This week In Male Balladeers 12/52

Boz Scaggs, Dan Fogelberg, Damon Albarn, Jamie Cullum, Tom Waits, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Elton John, George Michael, Paul Young, Usher, America, Mink DeVille, Elvis Presley, John Denver, Glen Campbell

This week In One-Off Collaborations 12/52

Dean Martin & Tony Bennett, George Benson & Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck & Imelda May, Mavis Staples & Jonny Lang, Allman Brothers & Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen & Melissa Etheridge, Billy Joel & John Fogerty, Stevie Wonder & Chaka Khan, Dolly Parton & Elton John, John Denver & Glen Campbell, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Jorge Ben & Lucio Dalla

Happy Birthday Willie Nelson. ‘Simple Nelson’

This day (April 29, 1933), in Abbott, Texas, U.S., is born Willie Hugh Nelson a.k.a Willie Nelson, American singer, songwriter and activist

Tracklist :

1 . Hello Walls

2 . Mr. Record Man (1969)

3 . Bloody Mary Morning (Austin City Limits, 1974)

4 . If You’ve Got The Money Honey (1977)

5 . Live Medley (w/ Bee Gees, Glen Campbell, 1979)

6 . Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain (Midnight Special 1980)

7 . Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Austin City Limits, 1981)

8 . You Were Always On My Mind (1982)

9 . Stardust (HBO Special, 1983)

10 . On the Road Again (Farm Aid, 1985)

11 . Whiskey River (Farm Aid, 1986)

12 . Island In The Sea (1987)

13 . I Never Cared For You (1988)

14 . There You Are

15 . City of New Orleans (w/ The Highwaymen)

16 . Graceland (w/ Paul Simon, Farm Aid, 1992)

17 . Hard Times (w/ Bob

Frank Sinatra records ‘Cycles,’ an album produced By Don Costa (1968)

Frank Sinatra's 'Cycles' is a studio album recorded on July 24 & November 14, 1968, and released just before Christmas of the same year by Reprise.

Track Listing : 1.Rain In My Heart (Teddy Randazzo, Victoria Pike) - 03:20 . 2.From Both Sides, Now (Joni Mitchell) - 02:55 . 3.Little Green Apples (Bobby Russell) - 05:00 . 4.Pretty Colors (Al Gorgoni, Chip Taylor) - 02:35 . 5.Cycles

(Gayle Caldwell) - 03:07 . 6.Wandering (Gayle Caldwell) - 02:45 . 7.By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Jimmy Webb) - 03:55 . 8.Moody River (Gary D. Bruce) - 02:33 . 9.My Way Of Life (Bert Kaempfert, Herb Rehbein, Carl Sigman) - 03:05 . 10.Gentle On My Mind (John Hartford) - 03:25

Musicians : Frank Sinatra - Vocals . Bill Miller - Conductor . Bill Tole - Trombone

Production : Produced By Don Costa . Lee Herschberg -

Post Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

On this day (and following the success of Volume One), Ray Charles begins the recording of "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Volume Two." As Marc Myers @ JazzWax puts it "the two volumes became landmark releases that shrewdly bridged the racial cultural divide, proving that music is about talent and passion, not the color of an artist's skin"

During the rest of his life, Ray will stay close to the genre with two more albums "Country And Western Meets Rhythm And Blues" (1965) and "Love Country Style" (1970) and numerous television appearances.

Track Listing :

1.Take These Chains From My Heart (Hank Williams) - 03:06 . 2.Seven Spanish Angels (Troy Seals, Eddie Setser) - 04:25 . 3.Ring Of Fire (Une Carter Cash, Merle Kilgore) - 04:24 . 4.Bye Bye Love (Felice Bryant, Boudleaux…