Tag Archives: Wilford Brimley


9 Sep

Songs about teaching, learning, lessons for living this week. Hope you’ve learned your lesson not to miss the show. Attendance is mandatory!

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • TEACH ME TONIGHT  /  Sarah Vaughan & Joe Williams & Count Basie  /  “Count Basie/Sarah Vaughan”
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD  /  Paul Simon, Art Garfunkel, & James Taylor  /  “Watermark”
  • TEACHER’S PET  /  Pam Lawson  /  “Doris Day At The Movies”
  • JEAN  /  Bobby Scott  /  “Slowly”
  • THE DAY I LEARNED FRENCH  /  Rebecca Kilgore  /  “Moonshadow Dance”
  • LEARNIN’ THE BLUES  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra/Basie: The Complete Reprise Studio Recordings”
  • GETTING TO KNOW YOU  /  Helen Merrill  /  “American Songbook Series”
  • TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOURSELF  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • BECAUSE WE’RE KIDS  /  Carole Simpson  /  “All About Carole”
  • THE RAIN IN SPAIN  /  Oscar Peterson Trio  /  “Plays My Fair Lady”
  • PICK YOURSELF UP  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wilford Brimley  /  “Wilford Brimley & The Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • YOU’VE GOT TO DO IT  /  Holly Yarbrough  /  “Mister Rogers Swings”
  • IT DIDN’T TURN OUT THAT WAY  /  Mose Allison  /  “Foolkiller”
  • YOU TAUGHT MY HEART TO SING  /  Cheryl Bentyne  /  “Lost Love Songs”
  • DO-RE-MI  /  Harry Connick, Jr.  /  “Songs I Heard”
  • TO SIR WITH LOVE  /  Michelle Nicolle  /  “The Crying Game”
  • GRADUATION DAY  /  The Beach Boys  /  “U.S. Singles Collection”
  • PREACH AND TEACH  /  Buddy Rich  /  “Mercy Mercy Mercy”
  • YOU’VE GOT TO BE CAREFULLY TAUGHT  /  Karrin Allyson  /  “Many A New Day”
  • TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL  /  Sadie Jemmett  /  “Music Is Love”
  • CHILDREN WILL LISTEN  /  Bernadette Peters  /  “Sondheim, Etc., Etc.”
  • THE SECRET O’ LIFE  /  Rita Lim  /  “The Secret Of Life”
  • LAUGHING AT LIFE  /  Etta Jones  /  “Doin’ What She Does Best”
  • REMEMBERING TO BREATHE  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Dooji Wooji”
  • MAKE THE WORLD YOUR OWN  /  Tony Bennett  /  “The Playground”
  • HEART’S DESIRE  /  Connie Evingson  /  “Never Did I Dream”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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28 Sep

I know that you depend on Turntable For One to come up with easy answers to hard questions, the questions no one is asking (probably for lack of interest). And I don’t think the show has ever failed you, at least, not on that score. So last night, I challenged the old saw, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Of course, the easy way to prove or disprove this would have been to bring an old dog into the studio and spend my hour of air time trying to teach it a new trick. However I scoff at the easy way, I eschew the conventional, and, so, instead, I played an hour of songs or singers related to the topic. The results may not have been conclusive, but they sure were swinging. 


Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title


  • THERE’LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “That San Francisco Sun”
  • WHY TRY TO CHANGE ME NOW  /  Nancy Wilson  /  “Welcome To My Love”
  • ON THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET  /  Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie  /  “Ella & Basie!”
  • 7 DAYS TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE  /  Jamie Cullum   /  “Catching Tales”
  • MY FUNNY VALENTINE  /  Michelle Pfeiffer & Dave Grusin  /  “The Fabulous Baker Boys Soundtrack”
  • WHEN I TAKE MY SUGAR TO TEA  /  Wilford Brimley  /  Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • THE DOG SONG  /  Nellie McKay  /  “Get Away From Me”
  • BAD INFLUENCE  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Paul Shaffer  /  “Just Passing Through”
  • MARRY THE MAN TODAY  /  Rebecca Kilgore  /  “I Like Men”      
  • ANYONE CAN WHISTLE  /  Tania Grubbs  /  “Lost In The Stars”
  • EV’RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE  /  Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)

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17 May

Singers are always singing about picking yourself up and never giving up and keeping your eyes on the prize. Anyone sick of it? Just me? Ok, but it’s my show and I can play what I want. And this week I wanted to pay musical tribute to the slackers of the world. They may not make much of a contribution, but they make our small achievements look better.


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • LAZY  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook” 
  • NICE AND EASY  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Nice And Easy”
  • LAZY AFTERNOON  /  Shirley Horn  /  “A Lazy Afternoon”
  • HAVE A GOOD TIME  /  Paul Simon  /  “Still Crazy After All These Years”
  • AIN’T DOIN’ BAD DOIN’ NOTHING  /  Barbara Lusch  /  “Barbara Lusch” 
  • CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’  /  Emy Tseng  /  “Sonho”
  • BIDIN’ MY TIME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wilford Brimley  /  “Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • WHY DON’T YOU DO RIGHT  /  Delicatessen  /  “My Baby Just Cares For Me”
  • TV BLUES  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • SHOO FLY PIE & APPLE PAN DOWDY  /  Hetty Kate & Gordon Webster  /  “Gordon Webster Meets Hetty Kate”
  • ONE MINUTE MORE   /  The Idea of North  /  “Extraordinary Tale”
  • TOO DARN HOT  /  Sara Gazarek  /  “Live At The Jazz Bakery”
  • DANG ME  /  Kellye Gray  /  “And They Call Us Cowboys”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)





28 Dec

 A fond look back at the year that was and some of the musical themes I featured during 2013, or, in other words, an hour of reflection on unfulfilled possibilities. My kind of New Year’s Party. Hope yours is a good one, too. 

Talk to you next Saturday night!

2013 MUSICAL THEME  /  SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title  

  • ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT  /  PLEASE BE KIND  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra-Basie: An Historic Musical First”
  • SURPRISE ENDINGS  /  I SHOULD CARE  /  Diahann Carroll/Andre Previn  /  “The Magic Of Diahann Carroll”
  • ALL ALONE  /  SOLITUDE  /  Tony Bennett  /  “BENNETT ON HOLIDAY”
  • FINDING MY RELIGION  /  GOD WILL  /  Holly Cole  /  “Blame It On My Youth”
  • MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE NSA  /  TELL ME ALL ABOUT YOURSELF  /  Nat Cole  /  “Tell Me All About Yourself”
  • WEEKEND DANCE MARATHON  /  SHALL WE DANCE  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Manhattan in The Rain”
  • ASKING FOR TROUBLE  /  I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY  /  Cormac Kenevey  /  “The Art Of Dreaming”
  • TRIBUTE TO THE INANIMATE OBJECT  /  BROOKLYN BRIDGE  /  Hilary Gardner  /  “The Great City”
  • FAVORITE 2013 MYSTERY VOCALIST  /  PICK YOURSELF UP  /  Wilford Brimley  /  “Wilford Brimley with the Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • PITY PARTY  /  GOOD GUY  /  Tricia Yearwood  /  “Stormy Weather”
  • HUNGER GAMES  /  HUNGRY MAN  /  Mark Winkler   /  “West Coast Cool”
  • HERE’S TO 2014!  /  MAKING IT UP AS WE GO ALONG  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Language” 
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)


19 Oct

In case you’re having some trouble remembering why these might also be “the best of times,” how about a few songs to remind us? Not to worry.  Cynicism will make its return soon — how about next Saturday night at 10:00. Talk to you then. 


SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD or Album Title





  • BLUE SKIES  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “The Irving Berlin Songbook”
  • ISN’T THIS A LOVELY DAY  /  Fred Astaire  /  “The Irving Berlin Songbook”           
  • THE TROLLEY SONG  /  Stacey Kent  /  “The Boy Next Door”
  • GET ME TO THE CHURCH ON TIME  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • A CHILD IS BORN  /  The Real Group  /  “Unreal”
  • ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE  /  Nicole Henry  /  “The Very Thought Of You”           
  • THAT SUNDAY THAT SUMMER  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wilford Brimley  /  “Wilford Brimley & Jeff Hamilton Trio”
  • ONCE UPON A SUMMER TIME  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Once Upon A Summer Time”
  • LUCKY TO BE ME  /  Tony Bennett/Bill Evans  /  “Together Again”
  • FEELING GOOD  /  Nina Simone  /  “I Put A Spell On You”
  • THIS COULD BE THE START OF SOMETHING BIG  /  Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne  /  “West Coast Cool”
  • A GOOD DAY  /  Eugenie Jones  /  “Black Lace Blue Tears”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  Cody Owen Stine  /  (Unreleased Master)