Your Weekend Entertainment–Here’s Mr. Sam Cooke


April 30, 2016

Your Weekend Entertainment–Here’s Mr. Sam Cooke

May 1 is also Freedom Day for Malaysia

Tomorrow  is May 1, 2016. It is Labour Day. It should be renamed Human Resources Day. Old economics treated labour as a factor of production. Today, perception has changed rather dramatically. Labour is a strategic resource which combined with technology enhances productivity that enables a country to compete in world trade.

Today, Dr Kamsiah and I choose to pay tribute to men and women around the world for their contributions to global prosperity. Your services and sacrifice are no longer to be taken for granted. As they say, “you have come a long way baby”. For Malaysia, May 1 should also be dubbed Freedom Day.

So this weekend, we have chosen to feature the sound, voice and music of Sam Cooke, one of the pioneers of soul music.

Samuel Cook (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964), known professionally as Sam Cooke, was an American singer, songwriter, and entrepreneur.

Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music contributed to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Billy Preston, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was “the inventor of soul music”, and possessed “an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed”.

Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like “You Send Me“, “A Change Is Gonna Come“, “Cupid“, “Chain Gang“, “Wonderful World“, and “Twistin’ the Night Away” are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.-www.wikipedia.org

We hope you like our choice for this weekend.–Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican

Here comes your Weekend of Songs


April 23, 2016

The Weekend Entertainment: Joni is Back

Last Weekend, I was in Kuala Lumpur with my dearest wife, Dr. Kamsiah Haider. Now back in Phnom Penh, I have decided to bring back the sultry voice of Joni James to entertain us. Of course, the songs she renders are of ‘5os and 60’s.

My generation enjoys her singing style and unique voice very much. Others may disagree, but they should nonetheless listen and decide why my contemporaries and I are still Joni’s diehard fans. I dedicate these tunes to Dr. Kamsiah and her generation. Let us sit back and relax.–Din Merican

Your Weekend with The Best of Bread (1973)


April 16, 2016

Your  Weekend with The Best of Bread

It is indeed great to play songs of a bygone era for your weekend entertainment, our friends. Enjoy your Freedom but never take it for granted. It has to fought and defended  against those who abuse their electoral mandate at home here in Malaysia and elsewhere. We also dedicate songs by Bread to our good friend, Haris Ibrahim, who may have to go jail for sedition.

Bread, a vocal group of 1970s, led by singer and composer, David Gates, makes good music. You can look back to 46 years and reflect on what the world was like then. Technology and the Internet  have transformed our lives and changed the way communicate to another. No Facebook,no Twitter and so on, way back then and we were spared the agony of having to bear the twitts of our fawning Inspector-General  Police.

Our beloved Prime Minister, Najib Razak would have had an easy time with the 1MDB scandal,  and the unfolding lies and spins, the latest one being the statement by the youthful looking Saudi Foreign Minister. Forget all that, just enjoy your weekend with Bread.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

Your Weekend Entertainment: Tribute to Merle Haggard


April 9, 2016

Your Weekend Entertainment:  Tribute to Merle Haggard

For this weekend, Dr. Kamsiah and Din Merican pay to tribute to Country Music Legend Merle Haggard who passed on recently after short illness with double pneumonia. He was 79. Merle was known for his rendition of Okie from Muskogee ( here with Willie Nelson). Do  have a good times and enjoy Merle’s legacy to country music USA.–Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican

 

Your Weekend Bash: Afro-Cuban Jazz


April 3, 2016

Your Weekend Bash: Introducing Flutist Herbie Mann and Afro-Cuban Jazz

Guys,

Dr. Kamsiah Haider is taking a break after two day visit to Bangkok where she attended an orthodontics course conducted by Taiwan’s renown Orthodontist, Dr. Chris Chang.  So, it is my pleasant task to be your solo host for this weekend. I have chosen to feature Herbie Mann, the jazz flutist and Afro-Cuban/Latin  Jazz exponent. I first heard of Herbie when I was a student in Washington  DC in the late Sixties (1968 to be exact). His renditions of Memphis Underground and Push Push were what attracted me to his music. I will play them shortly for you.  But first this album, Herbie Mann-Bossa Nova.

Herbie Mann was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish parents, Harry C. Solomon (May 30, 1902 – May 31, 1980), who was of Russian descent, and Ruth Rose Solomon (née Brecher) (July 4, 1905 – November 11, 2004), who was born in Bukovina, Austria-Hungary but immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 6. Both of his parents were dancers and singers, as well as dance instructors later in life.He attended Lincoln High School in Brighton Beach. His first professional performance was playing the Catskills resorts at age 15. In the 1950s Mann was primarily a bop flutist, playing in combos with artists such as Phil Woods, occasionally playing bass clarinet, tenor saxophone and solo flute.

Herbie was an early pioneer of the fusion of jazz and world music.[citation needed] In 1959, following a State Department sponsored tour of Africa, he recorded Flautista!, an album of Afro-Cuban jazz. In 1961 Mann toured Brazil, returning to the United States to record with Brazilian musicians, including Antonio Carlos Jobim and guitarist Baden Powell. These albums helped popularize bossa nova in the US and Europe. He often worked with Brazilian themes. In the mid-1960s Mann hired a young Chick Corea to play in some of his bands. In the late 1970s and early 1980s Mann played duets at New York City’s The Bottom Line and Village Gate clubs, with Sarod virtuoso Vasant Rai.

Following the 1969 hit album Memphis Underground, a number of disco-style smooth jazz records brought criticism from jazz purists but allowed Mann to remain active during a period of declining interest in jazz. The musicians on these recordings are some of the best-known session players in soul and jazz, including singer Cissy Houston (mother of Whitney Houston), guitarists Duane Allman and Larry Coryell, bassists Donald “Duck” Dunn and Chuck Rainey and drummers Al Jackson, Jr. and Bernard Purdie. In this period Mann had a number of pop hits — rare for a jazz musician. According to a 1998 interview Mann had made at least 25 albums that were on the Billboard 200 pop charts, success denied most of his jazz peers.”[6]

Mann provided the music for the 1978 National Film Board of Canada animated short Afterlife, by Ishu Patel.

In the early 1970s he founded his own label, Embryo Records, distributed by Cotillion Records, a division of Atlantic Records.[7] Embryo produced jazz albums, such as Ron Carter‘s Uptown Conversation (1970); Miroslav Vitous‘ first solo album, Infinite Search (1969); Phil Woods and his European Rhythm Machine at the Frankfurt Jazz Festival (1971); and Dick Morrissey and Jim Mullen‘s Up (1976), which featured the Average White Band as a rhythm section; and the 730 Series, with a more rock-oriented style, including Zero Time (1971) by TONTO’s Expanding Head Band. He later set up Kokopelli Records after difficulty with established labels. In 1996, Mann collaborated with Stereolab on the song “One Note Samba/Surfboard” for the AIDS-Benefit album Red Hot + Rio produced by the Red Hot Organization. Mann also played horns on the Bee Gees‘ album Spirits Having Flown.

His last appearance was on May 3, 2003, at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and he died less than two months later on July 1, 2003, at the age of 73, after a long battle with prostate cancer. He died in his home in Pecos, New Mexico, leaving his wife, Susan Janeal Arison, and four children: Paul Mann, Claudia Mann, Laura Mann-Lepik and Geoffrey Mann.–wikipedia.

Memphis Underground (1969)

Push Push (1970)

Our good wishes for this Sunday.–Dr. Kamsiah  Haider and Din Merican

 

 

Your Weekend with the Incomparable Mr Johnny Mathis


 

March 26, 2016

Your Weekend with the Incomparable Mr Johnny Mathis

Dr. Kamsiah Haider and Din Merican present the man with a golden voice. In the  196os and 1970s, Johnny Mathis was a star with a unique singing style. We let his voice and music  speak for him. But before that, here is a brief introduction.

JohnJohnnyMathis (born September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music and jazz. Starting his career with singles of standard music, he became highly popular as an album artist, with several dozen of his albums achieving gold or platinum status and 73 making the Billboard charts to date. Johnny Mathis has sold well over 350 million records worldwide,] according to Guinness Book of World Records writer and charts music historian Paul Gambaccini and other sources. This makes Mathis the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century.

Johnny Mathis.JPG

Although he is frequently described as a romantic singer, his discography includes jazz, traditional pop, Brazilian music, Spanish music, soul music, rhythm and blues, soft rock, Broadway theatre, Tin Pan Alley standards, some blues and country songs, and even a few disco songs for his album Mathis Magic in 1979. Mathis also recorded six albums of Christmas music. In a 1968 interview, Mathis cited Lena Horne, Nat King Cole, and Bing Crosby among his musical influence.–wikipedia

 Special Guest–Jack Jones