“It’s time for four mop-tops from Liverpool, who changed the course of popular music and cut into the heavy sugar.”
Red Cadillac and a Black Mustache
“There used to be a lot of record labels, not like today, and each of those record companies had their own sound. When you dropped the needle on a Specialty Record, you knew it was a Specialty Record. Same with Imperial, Chess, King, and a million others. Perhaps the most distinctive were those that came out of the Sam Phillips Memphis Recording Studio and were put out on his Sun record label, like this one.”
"Back then, Songwriters used to write songs and let the artist interpret 'em. Nowadays, People just write songs for themselves. They put themselves in boxes, ticky-tacky boxes. We've lost out on the whole art form on interpretive singing."
“Nat King Cole was a great jazz piano player. He never planned on being a singer but when a drunk audience member kept requesting that he sing the song Sweet Lorraine, Nat finally did it, just to shut him up. The audience loved it, Nat recorded it, and he became one of the most popular vocalists of the 20th century.”
A slash of Blue—
A sweep of Gray—
Some scarlet patches on the way,
Compose an Evening Sky—
A little purple—slipped between—
Some Ruby Trousers hurried on—
A Wave of Gold—
A Bank of Day—
This just makes out the Morning Sky.
-- Emily Dickinson “blue poet”
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