Wednesday, May 24, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #197 THE MARVELETTES. Continues tomorrow.
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200 FAVOURITE MUSIC ACTS
The Marvelettes
#197
THE MARVELETTES
Motown boasted an enviable roster of game-changing musical acts, many of which will be included on this Top 200. The label's 1st US #1 on the Pop Chart was "Please Mr Postman" by The Marvelettes. Formed in 1960, subsequent singles included the marvelous "Too Many Fish In The Sea", "Beechwood 4-5789", "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game" and "Destination: Anywhere". As Motown's 1st girl group, The Marvelettes paved the way for Martha & The Vandellas, The Velvelettes and The Supremes.


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198 ICEHOUSE
199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI
BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LXXV-  HARLEM SHUFFLE. Continues: tomorrow.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Harlem Shuffle
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The Rolling Stones unleashed the 'Dirty Work' album in 1986. Its lead single was "Harlem Shuffle". The disc went Top 10 in America, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Written by Bob Relf and Earl Nelson, the original version was released in 1963. The 2 composers issued it under their stage name Bob and Earl. Their disc peaked at #44 on both the US Pop and R&B Charts.
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200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #152- I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME. Continues: tomorrow.
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200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
#152
I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME
“…’Cause I can’t make you love me
 if you don’t,
You can’t make your heart feel,
Something it won’t...
Bonnie Raitt's 1991 album 'Luck Of the Draw' featured the mighty ballad "I Can't Make You Love Me". The protagonist realizes that the one she loves does not feel the same way. 
Throughout the ballad, the lyrics convey the the fate of the relationship. 
The song has since been covered by a wide range of performers, including George Michael, Adele and Boyz II Men.
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at:

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #198 ICEHOUSE. Continues tomorrow.
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#198
ICEHOUSE
Icehouse revolves around pivotal member and lead singer Iva Davies. Formed in 1980, the Australian group was initially known as The Flowers. As another band using that name already existed, the group adopted the title of its debut album 'Icehouse'. A steady string of hits followed, including "Can't Help Myself", "We Can Get Together", "Great Southern Land", "Crazy" and "Love In Motion". Its biggest international hit "Electric Blue", penned by Davies with John Oates (Hall & Oates), reached #1 in Australia and peaked at #7 in America.


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199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI
BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LXXIV-  LAST KISS. Continues: tomorrow.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Last Kiss
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Last Kiss Wilson.jpgPearl Jam released "Last Kiss" in 1999. It topped the Australian chart and peaked at #2 in North America. Proceeds from the single were donated  by the group to CARE, an organization that helped the refugees from Kosovo.
The song was written by American musician Wayne Cochran, who released the original version in 1961. His recording failed to make an impact on the charts.  
In 1964, a remake was issued by J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers. The band's rendition peaked at #2 in America.
 Last Kiss - Wayne Cochran
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THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS 
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems.


THE ANTHEMS 

2017
MAY
FINALLY - Ce Ce Peniston
CeCeFinally1992.jpgAmerican R&B / dance artist Ce Ce Peniston is best remembered for her breakout hit "Finally". The track arrived in 1991 and topped Billboard's Dance Chart. It deals with the long wait for the man of your dreams. The 'love at last' theme is set to a joyous blast of dance beats. She would return to the top of that chart a few more times, with follow-ups that included "We Got A Love Thang" the following year.

2017

DANCING QUEEN - Abba
BEAUTIFUL - Christina Aguilera
SEARCHIN' - Hazell Dean
I FEEL LOVE - Donna Summer

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2016

WHY? - Bronski Beat
OUTSIDE - George Michael
SAN FRANCISCO - Village People
JOHN, I'M ONLY DANCING - David Bowie
VOGUE - Madonna
SOMEWHERE - Barbra Streisand
I WILL SURVIVE - Gloria Gaynor
RISE LIKE A PHOENIX - Conchita Wurst
I WANT TO BREAK FREE - Queen
SAME LOVE - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME - Miquel Brown
TRUE COLORS - Cyndi Lauper

JANUARY - DECEMBER        2015 

Y.M.C.A. - Village People
LEGENDARY HEROES  (ALL OF THEM QUEER) - Holly Johnson
WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #153- DON'T GIVE UP. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
#153
DON’T GIVE UP
“…For every job,
so many men.
So many men
No-one needs...
The teaming of Peter Gabriel with Kate Bush is a rare treat. The former's lyrics find a man at his lowest point. His struggle to gain employment has been in vain. His woman keeps encouraging him to not surrender to despair.
The duet was lifted as a single off Gabriel's 'So' album in 1986. It reached the Top 10 in Britain and Australia.
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at:

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Monday, May 22, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #199 LEO SAYER. Continues tomorrow.
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#199
LEO SAYER
British recording artist Leo Sayer was born in 1948. Early in his career, his compositions were recorded by Roger Daltrey (The Who) and Three Dog Night. Sayer launched his solo career in 1974 and was soon charting with regularity, amassing hits that included "Moonlighting", "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" (US #1), "Thunder In My Heart", "More Than I Can Say", "When I Need You" (US #1) and "Orchard Road".


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200 LIZA MINNELLI
BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LXXIII-  SEASONS IN THE SUN. Continues: tomorrow.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Seasons In The Sun
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Canadian artist Terry Jacks enjoyed a worldwide smash hit with the teary ballad "Seasons In The Sun". In 1973, his single was issued and went on to reach #1 in America, Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. 
I Have A Dream Westlife.jpgThe hit was originally a French song entitled "Le Moribond". Its title translates as "the dying man". Celebrated Belgian singer / songwriter Jacques Brel penned the original version. The song was included on his 1961 album 'Marieke'. American Rod McKuen adapted the song for an English-speaking audience.
Irish boyband Westlife recorded a remake of the song that reached #1 on the British chart in late 1999. It was issued as a double A-side with the group's cover of the ABBA song "I Have A Dream".
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Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
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