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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: IN THE PAST COUPLE OF DAYS, I'VE BEEN POSTING MUSIC FROM EUROPEAN GROUPS THAT NEVER PLACED A HIT ON AMERICAN RADIO. PROBABLY MANY OF YOU NEVER HEARD ITALIAN DISCO. HERE IS A SAMPLE. ENJOY IT!
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: YESTERDAY I WAS COMMENTING THAT IN SPITE OF THERE WERE MANY GREAT ROCK AND POP MUSIC GROUPS IN EUROPE, ONLY A FEW EVER PLACED A SONG ON AMERICAN RADIO (LIKE LOS BRAVOS WITH BLACK IS BLACK OR SHOCKING BLUE WITH VENUS). I SPECULATED THAT IT COULD BE BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, BUT GROUPS LIKE 'BARRABAS' FROM SPAIN, DID THEIR MUSIC IN ENGLISH AND I DON'T REMEMBER EVER HEARING ONE OF THEIR SONG BY AMERICAN RADIO STATIONS, HOWEVER, I COULD BUY SOME BARRABAS LP RECORDS IN NEW JERSEY. TODAY'S OLDIE IS FROM BARRABAS (EARLY 70s). ENJOY IT!
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: MANY TIMES I'VE SAID THAT FOR ME, OLDIES ARE NOT ONLY OLD MUSIC THAT WAS POPULAR ON AMERICAN RADIO MANY YEARS AGO BUT THE BEST MUSIC OF ALL TIMES PRODUCED AROUND THE WORLD IN THE PRODIGIOUS DECADES OF THE 1950s, 1960s AND 1970s. IN THE 1980s I COULD PERCEIVE A DECAYING IN THE QUALITY OF MUSIC, EVEN WHEN MANY GOOD SONGS ARE STILL BEING PRODUCED BUT NEVER WITH THAT FEELING OF THE 1960s OR THE EUROPEAN 'NUEVA OLA' (NEW WAVE). THERE WERE MANY GREAT EUROPEAN GROUPS AND PERFORMERS BUT NEVER MADE IT TO AMERICAN RADIO, IN SPITE OF BEING POPULAR AND SUCCESSFUL AROUND THE WORLD. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT IT WAS DUE TO THE DIFFERENCES IN LANGUAGES, HOWEVER, IN THE EARLY 70s, MOCEDADES FROM SPAIN, HAD A BIG RADIO HIT IN THE U.S.A. WITH 'ERES TU' IN SPANISH AND SEVERAL AFRICAN GROUPS AND SINGERS HAD RADIO HITS USING AFRICAN LANGUAGES (SOUL MAKOOSSA BY MANU DIBANGO OR PATA PATA BY MIRIAM MAKEBA). LOS SALVAJES WERE ONE OF THE BEST EUROPEAN GROUPS BUT NEVER HAD A SONG ON AMERICAN RADIO. HERE'S A SAMPLE OF LOS SALVAJES' MUSIC. ENJOY IT!
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: TODAY'S SONG IS FROM THE LATE 1970s, WHEN MUSIC WAS EVOLVING TOWARD THE 'DISCO ERA'. ENJOY IT!
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: OUR SONG TODAY IS VERY WELL KNOWN: 'HOW SWEET IT IS YO BE LOVED BY YOU', THE ORIGINAL BY MARVIN GAYE, A LATER VERSION CAME BY JAMES TAYLOR AND FINALLY A LESS KNOW LIVE RECORDING OF JERRY GARCIA AND THE GRATEFUL DEAD. ENJOY IT!
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: PROBABLY MOST YOU DON'T KNOW THAT MANY YEARS AGO, THERE WAS A GROUP OF BEATLES IMPERSONATORS IN ARGENTINA (SOUTH AMERICA) AND THEY SOUNDED VERY CLOSE TO THE ORIGINAL BEATLES. HERE IS A CLIP FROM ARGENTINIAN TELEVISION. ENJOY IT!
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: WHEN I STARTED THIS MUSICAL SECTION, I PROMISED NOT ONLY OLDIES THAT USED TO PLAY ON AMERICAN RADIO BUT OLDIES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. FROM THE 1950s TO THE 1970s, THERE WAS A GOLDEN AGE OF MUSIC AROUND THE WORLD, WHEN THE BEST MUSIC OF ALL TIMES WAS PRODUCED. MUCH OF IT, NEVER MADE IT TO AMERICAN RADIO AND IS PRACTICALLY UNKNOWN TO THE AMERICAN PUBLIC, BUT THOSE YEARS WERE THE GOLDEN AGE OF EUROPEAN POP MUSIC, IN EUROPE IT WAS CALLED THE "NUEVA OLA" OR 'NEW WAVE', ALSO 'THE PRODIGIOUS DECADES'. WITH FEW EXCEPTIONS, EUROPEANS SONGS WERE NOT PLAYED IN THE U.S. EVEN WHEN EUROPEANS SPEAK MORE THAN ONE LANGUAGE AND MOST SONGS WERE RECORDED IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, INCLUDING ENGLISH. THIS SONG ORIGINATED IN ITALY BUT THIS RECORDING I'M POSTING TODAY WAS THE SPANISH RECORDING, ALSO AVAILABLE IN ITALIAN, FRENCH AND OTHER VERSIONS. ENJOY IT! THE TITLE CAN BE TRANSLATED AS "A HOUSE ABOVE THE EARTH".
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: TODAY WE GO BACK TO THE LATE 1950s, TO THE ERA OF THE 'TEENAGE IDOLS'. HERE'S FRANKIE AVALON IN 'A BOY WITHOUT A GIRL' AND THE SPANISH VERSION BY CUBA'S TEENAGE IDOL LUIS BRAVO. ENJOY IT!
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  • OUR DAILY OLDIES: BACK TO THE 1960s WITH 'BEND ME SHAPE ME' BY THE AMERICAN BREED WITH THE ADDED BONUS OF THE EUROPEAN VERSION BY LOS ANGELES FROM SPAIN. ENJOY IT!
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  • DEAR FRIENDS AND FOLLOWERS: THERE'S AN AXIOM IN SHOW BUSINESS THAT SAYS "THE SHOW MUST GO ON". WHEN I WAS YOUNG, I WORKED IN A TRAVELING THEATER TROUPE. ONCE IN AN OLD RUN DOWN THEATER IN A LITTLE TOWN FAR AWAY, I WAS READY TO PLAY MY PART BUT BEHIND THE STAGE, THERE WAS A LOOSE PIECE OF WOOD WITH NAILS STICKING OUT AND I HURT MY HAND WITH THE NAILS. WITH MY HAND BLEEDING I CAME OUT AND DID MY PART. THE SHOW DIDN'T STOP. ONCE I KNEW OF AN ACTOR WHO WASN'T FEELING GOOD DURING A PERFORMANCE BUT HE DIDN'T STOP TILL THE END OF THE PLAY. WHEN THE FINAL CURTAIN CAME DOWN, HE DIED OF A HEART ATTACK RIGHT BEHIND THE CURTAIN. THE SHOW MUST GO ON. I REMEMBER IN 1963, WHEN JFK WAS ASSASSINATED, AFTER THE INITIAL SHOCK, THE NEXT DAY THE RADIO WAS PLAYING MUSIC AS USUAL, MOVIE THEATERS AND BROADWAY SHOWS WERE OPEN AND RUNNING... AFTER THE FAILED ATTEMPT TO KILL PRESIDENT TRUMP, I STOPPED POSTING THE MUSIC AND FUNNY CARTOONS SECTIONS. THE NEWS WERE TOO BIG TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO OLDIES AND LOONEY TUNES BUT TRUMP IS ALIVE AND KICKING. TIME TO KEEP TOUCHING EVERY IMPORTANT SUBJECT AND ALSO REMEMBERING THE OLDIES AND FUNNY TOONS OF OUR YOUTH. THE LAST TIME I POSTED THE OLDIES, IT WAS A RECORDING OF THE INSTRUMENTAL VERSION OF 'I FEEL GOOD' BY MONGO SANTAMARIA ORCHESTRA, RECORDED FROM A FOREIGN RADIO STATION AND I PROMISED MONGO SANTAMARIA'S BIGGEST RADIO HIT OF THE 60s. HERE IT IS: 'WATERMELON MAN'. ENJOY IT!
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