Rhode Island DJ Guest Music Expert on Frankie Valli and Four Seasons

It was fun being guest music expert on Phoenix community radio 1480 KPHX about The Jersey Boys film focusing on the music history of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. I grew-up with family legends related to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.

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“Breakthrough Entertainment” travels back in time to December 1963 in honor of the release of the new musical biopic “Jersey Boys” with actor Jason Kappus, who portrays Bob Gaudio in Las Vegas’s stage production of the show, and DJ Michael Swerdloff, AKA, DJ Mystical Michael, whose family members were friends with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Other guests include “Ping Pong Summer” writer/director Michael Tully, “50 to 1” filmmakers Jim Wilson and Faith Conroy and Dean Martin tribute artist Drew Anthony while other films featured include “The Grand Seduction,” “The Fault in Our Stars” and “22 Jump Street.”

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The Jersey Boys Show with DJ Mystical Michael 

 

Let me know what you think of me being guest music expert on Phoenix radio or what you thought about The Jersey Boys film.

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Casey Kasem The Most Famous DJ EVER; Sadly in his Final Countdown

The most famous DJ ever, Casey Kasem, is about to finish this life. It is possible that today is his last day with us. For those who do not know who Casey Kasem is, I have included plenty of information and history below.

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Before I get to his public history, I would like to speak briefly about my personal history with Casey Kasem. When I was a child growing up, there was nothing more fun than listening to Casey Chasm and the American top 40. There were two radio voices that I remember as a child, one of them being Casey Kasem and any other being Cousin Brucie. The former was national and the latter was local to the New Jersey and New York City area. I can remember many road trips down to the Jersey shore every summer listening to Casey Kasem as if he was part of our family. I have to admit, a significant part of my knowledge base of music history comes from listening to Casey Kasem. Along with his kind and gentle voice, him and his team took the time and effort to research and share with listeners about the songs and artists on the top of the charts each week. We did not have Internet then, so listening to good radio DJs and reading the liner notes on albums was our primary source of information about the music industry. Casey Kasem was a leader in bringing knowledge of the music industry directly to the American pop music audience.

Casey Kasem The Most Famous DJ EVER; Sadly in his Final Countdown

 

Posted Thursday, June 12th 2014 @ 10am

Casey Kasem won’t resume artificial feeding and fluids, judge rules, reversing prior ruling.

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Here’s what Casey Kasem sounded like in healthier days back in the 1980’s

 

Casey Kasem The Most Famous DJ EVER

 

“Kemal Amin “Casey” Kasem (born April 27, 1932) is a retired American musiciandisc jockey, radio personality and actor, best known for being the host of the music radio programs American Top 40American Top 20 and American Top 10 from 1970 until his retirement in 2009, and for providing the voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers in the Scooby-Doo franchise from 1969 to 1997, and again from 2002 until 2009.

Kasem, Don BustanyTom Rounds and Ron Jacobs founded the American Top 40 franchise in 1970, hosting it from 1970 to 1988 and from 1998 to 2004. Between January 1989 and early 1998, he was the host of Casey’s Top 40Casey’s Hot 20, and Casey’s Countdown. Also beginning in 1998, Kasem hosted two adult contemporary spin-offs of American Top 40,American Top 20, and American Top 10. Kasem retired from AT20 and AT10 on July 4, 2009 and both shows ended on that day.

In addition to his radio shows, Kasem has provided the voice of many commercials; has done many voices for Sesame Street; provided the character voice of Peter Cottontail in the Rankin/Bass production of Here Comes Peter Cottontail; was the voice of NBC; helps out with the annual Jerry Lewis telethon; and provided the cartoon voices of Robin in Super Friends, Mark on Battle of the Planets, and a number of characters for the Transformers cartoon series of the 1980s. In 2008, he was the voice of Out of Sight Retro Night which aired on WGN America, but was replaced by rival Rick Dees. After 40 years, Kasem retired from his role of voicing Shaggy in 2009, although he did voice Shaggy’s father in the 2010 TV series, Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.” Wikipedia

 

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As an adult I did not listen to Casey Kasem much. My music tastes changed as did the style of DJ on radio I appreciated. However, my respect and admiration for Casey Kasem never dissipated. Early in my career as a radio DJ, Casey Kasem was one of my role models. I am grateful for those rides to the Jersey shore listening to American top 40 with Casey Kasem.

 

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Paul McCartney Turns 72!

My entire life has been one amazing Paul McCartney song after another. It started obviously, with The Beatles, followed by Wings and his solo career. Paul McCartney is a living legend in the music industry and continues to be so.

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The Paul McCartney Story

Sir James Paul McCartneyMBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer. With John LennonGeorge Harrison and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame as a member of the Beatles, and hiscollaboration with Lennon is one of the most celebrated songwriting partnerships of the 20th century. After the band’s break-up, he pursued a solo career, later forming Wings with his first wife, Linda, and singer-songwriter Denny Laine.

Paul McCartney & The Beatles First Visit to The USA

Guinness World Records described McCartney as the “most successful composer and recording artist of all time”, with 60 gold discs and sales of over 100 million albums and 100 million singles, and as the “most successful songwriter” in United Kingdom chart history. More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song “Yesterday“, more than any other song in history. Wings’ 1977 release “Mull of Kintyre” is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999, McCartney has written, or co-written 32 songs that have reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and as of 2013 he has sold over 15.5 million RIAA-certified units in the United States.

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McCartney has released an extensive catalogue of songs as a solo artist and has composed classical and electronic music. He has taken part in projects to promote international charities related to such subjects as animal rightsseal huntinglandminesvegetarianism, poverty, and music education. McCartney has married three times and is the father of five children.

Paul McCartney: Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five

Paul McCartney Dominates Bonnaroo

For anyone born in the last quarter century who wondered whether Paul McCartney’s allotted two-and-a-half-hour set would be “too much” for the 70-year-old Beatle was justly put to shame Friday night when Macca delivered a truly legendary, 24-song set that, by the way, lasted almost three hours.

Paul McCartney at Bannaroo with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Every year, Bonnaroo’s Friday-night, headlining artist is the impetus for many to splurge on the festival ticket. McCartney’s main-stage act was no exception, considering its cross-generational, grin-inducing appeal to, well, everyone. Not one to settle for the expected, McCartney played more than his back-catalogue staples (which, for the record, would have been completely acceptable). Among the lovingly off-kilter setlist selections were “Your Mother Should Know,” “All Together Now” and “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da,” all of which were met with equal affinity as the “Let it Be’s” and the “Hey Jude’s” of the night.

It was the greatest, most sincere sing-along that has ever been conceived. To witness McCartney perform “Something” on ukulele in tribute to George Harrison, moments before a cannon-blazing rendition of “Live and Let Die” and a suitably zealous “Helter Skelter,” was as fantastical as it was fierce. It was the perfect environment for Bonnaroo’s Dropping Point — the point at which Bonnaroo gently lifts you and then not-so-gently drops you into the festival, typically spearheaded by the Friday night, headlining act. Arcade Fire and Radiohead occupied the spot in 2011 and 2012, respectively, and McCartney passed the torch as if “Love Me Do” were released yesterday. It will be arduous to top someone whose song book is so collectively enamored, but if there is a festival in which we can instill faith, it’s Bonnaroo (they brought us a Beatle).

Paul McCartney in Brooklyn

Happy Birthday Paul McCartney!

McCartney said he had the idea of “Let It Be” after he had a dream about his mother during the tense period surrounding the sessions for The Beatles (the “White Album”). McCartney explained that his mother—who died of cancer when McCartney was fourteen—was the inspiration for the “Mother Mary” lyric. He later said, “It was great to visit with her again. I felt very blessed to have that dream. So that got me writing ‘Let It Be’.” He also said in a later interview about the dream that his mother had told him “It will be all right, just let it be.”

Paul McCartney & The Beatles Let It Be Live in Studio

What is your favorite Paul McCartney Song or memory?

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Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time

The list of best selling music artists includes artists with claims of 75 million or more record sales in multiple third-party reliable sources. The claimed sales figures and the total certified sales figures (for each country) within the provided sources include sales of albums, singles, compilation-albums, music videos as well as downloads of singles and full-length albums. The artists in the following tables are listed with both their claimed and certified sales figures and are ranked in descending order, with the highest claimed sales at the top. Artists with the same claimed sales are then ranked by certified units. Sales figures, such as those from Soundscan, which are sometimes published by Billboard magazine, have not been included in the certified units column. Currently, The Beatles are listed at the top of the list as they are considered the highest-selling band based both on sales claims and certified units. Elvis Presley, who is listed the second on the list is considered the highest-selling individual artist based both on sales claims and certified units.

All artists included on this list, which have begun charting on official albums/singles charts have their available claimed figure(s) supported by at least 20% in certified units. That is why Cliff RichardDiana RossCharles AznavourBing CrosbyNana MouskouriDeep PurpleIron MaidenTom JonesThe Jackson 5Dionne WarwickThe Andrews Sisters,Luciano Pavarotti and others have not been included on this list. The percentage amount of certified sales needed increases the newer the artist is, meaning, artists such as Rihanna are expected to have their claimed figures supported by over 60% in certified units. The certified units are sourced from available online databases of local music industry associations. Note that all certified units are converted from Gold/Platinum/Diamond certification awards based on criteria provided by certifying bodies.

The requirements of certified sales are designed to avoid inflated sales figures, which are frequently practiced by record companies for promotional purposes.

The claimed figures are sourced to articles that use the term records (singles, albums, videos) and not albums. However, if all available sources for an artist/band say albums, such sources can only be used if the certified album units of the said artist meet the required percentage amount. Note that this list uses claimed figures that are closer to artists’ available certified sales. In other words, inflated claimed figures that will meet the required certified sales amount but are unrealistically high from available certified sales, will not be used.

Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time

  • The Beatles Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

    The Beatles

The Beatles United Kingdom 1960–1974
1962
Rock / Pop

600 million
Michael Jackson Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

Michael Jackson

 

Michael Jackson
United States 1964–2009
1971
Pop / Rock / Dance /R&B

400 million
350 million
300 million
  • Madonna Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

    Madonna

Madonna United States 1979–present
1982
Pop / Rock / Dance

300 million
275 million
  • Led Zeppelin Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time with Rhode Island Wedding DJ

    Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin United Kingdom 1968–1980
    1969
    Hard rock / Heavy metal

    300 million
    200 million

    I am not surprised The Beatles are #1 but am a bit so that Elvis Presley is ahead of Michael Jackson, due to Michael Jackson’s global appeal. It is somewhat amazing that Led Zeppelin can be this high on Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time without a long history of hit singles, based solely on the strength of their album sales. These have been the most consistent hit producers of Pop Music and deserve their ranking. All are great artists for any professional Wedding DJ or Party DJ.

    is there any artist(s) that you thought would be in the top five Best Selling Music Artists of All-Time that did not reach this level of sales?

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DJ Motown Mix

I continue to be thrilled by the fact that The Motown Sound is still popular! I smile every request I receive whether at a Wedding, Party or Trivia Hosting Event. Motown Music seems to transcend age, race, gender or class. This has always been one of my attractions to Motown Music, its diverse and far-reaching audiences.  I created the DJ Motown Mix for those who want a pre-made mix of Classic Motown hits from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Four Tops, Martha and The Vandellas, The Jackson 5, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.

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The Motown Story

With an $800 loan from his family, Berry Gordy Jr. established Motown Records in January 1959. Within a few years, this Detroit-based outfit was selling more singles and releasing more hits than any other record company.

Beyond the formidable music and sales figures, Motown itself became a cultural icon. As the most successful African-American owned and operated record company- and business-in the U.S., it symbolized a new day: its energetic product reflected the striving toward progress and optimism of a long-oppressed people and the nation as a whole. Just as Jackie Robinson’s integration of major league baseball had far wider implications, the embrace of Motown’s artists and recordings by the entire listening audience helped hurdle overt racial barriers that had plagued the country since its inception.

In its classic era, the seminal music scene of the 1960s, Motown’s artists were among the most popular, establishing a standard of excellence and sophistication that has never been surpassed. Calling itself “The Sound Of Young America,” the instantly recognizable and often-imitated Motown Sound blended distinctively passionate singers, the call and response vocal arrangements of the African-American church tradition, pop music sensibilities, jazz virtuosity and irresistible rhythms, overlaying them with timeless songwriting.

Prior to founding Motown, Gordy had attempted other professions, including boxer, record store owner and auto worker before finding success as a songwriter, particularly with the dynamic singer Jackie Wilson. A chance meeting in 1958 with an aspiring local singing group, the Miracles, led to his teaching songwriting to the quintet’s leader, William “Smokey” Robinson. Their partnership formed the basis of Motown-a name derived from a folksy version of Detroit’s nickname, “the Motor City”-with Robinson becoming a prolific and highly inventive composer for the Miracles and other acts Gordy brought into his orbit. Motown kicked off with the Tamla label, leasing Marv Johnson’s “Come To Me” to UA; Barrett Strong, who cut “Money (That’s What I Want),” had the company’s first national hit. The Official Website of Classic Motown

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The Motown Sound

Motown specialized in a type of soul music it referred to with the trademark “The Motown Sound”. Crafted with an ear towards pop appeal, the Motown Sound typically used tambourines to accent the back beat, prominent and often melodic electric bass-guitar lines, distinctive melodic and chord structures, and a call-and-response singing style that originated in gospel music. Pop production techniques such as the use of orchestral string sections, charted horn sections, and carefully arranged background vocals were also used. Complex arrangements and elaborate, melismatic vocal riffs were avoided. Motown producers believed steadfastly in the “KISS principle” (keep it simple, stupid).

The Motown production process has been described as factory-like. The Hitsville studios remained open and active 22 hours a day, and artists would often go on tour for weeks, come back to Detroit to record as many songs as possible, and then promptly go on tour again. Berry Gordy held quality control meetings every Friday morning, and used veto power to ensure that only the very best material and performances would be released. The test was that every new release needed to fit into a sequence of the top five selling pop singles of the week. Several tracks that later became critical and commercial favorites were initially rejected by Gordy; the two most notable being the Marvin Gaye songs, “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “What’s Going On“. In several cases, producers would re-work tracks in hopes of eventually getting them approved at a later Friday morning meeting, as producer Norman Whitfield did with “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and The Temptations’ “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg“.

Many of Motown’s best-known songs, including all the early hits for The Supremes, were written by the songwriting trio of Holland–Dozier–Holland (Lamont Dozier and brothersBrian and Eddie Holland). Other important Motown producers and songwriters included Norman WhitfieldWilliam “Mickey” StevensonSmokey RobinsonBarrett StrongNickolas Ashford and Valerie SimpsonFrank WilsonPamela Sawyer & Gloria Jones, James Dean & William WeatherspoonJohnny BristolHarvey FuquaGil Askey,  Stevie Wonderand Gordy himself.

The style created by the Motown musicians was a major influence on several non-Motown artists of the mid-1960s, such as Dusty Springfield and The Foundations. In the United Kingdom, the Motown Sound became the basis of the northern soul movement. Smokey Robinson said the Motown Sound had little to do with Detroit:

“People would listen to it, and they’d say, ‘Aha, they use more bass. Or they use more drums.’ Bullshit. When we were first successful with it, people were coming from Germany, France, Italy, Mobile, Alabama. From New York, Chicago, California. From everywhere. Just to record in Detroit. They figured it was in the air, that if they came to Detroit and recorded on the freeway, they’d get the Motown sound. Listen, the Motown sound to me is not an audible sound. It’s spiritual, and it comes from the people that make it happen. What other people didn’t realize is that we just had one studio there, but we recorded in ChicagoNashville, New York, L.A.—almost every big city. And we still got the sound.”

DJ Motown Mix with Rhode Island Wedding DJ Stevie Wonder

The Motown Museum

“Despite the passage of time since Motown Records’ establishment in 1959 by Berry Gordy, tens of thousands of visitors pass through Hitsville U.S.A., home to the Motown Museum, each year. Their presence is a testimony to Motown’s legacy and to the charisma, talent and staying power of the music and those who made it.

The Motown Museum, which was founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985, is one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations. Visitors come from across America and throughout the world to stand in Studio A, where their favorite artists and groups recorded much-loved music, and to view the restored upper flat where Berry Gordy lived with his young family during the company’s earliest days.” The Motown Museum

Motown: The Musical

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy’s incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

DJ Motown Mix with Rhode Island Wedding DJ
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Featuring all the classics you love, MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, it finally comes to the Broadway stage in the world premiere of MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL.

Motown Celebrating 50 Years!

If you would like a copy of the DJ Motown Mix, I invite you to write me and I will send you a copy free!

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Tom Jones Hit or Miss

Tom Jones Hit or Miss is being rereleased from the Spirit In The Room album of 2012. It is amazing to me that Tom Jones is till churning out music after all these years! For those who don’t know, Tom Jones was releasing music in the early 60’s, like 1964. He seems to get grittier as he ages, when most artists are mellower with age.

Tom Jones Hit or Miss Music Video

Tom Jones Hit or Miss

The Tom Jones Story

Sir Thomas John WoodwardOBE (born 7 June 1940), known by his stage name Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. He became one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the British Invasion. Since the mid-1960s, Jones has sung nearly every form of popular music – pop, rock, R&B, show tunes, country, dance, soul and gospel – and sold over 100 million records.

Jones has had thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States; some of his notable songs include “It’s Not Unusual“, “What’s New Pussycat“, “Delilah“, “Green, Green Grass of Home“, “She’s a Lady“, “Kiss” and “Sex Bomb“.[1][2]

Having been awarded an OBE in 1999, Jones received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for “services to music” in 2006. Jones has received numerous other awards throughout his career, including the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989 and two Brit Awards – winning Best British Male, in 2000, and Outstanding Contribution to Music, in 2003.

Tom Jones with Art of Noise performing Kiss

In 1988, English synthpop group Art of Noise released a cover of the song, featuring Tom Jones on vocals. The song became the band’s biggest hit to that point, reaching number eighteen on the U.S. dance charts and number five on the UK Singles Chart, higher than the original in that country. The guitar and horns break in the middle of this cover musically references the themes to Dragnet and Peter Gunn (two songs the Art of Noise covered with much commercial success) as well as their own breakthrough hit, “Close (To the Edit)” and “Paranoimia“, their 1986 collaboration with Max Headroom. This cover was later included as part of an episode of the series Listed on MuchMoreMusic, which was on the Top 20 cover songs. It can also be heard during the main title sequence of the movie My Stepmother Is an Alien. Tom Jones later recorded a version of the song for his 2003 Reloaded: Greatest Hits album.

Tom Jones She’s A Lady Live

She’s a Lady” is a song written by Paul Anka and performed by Tom Jones, and released in 1971. In the United States (released by London imprint Parrot Records), it is Jones’ highest-charting single to date peaking at #2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the US Billboard Easy Listening chart. In Canada, the single reached #1 on the RPM 100 national singles chart. Paul Anka’s recording of the song was released on his album Paul Anka ’70s (RCA 4309, 1970)

Tom Jones It’s Not Unusual

The fake screams of the girls are hysterical!

It’s Not Unusual” is a song written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills, first recorded by a then-unknown Tom Jones after having first been offered to Sandie Shaw. Jones recorded what was intended to be a demo for Shaw, but when she heard it she was so impressed with Jones’ delivery that she declined the song and recommended that Jones release it himself. The record was the second Decca single Jones released, reaching number one in the UK charts in 1965. It was also the first hit for Jones in the US, peaking at #10 in May of that year. The single was released in the US on the Parrot label and also reached #3 on Billboard‘s easy listening chart. Jones used this song as the theme for his late 1960s-early 1970s musical variety series This Is Tom Jones. It has since become Jones’ signature song.

Tom Jones Hit or Miss with Rhode Island Rock DJ

Like I said, I am amazed he is still pumping hard-hitting, powerful music after all these years. Tom Jones Hit or Miss will probably not be a hit but that does not take from its value or importance.  Sales and radio airplay are just one measurement of music and its success or failure. Tom Jones Hit or Miss shows Tom Jones is still a rocker and is alive and well!

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Creative DJ Hits His Groove

On Saturday Night I was DJ at Barefoot Boogie NYC. It was such a fun night and I really felt the vibe and connected with the dancers in a way that inspires me to continue to be a DJ and work even harder to improve. Good dancers deserve good music and energy to facilitate movement, dance and community. Professional DJs do not always get the opportunity to share their musical tastes and flavors. We are typically directed by the needs and wants of the Brides, Grooms and Party Planners that hire us to perform at the Weddings and Parties. When I am hired by a lounge or club, I typically have more freedom to open my DJ Music Library of more than 40,000 songs.

DJ Rocks The Barefoot Boogie?

The Barefoot Boogie is a freestyle dance which happens twice a month in New York City. We offer a relaxed, smoke- and alcohol-free environment where folks can freely express themselves in movement.

People of all ages, families and kids are welcome. Come alone or bring your friends. You’ll find folks at the dance moving solo, with partners, and/or in groups. Dress as you wish, but please leave your street shoes at the door before hitting the dance floor. The Barefoot Boogie is a not-for-profit, cooperative and volunteer-run venture.

From our pool of talented DJs, two spin each dance. Each of our DJs has his or her own distinctive style, but one thing you can rely on is that at every Barefoot Boogie you’ll hear a wide variety of music: R&B, World, Funk, Tribal, Hip Hop, Ambient, Reggae, House, African, Electronica, Disco, Rock, Techno, Drum & Bass, etc.

The Barefoot Boogie is a freestyle dance which happens twice a month in New York City.

We offer a relaxed, smoke- and alcohol-free environment where folks can freely express themselves in movement. People of all ages, families and kids are welcome. Come alone or bring your friends. You’ll find folks at the dance moving solo, with partners, and/or in groups. Dress as you wish, but please leave your street shoes at the door before hitting the dance floor. The Barefoot Boogie is a not-for-profit, cooperative and volunteer-run venture.

From our pool of talented DJs, two spin each dance. Each of our DJs has his or her own distinctive style, but one thing you can rely on is that at every Barefoot Boogie you’ll hear a wide variety of music: R&B, World, Funk, Tribal, Hip Hop, Ambient, Reggae, House, African, Electronica, Disco, Rock, Techno, Drum & Bass, etc.

DJ Mystical Michael at Barefoot Boogie NYC

Barefoot Boogie now meets at:

Insight Meditation Center: 28 W 27th Street, 10th Floor (Buzzer #27), NYC, NY.
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Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs

I was doing some research today and thought it would be fun to review the Billboard All-Time Hot 100 top songs of Billboard’s 50th Anniversary.

The songs in the “50th Anniversary” charts had to appear on the Hot 100 in order to be counted. This may create some confusion (for example: many great country artists and songs are not on the “50th Anniversary” chart because, while very popular on the country charts they didn’t cross over to the Hot 100). Also, keep in mind the Hot 100 started in August 1958 so any prior songs are not listed, including some popular Elvis Presley songs.

The “50th Anniversary” chart is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100. The artist chart utilizes the same methodology, with weighted points applied to all titles charted by each artist during that 50-year span. They are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at number one earning the greatest value and weeks at number one hundred earning the least.

Hot 100’s 50th Anniversary award relative points for every week that a title spent on the chart, regardless of rank. For the Hot 100’s 50th Anniversary, Billboard’s charts department ensured a more balanced representation of hits from all 50 years, by analyzing the length of chart runs in earlier decades, as well as the average weeks that titles spent in the top 10 and at number one. Weights for earlier spans were then formulated, to compensate for the shorter chart runs that titles experienced before the 1991 conversion to precise and objective sales and radio data from Nielsen Music.

Billboard All-Time Hot 100 top songs

  1. The Twist” – Chubby Checker
  2. Smooth” – Santana featuring Rob Thomas
  3. Mack the Knife” – Bobby Darin
  4. How Do I Live” – LeAnn Rimes
  5. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)” – Los del Río
  6. Physical” – Olivia Newton-John
  7. You Light Up My Life” – Debby Boone
  8. Hey Jude” – The Beatles
  9. We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey
  10. Un-Break My Heart” – Toni Braxton
  11. Yeah!” – Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris
  12. Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes
  13. Endless Love” – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
  14. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” – Rod Stewart
  15. Foolish Games” / “You Were Meant for Me” – Jewel
  16. (Everything I Do) I Do It for You” – Bryan Adams
  17. I’ll Make Love to You” – Boyz II Men
  18. Theme from A Summer Place” – Percy Faith & His Orchestra
  19. Le Freak” – Chic
  20. How Deep Is Your Love” – The Bee Gees
  21. Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
  22. I Just Want to Be Your Everything” – Andy Gibb
  23. Low” – Flo Rida featuring T-Pain
  24. Too Close” – Next
  25. Every Breath You Take” – The Police
  26. Flashdance… What a Feeling” – Irene Cara
  27. Tossin’ and Turnin’” – Bobby Lewis
  28. The Battle of New Orleans” – Johnny Horton
  29. One Sweet Day” – Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  30. Truly Madly Deeply” – Savage Garden
  31. Silly Love Songs” – Paul McCartney & Wings
  32. Let’s Get It On” – Marvin Gaye
  33. Night Fever” – The Bee Gees
  34. Another One Bites the Dust” – Queen
  35. Say Say Say” – Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
  36. How You Remind Me” – Nickelback
  37. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” – Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
  38. It’s All in the Game” – Tommy Edwards
  39. I Want to Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles
  40. Shadow Dancing” – Andy Gibb
  41. Candle in the Wind 1997” / “Something About the Way You Look Tonight” – Elton John
  42. No One” – Alicia Keys
  43. End of the Road” – Boyz II Men
  44. Call Me” – Blondie
  45. Let Me Love You” – Mario
  46. Stayin’ Alive” – The Bee Gees
  47. Lady” – Kenny Rogers
  48. I’m a Believer” – The Monkees
  49. Gold Digger” – Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
  50. Apologize” – Timbaland featuring OneRepublic
  51. The Sign” – Ace Of Base
  52. Centerfold” – The J. Geils Band
  53. (Just Like) Starting Over” – John Lennon
  54. The Boy Is Mine” – Brandy & Monica
  55. Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” – Stevie B
  56. I Love Rock N’ Roll” – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
  57. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” – The 5th Dimension
  58. Whoomp! (There It Is)” – Tag Team
  59. Ebony and Ivory” – Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder
  60. Rush, Rush” – Paula Abdul
  61. That’s What Friends Are For” – Dionne WarwickElton JohnGladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
  62. Upside Down” – Diana Ross
  63. Sugar, Sugar” – The Archies
  64. Dilemma” – Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland
  65. I Heard It Through the Grapevine” – Marvin Gaye
  66. You’re Still the One” – Shania Twain
  67. Hot Stuff” – Donna Summer
  68. I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
  69. Gangsta’s Paradise” – Coolio featuring L.V.
  70. Abracadabra” – Steve Miller Band
  71. Billie Jean” – Michael Jackson
  72. You’re So Vain” – Carly Simon
  73. Play That Funky Music” – Wild Cherry
  74. Say You, Say Me” – Lionel Richie
  75. My Sharona” – The Knack
  76. All Night Long (All Night)” – Lionel Richie
  77. Nothing Compares 2 U” – Sinéad O’Connor
  78. I Swear” – All-4-One
  79. Family Affair” – Mary J. Blige
  80. Waiting for a Girl Like You” – Foreigner
  81. Are You Lonesome Tonight” – Elvis Presley
  82. Killing Me Softly with His Song” – Roberta Flack
  83. Hurts So Good” – John Mellencamp
  84. I’ll Be Missing You” – Puff Daddy & Faith Evans featuring 112
  85. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” – B.J. Thomas
  86. Another Day in Paradise” – Phil Collins
  87. Best of My Love” – The Emotions
  88. You Make Me Wanna…” – Usher
  89. Big Girls Don’t Cry” – Fergie
  90. The Way We Were” – Barbra Streisand
  91. Another Night” – The Real McCoy
  92. It’s Now or Never” – Elvis Presley
  93. Do That to Me One More Time” – Captain & Tennille
  94. A Fifth of Beethoven” – Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band
  95. Like a Virgin” – Madonna
  96. Maria Maria” (Album Version) – Santana featuring The Product G&B
  97. I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor
  98. I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Ray Charles
  99. U Got It Bad” – Usher
  100. Joy to the World” – Three Dog Night

Elvis Presley Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs with Rhode Island DJ

I am very surprised by all of the top ten, except maybe “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. It is not that I think they are not good or popular songs, I just did not conceptualize them as the ones that have had the most success on Billboard’s Hot 100 Charts of all time.

At the other end, I would have thought Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” would have been near the top of the list. The exclusion of songs like “Stairway To Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, as described below, stand out as clear missing by popularity over time.

The Beatles Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs  with Rhode Island DJ

Prior to December 1998, songs did not appear on the Billboard Hot 100 until a retail single became available (which, incidentally, is why hits like Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven” and No Doubt‘s “Don’t Speak” never appeared on the Hot 100). In earlier years, retail singles came to market fairly early in a song’s life-usually shortly after, or even before, a song came to radio.

But, during the 1990s, when labels would strategize number-one chart bows by significant hits, the retail release of some priority singles were withheld until radio audience reached maximum levels. Although some of these songs spent significant numbers of weeks at number one or in the top ten, the delay of the sales component ultimately shortened the spans these songs would spend on the chart. With the new methodology rewarding points for a song’s entire chart run, rather than confining points to weeks spent in the top ten, the shorter chart lives recorded by the songs that debuted at number one impact their all-time standings.

Motown Records Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs  with Rhode Island DJ

Which songs are you most surprised about high, low or omitted on the Billboard All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs?

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Gerry Rafferty Baker Street

Gerry Rafferty Baker Street was released in 1978, some consider one of the great years for Pop Music. This was three years after the dissolving of his previous band, Stealers Wheel due to contract disputes with the recording company. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and stayed there for six weeks. Rafferty was born and raised in Scotland.

Groom Removed Bride Garter at Fun Rhode Island Wedding DJ Gerry Rafferty Baker Street

Gerry Rafferty Baker Street featured saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft. Ravenscroft was mostly known for his work with Pink Floyd that earned him critical success. There is an urban legend that Ravenscroft was never paid for his session work on Gerry Rafferty Baker Street. This is significant since Gerry Rafferty Baker Street was number 1 in the U.K. and number two in The U.S.A., and the royalties and sales that came with an international hit even in these days. When asked about this, Ravenscroft stated this is not true and that he was paid but there are still many who believe he was just not wanting to shed a bad light on Rafferty after his passing in 2011.

Gerry Rafferty Baker Street Music Video

The single version of Gerry Rafferty Baker Street was recorded with the tape of the album version sped up slightly to raise the tempo to be more radio-friendly. This also had the result of raising the key by a half tone.

Gerry Rafferty Baker Street Lyrics

Winding your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well another crazy day, you’ll drink the night away
And forget about everything

This city desert makes you feel so cold
It’s got so many people but it’s got no soul
And it’s taken you so long to find out you were wrong
When you thought it held everything

You used to think that it was so easy
You used to say that it was so easy
But you’re tryin’, you’re tryin’ now

Another year and then you’d be happy
Just one more year and then you’d be happy
But you’re cryin’, you’re cryin’ now

Way down the street there’s a lad in his place
He opens the door, he’s got that look on his face
And he asks you where you’ve been, you tell him who you’ve seen
And you talk about anything

He’s got this dream about buyin’ some land
He’s gonna give up the booze and the one night stands
And then he’ll settle down in some quiet little town
And forget about everything

But you know he’ll always keep movin’
You know he’s never gonna stop movin’
Cause he’s rollin’, he’s the rollin’ stone

And when you wake up it’s a new morning
The sun is shining, it’s a new morning
And you’re going, you’re going home

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ

DJ Doo Wop Mix

The DJ Doo Wop Mix was created to meet the needs of music lovers of young and old. The Doo Wop era of music was a fun and love-filled style of music. Doo Wop transcended race and social class, as well time and genre. Today, the Doo Wop songs are perfect for professional DJs at Weddings, Parties and Events, since they blend nicely with other genre like Oldies, Motown, Soul, R&B and Old Skool Hip Hop.Enjoy The Doo Wop Plus Mix!

DJ Doo Wop Mix

      Doo Wop Plus Mix

Groomsman Fun at Rhode Island Wedding DJ Doo Wop Mix

DJ Mystical Michael Rhode Island DJ & NY DJ