Lovin’ & Losin’: Part One
A huge topic. So much so that I decided from the get-go to take it over two shows. Is it possible that all songs somehow are about Lovin’ and/or Losin? Could be, based on the enormous task of choosing songs for these two shows. Mammoth!
The first part of the Lovin’ & Losin’ show, on November 25, introduced a new guest to our listeners. ‘The Captain’ came in to give advice to the lovelorn and proved to be a big hit, even though his advice was unorthodox, to say the least!
My discovery this week was C.W. Stoneking who I saw at the Mullumbimby Music Festival. Incredible. Hard to describe but very influenced by 20’s and 30’s blues. I was knocked out by his album Jungle Blues. I included his song The Love Me or Die in the show. I’ve included here a great little clip from You Tube where C.W. sings Ragged and Dirty and also gives us some insight into what he is about. Enjoy!
We also had lots of other great songs (of course – why play stuff you don’t like when there is such a great amount of fantastic music out there?). I try to give some background info wherever possible, to help navigate our listeners through the playlist. Here’s an item for you:
Percy Mayfield’s famous recording Please Send Me Someone To Love was a #1 R&B hit single in 1950. It was widely influential and recorded by many other singers. The song is a brilliant combination of sensitivity to wider issues of conflict in the world and the very personal need for love. A 1952 auto accident left him seriously injured, including a facial disfigurement that limited his performing. However, that did not stop his prolific songwriting. His career continued to flourish with songs like Strange Things Happening, Lost Love, What a Fool I Was, Prayin’ for Your Return, Cry Baby, and Big Question.
Here’s the complete playlist:
I’m in Love Again – Fats Domino
Singing The Blues – Guy Mitchell
He Will Break Your Heart – Jerry Butler
Please Send Me Someone To Love – Percy Mayfield
Sixty Minute Man – Billy Ward & His Dominoes
Fools Fall In Love – The Drifters
Your Cheatin Heart – Hank Williams
I Ain’t Got No Business Doin’ Business Today – Razzy Bailey
Hallelujah I Love Her So – Ray Charles
I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – The Supremes With The Temptations
And I Love Her – The Beatles
Love Is Strange – Mickey & Sylvia
Love potion No. 9 – The Clovers
Double Crossing Blues – The Johnny Otis Quintette with Little Esther & The Robins
The Love Me Or Die – C.W. Stoneking
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Tom Jones
How Sweet it is (to be loved by you) – Marvin Gaye
Love the One You’re With – Luther Vandross
Unchained Melody – Al Green
All I Want Is You – Barry Louis Polisar
Never Be Anyone Else But You – Ricky Nelson
Love Hurts – Roy Orbison
Crazy Love – Ray Charles & Van Morrison
Love Is A Losing Game – Amy Winehouse
What Becomes of the Broken Hearted – Jimmy Ruffin
I Need Love – Little Richard
I’m In The Mood – John Lee Hooker & Bonnie Raitt
Take Another Little Piece of My Heart – Janis Joplin
Next week: Part Two of Lovin’ & Losin.
Meanwhile, a couple of love quotes for you:
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet – Plato
Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life – Lord Byron
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