Saturday, June 1, 2013

Sing, Sing a Song Saturday

I started doing what I call Sing, Sing a Song Saturday.  I'm going to post one song on Saturdays that the boys or I like. 

The song may be part of a movie, a kid's video or just a song we like. I'll try and include why we like it and/or the history of the song/singer.

This week I'm covering someone, whom I had trouble finding his name. No worries I found it! He is Danny Small (Geechee Dan). A NYC Street Musician.
He's a 71 year, who was thought to be an old homeless man who sings at bus, train, and subway stations for pennies. He actually lives with his son. He sings better that many people do today. You can tell me if you agree. I truly think he had true soul in his voice.

He's a self taught singer, originally from South Carolina. He moved to NYC when he was 18. He had a dream to become a famous singer. In the 80's he had a gig with the Cotton Club to sing two to three song a night under the name, "The Singing Dragon". He left that gig to go on tour to with a gospel band, which never went anywhere. :( He had smaller gigs.

From 2000 on he has performed in subway stations around NYC for sometimes up to 6 hours a day. He still has the dream of owning his own record label.

His influences are the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Chubby Checker, Van Morison, Smokey Robinson and Al Greene.

He was featured on a film called Pocket Change.

Follow Danny Small on Facebook


Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my goodness this is so inspiring and amazing!! I want to share this with all my coworkers. Thank you for posting this. I hope you have a great weekend Alissa!

Masshole Mommy said...

VERY cool. Every time I'm in NYC, I am always amazed by the talented people that perform down in the subway stations.

Eat To Live said...

Too bad I didn't see this when we were in NYC. Dang.... he is really good.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Very good! Thanks for sharing :)


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