ minute lp version by the Viscounts.

And a nifty cover by the New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble. A group I never knew existed and will have to explore further.

And if you still hunger for more Nocturne here is a post from the WFMU blog that has 42 versions. Click here and wail on daddyO.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Song Of The Day "Steppin Stone" by The Monkees

I was up yesterday prowling around the Internet when I came across a picture of an ugly statue someone had posted on Facebook. For some reason I thought of "Billericay Dickie" an old song by Ian Dury. It contains this gem of advice "Never hold a candle if you don't know where it's been" Ian was a lovely English chap who had a brief bit of fame during the punk years during the late 1970's and earl 80's, he died in 2000.

Anyway I spent a good part of the day humming bits  of the song to myself. That got me thinking about other old songs I hadn't thought about in awhile. Then the idea came about a song of the day blog posting. Which brings us to this point. Welcome to the first entry of what we will try and make a daily posting.

Today's song is "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone" by the Monkees. A song by written by Boyce & Hart and first recorded by Paul Revere & The Raiders. It was the B side of the "I'm A Believer" single and reached number #20 on the Billboard charts. Here's The Monkees version.

And this is Paul Revere & The Raiders take on it.

Over the years a lot of folk have covered the tune my favorite is by The Sex Pistols.

Oh and here's that Ian Dury song that started the ball rolling. See you tomorrow.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Gangsters, Bishops, Artillery Pieces & A Ghost Story My Trip To Mt. Carmel Cemetery

Over the past couple of years I have walked through many of the Chicago areas cemeteries. It started as a favor for one of my viewers who had left Chicago for Florida and wanted to take a walk down memory lane by seeing a video of St. Boniface on Chicago's north side. I was never a big cemetery person but I found the experience very peaceful, enjoyable and it was filled with great art. So over the course of the next couple of years I've been to a half dozen other boneyards.

Recently I made a bike trip of three or four miles to Mt. Carmel in Hillside.The cemetery is the oldest Roman Catholic cemetery in the area. It is bounded by the Eisenhower expressway, I-294, Roosevelt Rd and Wolf Rd. There are bigger and more beautiful burial grounds in the area but this one has the oddest assortment of memorials.

It has the Bishops Mausoleum a structure is the final resting place for 18 of the areas bishops & archbishops.

As strange as it may seem it also houses the area's largest collection of gangster gravesites. You'll find famous hoodlums like Al Capone, Sam Giancana, Dion O'Banion and Frank Nitti as well as a slew of lesser thugs and killers.

There is a war memorial that includes four pieces of field artillery.

And there is the strange case of the Italian Bride, a body that wouldn't decompose.