55 years ago this month, Bobby Darin released his full-length tribute to Ray Charles, one which featured his take on 11 tracks originally recorded by Brother Ray.
Darin, a well-known interpreter of other artists’ material, was a fan of Charles’s work from the moment he heard it, or certainly as soon as he was aware of it. “I’m proud to say that I was on the Ray Charles bandwagon when it was just a baby carriage,” Darin once said. “In fact, two singers – Fats Domino and Ray Charles – opened up my ears to a whole new world, different from anything I’d heard until then. They both became major influences when I realized these are the roots.”
Today doesn’t mark the day the world lost a Monkee, but that’s only because this isn’t a leap year.
This is our way of saying that since there’s no February 29, we must commemorate the passing of Davy Jones on March 1, but given how much the Monkees mean to us, it’s fair to say that there isn’t a day that goes by when we don’t still miss him. We’ve got the official Monkees playlist cued up and ready for you to give it a spin, but before that, please enjoy this six-pack of clips from past TV and film appearances by Davy, all of which are destined to make you smile, if not laugh out loud…and how better to remember Mr. Jones than with a smile and a laugh?
There were some more C’s in that soup…so the Doctor is diving back in!
ABOUT DR. RHINO
26 years ago today, Oliver Stone’s cinematic depiction of the formation, success, and dissolution of The Doors arrived on the big screen.
With a filmography that included the Academy Award-winning films Platoon, Wall Street, and Born on the Fourth of July, Stone seemed to be a solid choice to helm the story of Jim Morrison, Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, and John Densmore, and at the very least, there’s no argument that he managed to raise the profile of The Doors higher than it had been since their initial heyday. Unfortunately, the end result of Stone’s efforts was one which left many less than pleased, most notably among them the aforementioned Mr. Manzarek.
Rhino Serves Up The Audio Companion To Nesmith's Autobiography With 14 Of His Best Songs With The Monkees, The First National Band, And Solo
CD And Digital Versions Available On April 14
If Mardi Gras isn’t officially the biggest ongoing party in America, then it’s got to be somewhere in the upper reaches of any such list: it’s such an amazing affair that people plan their vacations around it, making sure that they’re down in New Orleans for Fat Tuesday…and, yes, today is that Tuesday.
While there’s obviously no end to the wonderful music you could select as your soundtrack for Mardi Gras, we’ve got a suggestion that we don’t expect many people to argue with: Dr. John, BEST OF THE NIGHT TRIPPER.