Friday, October 30, 2009

ø PETER, PAUL & MARY, 500 Miles|Where Have All The Flowers Gone|Puff The Magic Dragon|If I Have A Hammer|Blowing In The Wind|Leaving On A Jet Plane|

Peter, Paul and Mary, composed of trio Peter Yarrow, Noel Paul Stookey and Mary Travers. They were one of the most successful folk-singing musical groups in the United States of the 60s.

They recorded their first album, Peter, Paul and Mary, the following year. It included "500 Miles", "Lemon Tree", and the Pete Seeger hit tunes "If I Had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?". The album was listed in the Billboard Magazine Top Ten for 10 months, including seven weeks in the #1 position. It remained a main catalog seller for decades to come, eventually selling over two million copies, earning Double Platinum certification from the RIAA in the United States alone.

In 1963 the group also released "Puff the Magic Dragon", with music by Yarrow and words based on a poem that had been written by a fellow student at Cornell student Leonard Lipton.

Lyrics | Peter, Paul & Mary lyrics - Puff, The Magic Dragon lyrics

The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.
"Leaving On A Jet Plane" became their only #1 hit (as well as their final Top 40 Pop hit) in December 1969, and was written by the group's friend John Denver. It was the group's only million-selling Gold single. The track first appeared on their million-selling Platinum certified Album 1700 in 1967 (which also contained their #9 hit I Dig Rock and Roll Music). "Day Is Done", a #21 hit in June 1969, was the last Hot 100 hit that the trio recorded.

Lyrics | Peter, Paul & Mary lyrics - Leaving On A Jet Plane lyrics
Peter, Paul and Mary received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006. The Peter, Paul and Mary trio came to an end on September 16, 2009, when Mary Travers died at age 72 of complications from chemotherapy, following treatment for leukemia. RIP Mary [wikipedia]

Monday, October 26, 2009

ø PINK FLOYD, The Wall|Marooned|Shine On Your Crazy Diamond|Time|Wish You Were Here|Learning To Fly|

Pink Floyd are an English rock band formed in London in 1965 who initially earned recognition for their psychedelic and space rock music, which later evolved to progressive rock music. Pink Floyd are known for philosophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative album cover art, and elaborate live shows as what Wikipedia described them. The group have sold over 200 million albums worldwide including 74.5 million albums in the United States.

Despite never hitting #1 in the UK (it reached #3), The Wall spent 15 weeks atop the U.S. Charts in 1980. It has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA, for sales of 11.5 million copies of the double album in the U.S. Alone.

In 1995, the band received their first and only Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for "Marooned".

On January 17, 1996 after over three decades of being one of the pioneer bands in Rock Music, Pink Floyd was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins inducted Pink Floyd, the archetype mystical performance rock band, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, describing them as the "ultimate rock and roll anomaly".

Lyrics | Pink lyrics - Wish You Were Here lyrics

On 16 November 2005 Pink Floyd were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Pete Townshend.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

ø PHIL COLLINS, You Can't Hurry Love|Against All Odd|One More Night|Sussudio|Easy Lover|Groovy Kind Of Love|Another Day In Paradise|You'll Be In My Heart|

Philip David Charles "Phil" Collins LVO (born 30 January 1951 in Chiswick, London) is an English singer-songwriter, drummer, keyboardist and actor. Collins spent most of his early entertainment life as a young actor and model. His interest in music and drumming began at school, where he drummed with a stage school band "The Real Thing. Collins was only 19 when he was successfully auditioned for Genesis IN 1970 as drummer/backup vocalist for Genesis, taking over vocals from Peter Gabriel when he left the band in 1975.

He had US number one singles with "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (1984), "One More Night" (1985), "Sussudio" (1985), "Separate Lives" (1985), "A Groovy Kind of Love" (1988), "Two Hearts" (1989) and "Another Day in Paradise" (1989).

"Against All Odds" won the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1985, and it was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Winner of the 1989 Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.

Winner of the British Phonographic Industry Award for British Male Solo Artist in 1986.

"Another Day in Paradise" went to Number 1 on the Billboard Charts at the end of 1989 and won Collins a Grammy for Record of the Year (1990). In the process, it became the last #1 U.S. Pop hit of the 1980s. Winner of the 1990 Brit Awards for British Male Solo Artist and British Single for "Another Day in Paradise".

Lyrics | Phil Collins lyrics - Another Day In Paradise lyrics

Collins' next single, "You'll Be in My Heart", from the Disney movie Tarzan, spent 19 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart - the longest time ever up to that point - and Collins obtained an Oscar. It was his third nomination in the songwriters category, having been previously nominated in 1985 and 1989.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ø PETULA CLARK, Downtown|My Love|A Sign Of The Times|This Is My Song|Don't Sleep In The Subway|

Petula Clark, CBE (born 15 November 1932) christened as Petula Sally Olwen Clark is an English singer, actress, and composer. She has been in the entertainment industry over a span of seven decades, started her professional career as an entertainer on BBC Radio during World War II.

According to Wikipedia "Downtown" went to #1 on the American charts in January 1965, and three million copies were sold in America. It was the first of fifteen consecutive Top 40 hits Clark achieved in the United States, including "I Know a Place", "My Love", "A Sign of the Times", "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love", "This Is My Song" (from the Charles Chaplin film A Countess from Hong Kong), and "Don't Sleep in the Subway." The American recording industry honored her with Grammy Awards for "Best Rock & Roll Record" for "Downtown" in 1964 and for "Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance" for "I Know a Place" in 1965. In 2003, her recording of "Downtown" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

ø PETER AND GORDON, A World Without Love|Nobody I Know|I Don't Want To See U Again|WomanIGo To Pieces|Lady Godiva|

Peter and Gordon, formed by duo Peter Asher and Gordon Waller, began their music career in 1964,  rocketed to fame with "A World Without Love" and amassed nine Top 20 records (three of them gold) during their career.  

Please lock me away
And don't allow the day
Here inside where I hide
With my loneliness
I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love
Birds sing out of tune
And rain clouds hide the moon
I'm OK, here I'll stay
With my loneliness
I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love
*So I wait and in a while
I will see my true love's smile
She may come, I know not when
When she does I lose
So baby until then
Lock me away
And don't allow the day
Here inside where I hide
With my loneliness
I don't care what they say I won't stay
In a world without love

The Beatles' Paul McCartney was involved in some of the composition as Peter's sister actress Jane Asher was dating Paul , hits included "A World Without Love" (U.S. #1), "Nobody I Know," "I Don't Want To See You Again," and "Woman."

Other hits for the group included "I Go to Pieces" (U.S. #7), which was written by Del Shannon and given to the duo after the two acts toured together.  Peter and Gordon had their last hits in 1967 with "Lady Godiva" (U.S. #6), "Knight In Rusty Armour" and "Sunday for Tea."

In August 2005, Peter and Gordon reunited onstage for the first time in over 30 years, as part of two tribute concerts for Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five in New York City. Gordon died on 17 July 2009 at the age of 64.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

ø PAULA ABDUL, Opposites Attract|Forever Your Girl|Rush Rush|My Love Is For Real|Dance Like There's No Tomorrow|

Paula Julie Abdul (born June 19, 1962) in San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, need not much of an introduction; is an American pop singer, record producer, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality and one of the three judges of American Idol.

Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her for fifth among the female solo performers who have reached #1 there. She won a Grammy for "Best Music Video - Short Form" for "Opposites Attract" and twice won the "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography."

She was selected from a pool of 700 candidates for the cheerleading squad of the Los Angeles Lakers NBA basketball team—the famed Laker Girls. Within three months, she became head choreographer. Six months later, she left the university to focus on her choreography and dancing career.

In 1988, Abdul released her pop debut album, Forever Your Girl. The album took 62 weeks to hit #1 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart—the longest an album has been on the market before hitting #1—and spent 10 weeks there. The album eventually became multi-platinum in the spring and summer of 1989, and it spawned five American Top Three singles, four of them #1s (three in 1989 and one in 1990): "Straight Up", "Forever Your Girl", "Cold Hearted", "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me", and "Opposites Attract". A remix album, Shut Up and Dance, was also released and reached #7 on Billboard's album chart, becoming one of the most successful remix albums to date. The Grammy award-winning video for "Opposites Attract" featured an animated cat named MC Skat Kat. Abdul also went on a Club MTV tour where she performed songs from her album. Several other acts were also on the tour.

Abdul's follow-up album, 1991's Spellbound, contained another string of hits, and sold 13 million copies worldwide. The first single from Spellbound was the ballad, "Rush, Rush", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for five consecutive weeks. "Promise of a New Day," the second release from the album, also hit No. 1, and it was followed by the Top 10 hit "Blowing Kisses in the Wind" and two Top 20 hits: "Vibeology" and "Will You Marry Me?."

The first single off the album, "My Love Is for Real" featured a fusion of R&B and traditional Middle Eastern instruments, and was performed with Yemeni-Israeli singer Ofra Haza. It was a hit in the clubs (peaking at #1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart), but the single stalled at #28 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Despite the lack of mainstream chart success, the single was nominated for several MTV Video Music Awards.

In January 2008, Paula returned to the music charts for the first time in nearly 13 years with the single "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow", which is the first track on the album Randy Jackson's Music Club Vol 1. The song debuted on On Air with Ryan Seacrest. The song was a modest comeback hit for Paula, peaking at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart. [wikipedia]

Friday, October 16, 2009

ø PAUL YOUNG, Wherever I Lay My Hat| Every Time You Go Away|Oh Girl|Come Back And Stay|Everything Must Change|

Paul Antony Young was born in Jan 17 1956 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. Became lead singer in a group called Kat Kool & The Kool Kats. Later in 1970 joined Streetband and after almost a decade the band broke up and Young started Q-Tips. Young went solo after Q-Tips go separate ways and after a few attempts on few flopped singles, "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" reached No. 1 in the UK singles chart for three weeks in the summer of 1983.

Young's biggest worldwide hit followed in 1985 with a version of Daryl Hall's "Everytime You Go Away." The song reached #1 on the U.S. pop charts, and he performed it during the London segment of the Live Aid concert. In 1990, he released a cover of The Chi-Lites' song "Oh Girl," which peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Hey! If we can solve any problem
Then why do we lose so many tears
Oh, and so you go again
When the leading man appears
Always the same thing
Can't you see, we've got everything goin' on and on and on
Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you
Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you
Go on and go free, yeah
Maybe you're too close to see
I can feel your body move
It doesn't mean that much to me
I can't go on sayin' the same thing
Just can't you see, we've got everything do you even know we
Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you, oh
Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you
I can't go on sayin' the same thing
'Cause baby, cancha see, we've got everything goin' on and
on and on
Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you
Every time you go away you take a piece of me with you

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

ø PAUL REVERE & THE RAIDERS, Indian Reservation|Kicks|Hungry|Let Me|Just Like Me|

Paul Revere and the Raiders is an American rock band led by organist Paul Revere (born Paul Revere Dick on Jan 07 1938) The band was initially located in Boise, Idaho called The Downbeats and in 1960 changed to Paul Revere & The Raiders.

Whoa remember this Raiders' song very well as in many cowboys & indians movies, the Cherokees were often "raided" by the cavalry forces and that strike up a connection..
They took the whole Cherokee nation
Put us on this reservation
Took away our ways of life
The tomahawk and the bow and knife
Took away our native tongue
And taught their English to our young
And all the beads we made by hand
Are nowadays made in Japan

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe
So proud to live, so proud to die

They took the whole Indian nation
Locked us on this reservation
Though I wear a shirt and tie
I'm still part redman deep inside

Cherokee people, Cherokee tribe
So proud to live, so proud to die

But maybe someday when they learn
Cherokee nation will return, will return, will return, will return, will return

They are best-known for U.S. hits like "Indian Reservation" (1971), "Steppin' Out" and "Just Like Me" (1965), "Kicks" (ranked number 400 on Rolling Stonemagazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time) and "Hungry" (1966). and "Let Me" (1969).

Their second major national hit, "Just Like Me" (1965 - #11) was one of the first rock records to feature a distinctive, double-tracked guitar solo (by guitarist Drake Levin).

ø PAUL ANKA, Diana|Lonely Boy|You're Having My Baby|I Don't Like To Sleep Alone|Times Of Your Life|

Paul Albert Anka, OC (born July 30, 1941 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor of Lebanese origin, became a naturalized US citizen in 1990.

Paul Anka has recorded 125 albums to date including over 10 albums in Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and Italian, composing songs culturally tailored to each country. He has sold close to 15 million albums worldwide. Among his Billboard chart stats in the U.S. are three #1 songs, "Diana," "Lonely Boy," and "You're Having My Baby," as well as 22 Top 20 hits.

Paul Anka was elected to the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1980. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6840 Hollywood Blvd. Anka has also received a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2005. In 1991, the Government of France honored him with the title 'Chevalier of the Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres'. He was appointed an officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. [wikipedia]

Many would agree with me thinking this 'sleeping alone' song was by Lobo not realizing Anka was the original singer or could have long forgotten or even unheard of Paul Anka. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.

Monday, October 12, 2009

ø BOYZONE, Picture Of You|A Different Beat|No Matter What|Everyday I Love You|Love You Anyway|Father & Son|

Boyzone is an Irish boy band formed in 1993 through an advertisement selected only 6 out of 300 singers from the auditions to form a new 'boy band' the 'Irish Take That'. The band was reduced to five members Shane Lynch, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy. Boyzone found their success in Ireland, the UK, Australia and New Zealand and released six #1 UK hit singles and four #1 albums, with sales approaching 20 million records as of 2008. However they go separate ways in year 2000 but made a comeback seven years later.

Boyzone lost one of the two lead singers, Stephen Gately (Mar 17 1976-Oct 10 2009) who died in his sleep while on holiday in Majorca, Spain. He was 33 and the cause of his death is yet unknown. We will always carry a 'Picture of You' in our heart..RIP Stephen..

The band's second album - A Different Beat - was released in 1996 and contained its first UK number one single, a cover of the Bee Gees' hit "Words".

"No Matter What" was the group's best ever selling single and was voted Song of the Year, 1998

On 6 October, "Love You Anyway" entered the UK charts at number 5, making it their seventeenth consecutive top five single.

A message from the four members of Boyzone ~  [We are completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen. We have shared such wonderful times together over the years and were all looking forward to sharing many more. Stephen was a beautiful person in both body and spirit. He lit up our lives and those of the many friends he had all over the world. Our love and sympathy go out to Andrew and Stephen's family. We love you and will miss you forever, 'Steo'.' From Ronan, Keith, Mikey & Shane.']

Sunday, October 11, 2009

ø PAT BOONE, Ain't That A Shame|I Almost Lost My Mind|Bernadine|Speedy Gonzales|

Charles Eugene Boone (born June 1, 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida) better known as Pat Boone, is an American singer, actor and writer who was a successful veteran pop singer in the United States of the 50s and 60s. Having sold over 45 million albums, he had 38 Top 40 hits and starred in more than 12 Hollywood movies and remarkably famous for his trade mark wearing white buck shoes.

Boone began recording in 1954 for Republic Records. His 1955 version of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" was a huge hit. This set the stage for the early part of Boone's career, which focused on covering R&B songs by black artists for a white American market.

Many of Boone's hit singles were R&B covers. These included: "Ain't That a Shame" by Fats Domino; "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall Sally" by Little Richard; "At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)" by the El Dorados; and the blues ballads "I Almost Lost My Mind" by Ivory Joe Hunter,"I'll be Home" by The Flamingos and "Don't Forbid Me" by Charles Singleton.

Pat Boone is the only one performer rivaled the chart dominance of Elvis Presley. In many ways it's Presley the blue suede shoes versus Boone the white bucks. According to Billboard, Boone was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley but ahead of Ricky Nelson and The Platters, and was ranked at No. 9 - behind The Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney but ahead of artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chicago and The Beach Boys - in its listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists 1955-1995. [wikipedia]

Speedy Gonzales is a 1962 hit song and it's about  "the fastest mouse in all Mexico." It kept the #6 Billboard position in 1962 for 13 weeks. The female voice ("La-la-la...") on this song was of Robin Ward, the one-hit-wonder lady for her 1963 million-selling smash "Wonderful Summer".

SPOKEN: "It was a moonlit night in old Mexico. I walked alone between some old
adobe haciendas. Suddenly, I heard the plaintive cry of a young Mexican girl".
(female voice singing a series of "La-la-la's)
You better come home, Speedy Gonzales
Away from tannery row
Stop alla your a-drinkin'
With that floozie named Flo
Come on home to your adobe
And slap some mud on the wall
The roof is leakin' like a strainer
There's loadsa roaches in the hall

Speedy Gonzales, why dontcha come home?
Speedy Gonzales, how come ya leave me all alone?

SPOKEN in a male Mexican accent: "Hey, Rosita-I hafta go shopping downtown
for my mudder-she needs some tortillas and chili peppers."
(female voice singing a series of "La-la-la's)
Your doggy's gonna have a puppy
And we're runnin' outta coke
No enchiladas in the icebox
And the television's broke
I saw some lipstick on your sweatshirt
I smelled some perfume in your ear
Well if you're gonna keep on messin'
Don't bring your business back a-here

Mmm, Speedy Gonzales, why dontcha come home?
Speedy Gonzales, how come ya leave me all alone?

SPOKEN in a male Mexican accent: "Hey, Rosita-come queek-down at the cantina
they giving green stamps with tequila!!"
(female voice singing a series of "La-la-la's)

Friday, October 9, 2009

ø PAPER LACE, Billy Don't Be A Hero|The Night Chicago Died|The Black-Eyed Boys|

Paper Lace was a Nottingham based pop group, formed in 1969. Americans called them 'a one-hit wonder' ; in the UK they were a "classic two and a half hit wonder". Used to be called Music Box, but changed their name to Paper Lace in association to the high quality lace product manufactured in their hometown, Nottingham.

The smash hit "Billy Don't Be a Hero" spent three weeks at Number one on the UK Singles Chart in March 1974. It was followed by an equally catchy story song, which reached the Number 3 called "The Night Chicago Died". Another release, "The Black-Eyed Boys", took Paper Lace to Number 11 in late 1974.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Swedish dancers troup BOUNCE started the mob rolling and there is no looking back as Flash Mob Fever is spreading like wild fire.. Wonder our very own Pete 'MJ' Lim would start one in KLCC, Dataran Merdeka & followed by Bintang Walk at night time as the dance must be in three strategic places?





Behind the scene there are about 200 non-professional volunteers who spent hours learning the dance steps, then group together in three consecutive locations across Paris, and at designated time the music would play Michael Jackson's "Beat It" from nowhere, and one 'leader' would start dancing, soon to be followed by a few hundred more members of the crowd. When the dance finishes, the dancers quickly go separate ways as though they don't know each other.

Monday, October 5, 2009

ø THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY, I Think I Love You|I'll Meet You Halfway|Does'nt Somebody Want To Be Wanted|I Woke Up In Love This Morning|Point Me In The Direction|

The Partridge Family was another fictional musical group with 'Ron Hicklin Singers and Wrecking Crew' as studio musicians behind the scene. David Cassidy was originally to lip sync with the rest of the cast, but somehow managed to convince the producer to be lead singer, a golden opportunity to be teen idol. The TV shows was a great success and as a band the actual hit songs gained instant popularity. The cast of Partridge Family with Shirley Jones as the mom, eldest son Keith played by David Cassidy (also Jones' real-life stepson), Susan Dey as Laurie, Danny Bonaduce as Danny, Jeremy Gelbwaks as Chris and Suzanne Crough as Tracy. Dave Madden played Reuben Kincaid, who was their manager and family friend.

Whoa! My most favourite song 'I Think I Love You', The Partridge Family's biggest hit in 1970 which began climbing in September and peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard charts in December of that year. A companion LP, The Partridge Family Album, reached Number 4. Other Partridge singles, "I'll Meet You Halfway", "Doesn't Somebody Want To Be Wanted", and "I Woke Up in Love This Morning" would also chart high on Billboard. The theme songs "When We're Singing" and its successor "C'Mon, Get Happy", as well as album cuts "I Can Feel Your Heartbeat" and "Point Me In The Direction Of Albuquerque", also became popular favorites. Despite the "Bubblegum pop" label and prefabricated nature of the "band", the Partridge Family's records sold very well. [wikipedia]