- I actually uploaded some tunes I wrote myself at this page. Have a listen.
- My favorite trance group is trance[ ]control from Sweden. Here is a 1½ hour set they recorded LIVE in Montreal.
- My favorite trance piece is Trance Generation by Cynic Project. I first heard this piece on MP3.com and it is responsible for turning me AND my son on to this genre. As noted in the next item, he has gone on to write/produce his own trance music, obtained a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, in Electronic Production and Design, and now works for ROTU in Boston.
- I also love my son, Jonathan's music production. My favorite of his originals is Equinox, and my favorite of his remixes is Face The Music. All of his music is available for listening and downloading HERE.
- My favorite tear-jerker is He Stopped Loving Her Today, by George Jones.
- A couple of my favorite songs from the 60s:
• Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, by James Brown
• Beyond The Sea, by Bobby Darin
- Spike Jones favorites from the 50s:
• The Man on the Flying Trapeze
• You Always Hurt the One You Love
• Cocktails for Two
- Tiger Rag, by the Dukes of Dixieland, featuring Pete Fountain on the clarinet, is from a 1961 LP. This is great stuff!
- Some favorite Big Band tunes:
• The In The Big Band Mood album by Michael Maxwell and his Orchestra is one of the best big band CDs I've heard. Here are my three favorites: In The Mood, Sing Sing Sing, and When The Saints Go Marchin' In
• The Live Echoes of the Best in Big Band Boogie album by the Will Bradley-Johnny Guarnieri Band is a contemporary tribute to the great bands and records that did so much to popularize boogie woogie in the late Thirties and Forties. My favorites from this 1960 LP are: Boogie Woogie, One O'Clock Boogie, and Roll 'Em.
• Urban Clifford "Urbie" Green (born August 8, 1926) is an American jazz trombonist who toured with Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, Jan Savitt, and Frankie Carle. He has played on over 250 recordings and has released more than two dozen albums as a soloist and is highly respected by his fellow trombonists. Green's trombone sound is especially noted for its warm, mellow tone, even in the higher registers where he is more fluent than most trombonists. His technique is considered flawless by many in the music industry and has appeared in major jazz festivals, motion pictures, concert halls, nightclubs, radio, television and the White House. He was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 1995. My favorites from his 1958 LP are: Let's Face the Music and Dance and Show Me the Way to Go Home.
• M Squad was an American police drama television series that ran from 1957 to 1960 on NBC with great music written by Stanley Wilson. Its format (and opening credits) would later inspire the creation of spoof TV show Police Squad!. Its sponsor was the Pall Mall cigarette brand, of which Lee Marvin, the program's star, appeared in its commercials during the episodes. Set in Chicago, Illinois, it starred Marvin as Detective Lieutenant Frank Ballinger, a member of "M Squad," a special unit of the Chicago Police. Although Marvin had been appearing in feature films since 1951, it was this series that made him a star and he later went on to an even bigger film career afterward. Here are my favorites from the 1959 soundtrack LP: M Squad Theme (written by Count Basie), The Chase, The Search, and The Juke Box.
• Peter Gunn is an American private eye television series which aired on the NBC (produced by Revue Productions) and later ABC (produced by MGM Television) television networks from 1958 to 1961. The show's creator (and also writer and director on occasion) was Blake Edwards. Also directed by Robert Altman, a total of 114 thirty-minute episodes were produced.
The series is remembered most for its music, especially "The Peter Gunn Theme," which won an Emmy Award and two Grammys for Henry Mancini and has become a jazz-rock standard.
The title character (played by Craig Stevens) is a private investigator in the classic film noir tradition, which was a popular genre on American TV in the late 1950s. However, a few traits differentiate him from the standard hard-boiled detectives, such as Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. Gunn was a sophisticated hipster, a dapper dresser who loved cool jazz; where other gumshoes were often coarse, Peter Gunn was portrayed as the epitome of cool (much like James Bond today). He operated in a nameless waterfront city, and was a regular patron of Mother's, a wharfside jazz club; his girlfriend, Edie Hart (Lola Albright), was a sultry singer employed there. Here are my favorites from the 1958 & 1959 soundtrack LPs: Peter Gunn Theme, Slow and Easy, and Blue Steel.
- Bullitt is a 1968 American thriller film starring Steve McQueen, Jacqueline Bisset, and Robert Vaughn. Lalo Schifrin wrote the original music score, a mix of jazz, brass and percussion. He also wrote the original music scores for the five Charles Bronson "Death Wish" movies.
Bullitt is probably best-remembered for its car chase scene through the streets of San Francisco, regarded as one of the most influential car chase sequences in movie history. The scene had Bullitt in a dark "Highland Green" 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 CID Fastback, chasing two hit-men in a "Tuxedo Black" 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum.
In 2007, Bullitt was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Here are my favorites from the original sound track LP: Bullitt (Main Theme), Ice Pick Mike, and the great Shifting Gears.
- John Towner Williams (born February 8, 1932) is an American composer, conductor, and pianist. In a career spanning six decades, Williams has composed many of the most recognizable film scores in history, including those for Jaws, the Star Wars films, Superman, the Indiana Jones films, The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffanys, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Hook, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List, Home Alone, and the first three Harry Potter films; he has composed the music for all but one of Steven Spielberg's theatrical features. Other notable works by Williams include theme music for four Olympic Games, NBC Nightly News, the rededication of the Statue of Liberty, and the television series Lost in Space. Williams also served as the principal conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra from 1980 to 1993. He is now the orchestra's laureate conductor.
Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven BAFTA Awards and 21 Grammy Awards. With 45 Academy Award nominations, Williams is, together with composer Alfred Newman, the second most nominated person after Walt Disney. He was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame in 2000, and was a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004.
- Like most jazz musicians, Lionel Hampton reached his peak when performing for an audience. No audience was ever more enthusiastic than the one that filled the Pasadena Civic Auditorium the night this session was recorded in 1947. The rapport and appreciation were complete. My favorites from this LP are: Hamp's Boogie Woogie and Flying Home. I love the way Hampton sings along with the bass solo in these two pieces.
- Themes for Secret Agents
• The James Bond Theme is the main signature theme of the James Bond films and is featured in every "official" 007 film since Dr. No in different versions. The piece has been used as an accompanying fanfare to the gun barrel sequence in almost every James Bond film.
• Goldfinger is the soundtrack for the 3rd James Bond film of the same name.
• Thunderball (1965) is the fourth spy film in the James Bond series after Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963) and Goldfinger (1964), and the fourth to star Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.
• The original main title theme to Thunderball was entitled "Mr. Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang".
• Our Man Flint is a 1966 action film which stars James Coburn in his first cinema role in the lead as Derek Flint. Directed by Daniel Mann, the premise of the film is that a trio of mad scientists attempt to blackmail the world with a weather-control machine. Derek Flint is a parody of James Bond, which franchise had gained momentum in the 1960s with Sean Connery representing the British super-agent on the silver screen.
• The Saint was a long-running ITC mystery spy thriller, that aired in the UK on ITV between 1962 and 1969. It centred on the Leslie Charteris literary character, Simon Templar (played by Roger Moore), a Robin Hood-like adventurer with a penchant for disguise. The character is nicknamed The Saint plausibly because the initial letters of his name ST are also the abbreviation for the word "saint".
• The Avengers was a 1960s British television series conceived in the Spy-Fi genre and set in cold war Britain. The Avengers centred on two characters, John Steed and his varying partners, usually women, working as government agents for the 'Ministry'.
- Booker T. & the M.G.'s are an instrumental R&B band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern Soul and Memphis Soul. In the 1960s, as members of the house band of Stax Records, they played on hundreds of recordings by artists such as Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla and Rufus Thomas and Johnnie Taylor. They also released instrumental records under their own name, such as the 1962 hit single "Green Onions". As originators of the unique Stax sound, the group was one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of their era. By the mid-1960s, bands on both sides of the Atlantic were trying to sound like Booker T. & the M.G.'s. My favorite is Behave Yourself.
- My favorite song by Elton John is The Way You Look Tonight.
- How many of these do you remember?
• Could I Have This Dance
• Moments To Remember
• Stranded in the Jungle
• Music, Music, Music
• Mule Skinner Blues
• Kookie, Kookie
• Camp Granada
• You're Sixteen
• Wooly Bully
• Alley Oop
• The Stroll
- One of my favorite songs from the Disco era is Knock On Wood, by Amii Stewart.
- Another favorite from the Disco era was recorded by Stars on 45. Stars on 45 was a Dutch novelty pop act that was briefly very popular in the United Kingdom, throughout Europe, and in the United States in the early 1980s. The group later shortened its name to Stars On in the U.S., while in the U.K., Ireland, and Australia they were known as Starsound (In Australia they were actually called Stars on 45). The band, which consisted solely of studio session musicians under the direction of Jaap Eggermont, formerly of Golden Earring, popularized the medley, by recreating hit songs as faithfully as possible and stringing them together, with a common tempo and relentless underlying drum track. The point was to provide a danceable disco record which used familiar tunes. From their 1981 album, here is their Medley of Beatles tunes and another Disco Medley.
On the same album are two Rock & Roll medleys. See if you remember them: Rock & Roll Medley #1 and #2.
- My favorite song by Chicago is Make Me Smile.
- My favorite piece by the Dave Brubeck Quartet is Three To Get Ready.
- My favorite song by The Eagles is Desperado.
- My favorites by Kenny Rogers:
• Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
• Long Arm of the Law
• Reuben James
- My favorites by Ronnie Milsap:
• I Only Remember the Good Times
• Lost in the Fifties Tonight
- My favorite song by Fleetwood Mac is Never Going Back Again.
- Ragtime is an original musical genre which enjoyed its peak popularity between 1897 and 1918. Its main characteristic trait is its syncopated, or "ragged", rhythm. It began as dance music in the red-light districts of American cities such as St. Louis and New Orleans years before being published as popular sheet music for piano. It was a modification of the march made popular by John Philip Sousa, with additional polyrhythms coming from African music. The ragtime composer Scott Joplin became famous through the publication in 1899 of the Maple Leaf Rag and a string of ragtime hits that followed, although he was later forgotten by all but a small, dedicated community of ragtime aficionados until the major ragtime revival in the early 1970s. For at least 12 years after its publication, the "Maple Leaf Rag" heavily influenced subsequent ragtime composers with its melody lines, harmonic progressions or metric patterns.
- Here are some of my Jewish/Israeli favorites:
Tradition,Hava Nagila, Lach Yerushalayim, Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, Nigun D'Veikus
- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a contemporary swing revival band from Southern California. Their notable singles include "Go Daddy-O", "You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight (Baby)", and "Mr. Pinstripe Suit". The band played at the Super Bowl XXXIII half-time show in 1999.
The band was originally formed in Ventura, California, in 1989 by leader Scotty Morris. The band was named Big Bad Voodoo Daddy after Scotty Morris met blues guitar legend Albert Collins at one of the latter's concerts. "He signed my poster 'To Scotty, the big bad voodoo daddy'," Morris explains. "I thought it was the coolest name I ever heard on one of the coolest musical nights I ever had. So when it came time to name this band, I didn't really have a choice. I felt like it was handed down to me."
He and Kurt Sodergren are the two original members, with the rest of the band joining later. The band has concentrated on the swing of the 1940s and 1950s, playing clubs and lounges in their early years. My favorite song from their first album is The Mambo Swing.
- My favorite Glenn Miller song is Pennsylvania 6-5000.
- Cats is a musical composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot. It introduced the song standard "Memories" and is currently the 2nd longest-running show in Broadway history and the 4th longest-running show in musical theatre history. My favorite song from Cats is The Rum Tum Tugger.
- My favorite classical piece is Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé.
- And, of course, I must include one the best scores ever written, Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin.