R.I.P. Trini Lopez (Sunday Song Series)

Singer / guitarist / recording artist Trini Lopez, 83, passed away this past Tuesday, August 11, 2020 (due to COVID-19 complications). His professional career had spanned 1959 thru 2020.

I first became aware of his limitless musical artistry, proficiency and energy… way back in 1963… when radio jocks were playing his lively, chart topper hit interpretation of If I Had a Hammer… courtesy of station CKLW’s (Windsor, Ontario), 50,000 watt, broadcast tower.

Mr. Lopez’s cover of the Manos Hadjidakis compostion, Never on Sunday (first sung by Melina Mercouri in the film of the same name), becomes our Sunday Song Series’ Week #101 selection… now playing out in this BlogCast and beaming all across the www… courtesy of WordPress’ powerful blogging platform.

Although music aficionados, worldwide, feel saddened, we can take comfort in knowing that the vast discography, which superstar Trini Lopez has bestowed upon humanity, will shine on in perpetuity.

You’re cordially invited back for our next Sunday Song… seven days from now.

 

Stay Safe at Home! Stay Publicly Masked! Stay Healthy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 3 Minute Instrumental ~ Vid of the Day

Back in the day when Top 40 a.m. radio stations… such as Windsor, Ontario’s CKLW… ruled supreme over popular music of the 1960s, it was child’s play for the listener to zone out on the the 3 minute instrumental… such as Vince Guaraldi’s Cast Your Fate to the Wind… to envision imagery in the theater of the mind… such as what we see in our Vid of the Day.

I’d be remiss not to Cast my Kudos to the Wind to YouTube videographer JamesTJordan1 for so adeptly capturing the wind… and with a montage of still photos, no less! Kinda makes you want to revisit your younger days… to gleefully rush outside to fly a kite, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rock and Clay ~ Vid of the Day

I first listened to rock jock Tom Clay on CKLW “The Big 8” as a young boy. That radio station transmitted out of Windsor, Ontario and when Earth’s ionosphere worked its magic after sundown, their 50,000 watt signal could be picked up by AM radios throughout much of eastern Canada and America.

Based solely on Clay’s on-air persona, one could’ve easily deemed him an honorable, admirable guy.

However, when it came down to how he conducted his off-the-air life… well…. let’s just say that when he was wrong he was stunningly wrong.

But when he did get everything right… well… our Vid of the Day is a testimonial to the good side of Clay’s character. Let’s eye / ear witness his film clip enhanced social commentary / musical mash-up of What the World Needs Now Is Love with Abraham, Martin and John.

As for the rest of the story, I’m linking us to both Clay’s Bio-1, Clay’s Bio-2 and the Song Facts.