Monday, June 26, 2017

200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #129: FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH. 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.
#129
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH
“…Paranoia strikes deep.
 Into your life it will creep.
 It starts when you’re always afraid.
 Step out of line,
 the man comes and 
take you away...
Buffalo Springfield delivered one of the enduring protest songs of the 1960s on its self-titled album. "For What It's Worth" was issued as a single in 1967. 
Group member Stephen Stills wrote the classic track. He drew inspiration from a protest against a planned curfew in Los Angeles. Tensions mounted between youths and the police. 
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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Sunday, June 25, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #168: SADE. Continues tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte`
mix-tapes on Spotify
A new playlist has been added to spotify, featuring:
The  Caffé Latté
200
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
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#168
SADE
The pivotal focus for the group Sade has always been lead vocalist Sade Adu. She was born Helen Folasade Adu in 1960 in Nigeria but grew up in London. The group formed in 1982. 
Debut album 'Diamond Life' emerged in 1984, led by 1st single "Your Love Is King". The song reached the British Top 10. Later that same year, "Smooth Operator" was a major hit in America. 1985's 'The Promise' contained "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Is It A Crime".
Subsequent albums included 'Stronger Than Pride' (1988), 'Love Deluxe' (1992), 'Lovers Rock' (2000) and 'Soldier Of Love' (2010).


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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
BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LXXXI-  NEEDLES AND PINS. 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.
Needles And Pins
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Smokie — Needles and Pins - Irene OlsenIn 1964, The Searchers scored a major hit with the single "Needles And Pins". On the UK chart, the disc reached #1. As well as peaking at #2 in Australia, the single made the American Top 15. 
The original version of "Needles And Pins" was recorded by Jackie DeShannon. Issued a year before The Searchers' remake, her single topped the Canadian chart. 
British group Smokie returned the song to the UK Top 10 in 1977. Since DeShannon's original, countless remakes have followed.
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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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TOP 100 1-HIT WONDERS. This post: #20-11. Concludes next weekend.
Caffé Latté presents a tribute to the  All-Time 100
MOST ESSENTIAL
ONE HIT WONDERS
This group of musical acts is responsible for only 1 major hit in Britain & /or America spans the decades. After that initial taste of chart success, a significant  follow-up eluded them.
Hear the songs on spotify:


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20
MONEY (THAT'S WHAT I WANT)
Barrett Strong (1959) 
Barrett Strong gave Motown its 1st hit single with "Money" when it reached #2 R&B and 23 Pop in the U.S. It was later covered by The Beatles and Flying Lizzards among others. Strong went on to co-write several other hits for the label (many with Norman Whitfield); most notably for The Temptations.
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19
POP MUZIK
M (1979)
Brit Robin Scott took on the 'M' persona and ruled the charts in America, Europe, Canada, Australia and South Africa with "Pop Muzik". In the UK, the disc peaked at #2.
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18
NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE
Steam (1969) 
Steam was originally a studio trio of musicians. A group was assembled when "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" became a hit. The single reached #1 in America and went Top 10 in Britain. In 1983, a remake by Bananarama peaked at #5 in the UK.
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17
DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY
Thelma Houston (1976)
American R&B vocalist Thelma Houston provided Motown with 1 of its earliest disco hits when she recorded a remake of  Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes' "Don't Leave Me This Way". The cover topped the US R&B, Disco and Pop charts. Its success soon spread around the world.
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16
BABY GOT BACK
Sir Mix-A-Lot (1992) 
American rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot was born Anthony Ray. His tribute to big butts enjoyed 5 weeks at #1 in America and went Top 10 in Australia and New Zealand. He never got back in the Top 40.
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15
PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC
Wild Cherry (1976)
American white funk band Wild Cherry scored a hit with "Play That Funky Music". The timeless party song reached #1 in the USA and made the Top 10 in Britain, Canada and Australia.
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14
ONE OF US
Joan Osborne (1995) 
American singer / songwriter/ guitarist Joan Osborne's only chart hit "One Of Us" went Top 10 in America, Britain and Europe. The single topped the Australian and Canadian charts. Eric Bazilian (of The Hooters) penned the track. Its producer Rick Chertoff had previously produced Cyndi Lauper and Sophie B. Hawkins.
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13
BORN TO BE ALIVE
Patrick Hernandez (1978)
French disco singer Patrick Hernandez wrote his sole hit single "Born To Be Alive". The disc reached #1 in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In Britain it went Top 10 as well as reaching #16 in America.
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12
YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE
New Radicals (1998) 
"You Get What You Give" remains The New Radicals' sole hit song. Along with peaking at #5 in Britain, the disc was #1 in Canada and New Zealand. Lead singer Gregg Alexander produced the track. He co-wrote it with Rick Nowels, who has penned hits for Madonna, Belinda Carlisle, Ronan Keating, Stevie Nicks, Dido and Santana.
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11
MICKEY
Toni Basil (1982)
American choreographer/ video director / actress Toni Basil enjoyed worldwide success with "Mickey". The cheerleader tribute reached #1 in America, Canada and Australia. In the UK, the disc reached #2.
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Saturday, June 24, 2017

CAFFE` LATTE`
TOP 10 ALBUMS – JUNE 2017
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1  STARBOY The Weeknd      2 7
2 SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND The Beatles      NEW
3 EUROVISION SONG CONTEST KYIV 2017 Various Artists      1 3
4 THE JOSHUA TREE U2      NEW
5 DIVIDE Ed Sheeran      9 4
6 ERIC BENET Eric Benet      4 5
7 LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM/ CHRISTINE McVIE Lindsey Buckingham & 
   Christine McVie      NEW 
8 RUMOURS Fleetwood Mac      RE-ENTRY
9 OTHER Alison Moyet      NEW
10 POLLINATOR Blondie      3 2
The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week

1 Secrets THE WEEKND  1wk                                                                         2 3

2 Glorious MACKLEMORE ftg. SKYLAR GREY                                                                   4 2

3 2U DAVID GUETTA Featuring JUSTIN BIEBER                                                                 5 2

4 Passionfruit DRAKE                                                                                7 2

5 Despacito {Remix} LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE ftg. JUSTIN BIEBER                     9 2

6 Story Of A Heart {7th Heaven Radio Mix} STEPS                                                                 1 3

7 What Do I Know? ED SHEERAN                                                                             3 3

8 Tutta Colpa Mia ELODIE                                                                              NEW

9 Rockin' THE WEEKND                                                                              6 4

10 Human RAG'N'BONE MAN                                                                             8 2

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TOP 100 1-HIT WONDERS. This post: #30-21. Continues tomorrow.
Caffé Latté presents a tribute to the  All-Time 100
MOST ESSENTIAL
ONE HIT WONDERS
This group of musical acts is responsible for only 1 major hit in Britain & /or America spans the decades. After that initial taste of chart success, a significant  follow-up eluded them.
Hear the songs on spotify:


spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte
30
I LOVE YOU ALWAYS FOREVER
Donna Lewis (1996) 
Welsh singer / songwriter Donna Lewis penned her only chart hit, a Top 5 smash in Britain, America, Australia and Canada. She released a duet with Richard Marx the following year entitled "At The Beginning" which never made the Top 40.
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29
CA PLANE POUR MOI
Plastic Bertrand (1977)
Belgian performer Plastic Bertrand was born Roger Jouret. "Ca Plane Pour Moi" was a mix of disco and punk performed in French. It was a Top 10 smash in Europe, Australia and the UK.
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28
BREAK MY STRIDE
Matthew Wilder (1983) 
American soloist Matthew Wilder co-wrote "Break My Stride". The single went Top 10 in the US, Britain, Europe, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. Wilder had previously worked as a session singer for Bette Midler and Rickie Lee Jones. In 1995, he produced the No Doubt album 'Tragic Kingdom'.
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27
YOU LIGHT UP MY LIFE
Debby Boone (1977)
Despite ruling over the US Chart for 10 weeks, "You Light Up My Life" remains Debby Boone's sole Top 40 entry. The ballad was a cover of the Academy Award- winning title song from a film starring Didi Conn.
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26
CRUSH
Jennifer Paige (1998) 
American singer Jennifer Paige reached #1 in Canada and Australia, as well as peaking in the US & UK Top 5 with "Crush". In 2008, she recorded the duet "Beautiful Lie" with Nick Carter. Paige still records to this day, having released 'Starflower' in 2017.
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25
SPIRIT IN THE SKY
Norman Greenbaum (1970)
American soloist Norman Greenbaum shot to the top in Britain, Canada and Australia (and #3 in America) with his only hit "Spirit In The Sky". After retiring from music, he became a full time dairy farmer. Greenbaum limited his later musical endeavours to managing artists and promoting concerts. 
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24
DOCTOR'S ORDERS
Carol Douglas (1974) 
American singer Carol Strickland is the cousin of Sam Cooke. She changed her surname to Douglas and scored an early disco hit with her remake of "Doctor's Orders". The single peaked at #11 in America. 
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23
MANIAC
Michael Sembello (1983)
American Michael Sembello  topped the US and Canadian chart with "Maniac", from the 'Flashdance' film soundtrack. The singer has written songs for Diana Ross and played guitar on Stevie Wonder albums.
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22
KUNG FU FIGHTING
Carl Douglas (1974) 
Carl Douglas was born in Jamaica and raised in America. He wrote "Kung Fu Fighting", which became 1 of the 1st disco #1 singles. The disc reached the top in America, Britain, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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21
TURN THE BEAT AROUND
Vicki Sue Robinson (1976)
American disco singer Vicki Sue Robinson peaked at #10 in America with "Turn The Beat Around". She appeared in the original Broadway productions of the musicals "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Hair". Robinson died of cancer in 2000.
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