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Merle Haggard: The Outlaw

Won't you come along with me, to the Mississippi?

By Jim Duffield | Apr 9, 2016

Country music legend Merle Haggard died this past week at 79.  If you don’t know his music, you should try and catch some of this songs.  I first heard of him from his 1969 “anti-hippie” song “Okie From Muskogee” with its line, “We don’t smoke marijuana in Muskogee, We don’t take our trips on LSD”. …

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Mose Allison

If Silence Was Golden, You Wouldn't Raise a Dime – The Music of Mose Allison

By Jim Duffield | Apr 3, 2016

This past week the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra added the song “Deed I Do” to our set list.  It’s a 1926 jazz standard written by Fred Rose and Walter Hirsch.  I should note here that Fred Rose also wrote “Roly Poly”, recorded by Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain”…

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I Held My Nose, I Closed My Eyes, I Took a Drink

By Jim Duffield | Mar 26, 2016

I don’t know where or when I first saw the writing credit of “Leiber and Stoller”.  It may have been the first time I read the credits for the song “Kansas City”.  Maybe it was on a Herman’s Hermits record or maybe on a Little Richard or a Beatles record.  I was to hear the…

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You Got a Cute Vest Pocket Mazda

By Jim Duffield | Mar 20, 2016

Anyone who knows me knows that I love to sing and I love singing harmonies.  When we first put the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra ( together, I’m not sure I even knew if anyone in the band could or would sing.  My memory is that I gradually realized that Matty and Jim were singing along on…

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Matty got turned on to music listening to these Rock Revival Greats

The first time I got high, I was 8 years old.

By Jim Duffield | Mar 13, 2016

After my mother had showed me how to put on an LP, I stumbled across a bold yellow and red record jacket with a photo of an old looking machine on the front (a jukebox). The record looked like a McDonald’s commercial to me, and had no ugly people on it, so I thought I’d…

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Check out our latest blog about one of our key influences, Louis Jordan!

By Jim Duffield | Mar 6, 2016

As this is my fourth post, I think it’s time I spoke about Louis Jordan.  I mentioned his “Saturday Night Fish Fry” in my last post as an example of humor in songs.  The Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra plays about three or four songs that he popularized in the 1940s.  In Ken Burns’ documentary on Jazz,…

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Twenty Flight Rock

By Jim Duffield | Feb 28, 2016

I’ve always loved songs with a sense of humor. That’s what first attracted me to songs like Louis Jordan’s “Saturday Night Fish Fry” and Chuck Berry’s “No Particular Place to Go”. I first heard “Twenty Flight Rock” on Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen’s album “Lost in the Ozones.” The “Commander” also introduced me…

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Almost Like Being in Love

By Jim Duffield | Feb 8, 2016

“Almost Like Being in Love” (1947) was written by Frederick Loewe, with lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner. The song was made popular in the musical “Brigadoon”. I think most people know it as the last song played in the movie “Groundhog Day” where Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell run off down the street from the…

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First Post – Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra

By Jim Duffield | Feb 8, 2016

This is my first blog post for the Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra site. As we continued to expand on EVO’s song list, I found myself remembering or re-visiting the time when I first came across the song, what album it was on and where that song, album or performer led me.

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Upcoming Events

  1. Rhythm and Brews Brewing Company Cambridge

    January 25, 2020 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
  2. Sip Club Guelph on February 22, 2020 from 6-9

    February 22, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Manhattans Music Club Guelph in April 17 & 18

    April 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra would love to play at your festival, event, party or wedding. We are based in Guelph, and can perform anywhere in Ontario. We play swing music reminiscent of big band music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, as well as 50s Rhythm and Blues.


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