Man, no one puts on a show like James Brown. This song is a good example of the influence funk music had on other genres; only a few years later, breakbeat DJs would transform songs by James Brown, George Clinton and other funk artists into early hip-hop.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
A brilliant 1974 performance at the Rainbow Theatre. "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" would become Wonder's third number one single and won him a Grammy for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance.
Monday, April 30, 2007
A smash hit in 1981, "Theme from Greatest American Hero" is the extended version of a television theme song written by Mike Post and Stephen Geyer. Singer Joey Scarbury helped propel the song to #2 on the Billboard Top 100, but failed to follow up on his success and quickly fell into obscurity.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
(via WMFU's Beware of Blog) The innovative work of experimental composer John Cage on the 1960's television show "I've Got a Secret". Audience members may have gotten a chuckle, but Cage produces a brilliant ambient work.
His infamous appearance on Saturday Night Live. The new-waver was told not to perform the song "Radio Radio" on the live broadcast, as his label wanted to promote his new album with an already established song. Costello had other plans.