Thursday, February 19, 2009

Never Loved a Man - Muscle Shoals Idol?

Is there hope for the world via American Idol?

Wait, before you hit your back button and delete AAW's link from your bookmarks, hear me out.

Somehow my TV found its way to American Idol on Tuesday. As I struggled to change the channel, a little pixie of a girl appears on stage named Alexis Grace.

Then a very familiar organ part starts to play. Is this Spooner I says to myself?

Tis the begining of Never Loved a Man originally sung by Aretha and recorded with The Swampers:

I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Signing with Atlantic Records in 1966, the label's main producer Jerry Wexler got Franklin to record the blues song (written by Ronnie Shannon) in the famed Alabama music studio, FAME Studios, with the legendary Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. Franklin later says of her Atlantic tenure that "they just told me to sit on the piano and sing". Within minutes of Franklin's recording, Wexler knew he had a hit.

The song's recording was later marred because of a fight between Franklin's then manager and husband, Ted White, and a Muscle Shoals session musician after the musician was seen flirting with Franklin forcing Wexler to move the recording of more songs with Franklin in their traditional New York home studio where they had some members of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section flown to New York to record the b-side, "Do Right Woman/Do Right Man" and a number of other tracks.

Wexler then issued the record to radio stations, who ate up the song, which rose to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Franklin's first #1 hit on the R&B charts. It was also the title of Franklin's star-making Atlantic Records debut. Franklin would soon become a superstar after the release of this song. The song has since been called a pivotal moment in rock and roll. It ranked #186 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

No way this pixie pulls of this tune.... So I stay tuned.

Well, said pixie nails it IMO. Listen for yourself:

Muscle Shoals American Idol. They should have an entire show with nothing but American Idol.

Simon, call me. I'm ready to consult.


Somebody is a wee bit jealous that they've been replaced as leader of the Republican party.

Nothing better than a Republican cat fight.


Pat Robertson denounces Rush Limbaugh’s comments: He’s ‘not exactly thinking rationally.’


Republicans are running out of their base.

Tis pity.

Michele Bachmann: "We're Running Out Of Rich People In This Country"


'Should avoid having sex' but that's 'not realistic at all'.

She talks like her mama. Actually she makes more sense than her momma.

Palin's teen daughter wishes pregnancy came later:

"Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 18-year-old daughter, an unwed mother, says teenagers should avoid having sex.

However, Bristol Palin acknowledges that abstinence is 'not realistic at all.'"

That's my girl. Now come to papa.

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto 'dumped her secret husband after becoming a star':

"The star of Slumdog Millionaire has been hiding a secret husband whom she ditched after the film became a hit, it was claimed today."

Conservative ideology wrapped up in two letters 'Xe'.

Rebranding is all that is needed.

Blackwater to change name to 'Xe':

"RALEIGH, N.C. - Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning its tarnished brand name. Blackwater officials said Friday its family of two dozen business will now operate under the name Xe (zee), pronounced like the letter 'z.'"

It is getting so redundant, but.....

Legalized marijuana solves many, many a problem in this country.

Daily Kos: Marijuana Policy Has Helped to Doom California:

"In October of 2007, the Economist noted that marijuana has rapidly become a homegrown commodity that is far different from the imported-marijuana that many still assume makes up the majority in this country. It is more potent, and thus each plant yields far more cash. If you took just the plants that were confiscated in California in 2006, which likely makes up no more than 5%-10% of the home-grown plants and does not include the ready-for-use tagged and bagged product, there is more value there than in the 2006 yield from the entire Californian wine industry. We are talking about billions upon billions of dollars in tax revenue that is missed by the state of California. This is just California, not the other states rapidly producing marijuana, and not the federal government which suffers as a result of the states' suffering."

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