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Fruits & Veggies, The Songs | Pete Townshend
Top Eight Songs About Produce. (Fruits & Veggies and the occasional snack food)
These musical selections are songs that are actually about food. Some familiar, some not so familiar, but all about food. There are probably many more than we have here, but these are the first 8 that came to mind, plus a couple of deserts added in for good measure. "Bon Appétit."
The Beach Boys, an American rock band, gained popularity in the '60s as a result of their tight vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a Southern California youth culture of cars, surfing, and romance. Brian Wilson's creativity them into an artistically innovative group that earned critical praise and influenced many later musicians. The initial group was composed of the Wilson brothers; Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and friend Al Jardine. This was the quintet that was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
The Beach Boys have often been referred to as "America's Band". The Beach Boys have earned thirty-six U.S. Top 40 hits, more than any other U.S. rock band, and fifty-six Hot 100 hits, with four number-one singles. Rolling Stone Magazine listed The Beach Boys as number 12 in the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, and according to Billboard, The Beach Boys are the No.-1-selling American band of all time in terms of singles and album sales.
Changes in musical styles and personnel have occurred during their long career, notably because of Brian Wilson's mental illness and drug use which lead to his eventual withdrawal from the group, and the deaths of Dennis and Carl Wilson in 1983 and 1998, respectively. After the death of Carl Wilson, founding member Al Jardine left to pursue a solo career. Currently, the surviving members of The Beach Boys continue to tour in three separate bands: "The Beach Boys Band" with Love, Bruce Johnston, and a rotation of backing musicians; Al Jardine's "Endless Summer Band" with Jardine, his sons, and several former Beach Boys backup musicians; and Brian Wilson with a 10-piece band including members of The Wondermints and Jeff Foskett, who toured with the Beach Boys in the 1980s and 1990s as backup guitarist/singer.
The Beach Boys - Vegetables
Harry Forster Chapin (12/7/42 - 7/16/81), was an American singer -songwriter, remembered in particular for his folk rock songs "Taxi", "W*O*L*D", and the number-one hit "Cat's in the Cradle". Chapin was also a humanitarian who fought to end world hunger and was instrumental in the creation of the Presidential Commission on World Hunger in 1977. In 1987, Chapin was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his humanitarian work. Chapin's first formal introduction to music was with the Brooklyn Boys Choir where he met John Wallace, a tenor with a five-octave range, who would later become his bassist and backing vocalist.
Harry Chapin originally intended to be a documentary film-maker, but in 1971 he decided to focus on a career in music and started playing in various local nightclubs in New York City with John Wallace, Tim Scott and Ron Palmer. Following an unsuccessful early album made with his brothers, Tom and Steve, Chapin's debut album was Heads & Tales in 1972, which was a success thanks to the single "Taxi". Chapin's next two albums "Sniper and Other Love Songs" and "Short Stories" had moderate success. "Verities & Balderdash" released in 1974 as his fourth album, was much more successful, due mostly to the hit single "Cat's in the Cradle", based upon a poem by his wife, Sandy Chapin. Sandy had written the poem, and when their son Josh was born, Harry put music to the words and recorded the result. "Cat's in the Cradle" was Chapin's only number one hit, shooting album sales skyward and making him a millionaire.
On Thursday, July 16, 1981, Chapin was driving on the Long Island Expressway on the way to perform at a free concert at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow, NY. Near exit 40 in Jericho he put on his emergency flashers, presumably because of either a mechanical or medical problem, (possibly a heart attack). He then slowed and veered into the center lane, nearly colliding with another car, ending up directly in the path of a tractor-trailer truck. The truck could not brake in time and rammed the rear of Chapin's blue 1975 Volkswagen Rabbit, rupturing the fuel tank and causing it to burst into flames. The driver of the truck and a passerby were able to get Chapin out of the burning car through the window and he was taken by police helicopter to a hospital, where ten doctors tried unsuccessfully for 30 minutes to revive him. The Nassau County Medical Center said Chapin had suffered a heart attack and "died of cardiac arrest," but there was no way of knowing whether it occurred before or after the accident.
Harry Chapin - Bananas
Harry Belafonte, Jr. was born Harold George Belafonete on March 1, 1927 and is an American musician, actor and social activist. One of the most successful popular singers in history, he was dubbed the "King of Calypso", for popularizing the Caribbean musical style that originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the early 20th century. Belafonte's signature piece, "Banana Boat Song", with the distinctive "Day-O" lyric is probably his best known performance.
Throughout his career, he has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes and a major critic of the policies of the George W. Bush Administration. He strongly opposed not only racial prejudice in the United States, but also western colonialism in Africa. Belafonte's success in the arts did not protect him from racial discrimination, particularly in the American South. As a result, he refused to perform in the South from 1954 until 1961. In 1960, President John F. Kennedy named Belafonte cultural advisor to the Peace Corps. Belafonte was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and one of Martin Luther King Jr.'s confidants.
Belafonte started his career in music as a club singer in New York, to pay for his acting classes. First performing with the Charlie Parker band, which along with Charlie , also featured Max Roach, and Miles Davis. His first widely released single was "Matilda", recorded in April of 1953, which became another of his signature pieces. Harry's performances encouraged audience participation, which greatly added to the popularity and enjoyment of his live shows. His breakthrough album "Calypso", (1956) became the first LP to sell over 1 million copies.
Belafonte has starred in several films. Belafonte's first major film role was in Bright Road (1953), in which he appeared alongside Dorothy Dandridge. The two subsequently starred in Otto Preminger's hit musical Carmen Jones (1954) in which, curiously, Belafonte's own singing voice was seen as unsuitable for the role and his lyrics in the film were dubbed in by an opera singer. Using his rising popularity Harry was able to act in several controversial, (for that era), film roles including Island in the Sun, (1957) which hinted at an interracial relationship, and he starred in and produced Robert Wise's Odds Against Tomorrow, (1959) in which he plays a bank robber partnered with a racist. Belafonte was offered the role of Porgy in Otto Preminger's Porgy and Bess, but refused the role because he objected to the racial stereotyping of blacks in the story.
Harry left the film world and concentrated his efforts on his music and social activism from the '60s to the present. Today Belafonte continues his involvement in the support of HIV/AIDS awareness and research, UNICEF, and the Human Bondage Project, a series of films, documentaries and TV series about slavery told from the African perspective, to be produced over a period of five years, was launched on May '08, as well as many other causes to which he lends his support.
Harry Belafonte - Day-O (Banana Boat Song)
Harry Edward Nilsson III most commonly known simply as Nilsson was a "singers singer", with an extraordinary voice and a musical legacy that spans over 40 years. Nilsson was born in the Brooklyn, New York in 1941, and passed away in 1993 from a massive heart attack, but his music still lingers on in the soundtracks of dozens of films and TV shows, from the '60s to the present-day. Nilsson reached the top of his commercial success as a singer in the mid '70s with the hit singles "Without You",
"I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City", "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Coconut". He was awarded Grammy Awards for two of his recordings "Everybody's Talking" from the film Midnight Cowboy, and "Without You" from his most successful album "Nilsson Schmilsson".
Nilsson was in high demand for his songwriting abilities and many of his songs including 'One' and 'Cuddly Toy' have been covered by various artists including the Monkees, Three Dog Night and Aimee Mann. Nilsson's style can be described as eclectic and imaginative, with themes ranging from ballad to bawdy and everything in between, and encompassing many of the emerging music styling's of the time, especially rhythm and blues.
Harry started singing demos for songwriter Scott Turner in 1960 for which he was paid five dollars for each track they recorded. When Nilsson became famous, Turner decided to release these early recordings, and contacted Nilsson to work out a fair payment. Nilsson replied that he had already been paid; five dollars a track. Nilsson's recording contract was picked up by Tower Records, who in 1966 released the first singles actually credited to him by name, as well as the debut album "Spotlight on Nilsson". None of Nilsson's Tower releases charted or gained much critical attention, although his songs were being recorded by Glen Campbell, Fred Astaire, the Shangri-Las, the Yardbirds, and others.
Nilsson signed with RCA Victor in 1966 and released an album the following year, " Pandemonium Shadow Show", which was a critical, though not commercial, success. Music industry insiders were impressed both with the songwriting and with Nilsson's clean, multi-octave vocals. Harry also released recordings for Mercury Records under the pseudonym of "Johnny Niles."
In 1977 Harry Nilsson recorded what he later considered to be his favorite album, "Knnillssonn", which held the promise of being Harry's best effort. However, the death of Elvis Presley caused RCA to ignore everything except meeting demand for Presley's back catalog, and a marketing push never happened. This, combined with RCA releasing a Nilsson Greatest Hits collection without consulting him, prompted Nilsson to leave the label. Nilsson's musical work after leaving RCA Victor was sporadic.
His premature death is attributable in large part to his earlier partying lifestyle and health problems exacerbated by financial worries. His financial adviser embezzled most of his fortune leaving him in considerable debt just prior to his death. 'Artist Discography'
Harry Nilsson - Coconut (1971)
Frank Zappa - (December 21, 1940 – December 4, 1993). Frank Vincent Zappa was an American composer, musician, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Frank Zappa had established himself as a very gifted and distinctive composer, electric guitar player and band leader. He worked in various different musical genres and wrote music for rock bands, jazz ensembles, synthesizers and symphony orchestra, as well as musique concrète works constructed from pre-recorded, synthesized or sampled sources. Musique concrète, is a form of electro-acoustic music that utilizes acousmatic sound, or sound that one hears without seeing the originating cause.
Frank Zappa was a highly productive and prolific artist and he gained widespread critical acclaim. Many of his albums are considered essential in rock history, and he is regarded as one of the most original guitarists and composers of his time; he remains a major influence on musicians and composers. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and for most of his career was able to work as an independent artist. Frank Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. If you didn't get it the first time around, you probably won't get it now!
Frank Zappa was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 1990. The disease had been developing unnoticed for ten years and was considered inoperable. After his diagnosis, Zappa devoted most of his energy to modern orchestral and Synclavier, (an early synthesizer and sampler), works. In 1993 he completed Civilization, Phaze III shortly before his death. It was a major Synclavier work which he had begun in the 1980s. 'Artist Discography'
Frank Zappa - Call Any Vegetable
The Marathons - (The Vibrations)
The five singers who sang on the song "Peanut Butter", were really The Vibrations masquerading as The Marathons. The group consisted of Don Bradley (bass), Carl Fisher (second tenor), Dave Govan (baritone), Jimmy Johnson (lead), and Richard Owens (first tenor). The Vibrations had a hit with "The Watusi"; a dance song that peaked at number 25. The writer of Peanut Butter, H.B. Barnum thought the group's sound was perfect for this novelty song, and no one expected the song to reach the level of popularity that it did. A lawsuit resulted when Checker Records discovered the charade. The Vibrations' members had individual contracts with Checker, and the label won the rights to market copies of "Peanut Butter" under their logo. The group initially began recording as The Jay Hawks, and had a hit in 1956 with "Stranded in the Jungle" After a few lineup changes, the group hit again in 1961 with the song "The Watusi" , while at the same time floating the hit "Peanut Butter" , as The Marathons. The Vibrations vocal group hailed from Los Angeles, California, and were active from the mid-1950s to 1976. Also notable among the group's hit singles were "My Girl Sloopy" (1964) and "Love in Them Thar Hills" (1968). 'Artist Discography'
Peanut Butter - The Marathons 1961
The Kinks are an English rock group formed in 1963, and categorized in the US as a British Invasion band. The Kinks have been cited as one of the most important and influential rock bands of all time. The Kinks first gained prominence in 1964 with their third single, the hit "You Really Got Me", written by Ray Davies. The band's name came from their "kinky" dress sense of leather capes and boots worn on stage. The group's original line-up consisted of Ray Davies on lead vocals/rhythm guitar/keyboards, Dave Davies on lead guitar/vocals, Pete Quaife on backing vocals/bass guitar, and Mick Avory on drums and percussion. Following Quaife's departure in 1969, the band centered around the three remaining original members and frequently changed bassists and keyboardists. In 1984, friction between Dave Davies and Mick Avory resulted in the latter's departure, leaving only the brothers from the original line-up. However, the increasingly deteriorating relationship between the Davies brothers, with a string of unsuccessful records, led to the break-up of the band in 1996. In late 2008, Ray Davies confirmed that the band are reuniting and are gearing for a possible new album and tour.
The band's early hard-driving singles set a standard in the mid-1960s for rock and roll, while albums such as "Face to Face", "Something Else", "The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society", " Arthur", and "Muswell Hillbillies" are highly regarded by fans, critics, and peers, and are considered amongst the most influential recordings of the era. During the New Wave era, groups such as The Jam, The Knack, and The Pretenders covered Kinks songs and many British pop acts have cited them as a major influence. Many modern bands such as The Killers, The Libertines, and Franz Ferdinand acknowledge The Kinks and Ray Davies' songwriting skills. In the VH1 documentary "Heavy: the Story of Metal", The Kinks are mentioned as one of the early bands that can be traced with a heavy metal sound.
As self-professed Kinks fan Pete Townsend said for The History of Rock 'n' Roll: "The Kinks were much more quintessentially English. I always think that Ray Davies should one day be Poet Laureate. He invented a new kind of poetry and a new kind of language for pop writing that influenced me from the very, very, very beginning." 'Artist Discography'
Hot Potato - The Kinks
Presidents of The United States
The President of The United States, commonly referred to as The Presidents, is a twice Grammy-nominated American alternative rock band. The band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1993. The three-piece group currently consists Chris Ballew, Jason Finn and Andrew McKeag. Dave Dederer was a member of the band for 11 years before leaving in 2004. They have released six studio albums since forming in 1993.
Critics praised the bands catchy, humorous, and self-deprecating songs, which were a major departure from the grunge/post-grunge sound. The album received Grammy nominations in 1996 and 1997. Though "Peaches" met the most critical success, the band claims "Lump" as their favorite single. The song's, (Lump), strange lyrics came from a dream that Ballew had during an illness. The lyrics for "Peaches" were written about a crush Ballew used to have on a girl. According to him, she had a peach tree in the front of her yard, and when he finally summoned the courage to go talk to her, he stood under the tree and smashed peaches in his fist until he decided not to talk to her.
The band broke up in January 1998 as Ballew quit to explore other musical interests. Following the breakup, each band member devoted time to his own solo projects. Ballew was the most prolific of the three, releasing albums with The Giraffes and The Tycoons, two of his side projects. Dederer collaborated with former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan as The Gentlemen and in McKagan's perennial hard rock band, Loaded, including contributing to the album "Dark Days". Dederer also played bass in the Seattle band Juke and produced songs for singer/songwriter Gerald Collier. Finn played drums for several bands, including Nevada Bachelors, The Fastbacks and Love Battery, his original band. In 2004, the band reformed, releasing " Love Everybody" on their newly formed indie label PUSA Inc. 'Artist Discography'
The Turtles a U.S. rock group led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman became notable for several Top 40 hits beginning with its cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965 and scoring its biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together." Originally a surf-rock group called the Crossfires from the Planet Mars formed in 1965 in Westchester, California they signed to White Whale Records and billed themselves as a folk rock group under the name "The Tyrtles", an intentional misspelling similar to The Byrds and The Beatles, which soon changed to The Turtles. At the start of 1967 drummer Don Murray and then bassist Chuck Portz quit the group. They were replaced by Joel Larson and then John Barbata on drums, and by Chip Douglas followed by Jim Pons on bass, with Jim Tucker remaining on guitar through '68. The Turtles wound down their career in 1970 after several member changes.
Kaylan, Volman and Jim Pons joined the Mothers of Invention as "The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie", since the use of the Turtles name, and even their own names in billings, was prohibited by their contract with White Whale. Flo & Eddie, as they soon became known, recorded albums with the Mothers and later released a series of records on their own. 'Artist Discography'
Food - The Turtles (Brownies)
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Lonnie Mack was born in 1941 in Harrison, Indiana just west of Cincinnati. From front porch/back yard sing-alongs he developed a love of country music, rhythm and blues from the late-night black radio stations and gospel from his local church. Starting off with guitar lessons from his mother, Lonnie gradually blended all the sounds he heard around him into his own unique style.
Lonnie Mack began working clubs and roadhouses around the tri-state borders of Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio in his early teenage years. In 1958, he bought the guitar he still plays today a Gibson Flying V serial number 7. In addition to his live gigs, Lonnie began playing sessions for the King and Fraternity labels in Cincinnati. He recorded with blues and R&B greats like Hank Ballard, Freddie King and James Brown.
In 1963, at the end of another artist's session, Lonnie cut an instrumental version of Chuck Berry's ''Memphis.'' He didn't even know that Fraternity had issued the single until he heard it on the radio, and within a few weeks "Memphis" had hit the national Top 5 Lonnie Mack went from being a talented regional roadhouse player to a national star virtually overnight. He began playing all the major rock venues, from Fillmore East to Fillmore West. Lonnie also made a guest appearance on the Doors' Morrison Hotel album. You can hear Lonnie's guitar solo on "Roadhouse Blues" preceded by Jim Morrison's urgent ''Do it, Lonnie! Do it!''
Lonnie Mack's career traces the history of rock and roll. Drawing from influences as diverse as rhythm and blues, country, gospel and rockabilly, Lonnie has won the hearts of fans worldwide. He is revered by a new generation of rock performers. He has played everywhere from tiny roadhouse clubs to huge rock showcases and national television and has recorded for major labels and indies alike. 'Artist Discography'
Lonnie Mack with Stevie Ray Vaughan - Oreo Cookie Blues
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