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This is about Bruce Springsteen teaching his band a Chuck Berry song, “You Never Can Tell” during a huge concert in Leipzig, Germany.  The Asbury Park Press published the story in  honor of Chuck Berry who died on March 18, 2017.  After clicking the video link, skip the top video and scroll down to the one that says “VEVO.”  At the bottom of this post is a Chuck Berry recording of him performing this song. 

Chuck Berry performing. Photo by Michal Cizek, Getty Images ©

http://www.app.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/03/18/when-bruce-springsteen-taught-e-street-band-chuck-berry-song/99369832/

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MARY DID YOU KNOW ?

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KACEY MUSGRAVES AND LEON BRIDGES   “Present Without a Bow”

The holiday’s just another day that’s cold
Standing all alone under the mistletoe
I don’t feel the cheer, ooh, without you here
There’s no red and white stripes on a candy cane
And Silent Night just wouldn’t sound the same
Where’d the magic go?
All I know is me without you is like a present without a bow

 

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…….the few remaining tents that are standing are being taken over by the squirrels and the leaves…..By Bob Bowné. October 2016. Special to Blogfinger ©

…….the few remaining tents that are standing are being taken over by the squirrels and the leaves…..By Bob Bowné. Ocean Grove, NJ.    October 2016. Special to Blogfinger

 

BOB DYLAN:   Nobel Prize Winner 2016. From his album Shadows in the Night.

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Central Park.  August, 2014.  Paul Goldfinger photo ©

Central Park. August, 2014. Paul Goldfinger photo © Click to enlarge

NAT KING COLE   (requested by Kevin Chambers)  The song is by Ray Noble from 1941, and there was a movie of the same name that featured this song.

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Perry Young. Sept. 4, 2016. Ocean Grove near the boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger photo. . ©

Perry Young. Sept. 4, 2016. Ocean Grove near the boardwalk. Paul Goldfinger photo.  ©

I struck up a conversation with Perry when I spotted his Planotones shirt. We chatted near the large American flag.   Perry is from Milton,  New Hampshire.  Originally he was from Queens, NY, but he left there in 2003.

Perry was at the World Trade Center on 9-11, and in his words, “I was fortunate to escape the falling north tower.”   Perry was a member of the Painters Union.

Perry Young has been visiting Ocean Grove for nearly 40 years.  He says that it is a very special place for him,  and he  is drawn to it and loves to come here each summer. His favorite hotel is the Shawmont. He knows a lot about the town and this area, and I invited him to share some anecdotes with our viewers.

Perry and his daughter Christine are Blogfinger fans. In a subsequent  email he said, “I along with my daughter Christine will always be following Blogfinger.net.  I enjoyed looking at all the photos you have posted on your website.  I also thought your history in the medical field was awesome.   Your friend, Perry.”

We became fast friends, and Perry asked me to pose for a picture, but I agreed only after he said I could take his picture in the Planotone shirt. We sent a copy of the photo to Christine, and she was thrilled.

He and I are both fans of Kenny Vance and the Planotones.  We miss seeing Kenny and the boys at the OG Doo Wops.  Kenny had an illness, but now  he is reported to be in good condition.   Kenny  has not, so far, returned to touring.   He is working on publishing some unrecorded tapes of music from that era.

Kenny Vance and the Planotones. Undated Internet photo.

Kenny Vance and the Planotones. Undated Internet photo.

We talked about Kenny and his marvelous falsetto and close harmonies with his group.  I should have asked Perry to do the Planotone Walk.  Maybe next time we could find two porkpie hats and some shades to do a video.

We agreed that one of Kenny’s most marvelous songs was “Gloria”—–a beautiful and sad love song that all the fans of that era know to be the gold standard for excellence from that musical genre.   Here is a link to our 2013 post about Kenny and this song.

https://blogfinger.net/2013/06/26/a-doo-wop-litmus-test-gloria/

Perry confided that his favorite Planotones song is “Oceans of Time.”  I never heard that song before, but you can appreciate why Perry favors it:

Hopefully we will see Perry back again in the near future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Orleans.  Paul Goldfinger photograph. Silver gelatin print. Undated. ©

New Orleans. Paul Goldfinger photograph. Silver gelatin print. Undated. ©

RICHIE HAVENS with the PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND:  ‘Trouble in Mind.”

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By Paul Goldfinger, Jazz Editor at Blogfinger.net  (Ocean Grove, NJ)

John Pizzarelli is one of America’s finest jazz guitarists and singers.  We often play his music on Blogfinger.

He will be performing live in Deal on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 8 pm, at the Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Vogel Auditorium.  I have spoken of this venue before.  It is a wonderful, comfortable small theater—very intimate.  There is not a bad seat in the house.  His group includes his brother Martin on bass and his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey, as backup singer.

This concert will be very special.  You will love it if you like jazz and if you like Paul McCartney.   I don’t know what the ticket availability is now, but you can contact them on line to find out.

www.axelrodartscenter.com/index.html

Here is one of the songs from the album Midnight McCartney   It is called  “No More Lonely Nights.”

 

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This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows, Keala Settle, left, Jessie Mueller and Kimiko Glenn, right, during a performance of "Waitress," at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York. (Joan Marcus | Boneau | Bryan-Brown | AP)

This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows, Keala Settle, left, Jessie Mueller and Kimiko Glenn, right, during a performance of “Waitress,” at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York. (Joan Marcus | Boneau | Bryan-Brown | AP)

CAST OF WAITRESS:   “When He Sees Me”

MEL TORME´  from his album Mel Torme Swings Shubert Alley  from My Fair Lady   (Lerner and Loewe)  Fair Lady won 6 Tony’s at the 11th annual Tony Awards in 1957..

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This song,  “All My Life”  released in 2007, was Billy Joel’s first new song since 1993. It was written in honor of the second anniversary of Billy and Katie Lee.   Phil Ramone was the producer. It is a lovely ballad, reminiscent of tunes from years ago including “For Once in my Life” made famous as a slow tune  by Tony Bennett.

Billy Joel’s  first hit song was “Piano Man” from 1973.  He continues to perform, especially in concert in New York City. He is always sold out and he covers his music and others from multiple eras.

This song reminds me  of “All My Life” a 1936 ballad by Sam Stept which was sung by Julia Roberts for the movie “Everyone Says I Love You.”  What do you think of the similarity.?

 

—Paul Goldfinger @Blogfinger.net

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