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“Bob Seger – If I Were A Carpenter”

“Bob Seger – If I Were A Carpenter”

If I Were a Carpenter” is a song written by Tim Hardin. Hardin’s own recording of the piece appeared on his 1967 album Tim Hardin 2. It was one of two songs from that release (the other being “‘Misty Roses“) performed by Hardin at Woodstock

Cover versions
In 1966, it was a Top Ten hit for Bobby Darin, reaching number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] Bobby Darin also had an album If I Were A Carpenter, which contained the song.

  • In 1967 Joan Baez covered a gender-reversed version on her album Joan, initially renamed If You Were a Carpenterthough later compilations reverted to the original title.[3]
  • In 1968, The Four Tops hit the Top 20 on both the pop and soul charts with their version.[4] It also reached number eight in the UK charts in 1968 staying in the charts for 11 weeks.[5] It reached number four in the Netherlands.[6]
  • In 1970 a duet by Johnny Cash and June Carter went to number 2 on the country chart.[7]
  • In 1972, a cover by Bob Segerreached number 76 on the Billboard Hot 100.[8] The single was released from his album Smokin’ O.P.’s.[9]
  • According to the Discogs encyclopedia the song appears on 2287 singles, LPs or CDs. [10]
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    “Suspicious Mind – Elvis Presley”

    Suspicious Minds” is a song written and first recorded by American songwriter Mark James. After James’ recording failed commercially, the song was handed to Elvis Presley by producer Chips Moman, becoming a number one song in 1969, and one of the most notable hits of Presley’s career. “Suspicious Minds” was widely regarded as the single that returned Presley’s career success, following his ’68 Comeback Special. It was his eighteenth and last number-onesingle in the United States. Rolling Stoneranked it No. 91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.[5] Session guitarist Reggie Young played on both the James and Presley versions.

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    “5th Dimension – (Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All (Lyrics)”

    “5th Dimension – (Last Night) I Didn’t Get To Sleep At All (Lyrics)”

    (Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All” is a song written by Tony Macaulay and performed by The 5th Dimension with instrumental backing from L.A. session musicians from the Wrecking Crew. The song reached #2 on the adult contemporary chart, #8 on the Billboardchart, and #28 on the R&B chart in 1972. The song appeared on the band’s album Individually and Collectively.
    It became the group’s fifth and final platinum record.

    The track was produced by Bones Howe and arranged by Bill Holman.

    Tony Macaulay began work on the song while in Tokyo for the World Popular Song Festivalof 1972: he met fellow-attendees the Carpenters and was inspired to write a song emulating their hit “We’ve Only Just Begun” (Macaulay – “I liked the feel of that, the shuffle feel of it”). Macaulay recalls that due to changing time zones “I was awake all night and sleeping all day [in Tokyo]. So I just got up in the night and I wrote it”: although he was having sleepless nights it was not the song’s lyric but its melody that Macaulay wrote in Tokyo, the lyrics being completed after his return to London “(quote) in a taxi stuck in a traffic jam in London, in about an hour going from one side of London to another”. Macaulay sent a demo of the song to the Carpenters “(quote) They said they loved it and they’d do it. [Later] I got a phone call about 2 o’clock in the morning that woke me up (they hadn’t figured out the time change between here and America). They said ‘Oh, we can’t record it because it mentions sleeping pills and they are drugs and we don’t mention drugs.’ So I got up in the middle of the night and rewrote the last verse without the sleeping pills.” However Macaulay was not happy to change the lyric and Bones Howe contacted him the next week Macaulay pitched “(Last Night)…” for the 5th Dimension who recorded it with the sleeping pill reference intact.

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    “Always and Forever – Heat wave”

    Heatwave is an international funk/disco band formed in 1975. Its most popular lineup featured Americans Johnnie Wilder, Jr. and Keith Wilder (vocals) of Dayton, Ohio, Englishman Rod Temperton (keyboards), Swiss Mario Mantese (bass), Czechoslovak Ernest “Bilbo” Berger (drums), Jamaican Eric Johns (guitar) and Briton Roy Carter (guitar).

    They were known for their successful songs “Boogie Nights”, “Always and Forever”, and “The Groove Line”.

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    “Billy Joel – “Just The Way You Are”

    “Billy Joel – “Just The Way You Are”

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    EARLY CAREER

    Joel founded the Echoes, a group that specialized in British Invasion covers. When the Echoes became popular in New York, Joel left high school to become a professional musician. The Echoes began recording in 1965; Joel was originally hired by Snuff Garret as a pianist for Bobby Vee, however he was fired before doing any records or shows because he refused to wear the matching jackets the band was to wear.[citation needed] Joel (then 16) also played piano on several records released through Kama Sutra Productions and on recordings produced by Shadow Morton. Joel played on a demo version of Leader of the Pack, which would become a major hit for the Shangri-Las.

    In late 1965, the Echoes changed their name to the Emeralds and then to the Lost Souls. Joel left the band in 1967 to join the Hassles, a Long Island group that had signed with United Artists Records.[19] Over the next year and a half they released four singles and two albums (The Hassles and Hour of the Wolf). All were commercial failures. Joel and drummer Jon Small left the Hassles in 1969 to form the duo Attila, releasing an eponymous debut album in July 1970. The duo disbanded the following October when Joel began an affair with Small’s wife, Elizabeth, whom Joel eventually married.

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    “A Wink and a Smile by Harry Connick Jr.”

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    Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.[1] (born September 11, 1967)[1] is an American singer, musician, and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide.[2] Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales.[3] He has had seven top 20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history.[4]

    Connick’s best-selling album in the United States is his 1993 Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas, which is also one of the best selling Christmas albums in the United States. His highest-charting album is his 2004 release Only You, which reached No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 6 in Britain. He has won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He played Grace’s husband, Leo Markus, on the TV sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2006.

    Connick began his acting career as a tail gunner in the World War II film Memphis Belle in 1990. He played a serial killer in Copycat in 1995, before being cast as a jet fighter pilot in the 1996 blockbuster Independence Day. Connick’s first role as a leading man was in 1998’s Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock. His first thriller film since Copycat came in 2003 in the film Basic with John Travolta. Additionally, he played the violent ex-husband in Bug, before two romantic comedies, 2007’s P.S. I Love You, and the leading man in New in Town with Renée Zellweger in 2009. In 2011, he appeared in the family film Dolphin Tale as Dr. Clay Haskett and in the 2014 sequel, Dolphin Tale 2.

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    “Billy Joel – Piano Man”

    “Billy Joel – Piano Man”

    “Piano Man” is the first single released by Billy Joel. It was released on November 2, 1973, and has been included on several subsequent albums. Joel’s first major hit and his signature song, the song peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 1974.

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