A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette

John Henry Hammond II (Born Manhattan, New York City, December 15, 1910 - Died Manhattan, New York City, July 10, 1987) was an American talent scout and producer, whose achievements in the record business will never be surpassed. As well as producing several significant American musical icons, he was a civil rights activist, a music critic, a philanthropist, and had a career that spanned six decades. His name is synonymous with Columbia Records (now Sony Records), and with artists from Billie Holliday to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

At the time of writing, this playlist was dedicated to the best new album and EP releases of the first three months of 2018, January to March. Since then there’s been a raft of other great musical discoveries wafting through the door like an aromatic winter draft, but sadly it’s all going to have to go in the reject bin for now until June has passed, after which I may well attempt an April to June list. For now though, you’ll have to make do with this. 

As the days begin to get shorter and the nights colder, it’s easy to come down with a case of the post-summer blues. However, instead of letting memories of sunny beaches and lunchtime cocktails get you down, why not try some small changes that could significantly improve your everyday life? You don’t need to wait until next summer to start living your best life! 

 

Music - 1983-2018                    

Apart from the Rangers songs I'd been brought up on I never really knew there was a music scene unless it was ' I belong to Glasgow ' or ' The Northern lights of old Aberdeen ' sung by drunken aunties and uncles at new year parties, or some Tammy Wynette or Rod Stewart on a Sunday courtesy of my mum.That changed as the Bowhill war memorial club started underage discos playing brutal 80s Stock Aitken & Waterman dross.
The 1960’s was a golden period for Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club. An FA Cup/League Double ensued in 1960/61 before following that up with another FA Cup in 1962.
On 12 June 1981, Raiders of the Lost Ark debuted and launched a Hollywood icon onto a waiting world. Three subsequent movies refused to prove the accepted wisdom that the franchise’s popularity was diminishing.
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