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FlinterFile: Bette Midler- The Rose

The best songs are often written in a few minutes. Just like this song, which only needed 10 minutes to be written. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: Bruce Springsteen- Streets Of Philadelphia

The movie Philadelphia, about a man dying of AIDS, was released in 1993. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Elvis Presley- Viva Las Vegas

Next to having a big career in music, Elvis also was a movie star. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Kenny Loggins- Footloose

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Dean Pitchfork wrote a script for a movie which was released in 1984. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Aretha Franklin- Look Into Your Heart

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In 1976, the movie Sparkle was released. Irene Cara starred in the movie, in which music played an important role. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: George Gershwin- An American In Paris

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In 1928, George Gershwin wrote one of his best known pieces of music. It became best known for the use in the movie from 1951, starring Gene Kelly. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Proclaimers- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

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In 1988, Craig and Charlie Reid had their only hit in America. The twins from Scotland had a lot of luck with the song. It was written in 45 minutes, as the chords came just as if they had always been around. The song, about being in love with a woman for the rest of your life, was sung in a Scottish accent, which probably helped in its success. It was used in a movie, Benny & Joon, which helped it to become a hit in America. The funny thing is that the brothers did not know it was used in the movie. However, it was a number 11 hit in the UK and number 3 in the US. Enjoy

The Proclaimers- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)

FlinterFile: Gene Pitney- Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa

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In 1964, Gene Pitney continued his work with the songwriter-duo Burt Bacharach and Hal David. They had earlier written the song The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, which was written for the movie with the same name, but never used. The new song was not written for a movie, since there was no movie to write for. Therefore, Hal David came up with his own movie plot. The song has a simple plot: a man gives in to temptation.The song became one of the biggest hits for Gene Pitney, peaking at number 5 in the UK and number 17 in the US. Enjoy

Gene Pitney- Twenty-Four Hours From Tulsa

FlinterFile: B.J. Thomas- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

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In 1969, Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote a song for a movie. They gave it to Ray Stevens, who turned it down, and Bob Dylan, who did the same. At the time, Dionne Warwick was recording songs on the same label as B.J. Thomas. She took one of his tapes and gave it to Bacharach, who then offered him the song. He recorded it when he just had been ill, which made his voice sound raspy. A few weeks later he recorded the single version. The raspy version was good for the movie, the other version (made from three different takes) was good for the number 1 position in the US. Enjoy

B.J. Thomas- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Song of the day: Georgie Fame- The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde

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In 1968, Georgie Fame released a song which was inspired by a movie. This was the movie Bonnie & Clyde, which was about the real duo Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, both gangsters, who led a gang in the thirties. They robbed banks and small stores, and killed several civilians and police officers. All together they became the most famous gangster duo, and the movie inspired Mitch Murray and Pete Callender to write a song about them. Georgie Fame was signed to CBS and looking for a hit. This song became the hit, but during the recordings, it was the question if the song would ever be released: there were many problems with the sound effects and the recorded tracks. Eventually all problems were solved and a number 1 hit in the UK was created. Enjoy

Georgie Fame- The Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde

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: Rose Royce- Car Wash

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In 1976, the group Rose Royce debuted with a single which established their position in disco. The song was written by Norman Whitfield and also produced by him, and it was made for the movie with the same name. This because Motown, the label the band was with, had some financial problems and Rose Royce only was a backing band. It turned out to be a good decision, since the song would make it to number one in the US and number nine in the UK. Enjoy

Rose Royce- Car Wash

Song of the day: Starship- Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

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I heard this song on the radio lately, and thought: yes, this is a good song, too. It’s made by a band who had several incarnations, such as Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Starship, etc. This single is made by Starship, just as We Built This City. However, it’s not that single I want to discuss. It’s an other hit by them.

This song was made for the movie Mannequin. I’ve never seen it, but I know the single, which has been on number one in several hit charts. Grace Slick was singing, and until that time she was the oldest female singer to reach number one (the record was broken by Cher with Believe)

Let’s enjoy

Starship- Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Song of the day: The Blues Brothers- Everybody Needs Somebody To Love

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Oh, the soundtrack of the Blues Brothers! What a good soundtrack, and what a movie!
In this movie there were certainly a lot of car crashes, and maybe it was the highest number of cars destroyed in a movie.
Anyway, the movie is brilliant, and I chose a song that everyone knows from the movie, with some good dancing:

The song of the day is Everybody Needs Somebody To Love!

And if you don’t know the movie, watch it: it’s fun!

Song of the day: Richard Harris- MacArthur Park

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Remember I was writing about Donna Summer yesterday? I mentioned MacArthur Park, but actually I think the version by Richard Harris is better.
It’s a version from 1968, and I know what you are thinking now! You think: Richard Harris?
I know the name! An actor, right? And that is completely true! He was the one who played Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies.

But now we are listening to the great song MacArthur Park, performed by Richard Harris!

Song of the day: Olivia Newton-John & the Electric Light Orchestra- Xanadu

Hi there,

Another soundtrack today! Earlier on, we had Grease as soundtrack.
The woman who played the main character in this song sings the soundtrack of today, together with a band.

Yes, it’s Olivia Newton-John together with the Electric Light Orchestra singing Xanadu from the movie with the same name.

Tomorrow more soundtracks!

Song of the day: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes- Up Where We Belong

Hi there,

The new song of the day is here!
Although I have not seen the movie where the song of the day comes from, I do know the song, and I think it’s a very good song.
It’s sung by a woman who made a song for Dirty Dancing, too, and the man had a hit with a cover of the Loving Spoonful.

It are Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes with Up Where We Belong.

The song comes from the movie An Officer And A Gentleman, Jennifer Warnes sung the song I’ve Had The Time Of My Life in Dirty Dancing, and Joe Cocker made a cover of the song Summer In The City.
More information?

Tomorrow another song!

Song of the day: John Travolta- Greased Lightening

Hi there,

More soundtracks are on their way!

I have just bought some albums, including one with (almost) all titlesongs of James Bond.
However, the soundtrack of today is a song in a movie which I find very funny.

The song can be found in Grease, it’s John Travolta with Greased Lightening!

Tomorrow more soundtracks!

P.S. Sorry for the late publishing. I thought I published it, but it still was a draft…

Song of the day: Vangelis- Conquest of Paradise

Hi there,

Firstly, I think I made a mistake yesterday. Apparently, I thought that it would be friday today, but it isn’t.
A simple case of Michael Gray, or simply: The Weekend (I Can’t Wait For The Weekend To Begin).

But okay, then there is a new song of the day, a soundtrack!
The soundtrack of today was successful, but the movie wasn’t! The movie was about Columbus, but it was no big hit.
The song became a success when a boxer used it when entering the ring.
It’s Vangelis with Conquest Of Paradise!

Tomorrow there are two songs, because then it is Friday! (Checked it)

Song of the day: Danny & The Juniors- At The Hop

Hi there,

Here’s the new (rock ‘n roll) song of the day! It starts like a bunch of sheep…
Like bah-bah-bah-bah, bah-bah-bah-bah, etc.

Really nice song, though!
It’s Danny & The Juniors with At The Hop!

And if you think, I know it from a movie, could be! In Grease, the song is covered by Sha-Na-Na.

Don’t forget to vote for the Song Of The Day Top 50!

Song of the day: Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes- I’ve Had The Time Of My Life

Hi there,

After Lou Bega from yesterday, I thought that some more mambo could be nice.
And therefore, the song of the day comes from a movie…

From Dirty Dancing, here are:
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes with I’ve Had The Time Of My Life.

Tomorrow two new songs, on superfriday!

Song of the day: Bee Gees- You Win Again

Hello everyone,

Here’s the new song of the day!

It’s a song from the eighties. The song is made by a band which returned in the eighties, and part of the success in the eighties comes because of the movie “Saturday Night Fever”.
You don’t know? It’s quite obvious, I hope. Of course I’m talking about the Bee Gees, who made the soundtrack for this movie.
However, the song of the day is not from this soundtrack. It’s called You Win Again.

It took a month to make this song. Barry Gibb wrote the melody, and his brother Maurice made the drums sound special.
A year later, in 1988, Andy Gibb died.

Tomorrow another song!

Song of the day: Duran Duran- A View To A Kill

Hello everybody,

The movies of James Bond cause a lot of hits. One of the hits is the song of today.
The band who made the song, has two words in their name, both the same.

Which band? Duran Duran. They made the song for the movie A View To A Kill.

The Bond at the time of the movie was Roger Moore, according to me one of the best Bonds.
You also can see him in the clip.

Tomorrow a new song!