Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Paolo

Paisley (yes...as in Scotland) singer, Paolo Nutini, is in the top ten of my contemporary favorites. Maybe the top three. Yes, it's true - I like a whole lotta singers who currently have airplay in the current century. 

Born of a Scottish mother and an Italian father, Paolo had plans to follow in his father's footsteps and work in "the family chippy" (fish and chips shop) in Paisley. A teacher recognized his musical talent and he has said that his grandfather encouraged him, too. With those votes of confidence, he learned the music business - he even served as a roadie. 

The Paolo legend begins in 2003 when he was attending a concert - and the headliner was late. As the winner of an impromptu pop quiz, the story goes, Nutini was given the chance to perform a couple of songs on stage and the crowd was won over. Fortunately, the man who would soon manage Nutini was in the crowd: Brendan Moon. He was just sixteen.

In 2006, the singles "Last Request", "These Streets" and "Jenny Don't Be Hasty" were released. His debut album, These Streets, entered the UK charts at a healthy #3. Sold out concerts followed and the world got to see a little more of dear Paolo. 

Unconfirmed: Cherdo on Paolo's Tour?
The 2009 release of his album Sunny Side Up produced my all time favorite Nutini hit, "Candy."

His current album, Caustic Love, produced the single "Scream (Funk My Life Up)."

If you don't know Paolo yet, you need to start YouTubing (I think I made up a word...again). He's got a unique, powerful voice and I'm addicted to his first two albums. 

Take a minute and watch these great videos; Paolo is pretty versatile, too. I know I may be a stranger, but here - have some candy...

"Candy"

"New Shoes"

"Growing Up Beside You"

"Coming Up Easy"


Shady Dell Knight could use some help wishing a friend happy 103rd birthday on April 18th - take a moment to visit his blog and chime in - you just don't get to do that at many 103rd birthdays, so why miss the opportunity, eh? 




Make sure to visit some of these great bloggers who are participating in the challenge!

45 comments:

  1. I have heard the name and his songs sound like I have heard them
    but I really can't say I know his music.
    You have some interesting choices so far !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Thanks, parsnip! The scotties would like him (ha ha).

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    2. The Gud Dugs like every one. They are very Gud Dugs.

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  2. Pink Floydgate.

    Make mine strawberry ('cause they're always pink).

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. You can't reject Paolo...he is the bomb. The BOMB, I say!

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  3. Not a bad choice there Mrs., still not a patch on Travis though.

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    1. Travis??? I'm lost (my usual state).

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  4. Pink, Perry, Pearl Jam, Police, Pink Floyd, Pussy Cat Dolls.... I know I know, this is your list. But I'm going to have to pass P.

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  5. Paul Revere & the Raiders, Pat Benatar, Philharmonic Symphony, Patti Labelle, Paula Abdul, Peaches & Herb, Steve PERRY... going back to bed!

    He's cute :)

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    1. Ha ha ha...love Paul Revere and the Raiders - love Pat Benatar....everyone on your list!

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  6. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    A special shout out to my new friend Dixie (above) for naming Peaches & Herb as a potential P music act. I collected P & H records in the 60s and in September 1979 saw them perform live on the grandstand at the York Interstate Fair. Thanks for the memories, Dixie!

    I'm old and never heard of Paolo Nutini. The most recent music act I can think of is Milli Vanilli. However, it took no time at all for my eyes and ears to get what yours get. Paolo has a very pleasing voice and retro style that reminds me of 20th century singers that I can't i.d. this early in the morning. In addition, the guy has a winning smile and is loaded with charm and charisma. I'll tell you a dirty little secret. Unlike you I never cared that much about going to live concerts. The producer in me would rather sit in an easy chair in the comfort of my own home listening to a recording made in the controlled surroundings of a studio, the final product after hours to careful sound mixing. A movie director wannabe and a producer and director of music videos for realsies during my career, I also tend to prefer conceptual music videos over straight performances. For that reason, my Pick to Click is Paolo's energetic, catchy and inspiring "New Shoes" video.

    Thank you very much for directing traffic to my blog today, giving your followers have an opportunity to meet my very special birthday girl. You are a great friend, Cherdo!

    www.shadydell.blogspot.com

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    1. You're allowed to be a newbie, even at our ancient age - there's still new stuff worth listening to and learning about. In my humble opinion, Paolo is worth the listen! Going through his recordings, I hear a lot of range.

      At one time, concerts were my main music outlet, to the degree that I could afford it. But I do love video. The nice thing about YouTube is the opportunity to see more live performances, either professionally filmed or amateur clips. That is the one thing about the internet that I really love.

      Happy to direct peeps to Margaret's bash. Her daughter wrote a lovely piece. Thank you for the post - it's perfect.

      Have a lovely day, dear Shady!

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    2. I have the song New Shoes on my ipod. That song got a lot of play on MTV and Starbucks gave that song away free a few years ago when it was new.

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  7. Okay, it's finally happened. I don't recognize this guy at all. At least with the others, I at least had some inkling who they were. Bummer. Guess I'll have to surrender my "I'm Hip, I'm With It" card.

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    1. That's okay, Al...but listen/watch the videos and you'll know the name of Paolo!

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  8. Another I have no idea about. Trying to strike the cat out? lol Tons of P's though.

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    1. I have no ill will for the cat! Cat-love, cat-love!

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  9. I don't know him, but he's really cute in that first picture. ;)

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    1. He is a looker, for sure. Or maybe it's just me...and you...and Birgit...and Janie...and Barbara...

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  10. You're a wealth of musical information.

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    1. At least the words "full of" were not included. That can go south sometimes.

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  11. CHERDO ~
    No need to send that strawberry milkshake. I mean, I ain't sayin' Paolo trumps Pink Floyd, but I've now listened to and watched 3 of the 4 videos and this guy is... QUITE GOOD! (I didn't watch 'Candy' because I figured that if even Tom Petty couldn't do a song called 'Candy' that I would like, then neither could Paolo.)

    Hmmm... Petty? That starts with P, doesn't it? Well... never mind... movin' on, movin' on...

    Despite his 'Tiger Beat' looks (does Tiger Beat magazine still exist?), Paolo is the real deal. He reminds me of somewhat updated versions of older artists...

    I like his laid-back, slumping "cool" in 'New Shoes' ...and I liked everything about the song, too! But watching it I kept thinking: "This guy is the new David Essex". Which, by the way, in my book that's a GOOD thing!

    But in 'Coming Up Easy' (a song that was pretty dern-tootin' fabulous) it's like he becomes one of the Motown Soul singers, say, Al Green or Marvin Gaye, etc., but mixes in a seriously healthy dose of Willy DeVille a la [Links:] SHE'S SO TOUGH or
    VENUS OF AVENUE D


    Hopefully you've heard Mink DeVille's 'CADILLAC WALK' already, so I didn't link that one here.

    Anyway, GFC, a big thumbs up for your "P" post. You really did turn me onto something new that I liked really well.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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    1. Go back and watch "Candy." It's great. The first time I saw the beginning of the video, I didn't listen to it all the way through. I made a mistake. It's my favorite.

      He could be the new David Essex; he definitely rocks on... I haven't thought about Tiger Beat since the 70s and most of the music mags I see now leaving me yearning for actual music info.

      I'm glad you liked it. I'm not nearly as crazy as you think, music-wise, brother!

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    2. I can confirm that Tiger Beat existed well into the 80s. But I can't tell you anything other than that...

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    3. Truthfully, I did come back and listen to 'CANDY' about an hour or two after I posted my comment. But I still like 'New Shoes' and 'Coming Up Easy' best.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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  12. I have never heard of him and I don't know these songs but he sounds different and better that his teenbeat looks:) I prefer the last video. Thanks for showcasing this guy-better than I thought! You should do that Battle of the Bands posts

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    1. Personally, I think he is too wild for the teenbeat crowd; I've heard he has a few demons. As long as he keeps them at bay and keeps singing, we're good...

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  13. I've never heard of this young man before, but I like his sound, and he's pretty durn hot. If you get that invitation, Cherdo, please throw me a bone. Allow me to attend a concert. He can wash my clothes, too, as long as he separate darks from lights.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. I forgot to say I would love to live in a town called Paisley.

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    2. LOL, that would be cool. I'd love to live in Scotland, period.

      If it's okay with Paolo, I'll be sure to include you. As for his laundry skills...I'd even let him slide on that a little. I can compromise. I figure he's already stuck with an old lady in his plane, how much torture do I want to put this guy through?

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  14. Never heard of him. Lucky break the lead singer was late to that concert.

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  15. I was thinking about you this afternoon as I was out in the yard mowing down those wild onions.

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    1. BWAHAHAHAHAHA....did you go scramble some eggs?

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  16. I've never heard of him but what a cool story about the concert!

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  17. I've not heard of him, but it is interesting to read the different takes on the A-Z challenge.

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    1. I'm pretty much loving the A-to-Z.

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  18. He's a little doll. Added Coming Up Easy to my Spotify playlists. Awesome story how he was discovered! Now, hurry Cherdo, or you will miss the bus!
    Visit me at: Life & Faith in Caneyhead
    I am Ensign B of Tremps' Troops
    with the A to Z Challenge

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    1. I'm running, Barbara, I'm running!!!! Stooooopppp, Paaaooooolooooo!

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  19. I listened to the first two songs. Wow. Awesome. I've never heard of this guy, but he's fantastic. As someone once said to me, I'm going to google the stew out of this guy;)

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  20. I've also never heard of Paolo before. He's cute and talented. What's not to like? Sorry that I got here so late. I'll still head over to wish your friend's friend a happy belated birthday. At 103, you don't want to be too early or too late.

    Julie

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    1. I really like Paolo.

      Thanks for participating on the birthday bash - you don't get to be part of many 103rd birthdays. You're sweet to heed the call.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo