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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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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in female vocalist, pop music, songwriter

 

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“Laura Nyro “Wedding Bell Blues”

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Laura Nyro /ˈnɪəroʊ/ near-oh (October 18, 1947 – April 8, 1997) was an American songwriter, singer, and pianist. She achieved critical acclaim with her own recordings, particularly the albums Eli and the Thirteenth Confession (1968) and New York Tendaberry (1969), and had commercial success with artists such as Barbra Streisand and The 5th Dimension recording her songs. Her style was a hybrid of Brill Building-style New York pop, jazz, gospel, rhythm and blues, show tunes, rock, and soul.

Between 1968 and 1970, a number of artists had hits with her songs: The 5th Dimension with “Blowing Away”, “Wedding Bell Blues”, “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Sweet Blindness”, “Save the Country”, and “Black Patch”; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Peter, Paul & Mary with “And When I Die”; Three Dog Night and Maynard Ferguson with “Eli’s Comin'”; and Barbra Streisand with “Stoney End”, “Time and Love”, and “Hands off the Man (Flim Flam Man)”. Nyro’s best-selling single was her recording of Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Up on the Roof”.

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“America- Tin Man (w/ lyrics)”

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Tin Man” is a 1974 song by the pop rock band America. It was written by band member Dewey Bunnell and produced by George Martin, who also plays the piano part on the recorded version. The song was included on the band’s album Holiday, also from 1974.

Background

The song’s title and some of its lyrics refer to the Tin Woodman from The Wizard of Oz.[3] Songwriter Bunnell was quoted describing the parallel: “My favorite movie, I guess. I always loved it as a kid. Very obscure lyrics. Great grammar – ‘Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man.’ It’s sort of a poetic license.”[3]

Dan Peek – who describes “Tin Man” as “quintessential Dewey, easy stream of consciousness with a major seventh acoustic bed” – states that Bunnell “actually begged us not to record the song. Knowing Dewey it was probably reverse psychology; if it was, Gerry and I fell for it, insisting it was perfect for the album.”[4]

Released as the first single from Holiday, “Tin Man” became the band’s fourth top-ten hit in the US, spending three weeks at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1974.[5] The song reached number one on the Billboard easy listening chart in October of that year.[3] In the UK, the song was relegated to the B-side of another album track, “Mad Dog”, released in July, but both sides failed to chart.

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JEWEL “YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME”

JEWEL “YOU WERE MEANT FOR ME”

“You Were Meant for Me “is a folk pop song written by Jewel and Steve Poltz and performed by Jewel on her first album, Pieces of You. It relates the singer’s incomprehension of a failed relationship, and her inadequate attempts at moving on with her life. It was the second single from that album and went on to receive a great deal of recognition. It became a hit and reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, (held off by “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down” by Puff Daddy & Mase & “Hypnotize” by The Notorious B.I.G.) & and went to #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart for a single week.

You Were Meant For Me ranked at number 15 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100 in 2008. When the All Time chart was retabulated for the chart’s 55th anniversary in 2013, it remained in the top 20 at number 17.  Enjoy Jewel

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“Hall & Oates-Sara Smile”

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“Sara Smile”

is a song written and recorded by the American musical duo

Hall & Oates.

It was released in January 1976 as the second single from their album Daryl Hall & John Oates. The song was the group’s first Top 10 hit in the US, reaching number four on the Billboard Hot 100.

Hall & Oates version

“Sara Smile” was the second single released from Hall & Oates’ 1975 self-titled album for RCA Records. Co-written by both halves of the duo, it was Hall & Oates’s breakthrough single,[1] with a #4 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1976.[2] It was written about Hall’s then-girlfriend, Sara Allen.[3] The couple was together for almost 30 years before breaking up in 2001.[4]

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“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Lyrics) – George Michael feat. Elton John”

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Lyrics) – George Michael feat. Elton John”

Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” is a song written by English singer-songwriter Elton John and his lyricist Bernie Taupin. It was released as the first single from Elton John’s 1974 album Caribou; it was released that year during the latter half of May in the United Kingdom, and on 10 June in the United States. The song found further success in 1991 in a version recorded live as a duet between John and George Michael which reached number 1 in the UK and US.

1974 Elton John version

Lyrics and music
In the song, Elton sings to someone he has helped and from whom he is now experiencing rejection:

I took a chance and changed your way of life
but you misread my meaning when I met you
closed the door and left me blinded by the light
don’t let the sun go down on me
although I search myself, it’s always someone else I see.
I’d just allow a fragment of your life to wander free
but losing everything is like the sun going down on me.

It was written with the other songs on the album during a ten-day period in January 1974.

The chorus of the song is supported with a horn arrangement by Del Newman, and features backing vocals of the Beach Boys’ Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and Toni Tennille. Also on the song are percussion accents provided by Ray Cooper and a mellotron played by Dave Hentschel.

“Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” charted on 1 June 1974 in Great Britain, making it to number 16 and reached the Top 10 after four weeks. On 10 August, the song’s two-week stay at number 2 ended. In the U.S., it was certified Gold on 6 September 1974 by the RIAA. In Canada, it reached number 1, becoming his fifth chart topper in that country.[1]

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Posted by on August 26, 2017 in 1970s, duet, male vocalist, r&b, songwriter

 

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“Dido – Here with me”

“Dido – Here with me”

“Here with Me” is the debut single by English singer- Dido.

It was the first single she released from her 1999 debut studio album, No Angel. The song was written about her now ex-boyfriend Bob Page.

The single was released on May 17, 1999 in the United States, but was not released in the United Kingdom until February 2001, where it was the album’s second single following the worldwide release of “Thank You” in December 2000. It peaked at number four in the UK Singles Chart, becoming her second top five single in a row, following “Stan,” a collaboration with Eminem. It reached number 1 on the Australia HitSeekers Chart following her live performance on the 2001 ARIA Awards.

“Here with Me”

was used as the theme song for the American television drama Roswell. In 2007, Dido released an extended remix of the song featuring Enya.

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