Saturday, December 3, 2016

THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL DUETS: The Top 10. This post concludes the countdown.
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THE 200 ALL-TIME MOST
ESSENTIAL DUETS
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This countdown looks back on decades of duets, where 2 acts combine on a song.
10
ENDLESS LOVE
DIANA ROSS & LIONEL RICHIE
Diana-Ross-Endless-Love.jpgWhen Motown unleashed "Endless Love", it swiftly became the label's biggest hit to date. The duet was the title song from the film starring Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. In 1981, the disc topped charts in America, Canada, Sweden, Norway and Australia. On the UK Top 40, it peaked at #7.
9
WHERE IS THE LOVE
ROBERTA FLACK & DONNY HATHAWAY
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If any pairing can be said to have been handed the baton from the magical chemistry between Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, it was Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Sadly, this new combo was short-lived, cut short by Hathaway's untimely death. "Where Is The Love" is the best offering from the 2 soul singers. In 1972, the Grammy Award winning single reached #1 on the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts and #5 Pop.
8
SUMMER NIGHTS
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN & JOHN TRAVOLTA
Olivia-Newton-John-Summer Nights 5 (2).jpgThe 'Grease' soundtrack included many fun tracks and "Summer Nights" was its most humorous. Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, trade contrasting accounts of their meeting. A chorus of girls and boys interject with asides that emphasize the differences in their versions. Released as a single in 1978, the duet flew to the top of the British chart and made the Top 10 in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
7
ONE SWEET DAY
MARIAH CAREY & BOYZ II MEN
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Both Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men were working on songs about losing someone special. They combined their ideas and the result was the grand collaboration "One Sweet Day". The 1995 single struck a chord with the public. In America, the disc broke the record for longest run on the Hot 100: a staggering reign lasting 16 consecutive weeks. The single also reached the Top 10 in Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
6
YOU DON'T BRING ME FLOWERS
BARBRA STREISAND & NEIL DIAMOND
YDBMF single.jpgOf all the songs included on the Top 200. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers" was the only unintentional duet recording. Both Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand had recorded solo versions of the song for their albums 'I'm Glad You're Here With Me Tonight' and 'Songbird' respectively. A DJ named Gary Guthrie spliced the 2 versions into a duet which proved popular with listeners. Reaction spread and, as both artists were signed to Columbia Records, they were asked to record an official duet version. In 1978, the formal take reached #1 in America and Canada. It also made the Top 10 in Britain and Australia.
5
DON'T GO BREAKING MY HEART
ELTON JOHN & KIKI DEE
Don't Go Breaking My Heart Single.jpegThe Motown duets cut by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell inspired the writing of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart". Bernie Taupin and Elton John evoked the spirit of the Detroit label's output and the end result was warmly greeted by the public around the globe. John recorded the duet with Kiki Dee. Soon, it was perched at the top of the charts in America, Britain, parts of Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
4
(I'VE HAD) THE TIME OF MY LIFE
BILL MEDLEY & JENNIFER WARNES
Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes - (I've Had) The Time of My Life single cover.jpg'Dirty Dancing' had a soundtrack that spawned hits, the biggest being the duet "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life", recorded by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes. In 1987, the track collected an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy. It topped the charts in America, Canada and Australia. In the U.K. the single peaked at #6.
3
AIN'T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH
MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL
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Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson were a couple that delivered some stellar tracks for Motown. "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" was their greatest songwriting creation. Before Diana Ross recorded her solo #1 rendition, it was a brilliant love song performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. This combination was so effective that it remains the blueprint. The Gaye - Terrell pairing has inspired countless imitations. The duet was issued in 1966 and was included on the 2 singers' joint album 'United'. Along with reaching #3 on the American Soul Chart, the disc cracked the Pop Top 20.
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UNDER PRESSURE
QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE
In 1981, Queen and David Bowie met in a Swiss recording studio and cut what is arguably the coolest duet of all time, "Under Pressure". Both the group and Bowie were at their peak in sales and popularity. The single topped the British chart and made the Top 10 in Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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NO MORE TEARS (ENOUGH IS ENOUGH)
DONNA SUMMER & BARBRA STREISAND
At the time plans were being drawn for this collaboration between chart titans Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer, disco was still the dominant musical genre all over the planet. Dance was not a comfortable style for the former but she had recently charted with the disco title song from her film 'The Main Event'. Conversely, Summer was well established in the dance music arena, having recorded some of the best tracks of the genre, including "I Feel Love", "Love To Love You Baby" and "Hot Stuff". Paul Jabara and Bruce Roberts penned "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" and pitched the idea to the 2 vocalists. They liked the song so much, both women were keen to record it before legalities could interfere. Thus it came to be that 2 women leading in the genres of Adult Contemporary and Disco respectively, came together. They executed a performance that brought together disparate styles. The single reached #1 in the U.S.A. as well as going Top 10 in Britain, Canada, Europe Australia and New Zealand. It was included on Streisand's 'Wet' album and Summer's 'On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II'.
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To be eligible, the acts involved contribute close to equal roles as lead vocalists rather than featured or guest vocals. The collaborations must be by acts that do not usually record together as regular duos (eg. Hall & Oates, Everly Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel and Wham!).

Friday, December 2, 2016

101 Top Songs by the Traveling Wilburys. This update: #80-76. Continues next week.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP 101 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY THE
TRAVELING WILBURYS

80
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WAH-WAH
GEORGE HARRISON
(1970)
"Wah-Wah" was a fun track on Harrison's debut solo album 'All Things Must Pass'. The triple LP was instantly greeted with praise and strong sales as the planet reacted to the split of The Beatles. It was co-produced by Harrison and Phil Spector.
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LAST TRAIN TO LONDON
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
(1979)
This was another hit lifted off the band's 'Discovery' album. The single climbed to #8 in the UK and cracked the American Top 40. It was released as a double A-side with "Confusion".
78
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GEORGE JACKSON
BOB DYLAN
(1971)
Dylan's provocative track was a Top 40 single in America and Canada. It recounted the death of an African-American militant while in prison. 
77
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DON'T BRING ME DOWN
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
(1979)
The 3rd single lifted off 'Discovery', this track was a massive hit for ELO. It reached the Top 10 in America, Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
76
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MARY JANE'S LAST DANCE
TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS
(1993)
Penned by Petty, this single was produced by him with fellow Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and Rick Rubin. The single's Top 20 North American success earned it a place among the group's other major releases included on the 'Greatest Hits' compilation album that was unleashed around the same time.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing and in celebration of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the 101 songs that matter most from the members of The Traveling Wilburys. As well as Harrison and Dylan, the group consisted of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The latter is mostly represented on the Top 101 as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra. Also included are songs that Harrison penned for The Beatles to record.
Each update will be added to the Traveling Wilburys playlist on Spotify.

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NEW SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: R&B/SOUL MIXTAPE 6-A FUNKY SPACE REINCARNATION.
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Check out the playlists on offer from Caffe` Latte` on spotify.
A new mixtape has been added…
R&B / SOUL MIXTAPE 6:
A FUNKY SPACE REINCARNATION
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 with songs by:
MARVIN GAYE,LAKESIDE, PARLIAMENT, STEVIE WONDER, LENNY KRAVITZ & MORE.


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There’s also playlists  with retro, mixed genres, Motown, Eurovision, ABBA, & GLBTI anthems and more!


Thursday, December 1, 2016

THE X'MAS PLAYLIST
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With only a month to the holiday season, a new Christmas playlist has been added..
A CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST


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There’s also playlists  with R&B/ Soul, retro, Motown, Eurovision & GLBTI anthems.
Best wishes for the holiday season and a happy new year 2017 to all.
101 Top Songs by the Traveling Wilburys. This update: #85-81. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP 101 ESSENTIAL SONGS BY THE
TRAVELING WILBURYS

85
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SHINE A LITTLE LOVE
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
(1979)
Released just prior to its parent album 'Discovery', this single was a Top 10 hit in America, Britain and Canada.
84
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PENNY ARCADE
ROY ORBISON
(1969)
This song was issued in 1969 and reached #1 in Australia. It was later included on Orbison's 1970 album 'The Big O'.
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HOLD ON TIGHT
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA
(1981)
ELO released its album 'Time' with this as the lead single. It was a sound choice, resulting in Top 10 success for the song in America, Britain, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
82
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RUNNIN' DOWN A DREAM
TOM PETTY
(1989)
This song was written and produced by Petty with a member of his band The Heartbreakers, Mike Campbell and Jeff Lynne. The single climbed to #23 in the U.S.A. and was included on the 'Full Moon Fever' album.
81
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MAGGIE'S FARM
BOB DYLAN
(1965)
This was another electric rock song from Dylan's 1965 album 'Bringing It All Back Home'. Released as a single, the track peaked at #22 on the British chart.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of George Harrison’s passing and in celebration of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature, it’s an opportune time to reflect on the 101 songs that matter most from the members of The Traveling Wilburys. As well as Harrison and Dylan, the group consisted of Roy Orbison, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne. The latter is mostly represented on the Top 101 as a member of the Electric Light Orchestra. Also included are songs that Harrison penned for The Beatles to record.
Each update will be added to the Traveling Wilburys playlist on Spotify.

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BEFORE IT WAS A HIT XLI: I Heard It Through The Grapevine. Continues next week.
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.
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
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Image result for i heard it through the grapevine gladys knight & the pipsWhen Marvin Gaye released "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", it swiftly became the biggest hit to date on the Motown label. The singer's smooth vocal created one of the coolest soul recordings ever. In 1968, it climbed to #1 in both America and Britain.
While Gaye's take is the definitive version, it had already charted for fellow Motown act Gladys Knight & The Pips. Their grittier interpretation had peaked at #2 in the U.S.A. the previous year.
Image result for i heard it through the grapevine ccrsThe original version of the song was recorded by another group on the Detroit record label's roster, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles. It was included on their 'Special Occasion' album, issued just prior to the release of The Pips' single.
Since Gaye's recording, many others have covered the composition penned by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, including Creedence Clearwater Revival with a 1970 remake that runs for 11 minutes.
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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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