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
In 2015, C Duncan tried to answer a question which has been around for some time. What if you cross classical music with pop? Of course, you could refer to the jazz improvisations of Ekseption, but C Duncan answers the question differently: he started with playing piano and violin, but quickly learned to play drums, bass and guitar, too. This year, he made his debut album: Architect. It is full of arrangements where we find ourselves confronted with both classical elements as well as the modern pop music. Great music to listen to, and though it has not charted yet, it probably is one of the most outstanding records made this year. Enjoy
C Duncan- Here To There
In 1997, the American group Buckshot LeFonque released one of their most successful singles. The band was found by Branford Marsalis, who played with artists like Miles Davis and Sting, and as a result of that, he wanted to play the styles of those artists in one. It ment a fusion of rock, pop, jazz, hip-hop and R&B (who could have thought these could be mixed?). The band was almost a complete orchestra, including some DJ’s. The song charted at number 5 in the Netherlands. Enjoy
Buckshot LeFonque- Another Day
Talking about forgotten songs, you probably can bring up this one. It’s a pop/new wave song from the seventies: 1978 to be precise. It made it to number 4 in the UK. Lance Philips (no member, mind you) later said how it became such a hit: it’s outstanding and different from the rest of the music scene. Despite this song being a big hit, the concept of the Motors never became a big success. However, it still is a great record! Enjoy
The Motors- Airport
A mix between pop and rock n roll was recorded in 1961, as the only big hit for Del Shannon. His first recording session with Maximilian was a big failure, but the manager said they should try playing one of their older songs: Little Runaway. It was recorded, re-arranged with more instruments and released: the song made it to number one in both the UK and the US! Del Shannon then disappeared, though he made lots of other good songs. Enjoy
Del Shannon- Runaway
Yeah, this song was the most popular song of The Crusaders. The Crusaders were already around some time as a jazz/pop group, and to record this song, they invited another singer: Randy Crawford. She was at the start of her career, and I think she could never have dreamed that she would have a number one hit with One Day I’ll Fly Away. This song did quite a good job, because it entered the soul charts and the disco charts (although they were higher in the soul chart than in the disco chart). However, who cares? They have got the Song of the day, so enjoy
The Crusaders feat. Randy Crawford- Street Life
It was an unusual combination: Freddie Mercury, the man who was the singer of the popgroup Queen, sang with the operasinger Montserrat Caballé.
However, the combination of the two turned out to be a gold combination. And therefore I have to choose Barcelona itself as the song of the day.
And please listen closely to the text: it’s about their meeting!