Mother’s Finest

mothers finest album

Mother’s Finest is the official debut album by Atlanta group Mother’s Finest. It was released in 1972 (exact date unknown) on RCA Records, followed by a single, “You Move Me” b/w “Dear Sir And Brother Mann,” but neither the album or single made the Billboard charts. The band was disappointed with the album, claiming that RCA added “instrumental sweetening” without their consent. Despite sessions for a second album, they were later dropped by RCA.

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother%27s_Finest

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/album/mothers-finest-1972-expanded-edition/1506313386

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/6bk3WKinHexNiCoJbLEcuD?si=2P0n-jxgTLWXAavlL_8pZA

Songs for the Daily Planet

In honor of this weekend…

Todd Snider was born in Portland, Oregon, but was raised in nearby Beaverton, where he lived until he graduated from Beaverton High School in 1985. After high school, he moved to Santa Rosa, California, to attend Santa Rosa Junior College. He only lasted one semester, but while there, he learned to play the harmonica.

With help from his brother Mike who bought him a plane ticket, Snider relocated to San Marcos, Texas, after leaving SRJC in late fall of 1985. Not long after he arrived in San Marcos, Snider saw Jerry Jeff Walker perform solo at Gruene Hall, a legendary dance hall in New Braunfels, Texas. When he saw Walker that night, he decided he wanted to become a songwriter and began writing songs the next day. He told Lone Star Music Magazine in 2004, “I didn’t even know how to really play guitar yet, but I saw his show and went and got one.”

Snider met Kent Finlay at his very first writer’s night, which was at Finlay’s San Marcos club, Cheatham Street Warehouse. Finlay, who was a songwriter in his own right, became an important mentor and introduced Snider to the songs of Kris KristoffersonGuy ClarkJohn Prine, and Shel Silverstein, among others.

Snider soon was packing small rooms in San Marcos and over the next few years began to draw enthusiastic crowds in Austin, as well.

Snider also discovered Memphis songwriter Keith Sykes while living in San Marcos when a friend at the local record store turned him on to a pair of albums Sykes made in the early ’70s. In 1989, Snider’s father moved to Memphis, and happened to meet Sykes’ sister-in-law. Through that connection, Snider sent Sykes a demo tape of some of his songs. Sykes thought one of the songs had potential, so Snider moved to Memphis to try to work with Sykes.

Not long after he arrived in Memphis, Snider landed a weekly residency at a local club The Daily Planet. He not only was soon packing the room, the audience knew the words to the songs and would sing along.

Through Sykes, Snider met John Prine in 1991 while assisting on pre-production work Prine was doing with Sykes in Memphis for his album The Missing Years. It was the beginning of a friendship that would last until Prine’s death in 2020.

In 1992, Sykes helped Snider land a development deal with Capitol Records. He recorded a number of sides in Nashville for the label, but they declined to pick up his option for a full album.

Around the time of the Capitol deal, Snider began performing with a small band backing him which he dubbed the Bootleggers. The band’s lineup fluctuated some over the first year or so, but by the end of 1994, the lineup was set with Will Kimbrough on guitar, Joe Mariencheck on bass, and Joe McLeary on drums. Snider also had changed the band’s name to the Nervous Wrecks.

Sykes was a one-time member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band and Buffett had recorded a few of his songs, so when the Capitol deal fell through, he reached out on Snider’s behalf to Buffett’s label, Margaritaville Records, which was distributed by MCA. Not long after label exec Bob Mercer saw Snider perform at an industry showcase in Memphis in April 1993, Snider flew to California to open a show for Buffett. After seeing his set, Buffett offered Snider a deal with Margaritaville.

Released on October 11, 1994 (Tuesday), the US president was Bill Clinton (Democrat), the UK Prime Minister was Sir John Major (Conservative), Pope St John Paul II was leading the Catholic Church.

In that special week of October people in US were listening to I’ll Make Love To You by Boyz II Men. In UK Saturday Night by Whigfield was in the top 5 hits. The Monster, directed by Roberto Benigni, was one of the most viewed movie released in 1994 while Brothers And Sisters by Bebe Moore Campbell was one of the best selling book. If you liked videogames you were probably playing Beavis and Butt-Head or Dear Boys.

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songs_for_the_Daily_Planet

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/album/songs-for-the-daily-planet/1443475090

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/619qBvI9ejJOR7VvqWFuEv?si=dCmPaq4nRoaBC3ikFDngIA

Kinks

The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, north London, in 1963 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most influential rock bands of the 1960s. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned “You Really Got Me”, became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States.

The Kinks’ music drew from a wide range of influences, including American R&B and rock and roll initially, and later adopting British music hall, folk, and country. The band gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fueled by Ray Davies’ wittily observational writing style.

Released on October 2, 1964 (Friday), the following was also happening in the world.

  • All 80 people on board a Union de Transports Aériens flight were killed when the plane crashed into a mountain peak after taking off from Palma on the island of Majorca. The DC-6 had made several stops en route from Paris to Nouakchott in Mauritania, and departed from Palma at 4:14 a.m. and made its last contact with the Barcelona control tower at 5:10, giving no indication of trouble. Early accounts erroneously reported that the plane had fallen into the Mediterranean, roughly 45 miles (72 km) from Cartagena[9] and the error would be repeated in reference books, including one account that “Although the crash area was searched by Spanish, French, British and Italian ships, neither survivors nor even wreckage of the doomed plane was ever discovered.”[10] The day after its disappearance, however, the missing French plane was located on the side of Mount Alcazaba, where it had impacted at 8,200 feet (2,500 m) on the 11,000 foot (3,400 m) mountain.[11]
  • A Communist Chinese musicalThe East Is Red, was performed for the first time on a stage in Beijing and would gain widespread circulation the following year as a government-approved film about the Communist Revolution. People’s Daily would report the next day that the musical, using “our people’s favorite form of expression— singing and dancing— vividly portrayed the Chinese people, under the leadership of the Chinese Communists and Chairman Mao, engaged in their glorious journey of revolutionary battle and development.”[12]
  • The Kinks, created by English brothers Ray Davies and Dave Davies, released their first album. The self-titled album, Kinks, included their first hit song, “You Really Got Me“.[13]
  • An American tourist in Paris was killed by a French woman who was committing suicide while both were visiting the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. Veronica McConnell, a 24 year old hospital technician, was fatally injured when 37-year old Denise Rey-Herne climbed over the balustrade of the 160 foot high north tower and jumped, killing both of them.[14]
  • Life magazine photographer James Cobb Burke was killed in the eastern Himalayan mountains, when he fell 800 feet while taking pictures for an assignment.[15]
  • Forty-five residents in an apartment building in Cairo were killed when the four-story dwelling collapsed without warning. The dead were residents of the slums of the capital city’s Deir el Malak district.[16]

Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinks_(album)

Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/us/album/kinks/1192901716

Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/album/08G3mGQXuHItbbsFAz50gJ?si=5h9in_e3SQm9z5LU7FhJdA