Does another Monday leave you fearing this week’s going to come up snake eyes? Well, don’t fold your hand yet, because The Nest is going to sweeten your pot with another lucky earworm! This is the day we go all in trying to turn up another lost hit that drowned on the river from that roulette wheel full of musical madness we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! There’s always plenty of action to be found at DJ Scratchy’s turntable, while the Sponkies are too young for this type of entertainment and will just be given a handful of
quarters dollars to play in the arcade. This song’s a sure bet, no bluffing….
Today’s date of 7/11 got me thinking of…..
No!!!! Not Slurpees! I have a sno cone machine, for crying out loud!
No, 7/11 had me thinking of luck, and I was wondering if I could pull a song with that theme for this week’s post. It didn’t take long for a song to pop in my head that was almost a perfect DVA selection!
-It was recorded by a well known artist.
-It was one of that artist’s lesser hits.
-It’s long since been buried under that artist’s other legendary hits.
-I like the song, and even consider it my favorite by that artist.
So what song is it?
Santana was formed by the acclaimed guitarist Carlos Santana in San Francisco all the way back in 1966! They got their big break when they were invited to play at THE Woodstock festival in 1969, and went on to have a string of Billboard charting songs in the early 70’s, like “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic
Marker Woman.” After becoming somewhat irrelevant for about a quarter of a century, Santana came back with a vengeance in 1999 with the Album “Supernatural,” which spawned the international #1 hit “Smooth.”
But somewhere in between those two peaks of fame, the band recorded the 1981 album Zebop!, with “Winning” becoming that album’s biggest single, reaching #17 on the US Hot 100. “Winning” was written and originally recorded by Russ Ballard, who had a knack for reviving the careers of post-peak 70’s bands. Other than the signature guitar work of Carlos Santana, “Winning” hardly sounds like a Santana song at all…. partly because it’s more polished and commercially produced than their earlier songs, and partially because the band hardly resembled its classic early 70’s iteration at all by this point.
Want an eye opener for your Monday morning? Here’s the link to Santana’s Wiki page again. Scroll down to the bottom and check out the roster of their current and former members. I count 74. Yes, over Santana’s 55+ year history, they’ve had SEVENTY-FOUR different band members at one time or another! And the only one who’s been along for the entire ride….
Carlos Santana is winning!
And you’ll be winning as well if you come back for another lost earworm next Monday!