Originally Posted by duckula
The soundtrack of my youth was mostly jazz and classical. The one album that really sticks with me is Miles Davis - Kind of Blue.
Try "Sketches of Spain"
Sketches is what made him famous and just about everything that came after was derivative. I always got the impression that He was an Angry Old Man.
So I should tell you some of mine? Actually I can't remember any of my fathers musical choices. I remember listening to "The Lucky Strike Hit Parade" and Snooky Lanson (?) "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window"...
But, because I'm now officially an old guy, Let me name a couple that you missed...
"Bat Out Of Hell"
Jennifer Warnes "Famous Blue Raincoat" which was just reissued in a 20th Anniversary edition.
And just damn near anything by Pat Benatar or Linda Ronstadt.
And Anything by that Lubbock Kid that used to play on the Roswell Radio Station when I was 13. He started the dancing. Buddy Holly & the Crickets.
After that came that Christian Rock guy... Elvis "Whats his name..." He really messed up his life later on. But he did sing a whole bunch of Otis Blackwell songs that made him real famous. There were a couple other guys that sort of specialized in singing Otis Blackwell songs... Jerry Lee Lewis & Roy Orbison. Of course none of them ever admitted it. Back then it would have ended their career to admit that their Rock and Roll music actually was written by a Black man in New York City. People used to whisper that about Elvis, but nobody really believed those rumors. And nobody ever thought that same New York Black guy could have written "Great Balls of Fire" for Jerry Lee Lewis.
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Otis Blackwell Also known as John Davenport
Born February 16, 1931
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died May 6, 2002 (aged 71) Nashville, Tennessee
Genre(s) East Coast Blues, Rock & Roll, R&B
Occupation(s) Singer, Pianist, Songwriter
Years active 1950s - 2002
Label(s) RCA, Groove, Atlantic
Otis Blackwell (16 February 1931 – 6 May 2002) was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist whose work significantly influenced rock 'n' roll. His compositions include Little Willie John's "Fever", Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless", Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up" and "Return to Sender" (with Winfield Scott), and Jimmy Jones' "Handy Man".