Woodward Maurice Ritter (January 12, 1905 – January 2, 1974), better known as “Tex” Ritter, was a country music singer and actor from the early 30’s through the 60’s. Also, father of John Ritter (Three’s Company). Texas born in Murvaul on January 12 1905, he passed away 10 days before his 69th birthday on January 2, 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Heart Felt Lyrics is starting over, just about from scratch. I’ll be moving the few posts over I had just to show where HFL will be going, but have a little patience (like I’ve had to :-)) You can follow on Facebook as new things are worked on.
Roberta Flack (born February 10, 1939) turns 75 today. Roberta is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is best known for her Hot 100 #1 singles “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, “Killing Me Softly with His Song” and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, as well as “Where Is the Love” and “The Closer I Get to You”, two of her many duets with Donny Hathaway. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” won the 1973 Grammy Record of the Year and “Killing Me Softly with His Song” won the same award at the Grammy Awards of 1974. She and U2 are the only artists to win the award in consecutive years.
Paul John Doucette is the rhythm guitarist and former drummer for the band Matchbox Twenty. He is credited with naming the band that along with Rob Thomas and Brian Yale formed the core. His biggest musical influences are R.E.M. and Kenny Aronoff. With Matchbox 20 on hiatus Doucette is working with his new band, The Break and Repair Method with Matt Nathanson.
“Unwell” is about people who claim to not be crazy even though they’re suffering from various occurrences that could lead them to be labeled as such. Rob Thomas states on the live DVD Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty that he wrote the song to be a metaphor for humanity in general, a song for people who are “messed up and feel alone like that. We all feel a little messed up sometimes… you’re not alone.” According to Billboard magazine”Unwell” was the second most-played song in the United States in 2003. The music video was #1 on VH1’s Top 40 Videos of 2003.
Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 1972 and consisting of four sisters: Kim Sledge, Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge, and Kathy Sledge.
All the sisters are granddaughters of the former opera singer Viola Williams. The sisters used to perform under the name of ‘Mrs. Williams’ Grandchildren’.
My girls from high school to this day, consider “We Are Family” our theme song…not a reunion goes by without it being played AT LEAST once!
William “Count” Basie (August 21, 1904 – April 26, 1984) was an Americanjazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer. Basie led his jazz orchestra almost continuously for nearly 50 years. Many notable musicians came to prominence under his direction, including tenor saxophonists Lester Young and Herschel Evans, trumpeters Buck Clayton and Harry “Sweets” Edison and singers Jimmy Rushing and Joe Williams. Basie’s theme songs were “One O’Clock Jump” and “April In Paris”.
Douglas Lars “Doug” Fieger (August 20, 1952 – February 14, 2010) was the lead singer of The Knack, and co-wrote “My Sharona”, the biggest hit song of 1979 in the USA, with lead guitarist, Berton Averre.
“My Sharona” spent six consecutive weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1979 and was the biggest hit of the year. Fifteen years later the track gained new interest after it was heard in the film Reality Bites. It was regularly featured in a Saturday Night Live skit parodying Janet Reno. The follow-up hit to “My Sharona” was “Good Girls Don’t” was a follow-up hit that stopped just short of the Top 10 – peaking at #11, while Get The Knack spent five straight weeks at #1 and eventually sold 3 million copies in the United States – 6 million globally.