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TITLE: Money, That’s What I Want

DATE: March 2019

LOCATION: Chalet Studios

MUSICIANS:

Drums … Al Cross

Bass … Dennis Pendrith

Organ … David Chester

Guitar … Graham Young

Piano … Bob Burrows

Vocals … Bob Burrows


SONGWRITERS: Berry Gordy Jr. and Janie Bradford

RECORDING PERSONNEL:

Recording Engineer: Justin Meli

Mixing Engineer: Josh Bowman

Producer: Bob Burrows

GRAPHIC ARTIST: Mike Raines

NOTES:

This is one of my favourite tunes from back in the day, originally recorded by Barrett Strong, who also claimed that he wrote the song … denied by Berry Gordy.

So, even when it came to the song Money, money was in dispute … as usual!

The song was later covered by The Beatles … and many other artists thereafter.

First time I ever heard it was by J. Smith And The Majestics at Club Trocadero.

We recorded the tune as part of a CD project, along with one of our own songs.

In fact, this song represents one of the most important mantras of our time.

It enunciates what many feel about what is most important in their lives.

Whether they admit that … or even recognize that is the case for them personally.

When push comes to shove, “Gold and silver always call the shots” … a line from the other tune in the CD project … Where Did We Go Wrong … money wins out!

As they say, money is the root of all evil … and they were right on the money!

Wonderful double ride guitar solo here from Graham Young … enjoy.



TITLE: Heartbreak Hotel Live

DATE: October 2019

LOCATION: Burdock Pub, Bloor St. W. Toronto

MUSICIANS:

Drums … Al Cross

Bass … Dennis Pendrith

Keyboards … David Chester

Guitar … Graham Young

Piano … Bob Burrows

Vocals … Bob Burrows

SONGWRITER: Tommy Durndun, Mae Axton Boren & Elvis Presley

RECORDING PERSONNEL:

Recording Engineer: Sound Man at Burdock and room mics

Mixing Engineer: Scott Campbell, Dave Chester

Producer: Bob Burrows

GRAPHIC ARTIST: Mike Raiues

NOTES:

This was our last live performance as a band just before the pandemic set in.

I have always loved this song … first rock ‘n roll song I ever heard.

Saw Elvis perform it live on black & white tv on The Tommy Dorsey Show.

We have often used this song as a vehicle to elevate the profile of homelessness.

We originally recorded this version back in 2011 with that in mind.

The guitar playing here is simply wonderful … Graham loves this tune.

You can hear members of the audience calling out to him at the end of his solo.

We really love to play live together and we so seldom get to do that.

There is something magical about live music and you can sense that here.

And if you really do appreciate this performance please give something to help.

The folks at Fred Victor do a wonderful job for the homeless in Toronto.

Inn From The Cold … same deal … Newmarket ON

And there are lots more … talk is cheap … give something … thank you.


TITLE: In My Life

DATE: November 2019

LOCATION: Chalet Studio

MUSICIANS:

Drums … Al Cross

Bass … Dennis Pendrith

Organ … David Chester

Guitar … Graham Young

Piano … Bob Burrows

Vocals … Bob Burrows

SONGWRITER: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

RECORDING PERSONNEL:

Recording Engineer: Justin Meli

Mixing Engineer: Josh Bowman

Producer: Bob Burrows

GRAPHIC ARTIST: Mike Raines

NOTES:

This classic Lennon McCartney song has always been important to me personally.

It was the song my wife and I danced to at our wedding reception.

And unfortunately the song we carried her out of the church to at her funeral.

I have sung the song many times over the years since I first heard it in the 60’s.

Always thought it was John Lennon’s masterpiece … and then he wrote Imagine.

Some lovely piano playing on this track by David Chester, originally it was a duo.

Hope you enjoy our version of this wonderful tune … this one’s for you Judy.

Bob Burrows