Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"Java" by Al Hirt.

OK, back to the 60's: The first and biggest hit for this New Orleans trumpeter and bandleader was a '63 instrumental adaptation of a cut from Allen (Tousan) Toussaint's '58 album "The Wild Sounds Of New Orleans". It is named after a race horse. A million-seller, it peaked at #4 on Billboard's Hot 100, topped the Easy Listening charts and won a Grammy in '64 - an amazing accomplishment for an instrumental at the height of Beatlemania! Trumpeter? Hit?

Yesterday's answer: "Addicted". I discovered Cheryl Wheeler (and Mary Chapin Carpenter) by accident. Channel surfing landed on TNN's "Nashville Now" with Ralph Emery in '86. She had just released her self-titled debut album. She blew me away! You haven't lived until you've seen her on stage!

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