Friday, August 23, 2019

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Traci Braxton

Artist:Traci Braxton
Song:Last Call
Album: Crash & Burn

Traci Braxton is the youngest of the Braxton sisters. She scored a top 20 R&B hit with Last Call in 2014 mostly riding the success of the reality series Braxton Family Values. She was born Apr. 2, 1971 in Severn, MD. Like her four older sisters, Traci grew up singing in church. The Braxtons recorded an unsuccessful album in 1989. After Toni became a successful solo artist, the others toured with her as backup singers. The Braxtons signed with Toni's label LaFace in 1993. When Bryant Reid left LaFace for Atlantic, he took The Braxtons with him. After releasing a 1996 album that went nowhere, Traci quit the music business to become a social worker. She returned to music in 2011 after the success of the WE tv reality series Braxton Family Values. Traci also appeared on Marriage Boot Camp. She signed with Soul World Entertainment with eOne distribution. Soul World is owned by David "Davey Boy" Lindsey and Cliff Jones. They produced the 2014 album Crash & Burn. The single Last Call reached #16 on the R&B Singles chart. The music is a throwback to 90s R&B. Traci released a second album On Earth in 2018 but it didn't do as well. Traci continues to appear on Braxton Family Values along with a couple of films. It was certainly a long journey for a chart single. Here's the video for Last Call by Traci Braxton.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Bobby Sherman

Artist:Bobby Sherman
Song:Little Woman
Album:The Very Best of Bobby Sherman

The 1969 top five hit Little Woman was the biggest hit for actor turned singer Bobby Sherman. It might surprise fans that he had been recording since the early 60s. But his successful teen idol singing career was because of his success acting on TV. And also his boyish good looks that appealed to teen girls. He was born July 22, 1943 in Santa Monica, CA. In 1962, actor Sal Mineo saw Sherman performing and produced a couple of singles. One of them was released on Dot Records in 1963. After Mineo had Sherman perform at a ritzy Hollywood party, Sherman was hired as a regular on the ABC music series Shindig!. That gig lasted for two years. Sherman released a few singles on Decca and Cameo-Parkway with little success. But then he got another big break when he was cast in the 1968 ABC series Here Come The Brides. Sherman also appeared on The Monkees doing a Frankie Avalon spoof. Here Come The Brides was popular enough that Sherman signed with Metromedia Records. Metromedia owned radio and TV stations across the US. Sherman scored five Gold albums from 1969-72. Little Woman was his biggest hit. It reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by Danny Janssen who usually wrote songs for TV shows like The Partridge Family. He was a staff songwriter for Hanna-Barbera writing songs for Scooby Doo and Josie and the Pussycats among others. Sherman recorded seven albums from 1969-72 all produced by veteran producer Jackie Mills who started out as a drummer for Harry James in the 40s. This Varese comp covers Sherman's very brief career. After Here Come The Brides was cancelled, Sherman was in The Partridge Family spinoff Getting Together which was cancelled after one season. Though his music career was over, Sherman continued to appear on TV. A guest shot on Emergency! inspired Sherman to become a paramedic and later a police officer. Sherman last recorded in 1975. He was in the 80s USA Network series Sanchez of Bel Air. But he did appear on the 1998 Teen Idol Tour with The Monkees. Bobby Sherman is now retired. Here's Bobby Sherman performing Little Woman 1970.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Frank Pozen's Big Bad Podcast Aug. 21, 2019

DWTNCS review and new fight announcements.

JJ Aldrich vs Lauren Mueller added to Oct. 12 UFC show

A press release was sent out this morning announcing the card for UFC on ESPN+ 19 Oct. 12 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. A match not previously announced has JJ Aldrich vs Lauren Mueller. Lauren confirmed this on Instagram. This fight will be at Flyweight. JJ is 26 years old from Denver. She is a teammate of Rose Namajunas under coach Trevor Wittman. He's a great coach. She's a midcard fighter at best. Her record is 7-3 and 3-2 in the UFC. She's a points fighter. In her last fight, she won round one over Maycee Barber. But then Maycee caught up to JJ and won by second round TKO. I thought Wittman gave JJ a great plan for one round. But I didn't think JJ would get away with it for three rounds. Lauren could present similar problems. She is 27 years old and she trains at Alliance in San Diego. Since winning a UFC contract on Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2017, Lauren has gone 1-2 in the UFC. In her last fight, she lost the first two rounds to Poliana Botelho. Lauren scored a knockdown in round three and had a chance to finish but she followed Poliana to the ground and Poliana was able to kill enough time to survive. So now after two losses, Lauren needs a win. I liked her on DWTNCS but she needs to be more aggressive right from the start. I like her chances if she does that.

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Mallory Martin vs Micol Di Segni

Here's the match video of Mallory Martin vs Micol Di Signi from last night's episode of Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series. This fight is at Flyweight. I recall seeing Mallory in Invicta though she wasn't memorable. She's OK but nothing special. I hadn't seen Micol fight but I know that she is a model from Italy. Though she trains at Jackson Wink, this was her first fight in the US. Both fighters are trying to win a UFC contract. After watching this fight, I wonder if matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard ever saw Micol fight. She was terrible. Mallory won the fight easily. Micol was telegraphing her punches, especially an overhand right. She was awful. What was she doing on this show? Obviously neither got the contract. I scored the fight 30-27 for Mallory. Check out the fight for yourself.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson

Artist:Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Song:Kidney Stew Blues
Album:Mr. Cleanhead Blows His Greatest Hits

Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson could sing and play the sax. He is best known for a few R&B hits from the late 40s including Kidney Stew Blues. His music at the time was similar to the jump blues of Louis Jordan. But Vinson could play any kind of music. He was born Dec. 18, 1917 in Houston. Vinson learned to play sax in high school. He was in Milton Larkins' orchestra with jazz legends Arnett Cobb and Illinois Jacquet. He learned to sing touring with blues legend Big Bill Broonzy. He joined The Cootie Williams Orchestra in 1942 and sang lead on Cherry Red and Somebody's Got To Go. Vinson started his own big band in 1945 and signed with Mercury Records. Old Maid Boogie and Kidney Stew Blues topped the R&B charts in 1947. It was actually a double sided single. Vinson moved to King Records in 1949. His hits included Somebody Done Stole My Cherry Red and Person To Person. He got the name Cleanhead after a hair straightener caused him to lose all his hair. In the 50s Vinson recorded jump blues for Mercury and jazz for Bethlehem Records. This CD from Jasmine has all his hits from the 40s and 50s. Vinson moved to Los Angeles in the early 60s and joined The Johnny Otis Revue. After an appearance with Otis on the 1970 Monterey Jazz Festival, Vinson got into touring and recording for Flying Dutchman, Philips and Muse. Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson died on July 2, 1988 at age 70. Here's Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson with Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Eddie Durham performing Kidney Stew Blues on the 1980 CBC TV series Oscar Peterson and Friends.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Molly McCann vs Diana Belbita added to Oct. 18 UFC show

It was reported today that Molly McCann vs Diana Belbita has been added to UFC on ESPN 2 Oct. 18 at the TD Garden in Boston. This fight is at Flyweight. Molly is 29 years old from Liverpool, England. She was very popular there as a Cage Warriors champ. Her record is 9-2 and 2-1 in the UFC. She is mainly a striker. I haven't liked what I have seen from her so far. She won her last fight over Ariane Lipski by unanimous decision. But I thought both of them were so bad that I scored it a draw. Diana is a UFC newcomer. She is 23 years old from Romania. Her record is 13-4 mostly for RXF in Romania but also KSW in Poland. She has never fought outside in Europe so who knows what she will be like. She's also mainly a striker. I hope I am pleasantly surprised but I'm not expecting much.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Cranberries

Artist:The Cranberries

The Cranberries were very successful in their native Ireland. Their greatest international success was the 1993 single Linger. It was a top ten hit in the US. Their albums were very consistent sellers in the 90s. They are from Limerick, Ireland. they were called The Cranberry Saw Us when bassist Mike Hogan and guitarist brother Noel Hogan formed the band in 1989 with drummer Fergal Lawler and singer Niall Quinn. After Niall left, Dolores O'Riordan responded to an ad and auditioned by writing lyrics to some of their existing demos. They liked that. That's when she wrote Linger. They released an EP and changed the group name to The Cranberries. Demos resulted in a bidding war won by Island Records. An EP was released that did not go over well. The Smiths producer Stephen Street was brought in to produce the 1993 album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?. At first the album didn't do well. But The Cranberries toured and MTV saw them and started playing their videos. Linger reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was certified 5XPlatinum. Dolores and Noel Hogan wrote most of the band's songs. They never had another big hit single. But they didn't really need one as their 90s albums sold very well. This budget comp is a good intro to their music. The Cranberries went on hiatus in 2003. Dolores released a solo album in 2007. They reunited in 2009 and the album Roses was released in 2012. I don't think the reunion went well. Dolores and Noel Hogan weren't getting along. And she was having back problems. And then the whole thing ended when Dolores drowned in a hotel bathtub on Jan. 15, 2018. Apparently she was drinking. Hogan announced The Cranberries would not continue. Here's the video for Linger by The Cranberries.

Monday, August 19, 2019

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Dick Haymes

Artist:Dick Haymes
Song:You'll Never Know
Album:The Golden Years of Dick Haymes

Dick Haymes was a popular ballad singer of the 40s mostly playing second fiddle to Frank Sinatra. You'll Never Know was his biggest hit in 1943. Haymes also appeared in several films of the era. He continued to record in the 50s but changing musical styles and personal problems killed his career. He was born Sept. 13, 1918 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His British parents owned a cattle ranch there. When they split up, he lived with his mother who was a singer. Haynes started singing in New Jersey clubs as a teen. Then he moved to Hollywood and worked as an extra. His big break came when he replaced Frank Sinatra in the Harry James band. His biggest hit with James was I'll Get By which was recorded in 1941 but released in 1944 after Haymes left the James band. He also sang with Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman before signing with Decca in 1943. You'll Never Know topped the charts for four weeks. You'll notice there is no backing band. This was recorded during the musicians strike from 1942-44. So instead the vocal group The Song Spinners arranged and performed the record. They also backed up Ella Fitzgerald and Bing Crosby among others. Margaret Johnson wrote the arrangement. You'll Never Know was written by Harry Warren and Mack Gordon for the 1943 film Hello, Frisco, Hello where the song was performed by Alice Faye. The song won an Oscar. Sinatra also recorded You'll Never Know. It was one of the few times Haymes got the better of Sinatra. Haymes also appeared in the 1945 film State Fair. He scored a hit with It Might As Well Be Spring. Haymes also hosted a radio show with Helen Forrest. Haymes career went into a tailspin in the late 40s due to heavy drinking and unsuccessful marriages to Joanne Dru and Rita Hayworth. Haymes was married six times. He recorded a couple of albums for Capitol in the 50s. He re-recorded You'll Never Know on one of those albums. Most comp CDs have that version. I recommend this 4CD box set because I know it has original 40s recordings. You can trust Jasmine Records. They don't mess around. Haymes moved to Ireland in the 60s. After kicking his drinking habit, Haymes moved back to the US to perform in clubs, record occasionally and appear in some TV shows. He died on Mar. 28, 1980 at age 61. Here's a video for You'll Never Know by Dick Haymes.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Frank Pozen's Big Bad Podcast Aug. 18, 2019

UFC 241 review, DWTNCS preview and new fight announcement.

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Sabina Mazo vs Shana Dobson

Here's the match video of Sabina Mazo vs Shana Dobson from last night's UFC show in Anaheim, CA. Sabina is from Colombia but she trains at Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, CA. She had a lot of success in the LFA before coming to the UFC. But in her first fight, Maryna Moroz got the jump on her and broke her nose. She said she would get off to a better start this time. I didn't think she would have much trouble with Shana who is ineffective. The fight was dominant enough that two of the judges scored it 30-25 and the third scored it 30-24 for Sabina. Though Sabina was dominant mostly with kicks and knees, I didn't think any of the rounds was quite at a 10-8 level. Shana's offense and especially her defense were way below par. It seemed like she didn't know how to get out of any predicaments. I would like to see Sabina against a ranked fighter. Enjoy the video!

Big Bad Blog Video Theater-Hannah Cifers vs Jodie Esquibel

Here's the match video of Hannah Cifers vs Jodie Esquibel from last night's UFC show in Anaheim, CA. Hannah arrived in the UFC with a rep as a KO artist in regional companies. I haven't seen that from her in her two UFC fights. Jodie probably shouldn't be in the UFC. She was in TUF 23 and was brought into the UFC as a punching for Karolina Kowalkiewicz fighting in her home country of Poland. Jodie is 0-3 in the UFC. Her primary fighting style is ineffectiveness. She promised Jon Anik she would be more aggressive. Fighters are such bullshitters. The fight was about what I expected. Hannah just doesn't seem to have that punching power. She did more in this fight so I gave it to her 30-27. But I can see her having real problems with ranked fighters. Jodie did nothing as usual. She even scored a couple of takedowns but did nothing with them and the ref was forced to stand the fighters up. She knows she's on the chopping block and she still does nothing. I guess we'll see her in Invicta in a few months. Enjoy the video!

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Skylark

Album:Reaching for the Sky: Towering Soul from the 70s

Wildflower was a top ten hit in 1973. It was the only chart single for the Canadian band Skylark. They only released two albums so they didn't last very long. They were from Vancouver but the formation of Skylark came from guys who backed up Ronnie Hawkins when he led the house band at the Le Coq D'or in Toronto. One of those guys was David Foster. He's famous now. Skylark was his first band. Other members were Donny Gerrard and B.J. Cook on vocals, Doug Edwards on guitar, Steve Pugsley on bass, Duris Maxwell on drums and Carl Graves on percussion. Wildflower was a poem written by Dave Richardson who was a friend of Foster. Edwards turned it into a song. Veteran producer Barry De Vorzon really liked Skylark's demo and he helped them get a record deal with Capitol Records. Canadian radio stations were mandated to play Canadian produced records. I think it was 30% at the time. They had to play some really crappy records. Rosalie Trombley was program director at CKLW in Windsor. She played Wildflower incessantly for three months to fill CanCon requirements. CKLW was very popular in Detroit. Capitol decided to release Wildflower in the US and eventually it broke nationally and reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. You can get it on this various artists comp. By the time Skylark recorded their second album, Foster, Cook and Gerrard were the only original members remaining. The album bombed and Foster moved to Los Angeles effectively disbanding Skylark. Foster immediately formed Airplay with guitarist Jay Graydon. Everyone knows who he is now. Gerrard and Graves released solo albums. In recent years, Gerrard has toured with Mavis Staples. I saw him in her band a few years ago. Edwards has been in The Hometown Band for years. Here's Skylark performing Wildflower on The Midnight Special 1973.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Amanda Nunes vs Germaine De Randamie added to Dec. 14 UFC show

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Brett Okamoto of ESPN reported today that Amanda Nunes will defend her UFC Bantamweight Championship on UFC 245 Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Germaine confirmed this on Instagram. I expect this to be the co-main event. Amanda beat Germaine by first round TKO in 2013. I don't see this one going any differently. In her last fight, Germaine won over Aspen Ladd due to an awful Herb Dean stoppage. A win like that should not get anyone a title shot. But the UFC needs a title match for their year end Las Vegas show. It's likely that if Cris Cyborg had accepted a match with Amanda, it would have been on this show. At this point, the options are limited in Bantamweight and Featherweight. And that's why we are getting a non-competitive match. Amanda will be the prohibitive favorite.

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Albert King

Artist:Albert King
Song:Born Under A Bad Sign
Album:The Very Best of Albert King

Albert King is one of the all time blues greats. He is best known for his late 60s Stax recordings. Though it wasn't his biggest hit single, Born Under A Bad Sign is considered to be his signature song. He was born Albert Nelson Apr. 25, 1923 in Indianola, MS and her grew up in Forest City, AR. He sang in the family gospel group. He took the name Albert King so he could claim to be the half brother of Indianola native B.B. King. But they were not related. He played guitar left handed but the guitar was not restrung which accounts for King's unique sound. And his signature guitar was the Gibson Flying V. Because of his size and he worked in construction in his younger days, King was known as The Velvet Bulldozer. His smooth vocal style was influenced by The Mills Brothers. King moved to Gary, IN and recorded the 1954 single Bad Luck Blues for Parrot Records. He moved to St. Louis and recorded for Bobbin Records where Little Milton was A&R man. His 1961 single Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong was a top 15 R&B hit. And he recorded an album for King Records. He moved to Memphis and signed with Stax in 1966. And that's where King had most of his success working with Booker T & The MGs with Al Jackson Jr. and Steve Cropper producing. He had several Stax hits including Laundromat Blues, Crosscut Saw and Cold Feet. But the best known of those songs is Born Under A Bad Sign probably because it was covered by the popular group Cream. The song was written by Stax legend Booker T. Jones. He got William Bell to help him with the lyrics. King continued to have success at Stax until they closed in 1975. You can get all his Stax hits on this comp. King recorded for Utopia, Tomato and Fantasy. He did a 1983 TV show In Session with Stevie Ray Vaughan that was very popular. This was taped at CHCH in Hamilton and aired on PBS in the US. You can watch this show in its entirety on Youtube. Vaughan, Eric Clapton and Joe Walsh all cited King as an influence. Despite failing health, King continued to tour until his death from a heart attack on Sept. 21, 1992 at age 69. Albert King was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2013. Here's Albert King performing Born Under A Bad Sign in 1981. The second guitar solo is by Claude Marrow.