Adele's "Someone Like You" is the first song with just piano and voice to hit #1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, which started in 1958.
"Dirty Work" is one of the few Steely Dan songs not sung by Donald Fagen. The lead vocal is by David Palmer, who sang on two tracks from their debut album.
Train's guitarist had to Google an instructional video to learn how to play the ukulele for "Hey Soul Sister."
The movie The Breakfast Club opens with a passage from David Bowie's "Changes" ("And these children that you spit on...")
"Rockin' In The Free World" is a very pro-America title, but the song takes on politicians who are indifferent to the poor and disenfranchised.
Katy Perry named her fragrance "Killer Queen" after the 1974 Queen song.
Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.
They sang about pink torpedoes and rocking you tonight tonight, but some real lyrics are just as ridiculous. See if you can tell which lyrics are real and which are Spinal Tap in this lyrics quiz.
JJ talks about The Stranglers' signature sound - keyboard and bass - which isn't your typical strain of punk rock.
The top chant artist in the Western world, Krishna Das talks about how these Hindu mantras compare to Christian worship songs.
Here is the church, here is the steeple - see if you can identify these lyrics that reference church.
Our chat with Barney Hoskyns, who covers the wild years of Woodstock - the town, not the festival - in his book Small Town Talk.
Toy Caldwell, ye olde Marshall Tucker, thanks for the memories. RIP to those who have gone into the GREAT DISTANCE!
After years of listening to this tune with detachment, I am late to taking in the lyrics and feel of this tune, and even later to the power and glory of Toy Caldwell, a remarkable axe man and talent. From what I understand he did not sing lead that often, but he did on this thing. What a bad ass freakin' song. In my head, Marshall Tucker were really from the mountains, like old mountain men. Look at a clip of them doing it in 73. Toy is clean shaven, all of 25, singing a song drenched in pain.
Toy, blessings forever!!
The first time I heard Marshall Tucker was in my college days. They were singing "Can't you see" and I loved it the first time I heard it . I remembered what daddy had said about the train track ending in East Point, but the way I thought about the song was more of an abstract way: "all the way to Georgia" just sounding like a far away place. I also pictured in my mind a train going off the track into the Atlantic ocean.
You yankees know that Toy wrote the song. Shame on you again, always trying to rewrite history to show yourselves in a better light. Just the same old same old . . .
We shouldn't be seeing this kind of bickering. Just enjoy.
United States Copyright Office: Can't you see? By Toy Caldwell / EU396045 (1973) & EU347698 (1975)
Reminds me of the story I hear about the dude (Valenti?) who wrote 'Get Together', supposedly selling the rights for $200 to make a car payment, and never receiving a nickel more.
From 1966-68 I used to sit in with Nick Jamison Smoothdog in his band American Dream at occasional shows and garage practices. He was a most amazing guitarist. I'd love to see some footage of him if anyone has any to upload.
His music should be carried on and enjoyed by others.
As for authorship of "Can't You See" I have no clue. None of that was part of my experience with Nick. I would have loved to have jammed with him now. After All this time I bet he would have been beyond incredible, as he was amazing then. Blessings and love to you Nick. I imagine you and Danny Starobin from Sweet Stavin Chain I sat in with back then too) are layin down the licks in that forever jam in the great beyond. Octavia
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Was a neighbor of mine In collingswood where he had His last 2 Collectable stores Before His passing..
I used to live upstairs from him when I was wanting to be a chef....At that time I was starting a job as a breakfast Line cook top the ttaval lodge in Mt Laural nj (I think)so I had so learn how to cook eggs o I was bringing Him Brakfast Every Morning For about 3 weeks With his selection of toast and came to know a wonderfal person.
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However...after reading all the posts below and being that I'm from the "Philly" area (actually Perkasie, mentioned below),I think I'll go with the Jamison Smoothdog story. Sounds like a sad one.
Also being a songwriter myself, you can't help but put the things you see in your daily life into your songs. I've seen the "End Of Track" sign in Philly and it makes sense that "The Dog" would slip that reference into the song.
The song has now taken on a new meaning for me and I'll be playing it and talking about if more often.
His loving cousin, Karen, Philadelphia,PA
I am a singer songwriter myself, and know how important it is to own your music. I also know that it is true that songs are bought and sold like a stock market, and can have the original writer erased completely from any recognition what so ever. It's happened to me. Creativity is strongest during te struggling artist days, and when a act makes it the writing tends to slow. In the late 60's and 70's everyone had a guitar and was a songwriter. Some good some bad and some for money while being unknown were caught in shady deals that striped them of a song they wrote. I find it exceptionally credible that this happened to many, including the Late Jamison Smoothdog.
Jamison never talked about this song, for many of the early years we were associated. He only listened to classical radio as he did not want to be influenced by any rock or other modern music. He also never played any cover songs, and we had some fights over playing my songs which we never did. I may be the only person that ever co-wrote a song with him and arranged many of his tunes. We did have a falling out and never got to make up as he passed away. He started dating my ex wife who never wanted me to play with him and ironically use to say some pretty nasty things about him. Some how she was his last girlfriend and she went and had all his music copy-written after his death. She not Kenno as is stated in a comment here, holds them to this day, including the song I co-wrote with him. I did a version of the song and was threatened with copyright laws, so I let it go. I did not know she was low enough to copyright something that she had nothing to do with. But there that story ends, and maybe the rights to ever play any of his wonderful music in a manner he would have liked. As far as Can't You See is concerned, this is how i found out he wrote it. We were playing a gig, which was always without a set list and went with the groove of the show. You never knew what song was next, and had to bust out with something right away. Most of Jamison's music, like this song are simple 3 to 4 chord tunes as far as the rhythm is concerned
and builds on the creativity and ideas of the players and the moment. He use to brag that no sog was every played the same way twice, which is true. On day we were doing a gig at J.C. Dobbs the famous music bar in Philadelphia and after doing 2 acoustic songs in which the band did not play he broke into Can't you See, instead singing Have you Heard in place of the title, I kicked in and the rest of the band followed and it brought us back to the plugged part, and also brought the house to it's feet. I asked him between sets why out of the blue did he do a cover song, he told me he wrote Can't You See and was screwed out of it by an ex-girlfriend that was involved in some way with Marshall Tucker. We did play the song at a few more shows, but it never seemed comfortable to Jamison and it faded out of our shows in a short period of time. I totally believe him as, I knew him to be very honest about his music and even accused me of copying some obscure bands bass line in one of the tunes, which I had no idea I did, nor do I think I did, but changed it anyway. NO he would have never played a cover tune and listening to classical music, kept songs to cover very much away. Like others have said here, there is a sign in the Philly subway that is referred too, the 3 chord simplicity leaving ample room for improvisation such as the flute thing, is a clear sign of a Smoothdog song. Shows were always filled with that. Both of the people that claim to have written the song have passed away. It is the biggest hit Tucker ever had that I can remember and is different from the other Tucker songs. I do believe it was written by Jamison Smoothdog. If you would like to keep up with my music and recordings www.myspace.com/paulkurrey
He don't really care where he goes. He don't really want to go home to Cape Breton yet.
Something about country boys
They don't like to go home a failure, you know what I mean". The story then changes to song with Toy Caldwell's original lyrics. Very Cool!
I grew up with the Dog. At one time we fought like dogs, and later became best friends. The only one that knows more about Jamison is his mom, Mom Hendricks. His dad had Parkinson's Desease and Jamison lived his life in fear of inheriting it. Yeah, he married Jamie, Capital President's daughter. Had three top antique stores in New York City. And one time outside of Dirty Frank's in Philly he zoned and passed out from too much acid mixed with beer; I shipped him to the hospitla, kept his shoes, and he had to walk home barefoot in the snow.
About "Can't You See"
"gonna ride til the End Of Track" the sign at the Broad & Snyder subway stop, the End Of Track, a very unique sign. You saw it every time you went home to South Philly when you rode in the front car. A lot of other clues are in the song. And there ain't no "End Of Line" in any fast train to Georgia; that train line ends in Florida, which Toy, apparently, didn't know.
In addition, MeatLoaf wanted to buy "The Ballad of Ginny West." Jamison said no to $5,000.00 As far as Kenno holding the CopyRights, bulls--t Kenno, how could you do that to Jamison!
A lot of stars don't write the songs they say they wrote, Patsy Cline "Crazy" which Willie Nelson wrote, "Change Of Heart" which Essra Mohawk wrote [I know, I was living in her basement when she wrote it and played it for me]. And I took a lot of people into the recording studio, including Jamison and Essra.
Jamison played this song all over Philly and NYC and I was with him, singing along with him from the audience, he wrote it, there's no doubt about it.
Marshall Tucker didn't know s--t when they met him.
Jamison Smoothdog "Jimi Japp and real name Jimi Hendricks, which he dropped in San Francisco because the other Jimi Hendrix had 'The Name' sewn up in a contract," was my best friend in the Projects, the Wilson Park Federal Housing Project at 26th & Snyder in South Philly. We simply called him "Dog." A lot of imitators, but nobody as great a SongWriter as The Dog.
I toured with him in the 80's and 90's, and was sad to learn of his death when I got back home, one more time, to South Philly.
Toy Caldwell and Marshall Tucker can erase "Leonardo DaVinci" from the Mona Lisa and put their name there as well, but it won't change the truth, the fact that they are not the Authors of "Can't You See."
Lead Vocals & Guitar
Hell On Wings
"Ride me a Southbound
All the way to Georgia now
'Til the train run out of track"
The melody, the flute, and the guitar all seem to mimic the mournfull sound of a train at night, somewhere off into the distance.