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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

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: John Lennon- Imagine

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It’s Sunday. A day to relax and to think about the world. There’s a very good way to think about the world. If you listen this song, and especially to the lyrics, you have enough stuff to think about for a whole life. Maybe this is the song which fits the world best. John Lennon might have seen the world the way we have to do. A teacher on my school has the text on the wall, in a frame. He couldn’t be more right. Think about

John Lennon- Imagine