Blogs and Journalism

Friday Song: Harry Nilsson, WITHOUT HER (1967)

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When he died in 1994 at the age of 52, Harry Nilsson left behind several versions of himself. There was the almost spookily pure-voiced singer of 'Everybody's Talkin' (written by Fred Neil) for the film Midnight Cowboy; or the fringe...

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Friday Song: Dan Hicks, BOTTOMS UP (1994)

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How did I miss Dan Hicks? His seductive blend of gypsy jazz and bluegrass, his cool and sassy lyrics, his bloody-minded determination not to fit it into any particular genre  - all of that is tailor-made for me. Yet, until...

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Friday Song, Georges Brassens, FERNANDE (1972)

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This week's Friday Song will be a great encouragement to those brave British patriots who fear that too great a proximity to Europe will corrupt and pollute our glorious culture. The story of Georges Brassens, and more specifically his song...

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Hoagy Carmichael, HONG KONG BLUES (1939)

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The killer words 'Tin Pan Alley' frequently appear in  accounts of Hoagy Carmichael's career. That seems to me inaccurate. He was in many ways one of the first authentic singer-songwriters. Whereas the often brilliant Tin Pan Alley composers were writing...

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