Aaron Neville (Mass MoCA May 25) and Keith Richards on Doo-Wop and the Great American Songbook [Berkshire on Stage]

May 21st, 2013, 11:00 am by Sara

Aaron Neville (72) and Keith Richards (69) have long shared a love of Doo-Wop music. The music style is undergoing a rebirth im popularity, and there’s a fascinating story there, making the news of Neville’s upcaoming appearance at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) in North Adams, MA, even more significant. Mass MoCA hosts Aaron Neville in concert on May 25, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

Aaron Neville is perhaps better known as the soulful and smooth tenor of the Neville Brothers, but truth be told, he just loves the Doo-Wop style. “Me and Frankie Valli were on a flight from New Orleans to Los Angeles,” he recalls. “It was a six-hour flight, and we sang all the way.” Sometimes Doo-Wop just doesn’t get the respect it deserves. “People are always talking about the Great American Songbook, all the jazz standards,” Neville says. “This is American music, too. It’s part of an era. It should be in there. Everything I’ve done has had some kind of Doo-Wop influence, from day one.” When it was new, it was such a fresh and original sound that it stopped people in their tracks. It was – and still is – unlike any other pop music form.

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MARIANNE FAITHFULL’s “Easy Come, Easy Go: 12 Songs for Music Lovers”

April 24th, 2009, 12:07 pm by Greg
(Decca, 2009):  Reunited with her musical soulmate/producer Hal Willner, Faithfull wraps her beautifully whiskey ‘n’ cigarettes-ravaged voice around a well-chosen collection of tunes from the songbags of Neko Case, Randy Newman, Morrissey, Duke Ellington, the Decemberists and more. Among those who dropped by the studio to help out are Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Cat Powers and Sean Lennon.

Best of the bunch? It’s a toss-up. Either Smokey Robinson’s “Ooh Baby Baby” sung with Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons, of course). Or Merle Haggard’s classic “Sing Me Back Home” with Keith Richards, which is every bit as good as it looks on paper.

Marianne Faithfull: Easy Come, Easy Go

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