Songs from New York City

July 24, 2019
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Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Take the A TrainDuke Ellingtonmegadom
2Green LinePrincess NokiaDiscoMonster
3SummertimeCharlie ParkerShoegazer
4II BSCharles MingusTempusfugit
5The HustlerWillie Colonpejepeine
6Latin StrutJoe BataanUncleben
7Don't Make Me OverDionne WarwickParaMhor
8Runaround SueDionParaMhor
9New York CityJohn LennonParaMhor
10Blank GenerationRichard Hell & the Voidoidsmegadom
11I Know You Got SoulEric B & RakimUncleben
12Theme From Taxi DriverBernard Herrmann9hairs9knots
13New York State of MindBilly Joel & Tony BennettOliveButler

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 TitleArtistNominated by
1Romeo Had JulietteLou ReedShoegazer
2Miles Runs the Voodoo DownMiles DavisNicko
3Planet RockAfrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic ForceMussoliniHeadkick
4PowerhouseRaymond Scottphilipphilip99
5Tenth Avenue Freezeout LiveBruce Springsteentreefrogdemon
6Always & ForeverPat Metheny & Toots Thielemansflorian7
7I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York CityHarry Nilssonswawilg
8Honeysuckle Rose (Carnegie Hall)Benny GoodmanRavi Raman
9The World is YoursNasmegadom
10I am the Black Gold of the SunNuyorican Soul ft Jocelyn BrownNicko
11BirdfingersLarry Coryellnosuchzone
12New YorkSt. Vincentmegadom

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Songs With Ambiguity

July 17, 2019
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Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)

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 TitleArtistNominated by
1Don't Know What It MeansTedeschi Trucks BandSkydog7
2Pancho & LeftyTownes Van ZandtParaMhor
3Which Dreamed ItBoeing Duveen & the Beautiful SoupShivSidecar
4Livin' ThingElectric Light Orchestraflorian7
5TransformationNona Hendryxphilipphilip99
6Misty WaterThe KinksSuzi
7Al AlbaRosa LeonMakinavaja
8Me & Julio Down By the SchoolyardPaul SimonSweetHomeAlabama
9When I Was OtherwiseGazelle Twinajostu
10We Died in AugustDana & Karen Kletternosuchzone
11The Moonbeam SongHarry NilssonSeth Miller
12Zen ArcherTodd Rundgren9hairs9knots

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1I Don't KnowChris BellShivSidecar
2Faraway LookYolaDiscoMonster
3Big Electric CatAdrian Belew9hairs9knots
4Throw Back the Little OnesSteely DanRavi Raman
5The 15thWirevanwolf2
6RevolutionThe BeatlesMussoliniHeadkick
7PatientPeter HammillTatankaYotanka
8The BarrelAldous HardingSongBarLandlord
9Ring Dang DooSam the Sham & the PharaohsAltraEgo
10LotusR.E.M.SweetHomeAlabama
11I Don't Know Where I StandFairport ConventionShivSidecar
12Anywhere Out of the WorldDead Can Dancevanwolf2
13It Must Be a CamelFrank ZappaChris7572

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Songs Influenced by Gospel

Dec. 12, 2018
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Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)
At: Song Bar

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 TitleArtistNominated by
1Have Mercy BabyBilly Ward & the DominoesIsabelleForshaw
2Bed of Rose'sThe Statler BrothersRavi Raman
3I Got a WomanRay CharlesNicko
4I Thank YouSam & Davetincanman
5Holy GhostWynton Marsalisswawilg
6Border SongElton JohnNicko
7Until You Come Back to MeAretha Franklin9hairs9knots
8Roll Me Through the RushesChaka KhanOliveButler
9How Can You Mend a Broken HeartAl GreenParaMhor
10Go Now!The Moody BluesAltraEgo
11Turn On Your Love LightBobby "Blue" BlandAltraEgo
12And I Am Telling You I'm Not GoingJennifer Hollidaybishbosh
13Ultralight BeamKanye WestGreatGrendel

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1You've Got a Friend (live)Donny HathawayNicko
2Keep On PushingThe ImpressionsIsabelleForshaw
3Respect YourselfThe Staple Singersmegadom
4If You Don't Know Me By NowHarold Melvin & the Blue Notesamylee
5Some Kind of GameAgainst All Logic (Nicolas Jaar)untergunther
6Wednesday Night Prayer MeetingCharles MingusAbahachi
7You Turn Me OnLabelleAbahachi
8River Deep, Mountain HighIke & Tina TurnerParaMhor
9Higher and HigherJackie WilsonParaMhor
10Trouble, You Can't Fool MeRy Cooderswawilg
11Ain't Nothing Like the Real ThingMarvin Gaye & Tammi Terrellmegadom
12These Arms of MineOtis ReddingNicko
13You Send MeSam CookeParaMhor
14Cry BabyGarnet Mimms & the Enchantersattwilightlarks
15You Got the LoveThe Source & Candi Staton & Frankie KnucklesNicko
16Jimmy MackMartha Reeves & the VandellasIsabelleForshaw
17The River of DreamsBilly JoelSweetHomeAlabama
18If You Think You're Lonely NowBobby WomackIsabelleForshaw
19Mercy, Mercy, MercyCannonball AdderleyNilpferd
20I Feel the Earth MoveCarole KingShivSidecar
21Deeper WellEmmylou HarrisSuzi
22He Ain't Heavy, He's My BrotherThe HolliesRavi Raman
23Another DayJamie Lidellswawilg
24Coming HomeJohn Legendswawilg
25Man in the MirrorMichael JacksonSweetHomeAlabama
26Reach OutMidfield GeneralDiscoMonster
27Deeper Than the HollerRandy TravisRavi Raman
28Sweet & DandyToots & the MaytalsUncleben
29The Glow of LoveChangebishbosh
30I Am the Black Gold of the SunNuyorican Soul, Jocelyn BrownNicko

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Songs With Harp, Lyre or Zither

Oct. 17, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)
At: Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Harp & Aeolian HarpSarah Deere-Jonesphilipphilip99
2Blue NileAlice Coltraneattwilightlarks
3La IguanaLila DownsJamesowen475
4FirebratZeena Parkinsnosuchzone
5On a Good DayJoanna NewsomGreatGrendel
6The Boy is MineBrandy & Monicapejepeine
7Why Did You Leave MeDorothy Ashbyphilipphilip99
8BeastAgnes ObelUncleben
9JarabiSona JobartehNicko
10Sea of LoveCat PowerIsabelleForshaw
11Danse Sacrée & Danse ProfaneClaude Debussy (performed by Vera Badings)Beltway Bandit
12All I WantJoni MitchellParaMhor
13MockingbirdInez & Charlie FoxxIsabelleForshaw

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1If It's MagicStevie Wonder (ft Dororthy Ashby)sonofwebcore
2Cuarto de ColoresEdmar CastanedaBeltway Bandit
3Blue MoonHarpo MarxNelson Doherty
4Brandy CoveDelyth & Angharad Jenkins,Suzi
5HuiziopochtliAndreas VollenweiderBanazirGalbasi
6Pozo del DeseoKetama, Toumani Diabate & Jose Sotosonofwebcore
7Bulimic BeatsCatatoniaphilipphilip99
8Glassworks 1 (Opening)Philip Glass ft Lavinia MeijerBeltway Bandit
9Northern LightsLucinda Belle Orchestraseverin
10Keep On the Sunny SideThe Carter FamilyBeltway Bandit
11SakuraKasumi WatanabiHoshino Sakura
12Dance of SapphoThe Gnostic Trio (John Zoen composer ft Carol Emanuel performing)Seth Miller
13You Got the Dirtee LoveFlorence & the Machine ft Dizzy RascalMussoliniHeadkick

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Electronic Music to 1983

June 6, 2018
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Column
Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)
At: Song Bar

A List

 Song TitleArtistNominator
1The Swan Clara Rockmore (composer Camille Saint-Saëns)megadom
2Love Don't Live Here AnymoreRose Roycenosuchzone
3TimewhysTonto's Expanding HeadbandUncleben
4WatussiHarmoniamegadom
5The GnomeEmerson, Lake & Palmer (composer: Mussorgsky)Joelle
6PortofinoRaymond ScottUncleben
7Behind the MaskYellow Magic Orchestraphilipphilip99
8SOSAbbaParaMhor
9FlamingoTodd Rundgren9hairs9knots
10Back Street LuvCurved AirShivSidecar
11Electric GardenConrad Schnitzlermegadom
12St. Elmo's FireBrian EnoDjinnjaha
13NeukölnDavid Bowiemegadom
14Doctor Who ThemeDelia Derbyshireattwilightlarks
15Création Du MondeVangelisBanazirGalbasi
16The Fifth Wave: Water LullabySuzanne CianiDiscoMonster

B List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1Planet RockAfrika Bambaataabishbosh
2Hatgini TaniAl Massrienuntergunther
3I'm the OneAnnette PeacockTatankaYotanka
4SunrainAshraRavi Raman
5PhaedraTangerine Dreammegadom
6Répons: Section OnePierre Boulezmegadom
7Test CardThis Heatmegadom
8The Ice Cream ManThe TornadosFretlessBasser
9Battle With the Invisible MonsterLouis & Bebe Barronphilipphilip99
10Venusian Summer Suite Pt. 2Lenny WhiteBanazirGalbasi
11Legend Days are OverBeaver & KrauseShivSidecar
12TanzmusikKraftwerkmegadom
13Gossipo PerpetuoJean-Jacques PerreySweetHomeAlabama
14Rainbow ChaserNirvana UKShivSidecar
15GeradewohlRoedeliusmegadom
16FunkytownLipps Inc. SweetHomeAlabama

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Songs Featuring Harmonica

Mar. 21, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)
At: Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistHarmonica PlayerNominated by
1Man With a HarmonicaEnnio MorriconeFranco de GeminiIan Cuthbert
2Orange Blossom SpecialCharlie McCoyCharlie McCoymegadom
3Blue LightLittle WalterLittle WalterBeltway Bandit
4Walking BluesButterfield Blues BandPaul ButterfieldRavi Raman
5AlfieStevie WonderStevie Wondermegadom
6Good Morning Little SchoolgirlSonny Boy Williamson ISonny Boy Williamson IUncleben
7The Blues Had a Baby (And They Called It Rock 'n' Roll)Muddy WatersJames CottonAltraEgo
8Whammer JammerJ. Geils BandMagic Dickalfie hisself
9The Genevieve WaltzLarry AdlerLarry AdlerBeltway Bandit
10EasyBig Walter HortonBig Walter Hortonattwilightlarks
11Room To MoveJohn MayallJohn Mayall ShivSidecar
12Brown BalladQuincy JonesToots ThielemansAlBahooky
13Midnight CowboyJohn BarryToots ThielemansToffeeBoy

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 TitleArtistHarmonica PlayerNominated by
1Prison BluesJohn LomaxAlexdeanofromoz
2Not Fade AwayThe Rolling StonesBrian Jonesmegadom
3Chicago BreakdownDoctor RossDoctor RossUncleben
4Steppin' In ItHerbie HancockStevie Wondernosuchzone
5Fruta BoaToots ThielemanToots Thielemansuntergunther
6Run AroundBlues TravelerJohn Popperamylee
7Willie Brown BluesRy CooderSonny TerryRavi Raman
8I Want to Take You HigherSly & the Family StoneSly StoneAltraEgo
9Just a FeelingCharlie MusselwhiteCharlie MusselwhiteRavi Raman
10Twenty Yards BehindDr. FeelgoodLee BrilleauxFunkbrother69
11Livin' On the HighwayNico Wayne ToussaintNico Wayne ToussaintAndrew Morrissey
12Your Funeral My TrialSonny Boy Williamson IISonny Boy Williamson IIBeltway Bandit
13Living in a Hard LandChris WilsonChris Wilsondeanofromoz
14On the Road AgainCanned HeatAlan Wilsonseverin

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Songs With Great Drumming

Jan. 25, 2018
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Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)
At: The Guardian

A List

 TitleArtistDrummerNominated by
1Adi TaalBickram GhoshBickram GhoshRavi Raman
2Total EclipseBilly CobhamBilly Cobhamshutupthelotofyou
3Lipstick VogueElvis Costello & the AttractionsPete ThomasMike Blakeney
4Ja FunmiKing Sunny AdeRasaki AladokunFuel
5Hold On, I'm ComingSam & DaveAl Jackson Jr.attwilightlarks
6Tobi IluArt Blakey & the Afro-Drum EnsembleArt BlakeyBeltwayBandit
7Be My BabyThe RonettesHal Blaineattwilightlarks
8El Rey Del TimbalTito PuenteTito Puentealexito
9LateralusToolDanny CareyCassandra Kelsey
10Coming In From the ColdBob Marley & the WailersCarlton BarrettRobin Layfield
11CaravanPapa Jo JonesPapa Jo Jonesgoldennuggets
12AjaSteely DanSteve GaddOldLutonian
13Tambourinaires de BukirasaziBurundi DrummersBurundi Drummersngoo

B List

 TitleArtistDrummerNominated by
1FireballDeep PurpleIan Paicegordonimmel
2Live WireThe MetersZigaboo Modelisteid99990000
3Do What You LikeBlind FaithGinger BakerSentimentalbloke
4Memphis in the MeantimeJohn HiattJim KeltnerTheNick
5The Glamorous LifeSheila ESheila EscovedoIsabelleForshaw
6Demons ThemeLTJ BukemDanny Williamsonnilpferd
7Happy JackThe WhoKeith MoonAtombowl28
8Roforofo FightFela KutiTony Allentricornhat
9Tom SawyerRushNeil Peartphilipphilip99
10Think (About It)Lyn CollinsClyde StubblefieldFuel
11Strings of LightYussef KamaalYussef Dayes, Kamaal WilliamsDaniel Towns
12Channel One SuiteBuddy RichBuddy RichSubjectiveSubject
13Easy WindGrateful DeadBill Kreutzmanndave56

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Songs With Great Backing Vocals

Jan. 3, 2018
Blog
Column
Writer: Ralph Brown (magicman)
At: The Song Bar

A List

 TitleArtistNominated by
1(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural WomanAretha Franklin9hairs9knots
2(Let Me Be Your) Teddy BearElvis PresleySuzi
3Bring It On Home to MeSam Cookeamylee
4Night Time is the Right TimeRay CharlesRavi Raman
5Hearts on FireGram Parsons & Emmylou Harrisbarbryn
6I'm Not in Love10CCmegadom
7State of IndependenceDonna SummerParaMhor
8I Can't Let GoThe HolliesShivSidecar
9Don't Worry BabyThe Beach Boystreefrogdemon
10Blue MoonThe MarcelsParaMhor
11Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got NobodyLouis Prima & Keely Smithnosuchzone
12ElenoreThe Turtles9hairs9knots
13You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)Dawn Penn9hairs9knots

B List

    
TitleArtistNominated by
1I Say a Little PrayerAretha Franklinseverin
2Trouble of This WorldRose Stone & the Venice FourRavi Raman
3Rastaman ChantBob Marley & the WailersTarquinSpodd
4Yeke YekeMory KantéTarquinSpodd
5It's In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song)Betty Everettseverin
6Hey Girl Don't Bother MeThe Tamsseverin
7Lightnin' StrikesLou Christieattwilightlarks
8La-La Means I Love YouThe Delfonics9hairs9knots
9It Wouldn't Have Made Any DifferenceTodd Rundgren9hairs9knots
10Chain ReactionDiana Rossphilipphilip99
11FriendsThe Beach BoysTarquinSpodd
12Jesus On the MainlineRy Coodermegadom
13Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye)Gladys Knight & the Pipsseverin

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