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    Here's a song from "Paint America Love" that brings me to a personal place that I call America. 
   With all that is happening in America right now I think it's a good reason to take a step back in time and revisit that special place in our hearts that we call home ...
a place called America.
    I hope this song in some way helps you find your way back home.
       ~ LOU
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Song Pick #85 from my album 
      Paint America Love
" Best Way to See America "
~ Lou Christie ~
The Best Way To See America
00:00 / 03:01
    Here's another song from my album " Paint America Love "
     It's about growing up and learning to navigate the long winding roads between here and there ... I traveled those back roads with my friend and my dad's surrogate son, Chuckie.
    We two rode around  dad's farm in an old beat "32 Ford Model A pickup and traveled the world in our minds.
    That was my escape until I found music.
     ~ LOU
Song Pick #84 from my album 
      Paint America Love
" Chuckie Wagon "
~ Lou Christie ~
4-Chuckie Wagon
00:00 / 02:53
   This song was banned on the radio because of the line "six more brownies left till you get to Ontario." Boy the times sure have changed haven't they.
   What this song is really about is two young guys traveling across America in the 60's trying to find themselves.
 
   If you get a chance check out the movie "Midnight Cowboy" and give this song of mine, from "Paint America Love", a listen here on ISHBAH.
   ~ LOU
Song Pick #83 from my album 
      Paint America Love
" Waco "
~ Lou Christie ~
WacoLou Christie
00:00 / 03:22
Here's a song from my album Paint America Love. 
Leonard Bernstein sent me a wonderful letter about Paint America Love when the record was released in 1971 and I still remember his congratulatory words today.
I think this song sums up what a lot of us are feeling and going thru these days.  I hope you are all well and I hope this song speaks to your heart in these uncertain times.
     ~ Lou
Sunday May 10, 2020
      Song Pick #82
" Look Out the Window "
~ Lou Christie ~
LOOK OUT THE WINDOW
00:00 / 05:43
   The year was 1971 ... the world was rapidly changing.  Twyla and I went into the studio with some really talented people to record a totally different kind of record than what we had done in the past.
  One of those talented people was our arranger Ron Frangipani.
We left the studio feeling the music clicked on all cylinders and the three of us felt that we had achieved what we set out to accomplish.  To tell the story of what America was going through in those days of change.
   I'm so sorry to report that Ron passed away this week from  coronavirus.  He will be missed but hopefully remembered every time this album is played.
    Please try to be safe & well in these trying days that we are all going through now.
   ~ Lou
Song Pick #81
" Paint America Love "
~ Lou Christie ~
Paint America Love
00:00 / 05:15
Close your eyes 
Take a deep breath
Listen to this great song by
a great group from
Pittsburgh that I hope helps
you get through the day ...
        ~ Lou
Play Back Sunday 
 April 26, 2020 
" Close Your Eyes "
~ The Skyliners ~ 
Skyliners
00:00 / 04:47
" Let Me Get Close To You "
     My song pick this week is from one the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field. She was an influence on both Tammy Wynette & Dolly Parton and was hailed as an "Extraordinary Country/Pop Singer" by the music critic Robert Palmer in The New York Times.
    However this song's title is about something we are not suppose to do at this present time, but I do think it should be safe for you to just listen to this song.  I also think It Should Have Been a Hit. 
   Give it a Listen & Vote
                    ~  Thanks Lou
Song Pick #80
" Let Me Get Close to You "
~ Skeeter Davis ~
Let Me Get Close To You
00:00 / 05:34
     Easter and Passover usher in the Spring, a season of growth and rebirth.  However;  many people in the world this year may be feeling a sense of what this song’s title conveys.

     Although the title may be a harbinger of the times we’re all living through in the world right now, the line that rings true to me in this song is:  

 

    “In a helpless state of Confusion, 

         Love is the Only Solution”

      I believe that to be true and I believe that this song should have been a Hit.

 

     On this Play Back Sunday please give it a listen ~               

     Thanks

           ~Lou 

 
Play Back Sunday 
 April 12, 2020 
" Helpless "  
~ Kim Weston ~
Helpless
00:00 / 04:05
   The seminal 60's surfer-rock duo tried bridging the musical gap with this remake of a song written by the original British Invasion Group.  It ended up as a  B-side and it didn't become a Hit ... but that shouldn't stop you from giving it a well deserved LISTEN and VOTE here on ISHBAH.
   Thanks 
         ~Lou
 
Song Pick #79
" Norwegian Wood "
~ Jan & Dean ~
Norwegian WoodJan & Dean
00:00 / 04:31
    Here's a gal who's been through a lot in her life and career and has come out on Top.
   On this Play Back Sunday ... It's a lesson for us all to learn that if you keep on keeping on "It's Gonna Work Out Fine"
    Thanks,   
            Lou
Play Back Sunday 
 March 22, 2020 
" It's Gonna Work Out Fine " 
~ Ike & Tina Turner ~ 
It's Gonna Work Out FineIke & Tina Turner
00:00 / 04:57
    Heres's a song from a "Hall of Fame" group with a long string of hits and a 50 year career. This song of theirs didn't reach the top of the charts and I've always wondered why.
     It's my song pick #78.
Give it a listen and your opinion.
     You vote always counts here on ISHBAH.
    Thanks,
           ~ Lou
Song Pick #78
" Shoppin' For Clothes "
~ The Coasters ~
Shoppin' For ClothesThe Coasters
00:00 / 06:30
      Imagine this ... a songwriting hit machine and an awesome singer with a repertoire of hit songs written by the aforementioned songwriters and yet no Hit with This.        
     C'mon ... You need to check it out here on ISHBAH and give it another listen on this Play Back Sunday.
 What do you think Boobala ? 
   thanks as always ~ Lou
Play Back Sunday  
" How Many Days of Sadness "
~ Dionne Warwick ~
How Many Days of SadnessDionne Warwick
00:00 / 04:28
I was California dreamin' on such a winter's day
getting a cocoa butter tan working up a sweat in a most pleasant way.
    Here is a song I wrote for the official Malibu Beach video.
Give it a listen • Vote
    Thanks as always
            ~ Lou
Song Pick #77
"Summer in Malibu"
~ Lou Christie ~
Summer In MalibuLou Christie
00:00 / 05:24
    On this Play Back Sunday here is something different. It's an adaptation of an ancient (peyote) chant which I believe was the first Native American chant to be played on pop radio. 
    This is the extended version that I think is well worth the time spent listening to and contemplating the inner feeling of peace that I feel this chant conjures up. 
   
Thanks  ~ Lou
Play Back Sunday  
" Witchi Tia To " 
~ Jim Pepper ~
Witchi Tia ToJim Pepper
00:00 / 09:36
  This is one of the first female doo-wop groups. This song of theirs became the first record to be written & performed, with any degree of success, by a group of young black women.  This version of their song made the R&B top ten in 1954.  I feel it should have crossed over and hit the National Charts.
   Give it a Listen & Vote here on:
www.itshouldhavebeenahit.com
Thanks as always ~Lou
Song Pick #76
" OOP SHOOP "
~Shirley Gunter & The Queens~
OPP SHOOPShirley Gunter
00:00 / 04:15
   This song produced by Ray Davies of The Kinks was released in 1969. 

   It only reached # 51 on The Billboard Chart. 

   With it’s killer hook & outstanding vocal arrangements I’ve always thought that this tune should have been a monster hit.

   On this Play Back Sunday give it another spin & listen …  see if you feel

“It Should Have Been a Hit.”

     ~ Lou

Play Back Sunday  
" You Don't Have to Walk in the Rain "  
~ The Turtles ~
You Don't Have to Walk in the RainThe Turtles
00:00 / 03:41
    I'm happy and proud to say ...
It Should Have Been a Hit is three years old.  The music of that era blasting out of that little dashboard speaker had the power to move & influence us and this gal's voice came across that dashboard crystal clear.       
   You knew what she was saying in a voice that cuts through the airwaves.  I'm proud to call her a true friend and a great partner on stage.
    This is my song pick #75 ... Give it a Listen ... Give it a Vote.
    Thanks as always ~ Lou
Song Pick #75
" Treat Me Like A Lady "
~ Lesley Gore ~
Treat Me Like a LadyLesley Gore
00:00 / 05:58

   Here’s a song from a legendary female singer from England who many would agree is the finest white soul singer in her generation … I know I agree with that estimation. 

   On This Play Back Sunday see if you also agree with me that this song of her’s … Should Have Been a Hit.  

Thanks for Listening ~ Lou

Play Back Sunday  
"I Wish I'd Never Loved You"  
~ Dusty Springfield ~
I Wish I'd Never Loved YouDusty Springfield
00:00 / 04:50

       This singer from Liverpool

was touted as the fifth Beatle having had major chart success with a number of Lennon/McCartney 

compositions in the 60’s.  

     Here’s a recent release of his that is worthy of a listen and a decision.   

    You can give it a vote here on ISHBAH.

 

Thanks as always for listening .

~ Lou

Song Pick #74
" To Liverpool With Love "
~ Billy J. Kramer ~
Billy J. KramerBilly J Kramer
00:00 / 06:22
    I cut this song with the Wrecking Crew in L. A. in 1966.  That's when cars were cars and drive in-movies were where we spent warm summer nights.
   The Army called and I went away ... leaving behind my XKE and my girl ... what could go wrong?  
    Oh Well at least I got a good song out of it ...
    Give it a listen on this Play Back Sunday.
     Thanks  ~Lou
Play Back Sunday  
" If My Car Could Only Talk " 
~ Lou Christie ~
If My Car Could Only Talk Lou Christie
00:00 / 04:25
    Here's our first song pick for the New Year.  It’s my song pick # 73  by an extremely talented singer, producer and 60’s TV show host who had 9 songs of 

his reach the top 100.  

   This song of his has Hit written All Over It … It reached # 46 but I feel it should have been much bigger … What do you think? 

 

Give it a Listen & Give it a Vote here on ISHBAH. 

 

   Thanks for listening ~ Lou 

Song Pick #73
"Every Day I Have to Cry"
~ Steve Alaimo ~
Every Day I Have to Cry Steve Alaimo
00:00 / 04:49
Here’s our last song pick for 2019.

It’s one of mine this time.  

    Epic Records had a great idea to help launch it across the country in 1976 but politics as usual got in the way of those best-laid plans.        

    Give it a listen now and let me know if you still want to catch a ride with me “Riding in my Van”.

   Thanks for listening to ISHBAH in 2019 and keep your ears 

tuned in for 2020. 

   ~ Lou

Song Pick #72
"Riding In My Van"
~ Lou Christie ~
Lou Christie-Riding In My Van.mp3