Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spandau Ballet: True

Spandau Ballet are a British new wave band formed in London in the late 1970s. The band initially was inspired by, and an integral part of, the New Romantic movement, becoming one of the most successful groups to emerge during the New Romantic era.

The group's debut single "To Cut a Long Story Short", was the first of ten UK Top 10 hits, including a No. 1 single in 1983 with the song "True". The No.2 single "Gold" is considered an 80's classic and is their most requested song while performing live today. The band also has had eight UK Top 10 albums, including three "greatest hits" compilations and an album of re-recorded material.

"True" was composed by group leader Gary Kemp who wrote the song at his parents' house, where he lived at the time. It is a six-minute (in its original album version) slow pop-ballad love song that in part pays tribute to the Motown artist Marvin Gaye, who is mentioned in the lyrics, and the sound he helped to establish. The song was recorded before Gaye's murder a year later, which was itself followed by the release of the song "Nightshift" by The Commodores, which was a tribute to both Gaye and Jackie Wilson. The song was also partly about Kemp's platonic relationship with Altered Images singer Clare Grogan. Some phrases in the lyrics (including the much-quoted reference to "seaside arms") were adapted from Vladimir Nabokov's novel Lolita, a copy of which Grogan had given Kemp.

The song was a huge worldwide hit, peaking at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 April 1983 for four weeks, becoming the sixth biggest selling single of the year, and charting highly in 20 other countries. It is Spandau Ballet's biggest hit and their most remembered song in the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the autumn of 1983 and topping the adult contemporary chart for one week.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Badfinger

Today's post comes by way of request from reader, Bill Cunningham. Thank you, Bill, for your request. While I had heard most of their music, I did not know much else about this band until I did the research.


Badfinger were a British rock band that originally consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans and Ron Griffiths. The band evolved from an earlier group called The Iveys that was formed in 1961 by Ham, Ron Griffiths and David "Dai" Jenkins in Swansea, Wales. They were signed by the Beatles' Apple label in 1968 as The Iveys. In 1969, Griffiths left and was replaced by Joey Molland, and the band renamed itself Badfinger. In 1970, the band engaged American businessman Stan Polley to manage their commercial affairs. Over the next five years the band recorded several albums for Apple and toured extensively, before they became embroiled in the chaos of Apple Records' dissolution.

Badfinger had four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: "Come and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney), "No Matter What", "Day After Day" (produced by George Harrison) and "Baby Blue". In 2013, "Baby Blue" made a resurgence onto the "Hot Rock Songs" Billboard 100 chart at number 14, due to its featuring at the end of the series finale of the hit TV show Breaking Bad. Their song "Without You" has been covered many times, including a Billboard number one hit for Harry Nilsson.


They signed to Warner Bros., but Polley's financial schemes resulted in a lawsuit by Warner over missing escrow account money. Warner's consequent withdrawal from market of the 1974 album, Wish You Were Here (seven weeks after its release), cut off the band's income. Three days before his 28th birthday, on 24 April 1975, Ham committed suicide by hanging himself, leaving a note that included damning comments about Polley.

Over the next three years, surviving members struggled to rebuild their personal and professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits. The albums Airwaves and Say No More floundered, as Molland and Evans see-sawed between co-operation and struggle in attempts to revive and capitalize on the Badfinger legacy. Having seen Ham's body after Ham's wife had called him, Evans reportedly never got over his friend's suicide, and was quoted as saying in darker moments, "I wanna be where he is." On 19 November 1983, Evans also took his own life by hanging.


"No Matter What" was recorded by Badfinger for their album No Dice in 1970, written and sung by Pete Ham and produced by Mal Evans.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Guest: Danielle Perillo

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My name is Danielle (Perillo) Hughes. I am a 38-year-old mother of one 11-year-old boy and a wife-to-be. I am a full-time student going for my paralegal degree and then eventually to law school. I’m trying to show my son the value of an education and that is never too late. Originally from Philadelphia, PA, we moved to the Austin, TX area in January 2014 for a better life. I am a personal blogger. I write about my addiction. I am a recovering addict who struggles everyday with the disease of addiction.


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I AM NOT AFRAID! 

Hello everyone! My name is Danielle and I suffer from the disease of addiction. The most painful thing about having this disease is that it never goes away. It’s a battle that I have to live with for the rest of my life. But, I am not alone in this nor am I afraid! One of my favorite artists, Eminem, suffers right along with me. I feel connected to him through his music. To some he may be very offensive. But to understand where Eminem gets his lyrics from, all of the drugs and violence he raps about, you have to understand his past and where he came from. His lyrics are his life.

Eminem’s real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers, III. Marshall came from a broken home. His father abandoned him and his mother when he was just a baby. He moved over 20 times while he was a child. Every 2 to 3 months he would be in a new school. When they finally settled into a housing project in Detroit he was bullied everyday by an older student. His beatings were so brutal that once he wound up in a coma for 4 days. After coming out of the coma, he had to relearn basic motor functions. His home life was awful. His mother drank and did drugs and her boyfriends were abusive.

In 1988 his mother, Debbie, took in a homeless 13-year-old girl, Kim Scott, who was dropped off at the welfare office where Debbie worked at when Marshall was an early teen himself. At age 14 the two wound up in a relationship. His mother instantly kicked Kim out and Marshall went too. He would go on to move in and out of his mother’s house many times over the next few years. Marshall’s mother was very abusive and he had found the same person in Kim. His whole life was engulfed by violence, drugs, and abuse.

When Marshall was around 17, he used to make tapes in the basement of his mother’s home with his new found friend “Proof”. His very first tape of himself that he tried to sell was called Backstabber. It was a bust. It wasn’t until his second recording, Infinite that anyone really listened to him. Dr. Dre got a hold of the tape and signed him with Aftermath Records. All a while Marshall was suffering from addiction.

In 1999, they released Slim Shady LP. His song, “My Name Is”, from the album, talks about doing drugs. One line says “I just found out that my mom does more dope than I do”. On a recording of a live concert Eminem states, “This is the intermission where I change, do some more drugs, and then come back out,” He was always very open about his drug use. In an interview with Howard Stern he admits to being heavy into ecstasy. It wasn’t until December of 2007 that Eminem overdosed on methadone pills and decided to get clean. He released his albums, Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010.

His lyrics from “Not Afraid” off of his Recovery album:

Yeah, it’s been a ride 
I guess I had to, go the that place, to get to this one 
Now, some of you, might still be in that place 
If you’re trying to get out, just follow me 
I’ll get you there 

These lyrics are me. I had to go to all of those dark places as an addict to get to this life. One full of love, hope, and aspirations.


He came from nothing and went to the top. From owning his own record label, to his single “Lose Yourself” winning an Oscar, to his album Encore going 5X platinum, and all of the Billboard, Grammy, and American Music Awards in between. He is truly an inspiration, not just to addicts, but to everyone!
If you truly put your mind to it, you can achieve anything! 

What is something you’ve accomplished against all odds?


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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Who Sang It Best?


"Give Me One Reason" is a song by the American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. It was released on her 1995 album New Beginning, and as a single in 1996, her first since 1992's Dreaming on a World. It is also Chapman's biggest US hit to date, reaching #3 on the US Hot 100. Chapman also performed the song six years before its release, on the December 16, 1989 episode of Saturday Night Live. A music video was released to promote the single. Chapman earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track, that was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1997. A well known version of this song featuring Eric Clapton was released in 1999 in the compilation album A Very Special Christmas Live.

The song is the story of an ending relationship, and a plea from the narrator to her partner for the partner to convince her to remain, to "give me one reason to stay here, and I'll turn right back around." At the end of the song, the partner is apparently given voice for the last line, "said I told you that I loved you, and there ain't no more to say."

The song has been covered a few times. Today we compare Tracy Chapman's version against Kelly Clarkson's version.


Tracy Chapman
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Kelly Clarkson
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Friday, March 27, 2015

The Archies: Sugar, Sugar

The Archies was an American fictional garage band founded by Archie Andrews, Reggie Mantle, and Jughead Jones, a group of adolescent characters of the Archie universe, in the context of the animated TV series, The Archie Show. The group is also known for their real world success, through a virtual band.


The fictional band's music was recorded by session musicians featuring Ron Dante on vocals and released as a series of singles and albums. Their most successful song, "Sugar, Sugar", became one of the biggest hits of the bubblegum pop genre that flourished from 1968 to 1972.

The Archies play a variety of contemporary popular music, consistent with the era in which the comic is drawn. They seem to have a preference for rock and roll, however.

Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge later also joined the group. Every member sings vocals, with Jughead handling the bass voice on a few tracks. Though their singing voices were soft and appropriate for pop vocals, their speaking voices are much different. The roles the teens played in the fictional band were:

    Archie: lead vocals / lead guitar
    Reggie: bass guitar / backing vocals
    Jughead: drums
    Betty: tambourine / backing vocals
    Veronica: organ /backing vocals
    Hot Dog: mascot / conductor

The Archies are sometimes jokingly compared to The Doors, as they also had no bass player; there is some confusion, however, over whether Reggie played bass or not. In most drawings, his guitar looks identical to Archie's, making him the band's second (or co-lead) guitarist -- but a number of drawings clearly show Reggie's instrument to have four tuning keys, the most common bass design. Six-string bass guitars do exist, however, and the Archies' recordings regularly featured a bass player. In more than one comic strip, Reggie is described as playing bass (although this is not necessarily canon, as storylines and hobbies/activities in the Archie world change from story to story). Finally, in the liner notes for 2008's The Archies Christmas Album, Reggie is listed as the bass guitarist.

One distribution mode for the Archies' music was cereal boxes: a cardboard record was embossed directly into the back of a box such that the record could be cut out and played on a turntable (although their music was also available on standard issue LPs and 45s). Though the group no longer appears in animation, they are still frequently used in stories published by Archie Comics.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Turtles: Happy Together

The Turtles are an American rock band led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman, later known as Flo and Eddie. The band became notable for several Top 40 hits beginning with their cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965. They scored their biggest and best-known hit in 1967 with the song "Happy Together".


The band, originally a surf-rock group called the Crossfires, was formed in 1965 in Westchester, Los Angeles, by high school friends Howard Kaylan, Mark Volman, Al Nichol, Chuck Portz, Don Murray, and Jim Tucker. With the help of KRLA and KFWB DJ and club owner Reb Foster, the Crossfires signed to the newly formed White Whale Records and adhering to the prevailing musical trend, re-branded themselves as a folk rock group under the name the Tyrtles, the intentional misspelling inspired by the Byrds and the Beatles. However, the trendy spelling did not survive long.

At the start of 1966 drummer Don Murray and bassist Chuck Portz quit the group. They were replaced by Joel Larson and then John Barbata on drums, and by Chip Douglas on bass.

In 1967, rhythm guitarist Jim Tucker left the band, allegedly after being publicly insulted by John Lennon when the group were in England on a promotional tour. Tucker, a Beatles fan, apparently never got over the experience and quit the group and the music business.



The first of several key Turtles singles co-written by Garry Bonner and Alan Gordon, "Happy Together", seemed almost a parody of itself, and had already been rejected by countless performers. "Happy Together", both their biggest hit and their signature song, signaled a turning point for the Turtles and for Chip Douglas, who provided the arrangement.

Impressed by Chip Douglas's studio arrangements, Monkee Michael Nesmith approached him after a Turtles show at the Whisky a Go Go and invited him to become the Monkees' new producer, as that band wanted to break out of their "manufactured" studio mold. Douglas accepted and left the Turtles.

Long disillusioned with their record label and its growing financial problems by this time, Kaylan and Volman resisted White Whale's efforts to turn the Turtles into something approaching an assembly-line pop act. The label apparently encouraged Kaylan and Volman to fire the rest of the band, tour with hired musicians and make records by adding their vocals to backing tracks recorded by Memphis session players. Such pressure did convince the band to record a single called "Who Would Ever Think That I Would Ever Marry Margaret?", which they disowned after its release.



The Turtles wound down their career in 1970 with a second compilation album, More Golden Hits, and a B-sides and rarities album, Wooden Head. With the demise of the Turtles, White Whale Records was left with few, if any, commercially viable bands, and ceased operation.

Kaylan and Volman (accompanied by Pons) joined the Mothers of Invention as The Phlorescent Leech & Eddie, since the use of the Turtles name (and even their own names in billings) was prohibited by their contract with White Whale. Flo & Eddie, as they soon became known, recorded albums with the Mothers, appeared in Frank Zappa's film 200 Motels in 1971 and later released a series of records on their own.



Kaylan and Volman sang backing vocals on several recordings by T. Rex, including their worldwide hit "Get it On (Bang A Gong)" and albums Electric Warrior and The Slider. When White Whale's master recordings were sold at auction in 1974, the duo won the Turtles' masters, making them the owners of their own recorded work. (The duo promptly licensed the tracks to Sire Records, who issued the compilation Happy Together Again.).

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Boogie Fever

The Sylvers were a popular R&B/soul and disco family group during the 1970s. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, the family would later relocate to Watts, California. Prior to becoming "The Sylvers", the four eldest members recorded as The Little Angels, appearing on shows such as Make Room for Daddy and You Bet Your Life, and opening for such acts as Johnny Mathis and Ray Charles. During this time, two singles were released: "Santa Claus Parade" b/w "I'll Be a Little Angel" on Warwick Records and "Says You" b/w "Olympia" on Capitol Records.



The Sylvers consisted of ten siblings:

    Olympia Ann "Olan" Sylvers (born October 13, 1951) — vocals
    Leon Frank Sylvers III (born March 7, 1953) — bass, vocals
    Charmaine Elaine Sylvers (born March 9, 1954) — vocals
    James Jonathan Sylvers (born June 8, 1955) — keyboards, vocals
    Edmund Theodore Sylvers (January 25, 1957 – March 11, 2004) — vocals, percussion
    Joseph Richard "Ricky" Sylvers (born October 13, 1958) — guitar, vocals
    Angelia Marie "Angie" Sylvers (born April 11, 1960) — vocals
    Patricia Lynn "Pat" Sylvers (born March 25, 1961) — additional keyboards, vocals
    Foster Emerson Sylvers (born February 25, 1962) — additional bass, vocals
    Christopher Sylvers (August 10, 1966 – June 18, 1985) — never performed with The Sylvers


"Boogie Fever" was from their 1975 album Showcase. Their most lucrative single, it reached number one in the U.S. on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles charts as well as reaching number one in Canada on the RPM national singles chart in 1976, and was their third of nine Top 20 R&B hits and first top 40 pop single. Billboard ranked it as the No. 20 song for 1976. "Boogie Fever" is one of two Gold records by the Sylvers, the other being "Hot Line".

The narrator of the song notes a change that seems to have come over his girlfriend. At the drive-in movie, she turns down the speaker volume and turns up the radio to hear her favorite disco songs, and "boogies" to the disco beat while eating her meal at the pizza parlor. He concludes that his girl must have caught the "boogie fever" which seems to be "goin' around." In the final verse, he consults his doctor and realizes that he, too, has caught the "boogie fever" as a result of dancing all night "doin' the bump, bump, bump" with his girlfriend.

The bass line for the song, performed by legendary Motown bassist James Jamerson, was based upon that of "Day Tripper" by the Beatles.

In 2010, "Boogie Fever" was used prominently in the movie Despicable Me, and its theme park attraction adaptation, Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem. The song was also featured in the movie Roll Bounce, appeared in TV ads for Old Navy and Little Caesars Pizza as well as the 1994 Stephen King miniseries The Stand.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Garth Brooks

Garth Brooks is an American singer-songwriter. Brooks' integration of rock elements into his recordings and live performances earned him immense popularity. This progressive approach allowed him to dominate the country single and album charts while crossing over into the mainstream pop arena.

Troubled by conflicts between career and family, Brooks officially retired from recording and performing from 2001 until 2009. During this time, he sold millions of albums through an exclusive distribution deal with Walmart and sporadically released new singles. In 2005, Brooks started a partial comeback, and has since given several performances and released two compilation albums.

On October 15, 2009, Garth Brooks announced the end of his retirement. In December 2009, he began a five-year concert deal with the Encore Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Following the conclusion of his residency in Las Vegas, Brooks announced his signing with Sony Music Nashville in July 2014. In September 2014, he began his comeback world tour. His most recent album, Man Against Machine, was released on November 11, 2014 via his new online music store GhostTunes.

Brooks was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on October 21, 2012.

Brooks graduated from Oklahoma State University–Stillwater where he starred on the track team. He later completed his MBA from Oklahoma State and participated in the commencement ceremony on May 6, 2011.

Brooks married his college sweetheart, songwriter Sandy Mahl, on May 24, 1986. They met when Brooks was a bouncer at a bar, and she punched a hole in the bar wall. Brooks and Mahl separated in March 1999, announcing their plans to divorce on October 9, 2000, and filing for divorce on November 6, 2000. The divorce became final on December 17, 2001. Brooks and singer Trisha Yearwood began dating after Brooks's divorce, and married on December 10, 2005, at their home in Oklahoma, marking the second marriage for Brooks and the third for Yearwood.

"The Thunder Rolls" is a song co-written and recorded by Garth Brooks. It was released in April 1991 as the fourth and final single from his album No Fences. "The Thunder Rolls" became his sixth number one on the country chart.

It was originally recorded by Tanya Tucker, but was never released until it appeared on her self-titled 1995 box set. Her version included a third verse which Brooks himself intended to use on his version but did not at the suggestion of producer Allen Reynolds. A modernized cover was recorded by Jet Black Stare, but without the third verse.

The first verse shows a man driving home in torrential rain, from "somewhere that he never should have been." His wife is waiting at home for his return, "praying it's the weather that's kept him out all night."

When the man does return (in the second verse), the woman rushes out to meet him only to smell a perfume on his person, implying that he was with another woman. At this point in time, the lyrics "the thunder rolls" no longer refers to literal lightning and thunder surrounding the pair, but the anger in her heart has reached a boiling point- which is shown in the third verse.

The original recorded version does not include the song's original third verse, most likely due to its graphic nature (the verse hints that the woman plans to kill the man for his infidelity). However, Brooks performs the third verse when he sings the song in concert, so a version containing the third verse can be found on Brooks' album Double Live.

The verse goes as follows:

    She runs back down the hallway and through the bedroom door
    She reaches for the pistol kept in the dresser drawer
    Tells the lady in the mirror he won't do this again
    'Cause tonight will be the last time, she'll wonder where he's been

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Anticipation

Some of you older kids might recall this song from the late 1970s into the 1980s as being used in commercials for Heinz Ketchup.

Anticipation was written and performed by Carly Simon in 1971. She wrote the song in 15 minutes on her guitar, while waiting for Cat Stevens to pick her up for a date. The pair had become romantically involved shortly after Simon had opened for Stevens at L.A.'s Troubadour around the time her debut album was released.



A few facts about Carly Simon:


  • Carly Simon was born in New York city.
  • Her father was Richard L Simon (co-founder of Simon & Schuster).
  • Her father was also a pianist who often played Chopin and Beethoven at home.
  • Her mother was a civil rights activist and singer.
  • Carly was part of a short-lived music group with her sister Lucy, as The Simon Sisters.
  • Carly wrote a second song about Cat Stevens "Legend in Your Own Time"
  • Carly was married to James Taylor from Nov 1972 to 1983
  • She was also married to James Hart from 1987 to 2007
  • She had breast cancer, but for years she refused to have the lump removed. It wasnt until her long-time friend Linda McCartney, who also had breast cancer, passed that she had the mastectomy and underwent chemotherapy.
  • Carly had two children with James Taylor, who are also musicians


A to Z Blogging Challenge Theme Reveal

I am super excited to tell you about an upcoming Challenge that I am participating in.

When I first saw this particular challenge almost 2 months ago - I wanted it to begin right then and there. The anticipation of this challenge has been KILLING me!

The challenge is called Blogging from A to Z.

Are you familiar with the author, Sue Grafton? She writes a best selling series of detective novels known as the "Alphabet Series" that started in "A" Is For Alibi up to her most recent "W" Is For Wasted.  The Blogging from A to Z Challenge goes along the same vein.

The Challenge has given specific dates for each letter of the alphabet to follow, so I had to adjust my regular schedule just a smidge, but all will work out in the end.



Of course, being that the topic of this blog is music and artists and the stories behind them, You can expect some great posts that will hopefully make you a little bit nostalgic and take you down memory lane. You might even find a hidden nugget along the way and discover a new to you artist or song.

Are you a blogger who wants to join in the challenge? It's not too late to sign up! you can do that here: A TO Z CHALLENGE SIGN UP/LIST [2015]

Can we just skip the next few days,and let it be April 1 already? The anticipation... it's making me wait!

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Guest: Alan Herbert

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Born in 75 I'm hitting my 40th birthday this summer.
Born of Irish parents in England, I was adopted by Americans. Spent time in an Orphanage run by Nuns and a boarding school for emotionally disturbed children. Diagnosed with depression.
Worked in many industries, retail, hospitality, food and customer service.
I moved to Ireland 10 years ago. Now I'm a stepfather to two boys, father to a son and now a daughter.
Between caring for Autistic stepson. Taxi to school and after school activities I blog over at Life with #Baby Pink and the Boys and can be found on twitter @omgitsagirl2015


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When I was selected to guest post I saw the post brief and thought. That's easy to write. We love music in  our house.  The TV is always on a music station, there are fights over what CD is played in the car.

Then after some thought the problem dawned on me. We all like different music and artists. The youngest loves One Direction, he's six and a boy. A life size poster of Niall Horan on his wall! I don't mind. He sings and dances away.

The eldest likes his dance and hip hop.
As for the middle one. He is Autistic and for the last six months all I've heard is Let it Go. Hopefully the new Frozen movie will have a new song.

Herself loves Garth Brooks and as for me I've not moved on from Queen, Genesis and a bit of Guns N Roses. Much to my dismay they show no interest. Thanks to Jedward they do listen to Under Pressure. Its a start.

Then quite by chance the youngest was going through an old mobile phone of mine and started playing. July by Mundy. #BabyPink started dancing in the bouncer, legs and arms going crazy.

Her brothers dancing around the sitting room. Even herself was singing away.

It's a great song, by an Irish Artist. On a day like today, the sun shining, a cool breeze blowing you can play this and it feels like summer has arrived.

We've finally found a song that everyone likes. Hopefully now we can slowly get them listening to the whole album. Live and Confusion. Has all his best songs on it. Galway Girl, To You I Bestow, Mexico and many more.

If you're ever driving through Tipperary and see a silver people carrier with Mundy blaring out, rocking from three kids bouncing in their seats and an out of tune 40 year old trying to sing. It's us, give us a beep and sing along.

mundy - july - YouTube
m.youtube.com/watch?v=H8J9gftIVR8


 


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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Weekend Mashup


Welcome to Weekend Mashup! 


A week or so ago, I introduced you to Ed Sheeran, and his song "Thinking Out Loud" (you can read about that HERE)

There's another artist that has been doing quite well in the charts and he managed to take home a large number of Grammy's this year. That would be Sam Smith.

Think of Sam Smith as the male version of Adele. His album and songs were derived from a broken heart. (We'll talk about the whole Tom Petty thing in a future post)

Now enter in 2 additional musicians. Sam Tsui and Casey Breves.

These 2 musicians (Sam Tsui and Casey Breves) have sat down and combined Ed Sheeran's "Thinking Out Loud" and Sam Smith's "I'm Not The Only One".

The end result is absolutely brilliant!

First the originals:

Ed Sheeran's Song:

https://youtu.be/lp-EO5I60KA




Sam Smith's Song:

https://youtu.be/nCkpzqqog4k




And now..  the masterpiece:

https://youtu.be/gGgakt3niys




What do you think? Did they do a good job or what?





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Friday, March 20, 2015

Free: All Right Now

The recent passing of Andy Fraser, has prompted me to write about this band. Andy Fraser recently passed due to complications from cancer and AIDS. He was a co-founder of this group, and co-writer of their best selling song.


Free were an English rock band formed in London in 1968 best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company along with Simon Kirke on drums. Lead guitarist Paul Kossoff formed Back Street Crawler and died from a drug-induced heart failure at the age of 25 in 1976. Bassist Andy Fraser formed Sharks.

The band was famed for its sensational live shows and nonstop touring. However, early studio albums did not sell very well – until the release of Fire and Water which featured the massive hit "All Right Now". The song helped secure them a place at the huge Isle of Wight Festival 1970 where they played to 600,000 people.

By the early 1970s, Free was one of the biggest-selling British blues rock groups; by the time the band dissolved in 1973, they had sold more than 20 million albums around the world and had played more than 700 arena and festival concerts. "All Right Now," remains a rock staple, and had been entered into ASCAP's "One Million" airplay singles club.

Rolling Stone has referred to the band as "British hard rock pioneers". The magazine ranked Rodgers No. 55 in its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", while Kossoff was ranked No. 51 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".




"All Right Now" originally appeared on the album Fire and Water, which Free recorded on the Island Records label, formed by Chris Blackwell. In 1991, the song was remixed and re-released, reaching #8 on the UK singles chart.

"All Right Now" was a #1 hit in over 20 territories and was recognised by ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in 1990 for garnering 1,000,000 plus radio plays in the U.S. by late 1989. In 2006 the BMI London awards included a Million Air award for 3 million air plays of All Right Now in the USA.

According to drummer Simon Kirke, "All Right Now" was written by bassist Andy Fraser and singer Paul Rodgers in the Durham Students' Union building, Dunelm House.

One of the engineers during the recordings of "All Right Now" was Roy Thomas Baker, who would later become Queen's producer (he mixed "Killer Queen", "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Don't Stop Me Now" among others).

https://youtu.be/htuxb-m4-ng






Hey did you know ...

You can now submit a request for a specific Artist, Song, or Theme
Check it out up at the top of the page under "Requests"

AND... while I have your attention...

Are you interested in becoming a Guest Blogger?
I am looking for AWESOME bloggers just like you!
There are only two requirements and it is a MUST

The Guest Post MUST be FAMILY FRIENDLY
The Guest Post MUST be MUSIC RELATED

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