Saturday, February 28, 2009

இ CAT STEVENS, I Love My Dog|I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun|Wild World|Peace Train|Mornin Has Broken|Where Do..|Father & Son|

Cat Stevens (born Steven Demetre Georgiou, 21 July 1948 aka Yusuf Islam ), is a British musician of Greek Cypriot and Swedish ancestry. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, educator & philanthropist.

Cat Stevens, in part because a girlfriend said he had eyes like a cat, but mainly because he said, "I couldn't imagine anyone going to the record store and asking for 'that Steven Demetre Georgiou album'. In 1966, at age 18, he impressed manager/producer Mike Hurst, formerly of British vocal group The Springfields, with his songs and Hurst arranged for him to record a demo and then helped him get a record deal. The first singles were hits. "I Love My Dog" charted at #28, and "Matthew and Son", the title song from his debut album, went to #2. "I'm Gonna Get Me a Gun" reached Britain's Top 10, and the album Matthew and Son itself began charting. The original version of the The Tremeloes cover hit, "Here Comes My Baby", was written and recorded by Stevens.

As Cat Stevens, he has sold over 60 million albums around the world since the late 1960s. His albums Tea for the Tillerman and Teaser and the Firecat were both certified as Triple Platinum by the RIAA in the United States; his album Catch Bull at Four sold half a million copies in the first two weeks of release alone, and was Billboard's number-one LP for three consecutive weeks. His songwriting has also earned him two ASCAP songwriting awards in consecutive years, for "The First Cut Is the Deepest," which has been a hit single for four different artists, and has been instrumental for others in establishing their musical careers.

Having established a signature sound, Stevens enjoyed a string of successes over the following years. 1971's Teaser and the Firecat album reached number two and achieved gold record status within three weeks of its release in the United States. It yielded several hits, including "Peace Train", "Morning Has Broken" (a Christian hymn with lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon), and "Moon Shadow". This album was also certified by the RIAA as a Multi-Platinum record in 2001, with over three million U.S. Sales through that time.

Stevens converted to Islam at the height of his fame in December, 1977. The following year, he adopted his Muslim name Yusuf Islam, auctioned all his guitars away for charity in 1979, and left his music career to devote himself to educational and philanthropic causes in the Muslim community. He has been given several awards for his work in promoting peace in the world, including 2003's World Award, the 2004 Man for Peace Award and the 2007 Mediterranean Prize for Peace. In 2006, he returned to pop music, with his first album of new pop songs in 28 years, entitled An Other Cup.He lives with his wife and children in London, and spends part of each year in Dubai. [wikipedia]

  • 2005 Nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • On 20 October 2005, ASCAP Named Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year for "The First Cut Is the Deepest"
  • On 11 October 2006, Awarded Songwriter of the Year for the second year running, for the same song "The First Cut Is the Deepest".
  • On 25 March 2007, he received the German ECHO "special award for life achievements as musician and ambassador between cultures", Europe's Grammy, in Berlin
  • 2008 Nomination for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

இ CASCADES, All The Way To Yesterday|Interview with Dante Luzon in Manila

Started as the 'Silver Strands' in 1960, then to the 'Thundernotes' and finally in 1962 changed the name to 'The Cascades' - apparently inspired by a box of detergent. 'Rhythm of the Rain' was written by band member John Gummoe (born 2 Aug 1938, Cleveland, Ohio). The song rose to #3 in the US Billboard Chart in 1963 and it also took the whole world by storm and became a 'titanic flood' inundated more than 80 countries.

இ CASCADES, All The Way To Yesterday|Interview with Dante Luzon in Manila

Started as the 'Silver Strands' in 1960, then to the 'Thundernotes' and finally in 1962 changed the name to 'The Cascades' - apparently inspired by a box of detergent. 'Rhythm of the Rain' was written by band member John Gummoe (born 2 Aug 1938, Cleveland, Ohio). The song rose to #3 in the US Billboard Chart in 1963 and it also took the whole world by storm and became a 'titanic flood' inundated more than 80 countries.

இ CASCADES, Rhythm Of The Rain

Have been listening and singing "Rhythm Of The Rain" since I was a boy without even knowing the band's name not until today. Oh my gosh, it's 'The Cascades'! Anyway I am not alone many of my friends are not aware of the band's name too.

இ CARPENTERS, The Story of The Carpenters by BBC

Great documentary by BBC which comprises of five parts. Special thanks to 'CrescentNoon' for sharing all these wonderful (sweet and also sad) memories of The Carpenters. We will always be 'Close To You'...

Friday, February 27, 2009

இ CARPENTERS, Close To You|Top Of The World

The Carpenter siblings were born in New Haven, Connecticut, Richard Lynn on Oct 15 1946 and Karen Anne on March 2 1950. Richard was the quiet type , plays the piano and Karen the active and outgoing sister played the drums. The Carpenters had three #1 singles on the 'Billboard Hot 100' and fifteen #1 hits on the 'Adult Contemporary Chart'. Their recording career ended after fourteen years with Karen's death on Feb 4 1983 due to complications of anorexia nervosa. Her death has caught the attention of the public after the massive coverage by the media has indeed increased public awareness on the consequences of eating disorder.

இ CAROLE KING, I Feel The Earth Move|It's Too Late

Carole King (born Carole Klein on Feb 9, 1942 Brooklyn, New York) is an American songwriter, singer and pianist. It's a real small world to have Neil Sedaka as her classmate in Queens College, who inspired Sedaka to write his first big hit 'Oh Carol'. King has won four Grammy Awards and has been inducted into both the 'Songwriters Hall of Fame' and the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'.

இ CARLY SIMON, You're So Vain

Carly Elisabeth Simon (born June 25, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, writer of children's books and musician. "You're So Vain" is a song written and performed by Carly Simon released in December 1972.
The song is a critical profile of a self-absorbed lover. The song was a number-one hit (it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks in early 1973, and also spent two weeks at the top of theAdult Contemporary chart, her first #1 song on either chart), and spawned what many fans consider to be the biggest musical mystery of the era.

இ CARL DOUGLAS, KungFu Fighting

Carl Douglas (born Oct 10 1942) a Jamaican who pursued his education in US and UK studying audio engineering. His most famous song 'Kungfu Fighting' reached #1 both in the 'US Billboard Hot 100' and UK Singles Chart in 1974 and also the first Jamaican born artist to score a #1 single in USA.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

இ CAPTAIN & TENNILLE, The Way I Want to Touch U|Love Will Keep Us Toge..|Shop Around|Muskrat Love|U Never Done It|Do That To Me..|Easy Evil|Baby U..|

Captain & Tennille are U.S. Pop music recording artists who achieved chart success from 1975-80 with a repertoire of hit pop songs. The duo consists of "Captain" Daryl Dragon (born August 27, 1942), and Toni Tennille (born May 8, 1940). They are probably best known for their singles, "Love Will Keep Us Together" and "Do That to Me One More Time," as well as their television variety series which appeared on the ABC network in the 1976-77 season.

In 1971 Tennille was performing in an ecology-themed musical called Mother Earth when the show changed venues from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Dragon had been playing in a backing band for The Beach Boys, but was between tours when Tennille called him in to audition as a replacement keyboardist for Mother Earth. Tennille later joined Dragon in the next tour with the Beach Boys' backing band. When the tour was over, they began performing as a duo at the Smoke House Restaurant in Burbank, California, where an early version of their single "The Way I Want To Touch You" led to a contract with A&M Records.

Their first hit single was a cover of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield's "Love Will Keep Us Together". A textbook example of how top 40 heavy rotation can launch a career, the song went to number-one on the pop charts nine weeks after its debut in 1975, and it went on to win theGrammy Award for Record of the Year. A Spanish recording of the single ("Por Amor Viviremos") also charted that same year. This was the first time two versions of the same single charted at the same time.Toni and Daryl married on 11 November 1975, - on Veterans' Day, not Valentine's Day as is sometimes reported.

Over the next few years Captain & Tennille released a string of hit singles including "The Way I Want To Touch You" (U.S. #4), "Lonely Night (Angel Face)" (U.S. #3), "Shop Around" (U.S. #4), "Muskrat Love" (U.S. #4), and "You Never Done It Like That" (U.S. #10). Such was their level of success that they were given their own television variety show, The Captain & Tennille, but they were not only unhappy with its network-imposed heavy reliance on comedy, but also its physical demands and its resulting overexposure of their image, and they asked to be released from their contract. They also left A&M when it began to turn its attentions to the newly signed punk rockact Sex Pistols at the expense of acts such as the Carpenters and themselves. In July 1976, Captain & Tennille was invited by First Lady Betty Ford to perform in the East Room of the White House in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and President Gerald Fordduring the Bicentennial celebration.

In 1979, Neil Bogart signed them to a contract with Casablanca Records, and they reached number-one with their first single "Do That to Me One More Time" in January 1980. Subsequent singles achieved only moderate success, and when Bogart died in 1982, the Casablanca company went bankrupt, and the duo was left without a record company. They signed with CBS Records but, not being able to find a niche there, they were released from their contract.Captain & Tennille appeared on many television talk shows of the era; one memorable appearance as guest hosts of "The Mike Douglas Show" in July 1981 had them hear "Do That to Me One More Time" being "sung" by a TI 99/4A home computer. [wikipedia]

Sunday, February 22, 2009

இ BRYAN ADAMS, Everything I Do|Summer of '69

Lyrics | Bryan Adams lyrics - (Everything I Do) I Do It For You lyrics

Bryan Guy Adams OC, OBC born on Nov 5, 1959 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada who is a rock singer, song-writer and photographer. He won the 34th Grammy Awards for 'Best Song Written for Motion Picture' in the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves with his "Everything I Do". Sorry folks, this music video is currently not available [great news this special edition came in a week later, see never give up in trying!] but found this resurgent summer song which 'heated' up the whole world again and voted the #1 song in Canada in 2006. Whoa! Love the wonderful Portuguese fans. Great sing-along...

"Oh when I look back now
That summer seemed to last forever
And if I had the choice
Ya - I'd wanna be there
Those were the best days of my life

Back in the Summer of '69..."

Saturday, February 21, 2009

இ BROTHERHOOD OF MAN, United We Stand|Save Your Kisses For Me

Brotherhood of Man are a British pop group who won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976 with "Save Your Kisses for Me". Managed by songwriter Tony Hiller, the group were formed in 1969 and scored a worldwide hit with "United We Stand" the following year. By 1974 the line-up had changed to the quartet Brotherhood of Man would become most famous for. The group became successful in Europe, before returning to do the same in the UK. After winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1976, Brotherhood of Man enjoyed three years of hit singles and albums.

Following a decline in sales, the group split, but reformed two years later and are still together today, performing shows throughout Europe. They remain a successful live act in the UK and have occasionally released independently-produced albums. The group had already recorded a second album and had been released in several countries a year previously. Following their victory, Pye released the album with "Save Your Kisses for Me" added. Entitled Love and Kisses, the album was a success in the UK, reaching the top 20, as well as other countries, gaining a No.6 position in Norway for instance. [wikipedia]

இ BRIAN HYLAND, Sealed With A Kiss|Ginny Come Lately

What more can I say, "Sealed With A Kiss" was one of the most popular song 'kissing' every jukebox in coffee shops wayback in 1962. Not too sure it was 10 cents per three records to 'feed' the jukebox. Have done a few selections and comparison of the music videos but somehow prefer this older version by 'SarAlexRipper506070' , as we can hear the intro music and harmonica, real cool (making a wild guess here) 'A-go-go' dancing? Awesome!!!! Nostalgic...

இ BRIAN HYLAND, Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini|Gypsy Woman|

Brian Hyland born November 12 1943 in New York, started singing with a harmony group, the 'Delfis' at age 14. "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" 'dotted' #1 in the Billboard pop chart in 1970 and became his first and biggest single hit at a tender age of 16.

Friday, February 20, 2009

இ BREAD, The Guitar Man|It Don't MatterTo Me|Make It With You

Bread was a rock/pop band from Los Angeles, California fresh from the oven in 1970 after a year of 'dough kneading' the combination of Gates, Griffin, Botts, Royer and Knectel who later replaced Royer. They were one of the most popular rock groups of the early 1970s, a primary example of what later was labeled "soft rock", releasing a string of well-crafted, melodic soft rock singles.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

இ BONNIE TYLER, Total Eclipse of the Heart

In 1970 a husky Welsh teenager, Bonnie Tyler (born Gaynor Hopkins on 8 June 1951) aged 19 then, competed in a talentine contest and won second place and that's her 'turn around' to stardom. A blessing in disguise for her throat surgery in 1976 to remove the nodules (small knotty node, ganglion not noodles ok!), which made her voice even more huskier thus created a greater impact, coined as the female version of Rod Steward. Four weeks after 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' was released in 1983, it hit the ceiling with over 5 million records sold which 'eclipsed' Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jeans' from top of UK charts speading over to Europe and US to reach #1. Phew! Awesome!

Monday, February 16, 2009

இ BONEY M, Bump|Daddy Cool|Sunny|Ma Baker

Boney M. is a West German pop and disco group whose origin is Jamaica. 'Daddy Cool' hit the Germany's Number 1 single in the charts in 1976. The four original members of the group were Liz Mitchell, Marcia Barrett, Maizie Williams and Bobby Farrel.

இ BOBBY VEE, Susie Baby|What Do You Want|Rubber Ball|More Than I Can Say|One Last Kiss|Take Good Care Of..|Run To Him|The Nite Has A Thousand Eyes|

Bobby Vee (born Robert Thomas Velline, April 30 1943, Fargo, North Dakota, United States) is an American pop music singer. As a child Bobby spent summers on the Tuomala Family Farm in Perth, North Dakota, with his cousins. He lived in Beverly Hills, California, for decades, but relocated to St. Cloud, Minnesota, and later to nearby St. Joseph. 

His first single was "Suzie Baby", an original song penned by Vee which nodded towards Buddy Holly's "Peggy Sue" for the Minneapolis-based Soma Records in 1959; it drew enough attention and chart action to be purchased by Liberty Records, which signed him to their label later that year.

His follow-up single, a cover of Adam Faith's UK Number 1 "What Do You Want?" charted in the lower reaches of Billboard in early 1960; however, it was his fourth release, a revival of The Clovers' doo-wop ballad "Devil or Angel", that brought him into the big time with U.S. Buyers. His next single, "Rubber Ball", was the record that made him an international star.

Vee was also a pioneer in the music video genre, appearing in several musical motion pictures as well as in the Scopitone series of early film-and-music jukebox recordings. He is a 1999 inductee of the North Dakota Roughrider Award.

Wo-oh yay yay
Love you more than I can say
I’ll love you twice as much tomorrow
Wo-oh, love you more than I can say

Wo-oh yay yay
I miss you every single day
Why must my life be filled with sorrow
Wo-oh, love you more than I can say

*Don’t you know I need you so
Tell me please, I gotta know
Do you mean to make me cry
Am I just another guy

**Wo-oh yay yay
Love you more than I can say
I’ll love you twice as much tomorrow
Wo,oh, love you more than I can say



According to Billboard magazine Vee has had 38 Hot 100 chart hits, 10 of which hit the Top 20. He is a 1999 inductee of the North Dakota Roughrider Award.

Vee married Karen Bergen of Detroit Lakes, MN, in December 1963, and fathered three sons and a daughter. He is still active and touring internationally as a performer as of 2008, along with his backup band, The Vees, which includes his two elder sons, Jeff and Tommy Vee. His youngest son, Robby Vee, is also a recording and performing artist. Bobby Vee is a recipient of the state of North Dakota's Roughrider Award and his contribution to the genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

Vee recently concluded a long running engagement at Dick Clark's American Bandstand Theater in Branson, Missouri. He performed in the 8:00pm 'Original Stars at American Bandstand' show along with Fabian, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland, and The Chiffons.In October 2007 he was on tour performing in 'The Last of the Big Rock Shows' along with Lesley Gore and Billy "Crash" Craddock in Australia. [wikipedia]

இ BOBBY SHERMAN, Little Woman

Bobby Sherman, (born Robert Cabot Sherman Jr. on 22 July 1943 in Santa Monica, California) a teen idol of the late 60s and star of 'Shindig' and 'Here Comes The Brides'. Cannot remember the latter tv series very well but unlikely to forget Shindig, where my close buddy Peter Chin and I would be glued to the black and white tv. Bobby is a certified EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) since 1988, who started as reserve officer with the LAPD and San Bernardino Sheriff Dept. He has been instrumental in starting a volunteer EMT Foundation who is responsible for training of new EMTs. Still very active even at the age 65 and has said that medical rescue work and teaching is the best life experience and training that he could ever have.

இ BOB DYLAN, Blowing In The Wind

Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and painter, who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. Much of Dylan's most celebrated work dates from the 1960s, when he became an informal chronicler and a reluctant figurehead of American unrest. A number of his songs, such as "Blowin' in the Wind" and "The Times They Are a-Changin'", became anthems of both the civil rights movements and of those opposed to the Vietnam War.
Throughout his career, Dylan has won many awards for his songwriting, performing, and recording. His records have earned Grammy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards, and he has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.
[excerpt from Wikipedia]
"How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky
How many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry
How many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind"

இ BLOOD SWEAT & TEARS, I Love U More Than U'll Ever Know|U've Made Me So..|Spinning Wheel|And When I Die|So Long Dixie|Go Down Gamblin|Hi De Ho|

Blood, Sweat & Tears (also known as "BS&T") is an American music group, originally formed in 1967 in New York City. Since its beginnings in 1967, the band has gone through numerous iterations with varying personnel and has encompassed a multitude of musical styles. What the band is most known for, from its start, is the fusing of rock, blues, pop music, horn arrangements and jazz improvisation into a hybrid that came to be known as "jazz-rock". Unlike "jazz fusion" bands, which tend toward virtuostic displays of instrumental facility and some experimentation with electric instruments, the songs of Blood, Sweat & Tears merged the stylings of rock, pop and R&B/soul music with big band, while also adding elements of small combo jazz traditions.

The band was a hit with the audience, who liked the innovative fusion of jazz with acid rock and psychedelia. After signing to Columbia Records, the group released perhaps one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the late 1960s, Child Is Father to the Man, featuring the Harry Nilsson song, "Without Her", and perhaps Kooper's most memorable blues number, "I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know". The album cover was considered quite innovative showing the band members sitting and standing with child-sized versions of themselves.

"Blood, Sweat & Tears" was the name chosen by Al Kooper, inspired by both the 1963 album with this title by Johnny Cash and after a late-night gig in which Kooper played with a bloody hand.

Blood, Sweat & Tears, the group's self-titled second album, was produced by James William Guercio and released in 1969. The album was much more pop-oriented, featuring decidedly fewer compositions from within the band. The record quickly hit the top of the charts, winning Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards over The Beatles' Abbey Road, among other nominees. Blood, Sweat & Tears spawned three major hit singles: a cover of Berry Gordy and Brenda Holloway's "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (US #2), Clayton-Thomas' "Spinning Wheel" (US #2), and a version ofLaura Nyro's "And When I Die" (US #2). The commercial and critical acclaim enjoyed by the band in 1969 culminated in an appearance at theWoodstock Festival, in which the band enjoyed headliner status. [wikipedia]

இ BJ THOMAS, Hooked On A Feeling|Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head|I Just Can't Help Believin|Rock & Roll Lullaby|

B. J. Thomas (Billy Joe Thomas, born August 7, 1942, in Hugo, Oklahoma) is an American popular singer known for his chart-topping hits in the 1960s and 1970s.Thomas was reared in and around Houston, Texas. He graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in Rosenberg. Before his solo career, Thomas sang in a church choir as a teenager then joined the musical group The Triumphs. In 1966, B. J. Thomas and The Triumphs released the album, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry (Pacemaker Records). The album featured a hit cover of the Hank Williams song, "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". In the same year, Thomas released a solo album of the same name (Scepter Records).

Thomas achieved mainstream success again in 1968, with the single "Hooked on a Feeling", which featured the sound of an electric sitar, first released on the album On My Way (Scepter Records). The 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, featured Thomas performing the (Burt Bacharach - Hal David) song "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", which became the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1970. The song was also released on an album of the same name. Other hits of the seventies were "Just Can't Help Believing" (Billboard #9 in 1970, covered by Elvis Presley), "Rock and Roll Lullaby", "No Love", "Everybody Is Out of Town" and "Mighty Clouds of Joy". [wikipedia]

இ BILLY JOEL, Piano Man|We Didn't Start The Fire

Billy Joel born Liam Martin "Billy" Joel (born May 9, 1949 in the Bronx and raised in Hicksville, New York) is an American rock musician, singer-songwriter, and classical composer. He released his first hit song, "Piano Man", in 1973. According to the RIAA, Billy Joel is the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States. Joel had Top 10 hits in the '70s, '80s, and '90s and has 33 Top 40 hits in the United States overall. He is also a six-time Grammy Award winner, a 23-time Grammy nominee and has sold in excess of 150 million albums worldwide. He was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (Class of 1992), the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Class of 1999), and the Long Island Music Hall of Fame (Class of 2006).

The song "We Didn't Start The Fire," the first single from the album Storm Front, was released in September 1989. The song became Joel's third and most recent US Number 1 hit, spending two weeks at the top; it was also Billboard's next-to-last Number 1 single of 1980s. Storm Front was released in October, and it eventually became Joel's first Number 1 album since Glass Houses, 9 years earlier.[wikipedia]

What a spectacular video and lyrics, thanks to 'crlax22' for his effort to put up the video and pictures to blend so well with the music which reflects on the biggest world events, from 1949-1989. From Harry Truman to Rock And Rolla Cola Wars, the world has seen so much in these 40 years and I absolutely salute Billy for singing this song as it would be a big task to remember this kind of unusual lyrics.

Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray,
South Pacific, Walter Winchell, Joe DiMaggio.
Joe McCarthy, Richard Nixon, Studebaker, Television,
North Korea, South Korea, Marilyn Monroe.
Rosenbergs, H-Bombs, Sugar Ray, Panmunjom,
Brando, The King and I, and 'The Catcher in the Rye',
Eisenhower, vaccine, England's got a new Queen,
Marciano, Liberace, Santayana Goodbye.

We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev,
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc,
Roy Cohm, Oberon, Toscanini, Dacron,
Dien Bien Phu Falls, Rock around the Clock.
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team,
Davey Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disney Land.
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Krushchev,
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, trouble in the Suez.
Little Rock, Pasternak, Mickey Mantle, Karovak,
Sputnik, Chow En-Lai, Bridge on the River Kwai,
Lebanon, Charles De Gaulle, California Baseball,
Starkweather, Homicide, Children of thalidomide,
Buddy Holly, Ben-Hur, Space monkey, Mafia,
Hula-Hoops, Castro, Edsel's a no go.
U2, Sigmund Rhee, Payola and Kennedy,
Chubby Checker, Psycho, Belgians in the Congo,
Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a strange land,
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of pigs invasion
Lawrence of Arabia, British Beatlemania,
Ole Miss, John Glenn, Liston beats Patterson
Pope Paul, Malcolm X,
British politicians sex,
JFK blown away, what else do I have to say.
Birth control, Ho Chi Minh, Richard Nixon back again,
Moonshot, Woodstock, Watergate, Punk Rock,
Begin Reagan, Palestine, terror on the air-line,
Ayatollah's in Iran, Russians in Afghanistan,
Wheel of fortune, Sally Ride, Heavy metal, suicide,
Foreign debts, homeless kids, AIDS, crack, Bernie Getz,
Hypodermics on the shore, China's under martial law,
Rock and Rolla Cola wars, I can't take it anymore.

*We didn't start the fire
It was always burning
Since the world's been turning
We didn't start the fire
No we didn't light it
But we tried to fight it

இ BETTE MIDLER, From A Distance

Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known (as her informal stage name) as The Divine Miss M. During her career, she has won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. She is currently performing a new concert show, "The Showgirl Must Go On", live five nights a week as one of the current headliners at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (together with Cher and Elton John). [from wikipedia]

'From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They're the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.'

Be mindful and uphold awareness at all times in all daily activities, never allow the mind to go astray, remember God is watching from a distance.

இ BERLIN, Matter Of Time|Take My Breath Away|The Metro|No More Words|Masquerade|

Berlin is an American new wave musical band, featuring female lead singer Terri Nunn. Berlin was formed in Orange County, California in the late 1970s. Aside from Nunn, the core members of the band were founding member John Crawford (primary songwriter, bass guitar & Synthesizer), and David Diamond (Synthesizer & guitar). Other members of the band included Ric Olsen (lead guitar), Matt Reid (Synthesizer), Rob Brill (drums: 1982–1987) and Rod Learned (drums: 1979–1982).

"A Matter of Time," was released in 1980 on I.R.S. Records and featured replacement vocalist Virginia Macolino on lead vocals after Terri Nunn had temporarily left the band to pursue an acting career (Nunn at one point auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in the movie Star Wars). They were then signed to independent label Enigma Records where they had their first significant hit: the controversial synth-driven "Sex (I'm A...)" (1982), which was banned by some radio stations due to its graphic lyrics. Later "Take My Breath Away" (from the movie Top Gun) became their best-selling single in 1986 and a huge international hit. They had two other hits: "The Metro" and "No More Words", whose subsequent video saw Terri Nunn and bandmates re-enact a Bonnie and Clyde style car chase and shoot-out.

இ BEN E. KING, Stand By Me|Spanish Harlem|Save The Last Dance For Me

Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson, September 28, 1938) in Henderson, North Carolina and moved to Harlem, New York at the age of nine. He is perhaps best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me," a U.S. top 10 hit in both 1961 and 1987 and a #1 hit in the UK in 1987, and as one of the principal lead singers of the R&B vocal group, The Drifters.

When the night has come, and the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we will see
No, I won't be afraid, oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, stand by me, stand by me

"Stand by Me" was voted one of the Songs of the Century by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Stand by Me", "There Goes My Baby" and "Spanish Harlem" were named as three of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and were all given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award, as well as "Save The Last Dance For Me". His other well known hits were "Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" (which was covered by Aretha Franklin in the 1970s), "Amor", "Seven Letters", "How Can I Forget", "On the Horizon", "Young Boy Blues", "I (Who Have Nothing)", First Taste of Love , Here Comes the Night , Ecstasy , and many more. [wikipedia]

இ BELINDA CARLISLE, Mad About You|I Feel The Magic|Heaven Is A Place..|I Get Weak|Circle In..|Runaway Horses|Leave A Light..|Big Scary..|Lay Down..|

Belinda Jo Carlisle (born August 17, 1958) is a Grammy Award-nominated American singer. Belinda was born in Hollywood, California, is the lead vocalist and a founding member of the all-female new wave band The Go-Go's and also a solo artist. At school, Belinda became a cheer leader. At the age of 19, she left home with the confidence that one day she would be a star that she later became. Carlisle's first venture into music was a brief stint as drummer for the punk band The Germs, under the name Dottie Danger. Soon after leaving The Germs, she founded The Go-Go's (originally named The Misfits), with friend and fellow musicians Margot Olaverria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin. Olaverria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine, and drummer Gina Schock.

The Go-Go's broke up in 1985, and Carlisle embarked on a solo career (although she continued to work with fellow Go-Go Charlotte Caffey). After the excesses of the Go-Go's years Carlisle underwent a period of physical recuperation and image remodelling emerging as a modern young Californian female. Carlisle's first album, Belinda, was still released on I.R.S. Records, in 1986. This album was successful in North America and was certified Gold in the U.S. And Platinum in Canada. Her summer hit "Mad About You" peaked at #3 in the U.S., topped the Canadian Singles Chart and charted in the top 10 also in Australia. "Mad About You" was followed by the Motown-influenced single "I Feel the Magic", and by a cover version of the Freda Payne song "Band of Gold".

*Ooh, baby, do you know what that's worth ?
Ooh heaven is a place on earth
They say in heaven love comes first
We'll make heaven a place on earth
Ooh heaven is a place on earth

When the night falls down I wait for you
And you come around and the worlds alive
With the sound of kids on the street outside

When you walk into the room
You pull me close and we start to move
And we're spinning with the stars above
And you lift me up in a wave of love...
When I feel alone I reach for you
And you bring me home when I'm lost at sea
I hear your voice and it carries me

In this world we're just beginning
To understand the miracle of living
Baby I was afraid before
But I'm not afraid anymore
{Talking about heaven I'm on Cloud 9 now. Lovely song!}

The first release from Heaven on Earth was "Heaven Is a Place on Earth", which topped the single charts, not only in the U.S., but also in the UK and in several other countries (the dance mix of the song also topped the dance chart). The radio-ready song was further propelled by a video, directed by Academy Award-winning American actress Diane Keaton.

The second single from the album was "I Get Weak", which shot to #2 in the U.S. and #10 in the U.K. The song was written by Diane Warren. The third single from the album was "Circle in the Sand," another Top 10 hit in the U.S., the UK, and Germany. 

Carlisle's follow-up to the success of Heaven on Earth was Runaway Horses, released on October 23, 1989. The album hit the Top 5 in both Australia and the UK, certified double platinum in Australia and platinum in the UK and in Canada, but failed to reach similar success in the U.S. The first release, "Leave a Light On", peaked at #11 in the U.S., and became another Top 5 smash in the UK, Australia and Canada.

Carlisle's fifth solo album, Real, was released in 1993, on the Virgin label, in the U.S. and in Europe. Produced without Nowels, the disc was a departure from Carlisle's polished pop music formula. Even the album's cover photograph featured her with very little make-up. Carlisle co-produced and co-wrote much of the disc, collaborating heavily with friend and former Go-Go's member Charlotte Caffey. The album reached #9 in the UK, and its first single, "Big Scary Animal", peaked at #12 in the UK. The second single from Real was "Lay Down Your Arms", which made the Top 30 in the UK. Gregg Alexander of the New Radicals co-wrote the single Here Comes My Baby.

இ BEACH BOYS, Surfin' USA|Kokomo

Strong waves, great surf, good vibes, cool breeze and the amazing Beach Boys in 1963 and their latest, easy going, body swaying 'Kokomo' performance on Good Morning America on 17 Aug 2007...very relaxing indeed!

Aruba, Jamaica ooh I wanna take ya
To Bermuda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key Largo, Montego baby why don't we go..

Oh I want to take you down to Kokomo
We'll get there fast
And then we'll take it slow
That's where we wanna go
Way down to Kokomo...

இ BEACH BOYS , Good Vibrations

"Good Vibrations" absolutely vibrated the hearts and souls of the people across the globe and became the Beach Boys biggest hit in 1966 to reach #1 in the US and UK. Mojo music magazine named it the 'Greatest Single of All Times' in 1997. In late 2004, Rolling Stones Magazine placed it at #6 in their '500 Best Songs of all Time' list.

Friday, February 13, 2009

இ Happy Valentine's Day - Can You Feel The Love Tonight (In Thai Language)

Sawasdee [greetings in Thai language] (pronounced sa-wat-dee). Dare to be different and something to remember by. Love is a many splendid thing and love knows no boundaries. A picture paints a thousand words and the music soothes the soul. When a lovely couple is in love, the power of love is so great nothing matters. People hearing without listening, people talking without speaking, people seeing without watching. All you need is LOVE! CAN YOU FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT?

Happy Valentine's Day

Enjoy the video clip and be mesmerized by the romantic rendezvous of Nala and Simba to feel the LOVE tonight and float on Cloud Nine . Muaaaahhhhh!!!! ...Sabai Sabai ( in Thai means happy)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

இ BEE GEES, How Deep Is Your Love

The world lost another great musician , a very talented multi-instrumentalist who played keyboards, bass, percussion and songwriter, Maurice Gibb (1949-2003) better known as 'Mo' by the Gibb brothers who died of complications resulting from intestinal malrotation. Following his death his surviving brothers Robin (twin brother of Maurice) and Barry announced that they would no longer perform as "Bee Gees".

இ BEE GEES, Staying Alive

Maurice once said "One of us is OK, two of us is pretty good, but the three of us together is magic".