Sunday Music Bonus 1968


There’s no blog post today, but I’ll be back tomorrow to conclude this year’s A to Z Challenge with the letter “Z.”

But it’s the last Sunday in April, and I’m featuring Grammy Award winners on Sundays. The winner of Album of the Year went to Glen Campbell and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.”

Here is Mr. Campbell performing the title song of the album:

Sunday Music Bonus 1968


There’s no blog post today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with the letter “T.”

Meanwhile, I’m featuring some of the Grammy Award winners of 1968.

The winner of Best Contemporary Pop Performance, as well as Record of the Year, went to “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel. Here’s what might be the best version of that song, sung by the duo at The Concert in Central Park in September 1981:

 

Sunday Music Bonus 1968


There’s no blog post today, but I’ll resume tomorrow with the letter “H.”

The 11th Annual Grammy Awards (presented in March 1969) recognized accomplishments of 1968.

The winner of Best Country Vocal Performance, Male went to Johnny Cash for “Folsom Prison Blues.” Funny thing, “Folsom Prison Blues” was originally written and recorded in 1953 and 1955, but it was the live version, recorded among inmates at the actual Folsom State Prison in California, that became a #1 hit on the country music charts in 1968.

Blogging from A to Z – Theme Reveal!


Today is the day I let you know what theme I’ve chosen for this year’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge. Unlike past years, this year I had four different ideas for themes. Just to recap, here are my past themes:

  • 2012 – Writers, Poets, Essayists, Lyricists. It was my first year participating in the challenge, and I nearly fell behind because I hadn’t planned my posts in advance. Lesson(s) learned.
  • 2013 – Oh! The Places I’ve Been! From Austin, Texas to Zermatt, Switzerland, I highlighted some of the best places I’ve had the good fortune to have visited.
  • 2014 – Smile and SayCheese! (Yep, from Asiago to Zamorano)
  • 2015 – Listen Up! Musical Instruments
  • 2016 – Paris Between the Wars (possibly the most-researched theme)
  • 2017 – Broadway Musicals

Now, I won’t tell you about the themes that didn’t make the cut, because I’m sure I’ll use them in future challenges. But this year, it seemed appropriate to do a month of blog posts about

Fifty years ago! It was a pivotal year for America, and for the world. I’ll look back at some of the people and events that helped to define 1968. And I hope you’ll follow this blog.