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“Stevie Wonder – Blowin’ In The Wind”

“Blowin’ in the Wind” is a song written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and released as a single and on his album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan in 1963. Although it has been described as a protest song, it poses a series of rhetorical questions about peace, war, and freedom. The refrain “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind” has been described as “impenetrably ambiguous: either the answer is so obvious it is right in your face, or the answer is as intangible as the wind”.

Blowin’ in the Wind” has been recorded by hundreds of artists. The most commercially successful version is by folk music trio Peter, Paul and Mary, who released the song in June 1963, three weeks after The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was issued. Albert Grossman, then managing both Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary, brought the trio the song which they promptly recorded (on a single take) and released. The trio’s version, which was the title track of their third album, peaked at number 2 on the Billboard charts. The group’s version also went to number one on the Middle-Road charts for five weeks.

Other notable recordings include those by Sielun Veljet, who released it as a single, and Stevie Wonder, whose version became a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. The Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’ version appears on their album Blow in the Wind, a play on the title of the song. Marlene Dietrich recorded a German version of the song (titled Die Antwort Weiss Ganz Allein Der Wind”) which peak at #32 in Germany charts.
Tore Lagergren wrote lyrics in Swedish, “Och vinden ger svar” (“and the wind gives answer”), which charted at Svensktoppen for two weeks in 1963, first as recorded by Otto, Berndt och Beppo, peaking at number 8 on October 12, and by Lars Lönndahl during November 9–15 with sixth & seventh position. Both were released on single A-es in 1963. This version was also recorded by Sven-Ingvars as the B-side of the single “Du ska tro på mej”, released in March 1967. With these lyrics, the song also charted at Svensktoppen in 1970, with Michael med Salt och peppar.
Glen Campbell recorded an instrumental version of the song for his 1964 album The Astounding 12-String Guitar of Glen Campbell.
Neil Young recorded an electric version of the song for his 1991 live album Weld_(album).
Dolly Parton recorded the song for her 2005 covers album Those Were the Days.
Steve Alaimo recorded the song in 1965. Despite his national presence on Where the Action Is, his version failed to chart on Billboard’s Hot 100. It did however reach #139 on Cashbox charts.
In some live performances, Pete Seeger includes an additional verse as a spoof which criticizes Dylan’s use of over-extended metaphors and wordiness. The verse is usually sung as follows,

“How many words can be written on a page, before they begin to bleed? How many books can one man own, before he has learned to read? How many meanings can he give to a phrase, before, from his lexicon he’s freed?”

 
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“I NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE-STEPHANIE MILLS”

“I NEVER KNEW LOVE LIKE THIS BEFORE-STEPHANIE MILLS”

Never Knew Love Like This Before” is a song written and produced by songwriters James Mtume and Reggie Lucas for American R&B recording artist Stephanie Mills’ second studio album Sweet Sensation (1980). The song became Mills’ biggest hit on the Billboard Pop Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 6, outperforming her previously highest charting single, “Whatcha Gonna Do with My Lovin'”, which peaked at No. 22. The single was also successful on the R&B and Adult Contemporary charts, peaking at No. 12 and No. 5, respectively. It was a bigger success in the UK where it peaked in the top five (#4). The record won Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1981 Grammy Awards.

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Walk Like A Man – The Four Seasons

The Four Seasons were at one point more popular than the Beatles and began their run in the 1960’s and 70’s, and their hit song Walk Like A Man kind of proved it. Before taking the name that would get them known and ultimately seal their fame they were known as The Four Lovers, a name that many people today probably don’t know about. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and their sound has been appearing ever since on TV shows, movies, and even in video games. They’re sound is one that a person really has to get into but is otherwise quite nice. They’ve gone through their fair share of members through the years and are still performing today..

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“Andy Grammer – Keep Your Head Up”

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“True” By Spandau Ballet

“True” By Spandau Ballet

True” is a song by the English band Spandau Ballet. It was released on 14 April 1983 as the third single from their third studio album of the same name. The song was written by band member Gary Kemp.

The song was a huge worldwide hit, peaking at number one in the UK Singles Chart on 30 April 1983 for four weeks, becoming the sixth biggest selling single of the year, and charting highly in 20 other countries. It is Spandau Ballet’s biggest hit and their only major hit in the U.S., reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in the autumn of 1983 and topping the adult contemporary chart for one week.

In 1985, the band performed the song during Live Aid. A new mix by Tony Swain and Gary Kemp was released in 2002 on the compilation album Reformation.

On 30 April 2008, the single celebrated its 25th anniversary, and in honour, EMI released a brand new True EP on 5 May 2008, which included the original single, the new mix found on Reformation and the remastered album version, plus a live recordings of “True” and “Gold” from the last show of the group’s 1983 tour at Sadlers Wells.

A notable omission is that Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp did not perform on the track, rather a bass synthesizer was used instead. However, Kemp would play in his capacity for future live performances.

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“The Doobie Brothers – Minute By Minute”

“Minute by Minute” is a song written by Michael McDonald and Lester Abrams originally released by the Doobie Brothers on their 1978 album Minute by Minute. The single was released in April 1979, debuted at number 67 on 5 May 1979, and reached number 14 on 23–30 June 1979 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year, but lost out to The Doobie Brothers’ own “What a Fool Believes”. It has since been covered by other artists, including The Temptations, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Peabo Bryson, Kim Pensyl, Helen Reddy, Bobby Lyle, and Rick Janus. source

 
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“Over my head – The Fray Lyrics”

Over my head – The Fray Lyrics”

Over My Head (Cable Car)” (originally performed as “Cable Car”) is a song by American rock band The Fray. It was released in October 2005 as the lead single from their debut album How to Save a Life (2005) and hit the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single helped propel their album from the Top Heatseekers chart to the top 20 of The Billboard 200 chart. The CD single was backed with “Heaven Forbid” and a live version of “Hundred”. In the UK, “Over My Head (Cable Car)” was released as the second single from the album, following “How to Save a Life”.

The song sold over two million digital downloads in the United States and was certified double platinum by the RIAA in May 2006.[1] The song was the fifth most-downloaded single of 2006 and was ranked number 13 on the Hot 100 singles of 2006 by Billboard.[2] It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 2007 but lost to “My Humps” by The Black Eyed Peas.[3]

The song was ranked number 43 on Billboard’s Best Adult Pop Songs of the Decade list[4] and #100 on Billboard’s Top 100 Digital Tracks of the Decade list.[5]

After comparisons were drawn between “Over My Head (Cable Car)” and The Chainsmokers’ “Closer”, Isaac Slade and guitarist Joe King of The Fray were credited as co-writers of “Closer” on September 2, 2016.[6]

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