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“Something To Talk About ~~Bonnie Raitt ~~ Luck of the Draw”

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Something to Talk About is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Shirley Eikhard and recorded by Bonnie Raitt in 1990, for her 1991 album Luck of the Draw. It was released to U.S. radio on June 3, 1991.[2] Three single versions were released: the promo b/w the same song, the 7″ single b/w “One Part Be My Lover” a song written by Raitt with her then husband actor Michael O’Keefe, which was also off Luck of the Draw, and a 12″ single with these two songs and “I Ain’t Gonna Let You Break My Heart Again” off her previous album Nick of Time. In turn, this song was included on the EP version of Raitt’s 2000 single of “The Fundamental Things” taken from her 1998 album Fundamental. It was also included in 2003’s greatest hits compilation The Best of Bonnie Raitt. Live versions also appeared on 1995’s Road Tested and 2006’s Bonnie Raitt and Friends.

The song was popular on multiple formats of radio: it peaked at number 5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, number 12 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, and number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is among one of Bonnie Raitt’s most popular songs, along with “I Can’t Make You Love Me”.

Raitt won the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1992 for her recording of this song (Oleta Adams, Mariah Carey, Amy Grant and Whitney Houston were the other finalists). The track also received a nomination for Record of the Year, losing to “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole.[3]

Anne Murray wanted to record this song in 1986, but her producers did not think it would be a hit. She still called the album that she released that year Something to Talk About even though it did not include this song.[4]

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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.

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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 March 3, 2018 in 1970s, duet, male vocalist, r&b, songwriter

 

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“kd lang constant craving” 

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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 February 27, 2018 in female vocalist, pop music, songwriter

 

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Ray Charles – “Unchain My Heart”  

Ray Charles – “Unchain My Heart”  

Ray Charles Robinson (September 23, 1930 – June 10, 2004), professionally known as Ray Charles, was an American singer, songwriter, musician and composer, who is sometimes referred to as “The Genius”.

He pioneered the genre of soul music during the 1950s by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, and blues styles into the music he recorded for Atlantic Records.He also contributed to the racial integration of country and pop music during the 1960s with his crossover success on ABC Records, most notably with his two Modern Sounds albums.While he was with ABC, Charles became one of the first African-American musicians to be granted artistic control by a mainstream record company.

Charles was blind from the age of seven. Charles cited Nat King Cole as a primary influence, but his music was also influenced by jazz, blues, rhythm and blues, and country artists of the day, including Art Tatum, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown and Louis Armstrong. Charles’ playing reflected influences from country blues, barrelhouse and stride piano styles. He had strong ties to Quincy Jones, who often cared for him and showed him the ropes of the “music club industry.”

Frank Sinatra called him “the only true genius in show business”, although Charles downplayed this notion.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Charles at number ten on their list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”,[ and number two on their November 2008 list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time”.Billy Joel observed: “This may sound like sacrilege, but I think Ray Charles was more important than Elvis Presley”.

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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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