Sunday, July 28, 2019

JOHNNY NASH


So, when I was a younger kid, my cousins, Pumpkin and Booty, and I would watch countless, I mean countless, of 60's television programming for kids.  Ultraman, Spectreman, Space Giants you name it.  One of which was The Mighty Hercules. I don't remember much about the show per se, but what stuck out to me more than anything was its theme song.  Sure, there was Underdog's HERE I COME TO SAVE THE DAY!! But, it didn't come close to the soothing and captivating sound of The Mighty Hercules' opening song.  It was recently, just a few weeks ago, (which is interesting that this song popped in my head after writing about Roy Hamilton), that I decided to YouTube the opening to The Mighty Hercules just curious about who sang it.  In the comments, the name Johnny Nash was mentioned as its singer.  So, I googled Nash's bio and was floored, and thrilled, when I saw that he was African-American. I can hear someone saying...you don't know who Johnny Nash is?
Born in Houston, John Lester Nash Jr., had already four pop albums in full circulation by the late 1950's.  The only non-Jamaican descent to record Reggae, he also enjoyed success as a screen actor winning an award for Louis S. Peterson's Take a Giant Step.  I Can See Clearly Now the Rain is Gone (a song I actually do remember hearing on the radio as a kid. But I never placed the voice on the radio with the one who sang the Hercules theme) reached Number One on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1972.  So, now, I know.  Now, if I can stop singing the Hercules theme in the truck....HERCULES!!!!

Monday, July 22, 2019

PATCHWERK STUDIOS


Anthony from Patchwerk Studios in Atlanta was GREAT to work with for the final stages of a "live" concert release due this summer.  I recorded Mr. Cellophane and I Wanna Be a Producer.  What a great session!

Friday, July 19, 2019

ROY HAMILTON


Roy Hamilton's THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM album has been on repeat on my Amazon player and his voice just mesmerizes. In 1929, Roy was born in Leesburg, GA and soon after moved to Newark, NJ, singing in his church choir.  He won talent night at the Apollo Theater and soon after studied classical music.  He was also a gifted commercial artist, even displaying his work in several New York City Art Galleries. 
Roy took his musical talents to New York City night clubs and (kinda reluctantly) recorded Rodgers and Hammerstein's YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE.   Well, it became a big hit landing eight weeks on the R&B Billboard charts.
With appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show and CBS' Showcase Roy's voice became synonymous with such names as Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine.
His Great American Songbook, including such songs as Unchained Melody and Everybody's Got a Home But Me is shear lush.
His musical legacy will always be truly inspirational.

LAUREN OSBORNE

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