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 …

Reality Intrudes Upon Laverne And Shirley

by Kevin Burton    Shame on me for this, but there was a time when I believed every word of the song from Laverne and Shirley.   That show ran from 1976 to 1983 on ABC. It was a big hit for its first few years, a spinoff from the very popular “Happy Days.” It …

The Trippy Lyrics Of Strawberry Letter 23

by Kevin Burton     From its carousel introduction to its abstract imagery lyrics, “Strawberry Letter 23” was, different.    The song was released 45 years ago this month on Epic Records.    You remember the tune? It was one of the quieter songs performed by the Brothers Johnson.    Wikipedia says the 7-inch single was …

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 …

The Infectious Rhythm Of A Disco Classic

by Kevin Burton    For those rock and rollers who hate disco, one song makes me wonder.    I have always wondered what that group thinks of “Turn The Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson.    Robinson was born on this date in 1954.  She was only 45 when she died of cancer in 2000.  …

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 …

Rapping To The Ladies, Wishful Thinking

by Kevin Burton    I love the Doobie Brothers, but I have a complaint.   Let’s engage in a little wishful thinking, shall we? I wish Michael McDonald would enunciate.    Wishful thinking is “the attribution of reality to what one wishes to be true or the tenuous justification of what one wants to believe,” according …

Put The Carpenters In The Hall Already

by Kevin Burton    Hope I’m not too early but I want to be the first to congratulate The Carpenters on their 2023 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.    It has to happen now, right?     I say this because some committee just voted Dolly Parton of all people, into the …

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 …

Work Commute Takes On A 70s Groove

by Kevin Burton    You don’t often get a break like this one, and I’m riding with it.    The ride service that takes me from my rural town back and forth to work in the big city will not be charging its usual fee for the fourth quarter of this year.     That’s right, …