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Anita Baker – “Giving You The Best That I Got” (Official Music Video)”

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Giving You the Best That I Got is the third album by the American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker. It was Baker’s first and only #1 Pop album in the US, the second #1 R&B Album, and was certified 3x platinum in 1989 by the RIAA.

The title track was released as the first single from the album and became Baker’s highest charting single in the US, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album also earned Baker three Grammy Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.

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Gloria Estefan – Anything For You

Gloria Estefan – Anything For You

Anything for You” is a popular song and ballad written by Gloria Estefan and sung by Estefan and Miami Sound Machine. The song appeared on their 1987 album, Let It Loose. “Anything for You” became a number-one song in the United States summer of 1988; it was the band’s (and Gloria’s) first number-one and also saw a European first-release during the same period but failed to have the same impact there as the re-release in December 1988. It did top the Billboard magazine Hot 100chart on May 14, 1988, and remained there for two weeks. Due to the success of the re-release of this signature song and the previous re-release in October 1988 from the single, “Can’t Stay Away from You,” outside North America the album Let It Loose saw a re-release named after the single: “Anything For You” The song also spent three weeks at #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart that same year.
It also peaked at #3 on the Hot Latin Tracks on June 25, 1988. The A-side of the single contained a longer fade than the version on the album. The B-side of the single was a Spanglish version of the song, with Estefan alternating the verses and chorus between English and Spanish.

In the UK, “Anything for You” was Gloria’s breakthrough hit. After the disappointing UK chart placings of previous singles, “Anything for You” was released in July 1988 and entered at #87. However, the song started a steady twelve-week climb and finally reached a peak of #10 by September 1988. This gave Gloria the chance to release the uptempo follow up “1-2-3” just six weeks after and finally gave her two consecutive top ten hits. The success of Anything For You finally proved that Gloria was able to have UK hits and so followed the re-releases of “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” and “Can’t Stay Away From You” which reached the top 20 and top 10 respectively.

The song also appeared on the compilation album Exitos de Gloria Estefan, sung completely in Spanish and retitled “No Te Olvidaré (I Won’t Forget You).” The song was re-released in its original form in The Essential Gloria Estefan and in a slightly extended version in Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits.

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“Brenda Russell – Get Here”

Brenda Russell – Get Here

Get Here is the fourth studio album by the American singer/songwriter Brenda Russell. Released in 1988, it is Russell’s most successful album to date and includes her hit single “Piano in the Dark” as well as the minor hit title track, “Get Here,” which became an international success for Oleta Adams three years later.

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 “C’ EST SI BON (IT IS SO GOOD) EARTHA KITT” 

Eartha Mae Kitt (January 17, 1927 – December 25, 2008) was an American singer, actress, dancer, activist and comedian, known for her highly distinctive singing style and her 1953 recordings of “C’est si bon” and the enduring Christmas novelty smash “Santa Baby“, which were both US Top 10 hits. Orson Welles once called her the “most exciting woman in the world”.[3]

Kitt began her career in 1943 and appeared in the 1945 original Broadway theatre production of the musical Carib Song. In the early 1950s, she had six US Top 30 hits, including “Uska Dara” and “I Want to be Evil”. Her other notable recordings include the UK Top 10 hit “Under the Bridges of Paris” (1954), “Just an Old Fashioned Girl” (1956) and “Where Is My Man” (1983). She starred in 1967 as Catwoman, in the third and final season of the television series Batman. In 1968, her career in America suffered after she made anti-war statements at a White House luncheon. Ten years later, she made a successful return to Broadway in the 1978 original production of the musical Timbuktu!, for which she received the first of her two Tony Award nominations. Her second was for the 2000 original production of the musical The Wild Party. Kitt wrote three autobiographies—Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone with Me (1976) and I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989). She also played Lady Eloise in 1992 film Boomerang, starring Eddie Murphy.

Kitt found a new generation of fans through her roles in the Disney films The Emperor’s New Groove (2000), in which she voiced the villainous Yzma, and Holes (2003). She reprised the role as Yzma in the direct-to-video sequel Kronk’s New Groove (2005), as well as the animated series The Emperor’s New School (2006–2008). Her work on the latter earned her two Daytime Emmy Awards. She posthumously won a third Emmy in 2010 for her guest performance on Wonder Pets.

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LYRICS IN ENGLISH

It is so good
From anywhere
Arms on top of arm
By singing songs

It is so good
To say soft words
Little things at all
But who say a lot

Seeing our delighted mine
Passers-by on the street envy us
It is so good
Watching in his eyes
A wonderful hope
Who gives the thrill

It is so good
These small sensations
It’s better than a million
It’s so, so good

(It’s good, it’s good)
Mmm, it’s good

There it’s good
Passers-by in the street
Arms on top of arm
By singing songs
What a wonderful hope
Mmm, it’s good

I’m looking for a millionaire
With great “Cadillac car”
“Mink coats”
Jewelry up to your neck, you know?

Mmm, it’s good
This little sensation
Or maybe someone
With a small yacht, no?

Ah, it’s good
It’s good, it’s good
You know I would wait
Someone who could bring me
Lots of “loot”

Tonight? Tomorrow? Next week?
Whenever
Mmm, it’s good, so good
It will be very. Crazy, no?
So, it’s so good!

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“Sentimental- Kenny G”

Sentimental” is a song by American Smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G, from his sixth studio album Breathless which was released in 1992.

Breathless is the sixth studio album by American saxophonist Kenny G, released in 1992 on Arista Records. It reached number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and number 2 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[3] The track “Forever in Love” won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at the 1994 ceremony[4] and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite negative reviews from critics, the album was still certified Diamond for shipments of over 12 million copies in the US,[5] making it one of the top 100th best-selling albums in the United States.[6]

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“She is Michelle- Gato Barbieri” 

“She is Michelle- Gato Barbieri” 

LeandroGatoBarbieri (28 November 1932 – 2 April 2016) was an Argentine jazz tenor saxophonist and composer who rose to fame during the free jazz movement in the 1960s and is known for his Latin jazz recordings of the 1970s.[1] His nickname, Gato, is Spanish for “cat”. Born to a family of musicians, Barbieri began playing music after hearing Charlie Parker‘s “Now’s the Time”. He played the clarinet and later the alto saxophone while performing with the Argentinean pianist Lalo Schifrin in the late 1950s.
By the early 1960s, while playing in Rome, he also worked with the trumpeter Don Cherry. By now influenced by John Coltrane‘s late recordings, as well as those from other free jazz saxophonists such as Albert Ayler and Pharoah Sanders, he began to develop the warm and gritty tone with which he is associated. In the late 1960s, he was fusing music from South America into his playing and contributed to multi-artist projects like Charlie Haden‘s Liberation Music Orchestra and Carla Bley‘s Escalator Over The Hill. His score for Bernardo Bertolucci‘s 1972 film Last Tango in Paris earned him a Grammy Award and led to a record deal with Impulse! Records.[1] By the mid-70s, he was recording for A&M Records and moved his music towards soul-jazz and jazz-pop. Caliente! (1976) included his best known song, a rendition of Carlos Santana‘s “Europa“. That and the follow-up album, Ruby Ruby (1977) were both produced by fellow musician and label co-founder, Herb Alpert. Although he continued to record and perform well into the 1980s, including composing the scores to films such as Firepower (1979) and Strangers Kiss (1983), the death of his wife Michelle led him to withdraw from the public arena. He returned to recording and performing in the late 1990s, composing original scores at the behest of friend Bahman Maghsoudlou for Amir Naderi‘s Manhattan by Numbers (1991) and Daryush Shokof‘s Seven Servants (1996). The album Qué Pasa (1997) moved more into the style of smooth jazz.Barbieri was the inspiration for the character Zoot in the fictional Muppet band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.[2]Barbieri was the inspiration for the character Zoot in the fictional Muppet band Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.[2]

On April 2, 2016, Barbieri died of pneumonia in New York City at the age of 83.[3]

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“I’ve Got Love On My Mind”

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“I’ve Got Love on My Mind

” is a song originally recorded by

Natalie Cole

. Released from her third album, Unpredictable, it spent five weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart and peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977.[1] It was certified Gold, selling over one million copies and has become one of her most successful and popular songs.

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