Joni Mitchell is on the mend, according to a statement on her official website. Friend and conservator, Leslie Morris, shared this update on Sunday about the singer’s health:
Joni did in fact suffer an aneurysm.
It’s Valentine’s Week. Back before today’s music business wanted everyone to focus on most female artist’s anatomy, provocative outfits and suggestive dance moves, I, as a pre-pubescent adolescent, would fall head over heels for female artists who had outstanding vocal talent, and all they had to do was give a suggestive smile and wink, and I was in love.
The very first lady I would send a valentine to was Petula Clark. She was the first female artist of the British Invasion, and her hits “Downtown” and “I Know a Place” were huge. I just found a woman’s British accent to be sexy, as well, so she had me at her first note.
How sad it was when I found out she was married. But I could dream, couldn’t I? By the way, she recently performed in NYC and released a new album. Was thrilled to find out she is still going strong.
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The next lady who captured my heart was another British “bird,” as the guys in the UK would call them. (Kind of like us calling ladies “chicks,” no longer politically correct.) As Pet Clark was short, she was tall. Her vocals had a Nashville kind of country quality (she later recorded an album in Memphis) even though she was a pop singer. The object of my affection: Dusty Springfield. She did background vocals on a big 1988 song, and the next thing I heard was she passed away.
Even though she supposedly slept with every male rock star of the era, her wonderful songs and singing style of very high soprano notes seduced me. I am sad to hear of her medical condition but also happy to know she is still with us. Joni Mitchell.
The last of my valentines goes to someone who may not be as well known as these ladies, may not be according to society’s definition of attractive as much as they were, but she seemed to me to be the most attainable and down-to-earth of all of them. I was honored to be able to interview her for the radio a few years back, and she was one of the most open, honest and entertaining persons I did my program with.
I also found out she was married, and sadly she keeps it no secret that she is still coping with her husband’s passing many years on. Her name (long before all these rappers went by only one name), Melanie.
By the way, my wife would like to send out her annual Valentines to Tom Selleck and Mark Harmon.
You don’t have to send me anything but the answers to these questions at [email protected] Please include your town.
- What was the title and artist of the 1988 hit Dusty Springfield did background vocals on?
- What Joni Mitchell songs were covered by and made big hits by Judy Collins and Crosby, Stiils, Nash & Young?
- What was the title of Melanie’s only No. 1 song?
Last week’s answers:
- John Lennon hit No. 1 with “Whatever Gets You Through The Night,” helped out by Elton John.
- George Harrison’s New Year song was “Ring Out the Old, Ring In the New.”
- Ringo Starr had a big hit covering “You’re 16.”
- The Platters had the original hit of “Only You.”
Bill Russo of Holly Park aced the quiz.
Frank Todd is the host of “Todd’s Top 20,” a syndicated oldies radio show heard on over 20 stations around the world, seven days a week. Visit www.franktoddradio.com for info and the schedule. He is also a substitute host on “Music You Can’t Hear on the Radio” over WPRB, Princeton.
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