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Happy Birthday to Paul Cowsill!

SAM_5951Far left, PAUL COWSILL

Back: Me and my husband, Dennis

Front: Susan Cowsill and Bob Cowsill

(From Summer 2014)

Happy Birthday to a very down to earth legend — Paul Cowsill! It was such a blessing to go see The Cowsills over the summer when they performed in our neighboring state Pennsylvania. Here’s the blog I wrote back in August:

Enjoy a few great tunes!


Happy Birthday to Some Amazing Ladies!

Wendy O. Williams - 2Wendy O. Williams

Today we have some amazing women to celebrate, in no particular order.

First up, Wendy O. Williams, of Plasmatics fame! Wendy O. died in 1998. She was a total inspiration to me as a teenager. I saw her band many times and got to meet her too. She was super nice.

Here’s a Plasmatics tune and their outrageous stage show:

Plasmatics – Butcher Baby

Today is also the birthday of Gladys Knight.

Here is my favorite song by her:

You’re the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me

It’s also Kylie Minogue’s birthday. I love this piece she did with Nick Cave:

Kylie Minogue & Nick Cave: Where The Wild Roses Grow

It’s also my Mom’s birthday. She really loves this song by the late Mick Karn:

Mick Karn “Sensitive”

Now how’s that for some eclectic musical enjoyment?

Happy Birthday Barbra Streisand!

"What's Up, Doc?" Barbra Streisand 1972 Warner Brothers ** I.V.

Happy Birthday to the beautiful, legendary Barbra Streisand.

I’m mostly a fan of her earlier work (1960s, 1970s) and here are some of my favorites:

From Funny Girl, and she looks so gorgeous — those eyes!

“I’d Rather Be Blue”

I loved her version of “Stoney End” from the 1972 “Live at the Forum” that my mom played regularly

Stoney End

Her biggest hit, “People” — also from “Funny Girl”


And written by Laura Nyro, “Time and Love”

Time and Love

Another from “Funny Girl”

Second Hand Rose

And from her “Butterfly” album — covering David Bowie’s “Life on Mars”!

Life on Mars

Happy Birthday to Lou Christie!

Lou ChristieLou Christie

Today is the birthday of one of my all time FAVORITE, FAVORITE, FAVORITE singers, Lou Christie!!

I saw him perform twice, with my husband, in recent years. I always loved the song, “I’m Gonna Make You Mine” then one summer I heard “The Gypsy Cried.” At first that song weirded me out (it is a scary song about a gypsy telling a guy beware of love!) Then I found the song comical. I started exploring his other music and loved everything. Each song is a true work of art — the voice, the production, the background vocals. I even learned that one of his back-up singers was in The Delicates, famous for the song “Black and White Thunderbird” — a song my husband and I got a kick out of .

So, Happy Birthday Lou! There are so many great songs by this man, but here are a few that I favor:

I’m Gonna Make You Mine

If My Car Could Only Talk

The Gypsy Cried

Chuckie Wagon

Hey, Do the Mouse, yeah!

The MouseThe late, great Soupy Sales!

Now this is TWICE in my lifetime that I heard “The Mouse” in a dream!

The first time was about seven years ago. I was taking a nap in the afternoon and I heard the entire record in my sleep, including the scratches.

Now last night I had a dream that I was helping host a radio show and this was the song I played!

Now I KNOW I’m going to have a great day!

You just can’t go wrong with this one!

O Holy Night

Oh Holy Night

I remember the first time I heard O Holy Night as a little girl, on the Sonny & Cher Christmas special and it became one of my favorite Christmas songs. (And there are oh so many!)

I always love the dramatic “FALL ON YOUR KNEES” climax — I get such chills and tears fall from my eyes; a feeling shared with millions, I’m sure.

Here is Cher’s version:


And here are some other amazing versions of the song:

Lou Christie

Transiberian Orchestra

Mahalia Jackson

Johnny Mathis

Brian Setzer Orchestra

Walk Right In …

Walk right in, sit right down

The night of Hurricane Sandy, my husband and I had on the AM transistor radio and this annoying song from the 1960s came on. I don’t get it, and I’m not sure if I like it or not either. It stuck in my head for days. Now maybe it can stick in your head too. Ha. Ha.

What do you think?

Walk Right In

“He’s Good Bad, But He Ain’t Evil”


One of my favorite outdoor summer concerts was seeing the Shangri-Las at City Hall in NYC, June, 19, 2004.

There was only one remaining member, Mary Weiss, and her daughter and it was still a dynamic show.

Even though the Shangri-Las were before my time, I was no stranger to their music because every band I loved covered their hits. Aerosmith recorded “(Remember) Walking in the Sand” for their “Night in the Ruts” album; I had a bootleg Blondie album of them doing “Out in the Streets”; and Johnny Thunders not only performed their hit “Great Big Kiss” every time I saw him live, he sometimes wore a Shangri-Las t-shirt. “Great Big Kiss” is featured on Thunders’s best solo album, “So Alone” and the lyrics are slightly changed to suit his bad boy image, as opposed to the Shangri-Las bad girl image.

Johnny Thunders also covered their hit “He Cried” w/Patti Palladin.

But I think the Shangri-Las are most known for their hit, “Leader of the Pack.”

The girls formed their group while still in high school in the 1960s.

On that hot summer day when I saw them at City Hall, they did all their hits, plus some Ronettes songs, “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Be My Baby.” They also did “Locomotion” and other oldies.

The short set was only 40 minutes, but then they went over to J&R Music to sign autographs. The line was pretty short, so I bought a CD and met Mary Weiss and the other ladies for the fun of it.

Shangri-La member Mary Ann Ganser died on March 14, 1970. Reports of cause of death varied: encephalitis, a seizure disorder or barbituartes.

Shangri-La member Marge Ganser died of breast cancer July 28, 1996.

Many artists continue to pay tribute to the Shangri-Las covering their songs.

Long Live the Shangri-Las!

Welcome to Maryanne’s Jukebox!

(Icon made by Todd Gordon)

This blog is inspired by a “Jukebox” page I once had on Face Book, before I lost my password.

On the page “fans” posted tons of songs that they loved. It was out of control fun. Anything and everything goes. My motto was: “It’s not your mother’s jukebox, and it ain’t your daughter’s either!”

This blog dedicated to all types of music I love. My tastes run all over the map so there will be something for everyone: punk, new wave, easy listening, country, goth, AM gold, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s 2000s, spiritual, glam, hard rock, experimental, bubblegum, hardcore, disco, classical, and more, more, more — you name it!

I’ll talk about music that inspires me, music I’ve seen in the past, music I go to see currently.

Music is my life and I’ve written about music for many publications including: The Aquarian Arts Weekly, The Montclair Times, In the Flesh,, and Punk Magazine.

To all the music lovers of Generation X — ENJOY!

Tommy James

About two years ago, Tommy James was performing an outdoor concert, free.

It was a gorgeous, June evening. A soft breeze, not too hot … just perfect.

At first I was discouraged to go because two artists from my generation, that I actually love, recorded Tommy’s hits (“Mony Mony” by Billy Idol and “Crimson and Clover” by Joan Jett) and I felt they were annoyingly overplayed. And especially annoying was the fact that whenever the Billy Idol version was played in a bar, drunken imbeciles would scream, “Get laid, get fucked!” after each verse. URGH! Not my idea of a good time.

My husband said, “Did you know Tommy James was playing?”

I said, “Yeah, but …”

He said, “Yeah, but WHAT?”

And I explained how I was turned off to the music because of how the Billy Idol version was made out to be such a joke.

“But it’s TOMMY JAMES!” he said.

And sure enough, the most magical part of the evening was hearing, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” — a spiritual song about the coming of Jesus Christ.

“Jesus is coming!” said Tommy James.

After the show, my husband and I walked over to his trailer and met him. We all shook hands — and he had a firm handshake. I thanked him for the free show and wished him a beautiful evening.

He thanked us for coming and looked us both directly in our eyes when he spoke to us.

About six months later, his book came out: “Me, the Mob and the Music.” At the time I was writing for the Verona/Cedar Grove Patch online. Since Tommy James lives in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, I figured I could write about him.

I contacted his manager, Carol, and she generously hooked me up with a copy of his book and several CDs, as well as tickets to see Tommy perform at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood, New Jersey, making it the second time my husband and I got to see him perform within a year.

When Tommy James called my house for the interview, I talked to him about 40 minutes. And then wrote this article, which was published in January 2011:

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