Tuesday, October 17, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #99: TAMMI TERRELL. Continues later this week.
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200
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
 Tammi Terrell
#99
TAMMI TERRELL
Tammi Terrell's inclusion among this list of 200 acts is for her duets with Marvin Gaye. Although she cut several tracks for Motown as a soloist, it is for her magical collaborations with him that she is best remembered.  Gaye and Terrell together established a new benchmark for duets. 
Tomasina Montgomery was born in Philadelphia in 1945. She began performing while still in her teens. In 1961, producer Luther Dixon discovered the singer. She was signed up by Scepter Records and cut discs as Tammy Montgomery. Next, James Brown noticed her talent and added her to his live revue as well as his Try Me label.
In 1965, Berry Gordy Jr. caught her performing with Jerry Butler. He signed her up on his Motown label. Her initial solo singles fared poorly, but when she was teamed up with Gaye, the result was thrilling.
Gaye had already cut duets with Mary Wells and Kim Weston. The chemistry between him and Tammi Terrell (as she was now recording as) was genuine and powerful. 
Together, they recorded some timeless duets, including: "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", "Your Precious Love", "You're All I Need To Get By" and "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing". 
During this golden period, Terrell was plagued by health issues. She endured migraines. In 1967, Terrell collapsed into Gaye's arms while they performed on stage. She was then diagnosed with a brain tumour. 
Terrell underwent hours of painful surgery. She had to retire from live performances but continued recording with Gaye. As her health deteriorated, an uncredited Valerie Simpson replaced her on their collaborations. 
After 8 operations, Terrell was left partially paralysed and with memory loss. On March 16, 1970 the 24 year old singer died. Gaye never recovered from his grief.    

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100 FRANK SINATRA    101 JENNIFER HUDSON    
102 BEACH BOYS    103 CHAKA KHAN    104 JOE JACKSON       105 MIKA                              
106 CHRISTINA AGUILERA      107 DAVID GUETTA      108 DESTINY’S CHILD
109 JAMIROQUAI      110 ALISON MOYET      111 LED ZEPPELIN      112 STEVE WINWOOD
113 COMMODORES      114 COLDPLAY      115 SIMPLY RED      116 ONE DIRECTION
117 CAROLE KING      118 R. KELLY      119 EMELI SANDE`      120 QUINCY JONES
121 LADY GAGA      122 ELVIS COSTELLO      123 RAY CHARLES      124 ED SHEERAN
125 NATALIE COLE     126 SMOKEY ROBINSON     127 KANYE WEST     128 ELVIS PRESLEY
129 ERIC BENET      130 SAM SMITH      131 JAMES TAYLOR      132 STEELY DAN
133 IKE & TINA TURNER      134 DES’REE      135 ACE OF BASE      136 VAN MORRISON
137 SAM COOKE      138 THE DOORS      139 AMY WINEHOUSE      140 PHARRELL
141 GEORGE BENSON      142 MINNIE RIPERTON       143 VILLAGE PEOPLE
144 CURTIS MAYFIELD      145 FOREIGNER      146 EURYTHMICS      147 TOTO
148 BARRY WHITE      149 CARL RISELEY      150 TONI BRAXTON     151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES     153 LUTHER VANDROSS     154 ERIC CLAPTON     155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER      157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE      158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES      160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD      162 GLORIA GAYNOR      163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING     165 MEAT LOAF     166 JAMES REYNE     167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE    169 A-HA    170 GLEN CAMPBELL    171 DIRE STRAITS    172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT      174 ANTHONY CALLEA      175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE      177 MICHAEL BUBLE`      178 TRACY CHAPMAN      179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS      181 LITTLE RIVER BAND      182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES      184 CERRONE      185 MODELS      186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES      188 PETULA CLARK      189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY      191 ART GARFUNKEL      192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN      194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG      195 S CLUB 7      196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES      198 ICEHOUSE      199 LEO SAYER      200 LIZA MINNELLI
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200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #62: NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time.
#62
NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS
“…I held in my feelings
& closed every door.
No matter what happens,
I can’t anymore...
When Alan & Marilyn Bergman wrote the lyrics for "No Matter What Happens", they wanted the verses to not only fit within the context of the movie 'Yentl', but to mean something to anyone feeling like an outsider. 
Michel Legrand composed the music. The Bergmans contributed the lyrics. In the film, the song is performed by the lead character at a turning point in the story. After concealing her true self, Yentl can no longer deny who she is. All the feelings she had kept bottled up cannot be suppressed any longer. "No Matter What Happens" is that decisive moment when the truth must be revealed. 
The motion picture was released in 1983. Barbra Streisand, in her portrayal of Yentl, sings the song in a pivotal scene. Everything changes from that moment.
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Monday, October 16, 2017

THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS 
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2017
OCTOBER
(SING IF YOU'RE) GLAD TO BE GAY - 
Tom Robinson Band
Image result for glad to be gay tom robinsonTo the mainstream pop audience, the Tom Robinson Band is best remembered as a one-hit wonder act, responsible for the 1977 punk-tinged single "2-4-6-8 Motorway". For the gay community, he is also the writer of and lead singer on "Glad To Be Gay".  
Its lyrics tackle issues such as homophobia and the violence directed towards homosexuals. Released in 1978, its singalong chorus made it an instant anthem. The song was included on the TRB's 'Rising Free' EP.
Robinson went on to co-write with Elton John. Their collaboration "Elton's Song" is featured on the piano player's 1981 album 'The Fox'.


2017

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


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200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #63: JAMES. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time.
#63
JAMES
“…Will you always stay,
someone else’s dream 
of who you are?
Do what’s good for you,
or you’re no good
for anybody...
Billy Joel released 'Turnstiles' in 1976. The album included the single "James". Joel's lyrics involve 2 friends that have chosen different destinies. The protagonist has followed his dreams and fulfilled his musical ambitions. On the other hand, the James referred to in the song title has forsaken his personal aspirations in order to please his family. 
Joel questions James' choice. The latter has satisfied his family's expectations but is in danger of never realizing his own goals. 
"James" is a song that many can relate to, especially those that have sacrificed their own desires in order to appease others. 
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: CX- BETTER BE GOOD TO ME. Continues: later this 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.
Better Be Good To Me
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"Better Be Good To Me" was written by Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn and Holly Knight. The latter was in a group named Spider. That band recorded the original version of the song which was issued in 1981. 
Tina Turner recorded a remake of "Better Be Good To Me" for her 1984 album 'Private Dancer'. She didn't change the vocal approach too much, except for injecting a grittier treatment. Turner's cover reached the Top 10 in America and Canada.
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THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL ALBUMS. This post: #170-161. Continues: next week.
Caffé Latté presents the  all-time
200
MOST ESSENTIAL
ALBUMS
Frank Sinatra is generally credited as the first artist to release a concept album. Until then, the pop market was focused almost exclusively on the single. Albums merely consisted of a compilation of recently issued product with filler to capitalize on a successful hit song. During the 1960s, albums gradually built up credibility and by the 1970s, had become as integral as the single. The era of ‘classic albums’ had emerged, led by acts such as The Beatles, Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin and David Bowie.
This Top 200 list includes albums that broke new ground; expanded the sonic landscape and influenced the music that followed. They have been ranked according to impact on the sound of rock and pop music, popularity, sales and timeless quality.

200 LEMONADE Beyoncé
199 TUSK Fleetwood Mac
198 BLUE LINES Massive attack
197 A NEW WORLD RECORD Electric Light Orchestra
196 THAT’S THE WAY OF THE WORLD Earth, Wind & Fire
195 SHE’S SO UNUSUAL Cyndi Lauper
194 A NIGHT ON THE TOWN Rod Stewart
193 BROTHERS IN ARMS Dire Straits
192 DIANA Diana Ross
191 ABRAXAS Santana
190 TATTOO YOU Rolling Stones
189 TRACY CHAPMAN Tracy Chapman
188 FULFILLINGNESS’ FIRST FINALE Stevie Wonder
187 CAN’T SLOW DOWN Lionel Richie
186 BOOKENDS Simon & Garfunkel
185 BORN IN THE U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen
184 HOT AUGUST NIGHT Neil Diamond
183 FAITH George Michael
182 CRAZYSEXYCOOL TLC
181 TOO LOW FOR ZERO Elton John 
180 PAUL SIMON Paul Simon
179 WAR OF THE WORLDS Jeff Wayne
178 PARKLIFE Blur
177 MUSIC OF MY MIND Stevie Wonder
176 BACK TO BLACK Amy Winehouse
175 ALL THINGS MUST PASS George Harrison
174 SYNCHRONICITY the Police
173 52nd STREET Billy Joel
172 THE HEIST Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
171 BAD Michael Jackson
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170
TUBULAR BELLS
MIKE OLDFIELD
1973
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British musician Mike Oldfield's debut album was a sonic journey that remains a watershed moment in prog-rock/ art rock. He not only co-produced the LP but plays all the instruments. The disc consisted of just 2 tracks, spread out over 2 sides of the original vinyl format. "Tubular Bells Part One" runs for 251/2 minutes, while the flip features the 23+ minutes long "Tubular Bells Part Two". Vivian Stanshall introduces a succession of instruments before they are added to the track. It climaxes with the announcement of tubular bells.
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169
GOING TO A GO-GO
SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES
1965
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Smokey Robinson was more than just the lead vocalist for Motown group The Miracles. He was its principal songwriter, penning many of the archetypal classics for the label. His flair for writing was astonishing. Robinson also co-produced the 'Going To A Go-Go' album. This LP includes the timeless Motown songs "The Tracks Of My Tears", "Ooo Baby Baby" and the title track. "From Head To Toe" is an obscure gem found on this disc.
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168
 ...AND THEN THERE WERE THREE...
GENESIS
1978
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The title of the 9th studio album by Genesis describes the group's predicament in 1978. Peter Gabriel's departure left a massive void. His exit took place just as the band had begun expanding its audience. The remaining members auditioned replacements before deciding to continue as a trio with Phil Collins emerging from behind the drums for a new role as lead singer. 
 '...And Then There Were Three...' was an aptly titled album. While still fastened to art rock, Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford set out to create a more commercial sound.
The LP marked a turning point for the British band. It kicked off a second phase for Genesis. The closing track "Follow You, Follow Me" provided the group with its first Top 10 hit in Britain and was its first international success. Genesis continued building its sound, becoming one of the biggest acts of the 1980s. Collins would also enjoy a lucrative simultaneous solo career. Rutherford scored a global smash with "The Living Years" with his other band, Mike And The Mechanics.
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167
 DOUBLE FANTASY
JOHN LENNON & YOKO ONO
1980
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For 5 years, John Lennon had dropped off the musical landscape, devoting his time to raising his son Sean. At the start of the 1980s, the former Beatle was ready to record again. 'Double Fantasy' served as Lennon's update on where he had been and where he found himself in 1980. his songs dealt with love ("Woman", "(JUst Like) Starting Over" and "Dear Yoko"), his son ("Beautiful Boy") and his hiatus ("Watching The Wheels"). 
The album was a collaboration with Ono. Some would argue her contributions detract from his material. While there is no doubt she is ahead of her time, Ono's music is too out there to sit cohesively with her husband's superior songs. 
What made this album a best seller was the tragic event that took place on December 8 that same year. Lennon was assassinated. The world was in shock and grieved while purchasing copies of the new album, catapulting it to the top of the charts in several countries.
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166
A RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD
COLDPLAY
2002
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Before the release of 'A Rush Of Blood To The Head', rumours had begun circulating that Coldplay would split. The touring schedule to support debut album 'Parachutes' had taken its toll on the group's creativity and energy. 
The band created "In My Place" which became the starting point for the completion of a follow-up album. Coldplay reinvigorated its sound. Lead singer Chris Martin developed his falsetto and applied it more effectively on the new material.
This sophomore studio album featured a stronger set of songs, including the staples "The Scientist" and "Clocks". The public greeted this new release with such enthusiasm that it reached #1 in many countries. Coldplay was suddenly jettisoned to a new status as one of the leading bands on the contemporary music scene.
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165
SOME GIRLS
ROLLING STONES
1978
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Disco and punk rock dominated radio and the charts around the time The Rolling Stones unleashed 'Some Girls'. The legendary rock band responded with a vibrant new album that proved the group was still musically relevant. 
Firstly, The Stones incorporated elements of disco on "Miss You" which shot to #1 in America. In the wake of the punk explosion, The Stones reaffirmed its past as the naughty boys of rock. While the band did not emulate the punk rockers, we were all gently reminded of The Stones' influence on the new music. 
Keith Richards' drug use was increasing, yet somehow he and co-writer Mick Jagger were able to create one of The Stones' best albums in years. The group injected more grit and sting on the new material.  Among the album's high points are: the afore-mentioned "Miss You", "Respectable", "Beast Of Burden", "Shattered" and the country-tinged "Far Away Eyes". In fact, the weakest track is a remake of The Temptations' "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)". Then again, that track is no train wreck either.
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164
 IF YOU CAN BELIEVE YOUR EYES AND EARS
THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
1966
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The possibilities seemed without limit during the 1960s. The Beatles had given rock music a jolt that is still reverberating to this day. The Mamas and the Papas created a new sound that echoed the Fab Four, The Beach Boys, The Monkees and The Association.
'If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears' was the American group's debut album. It contained "Monday Monday" and "California Dreamin'". Both were major chart hits for the group. "I Call Your Name" was a remake of a Beatles song. There are covers of "Spanish Harlem" and "Do You Wanna Dance" too. Other noteworthy tracks include: "Somebody Groovy", "Straight Shooter", "Got A Feelin'" and "You Baby". 
Decades later, the pop structures and harmonies that were trademarks of The Mamas & The Papas' sound could be heard in the music of Roxette, The Go-Gos, ABBA and The Bangles.
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163
MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY
KANYE WEST
2010
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On his 5th studio album, Kanye West's evolution produced a rap masterwork. The years ahead will see its influence grow as other acts draw inspiration from the disc. 
Several producers worked on this release, yet the album manages to flow. West is simply a creative force that manages to build on each new release. 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' is the culmination of his years in the hip hop game. 
West maintains your attention throughout. The strongest tracks are "All Of The Lights", "Blame Game", "Who Will Survive In America", "Power", "Hell Of A Life" and "Runaway". Among the guests on the album are Jay-Z, John Legend, Rick Ross, Pusha T and Bon Iver. The sampled artists include Smokey Robinson and Gil Scott-Heron.
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162
CAN'T BUY A THRILL
STEELY DAN
1972
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Recording acts were striving for perfection in the studio during the 1970s. Steely Dan made it appear easy on its debut album 'Can't Buy A Thrill'. Many attempted to emulate its sound. 
Walter Becker and Donald Fagen recruited some of the finest session musicians for this LP, such as Venetta Fields, Jeff Baxter and David Paich. This album featured the fruits of their contributions, including "Dirty Work", "Do It Again", "Only A Fool Would Say That", "Brooklyn (Owes The Charmer Under Me)", "Change Of The Guard" and "Reelin' In The Years".
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161
ONCE UPON A TIME
DONNA SUMMER
1977
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Disco attracted its detractors. It produced an endless stream of one-hit wonders that could sing anything over a dance beat and be guaranteed a hit song. But there were noteworthy exceptions. Donna Summer may have been crowned the Queen of Disco, but she remains underrated. She was to 70s dance music what Madonna would be to the 1980s. 
By the time of 'Once Upon A Time', Summer had already issued 5 albums. While disco created many singers that followed instructions from their puppet master producers, Summer was different. She contributed to the songwriting of every track on this double album. 
The influence of producers Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte cannot be denied. The music on this LP steered disco beyond its limits. Tracks worth exploring include "I Love You", "Now I Need You", "Working The Midnight Shift" and "Once Upon A Time". 
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