Partly inspired by Peter Doggett’s comment in the recent Word In Your Ear podcast – that you could create a sizeable compilation of songs CSN&Y and their coterie wrote about each other – I started to put together just such a compilation (playlist). However, in the end I decided to broaden it out to include other songs by artists about, er, other artists. Any other suggestions for songs warmly welcomed. This is a collaborative Spotify playlist so presumably anyone can add their contributions. A few notes where the reference isn’t obvious: ‘Willy’ by Joni Mitchell is about David Crosby (William is his middle name) ‘Pretty Girl Why’ by Buffalo Springfield is about Stephen Still’s first wife, singer songwriter Nancy Priddy. ‘You Can Close Your Eyes’ by James Taylor is about Joni Mitchell. ‘Empty Garden (Hey Johnny Johnny)’ by Elton John is a tribute to John Lennon. ‘Au Contraire’ by They Might Be Giants is about David Bowie.
Just watched a bit of the 10cc documentary and they were probably a better band than given credit for. Not least by me.
What struck me listening to songs like I’m Not In Love and I’m Mandy Fly Me, for the first time in ages, was how good a singer Eric Stewart is.
Control, phrasing and sweetness of tone. Possessing a soulful quality , with a hint of husk and a touch of break. I’d compare him to Colin Blunstone and even Paul McCartney. He’s that good.
Apart from singing, Eric Stewart is an accomplished producer, writer and guitarist. Good looking too. Dormant man crush rising.
When great singers are mentioned, you never hear much about Eric Stewart – but you should. He’s a great singer
Any thoughts on who else never gets a mention as a great singer, but is one?