Thursday, July 22, 2021

Mel's Current Top 20 Hits for July 22, 2021.


Mel’s Current Top 20 
Significant songs that you don't care about.

As of July 22, 2021

TW - Song Title - Artist - LW

1. Good 4 U - Olivia Rodrigo - 1
2. Bad Habits - Ed Sheeran - 4
3. Higher Power - Coldplay - 3
4. Last Train Home - John Mayer - 6
5. Run - OneRepublic - 2
6. Save Your Tears (remix & single) - The Weeknd & Ariana Grande - 5
7. Brutal - Olivia Rodrigo - 9
8. Leave The Door Open - Silk Sonic - 7
9. Nothing Else Matters (featuring....) - Miley Cyrus - 11
10. Solar Power - Lorde - 12
11. Lost - Maroon 5 - 13
12. PinkTop - The Volunteers - 14
13. All I Know So Far - Pink - 10
14. Kiss - IMY2 - 8
15. Renegade (featuring Taylor Swift) - Big Red Machine - 16
16. Wrecked - Imagine Dragons - 19
17. Run Baby Run - Southern Culture on the Skids - 20
18. The Worst Country Song of All Time - Brantley Gilbert - NEW
19. Missing Piece - Vance Joy - 15
20. The Way We Used to Be - Journey - NEW


Olivia Rodrigo holds at #1 for the 4th week with "Good 4 U." Ed Sheeran moves up to #2 with "Bad Habits" while John Mayer breaks into the top 5 with "Last Train Home."

Brantley Gilbert and his friends debut at #18 with the country hit "The Worst Country Song of All Time." It comes in at #18. The song is my current #1 song on my Country 5 + 5 chart.

The rock band Journey is back with a new single... "The Way It Used to Be" at #20. The way Journey used to be was when Steve Perry was the lead vocalist. 😁

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

52 Years Ago: July 20, 1969 - Apollo 11 Moon Landing - Historic Record

Today's Vinyl Spin: No Music Just Talk - Relive History

July 20, 1969 - Record Album - "One Small Step"
Narrated by Dr. Wernher von Braun and Chet Huntley

This post is about a record that has no music.

Where were you on July 20, 1969? I along with millions of other people were glued to our TV set watching astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin become the first two people to step on the surface of the moon. The Apollo 11 mission successfully launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to fulfill President John F. Kennedy's goal of landing a man on the surface of the moon and returning him safely back to Earth. While Armstrong and Aldrin spent several hours on the moon, command module pilot Michael Collins orbited overhead and was there when the lunar module rejoined the Apollo spacecraft to make the safe journey home.

This record issued by RCA Red Seal in 1969 features the narration and commentary by NBC's Chet Huntley and Dr. Werhner von Braun, rocket scientist for NASA on every major phase of the Apollo 11 moon mission. The record also features the recorded voices of the astronauts as they commented on their historic journey including the famous "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" comment. Cool stuff if you remember it all from 1969.

There would be five more successful manned moon landings through the Apollo program that lasted until 1972. After that, no other human far has stepped on the moon.

Apollo 11 brought great pride to the United States at a time when we needed more patriotism and unity to come together as a country amid much turmoil that surrounded the year.

The record is in playable condition. I run it through every few years.

Listen to the record at the link below:


Monday, July 19, 2021

The Country 5 + 5 - July 19, 2021


  The Country 5 + 5

The Power of 10! | July 19, 2021

TW - Song Title - Artist - LW

1. The Worst Country Song of All Time - Brantley Gilbert with Toby Keith, Hardy - 1

2. Fancy Like - Walker Hayes - 2

3. Boat Names - Brian Kelley - 6

4. Waves - Luke Bryan - 3

5. Country Again - Thomas Rhett - 5

6. Woman You Got - Maddie & Tae - 4

7. Chasing After You - Ryan Hurd & Maren Morris - 10

8. To Us It Did - Mitchell Tenpenny  - 7

9. Mr. Perfectly Fine - Taylor Swift - 8

10. Heart on Fire - Eric Church - NEW

Today's Vinyl Spin: Blood Sweat & Tears

 Enter Blood Sweat & Tears (2nd album)

Several years ago I picked up this album by Blood Sweat & Tears. It is the second album by the brassy rock band with a serious mix of jazz thrown in. I consider Blood Sweat & Tears as the second most popular brass accented rock band only to Chicago (earlier knwon as Chicago Transit Authority). This album was released in December 1968 and became a best selling album in 1969 topping the Billboard Top 200 album charts.

At that time Blood Sweat & Tears consisted of the following members:

David Clayton Thomas - Lead vocals
Steve Katz - vocals, guitar
Jim Felder - bass
Dick Halligan - organ, piano, flute, trombone, vocals
Fred Lipsius - piano, alto saxophone
Lew Soloff - trumpet, flugelhorn
Chuck Winfield - trumpet, flugelhorn
Alan Rubin - trumpet on "Spinning Wheel"
Jerry Hyman - trumpet, recorder
Bobby Colomby - drums, percussion, vocals

Several tracks became top 40 hits in 1969 and 1970. From the track list below, their peak chart positions on the Billboard Hot 100 are indicated in parenthesis. Those three hits are my favorites from the album in addition to "More and More".

Side A

1. Variations on a Theme
2. Smiling Phases
3. Sometimes in Winter
4. More and More
5. And When I Die (2)
6. God Bless the Child

Side B

7. Spinning Wheel (2 - Hot 100 1 - AC)
8. You've Made Me So Very Happy (2)
9. Blues – Part II - Interpolating "Sunshine of Your Love", "Spoonful" and "Somethin' Goin' On"
10. Variations on a Theme

The vinyl record itself is in good, playable condition and features the red Columbia eyeball logo theme. The record jacket is in fair condition and features a gatefold that is not shown in this post.

Blood Sweat & Tears have a long history of album releases, concert shows, and membership changes. In fact over the years, the membership in the band has changed more than 150 times. You can look it up in Wikipedia.

If you ever have a chance to pick up this album, get it whether it be on LP, CD or a stream.

Audio: Spinning Wheel (1969 single)
Audio: You Made Me So Very Happy (1969)

Audio: And When I Die (1969 single)

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Today's Vinyl Re-Spin: Fleetwood Mac's 1975 Album

Today's Vinyl Spin goes back to the very successful Fleetwood Mac line-up of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckinghman, John McVie, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood. Fleetwood Mac is the first album to feature the then new line-up of the group.

Fleetwood Mac enjoyed moderate success as a blues band and a mainstream rock group with numerous membership changes. In 1974 after former lead singer and guitarist Bob Welch left the group, the duo of Buckingham-Nicks were recruited to take his place. The two new members proved to be the best thing that happened to Fleetwood Mac in terms of a new music direction and commercial success.

The band paved its way to becoming a major concert draw with Stevie, Lindsey and Christine showcasing various songs while McVie and Fleetwood provided a solid foundation. It is one of the few bands that I personally saw in concert not once, but twice.

Their debut album Fleetwood Mac with the new line-up slowly crawled to the #1 position on the charts by 1976 while its singles garnered more and more radio airplay. These included "Over My Head", "Rhiannon," "Say You Love Me," and "Blue Letter". "Landslide" also became a hit after Fleetwood Mac recorded it again for their 1997 live album, The Dance.

I was first introduced to this album by an old college friend back in the day. I always knew of Fleetwood Mac but never paid much attention to them. I had only one track of theirs in my record collection which was "Stop Messin' Around" that appeared on a compilation LP. I later liked the song "Hypnotized" after hearing it on the radio. Was not enough for me to buy their records at the time (I was a starving high school student when this stuff first came out)....

Over the years I have owned 2 vinyl copies of Fleetwood Mac as well as 2 CDs of this. Made at least two cassette tapes off the vinyl and later the CD for portability before the digital age.

Fleetwood Mac is definitely one of my favorite albums of all time by them. It's an enjoyable, refreshing listen whenever I give it a spin.

The back cover of Fleetwood Mac with track list, group members Nicks, Fleetwood, McVie, Buckingham and McVie.

Fleetwood Mac would be the last of their albums to show up on the Reprise label.

Track List

Side 1

1. Monday Morning
2. Warm Ways
3. Blue Letter
4. Rhiannon
5. Over My Head
6. Crystal

Side 2

1. Say You Love Me
2. Landslide
3. World Turning
4. Sugar Daddy
5. I'm So Afraid

"Rhiannon" was one of 4 singles released from the album. All 4 singles have different mixes from the versions on the album. When Fleetwood Mac was issued in a special edition CD in 2004, the single tracks were included as bonus material. Nice move on Warner / Reprise's part.

"Rhiannon" by Fleetwood Mac....