Sunday, October 18, 2009

Additional New American Standards Candidates

Here are a few more candidates to consider:

The Summer Knows: Released 1971 by Michel Legrand

Your Song: Released 1970 by Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Arthur's Theme: Released 1981 by Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer, Peter Allen


  1. I would like to throw in a bit of a different song, "The Thrill Is Gone" by B B King. The song was written in 1951 but was recorded and made famous by Mr. King. Great song and about as good as they get for a standard when it comes to blues. Love the blog, keep it up.

  2. Hey Blues67 ...,

    OMG ..., I LOVE BBKing. In a previous life I was a guitar player and I own an autographed "Lucille", his famous Gibson guitar. Yup ..., The Thrill Is Gone is a winner but if written in 1951 as you report it's older than this new list - don't know where Music Man might put it. Maybe he should start a Top 20 Blues list ..., can you get any of your music friends to blog here, we need some more opinions to keep Music Man on his toes.

  3. Hello Blues 67, you sure know how to mix things up on the "Music Man Blog" and I love it! I also love the BLUES and I agree with thebassman that your suggestion calls for a new TOP List on this blog. I had the idea of creating a list of the Greatest Blues Songs on my planning board, but your comment has forced this idea to the top of my "To Do" list. "The Thrill is Gone" was written by Rick Darnell & Roy Hawkins in 1951 and released as a single by Riley B. King (Better known as B.B. King) in 1969 and went on to become B. B. King's Greatest Hit and now is his signature song. This B.B. King recording placed 183 on the Rolling Stone Magazine's List of the Top 500 Greatest Songs Ever Written.

    I will be posting a new draft list of prospect songs for the new "Music Man Blog" list of the Top 20 Greatest Blues Song Ever Written shortly. I could use some help from you and thebassman to send me some other songs that should be considered for this new list. Thanks for the comment and look forward to developing this list of songs with your help.

  4. Hey bassman, I am holding you responsible for bringing the Blues out of the closet and on to the "Music Man Blog"! Your suggestion that we should start a new Top 20 Greatest Blues List was outstanding. Maybe this is where I can get to put back "This Bitter Earth" on a Top list? It really is a great blues song. Blues 67, have you heard this song and if so what's your opinion of it?

    If there are any other Blues guys out there, give me a shout with your favorites or any other comments about the Blues.

    Bassman, any way you can send a picture of your "Lucille" Gibson guitar, I would love to see what it looks like? I don't know if you can attach a picture to a comment but if not you can email me a picture at: Any thoughts about selling it?

  5. MusicMan ..., the link here goes directly to Lucille ..., and absolutely NOT do I intend on selling it. Why do you ask?

  6. Hey, bassman, What a beauty! I only asked about selling "Lucille" because you mentioned that you played the Guitar in a prior life and might be in another place at this time. I know a lot of guitar players who would just die to get their hands on this very special guitar!! Enjoy it for years to come.


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