Wednesday, March 29, 2017

TOP 45 ESC SONGS THAT WERE CULLED AT THE SEMI-FINALS.: #22. More: later today.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP
EUROVISION SONGS
THAT FAILED TO QUALIFY
 AT THE SEMI-FINALS
As more countries wished to participate in the  Eurovision Song Contest, Semi-Finals became necessary by 1993 in order to limit the duration of the Grand Final. This countdown looks back on 45 culled – but worthy- entries that failed to progress from a Semi-Final and therefore missed out on competing in the Grand Final:

22
HASTA LA VISTA
RUSLAN ALEKHNO
2008 BELARUS
Belarus was represented by Ruslan Alekhno singing a song in English with a Spanish title. "Hasta La Vista" competed during Semi Final 2 among 18 other nations. The song was terminated there, finishing in 17th place.
Ruslan Alekhno, Belarus, Eurovision 2008.jpg
To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 25: 2004. Continues: tomorrow.
THE HISTORY OF THE
EUROVISION
SONG CONTEST
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
2004

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Eurovision had a distinctly diverse flavour in 2004 as the exotic city of Istanbul played host. With the ever expanding list of nations desiring to participate in the ESC, a semi final was introduced. The 10 countries achieving the highest scores from a field of 22 competitors would qualify. The other 12 were culled for that year.
The Grand Final featured the 10 successful entries from the semi final, the host country (Turkey), the 'Big 4' countries (UK, France, Spain & Germany) and the 10 highest scoring countries from 2003.
Of the 24 finalists, Ukraine ended the evening with a win for Ruslana's energetic performance of "Wild Dances".
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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

TOP 45 ESC SONGS THAT WERE CULLED AT THE SEMI-FINALS.: #23. More: tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP
EUROVISION SONGS
THAT FAILED TO QUALIFY
 AT THE SEMI-FINALS
As more countries wished to participate in the  Eurovision Song Contest, Semi-Finals became necessary by 1993 in order to limit the duration of the Grand Final. This countdown looks back on 45 culled – but worthy- entries that failed to progress from a Semi-Final and therefore missed out on competing in the Grand Final:

23
SUNLIGHT
NICKY BYRNE
2016 IRELAND
Ireland still holds the record for the most wins at the Eurovision Song Contest. Last year, former Westlife member Nicky Byrne performed the Irish entry :Sunlight". Armed with pop hooks, the song ought to have fared better. In Semi-Final 2, it finished 15th out of a field of 18 songs.
Sunlight - Nicky Byrne.jpg
To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LVI- YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL. 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.
You Are So Beautiful
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Joe Cocker's version is the best known interpretation of "You Are So Beautiful". His remake was a chart hit in 1974. The single peaked at #4 on the American Pop Chart. 
Billy Preston co-wrote the love song with Bruce Fisher and the original version was included on the former's 1974 album 'The Kids & Me'.
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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
TOP 45 ESC SONGS THAT WERE CULLED AT THE SEMI-FINALS.: #24. More: later today.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP
EUROVISION SONGS
THAT FAILED TO QUALIFY
 AT THE SEMI-FINALS
As more countries wished to participate in the  Eurovision Song Contest, Semi-Finals became necessary by 1993 in order to limit the duration of the Grand Final. This countdown looks back on 45 culled – but worthy- entries that failed to progress from a Semi-Final and therefore missed out on competing in the Grand Final:

24
YOUR HEART BELONGS TO ME
HIND
2008 NETHERLANDS
During Semi-Final 1 in 2008, Dutch soloist Hind performed her entry "Your Heart Belongs To Me". She co-wrote the song. Sadly, the Netherlands missed out on a place in the Grand Final when the upbeat track finished 13th out of 19 countries.
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To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 24: 2003. Continues: tomorrow.
THE HISTORY OF THE
EUROVISION
SONG CONTEST
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
2003
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Tallinn hosted Eurovision in 2002 following Estonia's triumph the year before. Latvia made its debut with Marie N.'s "I Wanna" after Portugal opted out. The new entrant enjoyed a spectacular premiere, snatching the top prize. 
Riga hosted Eurovision in 2003, where a record 26 countries competed. The ESC would be visiting a new corner of Europe with the Turkish victory of Sertab Erener with "Everyway That I Can" in 2004. A new format would also be introduced that year.
Sertab Erener 2003 Everyway That I Can.jpg

Monday, March 27, 2017

BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LV- IT'S ALL OVER NOW. 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.
It’s All Over Now
The 1st Rolling Stones single to reach #1 in the UK was "It's All Over Now". That 1964 release also charted in America, Canada and Europe. While most of the band's hits were penned by band members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, this chart-topping disc was a remake.
The original version was released by the R&B group The Valentinos. This act, consisting of 5 brothers, featured soul singer Bobby Womack. He co-wrote the song with Shirley Womack. It was released in the same year as the more successful cover version by The Stones.
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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

TOP 45 ESC SONGS THAT WERE CULLED AT THE SEMI-FINALS.: #25. More: tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP
EUROVISION SONGS
THAT FAILED TO QUALIFY
 AT THE SEMI-FINALS
As more countries wished to participate in the  Eurovision Song Contest, Semi-Finals became necessary by 1993 in order to limit the duration of the Grand Final. This countdown looks back on 45 culled – but worthy- entries that failed to progress from a Semi-Final and therefore missed out on competing in the Grand Final:

25
LITTLE BY LITTLE
LAURA & THE LOVERS
2005 LITHUANIA
In 2005, the Lithuanian song "Little By Little" vied for a place in the Grand Final. Performed in English by the group Laura & The Lovers, it competed against 24 other entries during the Semi-Final. Despite it being a catchy song, the  entry finished in last place. 
 Image result for little by little laura & the lovers eurovision 2005 lithuania
To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 23: 2001. Continues: tomorrow.
THE HISTORY OF THE
EUROVISION
SONG CONTEST
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
2001
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Copenhagen was host city for the 2001 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following Denmark's win the previous year. The practice of the least successful countries missing out the next year continued. The 6 that had been deemed ineligible for 2000 returned as 7 nations took a year off. 
At the conclusion of the event, Estonia was declared the victor. "Everybody", performed in English by Tanel Padar & Dave Benton, achieved the highest score. The ESC was headed for the relatively new republic of Estonia in 2002.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The return of a recurring segment- BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. 
This post: LIV- IT MUST BE LOVE. 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.
It Must Be Love
Madness - It Must Be Love.jpg
British born singer Labi Siffre wrote the song "It Must Be Love". His original version charted in the UK in 1971, peaking at #14. This interpretation was more soulful than the remake by Madness. It was included on the singer's 1972 album entitled 'Crying Laughing Loving Lying'. 
Madness covered the song 10 years later. This version surpassed the success of the original, peaking at #4 in Britain and was the band's first US chart entry. It also reached the Australian Top 10.
Crying Laughing Loving Lying.jpg
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