The Doobie Brothers’ First Hit
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Left: The Doobie Brothers in 1976. Right: What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits album, released 1974. Credit: Wikipedia As we learned in Serendipity Doo-Dah, Book Two, record industry officials are more often wrong than right when it comes to picking a hit single off an album. Here’s another instance: a Doobie Brothers single, somewhat early on, from their fourth album, What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits. The songs include “Another Park, Another Sunday” and “Black Water.”[1] Highly qualified and very experienced producer Ted Templeman put “Another Park” on the A-side of the single fig ..read more
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Ella Fitzgerald: The Accidental Singer
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1M ago
Ella Fitzgerald performing at the Helsinki Culture Hall in Helsinki, Finland. April 1963. Credit: Wikipedia ​Is it possible that singer Ella Fitzgerald’s career was the result of a happy musical accident? You bet. Read on.             It was 1934, and 16-year-old Fitzgerald found herself backstage at the Harlem Opera House, nervously shifting from one foot to the other as she waited to take part in an amateur contest as a dancer. She hoped to dance professionally one day, and this was her first opportunity to strut her stuff. Behi ..read more
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Jazz Book Collection
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1M ago
Left to right: Duke Ellington (1954), Miles Davis (1955), Louis Armstrong (1955). Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons In the fall of 2019, I profiled my jazz LP collection (see October / November blogs) and in the summer of 2022, my jazz CD collection (see May / June / July blogs). ​Hence, it is only logical and reasonable that I do the same for my music book collection: 709 books strong, with 441 jazz books and 268 non-jazz books (pop, rock, Broadway, other). Here I present the jazz books, the first of which I purchased in 1965, and the bulk of them I acquired during the 1970–2000 time ..read more
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The Kinks: “You Really Got Me”
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1M ago
The Kinks in Stockholm during a Swedish tour. September 2, 1965. Credit: Wikipedia ​​In 1964 a novice, kinkily-named British rock and roll band called the Kinks, formed by brothers Ray and David Davies, struggled mightily for recognition, a task made all the more difficult when teenage attention was hyper-focused on already established bands like the Dave Clark Five, the Turtles, the Yardbirds, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. Tough competition indeed. The four-man Kinks made some headway when they scored a three-record deal with Pye Records. Their first record managed to reach number ..read more
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Midnight Cowboy: “Everybody's Talkin’ ”
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1M ago
Dustin Hoffman (1968), Midnight Cowboy (1969), Jon Voight (1993). Credit: Wikipedia. ​James S. Hirsch opened his Washington Post review of Glenn Frankel’s book Shooting Midnight Cowboy[1] with the following: ​ The director [John Schlesinger] was an insecure taskmaster whose most recent movie had bombed. The producer [Jerome Hellmann] was a lifelong depressive whose last film had also flopped. The screenwriter [Waldo Salt] was a self-destructive alcoholic, the two lead actors [Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman] relatively untested newcomers. Collectively, they were making a movie based on a blea ..read more
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Portrait of a CD Era Jazz Fan: Part 4
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3M ago
The Faine jazz LP collection.  Continuing from part 3, here are more personal favorites from my collection of 440 jazz CDs. ​ Charles Lloyd | Passin’ Thru | Blue Note Saxophone/flute player Charles Lloyd burst onto the California jazz scene in the mid-1960s on the strength of (1) albums Dreamweaver (1966) and Forest Flower (1967) featuring his first great quartet Keith Jarrett (piano), Cecil McBee (bass), and Jack DeJohnette (drums), and (2) the group’s appearances at Bill Graham's youth-filled Fillmore clubs. After several years of pop adulation Lloyd entered into a per ..read more
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Portrait of a CD Era Jazz Fan: Part 3
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3M ago
The Faine jazz LP collection. Continuing from part 2, here are more personal favorites from my collection of 440 jazz CDs.  ​ Roswell Rudd | MALIcool | Soundscape Most often identified with the jazz avant-garde of the 1960s, trombonist Roswell Rudd, together with West African (Malian) musicians, formed a cross-cultural ensemble to create an original sound neither jazz nor traditional African. ​The result: MALIcool. ​Rudd’s usual thick trombone sounds, growls, smears, and boozy blats along with his warm tone dances its way among the sonic wonderland of Malian instruments ..read more
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Portrait of a CD-Era Jazz Fan: Part 2
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3M ago
The Faine jazz LP collection. ​In part 1 of this blog series, I wrote about my collection of 440 jazz CDs I acquired from the mid-1980s to the present — the CD Era — noting that 124 of them consisted of multiple buys from 16 artists: 14 from trumpeter Miles Davis down to five each from saxophonists Cannonball Adderley, Ornette Colman, Chico Freeman, Charles Lloyd, and pianist Keith Jarett and Mal Waldron. Starting here in part 2, I discuss in some detail personal favorites from the collection in no particular order. ​ ​ Ella Fitzgerald | Ella in Berlin/Mack The Kni ..read more
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Portrait of a CD-Era Jazz Fan: Part 1
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7M ago
Adobe Stock/.shock I profiled my collection of 640 jazz LPs in my blog “Portrait of an LP-Era Jazz Fan: Part 1.” Below is my collection of 440 CDs (early 2022).  ​As with my LP collection, I fell in love with the music of an eclectic mix of jazz musicians. Similarly, I purchased multiple albums by my jazz favorites as shown below:  Frank Sinatra 16 Miles Davis 14 Duke Ellington 13 Charles Mingus 12 Henry Threadgill 8 Steve Lacy 7 Thelonious Monk 7 Andrew Hill 6 Abdullah Ibrahim 6 Modern Jazz Quartet 6 Cannonbal ..read more
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FaineBooks Blogs 2015–2022
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8M ago
​Since June of 2015, I have posted 80 blogs on all manner of musical topics jazz, pop, and R&B. There are book reviews, record reviews,  festival reviews, TV and film reviews, and music industry reviews covering a wide range of artists, including Ethel Ennis, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Christian, Carmen de Lavallade, Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Dave Brubeck, Wayne Shorter, Tom Waits, Ronnie Roulette, and many, many others.  In the list below, segregated by year, I list the title to facilitate a quick and easy search to discover, for examp ..read more
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