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FlinterFile: Louis Armstrong- Hello, Dolly!

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In 1964, Louis Armstrong recorded a song for the musical Hello, Dolly!. The song is a little older, from 1835… Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Linda Lewis- Class/Style

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In 1984, Linda Lewis released her disco record Class/Style (I’ve Got It). As a small girl, she performed with her father, which led to her first small roles. She played in the movie A Hard Day’s Night. In the seventies, she released several songs, and sung in the background for artists like David Bowie and Cat Stevens. The albums she made in the seventies selled the best, but this disco song only was a minor hit in the Netherlands. Enjoy

Linda Lewis- Class/Style (I’ve Got It)

When classical music met pop music…

When the classical composers like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and others wrote their compositions, they probably did not think about pop music. In fact, their music seems to be quite different from the modern pop music. Two worlds that will never meet? Well, not exactly… Read the rest of this entry

The musical Minions movie

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Minions. This summer, you can’t avoid them. They are everywhere. The cause for this all is the new movie around them: the minion movie. Is it worth to take a look when you don’t like minions, but you do like music? Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: Bee Gees- New York Mining Disaster 1941

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In 1967, the Bee Gees released the first single that would chart in the US. The song was written in the Polydor Studio’s, where a power cut took place. When they heard the elevator passing by, they thought of a text where something happens in a mine. It is also said to be inspired by a mining disaster in Wales. England thought it was a new song by the Beatles, but then undercover, and they played it a lot on the radio. This resulted in a number 12 position in the UK. In the US, it was number 14. Enjoy

The Bee Gees- New York Mining Disaster 1941

Song of the day: The Trammps- Shout

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In 1959, the Isley Brothers recorded a song called Shout. They wrote it as a response to a song by Jackie Wilson, namely Lonely Teardrops. It reached 47 in the US, but was already covered a lot. Johnny O’Keefe took a chance in Australia, Joey Dee & the Starlighters went to number 6 with it, Lulu took it to number 7 in the UK, the Shangri-Las made a cover, as well as the Kingsman and many others. Even the Beatles, Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen did a version of it! And the Trammps used it in 1975 as one of their first disco hits! Enjoy

The Trammps- Shout

Song of the day: Barclay James Harvest- Titles

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Barclay James Harvest was a rock group with big successes in the seventies. They released the song Titles in 1975, on the album Time Honoured Ghosts. The song is entirely made out of Beatles songs, but not the texts: just the titles of those songs. The song was no big hit, but is the only song that I know of them. Enjoy

Barclay James Harvest- Titles

Song of the day: George Harrison- Got My Mind Set On You

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Yeah, I’m a big fan of the Beatles. Great songs (although the drugs could have been some lesser: Hey Jude is not exactly inspiring…) and great music. After the Beatles, all of the members went solo. John Lennon had a big hit with Imagine, Paul McCartney did some work with the Wings and Ringo Starr also did something (although his work is not really remembered). George Harrison had a big hit with My Sweet Lord, but I think this song is better. It was a cover from a sixties song by James Ray, and it actually isn’t about religion (which is rare for Harrison songs!). And it’s great to sing along to… Enjoy

George Harrison- Got My Mind Set On You

The Rolling Stones

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With adding the Beatles to the Hall Of Fame, I should not forget this band! Some say they are better than the Beatles, others say they aren’t. And that’s allowed. Fact is, that in the sixties, you were either fan of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones. I am both, but the conflict has died down a bit. And that’s good, because I really can’t choose. The Beatles are nice boys, making nice songs, but the Rolling Stones are a bit more rough, but also make great music! Thinking about songs as Satisfaction and my personal favourite Paint It Black, I really can’t make up my mind which band is better. They both added something to music, and the Rolling Stones are still great. Rock on, and well deserved: a place in the Hall Of Fame!

Song of the day: The Everly Brothers- Bye Bye Love

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I’m shocked. Today, just a few moments ago, when I started up a newssite to find inspiration for a limerick, I saw Phil Everly died. He was part of the Everly Brothers, and I think they were one of the groups who gave music a destination. Between all the rock ‘n roll and doowop music, they created a whole new sound, which inspired one of the biggest bands in the world, the Beatles. They changed music, and still their music is inspiring.

They were the origins of some groups and people. In the summer, I gave a presentation about the U.S.A., and someone thought they were Simon & Garfunkel, who covered one of their songs. Their sound is great, harmonic, and maybe they are bigger than the Beatles, although they are to most people unknown.

RIP Phil Everly (74)

The Everly Brothers- Bye Bye Love (their first hit)

Song of the day: John & Yoko & the Plastic Ono Band- Happy XMas (War Is Over)

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And there was, apart from Paul McCartney, another member of the Beatles who made a Christmas record. John Lennon made, together with his wife and their band, a record about Christmas. The bottomline: War is over, as long as you want it. Peace on earth! Enjoy:

John & Yoko, together with The Plastic Ono Band- Happy XMas (War Is Over)

Song of the day: Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmastime

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Christmas is coming nearer every day, so a new song is waiting for you! Actually, it’s one of my favourite Christmas songs, since the structure and the music is so simple. And yes, the man had a great career after the Beatles! Enjoy:

Paul McCartney- Wonderful Christmastime

Song of the day: The Supremes- Stop! In The Name Of Love

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Oh yes, Diana Ross! And of course the Supremes! Is that not something nice which Motown brought forth? I must confess I like Motown a lot, but this group is absolutely one of the best parts of Motown. Of course it’s an oldie from the sixties, but does that matter? No, because the record is still the same. Still great! And well, live they were also good, so I chose a live performance as video for today. What I especially like in the video is the start. The presentator says something about their long hair, and that’s good, because they are girls. Absolutely a reaction on the Beatles!

Enjoy:

Diana Ross & The Supremes- Stop! In The Name Of Love

Music Documentary 6: About George Harrison

Some documentaries are very good. Some are short and others are a bit longer. This documentary was long. Three and a half hours.

I saw it on TV, I think last year somewhere, and I thought it was a superb documentary. A lot of archive material, material which never was showed and new music. That’s why we watch documentaries! But not only for the exclusive material, we also want to learn something. And that was a point in which it succeeded. I didn’t know a lot about the Beatles, and the things I knew were about either Paul McCartney or John Lennon. Those are interesting persons, but if you think George Harrison was boring, you’re deadly wrong. This documentary makes you see the Beatles from a different perspective, and learns you a lot about their different stages, such as the stage in which Eastern philosophy is very important.

If you can find it anywhere on DVD, buy it! You won’t regret it, even though you don’t like the Beatles. I could not find a link, but it’s called Living In The Material World.

Song of the day: The Beatles- Can’t Buy Me Love

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The song of the day comes from this album. It’s, as you can see yourself, an album by the Beatles.
The picture is from the mono version, I think my father has the stereo version, but that doesn’t matter at all.
A very good album, the title track is, but there are more songs on an album than only the title track.
This one has 13 tracks, for instance.

The song of the day is the seventh song of the first side, so if you have the album, just look it up.
If you don’t have it, there are two options: Buy it in your record store or read further. (Looking it up on the internet doesn’t count)

It’s Can’t Buy Me Love, by the Beatles of course!

 

Song of the day: The Beatles- Penny Lane

Hi there,

Here’s another song for you.

The song of today is in a cartoon. The song is made by four men, who have had a lot of hits, and who all had long hair.

Yes, it are the Beatles, with Penny Lane. The cartoon is quite funny, and the song is very good, of course!

Enjoy listening to it!

Song of the day: Rolling Stones- Paint It Black

And here we go again!

The song of today is made by the band who exists 50 years this year. The year is nearly over, but I still want to make them song of the day!
I’m talking about the band with Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones!

The trick with the Rolling Stones is that they were the “bad” guys against the Beatles, the “good” guys.
It was an idea of their producer, who first worked with the Beatles, and after that he went to the Rolling Stones. And he could make something of them, yes!
It was not a bad idea, and that’s how they became successful.

The song of the day is the song according to most fans. I like it, too. Paint it black!

Tomorrow the last song of 2012… But there are 365 other songs in 2013!

Song of the day: Paul McCartney- We All Stand Together

Hello everyone,

After the frog from Roger Glover yesterday, I had a visit from some more frogs. They came together with Rupert the Bear, to tell me that their song should be song of the day.
Well, because of this question, and because it’s a good song, here’s:
Paul McCartney with We All Stand Together!

Of course, Paul didn’t do it alone. No, not with the Beatles, but together with the Frog Chorus!
Well, Christmas is creeping closer and closer…
Tomorrow a new song!

Song of the day: Van Velzen- Sing Sing Sing / Tom Odell- Another Love

Hello everyone,

It’s friday, which means two new songs! I will start immediately, since there’s so much to say about those songs!

The first song is sung by a Dutch singer. We came across him earlier, but now his song is a new single.
In this single, he sings with his father, and in the song there are some songtitles of the Beatles.I’m talking about Roel VanVelzen, shortly VanVelzen, with Sing Sing Sing.
In this song you can hear the following titles of Beatlessongs:

Strawberry fields forever

The long and winding road

Got to get you into my life

That was the first song, which I find absolutely a hit!
The second song is made by a singer which I heard only a few minutes ago. Immediately, I thought: this is the song of today!
I can’t say much about him, it’s just a good song!
It’s Tom Odell with Another Love.

And then… the song of the week!!! It’s Another Love from Tom Odell!