got away with this one for a track and a half during dinner prep. was quite enjoying the french ivory tinkler's version of 'phantom of the opera' when the much 'cooler' guests and in house traitors objected - what ever happened to #easylistening ? #bringbackClayderman
Alright, JACKIE GLEASON. I'm a big, big fan of Jackie Gleason's "Music For Lovers Only" LP series. Jackie Gleason's "Music For Lovers Only" (1952) was probably the best selling LP of the early 1950s, and the "Lovers Only" franchise continued forward for almost 20 years, with the final LP, "Words of Love," coming out in 1971. I'm going to be working on a detailed Jackie Gleason discography as time permits; this discography will tell the story of the series and will give you an idea of what a fantastic musicologist and producer Gleason was. This is a remastered 2-on-1 reissue of Two Gleason LP's, "Opiate D'Amour" (1960) and "Rebound" (1959). "Opiate D'Amour" is a retrospective album that features rerecordings of tracks from Gleason's earlier albums interspersed with Gleason originals, some new, and some also from previous albums. The tracks flow from one to the next in continuous, side-long suites. "Rebound" (1959) features an original painting by Gleason on the front cover, and tells a very sweet story about a woman who has just been dumped, and who falls for a kind gentleman who goes out of his way to be sweet to her make her feel better, only to finally reveal that he's just been dumped as well. ...
April 26, 1980 - "Ride Like The Wind" by Christopher Cross peaked at No.2 on the US singles chart for four consecutive weeks behind Blondie's "Call Me". It features backing vocals by Michael McDonald.
The song originated out of live performances by Christopher Cross and his band when they would play a 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings song called "Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five." They would jam on the song, and in the middle section, Cross would do the "ba da da da, da da, da da" part, which became the centerpiece of Ride Like The Wind.
This soft rock classic tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico. Told from a first-person point of view, it describes how an outlaw and convicted multiple murderer, on the run from a death-by-hanging sentence, has to "ride like the wind" to reach the border of Mexico, where, presumably, the posse apparently in pursuit of him will not be able to reach him.
Speaking about his inspiration for the outlaw theme, Cross recalled: I grew up with a lot of cowboy movies. Serials and stuff, like The Lone Ranger and these cowboy serials where they were always chasing the bad guy. And I lived in San Antonio near Mexico, so there was always this anarchistic allure about if you could get to Mexico, you could escape the authority. Also, Mexico was a place where you could go down there and drink and do all this debauchery that as a kid, you think sounds really cool. So getting to the border in Mexico was a fascinating thing to me.
Christopher Cross was on acid when he wrote the lyrics. Cross recalls: We were living in Houston at the time, and on the way down to Austin to record the songs, it was just a beautiful Texas day. I took acid. So I wrote the words on the way down from Houston to Austin.
The Michael McDonald connection came courtesy of Cross' producer Michael Omartian - they knew each other from working with Steely Dan. McDonald offered to do some background vocals, so they put him to work on the song "I Really Don't Know Anymore." A few weeks later when Cross and Omartian were working on "Ride Like The Wind," they realized they needed another voice for the answer vocals, so they called McDonald back to do it.