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Eve of Destruction.

The extraordinary, powerful, and, upon its 1965 release, highly controversial compositionΒ Eve of DestructionΒ is performed live by vocalistΒ Barry McGuireΒ on the Hullabaloo show. McGuire, after being introduced byΒ Jerry Lewis, delivers an emotionally charged rendition that made ripplesβ€”more like tsunamiβ€”across the US.

ComposerΒ P.F. SloanΒ recalls a few fascinating and unlikely (as in, almost credulity-straining…yet not) details:Β during the studio recording session, β€œBarry was reading it for the first time off a piece of paper I had written the lyric on! Okay. McGuire’s record is released but β€˜Eve’ is the B-side. Somewhere in the Great Midwest of America a DJ played the wrong side by mistake!”.

Banned and denounced as unpatriotic,Β EveΒ only became more and more popular, most likely benefiting from all the wild, incorrect accusations and censure. Its creator and performer were not so fortunate, however;Β Sloan:Β  β€œIt ruinedΒ Barry’s career as an artist and in a year I would be driven out of the music business too.”.

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The One {Approx.} Hit Wonders: 1970s, vol II.

A number of further One {approx.} Hitters from the 1970s. I cannot emphasize enough that some artists represented herein are responsible for more than 1 “hit”, somewhere in the world. Right. So, we’ve got The Blues Image, Ocean, Norman Greenbaum, The Sanford-Townsend Band, Wild Cherry, Climax, and Sniff ‘n’ The Tears, this time around. Enjoy.

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The One Hit Wonders: The 70s.

Lee Michaels: Do You Know What I Mean.
Daddy Dewdrop: Chick-a-Boom.
King Harvest: Dancing in the Moonlight.

A soupçon of personal favorites, from a decade rich in great material. In order, we have: Edison Lighthouse, Pilot, Lee Michaels, Zager and Evans, Daddy Dewdrop, The Fortunes, The Ides of March, King Harvest, Hurricane Smith, Clint Holmes, Jigsaw, Walter Egan, John Stewart, Looking Glass, Tee Set, and JD Souther.

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Beatles, The.

Tomorrow Never Knows.
Sexy Sadie {Anthology version}.
She Said, She Said.
And Your Bird Can Sing.
Doctor Robert.
Mother Nature’s Son {Anthology version}.
Hey Jude {Anthology version.}

A sampling of some of the titanic moments created by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.

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This Crazy World.

Mrs. Miller: Mary Jane.
Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home.
The Mark of Precision.
Little Rug Bug: Rod Rogers.
John F. Kennedy Was Called Away: Norm Burns.
Leona Anderson: Rats in my Room.

So. We’ve got Andy Devine, John Daker, Telly Savalas, Arthur Brown, Mrs. Miller, Industrial musicals, H. R. Pufnstuf {featuring Jack Wild}, Leona Anderson, Charles Bronson, and The Wombles {the creation of pop svengali Mike Batt}.

Addendum: Recently added are immortal performances by James Brown, Eric Violette {Free Credit Report commercial}, and two from Beat of the Traps {Song Poems}.

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Pilot: Magic!

The Scottish band Pilot emerged in 1974 with {arguably…} the greatest pop single ever recorded. Written by lead vocalist David Paton, and produced by Alan Parsons {with whom Paton and two other members were to later join forces}, “Magic” became a monster hit for the group. The first and last videos are live; the 2nd is lip-synched, to the studio version of the song.

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John Coltrane.

Transition.
Spiritual.
Liberia.
Amen.
Mr. P.C.
Equinox.
Bye Bye Blackbird. (Live, 1960, with Miles Davis)
All Blues. (Live, 1960, Stockholm. w/Miles Davis)
So What. (Stockholm, 1960)
Out of This World. (Live in Seattle)
Your Lady.

Saxophonist John Coltrane’s impossible power as an improviser simply cannot be described. He provided one of the high water marks in music history with his ground-and-everything-else-breaking work in the 1960’s.

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McCoy Tyner.

Enlightenment Suite, part 1: Genesis.
Walk Spirit, Talk Spirit.
Wave.
Impressions: Trident version.

The great McCoy Tyner, a phenomenal, electrifying pianist, first came to prominence as the keyboardist for John Coltrane’s quartet, in 1960. He went on to bedazzle countless listeners as a bandleader himself. Born December 11, 1938, Tyner died today, March 6, 2020. He will be mourned by millions.

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Neil Diamond.

One of the greatest performers, ever. Period.

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Paul Williams: Composer, Vocalist, and Whatnot.

The diminutive Williams constitutes one of the leading lights in the composer-ing of the last century.