A Musical A-Z : W

Getting ever closer to the dreaded ‘X’. That will be a short post! But ‘W’ has lots to offer, so please play along. Any band, song, artist, or album. As long as the name begins with ‘W’. (And in case you were wondering, I am leaving you The Who. 🙂 )

Saved this one for today, right from the start. Another solo British female singer, one who can really belt out a song. Welsh songstress Duffy leapt to fame with her first album release ‘Rockferry’, in 2008. It sold millions of copies, won a Grammy, and three Brit awards. I thought it was one of the best debut albums I had ever heard, showcasing a varied talent from the young woman. Then her second album missed the point completely, and she all but disappeared. She popped up in the Tom Hardy film, ‘Legend’, playing the singer Timi Yuro, but has done little else. Here she is, with a big ballad. I love this song, what a chorus!
Warwick Avenue

Tina Turner had to feature in ‘W’. This legendary soul singer has enjoyed a long and respected career, despite a rocky start at the hands of her husband, Ike. Although some of her biggest hits show an occasional tendency to shouting, I know she has a great voice behind all that. And here’s a good example.
What’s Love Got To Do With It

Spiky-haired British singer Howard Jones was very popular here at one time. Between 1983 and 1986, he had five top ten records, and a number one album. He is still working in music, and last toured in 2016. This was one of his best.
What Is Love

Around the same time as Howard, the much better-looking Nik Kershaw enjoyed chart success too, as well as a big following from the ladies. He had spiky hair as well, but he combed it better. He is still around, and working in music. But he has much less hair. (Don’t we all?) This was a massive hit in the UK.
Wouldn’t It Be Good

I have written about the British band Oasis before. I don’t like them as people, and cannot stand to watch them, or hear them interviewed. But their impact on the UK music scene is the stuff of legend, and Noel really does write some excellent songs, even if he thinks he is the reincarnation of The Beatles. As I like to be honest and truthful, and give credit when it is due, here is a truly wonderful song from that group.
Wonderwall

You may not remember Wild Cherry, but I am guessing you will know this song from 1976. Their only hit, by a Rock band that embraced Funk and Disco, just the once. Can’t keep my feet still!
Play That Funky Music

Wilson Phillips has an amazing pedigree. Daughters of Brian Wilson, from The Beach Boys, and daughter of Michelle Phillips, from The Mamas and Papas. These three girls didn’t really have to do much to get attention, but they could really sing. This track has become something of a cliche now, and known by everyone. But listen to it carefully again, and remember just how good it is.
Hold On

That leads me nicely onto my top choice for ‘W’. From the Dad of the Wilson girls, and the rest of the Beach Boys, another example of perfect harmony. From the 1966 album, ‘Pet Sounds’.
Wouldn’t it be nice

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65 thoughts on “A Musical A-Z : W

  1. You can’t go wrong with the Beach Boys, Pete. I also love the Wilson Phillips and you have chosen great songs for today (some I hadn’t heard in a while). I will try and catch up on the whole list soon. Visitors, teaching, technical problems, and unexpected things are severely limiting my time catching up on blogs, but I hope to dedicate some time to reading after visits and course are over. Have a great Tuesday!

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  2. All good choices Peter, especially The Beach Boys and Duffy.

    For me there’s so many W’s, but my top choice (folky again) is:

    Who Knows Where the Time Goes by Sandy Denny/Fairport Convention. I liked it even better when I was young and the time hadn’t gone.

    Followed by While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles, Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd , White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane, William, It Was Really Nothing – The Smiths, With Or Without You – U2, Woodstock – Joni Mitchell, When The Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin, Who’ll Stop The Rain – Creedence Clearwater Revival, Will You Love Me Tomorrow? – Carole King, The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix and Wide Open Road – The Triffids.

    Who said the 70s were dead?

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  3. Again a great selection!
    I add: Whigfield, The Wonderstuff, WithinTemptation, Robbie Williams ( sorry 😉 ) and Wham.
    German musican: Juliane Werding, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Wir sind Helden and Wolfsheim.
    And I have to apologize: What is love from Haddaway!
    Now I’m in a very good mood because I’ve heard so much great music. 🙂 Thank you so much!

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    1. Thanks, Irene. ‘Saturday Night’ from Whigfield. Who can forget that?
      You came up with some great ideas for ‘W’, so thanks very much for all of those.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. From my early childhood, the seven dwarves singing “Whistle While You Work,” mostly because in 1956 it was amended to “Whistle while you work, Stevenson’s a jerk, Eisenhower’s got the power, whistle while you work.” My parents were the only Democrats around, and I got lots of taunting with this rendition.

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  5. “Wounded Bird” Black Crowes, :Woman, Woman” by Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, “(We Ain’t Got) Nothing Yet by the Blues Magoos, okay I be spent….I’m out for awhile…..LOL chuq

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  6. I love ‘Wouldn’t it Be Nice!’ Here’s a few more W songs and artists: ‘Wonderful World’ Louis Armstrong of course but also the version by Israel Kamakawiwo, is so nice. ‘What the World Needs Now’, Dionne Warwick, and how about Jefferson Airplane’s, ‘White Rabbit’ for a period piece? Finally the musical genius of Stevie Wonder! ‘My Cherie Amour’ , ‘I just called to say I love you’, ‘Superstition’.

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    1. I had a Stevie Wonder pick earlier on, Susanne, but he’s worth lots of suggestions. Thanks for adding ‘White rabbit’. I left that one out deliberately. You get the Grace Slick Award!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. The Wilson Phillips tune was great! And the Beach Boys. More suggestions: Wilson Pickett “In the Midnight Hour”. The Who of course. But every time I drive into Ontario, The Guess Who will come on the radio, 100% guaranteed, arrgh, they have a mandatory “Canadian Content” rule, as surely as the never-ending curling tournaments on TV in the bars. The Walkabouts “Travels in the Dustland” — This was an unusual band, with a string section, kind of moody, or even gloomy, but also kind of hypnotic. Wilco – they kind of drift through a lot of different genres, from alt-country to rock to pop, but I like them because they’re a real band, a collective of musicians, trying different stuff. They’ve racked up some Grammies, but it seems like most people still haven’t heard of them.

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    1. You always manage to suggest a few that I have never heard of, Robert. I will look forward to exploring The Walkabouts soon.Glad to hear that you enjoyed ‘W’. Once again, I had to leave off so many good choices, not least ‘Substitute’, my favourite song by The Who.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. A great letter of music, Pete. I would only add a few, like The Who and “Won’t Get Fooled Again”, which I am going to be posting about in a few days – and an very obscure Daryl Hall & John Oates song called “Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts?”

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        1. That was the main reason, John. Also because I expected so many people to choose The Who. I would have had ‘Substitute’ otherwise. I try to cover some different themes, that’s for sure.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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