Up to ‘E’ already, and it is surprising how many possibilities there are for this letter.
Don’t forget to play along with your choices. Any song, album, or named artist, as long as the name begins with ‘E’.
It couldn’t be ‘E’ without The Eagles now, could it? So much a part of the musical establishment, it it often easy to forget just how good they are. I suppose that ‘Desperado’ is the obvious choice, especially as I missed it (deliberately) off of ‘D’. But I will go with the first Eagles single I ever bought.
Take It Easy
Previous experience on this blog has shown me that not as many people love the music of the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) as much as I do. But as it’s my blog, they are going to feature, you can be sure of that. I like so many of their songs, I might have them popping up all over the place. But here’s one to start with.
I have never been secretive about my love for Madonna. I will agree that she has gone on rather too long, and is in danger of one day appearing live from an old people’s home. However, her early career showed promise, and she became a pop powerhouse that will live on for as long as people ever play records. Without Madonna, there would never have been a Lady Gaga. The great styles and looks, the lovely face, wonderful figure, and above all, the innovative videos used to promote her work. If you didn’t like the song, it didn’t matter. Just watch her. She more or less had it all. Acting, (sort-of) sex appeal (definitely) great songs (no question) and a terrific dancer too. Here’s one for ‘E’
Ever been attracted to a band because of the name? I have. I also liked this song from them, but only this one. I have the single in a box somewhere, so make do with listening to it on You Tube these days. It takes me back, and creates fond memories in my mind. And I have no idea why. But whatever you think of it, you have to agree that Martha and The Muffins is a great name.
At the time, Hazel O’Connor was a rather abrasive young British woman who had a (just) decent voice, and also acted in a few films. I was quite taken with her style though, and chose to ignore the hype of her ‘wild child’ past. She’s still around, now aged 62. But this was her heyday, in 1980.
I am well known for my love of soulful sounds and funky stuff, as well as liking a lot of female vocalists and girl groups too. I also confess to a weakness for big ballads and torch songs. This song from En Vogue manages to wrap all of that up in one (for me) very appealing package. Play it very loud.
Don’t Let Go
Following on from that theme, another big ballad and classic soul song. This time from a boy band, Boyz to Men. Whether you like this kind of music or not, you will find yourself relating to the song, if you have ever lost in love.
End of The Road
My top pick today is a song from as long ago as 1944, written by the wonderful talent that was Cole Porter. Perhaps most associated with the divine voice of Ella Fitzgerald these days, it has been covered by almost everyone you can think of, including a very good version in modern times, by Simply Red. It is an example of how a truly great song can endure, and will no doubt live on. I dearly wanted to feature the version by Jimmy Scott, as I had the privilege to watch him perform it live, in Ronnie Scott’s club in London. Sadly, the clips of that are not allowed to be accessed from the UK. So here is Simply Red’s version, with a suitably nostalgic video.
Every Time We Say Goodbye