Monday, May 23, 2011

"The Summer Wind"

OK, back to the 60's: A sentimental account of a fugacious love affair, this '65 Johnny Mercer/Heinz Meier collaboration was first recorded by Wayne Newton, peaking at #78. The best-loved version came in '66 by Frank Sinatra - it topped the Easy Listening charts and peaked at #25 Pop. It became one of his most popular concert tunes and is featured on numerous soundtracks.

Yesterday's answer: "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" by The Byrds. From Jeff Bluml: " It was nice to have Roger on Tom's cover from Full Moon Fever". Me: McGuinn's guitar break remains one of my faves ever. He started out as a banjo player and thus he developed his guitar picking technique using a flat pick between thumb and index finger with fingerpicks on the middle and ring fingers accounting for his unique full sound. As many times as I've seen him live it never ceases to amaze me how he does it. Tom Petty is the world's SECOND biggest McGuinn fan after yours truly!

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