This Artist Socked It To Us Twice In 1968

by Kevin Burton    In 1981 Dolly Parton hit number one on both the country and pop charts with the song “9 to 5.”     But which female solo artist was the first to hit those two heights, 13 years before that?    Hint: It’s her birthday today.    The song in question was country …

Little Sis Had Her Day, Did It Her Way

by Kevin Burton    It was years after the fact when he told the story, but the anger was still there in his voice.    Apparently someone in obstetrics at the Minot Air Force Base suggested that my father could, or maybe should, allow my newborn sister Patricia to die.    This was before she …

Four Birthday Wishes And One Deferred

by Kevin Burton    My generous wife made an offer some weeks ago. Really it was a demand.     Tired of my elusiveness about what I wanted for my birthday, she requested in the strongest of terms, a list of five things that I wanted (see Five Bows On Five Boxes, Holy Smokes!, July 17).  …

“Be My Baby” Has Had A Huge Influence

by Kevin Burton    The story of a stunned Brian Wilson pulling over to the side of the road makes me smile every time.    Wilson is the driving force behind the Beach Boys. He was stopped in his and his car’s tracks, by the sheer brilliance of something coming from the radio that he …

Five Bows On Five Boxes, Holy Smokes!

by Kevin Burton    There was this last Friday from the heart and voice box of my loving wife Jeannette: “I want you to give me a list of five things you want for your birthday.”    This had already been an especially productive and fun day.  Then in the winding down part came this …

Favorite Songs With White In The Title

by Kevin Burton    White is clean in the Tide commercials, virginal in the wedding chapels. It’s a bit of a beginning or blank slate.   Honestly, this list leaves me with a blank stare.  As great as the music is, most of the lyrics are far from straightforward.    For a bonus track on …