Friday, November 24, 2017

200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #35: A CHANGE IS GONNA COME. Continues: next week.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#35
A CHANGE IS GONNA COME
“…It’s been too hard living,
but I’m afraid to die,
I don’t know what’s up there
beyond the sky...
Sam Cooke's song "A Change Is Gonna Come" may not have been a major chart hit, but its historical significance has grown over the passing decades.
The song was issued in 1964. Cooke's lyrics deal with the hardships experienced by African-Americans at the time. It was soon adopted as a civil rights anthem. 
Cooke's verses describe a variety of struggles, but there is an optimistic note. The influential soul vocalist sees a brighter future for his community.
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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Thursday, November 23, 2017

THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS 
This playlist is now available on Spotify!
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems.


THE ANTHEMS 

2017
NOVEMBER
MACHO MAN - Village People
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The Village People broke through with its debut single "San Francisco" in 1977. One year later, they achieved a stronger chart performance internationally with "Macho Man". This single was the title track from the group's 2nd studio album, also issued in 1978. It peaked at #25 in America, #16 in Canada, #7 in New Zealand and reached #3 in Australia.
As was the case with many of the Village People's singles, "Macho Man" too was swiftly adopted by the gay community and has been an anthem ever since.
2017
(SING IF YOU'RE) GLAD TO BE GAY Tom Robinson Band
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC - Mama Cass Elliot
I WANT TO COME OVER - Melissa Etheridge
SUPERMODEL (YOU BETTER WORK) - RuPaul
RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
FINALLY - Ce Ce Peniston
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


BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: CXXVII- FEVER. 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.
Fever
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Madonna - Fever.png"Fever" is a song that has been re-interpreted by a slew of musicians. Among the best known are versions by Peggy Lee in 1959; Madonna in 1993 and Beyoncé in 2010.
Beyoncé - Fever (Official Single Cover).pngEddie Cooley and John Davenport wrote the song. The latter was a pseudonym for Otis Blackwell. Little Willie John recorded the original, releasing it in 1959. The disc topped the US R&B Chart and reached #24 on the Billboard Hot 100. 
Lee's remake became the more successful interpretation. She changed some of the lyrics and it soon became the singer's signature song. Her remake reached the Top 10 in America, the UK and Australia.
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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:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte
200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #36: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#36
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
“…Close your eyes
& think of me,
& soon I will be there,
to brighten up
even your darkest night...
Numerous performers have covered "You've Got A Friend" over many decades. This is a testament of the lyrics' timeless resonance. The song was written by Carole King and first heard on her 1971 classic album 'Tapestry'.
James Taylor recorded a remake that year and scored an American #1 single as well as peaking at #4 in the UK. It won Taylor the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. King herself collected the Song of the Year Grammy Award for composing the hit.
King's lyrics deal with the loyalty and support of a good friend. The verses reassure the other person that no matter what adversity emerges, she will be there for her friend. In the many years since the original was first heard, that need for a reliable friend has never diminshed.
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:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte:playlist:7FJhffENQ1Siz0aLBE9ilv

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UPDATED SPOTIFY PLAYLIST- NOW ADDED: DAVID CASSIDY
Caffe` Latte`
on Spotify

Updated playlist:
David Cassidy Partridge Family

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IN MEMORIAM 2017 
A playlist consisting of music artists that we have lost during this year.
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BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: CXXVI- KINGSTON TOWN. 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.
Kingston Town
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In late 1989, UB40 released 'Labour Of Love II', a covers album.One of the singles lifted from the disc was "Kingston Town". UB40's version reached the Top 10 in Britain and many European countries. It later also made the Top 20 in Australia and New Zealand. 
"Kingston Town" was originally recorded by calypso performer Lord Creator. The performer was born in Trinidad under the name Kentrick Patrick
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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:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte
200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #37: SOCIETY'S CHILD. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#37
SOCIETY’S CHILD
“…Baby I’m only society’s child.
When we’re older,
things may change,
but for now,
this is the way
they must remain...
Janis Ian was still in her teens when she penned "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)". The song deals with the prejudice directed at African-Americans.
Ian's lyrics revolve around an interracial couple. The protagonist loves an African-American. Wherever they go, the couple is greeted by disapproving looks. 
Being young, the protagonist feels pressured to break up with her partner. She hopes that colour will cease to be an issue in the future. 
Released in 1967, "Society's Child" reached the Top 15 in both America and Canada. It became Ian's first hit single. At the time, the disc was very controversial because of its subject matter.
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:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: CXXV- LEAVING ON A JET PLANE. 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.
Leaving On A Jet Plane
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Although originally heard on Peter, Paul & Mary's 'Album 1700' in 1967, the trio's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" was not issued as a single until 2 years later. The disc reached #1 in America and Canada. On the British chart, the single peaked at #2. 
"Leaving On A Jet Plane" was written by John Denver. The American musician recorded the original version of the song for his 1966 album 'John Denver Sings'. At the time, he was relatively unknown. The song was listed on the LP sleeve under its original title: "Babe, I Hate To Go". He re-recorded it under the new title for his 1969 album 'Rhymes And Reasons'. Denver's chart success began in 1971 with the US #2 hit "Take Me Home Country Roads".
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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:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte
200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #38: GOODNIGHT SAIGON. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#38
GOODNIGHT SAIGON
“…We came in spastic,
like tameless horses,
we left in plastic,
as numbered corpses...
By the early 1980s, Billy Joel had achieved an enviable string of radio staples. His albums were reliably among the era's best sellers. Joel's commercial success was a significant accomplishment, yet he was still not regarded in the same high regard as singer/ songwriters such as Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. On his 1982 album 'The Nylon Curtain', Joel proved his mettle. This was most evident on the track "Goodnight Saigon".
Joel set the song in Vietnam. American troops are confronting the reality of the bloody conflict. "Goodnight Saigon" makes the war come alive for us, as effectively as the most powerful Vietnam War films. 
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: