BANG BANG: POP! goes the murder ballad

Prelude: Battle for the Charts, Battle of the Sexes In 1966, Cher released “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down),” her biggest solo hit of the 1960s and her first to make the top ten on Billboard’s Hot 100 – the song stayed at the #2 spot for a week. … → read more

BOB DYLAN: Shadows In The Night

          Bob Dylan Shadows In The Night Columbia 88875057962 www.columbiarecords.com   I once asked the late Mimi Baez Farińa what Bob Dylan is like as a person. She replied that she didn’t know because she hadn’t seen him in awhile and he changes all the time. … → read more

Mack the Knife

Louis Armstrong SatchmoIf there’s any one person to thank for bringing this bit of murderous, Marxist musical-theater satire to a large English-language audience, it’s none other than Louis Armstrong.  He was not the first performer of an English version of the song, but he made it swing, and he certainly … → read more