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“J’ATTENDRAIS – Jill Barber” 

“J’ATTENDRAIS – Jill Barber” 

J’attendrai” (French for “I will wait”[1]) is a popular French song first recorded by Rina Ketty in 1938. It became the big French song during World War II; a counterpart to Lale Andersen‘s Lili Marleen in Germany and Vera Lynn‘s We’ll Meet Again in Britain.

“J’attendrai” is actually a French version of the Italian song “Tornerai” (Italian for “You Will Return”[2]) ISWC: T-005.001.119-2 composed by Dino Olivieri (music) and Nino Rastelli (lyrics) in 1936, said to be inspired from the Humming Chorus of Puccini‘s Opera “Madame Butterfly“. It was first recorded in 1937 by both Carlo Buti and Trio Lescano (accompanied by the Italian jazz quartet Quartetto Jazz Funaro[3]),[4]and become a huge hit in Italy.

The French lyrics were written by Louis Poterat,[5] and “J’attendrai” became an instant success. Rina Ketty’s version was followed the same year by one of Belgian chanteuse Anne Clercy, and both Tino Rossi and Jean Sablon recorded it in 1939. When France was occupied in 1940, it quickly became the big French war song, with the love song’s title being interpreted as meaning waiting for peace and/or liberation.

The French version of this Italian song became so well known across Europe that it was often called “J’attendrai” even when recorded instrumentally, such the two versions recorded by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli in 1938, or referred to as the original source when sung in other languages, such as Richard Tauber‘s British “Au revoir” (1945, with lyrics by Bruce Sievier) and Bing Crosby‘s and Hildegarde‘s American “I’ll Be Yours” (both 1945 with lyrics by Anna Sosenko).

There were also German versions (“Komm zurück”, lyrics by Ralph Maria Siegel), sung by both Rudi Schuricke and Horst Winter on recordings made in 1939.[4] The song became known in Denmark as “Kun for dig” (1939, lyrics by Victor Skaarup); in Norway as “Kun for deg” (1939); in Sweden as “Blott för dig'” (1940, lyrics by Tor Bergström); in Poland as “Czekam cię” (recorded in 1939 by Mieczysław Fogg with lyrics by Andrzej Włast); in Czechoslovakia as “Věřím vám” (recorded by both Rudolf Antonín Dvorský and Oldřich Kovář with lyrics by Karel Kozel); and in Lithuania as “Ak, sugrįžk” (with lyrics by Adelė Lenartavičienė).

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Jill. Barber’s 
J’ATTENDRAIS/ I’ll Wait. (English translation)
Flowers fade, fire goes out
The shadow slips into the garden
The clock weaves very weary sound
I think I hear your step

The wind brings me distant sounds
Watching my door I listen in vain
Alas nothing more, nothing comesI will wait, day and night
I will always wait
Your come back
I will wait because the bird
Who fled comes to seek oblivion
In her nest

Time passes and short
Sadly beating in my heart so heavy
And yet I will wait for your return will wait, day and night
I will always wait
Your come back
I will wait because the bird
Who fled comes to seek oblivion
In her nest

Time passes and short
Sadly beating in my heart so heavy
And yet I will wait for your return

 

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Tina Turner – You’d Better Be Good To Me

Tina Turner – You’d Better Be Good To Me

Better Be Good to Me” is a hit rock song, written by Mike ChapmanNicky Chinn and Holly Knight, featured on Tina Turner‘s fifth studio albumPrivate Dancer (1984). The song was originally recorded and released in 1981 by Spider, a band from New York City with co-writer Holly Knight as a member. Tina Turner’s version was successful in the United States on the Hot 100 and the US R&B/Hip-Hop chart. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 and number six on the US R&B/Hip-hop chart. At the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985, it won Best Rock Vocal Performance, Female, one of four Grammys awarded to Turner in that ceremony.[1]

 
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Posted by on June 19, 2017 in female vocalist, music, r&b, rock

 

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“♫ The Mamas And The Papas ♪ California Dreamin’ ♫ 

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The Mamas & the Papas were an American folk rock vocal group that recorded and performed from 1965 to 1968, reuniting briefly in 1971. They released five studio albums and seventeen singles, six of which made the top ten and sold close to 40 million records worldwide.[1] The group was composed of John Phillips (1935–2001), Denny Doherty (1940–2007), Cass Elliot (1941–1974), and Michelle Phillips née Gilliam (b. 1944). Their sound was based on vocal harmonies arranged by John Phillips,[2] the songwriter, musician, and leader of the group who adapted folk to the new beat style of the early sixties.

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“MADONNA – BORDERLINE”

“Borderline” is a song by American singer Madonna from her eponymous debut studio album Madonna (1983). It was released on February 15, 1984 by Sire Records as the album’s fifth single. Written and composed by producer Reggie Lucas, the song was remixed by Madonna’s then-boyfriend John “Jellybean” Benitez. She used a refined and expressive voice for the song. Its lyrics dealt with the subject of a love that is never fulfilled.

Contemporary critics and authors applauded the song, calling it harmonically the most complex song from the Madonna album and complimenting the dance-pop nature of the song. “Borderline” became Madonna’s first top ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number ten. In the United Kingdom it reached number two after it was re-released as a single in 1986. Elsewhere, the song reached the top 10 or top 20 of a number of European nations while peaking the singles chart of Ireland. The song was placed at 84 on Blender magazine’s “The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born”, while Time included it on the critic list “All-Time 100 Songs”.

The accompanying music video portrayed Madonna with a Latin-American man as her boyfriend. She was enticed by a British photographer to pose and model for him, but later returned to her original boyfriend. The video generated interest amongst academics, who noted the use of power as symbolism in it. With the video, Madonna was credited for breaking the taboo of interracial relationships and was considered one of her career-making moments. The release of the video on MTV increased Madonna’s popularity further. Madonna has performed the song on her Virgin Tour (1985) and the Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008), where a punk-rock version of the song was performed. “Borderline” has been covered by a number of artists, including Duffy, Jody Watley, Counting Crows, and The Flaming Lips.

“Borderline” was recorded in February 1983 and ushered a change from the normal vocal tone expressed by Madonna in her songs.[3] A sentimental track, the song talks about a love that is never quite fulfilled.[4] According to author Santiago Fouz-Hernández in his book Madonna’s drowned worlds, the lyrics of the song like “Something in way you love me won’t let me be/I don’t want to be your prisoner so baby won’t you set me free” depicted a rebellion against male chauvinism.[5] Madonna used a refined and expressive voice to sing the song, backed by Lucas’s instrumentations.[4] Considered as the best example of the working relationship between Lucas and Madonna, he pushed her to find emotional depth in the song. Although sounding icy, the chorus is contemporary in style and the vocal range for this song, was later used by Madonna as her own personal range through her whole music career.[6] It opens with a keyboard rich intro played on a Fender-Rhodes Electric Piano and a catchy synth melody provided by Fred Zarr.[7] Bass player Anthony Jackson doubled Dean Gant’s synth bass to provide a solid and more complex texture.[7]

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NO DOUBT… “IT’S MY LIFE !” 

NO DOUBT… “IT’S MY LIFE !” 

No Doubt is an American rock band from Anaheim, California, that formed in 1986. Since 1995, the group has consisted of vocalist Gwen Stefani, guitarist and keyboardist Tom Dumont, bassist and keyboardist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young. Since the mid-1990s in live performances they have been supported by trumpeter Stephen Bradley and trombonist Gabrial McNair.

The ska sound of their first album No Doubt (1992) failed to make an impact. The Beacon Street Collection (1996) is a raw expression of their sound, inspired by ska punk and released independently by the band under their own record label. The album sold over 100,000 copies in 1995, over three times as many as their first album sold. The band’s diamond-certified album Tragic Kingdom (1995) helped launch the third-wave ska revival of the 1990s, and “Don’t Speak”, the third single from the album, set a record when it spent 16 weeks at the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.

The group’s next album, Return of Saturn (2000), despite the Top 40 hit single “Simple Kind of Life”, did not match the success of their previous but received critical praise and was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 43rd Grammy Awards. Fifteen months later, the band reappeared with Rock Steady (2001), which incorporated reggae and dancehall music into their work. The album was primarily recorded in Jamaica and featured collaborations with Jamaican artists Bounty Killer, Sly and Robbie, and Lady Saw. The album produced two Grammy-winning singles, “Hey Baby” and “Underneath It All”, as well as “Hella Good.” On 22 November 2002, No Doubt received the Key to the City of Anaheim, given by the Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Daly in Disneyland during the band’s appearance on ‘Breakfast with Kevin and Bean’ (KROQ-FM) where they performed five songs.[2] After a 2004 tour the band embarked on solo projects, with Stefani releasing two successful solo albums Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004) and The Sweet Escape (2006) while Tom Dumont released his own solo music project, Invincible Overlord. In 2008, the band resumed working slowly on their sixth effort, titled Push and Shove (2012), and released their single “Settle Down”. They have sold over 33 million albums worldwide.

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“IRENE CARA – WHAT A FEELING (WITH LYRICS)” 

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Irene Cara (born Irene Cara

Escalera; March 18, 1959)[1][2] is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She became famous for her role as Coco Hernandez in the 1980 film Fame, earning her a Golden Globe nomination, and her recording of the song “Fame” became an international hit. Cara won an Academy Award in 1984 in the category of Best Original Song for co-writing “Flashdance

What a Feeling”,

which also became an international hit.[3]

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Early life

Boggs describes Cara as a “perfectionist” “who works on a song until absolutely satisfied with it”. Ebony[4]

Cara appeared in on-and off-Broadway theatrical shows including the musicals Ain’t Misbehavin’, The Me Nobody Knows (which won an Obie Award), Maggie Flynn opposite Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy, and Via Galactica with Raúl Juliá.

Cara was the original Daisy Allen on the 1970s daytime serial Love of Life. Next came her role as Angela in romance/thriller Aaron Loves Angela, followed by her portrayal of the title character in Sparkle. Television brought Cara international acclaim for serious dramatic roles in two outstanding mini-series, Roots: The Next Generations and Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones.

John Willis’ Screen World, Vol. 28, named her one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1976”; that same year, a readers’ poll in Right On! magazine named her Top Actress.

Cara graduated from the Professional Children’s School in Manhattan, a rival of the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art. Coincidentally, LaGuardia High was the inspiration for the performing arts school in her third movie, Fame, along with The Juilliard School. When she attended high school, it was called the School of Performing Arts. In 1984 the High School of Music & Art was merged with the School of Performing Arts (founded in 1948 by Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia) to become LaGuardia High.

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“Stitches – Shawn Mendes (Whitney Woerz Cover) LIVE”


Whitney Woerz, born October 22, 2000, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She has made numerous appearances on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. In January 2015 she began recording her debut EP, set to release in November. In August 2015, Whitney also recorded an album of covers at the legendary FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. There, she found connections to her musical roots that doubled as inspiration and added a sense of rawness to her music. Glenn Rosenstein (Madonna, U2), mixed and produced Whitney’s recordings for a series titled, “The Fame Sessions:  LIVE from Muscle Shoals.” The videos, available on YouTube and other social media outlets, earned over 1.2 million views in less than four weeks.
Through continued collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer, Glenn Rosenstein, Whitney will release her first EP, Behind the Smile, in November 2015. Behind the Smile highlights Whitney’s search for direction as she faces the challenges of being both an artist and a teenager. The album also incorporates subtle imagery of a vintage Polaroid. Like her music, the camera reflects happy faces that carry stories hidden behind a veneer.  Such themes exemplify Whitney’s strength as a songwriter while simultaneously reflecting an awareness of relevant teen issues.

Whitney has also helped raise awareness by participating in anti-bullying programs. Her advocacy against bullying coupled with her experience helping friends with depression has helped create a foundation for her musical wisdom. Together with the music label Black Vine, Whitney has officially committed to sharing a portion of her music profits with the organization LETS Bring Change 2 Mind, chaired by Glenn Close. Bringchange2mind.org is “a non-profit organization working together to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.”

Whitney continues to develop a sincere and affirmative message. The journey to FAME studios led her to find her own musical roots and embrace self expression while her life experiences provide insight to advocate awareness of serious social issues. This unique combination has helped Whitney gain recognition with fans. Her impressive artistry spread quickly across social media, resonating with a wide and varied audience. The November 2015 release of Behind the Smile stands to illuminate Whitney’s talent and personality as she connects with fans, affecting them with a message of hope and inspiration.

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