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audra trower williams
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posted 09 November 2005 08:51 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What the heck?
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Michelle
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posted 09 November 2005 08:52 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, you haven't heard of that before?

I've heard a few of the songs, and they were quite fun!


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Boom Boom
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posted 09 November 2005 09:27 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've always liked Paul Anka - I listened to "Paul Anka...His Best" just last night. Haven't heard this new album yet - the 'swing' concept might be similar to Linda Ronstadt's interpretation of Nelson Eddy, which I don't think was a complete success. Maybe Anka pulled it off, I'll have to see.
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audra trower williams
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posted 09 November 2005 09:27 AM      Profile for audra trower williams   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
When did it come out? Didn't Pat Boone already do this? Who is buying these?
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Boom Boom
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posted 09 November 2005 09:31 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I hate Pat Boone. Gaaaaaahhhhhhh. Please don't mention that name here again.

edited to add: I've always seen Boone as white bread, small 'c' conservative, but not exactly a neocon - man as undisputed head of the family, and so on.

I don't know if Paul Anka has any political leanings at all; I've listened to his recordings for 40+ years now. My mother was a friend of Paul Anka's mother; my older brothers each had a first recording of Anka's "Diana" from 1957 or 1958 which I also listened to later (I was 8 in 1957). Anka was a singer/songwriter who struck gold mostly in writing songs for other people, although his own recordings and personal appearances are quite coveted. He used to sell out huge stadiums across Canada before going to Vegas.

[ 09 November 2005: Message edited by: Boom Boom ]


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Michelle
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posted 09 November 2005 10:32 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by audra trower williams:
When did it come out? Didn't Pat Boone already do this? Who is buying these?

Um...I've been thinking about it. *blush*


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posted 09 November 2005 10:42 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Haven't heard this new album yet - the 'swing' concept might be similar to Linda Ronstadt's interpretation of Nelson Eddy, which I don't think was a complete success.

Nelson Eddy was the guy who sang Rose Marie and Indian Love Call.

"I am calling you...ou...ou...oou...ooou...oooooooou."

Nelson Riddle's the bandleader you're thinkng about. He did a lot of music for TV and movies. Did he swing? Well, he ain't no Benny Goodman.

[ 09 November 2005: Message edited by: al-Qa'bong ]


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posted 09 November 2005 10:46 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by al-Qa'bong:
Nelson Riddle's the bandleader you're thinkng about. He did a lot of music for TV and movies. Did he swing? Well, he ain't no Benny Goodman.

***smacks forehead***

Of course! Nelson Riddle. I'm just starting my first coffee, so maybe I'll be coherent in a few minutes. Thanks for the correction.


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posted 09 November 2005 10:47 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Cripes. Did I REALLY say Nelson Eddy???? I must be getting old.
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posted 09 November 2005 07:13 PM      Profile for maestro     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Boom Boom:
Cripes. Did I REALLY say Nelson Eddy???? I must be getting old.

Don't worry, Boom Boom, I attributed a metal album to Perry Como when is was the aforesaid P*t B**ne on another thread. How in the heck is that possible?

Then I added director of CIA to Dick Cheney's resume.

I honestly think I'm losing it.

Back to Paul Anka:

The guys get shirts


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Michelle
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posted 09 November 2005 07:16 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Boom Boom:
I've always liked Paul Anka - I listened to "Paul Anka...His Best" just last night. Haven't heard this new album yet - the 'swing' concept might be similar to Linda Ronstadt's interpretation of Nelson Eddy, which I don't think was a complete success. Maybe Anka pulled it off, I'll have to see.

Nelson Eddy? Do you mean Nelson Riddle, the orchestra she sang with? [Edited to add: oh man, I really SHOULD read all the posts in a thread before responding - didn't notice your post below.]

But anyhow - you don't think her albums were a success? I thought they were fabulous - they're old favorites of mine.

In any case, the difference is that Linda Ronstadt did old standards in the way they were accustomed to being sung - in swing style. Whereas this Anka album is rock songs done in old swing fashion.

[ 09 November 2005: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Boom Boom
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posted 09 November 2005 07:21 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by Michelle:
Nelson Eddy? Do you mean Nelson Riddle, the orchestra she sang with? You don't think her albums were a success? I thought they were fabulous - they're old favorites of mine.
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Comment: I was in Arizona a couple of years ago, and in Tucson I went to a store that sold old records and I purchased three copies of the Ronstadt _Nelson Riddle_ orchestra albums. They're not bad, but not enough of an 'edge' for me - I say this as someone who was madly in love with Linda for many years. Also, in Tucson, I picked up several copies of her first two LP's. Still have one left, somewhere. Tucson is a gold mine for those collecting old LP's.
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In any case, the difference is that Linda Ronstadt did old standards in the way they were accustomed to being sung - in swing style. Whereas this Anka album is rock songs done in old swing fashion.

comment: thank you for this. I'm going to order the Paul Anka CD as soon as I get around to it. I've been listening to Anka for 40+ years now.

PS: anyone seen Linda Ronstadt recently? I haven't seen a new LP from her in a while.


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posted 09 November 2005 07:22 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Pat Boone did covers of heavy metal. Paul Anka is doing rock and roll. It's a really good record. Audra? Stan Carew has played -- and continues to play -- many cuts from this on Weekend Mornings in the Maritimes.
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posted 09 November 2005 07:29 PM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think these lyrics sum up Paul Anka perfectly:

I'm so young and you're so old
This, my darling, I've been told
I don't care just what they say
'Cause forever I will pray
You and I will be as free
As the birds up in the trees
Oh, please stay by me, Diana

I'm...so young...and you're...so old?

Truly, more romantic words were never spoken...


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Michelle
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posted 09 November 2005 07:31 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, I will admit, Boom Boom, there's not much edge at all to Ronstadt's renditions, is there? I think it's nice to have a bit of grittiness in jazz too, and the old recordings by original artists are good for that. But even so - I really love those albums, probably because I listened to them as a kid and grew up with them.

P.S. You could sing that to me on our wedding day, Martin! Okay, I know, I know, it's wearing thin. But darn it, it was just so fitting!

[ 09 November 2005: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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deBeauxOs
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posted 09 November 2005 07:52 PM      Profile for deBeauxOs     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ringtones now available from this album!

Last Saturday, on the Radio-Canada program 'Des airs de toi', Grégory Charles played the Edith Piaf theme song Je ne regrette rien and then picked out on his piano the chords from the song that 'inspired' Paul Anka when he wrote "My Way". Hmmm I wonder if he is paying any royalties to Piaf's estate?


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Boom Boom
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posted 09 November 2005 08:15 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Originally posted by MartinArendt:

I'm...so young...and you're...so old?

Truly, more romantic words were never spoken...

Martin, you're taking these lyrics completely out of context. Anka was very young when he wrote that song (in 1958 I think) - to his older babysitter. A May (Anka) - December (Diana) romance. Stay in context, please.


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posted 09 November 2005 08:24 PM      Profile for obscurantist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Further, "I'm so young and you're so old" is what the young Anka is being TOLD -- not what he's saying -- about himself and "Diana".

The Rock Geek club is gonna hafta assign you some remedial work, Martin! Now, I expect a report interpreting Don Maclean's "American Pie" on my desk by Monday....


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Sharon
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posted 09 November 2005 08:35 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Paul wrote the song about his babysitter -- Diana Ayoub. Diana's two cousins -- one of them was Eddie Ayoub -- were schoolmates of mine. (I lived in a town with a big air base and they were "air force kids.")
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As I recall, Diana Ayoub ran the Paul Anka fan club. My mother knew Paul's mother.
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Sharon
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So maybe all we have is a bunch of Paul Anka urban myths. I sorta trusted Eddie though.
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posted 09 November 2005 09:31 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Well, as much as I've adored Paul Anka's music in the past, I was much more into Linda Ronstadt. Took my breath away when I opened her first LP long ago. I saw her on TV with the Eagle's once, maybe more often. Her early music remain my most-listened-to albums today. I'll do a google to see what she's up to nowadays.
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Originally posted by maestro:

Don't worry, Boom Boom, I attributed a metal album to Perry Como when is was the aforesaid P*t B**ne on another thread. How in the heck is that possible?

"Catch a falling star and, ...put it in your pocket, never let it fade away...." That's the worst earworm I've ever had. Did he have his own TV show at one time, or did he appear on other's? I think he had own "Perry Como Show". That was a longgggg time ago. Still showing my age.


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posted 09 November 2005 09:42 PM      Profile for MartinArendt     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Humph.

I still hate that song, even if it makes sense in context.

Hey, what can I say...I used to listen religiously to 1050 CHUM. They'd play some Beatles, Temptations, Supremes, Jackson 5, The Band, CCR...but when they put on Bobby Crapola or Paul Anka, I couldn't stand it. How can "Diana" or "Calendar Girl" compare to "Heard it Through the Grapevine" or "Can't Get Next to You"?!? Barfola.

Obscurantist: American Pie. Isn't that about band camp? (I'm kidding! I know the song! Ipes!)

And Michelle, I'm not walking into that trap!

quote:

P.S. You could sing that to me on our wedding day, Martin! Okay, I know, I know, it's wearing thin. But darn it, it was just so fitting!


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I have a lot of old folk and blues LP's, and quite a few old rock oldies compilations. Love 'em all. Linda Ronstadt trumps 'em all.

Hmmm.... may be time to hit the oldies bins again.


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quote:
Diana was one of the girls from his circle of friends and among the Lebanese kids whose social life centred around St. Elijah's Church at Lyon and McLaren streets. Paul and Diana started off as good friends, but although she was a year older than he was, Paul quickly became infatuated with her.

"Paul was 16 going on 17, I was 18 going on 25. We were worlds apart," says Diana Ayoub, now 59, and a manager of Devine Liquidation, a women's clothing store on Sparks Street.

"Paul used to entertain at church functions and he became friends with my friend and I. We started hanging around together and he would call me. My girlfriend said he was in love with me and I told her, 'Don't be so ridiculous, he's our friend.' "

But Paul's crush was becoming an issue in the Ayoub household (although nothing near what it would become months later). Diana's father would get mad because Paul, persistent as he was with everything, would call at all hours of the day and night.

One day, in early 1956, Diana and her friend were at Paul's house on Clearview Avenue when she told Diana that Paul had written a song for her.

"She asked Paul to play it for her. Paul said 'I'll play the music, but I won't sing the words,' " says Ms. Ayoub. "It was the only time I saw Paul blush."


More here.


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posted 09 November 2005 10:28 PM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Fantastic link, deBeauxOs. I remember Anka had a difficult relationship with Ottawa, but had forgotten how bad it was. That article dates back to 2000 - hasn't Anka been back to play in the capital since?

I'm listening to Tony Bennett on headphones - fantastic stuff, CD is called "The Essential Tony Bennett".


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Oh - besides Linda Ronstadt, I had an enrmous crush on Colleen Peterson. Anyone remember her at all? I've got two of her early solo LP's. God, I loved her.
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posted by Boom Boom: ... Colleen Peterson - Anyone remember her at all? I've got two of her early solo LP's. God, I loved her.
Yes, she was a superb performer and a well-loved member of the Canadian performing, composing and recording music community.
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A soaring voice, engaging stage presence and proven songwriting talent made Colleen Peterson a lasting presence on the music scene both in Canada and abroad. Her music defied easy classification. Colleen's live performances and five album/CD's move freely between country, folk, blues, jazz, and pop.

Born November 14, 1950 in Peterborough, Ontario, Colleen, sister Shirley and parents Kaye and Lyle moved to Ottawa when she was 10. Her first public appearance was a 1966 audition at the Riverboat Coffee House in Yorkville, Toronto for the Mariposa Folk Festival. Bitten by the performing 'bug', she started 'casing' the coffee houses in her hometown.

"One night, at an Ottawa club called Le Monde, a man named Bruce Cockburn handed me a note that had his number on it. He asked me to call him the next day - 'but not before noon', he said - to see if I'd care to sing in an after-hours blues band called Heavenly Blue, at another club called Le Hibou. I called him at exactly noon the next day, talked with him and started singing with Heavenly Blue the next week."


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I'll have to play the LP's of hers I have, tomorrow - three, I think. Joni Mitchell in the 1960's/1970's was someone else I adored, as well as Joan Baez and Judy Collins. But, I *really* miss Colleen Peterson.
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I just bought the Paul Anaka album this weekend (it was on sale). My friend who works at Indigo recommended (hes a death metal freak so go figure)

He said he wanted to buy it for his dad so when his dad listened to it and says "these are good lyrices, finally well written music" he can say "its the stuff you told me was crap and yelled at me to turn off when i was a teen"

But its a kewl album I actually do like it. Blackhole sun, wonderwall and eye of the tiger are especially good


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Originally posted by Bacchus:
But its a kewl album I actually do like it. Blackhole sun, wonderwall and eye of the tiger are especially good

I'm ordering it online - thanks for the recommendation. I also like some Tony Bennett and Harry Connick, Jr. Connick's "come by me" CD is good, but it's mostly covers of other work.


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I bought it. It's not bad, but not as campy as I had hoped. Bought it and the new Shatner CD at the same time, and I much prefer the Shat. Anka takes himself way too seriously.

And there are much better swing/lounge covers of some of the songs Anka chose. Like "Jump", for example. Remember the Aztec Camera version of that? Wonderwall has been done before, although Anka's version is pretty good.


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Oh Aztec Camera!!! That Roddy Frame is too cool and the Jump cover is great.
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Ok, next up...

Anka swings Dylan.


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I remember Anka's "Lonely Boy" which was one of his big hits - I hated it. I didn't like much of his early repertoire, but as he matured he just got better and better.
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I attended Anka's press conference when he came to Montreal to promote the album. I went off topic and pointed out to him that the song Diana will be 50 years old in 2007, possibly meaning that any European record company could put out the song without his permission (Anka owns the rights to his 1957-61 material) and only pay writer's royalties, because of current copyright laws. Anka replied that he has his lawyers ready, and joked under his breath 'thanks for ruining my day."
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Bought it and the new Shatner CD at the same time, and I much prefer the Shat. Anka takes himself way too seriously.

supposedly, "the shat" likes to wear two masks of his own face to dress-up halloween parties ... then he takes one off, then the other, and it's still william shatner. priceless.


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