Another year is gone…..

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….and hopefully you all had a great 2013!

I would like to thank all my readers for following me through this year as well, your messages, comments and feedbacks are much appreciated! About this time last year, I did announce some artist profiles to be written, that still hasn’t happended. Due to having had an extremely busy year, this is the result of me having a lot of other things to do – but we’ll see what I can get around to in 2014!

Although this year has been an exciting one for me (I got a new, fabulously interesting job) it has also contained some not-so-happy moments, i.e. the deaths of my very dear friends Jorun Møllerstedt and Else Skagen and also my father-in-law, who passed away just before Christmas at the age of 90.

My father-in-law, Johan on his 90th birthday, with his big sisters Helga (left, 92) and Nelly (right, 96)

My father-in-law, Johan on his 90th birthday, with his big sisters Helga (left, 92) and Nelly (right, 96)

On the homefront, my boyfriend and me celebrated our 20th anniversary together, and we plan on at least 20 more!

Jan and myself at home during Christmas 2013: Still together after 20 years!

Jan and myself at home during Christmas 2013: Still together after 20 years!

Besides music, one of my other “causes” in life is to prevent passive drinking (which means drinking that bothers other people). As a board member of the organization Familieklubbene i Norge, I was interviewed by the national newspaper VG about children who don’t look forward to celebrating Christmas because of their parents alcoholic behaviour. It is reported that this affects several hundreds of thousand children in Norway alone – I dare not think about the numbers on a world basis! My one advice is: Don’t drink when children are present!

I would like to wish each and everyone of you a very happy New Year – may 2014 be filled with joy, happiness and a lot of interesting experiences for all of you! See you next year – keep checking in for more updates!

I do toast the New Year, but with a non-alcohol champagne....

I do toast the New Year, but with a non-alcohol champagne….

Coming soon – a profile on Jackie DeShannon

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Jackie DeShannon – my one true musical heroine! Incredibly enough, after almost 60 years in show business, she is still “unknown territory” to a lot of people…. Still not 70 years old (she will reach that age in August 2014), she is one of very few singers still working, who actually had a 78rpm record released. Of course, she started out very young; her first record, “Baby Honey” was recorded in 1956 (and credited to Sherry Lee!), and she also used the names Jackie Dee and Jacquie Shannon before settling on the name she still goes by today.

Sherry Lee or Jackie Dee - this late 1950s publicity photo makes her look like Barbie

Sherry Lee or Jackie Dee – this late 1950s publicity photo makes her look like Barbie

Looks can indeed be deceptive; Jackie’s earliest publicity photos shows a doll like beauty and indicates a sweet, young and kinda sugary girl singer. Not so! Jackies earliest records produced some really tough sounding rockabilly, and the voice that blares out of the speakers give you absolutely no hint about her tender young age…. This teenaged girl more than holds her own when compared to Brenda Lee, and she’s maybe the only real competitor to the stuff Wanda Jackson recorded around the same time.

Later on, in the 1960’s, Jackie looked more the folk singers of the day, with her straight blonde hair, her shy smile and all around sunny appearance. While no longer singing rockabilly at that point, her record covers still give no indication to what’s actually on the records. You’d expect some ethereal, folksy stuff – and what you get is one of the most soulful white singers, doing a wide range of material. A lot of she wrote herself, and she also had a very good idea about what songs to record, outside of her own material.

Jackie in the mid-60's

Jackie in the mid-60’s

Jackie DeShannon, the songwriter is maybe more famous than Jackie the singer. A lot of songs she wrote have been recorded by dozens of artists from the early 1960’s and they are still being recorded today. The most sucessful cover of a Jackie song is of course Kim Carnes’ version of “Bette Davis Eyes” – a song Jackie herself put out on her 1975 album “New Arrangement” in 1975. Six years later, Kim topped the charts for nine consecutive weeks with her “new arrangement” and the song is now regarded as a classic pop hit.

Jackie in 2011

Jackie in 2011

Jackie has made more than 20 solo albums, and they represent some of the finest music made in the 21st Century, covering a wide array of styles – and all of it impeccably performed by one of the greatest voices in the business. Jackie had a rather long gap in her album output too; between “Quick Touches” (1978) and “You Know Me” (2000), all she released was a few singles….

In a short while, I will take a closer look into the wondrous musical legacy of Jackie DeShannon, discussing in detail a lot of her albums. She is the kind of singer who is impossible not to like, she has something that will please everybody, she has an absolutely fabulous voice and you better be warned: Jackie DeShannon is addictive! One listen and you will be craving for a lot more!

Jackie invites you to listen to her - you will not regret it

Jackie invites you to listen to her – you will not regret it

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