The Best Song Ever (This Week)

Scott Frampton
A quick dive into a song and what makes it special. Different genres, different eras -- old, new (but mostly old).
Created 09 Jul 2021
  • “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” by FREDDY FENDER
    13 Jan 2022 • 4 min read • 4 1
    You try to be strong but the pain keeps holdin' on The session took just a few minutes, and Freddy Fender was glad when it was over. He never liked country music, and it was only after a number of oth...
  • “Walk In My Shadow” by FREE
    06 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 2 0
    I’m going to lay you on the floor “If you've got to have big amplifiers and wah-wahs and equipment to make your guitar say different things, well, hell, you can't play no blues," Muddy Waters said of ...
  • “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” by RICHARD THOMPSON
    30 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 2 1
    And I don't mind dyin' but for the love of you. The Vincent Black Lightning was the world’s fastest production motorcycle. A bike built in the garages of post-war Hertfordshire, 30 miles north of Lond...
  • “This Christmas” by DONNY HATHAWAY
    16 Dec 2021 • 4 min read • 3 1
    A very special Christmas for me “Nostalgia is memory with the pain removed,” wrote beloved San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen. Christmas pop songs are often so bound up in holiday tropes that...
  • “Tous les Garçons et les Filles” by FRANÇOISE HARDY
    09 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 2 0
    They fall in love without fear of tomorrow Scopitone machines were video jukeboxes popular in France’s vibrant 1960s cafe scene. Drop in a franc, and you could see a short film of Serge Gainsbourg, Jo...
  • “Fancy” by BOBBIE GENTRY
    02 Dec 2021 • 6 min read • 4 3
    …but Fancy was my name Roberta Streeter was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, where she lived on a farm without electricity or running water. Her grandparents traded a cow for an upright piano, w...
  • “I’ll Take You There” by THE STAPLE SINGERS
    24 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    Oh mmm I know a place The Last Waltz was the farewell concert by The Band, played on Thanksgiving 1976 at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. A turkey dinner was served. Promoter Bill Graham ren...
  • “Life’s What You Make It” by TALK TALK
    18 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 1 2
    Beauty is naked Before there was Talk Talk’s “Talk Talk,” there was “Talk Talk Talk Talk” by The Reaction. The 1980 song’s rough sound and urgent tempo echoed the punk explosion from a few years befor...
  • “Strawberry Letter #23” by SHUGGIE OTIS
    11 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    Is it cool? Johnny Otis said that he first passed for black to get into a “colored only” Count Basie concert in San Francisco. It was at that show when the son of Greek immigrant grocers1, so impresse...
  • “A Nickel And A Nail” by O.V. WRIGHT
    04 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    Oh I once had love, and plenty of money Willie Mitchell produced a string of classic soul records for Al Green — “Let’s Stay Together,” “Love And Happiness,” “Tired of Being Alone” — that made the for...
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