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One Site’s Take on 1950

Digital Dream Door is quite a site for music lovers. Here is its take on the top ten songs of 1950. Number 9, of course, is of special note because it became the name of a band that didn’t do too badly.

1. The Fat Man – Fats Domino
2. Please Send Me Someone To Love – Percy Mayfield
3. Teardrops From My Eyes – Ruth Brown
4. Mona Lisa – Nat “King” Cole
5. Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
6. Long Gone Lonesome Blues – Hank Williams
7. Mardi Gras In New Orleans – Professor Longhair
8. I’m Movin’ On – Hank Snow
9. Rollin’ Stone – Muddy Waters
10. Double Crossing Blues – Johnny Otis (Little Esther & the Robins)

Here is Patti Page’s version of the sad Tennessee Waltz. I was surprised by how slow it is compared to subsequent versions. But it’s beautiful.


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Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.


What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.


The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.