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Author Archives: Sam Gallant

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 29th

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The original artist was a group of high school surf rockers in Buffalo New York. This song was first used in 1960 as a theme song for WKBW Disc Jockey, Tom Shannon- with lyrics extolling the virtues of Shannon and the Buffalo station. It was then released as an instrumental in 1962 and had moderate…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 28th

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The original artist appeared in Season 4- Episode 7 and was kidnapped and used by Mr. Burns to woo his new employee, Marge Simpson. Shackled to a stage, he croons this song- his first hit from 1965. This signature number fell into his lap out of Sandie Shaw’s and there is legend that this hit…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 27th

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The original artist is a Nashville Alt-Country group that hasn’t enjoyed the popular success of their contemporaries like Wilco or Son Volt. But they are one of the main reasons for the “Decline In Country & Western Civilization”. The band’s name is a favorite cut of meat for Homer Simpson. The song today isn’t about…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 26th

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The original artist has not allowed any moss to grow on them over the last half century or so. This song comes from their fourth major release in ‘66, but then it appeared again but a bit shorter in the US version in ’67, and then again in ’75 on another release but done much…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 25th

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The original artist is not a “nerdlinger” as Homer Simpson calls him in the Season 14 episode How I Spent My Strummer Vacation- His glasses do add to that nerdlinger image though. However, he is really a living Rock & Roll legend and he happens to be celebrating his 60th birthday today. The song today…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 22nd

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The original artist was a pillar in Motown, and this song was a big hit all around in the late-summer of ’64. It’s a perfect August song for partying in many different cities across the country. The song has been Shadowed a lot in the last 50 years, including versions by Van Halen, The Mama…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 21st

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The original artist first recorded this Willie Nelson penned song on this very day in 1961. It’s been a jukebox standard ever since her death less than two years later in a plane crash at the age of 30. Also another Karaoke favorite of mine. The song might make you question yourself. It’s been Shadowed…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 20th

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  The original artist believed in gray. He wasn’t red or blue. Left or right. Though he did wear a lot of black. This song, one of his best known and biggest hits, was released in 1963 and sat atop the charts for seven weeks. The song was written by his wife and recorded first…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 19th

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The Temptations were the first band to record this Whitfield and Strong penned song for Motown in 1970, but the label decided not to muddy their reputation and rerecord it and released it later the same year. This artist was destined for fame with a chosen name like this. The Detroit native by way of…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 18th

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The original artist for this one didn’t have the biggest hit with it. That would be Peggy Lee. This guy did it originally though in 1956 at the age of 19. It’s not really a torch song, but it sure does burn. This song has been done by more people than Madonna. Including Joe Cocker,…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 15th

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The original artist is an Australian electro-rock band that is named after buildings in Finland. They released an album earlier this year, but the song today comes from their third album in 2007. It’s about an important human organ and how fast it can be. The Shadow artist put this version out on a 7”…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 14th

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The original band is a group of indie rockers from Vancouver and they loved one of their parents so much, that they named the band after them, twice. This is a song that reminds me of a joke about a farmer and his daughter and a barn. The song comes from their second release in…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 13th

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Getting sentimental and going back to the band that beat all. This early volley in the British invasion came across in 1963 and has been a beautiful and poignant upbeat “love-song” ever since, because on the most basic level, both- are about touch. The Shadow artist did his deep Mississippi River Soul version in 1969….

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 12th

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It’s a special one day Encore Club Member Fund Drive here at WTMD. So it’s fitting we have a Shadow that sort of ties into that. The karmic theme here works- a cyclic relationship between, oh let’s say radio station and listener. The band was around for a couple years in the late 90’s and…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 6th

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The original artist has released eight full length albums- all with various themes. One about a first child, another about losing memories, and another about being hurt when you come up from under water too fast. This song comes from their third release in 1997, about a computing machine that is just alright. One of…

5 O’Clock Shadow- August 5th

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It’s a New Music Tuesday Shadow, so let’s get a new version of an old song. The original is a classic blues tune and has been Shadowed countless times by the likes of Taj Mahal, Mick Jagger, Paul Butterfield and more. This is definitely a song with sentiment. The original artist was not small, though…