Still Singing, Petula Clark Turns 90

by Kevin Burton    Did you know Petula Clark has a new single?  Well, it’s her birthday today so let’s help her celebrate.    That’s 90 candles on the cake today for Petula, if you’re counting. She was born on this day in 1932 in Ewell, England. That’s 68 million records sold, if you’re doing …

Songwriter Cynthia Weil Turns 82

by Kevin Burton    Happy 82nd birthday to a great American songwriter you may not know much about, Cynthia Weil.     If her name doesn’t ring a bell, her music sure will.  She and her husband Barry Mann formed one of the most important songwriting teams of the 60s. They were contemporaries of writers you …

Drift Away: The Healing Power Of Music

by Kevin Burton    Let me be clear: the beat, the rock and roll beat, does not free one’s soul.  But in the secular sense it sure frees something.     And that’s the heart of the great 1973 song “Drift Away.”    Lawrence Darrow Brown was born in Simonton, Texas on this day in 1940.  …

Mining For Radio Gold In Canada

by Kevin Burton    The things we don’t say, can’t say, the things we won’t see and refuse to feel, these are the ghosts that inhabit a great 1971 song.    I speak of “If You Could Read My Mind” by Gordon Lightfoot.  The orchestration is good but it never gets in the way of …

Songs And Seasons In The Canadian Sun

by Kevin Burton    Friday was Canada Day, which got me thinking about my favorite songs by Canadian musicians.    The discussion started Saturday on Page 7 (“A Salute To Canada’s Greatest Hits,” July 2.) I have learned a few things just looking into it.     For instance, Rush, a group I never listened to …

A Salute To Canada’s Greatest Hits

by Kevin Burton    What in the world was “The Safety Dance” all about anyway?     That’s just one avenue I walked down during my look into the best Canadian music in honor of Canada Day, which was yesterday, July 1.    I set out to create a top ten list of favorite songs by …

Hearing My Story In The Rock And Roll

by Kevin Burton    The stories, the images, the sound and fury of rock and roll, truly resonate when they hit close to home.    By now we have enough rocking sounds to fill the seven seas. The messages are all over the map. The sheer variety is breathtaking. Not every song will get in …

Sunny Songs To Usher In Summer

by Kevin Burton     Ready or not, here’s summer!     Today’s official beginning of summer coincides with our usual Tuesday music discussion on Page 7 to bring you songs about summer.    Summer started at 4:14 am Central Time today, according to the Farmer’s Almanac.  But most people have a different definition of summer a …

What Ever Happened To The Tambourine?

by Kevin Burton    Hey man, do you dig the tambourine?     They sure did back in the 60s.  It was everywhere!  Is there any surer stamp marking the time a record was produced, than the prominent use of tambourine?     Just for fun I grabbed one of my 60s compilation CDs, “Feelin’ Groovy” put …

Singer Gladys Knight Turns 78

by Kevin Burton    Happy 78th birthday to gospel singer Gladys Knight, and all aboard that midnight train!    I think we’ve all taken that midnight train. It’s the one you ride when you are forced to leave cherished dreams behind and build a new life.    The song “Midnight Train To Georgia” hit number …