MUSIC – Jazz: “Halie Loren – A Whiter Shade of Pale” / Video by Marie Maurice ☮

Halie Loren – A Whiter Shade of Pale Lyrics By – Gary Brooker; Music By – Keith Reid Album – They Oughta Write A Song Released – 2008 Label – White Moon Productions Credits – Bass – Mark Schneider; Drums – Brian West; Piano – Matt Treder; Trumpet – Tim McLaughlan; Vocals – Halie Loren _____ Winner of the Best Jazz Vocal Album Just Plain Folks Award out of over 42,000 entries as well as countless critics raves from around the world . (..). They Oughta Write A Song deserves to take a place among the great vocal jazz albums.’ (Wildy Haskell, Wildy’s World). _____ “A Whiter Shade of Pale” is the debut single by the British rock band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The single reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967 and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. One of the anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, it is one of the best selling singles in history, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. The original writing credits were for Brooker and Reid only. On 30 July 2009, Matthew Fisher won co-writing credit for the music in a unanimous ruling from the Law Lords.

MUSIC – POP: “Music To Watch Girls By” / The Bob Crewe Generation / Andy Williams / Released December 1966 ☮

Released in December 1966, the song peaked at #15 on Billboard on February 11, 1967 and at #9 on Cash Box on February 18, 1967. Due to the popularity of the song’s title theme, it remained a radio favorite throughout the spring and summer, especially for the beach crowd.

Music to Watch Girls By(1967) sung by Andy Williams. Video includes scenes from several 1960’s movies. Actresses include Natalie Wood, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh, Sue Ane Langdon, Sharon Tate, Lee Meredith, Annette Funicello and Diana Rigg.

MUSIC – GLAM ROCK: David Bowie / “Life on Mars?” / 1971 ☮


It’s a god-awful small affair
To the girl with the mousy hair
But her mummy is yelling “No”
And her daddy has told her to go
But her friend is nowhere to be seen
Now she walks through her sunken dream
To the seat with the clearest view
And she’s hooked to the silver screen
But the film is a saddening bore
For she’s lived it ten times or more
She could spit in the eyes of fools
As they ask her to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

It’s on Amerikas tortured brow
That Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow
Now the workers have struck for fame
‘Cause Lennon’s on sale again
See the mice in their million hordes
From Ibeza to the Norfolk Broads
Rule Britannia is out of bounds
To my mother, my dog, and clowns
But the film is a saddening bore
‘Cause I wrote it ten times or more
It’s about to be writ again
As I ask you to focus on

Sailors fighting in the dance hall
Oh man! Look at those cavemen go
It’s the freakiest show
Take a look at the Lawman
Beating up the wrong guy
Oh man! Wonder if he’ll ever know
He’s in the best selling show
Is there life on Mars?

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