The Nutbush thing is fascinating to me, if for no other reason then the fact I’d never heard the song until I moved here. I don’t think that was a particularly big hit in the U.S. It’s kinda silly how that’s turned into something they make you do at school, like some kind of standard.
I don’t think it’s a particularly good song myself.
One of the early docos on The Stones, shows Jagger watching a video tape of Tina performing. He sat back in awe, and at the end said something along the lines of, ‘Sometimes it’s nice to see woman perform.’
She was at her best as a performer, singing and dancing ( if not in the rain) and in the cinema. She also inspired so many women in her passage from her role as a submissive to a domineering and violent partner, to taking control of her destiny as an independent in performing and in her life away from the public.
In 2020, Turner said that that despite having serious health problems, the last 10 years of her life had embodied her ideal vision of happiness.
”I found happiness because I desire nothing. It’s a happiness I never knew existed. In the past, happiness was, ‘Oh I bought a dress!’ ‘Oh have this car!’ It was all material things. Now I get up in the morning and meditate. Inside, a feeling of wellness where you’re sitting there, just where you want to be. There’s nothing you want.
People think when you’re on stage, that they are your glory days. The lights, the clothes…
They were not my glory days. These, now, are my glory days."
“True and lasting happiness comes from an unshakeable spirit that can shine, no matter what.”
Cynthia Weil, one of the most successful songwriters of all-time, has died at age 82.
Cynthia co-wrote 11 Top 40 hits in 1962 alone, including The Drifters’ On Broadway.
Cynthia hits were all over the radio by the mid-60s. Her hits just from 64 to 66 included:
Walking In The Rain – The Ronettes Saturday Night At The Movies – The Drifters You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling – The Righteous Brothers We Gotta Get Out of This Place – The Animals Its Not Easy – Normie Rowe
This is sad news, coming so soon after the news of the death of Keith Reid. Pete Brown was one of my early song writing heroes along side Jack Bruce, and remained so for a long time. He had his own band for a while, The Battered Ornaments, l had a few of their albums.
Here is something from about 50 years ago, l still love it and listen to it. Even sadder is that Jack Bruce died many years ago and Leslie West has also died.