BOB DYLAN–“NASHVILLE SKYLINE”

Hello, “NASHVILLE SKYLINE” is the legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan’s ninth studio album.  It was released on Columbia Records in 1969.  His album was a departure from his past works and was in the style he experimented with on “John Wesley Harding”.  Nashville Skyline was a complete jump into country music.  The music was simple and charming and introduced the world to a new singing voice from Dylan—a soft country-style, but yet, pure Dylan.

Nashville Skyline met with mostly positive reviews from the critics at the time.  It was a commercial success, at 27 minutes, its Dylan’s shortest album.  The album reached #3 in America and became Dylan’s 4th #1 album in the UK.

Nashville Skyline featured a duet with Johnny Cash “GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY” and included some great Nashville talent, Pete Drake on Pedal steel guitar, Charlie Daniels, bass guitar, Charlie McCoy on Guitar and Harmonica, Earl Scruggs-5 string banjo, just to name a few.  There were also three single records from the album: 1-“I THREW IT ALL AWAY”, #85 in the US AND #30 in the UK,  “LAY LADY LAY”,#7 in the US and #5 in the UK and “TONIGHT I’LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU”, #50 in the US.

“LAY LADY LAY” turned out to be one of Dylan’s biggest hit pop hits.  Did you know?, “Lay Lady Lay” was originally written for the movie “Midnight Cowboy” but Dylan did not deliver it in time to be included in the movie score.  He didn’t want to release the song as a single record but at the insistence of Columbia Records president Clive Davis, he approved it for release and “Lay Lady Lay” became his biggest single record in 3 years.

Helped by an appearance on “The Johnny Cash Show” in June of 1969, “Nashville Skyline” went on to become on of Dylan’s best-selling albums.  That in it self is a statement to the man who is the “voice of his generation” and a writer who has no boundaries.

Till the next time—Joe

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THE CHIMES

Hello,  The Chimes are an American doo-wop group from Brooklyn, New York.  The group was formed by lead singer Lenny Cocco in the mid 1950’s.  Original members included, Lenny Cocco-lead, Pat DePrisco, Richard Mercado, Joseph Croce and Pat McGuire.

On October 31, 1960 the group entered the Billboard Hot 100 with a version of a song that Tommy Dorsey had recorded years before.  “ONCE IN A WHILE” on the Tag Record label became a huge hit and just missed the Top 10, peaking at #11.  It remained on the Hot 100 for 18 weeks, a long time in that era.

In March of 1961 The Chimes reached the Hot 100 again.  This time with a song from the 1930’s another ballad, “I’M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE”.  Their follow-up record did well, climbing the chart to #38 with a 9 week stay in the Hot 100.  In 1962 they began recording as “Lenny & The Chimes”.  They moved to the Metro Records label, then to Laurie Records in 1963.  In 1964 they recorded for Vee-Jay records and released the single “TWO TIMES”, but with no chart results.  They disbanded shortly after that.

They have re-formed in previous decades for the Doo-Wop revival concerts, usually as “Lenny & The Chimes.  They performed on the PBS television special “Rock, Rhythm, and Doo-Wop”.   The Chimes music is still heard on oldies radio and is a favorite of doo-wop music lovers of all ages.  Only two hit records but its funny, sometimes it’s not the “quantity” but the “quality” that makes the difference.  Give the Chimes a spin and re-live some great doo-wop, your ears will thank you.

Till the next time—Joe

TRIVIA TEASER-77

Hello,  Yesterday’s questioned asked, what 1986 hit record by John Cougar Mellencamp is a salute to 1960’s rock and roll?  The answer is R.O.C.K. IN THE U.S.A.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  “THE GYPSY CRIED” was his first Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1963.  He charted 13 Hot 100 hits in his career.  Can you name him?

Leave  your answer in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe