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Song of the day: John Lennon- Imagine

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John Lennon made a song with a political melody and a great melody. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Elton John- Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

What if you think a song is one of the best songs ever written? Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Rolling Stones- We Love You

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Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones were arrested on 12 February 1967 on drugs charges. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Beatles- Paperback Writer

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In 1966, the Beatles had their first hit with a song which was not about love. Read the rest of this entry

Song of the day: Donovan- Mellow Yellow

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In 1966, Donovan recorded Mellow Yellow. A song with many interpretations, from getting high by cooking banana skins (no.) to drugs (no) and abortion (also no). What was it about? Being cool, chill, and electric bananas (apparantly those were vibrators for ladies). The inspiration for the song came from the back of a newspaper, which Donovan explored together with John Lennon. In the UK it was number 8, in the US number 2, in Canada even number 1! Enjoy

Donovan- Mellow Yellow

Song of the day: Hot Chocolate- Every 1’s A Winner

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In 1978, Hot Chocolate released their annual hit. Since 1970, up and until 1984, they had one hit at least. They started with a reggae cover of Give Peace A Chance (original by John Lennon), which brought them shortly to Apple Records. They moved to RAK, the label from producer Mickie Most. With So You Win Again they first reached number 1 in 1977. The man who wrote most of the hits was Errol Brown. This song was invented after he heard his daughter crying in a particular rhythm. The song hit number 12 in the UK and number 6 in the US.
On the 6th of May, 2015, Errol died at the age of 71. Enjoy

Hot Chocolate- Every 1’s A Winner

Song of the day: Nilsson- Without You

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The original song was from 1970, but the cover version was the real hit. The original was made by the group Badfinger in 1970. Read the rest of this entry

The Beatles

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Time to add one of the greatest bands in the world to the Hall Of Fame. Or should we say: THE greatest band in the world? Fact is, that they still earn a lot with their albums, whether they are on vinyl or CD, downloads, streaming, etc. Recently, their work was remastered, a “new” CD was released with never released work, and their Number one hits were compiled in a remastered version. The Beatles are still alive and kicking, or at least: their music is. John Lennon has died, unfortunately, as is George Harrison. The only two alive are Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. And they proved that they could do their old trick on the Grammy’s from 2014. After more than fifty years, their music still sounds great and most of them belong to the finest music in the History of Music. They did a lot for music, and therefore this place is well deserved!

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)

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.