Go Now: The Moody Blues

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This was the first big hit for the Moody Blues. The lead singer here is Denny Laine, who later played with Paul McCartney in the band Wings. Looking on from the sidelines is a familiar face–Brian Epstein, who at the time was the manager for both the Beatles and the Moody Blues.

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Start of Something Big

Monday Morning, Walden Robert Cassotto (that’s Bobby Darin to most of us) with the Steve Allen standard; and “Just in Time” from Bells are Ringing

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Turn The Beat Around

Monday morning one of the earliest and best disco songs of the 70s. It was a one-hit wonder for Vicki Sue Robinson, a talented Broadway performer who had appeared in the original production of Hair when she was 16.

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What’ll I Do?

Monday Morning, Nat King Cole tells his story. Lots of versions of this song from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Mathis to Linda Ronstadt, but my favorite by far is Nat King Cole’s version. No pyrotechnics, just pure and simple singing with tasteful accompaniment.

I was surprised to see who wrote this song!

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I’ll Never Find Another You

Monday morning we salute Judith Durham of the Seekers who died this month. The 1964 hit featured the Australian singer’s wonderful voice which would ring out from the harmonies of her band mates. They had other hits including the theme song to the film, Georgy Girl, but this song is my favorite of theirs.

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International Weigh-In

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Monday Morning, Robbie Robertson, Ringo Starr and People for Change come together virtually with musicians from all over the world to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Robertson’s masterpiece.

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The Circle Game

Joni Mitchell, 78 years old, appeared this week at the Newport Folk Festival–her first public concert for 20 years. She’s had an aneurysm and other health problems, but with a little help from her friends (Brandi Carlile, Wynona Judd) she sang, among other songs, “Both Sides Now,” “Summertime,” and the song above, a very touching “The Circle Game.”

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Hollow Wood

Monday morning, a beautiful song written and sung by Allison Young and Josh Turner. Josh writes:

“When Allison and I started to conceive of this project, we both wanted to do something acapella in the Scots-Irish-Appalachian folk tradition. I had suggested a few covers, and then Allison come to me with a verse and a chorus. We finished the song together over the next two days and recorded it just a few days after that. Allison woke up with her voice feeling terrible the morning of recording but it was one of the last days we had, so when she said she felt good enough to give it a try, I hit record on the camera without even checking it – couldn’t waste time! as a result, it is not a very good shot, with Allison almost out of frame and me blocked by the mic. But the recording I’m very happy with.  

Longtime friend of the channel Gabe Terraciano added some subtle fiddle drones after the fact for this one, and I put just a tiny bit of Moog synth on there for bass. Topping it off is a recording of some birds Allison took at Edwin Warner park.”

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