Tuesday, August 3, 2010

"Sunny" by Bobby Hebb.

OK, In Memoriam: This Nashville native left us yesterday at 72. He penned his biggest hit on 11/22/63 - the day JFK was assassinated and his brother was killed outside a Nashville nightclub. Optimism in the face of grief. One of the most covered tunes in pop history. #2 Pop, #3 R&B in '66. First recorded by Miko Hirota in Japan. Covered by Cher as a tribute to her former partner and husband. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "The Partisan" by Leonard Cohen. As many times as I've listened to this Cohen masterpiece I never tire - a certain "je ne sais quoi" about it - maybe it's the contrast between his rich bass and the angelic voices of Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla. Sadness but optimism. Without a doubt one of the great composers of our time - this is him at his best! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_223jKXKgQ

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