Sunday, December 27, 2009

௫ RAY T. PETERSON, The Wonder Of You|Tell Laura I Love Her| Corrina Corrina|

Ray T. Peterson was born in Denton, Texas. Blessed with a four octave singing voice, was a pop music singer who moved to Los Angeles, California in 1958 where he was attached to RCA Victor Records. After recording a few minor hits he made it into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on June 15, 1959 with "The Wonder Of You". Elvis Presley did a cover version of this song and became Peterson's buddy.

Lyrics | Ray Peterson lyrics - Tell Laura I Love Her lyrics

In 1960, Peterson scored a Top 10 hit with the teenage tragedy song, "Tell Laura I Love Her", and followed that success with "Corrina, Corrina" Peterson's dramatic ballad, "I Could Have Loved You So Well", written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and produced by Spector, only reached #57 on the U.S. chart.

Peterson was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Peterson died of cancer in 2005, in Smyrna, Tennessee, aged 65 who was survived by his wife, four sons and three daughters. [wikipedia]

Sunday, December 20, 2009

௫ RAY ERSKINE PARKER, Jr |The Other Woman|Ghosbusters|I Still Can't Get Over Loving You|Jamie|

Ray Erskine Parker, Jr. (born May 1, 1954) is an American guitarist, songwriter, producer and recording artist who is well known for the theme song Ghostbusters. Parker gained his reputation during the late 1960s as a member of the house band at the 20 Grand Club. In the mid-1970s he created Raydio.

Raydio broke up in 1981, while Parker continued with his solo career, scoring six Top 40 hits, including the hit single "The Other Woman" (Pop # 4) in 1982 and "Ghostbusters" in 1984. Other hits from this period included "I Still Can't Get Over Loving You" (Pop # 12) and "Jamie" (Pop # 14).

"Ghostbusters" was the title track of the Gold-selling soundtrack of the hit movie Ghostbusters, starring Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson, Harold Ramis, and Dan Aykroyd. The single was at #1 for three weeks on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, and at #1 for two weeks on its Black Singles chart. The song was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1984 but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from The Woman in Red. [wikipedia]

Saturday, December 12, 2009

௫ QUEEN, We Will Rock You|We Are The Champion|I Want To Break Free|Radio Ga Ga|Another One Bites The Dust|

Queen were an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon completing the lineup the following year. Started off as 'Smile' in 1968 during their college days and subsequently changed their name to "Queen" two years later.

'News of The World' was released in 1977 which contained "We Will Rock You" and the rock ballad "We Are the Champions", both of which reached number four in the United States and became enduring international sports anthems.

In 1984, Queen released the album The Works, which included the successful singles "Radio Ga Ga" and "I Want to Break Free". Despite these hit singles, the album failed to do well in the United States. "Radio Ga Ga" was the band's last original American Top Forty hit until 1989's "I Want It All".

Queen began the 1980s with The Game. It featured the singles "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" and "Another One Bites the Dust", both of which reached number one in the United States. The album stayed number one for four weeks in the United States, and sold over four million copies. It was also the only album to ever top the Billboard rock, dance, and R&B charts simultaneously. 

On 23 November 1991, Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia, which was brought on by AIDS. A year later The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert was held at London's Wembley Stadium. It was a successful concert that was televised to over 1 billion viewers worldwide. The concert is listed in The Guinness Book of Records as "The largest rock star benefit concert". It raised over £20,000,000 for AIDS charities.

As of 2005, according to The Guinness Book of World Records, Queen albums have spent a total of 1,322 weeks or twenty-seven years on the United Kingdom album charts; more time than any other musical act. Also in 2005, with the release of their live album with Paul Rodgers, Queen moved into third place on the list of acts with the most aggregate time spent on the British record charts. [wikipedia]

Friday, December 4, 2009

௫ PROCOL HARUM, A Whiter Shade Of Pale|Homburg|A Salty Dog|Pandora's Box|

Procol Harum are a British rock band, formed in the 1960s, who contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock. Their best-known recording is their 1967 single "A Whiter Shade of Pale." Although noted for itsclassical influence, Procol Harum's music also embraces the blues and pop.

Started off as The Paramounts, led by Gary Brooker and Robin Trower and including Chris Copping, the group disbanded in 1966. In April 1967, Brooker began working as a singer/songwriter and formed Procol Harum with non-Paramounts Keith Reid (poet), Hammond organist Matthew Fisher, guitarist Ray Royer and bassist David Knights. Guy Stevens, their original manager, named the band after a friend's Burmese cat.

Lyrics | Procol Harum lyrics - A Whiter Shade Of Pale lyrics

With a structure reminiscent of Baroque music, a counter melody based on J.S. Bach's cantata no.140 assigned to Fisher's Hammond organ, Brooker's soulful vocals and Reid's mysterious lyrics, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached #1 on the British charts and did almost as well in the United States, reaching #5.

The group's follow-up single, "Homburg", with a lineup change of former Paramounts B.J. Wilson on drums and Robin Trower on guitar, was almost as successful in the UK as it reached #6, but the LP Procol Harum, was less successful (it was recorded soon between the two hit singles, but was held back until early 1968 and in mono and phony stereo, which was unusual by that time).

A Salty Dog (1969; see 1969 in music) was popular among fans, and was their first album to sell well in the UK; it is still regarded as one of their finest albums. The title track in particular gained a good deal of US FM radio airplay, with Reid's ominous lyrics in the forefront. However, Fisher, who produced this album, departed the band soon after its release. [wikipedia]

Each time when I hear this song I will sure to have goose pimples all over..whoa love that organ sure rocks. My oh my after so many years they're still great just the same.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

௫ H:A:P:P:Y B:I:R:T:H:D:A:Y F:O:O:N:G PC!

FoongPC, a special dedication to you. Wishing you all the very best, blue skies and everything nice.

Let the NightCatz play your birthday song to you in three version. "Kung choke nei ~ nin nin yau kum yet, shuei shuei yau kum chew" - Canto. Many Happy Returns of the Day.