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Monday’s Music Moves Me
Back in February I used a free choice week to feature some of the iconic keyboard players of country/pop/rock n roll music. Needless to say I left a lot of great musicians out, so I am going to add to the collection today. There was a time in country and pop music that instrumental recordings made it on to the top 40 playlist. One of the first that I can remember from my pre-teen years was Floyd Cramer. I believe the song started on the country charts and immediately crossed over to the pop radio stations and stayed on the charts for weeks and weeks. Recently I found the song recorded by none other than Conway Twitty and to be honest, I never knew there were lyrics. Last Date will always be an instrumental to me. Here is Floyd Cramer and “Last Date.”
A keyboard player that came out of an R & B and transitioned into a pop icon was Mr. Fats Domino. Perhaps his biggest hit was “Blueberry Hill”. Fats had it all, a great voice, great keyboard musicianship, and an infectious personality. Come on, find your thrill on Blueberry Hill.
We all know that walking is good exercise and most of us do far too little of it. Maybe if we put this on our playlist before we put our earbuds on we might walk forever. Once again, Fats Domino and “I’m Walkin'”.
One keyboard player that almost nobody mentions is Booker T. Jones. If that name is not familiar to you maybe the group Booker T & the MG’s might ring a bell. The very first time I heard “Green Onions” I had to have the album. From Wikipedia, “Booker T. & the M.G.’s are an instrumental R&B/funk band that was influential in shaping the sound of Southern soul and Memphis soul.”
Going from the obscure to one known as “The Piano Man”, my last artist this week is none other than Billy Joel. Among keyboard players Billy Joel ranks among the very top with a career that has spanned decades.
In 1993, Billy Joel released his final studio album River of Dreams, an album that details Joel’s issues regarding trust, betrayal and the idea of everlasting love. Watch the official music video for ‘The River of Dreams’, which became a Top 10 hit in the US and his highest-charting track of the 1990s. Have a blessed week.