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“Train – Hey Soul Sister (Lyrics)” 

“Train – Hey Soul Sister (Lyrics)” 

“Hey, Soul Sister” is a song by the American rock band,  Train. It was written by lead singer Patrick Monahan, Amund Bjørklund, and Espen Lind. It was released as the lead single from the band’s fifth studio album, Save Me, San Francisco (2009).

The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and is Train’s highest-charting song to date. As of September 21, 2012, it had sold over 6 million digital copies in the US.[1] It was the top-selling song on the iTunes Store in 2010,[2] and the second overall best-selling song in the US in 2010.[3] It is also the band’s most commercially successful single to date, reaching number one in 16 countries. The single received a 6x platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on September 21, 2012, signifying sales of over 6 million copies.[4] The live iTunes version of “Hey, Soul Sister” garnered a Grammy Award for Train at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. The song was not eligible for any Grammy Award in the General Field


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The Town I Live In – McKinley Mitchell

The Town I Live In – McKinley Mitchell

McKinley Mitchell (December 25, 1934 – January 18, 1986) was an American Chicago-based blues and rhythm and bluessinger, who started out performing gospel music. His first recorded single was for Boxer Records around 1959. His big break came with his 1962 record, “The Town I Live In,” which became a national R&B hit on the One-der-ful label in Chicago. “The Town I Live In” peaked at number eight on the US BillboardR&B chart.

In his later career Mitchell returned to Mississippi and recorded “I Won’t Be Back for More” in 1984.

He was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and died in Chicago Heights, Illinois, from a heart attack in January 1986, at the age of 51.

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“Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas (The Original)” 

“Charles Brown – Please Come Home For Christmas (The Original)” 

Please Come Home for Christmas” is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position #76. It appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting #1 in 1972.[3] It includes a number of characteristics of Christmas music, such as multiple references in the lyrics to the Christmas season and Christmas traditions, and the use of a Church bell type sound, created using a piano, at the start of the song. It is sometimes referred to as “Bells Will Be Ringing“, which are the first four words of the song.

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“Night Train – James Brown

“Night Train – James Brown


“Night Train” is a twelve-bar blues instrumental standard first recorded by Jimmy Forrest in 1951.

Origins and development
“Night Train” has a long and complicated history. The piece’s opening riff was first recorded in 1940 by a small group led by Duke Ellington sideman Johnny Hodges under the title “That’s the Blues, Old Man”. Ellington used the same riff as the opening and closing theme of a longer-form composition, “Happy-Go-Lucky Local”, that was itself one of four parts of his Deep South Suite. Forrest was part of Ellington’s band when it performed this composition, which has a long tenor saxophone break in the middle. After leaving Ellington, Forrest recorded “Night Train” on United Records and had a major rhythm & blues hit. While “Night Train” employs the same riff as the earlier recordings, it is used in a much earthier R&B setting. Forrest inserted his own solo over a stop-time rhythm not used in the Ellington composition. He put his own stamp on the tune, but its relation to the earlier composition is obvious.

Like Illinois Jacquet’s solo on “Flying Home”, Forrest’s original saxophone solo on “Night Train” became a veritable part of the composition, and is usually recreated in cover versions by other performers. Buddy Morrow’s trombone transcription of Forrest’s solo from his big-band recording of the tune is similarly incorporated into many performances.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) credits the composition to Jimmy Forrest and Oscar Washington.

James Brown version
James Brown recorded “Night Train” with his band in 1961. His performance replaced the original lyrics of the song with a shouted list of cities on his East Coast touring itinerary (and hosts to black radio stations he hoped would play his music) along with many repetitions of the song’s name. (Brown would repeat this lyrical formula on “Mashed Potatoes U.S.A.” and several other recordings.) He also played drums on the recording. Originally appearing as a track on the album James Brown Presents His Band and Five Other Great Artists, it received a single release in 1962 and became a hit, charting #5 R&B and #35 Pop.[5]

A live version of the tune was the closing number on Brown’s 1963 album Live at the Apollo. Brown also performs “Night Train” along with his singing group The Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett, and Lloyd Stallworth) on the 1964 motion picture/concert film The T.A.M.I. Show.

Brown’s backing band The J.B.’s would later incorporate the main saxophone line of “Night Train” in their instrumental single “All Aboard The Soul Funky Train”, released on the 1975 album Hustle with Speed.



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“ELTON JOHN – Sad Songs (Say So Much)”


“Sad Songs (Say So Much)” is a song by Elton John and is the closing track on the 1984 album Breaking Hearts. It reached the No 5 on the U.S. chart. The lyrics describe how it sometimes helps for someone who is feeling sad, or who has lost a partner, to listen to old radio blues classics. In the years since its issue, radio airplay has been modest compared with some of John’s other 80s singles.

The music video, directed by Russell Mulcahy and shot on a street in Rushcutters Bay, Sydney, featured John without his familiar trademark glasses in some scenes. The single sleeve likewise featured John with no glasses.

John performed the song on One Night Only: The Greatest Hits Live at Madison Square Garden with Canadian rock star Bryan Adams. In 2013, John was joined by Rod Stewart in a special performance of the song at the London Palladium after being presented with first Brits Icon award in recognition of his “lasting impact” on UK culture.[1]

The song and the music video were both utilized in an early 1980s TV advertisement for Sasson Designer Jeans, altering the lyrics of the song to “Sasson says so much.”[2]


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“SPINNERS – Could It Be I’m Falling In Love”


You’re watching the official vinyl video for The Spinners – “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” originally released by Atlantic Records on the 1972 album “Spinners”. This Philadelphia Soul classic peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972-73.

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“AMOS LEE – SWEET PEA (with lyrics)”

“AMOS LEE – SWEET PEA (with lyrics)”


Amos Lee (born Ryan Anthony Massaro, is an American singer-songwriter whose musical style encompasses folk, rock and soul. He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in English. After working as a schoolteacher and bartender he began to pursue a career in music. His manager submitted a demo recording to Blue Note Records which resulted in a recording contract and an association with singer Norah Jones.


After returning to Philadelphia, Lee worked as a second grade school teacher at the Mary McLeod Bethune School and as a bartender at local music venues. He performed at “open mic” events in the area and, through his contacts with promoters, was hired as an opening act for artists like Mose Allison and B.B. King.[7]

In 2003, Lee’s manager sent a four-song demo CD to several record labels, and the representative at Blue Note Records was “immediately struck by his [Lee’s] voice”.[8] Afterwards, Norah Jones heard Lee’s music while visiting the record company and invited Lee to be the opening act for her 2004 tour.[5]

The friendship between Lee’s manager and the manager for Bob Dylan resulted in Lee touring with Dylan as his opening act in early 2005.[7][11][12][13] Later Lee began touring on his own and recorded his self-titled and “widely praised” debut album of “subtle, folky soul”[6][10][14][15] which included vocals and instrumentation by Norah Jones and members of her band.[8] After it was released, the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart and Lee was named one of Rolling Stone’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch.”[9][16] One song from the album, called “Colors”, appeared on the TV show Grey’s Anatomy and in the film Just Like Heaven.[17] Lee’s music received additional media attention when he performed on late night TV shows such as the Late Show with David Letterman[18] and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[19]

In 2006, Lee recorded his second album, Supply and Demand which was produced by Barrie Maguire. An NPR Music reviewer described it as having “more complicated instrumentation and production” than his prior work.[15] The song “Shout Out Loud” was released as a single and peaked at No. 76 on the Billboard 200,[20] and another song, called

“Sweet Pea”,

was used in an ad campaign.[17]


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