Early Influences

For Father’s with Teenage Daughters

I recently went to see Alan Jackson perform in Tampa whilst visiting Florida, top of the supporting cast was Rodney Atkins, that was the first time I’d heard this song. so if you, like me, have teenage daughters, this is the song for you, shown here with the lyrics for maximum enjoyment.… more

Swing Time – Rogers and Astaire

Back in the day, Sunday afternoons on the BBC were dedicated to black and white movies from Hollywood, here is a clip from one of those movies, ‘Swing Time’ featuring Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Rogers does the sequence in ‘heels’.… more

Memphis Soul with Sam and Dave

For those that don’t remember here’s a little Memphis Soul from Sam and Dave from 1967.


Memphis Soul at The White House

Mrs. Obama was talking to a group of students who had come from California, Tennessee, New York, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C to participate in an interactive workshop called “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul.” And while her guests were excited to be in the State Dining Room for the event, the presence of Justin Timberlake on the panel increased their enthusiasm.… more

Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime

Here is a favourite song of mine from Dean Martin, this version was recorded for his show in 1965, Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime.