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“BLONDIE – RAPTURE”

This was the first #1 hit song with a rap. Artists like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Kurtis Blow had been rapping since the mid-’70s, and The Sugarhill Gang had the first Top 40 hit earlier in 1980 with “Rapper’s Delight,” but until “Rapture,” rap had never been incorporated into a hit pop song.

Debbie Harry did the rap, and it was really ridiculous, with lyrics about the “Man from Mars eating cars,” but the novelty helped the song become a hit.

Harry’s rap is so goofy that it sounds like she could be mocking the genre, but this was very early in the evolution of hip-hop, and many of the rhymes that came out of the New York block parties were just as silly. Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie championed rap and got involved in the community, often attending these block parties – they even took Nile Rodgers to one, which is where he learned that his song “Good Times” was a DJ favorite. Blondie brought rap to a far larger audience with this song; Debbie Harry says that a lot of rappers – including members of Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan – told her it was the first rap song they ever heard, since the genre wasn’t welcome on the radio then.

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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in classic music, pop music, retro

 

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight” is a song written and recorded originally by Solomon Linda with the Evening Birds[1] for the South African Gallo Record Company in 1939, under the title “Mbube“. Composed in Zulu, it was adapted and covered internationally by many 1950s and ’60s pop and folk revival artists, including the Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba and the Kingston Trio. In 1961, it became a number one hit in the United States as adapted in English with the best-known version by the doo-wop group the Tokens. It went on to earn at least US$15 million in royalties from cover versions and film licensing. The pop group Tight Fit had a number one hit in the UK with the song in 1982.

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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in 1960s, pop music

 

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BEAUTIFUL – Christina Aguilera –

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“Beautiful” is a song recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera for her fourth studio album, Stripped (2002). It was released as the album’s second single on November 16, 2002. A pop ballad, “Beautiful” was written and produced by Linda Perry. Lyrically, it discusses inner beauty, as well as self-esteem and insecurity issues. Aguilera commented that she put “her heart and her soul” into the track, which she felt represented the theme of Stripped.[1] The song was later re-recorded in an electronic style for her first greatest hits album Keeps Gettin’ Better: A Decade of Hits (2008).[2]

Upon its release, “Beautiful” received universal acclaim from music critics, who have ranked it among Aguilera’s strongest material. It won a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and was also nominated for Song of the Year at the 2004 ceremony. “Beautiful” was also a commercial success, topping the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The song peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, where it was certified gold for 500,000 units shipped.

“Beautiful” has been widely embraced as an anthem by the LGBT community for its message of self-empowerment and inner beauty. An accompanying music video was directed by Jonas Ã…kerlund, and earned Aguilera a GLAAD Media Award for its positive portrayal of gay and transgender people. In 2011, UK LGBT rights organization Stonewall named “Beautiful” the most empowering song of the previous decade for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people. In 2009, Rolling Stone and VH1 listed it as one of the best songs of the 2000s (decade). The song is widely recognized as one of Aguilera’s signature songs and has been covered on numerous occasions and featured on several television shows.

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Posted by on March 16, 2019 in female vocalist, pop music

 

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No Ordinary Love” is a song by English band Sade, released as the lead single from their fourth studio album, Love Deluxe (1992). Released in late-1992 on Epic Records, it peaked at number 26 in the UK when originally released in October 1992, but reached number 14 when it was re-released in June 1993. Sade is dressed as a mermaid and a bride in the music video. “No Ordinary Love” is considered Sade’s signature song, alongside 1984’s “Smooth Operator” and 1988’s “Paradise.”

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SADE “NO ORDINARY LOVE”

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2019 in pop music

 

THE BANGLES – Manic Monday

THE BANGLES – Manic Monday

Manic Monday” is a song by the American pop rock band The Bangles, and the first single released from their second studio album, Different Light(1986). It was written by American musician Prince, using the pseudonym “Christopher”. Originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984, he offered the song to The Bangles two years later. Lyrically, it describes a woman who is waking up to go to work on Monday, wishing it were still Sunday where she could relax.

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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in music, pop music, rock

 

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Annie Lennox – No More “I Love You’s”

.”No More ‘I Love You’s” was the first single released by Annie Lennox from her second studio album, Medusa. The song features slightly altered lyrics from the original version and added background vocals that can be heard around the 2:50 mark of the song. Her version was also featured in the very first episode of The Sopranos and in the ninth episode of Hindsight.

Lennox’s version was a commercial success, topping the singles charts of Canada, Italy, and Spain, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart, and becoming a top 20 hit in 10 other countries. In the United States, the song reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked atop the Dance Club Songs chart. In 1996, the song won Lennox the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 38th Grammy Awards,[19] the first to be awarded to a British artist.

In a 1995 article she wrote for The Independent, Lennox revealed why she chose to record her own version of the song:

“The Lover Speaks was a group formed by a man called David Freeman. When the song was released it made a mild murmur in the charts, but I don’t think it ever really became a hit. There are quite a few songs floating around which should have touched the consciousness of the nation – they should have made their mark, and this is one of them. I thought, well, I might be sticking my neck out to do this, but I really wanted to give it another chance because it’s a magnificent song. The lyrics are extraordinary, poetic and abstract – the perfect sort of vehicle for me.”

David Freeman said in 2015: “When Annie Lennox covered ‘No More “I Love You’s”‘, she nailed it! She has the ability to be camp and soulful. We were very lucky that she recorded our song.”

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in pop music

 

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“Blood, Sweat & Tears – Spinning Wheel (album version)”

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“Spinning Wheel” is the title of a popular song from 1969 by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears. The song was written by the band’s Canadian lead vocalist David Clayton-Thomas and appears on their self-titled album.

Released as a single in 1969, “Spinning Wheel” peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July of that year, remaining in the runner-up position for three weeks.[1] In August of that year, the song topped the Billboard easy listening chart for two weeks.[2] It was also a crossover hit, reaching #45 on the US R&B chart.

“Spinning Wheel” was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 1970 ceremony, winning in the category Best Instrumental Arrangement. The arranger for the song was the band’s saxophonist, Fred Lipsius. It was nominated for Record of the Year and Song of the Year; the album won the Grammy for Album of the Year.

Clayton-Thomas was quoted as describing the song as being “written in an age when psychedelic imagery was all over lyrics…it was my way of saying, ‘Don’t get too caught up, because everything comes full circle’.”[2]

The song ends with the 1815 Austrian tune “O Du Lieber Augustin” (“The More We Get Together” or “Did You Ever See a Lassie?”)[citation needed] and drummer Bobby Colomby’s comment: “That wasn’t too good”, followed by laughter from the rest of the group. According to producer James William Guercio this section was added in at the last minute after the end of the master tape was recorded over accidentally by an engineer at the studio. Most of this section and the trumpet solo were edited out for the single version. The eight-bar piano solo which precedes the trumpet solo on the album version is overlapped with guitar on the single version before the last verse.

Among artists who have covered “Spinning Wheel” are Shirley Bassey, who included the song on her 1970 album Something, and Nancy Wilson, who covered it in the Hawaii Five-O episode “Trouble in Mind,” which originally aired September 23, 1970. In 1970 Marianne Mendt released a version of the tune in Austria, as “A g’scheckert’s Hutschpferd” and Barbara Eden performed a live version [3] that aired in the U.S. Jazz organist Dr. Lonnie Smith recorded an extended instrumental version for his 1970 Blue Note album Drives.[4] James Brown scored a minor hit in 1971 with an instrumental version of the song, reaching #90 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5][6] The Canadian a cappella music group, Cadence also covered this song. In 1970 P.P. Arnold recorded a version produced by Barry Gibb but it was not released. An instrumental rendition of this song was used as a cue on the first Wheel of Fortune pilot titled Shopper’s Bazaar.

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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in male vocal group, pop music

 

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