Had an awesome Saturday in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame. Peter Cooper interviewing Kim Carnes, amazing! Kim talked about her early years in LA writing material for pre-Eagles and then Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. One of her “pinch me moments” was singing with Rita Coolidge and Bonnie Bramlett (Delaney and Bonnie) “Higher and Higher.” Kim treated everyone singing “Bette Davis Eyes” and a few other songs after the interview. Billboard ranked the piece 2nd biggest hit of the 1980s. Written by Jackie DeShannon and Donna Weiss, “Bette Davis Eyes” was originally recorded by Jackie in 1974 in a major key. Kim recorded it in 81 changing the song from a major to a minor key. Got to talk with Kim afterwards, very sweet lady.
On October 1, 2013, something unique is about to happen. After over 20 years of going their separate ways, The Bongos have reunited once again as major artists touring throughout the U.S. However, back in 87 when the band decided to go their separate ways, there was some unfinished business that needed tending to.
With a series of tracks recorded back in the mid 80s, The Bongos have decided to resurrect their last album comprised of selected tracks called, Phantom Train. Clearly the New Jersey band of the New Wave, or should I say “No Wave” era, definitely made their mark on the music scene in the 1980s. Headed up by front man Richard Barone, The Bongos are also made up of Rob Norris, Frank Giannini, and James Mastro as they made their mark with a “British flavored” sound producing such albums as Drums Along The Hudson, and Numbers With Wings. Continue reading Album Review – The Bongos “Phantom Train”