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“Make Me Yours” is a 1967 song written by Bettye Swann (Betty Jean Champion) and produced by Arthur Wright,[1] which became a crossover hit for the Louisiana-born Swann. The single went to number one on the Billboard “Hot R&B” chart for two weeks in July 1967 and also peaked at number twenty-one on the pop singles chart.[2]

Betty Barton (born Betty Jean Champion; October 24, 1944), better known by the stage name Bettye Swann, is a retired American singer. She is best known for her 1967 hit song “Make Me Yours”.

She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, one of 14 children. She grew up in Arcadia, Louisiana, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. Although some sources state that she was in a vocal group known as The Fawns who recorded for Money Records in 1964, she has refuted this, saying that she sang with a trio in Arcadia by that name.[1]

In 1964, she started a solo singing career, changing her name to Bettye Swann at the prompting of local DJ Al Scott, who became her manager. After a minor hit with the self-penned “Don’t Wait Too Long”, her big breakthrough came with “Make Me Yours”, which topped the Billboard R&B charts in July 1967 and made #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] In 1968, she split with Scott, moved to Georgia, won a new contract with Capitol Records, and had another hit in 1969 with her cover of the Jeannie Seely hit “Don’t Touch Me” (#14 R&B, #38 Hot 100).

In 1972, she transferred to Atlantic Records and had a couple of minor hits with “Victim of a Foolish Heart” (later covered by Joss Stone) and Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again”. After leaving Money records she lived for a short time in Athens, Georgia.[1] She continued to record until the mid-1970s, but with little commercial success.

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“Sheena Easton – My Baby Takes The Morning Train”

“9 to 5” (or “Morning Train”) is the title of a popular song written by British songwriter Florrie Palmer and recorded by Sheena Easton in 1980, becoming her biggest hit. It peaked at number three in the United Kingdom in August 1980 and was certified gold.[1] It was released in the United States (under the title “Morning Train (9 to 5)” to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton’s recent hit “9 to 5”) in February 1981, where it reached number one, becoming Easton’s only number one chart-topper.



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“Dionne Warwick – Don’t Make Me Over”

“Don’t Make Me Over” is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, originally recorded by Dionne Warwick in August 1962 and released in the fall of 1962.

Marie Dionne Warwick (/ˈdiːɒn ˈwɒrɪk/; née Warrick; born December 12, 1940) is a US singer, actress, and television show host who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization and a United States Ambassador of Health. source


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Renee Olstead – Thanks for the Boogie Ride

Renee Olstead (born June 18, 1989) is an American actress and singer. Active since childhood as an actress, she is best known for her roles on the CBS sitcom Still Standing and on the drama The Secret Life of the American Teenager as Madison Cooperstein. In addition, she has recorded four studio albums, primarily of jazz music.

Olstead was born in Kingwood, Texas, to Christopher Eric Olstead and Rebecca Lynn Jeffries. Olstead is of Norwegian ancestry.[1][2][3] As a child actress, she made films and commercials from age eight onwards. She also attended Centre Stage theatrical school and is mentioned on their website’s list of alumni.

Thanks For The Boogie Ride This song is by erin mckeown and appears on the album Sing You Sinners (2006).

McKeown’s music is difficult to categorize. It touches on pop, swing, rock, folk, and electronic music, as well as many other genres. source

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“kd lang constant craving” 


Kathryn Dawn Lang, OC (born November 2, 1961), known by her stage name k.d. lang, is a Canadian pop and country singer-songwriter and occasional actress.

Lang has won both Juno Awards and Grammy Awards for her musical performances; hits include “Constant Craving” and “Miss Chatelaine”. She has contributed songs to movie soundtracks and has collaborated with musicians such as Roy Orbison, Tony Bennett, Elton John, Anne Murray, Ann Wilson, and Jane Siberry.[1]

Lang first earned international recognition in 1988 when she performed, as “The Alberta Rose”, at the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.[11]

Lang’s career received a huge boost when Roy Orbison chose her to record a duet of his standard, “Crying, ” a collaboration that won them the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1989. The song was used in the Jon Cryer film Hiding Out released in 1987. Due to the success of the song, Lang received the Entertainer of the Year award from the Canadian Country Music Association. Lang would win the same award for the next three years, in addition to two Female Vocalist of the Year awards in 1988 and 1989.

1988 marked the release of Shadowland, an album of torch country produced by Owen Bradley. In late 1988, Shadowland was named Album of the Year by the Canadian Country Music Association. That year she also performed “Turn Me Round” at the closing ceremonies of the XV Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, and sang background vocals with Jennifer Warnes and Bonnie Raitt for Orbison’s acclaimed television special, Roy Orbison and Friends, A Black and White Night.


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“Keiko Kimura – Good Morning”

Keiko Kimura debuted in 1988 with the album “Style”. Since then, 6 singles, and 4 original, 1 best albums has been released until now.
(Wikipedia, Keiko Kimura)

In 1991, she formed a Bossa Nova unit “Quelqu’un”(somebody) with Haruo Kubota and released 3 albums till 1993.

She is also known as a collector of the vintage “Barbie” dolls, which were exclusively produced and marketed in Japan in the 1960’s.

A photo book of her collection was published in the US in 1994 under the title of “Barbie in Japan(Amazon)” from “Hobby House Pr Inc” authored by Keiko Kimura.

The small column of the Barbie dolls used to be here, but has been moved to the separate page, because it is a litle long.

Please click here to see the article if you are interested in.

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Sara Lorenz – I Say Yes To You (Ich sag Ja zu dir)”

Born into a musical relationship, Sara Lorenz appeared in her early years with her cousins of the artist family Die Rinks. She also sang as a child on productions of children’s songwriter Rolf Zuckowski and played and sang in the musical radio play series Christopher Kirchenmaus by Helmut Jost.

In 1997 she formed the successful girl band Sharona with her cousins Tina and Lisa Rink. So sold her debut album well over 10,000 times. The band also received the 2001 Promicon Award for Newcomer of the Year.

After graduation, Sara Lorenz attended Hillsong International Leadership College at Hillsong Church in Sydney for two years. On her return to Germany Sara Lorenz moved to Berlin to support the newly founded church ICF Berlin. Together with the congregation praise team, she produced the EP Indescribable. She has also worked on numerous concept albums of Christian music producers such as Albert Frey, Jochen Rieger and Arne Kopfermann, and participated in projects such as Celebrate Jesus !, In Love With Jesus, You Are Lord and Promise Land.

As a guest and in the opening act, Sara Lorenz performed at both Willow Creek and international celebrity praise celebrities like Michael W. Smith.

In March 2007, Sara Lorenz released her solo debut Overflowing with all her own songs. One year later, her band Sharona reunited in 2008 with a new member and released their third album Hand In Hand. In 2010, Sara Lorenz’s second album I See You. In addition to her musical career, she studied theology in distance learning at the Institute for Community Construction and World Mission in Zurich.

Sara Lorenz now lives in Herten, Westphalia. Since 2008 she is married to Renke Bohlen. In 2012 she gave birth to her first daughter. [3] She is an ambassador for World Vision

Lyrics Translation in English

I put my hand in yours
and my head on your chest.
I hear your heart,

it beats for me.
I am at home in your arm.
I feel the kiss on my forehead
and my heart knows,
beats for you.
You are the prince of my dreams,
the answer to my prayer.
When our worlds unite, we are the miracle that happens.

I say “yes” to you, forever.
I say “yes” to you, forever.
are you weak or strong,
at night and in the day
I said yes to you.

I look deep into your eyes,
I want to know you and see you in your soul.
You’re beautiful.
The words you speak are balm.
Wind in my sails,
Power to get up,
to go ahead
I would like to be your best friend,
the answer to your prayer.
If we love each other and are faithful to each other,
we are a miracle that happens.

“I say ‘yes’ to you, forever. – Sara Lorenz

I say “yes” to you, for ALWAYS.
I say “yes” to you, for ALWAYS.
Are you weak or strong,
at night and in the day
Did I say yes to you,
I say “yes” to you, for ALWAYS.
Are you weak or strong,
at night and in the day
I said yes to you.

We command our ways
to the god of miracles.
We go in his blessing, because
He does everything well.

He says “yes” to you, for ALWAYS.
He says “yes” to me, for ALWAYS.
Are we weak or strong,
at night and in the day
he said yes to us.
I say “yes” to you, for ALWAYS.
Are you weak or strong,
at night and in the day
Did I say “yes” to you?
I say “yes”


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