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Dispatch from somewhere in New England.
Wrapping things up from that end of August 2006 Summer Theme series, I had 17, yes SEVENTEEN, songs left over that went unplayed.
Damn time constraints are killing me.
I had planned a musical side trip to the water- the beach, etc.
Ah well, maybe next year!
We open with a very odd, unusual set that includes an old folkie doing a Stevie Wonder song, a Doo-Wop for the Oldies lovers, then something in a style even older than oldies, concluding with a track from a treasured, and very unique vinyl LP.
This is the kind of thing I couldn’t get away with anywhere else, and I am eternally grateful to have the opportunity to be able to.
It is in fact, the main thing that has kept me there for all these years!
We move on to a universally loved summer song- I have never met anyone who didn’t like it.
Then a song about a summer very close in time to MY favorite.
We begin the end with an alternate version of a perennial End Of Summer song, although Engineer Ken couldn’t tell much of a difference- I certainly could!
In the released version for instance, BOTH members of the duo sing the opening- here one does, joined by the other shortly after.
This is followed by another End Of Summer staple.
And we close it all out with a song that was as surprising to me as it may be to you.
This lifetime rocker could never have conceived of choosing this song years ago.
But we all mellow a little and get smarter, and realize that beauty sometimes will wait for us.
Happy Rest Of The Summer!

Here are the links to listen, it was strangely fun for a guy who prefers the cold, at Mike Pell Rockollections:
At Podomatic:
At Soundcloud:


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Comment by Mike Pell on September 1, 2013 at 1:45pm

No kidding man, they did an instrumental of it!

Nothing like Percy Faith I'll bet, lol!

Comment by Jon on September 1, 2013 at 7:55am

No lyrics, it's just a short jam titled "Theme From A Wooly Place" off of their Love Bomb album.

Comment by Mike Pell on September 1, 2013 at 12:39am
Someday I'll get to that Summer at the Beach theme, so thanks for the Kenny Chesney tip.
Why did I open my mouth? It's true, NOBODY likes Mungo Jerry anymore!
Well they did 7 years ago when I did that show, lol!
Good thought on your part that the Nat King Cole sounds like it was in an old movie- I agree.
It just may have been- I never saw it if it was, but I'll have to check.
The Professor has helped you recognize the Chad and Jeremy name now, but can you tell the diffference between them and Peter & Gordon?
Many times I still can't, lol!
And the Golden Pell goes to Joan Baez, nice choice.
I would have taken Glenn Yarbrough but I am biased...Baezed too, lol!
The title is I Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer, it's not that long.
If I can remember to look for it, I'll send you the Stevie Wonder version bro.
Just got back, so a re-run next week too.
Thanks for the listen, writing, and your patience too,
Comment by Mike Pell on September 1, 2013 at 12:26am
But it's true, I am slippery when sweaty, lol!
The Stevie Wonder curve was because I like curveballs, and so I do what I do- simple as that.
I really like Glenn Yarbrough, have a lot of albums by him- the songs are sometimes admittedly corny, many written by Rod McKuen, but what can I say...I like them- and I should play more of them!
Nat King Cole as a metal singer, now that's a thought, lol!
Maybe I was wrong, maybe NOBODY likes Mungo Jerry anymore!
If I saw Bryan Adams open for The Kinks to this day, I'd want him to hurry up and get off so I could see my beloved Kinks, lol!
That was in actual fact Kenny you heard...the man exists!
Apparently what is subtle about that different Chad & Jeremy take is not at all subtle to me.
Am I all alone here (quoting that Dylan song again!)?
The Tubes did a version of Theme From A Summer Place?
I know there are lyrics, so did they sing it?
Never heard it, and hard to imagine...oh man, I gotta find that, lol!
Thanks for the listen, writing, and your patience,
Comment by RJhog (Admin) on August 27, 2013 at 11:50am

Another good batch of songs.  Hey, speaking of a Summer at the beach theme, Kenny Chesney has a great song that would fit that perfectly.  It's called Anything But Mine.  

I pretty much liked all of these that you played.  The Nat King Cole sounds like it was in an old movie.  And I hate to disappoint you, but I'm not crazy about the song In The Summertime.  I mean it's okay, but not great to me.  Love the Bryan Adams tune though.  

Hey, at least I recognize the Chad and Jeremy name now, thanks to you.  That song was okay.

My favorite, and the winner of the Golden Pell is Joan Baez.  Although the song title is very, very long, it's a beautiful song.  I'd really love to hear the Stevie Wonder version.

Comment by Jon on August 27, 2013 at 8:48am

"Slippery when sweaty"??? Umm.....yuck?

See, I thought you were going to play Stevie Wonder, but you threw a curve. You built it up for a few seconds and I was waiting for Stevie, but no. It was Joan. Kinda a letdown, considering I was expecting Stevie. Why do you do what you do?

I dunno, I just don't like warbly singing, so I didn't really like that Glenn Yarborough song. Warbly singing makes me think someone is shaking the artist while they're singing. 

I like Nat King Cole. Nice understated geetaring on that song. He would make a great metal singer methinks.

Mungo Jerry drives me up the wall. I just picture a performance video or something by them and they were too damn happy. Like stoned happy.

I think everyone has heard that song as well as that Bryan Adams song. You know, I saw Bryan Adams in concert, he opened for The Kinks. Nobody cared about him. Then he hit it big.

I heard Kenny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Or the tv. Leaning towards the tv.

Chad & Jeremy was good, so was The Happenings but I've heard it before. Was it the same version? I don't know!

The Tubes did a version of "Theme From A Summer Place"!


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