Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Jillie Reil (The Cougar Of Comedy) YTunes Shuffle Song Facts

 Jillie Reil…The Cougar of Comedy. She is a talented writer, actress, comedian and producer of shows to benefit the troops! 

These are the songs she brought to the show and a little nugget about each artist/song.

AC/DC “You Shook Me All Night Long” (1980)

This is the first song with new lead singer Brian Johnson. (Bon Scott passed away in Feb after a drinking binge). Some copies of the single were pressed incorrectly so some people have a song called “Shake A Leg” and they are considered collectors items.

Madonna “Vogue” 1990

Vogueing was already a dance craze popular in dance clubs. Madonnas best friend noticed it and Madonna loved it. Out of all of the glamourous people she mentions, only one was alive to hear their cameo mention. Lauren Bacall who passed away in 2014.

Everclear “Santa Monica” 1996

While on tour in 2003, the band would pick someone from the crowd to play guitar on this song. If they sucked, they’d be kicked off stage and someone else would come up to replace them.

Simon & Garfunkel "Mrs. Robinson" (1968)

This song would have been great as an Oscar contendor for Best Song From a Movie (for The Graduate) but it was never nominated becase Simon & Garfunkel never filled out the forms to get it considered. Simon said “It was the 60’s. we just weren’t paying attention.”

Guns N Roses “Used To Love Her (1988)

This song was part of two murder trials that helped convict the defendent. In 2002, Justin Barber (Florida) was accused of killing his wife. A forensic analyst testified that Barber downloaded the song just hours before the murder. The tune was played for jury with lyrics displayed and Barber was convicted of first degree murder with life in prison. The second trial, Thomas Michael Wilhelm allegedly sang the tune just before he shot his ex girlfriend. He also sent a text “used to love her” to a friend 11 minutes before the shooting. Wilhelm was convicted and sentenced to 50 years to life.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Anastasia Washington's Fave 5 Songs On YTunes Shuffle


ANASTASIAWASHINGTON is an actress, writer, singer, comedian and filmmaker. She has recorded with artists like Michael Jackson, and Harry Connick Jr. and made appearances on The Addams Family Series, Die Hard 2 and La Femme Nikkita. She has been a featured writer on LadySpike with her piece “8 Things Not To Say To Your Biracial Friend.” Her comedic genius rolls over into creating parody songs as well.

These are the songs that make up the soundtrack of her life!

  1. You Don't See Me” Josie and The Pussycats

Beyonce, Aaliyah and Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (TLC) auditioned for the role of Valerie Brown, played by Roasario Dawson in the film. Producers wanted someone who could do comedy and Beyonce was “quiet and shy” while Aaliya was “serious and thoughtful.”

  1. My Sharona” The Knack

Lead singer Doug Fieger wrote the lyrics about a girl he liked. Doug was already in a long term relationship and met Sharona Alperin, who was dating someone else at the time. Doug walked into the clothing shop she worked at and spotted the high school student and became immediately smitten. Doug broke up with his girlfriend and professed his love for Sharona. Sharona and her boyfriend often went to The Knack concerts and Doug would still hit on her. It took over a year but Sharona finally gave in and the two started dating. They dated for 4 years but Sharona broke it off because touring and Doug's alcoholism became too much for her.

  1. I'm So Proud” The Impressions

Originally founded as The Roosters....Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield met while singing in the same Church Choir in Chicago. They joined a doo-wop group in 1957 in Chattanooga, Tennesee with Sam Gooden and Richard Brooks.

  1. Run To You” Whitney Houston

This was actually written as a break up song, but the director of “The Bodyguard,” Mick Jackson wanted to use it earlier in the film so he called the writers and asked for entirely new lyrics.

Christina Aguilera admitted to practicing this song for hours to prove she had the vocal range needed to sing “Reflection”from Mulan.

  1. Nasty Boy” Janet Jackson

Janet says this song was based on an experience she had while walking from her hotel to her studio in Minneapolis. There were a bunch on men outside just hanging around and saying really sexual stuff. She went into the studio and started working on the song right after that. Paula Abdul choreographed this music video and even appears as a friend.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Angie Stocker's Fave 5 Songs-YTunes Nuggets

ANGIESTOCKER is a Los Angeles based comedian and business owner! She runs Highly Crafty, a weed inspired craft shop on Etsy featuring leggings, purses, accessories jewelry and cards. She also runs a YouTube Channel of the same name “Highly Crafty” teaching folks how to make awesome crafts at home like candles or dish towels.

These are the songs she brought to the show and just a little bit extra about each artist!


The show that lead character Tracy Turnblad wanted to get on “The Corny Collins Show” is based off The Buddy Deane Show. The Buddy Deane show didn't end in an multi-racial dance party, however, not because producers didn't want to...the dancers and committee members were all for it, the parents were another story. The show was canceled and Buddy Deane makes an appearance in the movie as a reporter covering the protests at the governor's mansion.

ONLY PRETTIER from Miranda Lambert

This song was written with Natalie Hemby along with three other songs in the span of two hours. Miranda loves this song speaking to the female cattiness and mean girl spirit girls experience in high school. The video features some of Miranda's country music friends like Kellie Pickler, Laura Bell Bundy and Hillary Scott from Lady A.


Jonathan Larson wrote this song to be performed symbolically at Angel's funeral. Larson passed the night before the preview opening of the show and the cast sang it at the beginning to pay respects.


Dr. Dre produced this song and sampled Joe Cocker's “Woman To Woman.” George Clinton and Chris Tucker both make an appearance in the music video.

GET BACK UP AGAIN from Trolls/Anna Kendrick

Anna Kendrick grew up in Portland, Maine and her parents drove her to New York to audition for theater roles. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her role in the Broadway musical “High Society.”

Monday, July 20, 2020

YTunes Shuffle Song Nuggets With Avi Greene

AVI GREENE is a personal trainer and nutrition coach. She is the co-founder of Feel Alive Foods, a company that helps people on restrictive diets due to Autoimmune disorders, diabetes or heart issues with food prep and create meals with FLAVOR!!!!! She is adventurous, mom of 3,  musically obsessed and regularly plays piano for her Instagram followers.

Elvis Presley “I Can’t Help Falling In Love”
Elvis was an avid collector of guns and badges. He’d collect a police badge from every city he’d perform in.
Elvis wrote very few of his own songs. Sometimes he’d get writing credit for performing them. The last song he wrote was “You’ll Be Gone”

K.D. Lang “Hallelujah”
K.D. was fascinated with Patsy Cline. Patsy was the reason she decided to pursue a career in music. K.D. formed a Patsy Cline tribute band called the Reclines in Edmonton, Canada. After recording their first single “Friday Dance Promenade,” she got a personal manager and performed regularly at a popular local venue for musicians. It was there she performed a seven our performance art piece where she reenacted the transplant of an artificial heart. This got her noticed and sent (with only 2 other Canadian artists) to perform at the World Science Fair in Japan.

O Sifuni Mungu
Written and composed by Marty McCall, this song was inspired by Paul Simon’s performance during the 1987 Grammy’s when he sang/played “Graceland” with the back up male vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo from South Africa. Graceland won Album of The Year that year.

Mona Haydar “Hijabi”
Mona was 14 years old when she started going to open mics in Flint, Michigan performing spoken word poetry. She has a masters degree in Christian Ethics from Union Theological Seminary. After a friend committed suicide she moved off the grid to a retreat center called the Lama Foundation in the Northwest Territory of New Mexico.

Stevie Wonder “Faith”

This was the first recording in 25 years that Stevie lent his voice to for a film. (Sing) Ariana Grande recalls being in studio with him feeling star struck. They were not only in the same room, they were in the same booth, arm in arm. And every time she’d get “comfortable” Stevie would go off on a vocal run and she’d be like “Oh shit, that’s Stevie Wonder”

Monday, June 1, 2020

YTunes Shuffle Song Nuggets From Charlie Hester

Charlie Hester is The Dirty Ray of Sunshine from the Midwest and responsible for The Great Girl Drive. Every stand up comedy show she performs at, she requests that her audience brings feminine products that she donates to local shelters, everywhere!

These are the songs she chose:

Down With Love Soundtrack "Fly Me To The Moon"
Frank Sinatra's 1964 recording of this song was closely associated with the Apollo Space Program and was actually played on a portable cassette player on the Apolo 10 mission which orbited the moon.

Squirrel Nut Zippers "Put A Lid On It"
The band got their name from a local news story about an intoxicated man who climbed a tree and didnt want to come down even after police arrived. The head line read “Squirrel Nut Zipper”

Charlie Puth & Meghan Trainor "Let's Marvin Gaye and Get It On"

Charlie Puth was at a party and met Meghan Trainor. They were discussing what they were working on and when Meghan heard a bit of these she said “this needs to be a duet. Let me sing on it!” They did then entire song in one take.

Lake Street Dive "Miss Disregard"

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

YTunes Shuffle With Jimmy G Gonzales' Fave 5 Songfacts

Jimmy G Gonazales is a successful business owner of No1Betta Entertainment. He brings the party/DJ/Karaoke to private parties for Hollywood's elite.  

Vicente Fernandez “El Rey” 
Dropped out of school in 5th grade (after his father lost the ranch he grew up on) and went on to win 3 Grammys, 8 Latin Grammy Awards, 14 Lo Nuestro Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and contributed to over 30 films.

Irene Cara “Out Here On My Own”
Irene was on of five finalists for the “Little Miss America” pagaent at the age of 3. She learned to play piano by ear, then studied more seriously at the age of 5. Her first performances were on Spanish Language tv.

Eric B & Rakim “Paid In Full”
This is the debut album named in part after the Paid In Full posse....a group of New York gangsters and rappers including the Orginal 50 cent, Killer Ben, Kool G Rap and Freddie Foxxx. The entire album came together in a week. Rakim says he wrote the lyrics and just read them, and isn't a fan of his work on this album.

Andrea Bocelli Celine Dion “The Prayer”
Celine Dion has gained most of her notorioty for her work contributing to movie soundtracks...Beauty and The Beast, Titanic, and this from Quest for Camelot.

Gary Portnoy---Cheers Theme
Cheers actually tanked in the ratings when the show firsted aired on NBC. BUT, they had a ton of requests for the sheet music and recording of the song. Portnoy was brought back to the studio to record a full version of the song which did get some radio airplay.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

YTunes Shuffle With Steve Lava's Song Nuggets

Steve “Lava” Lavapies is an executive Producer and writer who has run a number of TV and digital shows with an emphasis on comedic reality shows.

These are the songs he brought to the show and and a few tidbits about the artsists:

COCTEAU TWINS---”Pale Clouded White” (1985)
The band took their name from the song “The Cocteau Twins” which was recorded by Johnny and the Self Abusers...eventually changing their name to Simple Minds.

THE BEATLES “Across The Universe” (1968)
John Lennon wrote this song after an argument with his first wife, Cynthia. He said “I was lying next to [her] in bed, and I was irritated....it drove me out of bed. I didn't want to write it, but I was slightly irritable and I went downstairs and I couldn't get to sleep until I'd put it on paper.”
This was the song that inspired Liam Gallagher from the band Oasis, to write songs.

X “Universal Corner” (1981)
Singer/bassist John Doe was also a successful actor and can be seen in movies like “Road House,” “Wyatt Earp,”and was a regular on the tv show “Roswell.”

DAVID BOWIE “Starman” (1972)
This song was influenced by “Over The Rainbow.” Lol Tolhurst of The Cure wrote in his memoir his vivid memory of watching Bowie performing this on television thinking “I knew he was singing...to me and everyone like me. It was a call to arms that put me on the path that that I would soon follow.”

RADIOHEAD “Exit Music (for a film)” (1997)

The song was written for the Baz Luhrman film “Romeo and Juliet” with Leonardo DiCaprio. Thom Yorke said he had a half formed song and then became totally obsessed with Johnny Cash's prison tapes.

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