Saturday, July 11, 2009


We're back, with a vengeance - bringing you over two hours of American music and conversation in honour of our neighbours to the south and a little holiday we like to call Fireworks Day. So sit back, relax, and enjoy what we've debated as some of the greatest American music from the early 20th century to the late 1960s.


Ella Fitzgerald - It's Too Darn Hot
Duke Ellington - Take the A Train
Judy Garland - Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
Buddy Holly - That'll Be the Day
Patsy Cline - I Fall To Pieces

Aretha Franklin - Respect
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
James Brown - Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine

Carole King - I Feel the Earth Move
Don McLean - American Pie
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have You Ever Seen The Rain

Fleetwood Mac - Second Hand News
Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower
The Doors - Love Her Madly

Heart - Crazy On You
Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

Simon and Garfunkel - America


Michael Jackson memorial; Jennifer Hudson tribute; Brooke Shields speech
Metro (formerly A&P) parking lot


Kristen said...

Hey TW and Alyssa. Haven't listened yet, but came to check out the final list. Glad you guys narrowed it down to something manageable, and I much approve of what made the short list. Looking forward to listening.

Andrew said...

more! MORE MORE!

Alice said...

Fact check:

Rollin' on the River was originally written by John Fogerty of CCR. It was redone by Tina Turner a couple of years later, who took the song to number one on the charts - something CCR was not able to do.

Brutus said...

Dr. Mary Sheilah Stewart Wood is the winner of the prize goat, as she identified the mystery song as "Will You be There?". Please send the goat by Express Post to R.R. 1 Kleinburg, Ontario. Otherwise, enjoy the mishui!

Brutus and his wife enjoyed listening to the episode together, and were impressed by the knowledge you both have of music of all genres and eras.

Liked the rant on asphalt, and really loved all the musical debates.

Would like to offer one clarification for the record. Fleetwood Mac of the 70s would be considered only 40% American, with the McVie couple and Mick Fleetwood from the U.K. In fact, that group began as an all Brit group back in the sixties with Kirwan and Green driving it. If you want to listen to some amazing music by another prodigy get a hold of the Bare Trees album. Kirwan was only 19 years of age. His arrangement of the Rupert Brooke poem "Dust" is absolutely beautiful, yet hardly known. After reading about the life and untimely death of Mr. Brooke, the poem and song have even more meaning.

The joy you get in putting together the episodes certainly comes out in the final airings. Thanks,

B & C

Brutus said...

In case anyone is interested, the 40% of Fleetwood Mac that is from the U.S. is Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham.