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Date Posted: 11:02:12 11/05/12 Mon
Author: tce
Subject: Re: Historical marker
In reply to: Vance 's message, "Historical marker" on 23:53:11 10/30/12 Tue

I remember listening a long time one Saturday to KDKAs 50th Anniversary program in 1970. Most memorable was Art Pallan's description of The Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You." Art broke the record and his words carried authority, as he was a fine singer and musician. He called attention to gournd-breaking use of violins on a "rock" record, especially the lovely intro, with the strings synchopated and ascending. It is worth listening to the song and just following the violin part.

A few years later, I was thinking of his description when I noticed all the "layers" in the arrangement beside the violns: piano, choral harmony, bass vocal, lead vocal, clarinets & drum. It reminded me of Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound." I have since read that Spetor cited the song as an influence. All the tension and anticipation in the song was resolved in the final eight-syllable "You."

Ed King, just about a year before his death, was an important part of that 50th anniversary program. After he died, I remember Jack Bogut paying tribute to the richness of Ed's writing. He said that any one of Ed's pieces had so many interesting aspects that Bogut could have used them in multiple features.

The standard joke back then was that radios sold in Pittsburgh came with their dials welded on at 1020.

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