Friday New Releases – May 20, 2022

Things are heating up here in Charlotte and so are the new releases. This week there is one that is highly anticipated from a lot of people and it is up first and I am interested in it as well as his prior two were great. I have a couple others I want to hear this week and all are marked in Blue. Let me know what you want to hear and if I missed anything, let us know so everyone can learn about it. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!

  • 61ur3nQ+-mL._AC_UY436_FMwebp_QL65_  Harry Styles – Harry’s House – (Columbia Records): I have to admit, I really like his prior two releases. I didn’t have a choice of listening to them as my girls think he’s dreamy. But little did I know I would enjoy them almost as much. Can’t wait to hear what he has in store for us with this release.
  • 81wHtI5jxtL._AC_UY436_FMwebp_QL65_  Gavin DeGraw – Face the River – (RCA Records / Sony): Gavin DeGraw has such a great voice and can write a killer pop song. They tell great stories and are catchy as hell. He can write a melody and a great chorus. Here is hoping for more of the same.
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Steve Martin’s “King Tut” – The 45 Single (1978)

When I was going through the box of vinyl that inspired my series “Turntables & Vinyl”, there were quite a few 45 singles.  One of those singles was from a comedian that released a single about King Tutankhamun (King Tut).  That person was Steve Martin.  The “Wild & Crazy” guy is quite talented and he can kill it on the banjo.  He can also sing (don’t let this song be the judge of that singing though).  There is no banjo playing on this version sadly, but on the flip side you will here it.

The song was a satire of how the King Tut artifacts were turned into a traveling museum that went around the world back in the 1970’s for people to see and experience.  Apparently, Steve found this funny at how popular the exhibit was and how commercialized it had become.  I guess he thought he might as well capitalize on its popularity as well.

The song was released in 1978 and actually did quite well as it sold over one million copies and charted as high as #17 on the Billboard Hot 100.  One cool fact is the band backing him were members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and they called themselves the Toot UnCommons for this project (get it!!).

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