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Al Forsyth

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Name That Band – it’s easy.  They are who they say they are!

Here we go music fans – and it’s very simple to decide what to call your act. These are family acts and not necessarily siblings, BUT the name of the act IS their family sound – essentially. 

And away we go. 

The Mills Brothers  - You Always Hurt The One You Love

Donald, Herbert, Harry and John Jr./John Sr. Mills

Smooth vocal sound from the 30’s right into the 60’s.  An incredible number of hits.  The brothers signed to Brunswick Records and had a hit in 1931 with their first disc, ‘Tiger Rag’, which they also sang in the following year’s movie The Big Broadcast, featuring Bing Crosby and many other stars of US radio. They appeared in several other musical montage movies such as Twenty Million Sweethearts (1934), Broadway Gondolier (1935) and Reveille With Beverly (1943), Rhythm Parade (1943), Cowboy Canteen (1944) and When You’re Smiling (1950). In the early 30s, Crosby featured on several of the brothers’ record hits, including ‘Dinah’/‘Can’t We Talk It Over’, ‘Shine’ and ‘Gems From George White’s Scandals’, which also included the Boswell Sisters. On later tracks, the Mills Brothers were also joined by Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Cab Calloway. Their early records were labelled: ‘No musical instruments or mechanical devices used on this recording other than one guitar’. Other 30s hits included ‘You Rascal, You’, ‘I Heard’, ‘Good-Bye, Blues’, ‘Rockin’ Chair’, ‘St. Louis Blues’, ‘Sweet Sue’, ‘Bugle Call Rag’, ‘It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)’, ‘Swing It Sister’, ‘Sleepy Head’ and ‘Sixty Seconds Together’.

During the late 30s, the Mills Brothers toured the USA and abroad, appearing in two UK Royal Command Performances. Their popularity peaked in 1943 with the record ‘Paper Doll’, which sold over six million copies. They had consistent chart success throughout the 40s with titles on the Decca Records label such as ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’, ‘Til Then’, ‘I Wish’, ‘I Don’t Know Enough About You’, ‘Across The Alley From The Alamo’, ‘I Love You So Much It Hurts’, ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm’, ‘Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You)’ and ‘Put Another Chair At The Table’

 

Wilson Phillips – You’re In Love

Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips

Yes, they are famous offspring of Brian and Marilyn and John and Michee and came on strong with first album in 1990 (that long ago, really?). This was a number one record from their acclaimed album. Wilson Phillips first appeared in 1990 giving a harmony-rich sound that helped send three singles from their first album -- "Hold On," "Release Me," and "You're in Love" -- to the top of the Billboard charts. Carnie Wilson, Wendy Wilson, and Chynna Phillips comprised the vocal trio, whose sudden success was matched by an equally impressive pedigree. The two Wilson sisters had grown up in California with their father, Beach Boy bandleader Brian Wilson, and often made appearances on his albums throughout their childhood. Chynna's parents, meanwhile, were John and Michelle Phillips (of seminal folk-rock band the Mamas & the Papas). Despite growing up alongside such icons, the girls first pursued separate careers in acting and modeling, only turning to music when Chynna (having been influenced by Band Aid and Farm Aid) suggested they make a charity record with other children of famous musicians. The project fell through, but it also brought the three girls together again, forming Wilson Phillips in the process.

 

The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There

Michael, Jermaine, Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson

They took Motown and the nation by storm when they first hit and of course produced many hits in addition to the personal accomplishments by family members.  The Jackson 5 were one of the biggest phenomenons in pop music during the early '70s, and the last great group to come out of the Motown hitmaking machine before Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder shifted the label's focus to more individual visions. The Jackson 5's infectious brand of funky pop-soul was a definite departure from the typically smooth, elegant Motown sound, as befitting the group's youth and the dawn of a new decade. That youth, coupled with the merchandising juggernaut that sprang up behind them, inevitably got them tagged a bubblegum group. But they were far more talented musically than that label would suggest, especially lead singer Michael, and their material, while sunny and upbeat, didn't pander to its audience. Solo careers and overexposure gradually weakened the Jackson 5, but their best music still holds up surprisingly well as some of the most vibrant mainstream pop/R&B of its era.

 

The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower

A. P., Sara and Maybelle Carter

This is the group that put mountain/hillbilly and bluegrass music on the map with their original 1927 recordings.  The Carter Family would go on through generations and we even heard a song last week with June and Johnny too featured.  The family’s recording career began in 1927 in response to an advertisement placed in a local newspaper by a talent scout for Victor records. Over the next 16 years, with two of Sara’s children and three of Maybelle’s (Helen, June, and Anita) also appearing, they recorded more than 300 songs for various labels, covering a significant cross section of the mountain music repertory, including old ballads and humorous songs, sentimental pieces from the 19th and early 20th centuries, and many religious pieces. They later performed extensively on radio and popularized many songs that became standards of folk and country music; some of these were “Jimmy Brown, the Newsboy,” “Wabash Cannonball,” “It Takes a Worried Man to Sing a Worried Song,” and “Wildwood Flower.”

These recordings all go back in time (last century) and all created a unique sound that still endures to this day.  That’s a legacy.  More will come in about them throughout the week so stay tuned.  Also feel free to put in your own eponymous groups who have their name in lights as the title of the act.  Please look into some of the history of these artists.  And yes, they are all artists in their own right.  Try to give everything a good listen over.  Maybe something grabs you right off and maybe it takes some time to sink in.  We are talking about the range of the last Century in essence here and various genres from country to jazz-vocal, to pop r and b to harmony pop.  Maybe someday your name will be in lights … Enjoy!

C and P
The Mills Brothers  - You Always Hurt The One You Love
Wilson Phillips – You’re In Love
The Jackson 5 – I’ll Be There
The Carter Family – Wildwood Flower


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Al -- You raise an interesting question concerning names. "Wendy Wilson" is clearly a name, but is "Wilson Phillips"? Yes, it's the name of the group, like "The Mills Brothers" was the name of that group. Does "Wilson Phillips" also tell us who is in the group? It kind of does, but "Wilsons and Phillips" or "Wilson, Wilson and Phillips" would be more accurate. But assuming "Wilson Phillips" is a name and it also tells us who the performers are, I guess "Johnny Cash" is also a name and tells us who the performer is. [smile]

I think my work here is done, aside from voting:

Gold -- The Mills Brothers -- An easy winner. Those guys were great.

Silver -- The Carter Family -- They sound primitive now, but it's the other one of these songs I'd choose to listen to.

Bronze -- The Jackson Five -- Or Michael and the Brothers.

Tin -- Wilson Phillips -- Or Wendy, Carnie and Chynna.


Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young -- "Cowgirl in the Sand"
youtube.com/watch?v=cIPcoy81xNY

Simon and Garfunkel -- "Baby Driver"
youtube.com/watch?v=DHkzM1CP9Vw

Thanks, Al.


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Larry,

I think that if you are either a Wilson or a Phillips - that you would fit in nicely in Wilson Phillips no questions asked.  If you were a Mama or a Papa then it's I bit more vague but we could reason it all out.  If you were a Beach Boy - that could change depending on need or status at the time.  So Wendy Wilson could be any of the above but best suited in Wilson Phillips. She was also in The Wilson's. 

Thanks for the kick-off votes and comments. 

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I still think this is a great record, written by Del Shannon: 

Peter & Gordon -- "I Go To Pieces" (1964)


Of less interest, their first single, #1 in the US and UK in 1964, written by Paul McCartney: "A World Without Love"
youtube.com/watch?v=APKu1MTHtNg

Where there were Peter & Gordon, there were also these two, who also sound too sweet today:

Chad & Jeremy -- "A Summer Song" (also 1964 of course)
youtube.com/watch?v=VvD0_aeAf2E

Wikipedia says Jeremy Clyde and Peter Asher have been performing together since 2018. I hope it's "Peter & Jeremy" and one and only one wears glasses, like Peter & Gordon and Chad & Jeremy did.


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More on the acts this week.  I almost used their biggest hit - but listen to the smooth harmonies live:


So many have covered Wildwood Flower


Good little live band (LOVE the ending)


It really was Michael and the guys.  Incredible performance. Ed's kinda strange in the ending but shouts out to D. Ross for "the discovery". 


Here's a duo who didn't use their names until their songwriting partnership -- they didn't need to be Jeremy and Chad or Gordon and Peter:
https://woodstockwhisperer.info/2016/04/23/john-paul-nerk-twins/
http://www.meetthebeatlesforreal.com/2013/09/the-nurk-twins.html

Is there anyone else out there besides the host and Larry? Tap-tap-tap on the screen.

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Al, to answer your question, everyone's gone to the moon. Chad & Jeremy did a lame cover, but the original is still best. Jonathan King wore glasses. He was just missing someone with good eyesight to sing with.
youtube.com/watch?v=00XbDRuI78Y

The Roches -- "Everyone Is Good"  (New Jersey's own Suzzy, Terre & Maggie)



I would have given "Paper Doll" two golds.

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And just to mention to everyone that it's okay to come in to the Larry and Al show live here at WBDW.  We are safe and inclusive co-hosts and will never be disrespectful.  So come on in and join the live fray.  You only have to vote or share something by a band/group who goes by their real name.  Even if they may not be who they say they are:

But we believe them [cool]
This may fit us better though ...

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Al, you asked everyone to give the songs a good listen over. I presume that's what most of us do. It's what I do every week. I'll vote once I've listened to these for a few days.
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Yes I did Darren.  Thanks and it does help.  Usually we have more than a vote though by day two.  [wave]Plus it is summer break here north of the Equator.  

If I voted on the first day last week, my votes would have been different.  So, cheers on that!

And I don't want to say that it's lonely only speaking with Larry - GREAT co-host. [thumb]

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yeah, what Darren said.!   I have first impressions, Michael as super kid to win, but all four songs are good, so I want to play more, all the way through, to make sure. 

Love the Roches but my gosh, what a false premise.  They must have different media sources than me...  
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Al -- If it's ok with you, let's make it the Al & Larry Show instead. 

A couple good ones from the archives:

Peter (Lyons) and Kerry (Leatham) -- "Knees" (live 2018)
youtube.com/watch?v=-bTZHH0HEf0

Angus and Julia Stone -- "Chateau" (2017)

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David Crosby:

Stephen Stills:

Graham Nash:


Neil Young:


Crosby and Nash:

Crosby, Stills and Nash:

Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young:

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Rock out version of LTG LIVE at Woodstock - anniversary upcoming soon. This was kept under wraps - it's amazing:

They are special as individuals but as a group - incredible mix of sounds.
Recorded version
youtube.com/watch?v=V9aTw5BU-QY
Deb - the Guinnevere above is both beautiful and haunting.  
I've only seen G. Nash and S. Stills live but did see the trio at Woodstock 94

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I do like how the Mills Brothers up their ante with the bigger harmony at the ending:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=125&v=62knEI2NeMU
The Mills Brothers and Bing - they sing the name of the song even - this is 1931 - some good scat work:


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I'll go with:

Gold:  Wilson Phillips for You're In Love.  Awesome vocals from 3 young women who came from very talented parents.  It's a shame that they didn't continue on recording together.

Silver:  The Jackson Five for I'll Be There.  One of their best single hits, in my opinion and covered by other vocalists as well.

Bronze:  The Mills Brothers for You Always Hurt The One You Love.  I'd never heard this one nor heard of this group either.  It's ok.

Tin:  The Carter Family for Wildwood Flower.  Sorry, just couldn't get into this one at all.

Thanks, Al!

Here's some others: 

















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