Song Lyric Sunday.August 9, 2020 – A song with a harmonica

Today is Sunday and so it’s time again for Jim Adams to give us our Song Lyric Sunday prompt. Which this week is: A song with a Harmonia.

Well that gives us loads of scope. I am going to limit myself to three.

Not Fade Away” is a song credited to Buddy Holly (originally under his first and middle names, Charles Hardin) and Norman Petty (although Petty’s co-writing credit is likely to have been a formality[3]) and first recorded by Holly and his band, the Crickets.[2] released October 7th 1957

In 1964, the Rolling Stones‘ cover of “Not Fade Away”, with a strong Bo Diddley beat, was a major hit in Britain. It was the A-side of the band’s first US single.[4]

The Rolling Stones’ version of “Not Fade Away” was one of their first hits. Recorded in January 1964 and released by Decca Records on February 21, 1964, with “Little by Little” as the B-side, it was their first Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching number three.[5] In March 1964, it was also the band’s first single released in the United States, on the London Records label with “I Wanna Be Your Man” as the B-side (It had been briefly preceded by “I Wanna Be Your Man” with “Stoned” as the B-side, but this was quickly withdrawn). The single reached number 48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[6] It also reached number 44 on the Cash Box pop singles chart in the U.S. and number 33 in Australia based on the Kent Music Report.[7] “Not Fade Away” was not on the UK version of their debut album, The Rolling Stones, but was the opening track of the US version, released a month later as England’s Newest Hitmakers. It was a mainstay of the band’s concerts in their early years, usually opening the shows. It was revived as the opening song in the band’s Voodoo Lounge Tour, in 1994 and 1995. Information Wiki.

Do Wah Diddy Diddy” is a song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as “Do-Wah-Diddy“, by the American vocal group The Exciters. It was made internationally famous by the British band Manfred Mann.

Manfred Mann’s version was released on 10 July 1964.[4] It spent two weeks at No. 1 of the UK Singles Chart in August[5] and two weeks at No. 1 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October.[6]

Manfred Mann were an English rock band, formed in London and lasting from 1962 to 1969. The group were named after their keyboardist Manfred Mann, who later led the successful 1970s group Manfred Mann’s Earth Band.[1] The band had two different lead vocalists, Paul Jones from 1962 to 1966, and Mike d’Abo from 1966 to 1969. Information from Wiki

Moses Concas is a harmonica beat-boxer from sunny Sardinia, Italy.

The development of his unique style is the result of a lifetime of musical influence. It was during his childhood that Moses developed his deep love for music, by growing up in a talented musical family where he was always surrounded by different forms of music. The harmonica was encouraged by his grandmother who was a musician, writer and painter, and his parents exposed him to a wealth of music as a child, all of which influenced his development.

Throughout his teenage years, Moses had a strong connection with hip-hop, which saw him participate in several freestyle competitions, writing his own lyrics. As a student of physics and sound technology in Cagliari, Sardinia, inspired by new innovations, Moses began to experiment the beatbox combined with harmonica sound that very much reminded him of his childhood and his family.

After a year of experimentation in beatbox-harmonica, electronic music and the didgeridoo, he began performing his first live gigs in Cagliari in 2011. This started with him attending open mic sessions, and went on to him participating in the initiative known as “Busking Cagliari”.

In 2013, realizing that making music was his main goal, Moses traveled through Europe ending up in London, where he resumed his passion as a street artist. As an artist and musician, Moses is well known on the streets of London thanks to the cheers from those who pass him to the underground, and he has even earned the reputation of “Busker Best of London” among the inhabitants of Shepherd’s Bush.

This positive feedback gave him the confidence to experiment with new instruments such as the melodica and the guitar, and to use a loop-station, along with other equipment – and this in turn has built an elaborate show enjoyed by a wide audience. He has since become known in some of the best clubs and the best of London organisations, with collaborations like “The Box”, “ROXX” and many others. He has even been recognised by British television, and appeared in newspapers such as The Daily Mail and London’s Evening Standard with several reports on “The Harmonica Beatboxer”. The busking success that Moses has had has allowed him to travel outside London and to bring his music show to Cairo, Egypt as well as to some major European cities.

In February 2016, Moses decided to participate at the Italy’s Got Talent auditions in Rome, and after several challenges and 35,000 participants he won the first prize of the TV Show, becoming known in Italy as: “The Miracle Harmonica”, playing in 81 between festival, concerts and events during the 95 days of summer.

Moses has released four albums in four consecutive years:  I Wanna Breathe (2014), Cannonau (2015), Cannonau Spirits (2016) and Human Revolution (2017).

In 2019, he recorded a live Beatbox harmonica session with Lee Oskar at GEWA studios in Adorf Germany, which was subsequently released by Dreams We Share Productions as a single, Moonshines, in 2020).

Information from Wiki

That’s all for now Folks Happy Sunday.💜💜

This is part of Song Lyric Sunday

43 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 06:31:34

    My fave of the three… Doo Wah


  2. Erika
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 11:56:52

    All of them are great takes!


  3. Christine Bolton
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 12:13:37

    Loved your first two Willow! Lots of memories😄 I wasn’t familiar with Moses Concas but it will great.


  4. J-Dub
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 12:14:46

    Great post today my friend. Thanks for sharing 😊


  5. newepicauthor
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 12:27:49

    Not Fade Away will always be a Grateful Dead song for me. The harmonica version of Do Wah Diddy Diddy was real nice. Thanks for all of the information on Moses Concas as he has some real talent.


    • willowdot21
      Aug 09, 2020 @ 12:40:23

      Not fade away was the first 45′ record I ever saved up and bought, the stones were a local group to me so it has to be Brian Jones on Harmonia for me, always adored by Manfred Mann too… especially Paul Jones. I threw in Moses Concas in as the young contender 💜 Hope you enjoyed 💜


  6. Lisa Coleman
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 14:02:20

    Love them all! I could listen to harmonica playing all day long! Nice array of genres there Willow! 🙂


  7. Jen Goldie
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 14:51:21

    Great picks Willow! 😊👍


  8. John Holton
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 15:42:54

    Some great harmonica here!


  9. msjadeli
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 17:09:15

    Willow you are not going to believe this but I was reading about this very song LAST NIGHT in Keith Richards’ book. He talks about how they toured down in TX and people were up in arms because they dared to cover a Buddy Holly tune and one night the angry crowd busted up all of their equipment! Great (synchronous) choice!


    • willowdot21
      Aug 09, 2020 @ 23:00:34

      Keith Richards is a very talented man, not only writing books but he made an amazing documentary about his life it was so interesting

      He made more than one film but this one was brilliant

      I think that’s amazing that you were reading about Not Fade Away. The first 45′ record I saved up for and bought 💜


      • msjadeli
        Aug 10, 2020 @ 00:10:33

        I have saved that doc to watch later. I saw one he did not long ago on netflix that was ok. The book just knocks me over it’s so good! So cool it was the first 45 you saved up for and bought ❤

      • willowdot21
        Aug 10, 2020 @ 05:28:42

        I hope you enjoy the documentary, it’s odd, but what else would you expect from Keith, it’s really good and informative. Yes I saved my pocket money. I believe it was six shillings and eight pennies in those days. There were 12 pennies to a shilling and 20 shillings to a pound in the late 60s …we have the metric system now ! With inflation the money would be equivalent to £5/£6 lol . 💜

  10. msjadeli
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 17:10:44

    p.s. Earlier in the book, Keith says that Mick is a really good harmonica player 🙂


  11. Mr. Ohh's Sideways View
    Aug 09, 2020 @ 18:32:28

    Love this one I used to play the Harmonica until the asthma kicked my but. Thanks for the Beats
    Stay well and laugh when you can


  12. freefallin14
    Aug 13, 2020 @ 03:35:22

    Really nice choices!


  13. ghostmmnc
    Aug 13, 2020 @ 19:33:33

    Super songs, and that young musician was something else! 🙂


  14. Maggie
    Aug 15, 2020 @ 15:54:12

    I am catching up from a long week. These are all great choices, Willow. You knocked this one out of the park!


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