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“The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

“The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

The Righteous Brothers were the musical duo of Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley. They recorded from 1963 through 1975 and continued to perform until Hatfield’s death in 2003. Their emotive vocal stylings were sometimes dubbed “blue-eyed soul”.

Hatfield and Medley both possessed exceptional vocal talent, with range, control and tone that helped them create a strong and distinctive duet sound and also to perform as soloists. Medley sang the low parts with his deep, soulful baritone, with Hatfield taking the higher register vocals with his soaring countertenor.

They adopted their name in 1962 while performing together in the Los Angeles area as part of a five-member group called The Paramours, which featured John Wimber (a founder of the Vineyard Movement) on keyboards and artist and sculptor Nick Turturro on saxophone. At the end of one performance, a U.S. Marine in the audience shouted, “That was righteous, brothers!”, prompting the pair to adopt the name as they embarked on their duo career.

Musical career 

John Wimber (then Johnny Wimber) brought Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley together for the band The Paramours in 1962. The Righteous Brothers started their recording career on the small Moonglow label in 1963 with two albums and two moderate hits: “Little Latin Lupe Lu” and “My Babe”.

Their first major hit single was “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'”, their first release on the Philles label in 1965. Produced by Phil Spector, the record is often cited as one of the peak expressions of Spector’s Wall of Sound production techniques. It was one of the most successful pop singles of its time, despite exceeding the then standard length for radio play. Indeed, according to BMI, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” was the most played song on American radio and television in the 20th century, estimated to have been broadcast more than eight million times. Spector used Cher (of Sonny & Cher fame) as a backing singer on this and other recordings.[citation needed]

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“War – Low Rider”

“War – Low Rider”

Featured image: Cheech and Chong (Low Rider song used as a movie theme)

“Low Rider” is a song written by American funk band War and producer Jerry Goldstein, which appeared on their album Why Can’t We Be Friends?, released in 1975. It reached number one on the Billboard R&B chart and peaked at number 7 on the Pop Singles chart.

According to the All Music Guide review of the song, “the lyric takes the cool image of the low rider — the Chicanoculture practice of hydraulically hot-rodding classic cars — and using innuendo, extends the image to a lifestyle”. The song’s most distinguishable feature is its driving bass line, which is present for nearly all of the song. It also ends with a siren-like noise that then becomes a saxophonesolo.

​In popular culture

The song has been featured in eighteen movies, including Cheech and Chong‘s Up In Smoke, Colors, Blood in Blood Out, Friday, A Gnome Named Gnorm, Robots, 21 Grams, Dazed and Confused, Paulie, Beverly Hills Ninja, A Knight’s Tale, the 2000 remake of Gone in 60 Seconds, The Young Poisoner’s Handbook, Love Potion No. 9, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, The Internship and Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

“Low Rider” is the theme song for George LopezLopez Tonight, and for its titular star‘s stand up comedy appearances. At the 2007 ALMA AwardsGeorge Lopez called this song, “The Chicano National Anthem”, and performed it live.

“Low Rider” is featured in the video games Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas(playing on Master Sounds 98.3), Skate 2Skate ItDriver: Parallel LinesMLB 08: The ShowRock Band 3 and George Lopez: Driveway Bowling.

“Low Rider” is mentioned in That ’70s Show in the episode “Sparks”, when the lyrics are inscribed on Eric’s wedding ring to Donna.

“Low Rider” is featured in the Misfits“Episode Six” of the first series, when Nathan uses it to protect himself from Rachel.

“Low Rider” is featured briefly in a cutaway in the Family Guy spoof of Return of the Jedi called “It’s A Trap” when Peter Griffin as Han Solo pulls up at some traffic lights driving the Millennium Falcon.

“Low Rider” is featured in The Simpsonsepisode “A Midsummer’s Nice Dream” when Homer goes on tour with Cheech.

“Low Rider” is featured in a 2014 advertisement for the drug Crestor, as well as in older ads for both the Canadian bank CIBC and the British food Marmite.

The song ran on the 7 December 2016 episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, while Pilobolus performed acts in the form of silhouettes.

The song appears in a 2016 TV commercial for ESPN‘s SportsCenter.

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Posted by on August 28, 2017 in 1970s, other, theme song

 

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“Limahl – Never Ending Story” 

“Limahl – Never Ending Story” 

The NeverEnding Story” is the title song from the English version of the 1984 film The NeverEnding Story. It was performed by Limahl. Limahl released two versions of the song, one in English and one in French. The English version featured vocals by Beth Anderson, and the French version featured vocals by Ann Calvert. It was a success in many countries, reaching No. 1 in Norway and Sweden, No. 2 in AustriaGermany and Italy, No. 4 in the UK, No. 6 in Australia and No. 6 in the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Background and writingThe song was composed by Giorgio Moroder with lyrics by Keith Forsey, although it (and other electronic pop elements of the soundtrack) is not present in the German version of the film, which features Klaus Doldinger‘s score exclusively.

Beth Anderson recorded her lyrics in America separately from Limahl’s.[1]Anderson does not appear in the music video; frequent Limahl backup singer Mandy Newton lip syncs Anderson’s lyrics.

As a reference to the film and its title, the song has no distinctive beginning, nor an end. While many songs fade out, “The Never Ending Story” not only fades out, but also fades. 

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“Grease- You’re the one that I want”

“Grease- You’re the one that I want”

You’re the One That I Want” is a song written by John Farrar for the 1978 film version of the musical Grease. It was performed by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold over 6 million copies among the United States, the United Kingdom, and France alone, with estimates of more than 15 million copies sold overall.

“You’re the One That I Want” was one of the two singles Farrar wrote specifically for Newton-John’s appearance in the film that had not been in the original stage musical, the other being “Hopelessly Devoted to You.” Randal Kleiser, the film’s director, was not fond of this song because he felt that it did not mesh will with the rest of the Warren Casey-Jim Jacobs score.

 
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Posted by on August 21, 2017 in 1970s, pop music, retro, theme song

 

“Endless Love – Diana Ross & Lionel Richie”

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Endless Love” is a song written by Lionel Richie and originally recorded as a duet between Richie and fellow soul singer Diana Ross. In this ballad, the singers declare their “endless love” for one another. It was covered by soul singer Luther Vandross with pop singer Mariah Carey and also by country music singer Shania Twain. Richie’s friend (and sometimes co-worker) Kenny Rogers has also recorded the song. Billboard has named the original version as the greatest song duet of all-time.[1]

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“Phil Collins – Against All Odds”


Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” (also titled “Against All Odds“) is a song by English drummer, singer and songwriter Phil Collins. It was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 film of the same name. It is a power ballad in which its protagonist implores an ex-lover to “take a look at me now”, knowing that reconciliation is “against all odds” while considering it worth trying. The single reached number two in the United Kingdom, while it peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, the first of seven US number ones for Collins in his solo career.[4]

Collins was approached to write the title song to the film Against All Odds while it was still in its “rough cut form”.[7] At the time the soundtrack was being completed, Collins was on tour with Genesis. Director Taylor Hackford flew into Chicago to see one of the band’s concerts. Collins watched the movie on a videocassette recorder in his hotel room and agreed to appear on the soundtrack.[8]

Originally titled “How Can You Just Sit There?”, the song was initially from the sessions for Collins’ debut solo album Face Value (1981).[9] Collins wrote the song, while arranger Arif Mardin produced it.[8] The piano performance is by New York musician Rob Mounsey. Piano, keyboard bass and a string section arranged and conducted by Mardin were recorded at RCA Studios, New York, while Collins recorded vocals and drums in Los Angeles.[10]

According to Collins in a 1985 interview with Dan Neer: “We recorded the song in two days. One day in New York, the other in Los Angeles. The mixes were done by phone and the song went to Number 1. I couldn’t believe it”.

On episode 339 of This American Life, “Break Up”, Collins relays that the song was inspired and written shortly after the breakup between him and his first wife. In the interview he says that the divorce transformed him from being a musician into also being a lyricist.

The song was first included on a Collins album on the 1998 compilation Hits, and it also appeared on his compilation Love Songs: A Compilation… Old and New (2004). A live performance of the song also appears on the Serious Hits… Live! album. In 2015, Collins released the original demo recording from the Face Value sessions as part of his Take A Look At Me Now project.

 
 

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“TE VAKA – TAMAHANA” Legend of Johnny Lingo

“TE VAKA – TAMAHANA” Legend of Johnny Lingo

The Legend of Johnny Lingo is a 2003 film set in Polynesia and directed by Steven Ramirez. It is an extension of the 1969 short film Johnny Lingo that is based on a story by Patricia McGerr.

PlotEdit

Orphan boy bounced around between families and getting into trouble, finally cast off and finds Johnny Lingo to take him under his wing. Eventually returns to first island to marry childhood sweetheart.

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TE VAKA – TAMAHANA: https://youtu.be/iafubcZ2EAY

 
 

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