SAINTPATRICK’S DAY in the Land of the Round Haircut. And not to forget SAINTURHO, Patron Saint of Finland. The wearing of the Green and the Wearing of the Purple. A pair of Saint Patrick’s Day Birthdays-in-Green: NAT ‘KING’ COLE and JOHNSEBASTIAN, along with a Gospel styled Birthday-in-Gold for SISTERROSETTATHARPE. Lots more Good News in Song/Gospel Sounds for this sixth Monday in Lent/Holy Week. EASTER is the EARLIEST possible date this year—the last time EASTER came this early was in 1913! And SPRING arrives in the North Country(wishful thinking department) on Saturday———
A big thanks to Beth Shaw for filling in for me this week as I recuperate from minor surgery. I still look back fondly on our days as co-hosts of Urban Folk after the untimely death of our friend Bob Feldman.
I knew she’d put together a great show. Here’s proof in the form of her playlist:
denotes new release
Hot Club of Cowtown, Orange Blossom Special, Continental Stomp, HighTone
John Doe Veronica Jane, Mama Don’t, This is Americana 2, Americana Music
Tony Gilkyson, Juanita, Goodbye Guitar, Rolling Sea
A special edition of BOPSTREET dedicated to the memory of Ronnie Italiano, better known—in vocal group harmony circles—as Ronnie ‘I’, founder and president of UGHA-United in Group Harmony Association—the oldest, and for over twenty years the ONLY, non profit organization devoted to the preservation, exposure and education of pioneering Vocal Group Harmony Sounds. One man with a vision of a more perfect world toiling in the vineyard of sound since 1976—a true individual was our Ronnie. He will be missed and NEVER forgotten. Only three other individuals in the course of the program’s nearly twenty years on the air have had an entire show devoted to his or her memory: Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and Slim Gaillard. BOPSTEET celebrates the Life and Legacy of RONNIE I