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“Rita Coolidge – I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love”

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“I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love” is a song co-written by Peter Allen and Carol Bayer-Sager, popularized by Rita Coolidge in 1979, and recorded by a number of other artists.

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I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love” was a comeback single for Rita Coolidge in 1979. Of her four previous singles between 1978 and 1979, two had not charted, while two had been in the top 20 on the adult contemporary charts, though not in the top 10. In contrast, the Coolidge version of the “I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love” reached Number 3 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart, as well as charting highly elsewhere. It has been described as one of Coolidge’s “most triumphant performances”,[1] and was included on Coolidge’s Satisfied album (A&M, 1979).

Peter Allen recorded his own version of “I’d Rather Leave While I’m In Love”, included on his I Could Have Been a Sailor album (A&M, 1979), as did Carole Bayer Sager on her eponymous 1977 album. Other artists who have recorded the song include, Melanie,[2] Dusty Springfield,[3] Ann Peebles[4] and Carmen McRae.[5]

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Rita Coolidge (born May 1, 1945) is an American recording artist and songwriter. During the 1970s and 1980s, she charted hits on Billboard’s pop, country, adult contemporary and jazz charts[1] and won two Grammy Awards with fellow musician and former husband Kris Kristofferson.

Early Life

Coolidge was born in Lafayette, Tennessee. Coolidge attended Nashville’s Maplewood High School. She graduated from Andrew Jackson Senior High in Jacksonville, Florida. She is a member of Alpha Gamma Delta sorority.[2] She is of Scottish and self-identified Cherokee ancestry.[3]

Coolidge is a graduate of Florida State University. After singing around Memphis (including a stint singing jingles), she was discovered by Delaney & Bonnie, who took her to Los Angeles where, besides her work with Delaney & Bonnie, she became a popular background singer on many other people’s albums.[4] She sang for Leon Russell, Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Graham Nash, and Stephen Stills.[5] She was featured in Joe Cocker’s Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour and album, singing Russell’s and Bonnie Bramlett’s song “Superstar.” She became known as “The Delta Lady” and inspired Russell to write a song of the same name for her.[6]

In November 1970, she met Kris Kristofferson at the Los Angeles airport when they were both catching the same flight to Tennessee. He got off in Memphis with her, rather than continue to his intended destination in Nashville. The two married in 1973 and recorded several duet albums, which sold well and earned the duo a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1974 for From the Bottle to the Bottom, and in 1976 for Lover Please.

Coolidge’s greatest success on the pop charts came during 1977–1978 with four consecutive top 25 hits, covers of Jackie Wilson’s “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”, Boz Scaggs’ “We’re All Alone”, The Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, and Marcia Hines’ “You”.

Coolidge also was among the first hosts on VH1. In 2006, Coolidge recorded a standards album, And So Is Love.[5]

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“Before the next teardrop falls – Makali”

Before the next teardrop falls – Makali”

Makali, is seemingly an obscure artist who sings this duo with Beix. In
Makali’s musical associations are 4 main references: Mark Tau, music, PNG, One Blood. Makali could be from Hawaii, New Guinea, Samoa or some other part of the Pacific Islands/South Pacific Islands. What a beautiful twist their island voices give to this nostalgic Country song in an English and Island dialect duo.

The song was written in 1967 and had been recorded more than two dozen times. The song had achieved modest success in versions by various performers; the original version by Duane Dee reached #44 on the Billboard country chart in early 1968, and Linda Martell sent her version to #33 in early 1970. Jerry Lee Lewis recorded a version of the song on his 1969 album, Another Place Another Time.

In 1974, record producer Huey P. Meauxapproached Fender about overdubbing vocals for an instrumental track. Fender agreed, performing the song bilingual style — singing the first half of the song in English, then repeating that portion in Spanish.

“The recording only took a few minutes,” Fender once told an interviewer. “I was glad to get it over with and I thought that would be the last of it.”

However, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” immediately took off in popularity when released to country radio in January 1975. The song ascended to #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in March, spending two weeks atop the chart. Thereafter, the song caught on just as strongly at Top 40 radio stations and it was not long before Fender had a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit as well. Billboard ranked it as the No. 4 song for 1975.

The song is about a man’s undaunted determination to save his heart for the just-departed object of his deep (but unrequited) love, and sincere hope that should the woman’s new relationship not work out, she will remember his love and return to him. As originally composed, it is in thirty-two bar form (Fender’s bilingual recording stretches the piece to 48 bars).

A showcase of Fender’s tenor and Meaux’s Tex-Mex musical styling, “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” jump-started his career. (Fender’s career had stalled in 1960 after his arrest on drug charges.) In the months and years that followed, Fender recorded several bilingual standards which became major hits, most notably “Secret Love”.

BMI Songwriter Sterling Blythe claimed authorship and recalled having sold the rights to a portfolio of songs, among them “Before the Next Teardrop Falls”, for $4,500 to settle debts when he left Nashville for the West Coast prior to Fender’s recording.

Fender also has recorded a version fully in Spanish, entitled “Estare contigo cuando triste estas” (literally “I will be with you when you are sad”). The Spanish-language second verse in the English version, is the first verse of the fully Spanish version.

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MOBY-EXTREME WAYS

MOBY-EXTREME WAYS

Moby is an American electronic singer-songwriter known for songs like “Go” and “Porcelain,” and albums like Everything is Wrong and Play.

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Born in New York City in 1965, Moby is an electronic singer-songwriter known for such popular songs as “Go,” “Natural Blues” and “Porcelain,” and albums like Everything is Wrong, Animal Rightsand Play. He released his ninth studio album, Wait for Me, in 2013.

Early Life

Moby was born Richard Melville Hall on September 11, 1965, in Harlem, New York. However, his parents felt that such a grand name was unsuited for such a small, fragile child, and thusly decided to call him Moby, after the eponymous whale from Herman Melville’s classic novel. In fact (and as suggested by his middle name), Herman Melville is actually Moby’s great-great-great-great uncle. “I’ve tried to read the book several times,” Moby has said of the legendary novel Moby Dick, “but I never quite got through it.”

When Moby was born, his mother, Elizabeth McBride Warner-Hall, was a student, and his father, James Hall, was a young lecturer in the chemistry department at Columbia University. Theirs was a troubled marriage and, when Moby’s father died in an alcohol-related car crash in 1967, some hypothesized that the accident was a suicide. Moby was just 2 years old when he lost his father. Soon after his father’s death, Moby’s mother, who was then only 23 years old, moved the family to Darien, Connecticut. There, Moby’s maternal grandparents helped raise him while his mother finished her college degree.

With his mother and grandmother both working full-time, Moby was often left to his own devices. “I spent a lot of time by myself,” he once said of his childhood, “and a lot of time was spent at my grandmother’s house which was rambling and old and had big overgrown gardens, so there were a lot of places to get lost and entertain myself. I am grateful that as a little boy I had lots of strange and interesting places to play.”

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“Dale & Grace – I´m Leaving It All Up To You”

“Dale & Grace – I´m Leaving It All Up To You”

Artist Biography by Linda Seida

Dale & Grace began a short but successful career when they hit the top of U.S. charts in the autumn of 1963 with “I’m Leaving It Up to You.” The single, a cover of an earlier Don & Dewey song, was the pair’s first recording for the Montel label of Louisiana. Some credit it as the first swamp pop tune ever to claim the top spot on U.S. charts. The ballad also performed well in the U.K. but it did not enter the Top 40. Dale & Grace’s second single, “Stop and Think It Over,” became another hit for the duo when it rolled into the Top Ten in the U.S. that same year. Although the pair’s debut album landed in the Top 100 in the U.S., their next single, “The Loneliest Night,” was not as big a success as either of their first two singles or the album.

Dale Houston was a Mississippi native who grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was exposed to the area’s swamp pop and Cajun sounds. Grace Broussard hailed from Prairieville, LA, and was of Cajun descent. Van Broussard, her brother, helped forge the way for swamp pop. At various times, he performed in a duo with his sister, as half of Van & Titus, as a solo artist, and in later years led the Bayou Boogie Band. Dale & Grace had each worked as a solo act before forming their duo during the early ’60s. Before parting ways in 1964, they also put out records through Hanna-Barbera and Guyden. They got back together for a short period about 30 years later. Following a second split, Houston put out A Lot of Good Miles Left in Me. The solo album was released on the local Lanor label. Donny & Marie Osmond covered Dale & Grace’s first hit, “I’m Leaving It up to You,” in 1974, giving Don & Dewey’s song a third go-round and taking it into the Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic.

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“Bonnie Tyler – It’s A Heartache”

“Bonnie Tyler – It’s A    Heartache”

It’s a Heartache” is a song recorded by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler for her second studio album, Natural Force (1978). The song was recorded in the same year by Juice Newton as a standalone single. It was written by Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe, Tyler’s at-the-time managers, and produced by David Mackay.

Tyler’s version received positive reviews from music critics. The song reached number three in the United States and number four in the United Kingdom. With physical sales in excess of 6 million copies, Tyler’s version is one of the best-selling singles of all time. Tyler has re-recorded the song several times, most notably as a bilingual duet with French singer Kareen Antonn in 2004.

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“ANGEL OF THE MORNING – Juice Newton (Lyrics)”

“ANGEL OF THE MORNING – Juice Newton (Lyrics)”

Angel of the Morning” is a popular song, written and composed by Chip Taylor, that has been recorded numerous times by, or has been a hit single for, various artists including Evie Sands, Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton, Nina Simone, P. P. Arnold, Olivia Newton-John, The Pretenders/Chrissie Hynde, Dusty Springfield, Mary Mason, Melba Montgomery, Vagiant, Billie Davis, Bonnie Tyler, Rita Wilson, The New Seekers and Skeeter Davis.

Origins, the original recording, and subsequent versions

Written and composed by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor, actor Jonathan “Jon” Voight’s brother, “Angel of the Morning” was originally offered to Connie Francis to sing, but she turned it down because she thought that it was too risqué for her career. The song’s narrator describes her feelings about a one-night stand: “If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned, well, it was what I wanted now.”

Taylor produced a recording of the song with Evie Sands, but the financial straits of Cameo-Parkway Records, which had Sands on their roster, reportedly prevented either that version’s release or its distribution.

Other early recordings of the song were made in 1967 by Danny Michaels for Lee Hazlewood’s LHI label and by UK vocalist Billie Davis.

The song finally became a hit in 1968 through a recording by Merrilee Rush, made that January at American Sound Studios in Memphis, with Chips Moman and Tommy Cogbill producing. Rush had come to Memphis through the group she fronted, the Turnabouts, being the opening act for a Paul Revere and the Raiders tour. While in Memphis, the Raiders recorded the album Going to Memphis at American Sound Studios, an association which led to Rush’s discovery by Tommy Cogbill, who had been hoping to find the right voice for “Angel of the Morning”—he had kept a tape of the demo of that song constantly in his pocket for several months.

Written and composed by New York City-born songwriter Chip Taylor, actor Jonathan “Jon” Voight’s brother, “Angel of the Morning” was originally offered to Connie Francis to sing, but she turned it down because she thought that it was too risqué for her career. The song’s narrator describes her feelings about a one-night stand: “If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned, well, it was what I wanted now.”

Taylor produced a recording of the song with Evie Sands, but the financial straits of Cameo-Parkway Records, which had Sands on their roster, reportedly prevented either that version’s release or its distribution.

Other early recordings of the song were made in 1967 by Danny Michaels for Lee Hazlewood’s LHI label and by UK vocalist Billie Davis.

The song finally became a hit in 1968 through a recording by Merrilee Rush, made that January at American Sound Studios in Memphis, with Chips Moman and Tommy Cogbill producing. Rush had come to Memphis through the group she fronted, the Turnabouts, being the opening act for a Paul Revere and the Raiders tour. While in Memphis, the Raiders recorded the album Going to Memphis at American Sound Studios, an association which led to Rush’s discovery by Tommy Cogbill, who had been hoping to find the right voice for “Angel of the Morning”—he had kept a tape of the demo of that song constantly in his pocket for several months.

Rush recorded the song and the tracks which would comprise her Angel of the Morning album with the American Sound house band, even though the single and the album would be credited to the group “Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts.”

The single version was released in February 1968, and reached the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 that June, peaking at No. 7. A No. 1 hit in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and also gave Rush a hit in the Netherlands (No. 4). The song earned Rush a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary-Pop Vocal Performance, Female.

Rush recorded a new version of the song for her 1977 eponymous album release. (Rush’s version of “Angel of the Morning” would be featured on the soundtrack of the 1999 film Girl, Interrupted, whose time frame is 1967 and 1968, in which author-composer Chip Taylor’s niece Angelina Jolie had a starring role.)

In the United Kingdom, where Rush’s version stalled at No. 55, a rendition by P. P. Arnold,who had sung background on the 1967 Billie Davis version, reached No. 29 in August 1968.

In 1970 a rendition by Connie Eaton reached No. 34 on the Billboard C&W charts.

In 1977, Mary Mason also had a UK Top 30 hit with her version, which was actually a medley of two Chip Taylor songs, “Angel of the Morning” and “Any Way That You Want Me,” reaching No. 27.

Also in 1977 the British act Guys ‘n’ Dolls had a hit in the Netherlands with the song, and their version reached No. 11 on the Dutch charts.

In 1978 a release by Melba Montgomery reached No. 22 on the Billboard C&W chart

The highest-charting and best-selling version in the United States was recorded and released in 1981 by country-rock singer Juice Newton for her album Juice. Newton re-interpreted the song at the suggestion of Steve Meyer, who promoted Capitol Records singles and albums to radio stations and felt a version of “Angel of the Morning” by Newton would be a strong candidate for airplay. Newton would state that she would never have herself thought of recording “Angel of the Morning,” and even though she immediately recognized the song when Meyer played it for her (quote): “I [hadn’t been] really aware of that song because…when [it] was popular I was listening to folk music and R&B and not Pop, and that was a very Pop song.”

Newton’s version reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 22 on the Billboard country music chart, and spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart in April of that year. The recording also earned Newton a Grammy nomination, and in the same category as Rush’s 1968 hit. More than 1 million units of Newton’s single of the song were sold in the United States, and the single reached the Top 10 in a number of other countries, including Canada and Australia. Notably, Newton’s video for “Angel of the Morning” was the first country-music music video aired on MTV; it first aired in 1981. In the UK, this recording reached No. 43 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the song’s third appearance on that chart without becoming a truly major hit. (Newton recorded the song again in 1998 for her The Trouble with Angels album.)

The song “Angel,” released by reggae artist Shaggy, heavily samples “Angel of the Morning,” using the melody, but with different words, for the sung refrain. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending March 31, 2001.

Swedish singer Jill Johnson released “Angel of the Morning,” with lyrics in English, in 2007 from her album of cover versions, Music Row. This version peaked at No. 30 at the Swedish singles chart.

 
 

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“Kimmie Rhodes ~ I’m Not An Angel”

Kimmie Rhodes (born March 6, 1954) is a singer-songwriter who has written multi-platinum selling songs. Among the artists who have recorded her songs are Willie Nelson, Wynonna Judd, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant, CeCe Winans, Joe Ely, John Farnham, Waylon Jennings, Peter Frampton, Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. She has recorded and released a total of sixteen solo CDs, written and produced three musicals and published a novella/cookbook, served as an associate producer for a documentary, They Called Us Outlaws presented by the Country Music Hall Of Fame and produced radio documentary/music programming for her show Radio Dreams, which focused on the history of American roots music and artists. She has also appeared in multiple films and a theatre production, Is There Life After Lubbock? Her songs have appeared on multiple television and film soundtracks. She has established and released her own records on her label, Sunbird Music for over 25 years. Kimmie’s promotional tours created a solid fan base in the U.K., Ireland and Europe. She has headlined with her band at festivals throughout the world and has appeared on many European and American TV and radio broadcasts and at Willie Nelson’s Farm Aid concerts and July 4 Picnics. Together with Willie Nelson she recorded two of her originals for his album Just One Love and a duet CD, “Picture in a Frame”. She lives and records in Austin and tours internationally with her son and producer/multi-instrumentalist, Gabriel Rhodes.

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