Music History Monday: May 11

Posted by Jeff Harris, May 11, 2015 08:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: May 11, 1959 - "The Happy Organ" by Dave "Baby" Cortez hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week. Written by Cortez and Ken Wood, it is the biggest hit for the songwriter and musician from Detroit. Born Dave Cortez Clowney, he will begin playing piano as a child with aspirations to become a professional musician after seeing Duke Ellington & His Orchestra in concert. Cortez will relocate to New York when he joins a group call The Pearls as a keyboard player. Eventually he will strike out on his own, working as a studio musician, when he is signed to independent label Clock Records (distributed by Ember Records). He and fellow songwriter Ken Wood write a song initially titled "The Dog And The Cat" that also features lyrics. When Cortez finds that the song doesn't work in its original form, he will make it over as an instrumental, recording it with a Hammond Organ instead of a piano. Clock will release the song as a single just as Cortez leaves town to go on tour with Little Anthony & The Imperials. Entering the Hot 100 at #68 on March 16, 1959, it will climb to the top of the chart eight weeks later. Cortez will follow the song with the similiar  "The Whistling Organ," which peaks at #61 in July of 1959. Clock Records will soon fold in 1961 and Cortez will sign a deal with Chess Records, scoring another major hit with the single "Rinky Dink" (#10 Pop, #9 R&B). Cortez will chart several more singles on the chart through 1966, then makes his last chart entry with "Someone Has Taken Your Place" (#45 R&B) on All Platinum Records in 1973. "The Happy Organ" will also be featured in theatrical trailers for the film Tommy Boy in 1995. Dave "Baby" Cortez will record a new album in 2011 with Lonnie Youngblood and His Bloodhounds, his first new release in 39 years.

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Songs & Gift Ideas for Mother's Day: Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Posted by Billyjam, May 4, 2012 09:24am | Post a Comment

2Pac "Dear Mama" (1995) [from Me Against the World]

Mother’s Day 2012
(Sunday, May 13th) may soon be upon us but there's still plenty of time left to get mom the gift of music from Amoeba, whether you order something online from our website shop on (and have us mail it directly to mom) or if you stop into one of the three Amoeba Music stores. With the endless choices of CDs, DVDs, records, posters, and more, you're bound to find something just right for mom.

Kanye West "Hey Mama" [from album
Late Registration]

Macka B "Respect to Our Mothers" [from the album Roots Ragga]
There is some excellent music that would make a great Mother's Day gift, including new/recent/current Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Societyreleases from Norah Jones' Little Broken Hearts or her 2002 album Come Away With Me, Adele's 21, Esperanza Spalding's Radio Music Society, The Civil Wars' eight track Live at Amoeba CD, Nanci Griffith's Intersection, Rumer's Season of My Soul, a new solo release by Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek) called Sun Midnight SunBruce Springsteen's Wrecking Ball, and Janis Joplin (including reissues). There's oodles of older titles too for sale on including, for the budget conscious shopper, the Clearance Section offerings.

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Ride On!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 8, 2010 01:50pm | Post a Comment
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Free fridays at Santa Anita racetrack start today and continue for the next few months. I highly recommend a trip out to Arcadia to sit in the bleachers and smoke, drink and bet-- or you can just pretend to bet like I often do. Of course, there are "exclusive" box seats and all that, but to me the bleachers make for a much better bit of people watching and a much more relaxing time. Dollar beers, dollar hot dogs and a stunning view of the San Gabriel Mountains make the trek out east a worthy one.

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Santa Anita Park
285 W Huntington Drive
Arcadia CA 91007

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