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The four tops - Reach out i´ll be there

Friday, June 8, 2012

"Reach Out I'll Be There" (also formatted as "Reach Out (I'll Be There)") is a 1966 hit song recorded by the Four Tops for the Motown label. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland,[1] the song is one of the most well-known Motown tunes of the 1960s and is today considered The Tops' signature song. It was the number one song on the R&B charts for two weeks,[2] and on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, from September 24, 1966 to October 15. It replaced "Cherish" by The Association, and was itself replaced by "96 Tears" by Question Mark & the Mysterians. Rolling Stone later ranked this version #206 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. This version is also currently ranked as the 36th best song of all time, as well as the #3 song of 1966, in an aggregation of critics' lists at acclaimedmusic.net.[3]
The track also reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart, becoming Motown's second UK chart-topper after The Supremes hit #1 with "Baby Love" in late 1964.[4]
Lead singer Levi Stubbs delivers many of the lines in the song in a tone that straddles the line between singing and shouting,[1] like he did in 1965's "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)".
This song differs markedly from the Four Tops' earlier efforts, due to the highly-contrasting shifts between minor and major, and also major and augmented chords. These contrasting tonal shades form the hook for which the song is so well known. The Four Tops would rely on this formula for several subsequent releases.
The song is featured prominently in the final scene and the closing credits of the 1975 motion picture Cooley High, a coming-of-age film starring Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs.
PWL remixed the song in 1988. The remix was done by Phil Harding & Ian Curnow. The 12" Remix runs 6:05 and the Radio Edit runs 3:10.
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Midnight, the Stars and You! by Ray Noble and Al Bowlly

"Midnight, the Stars and You" 16 February 1934

Albert Allick Bowlly (7 January 1898[1] – 17 April 1941) was a Southern-African singer, songwriter, composer and band leader, who became a popular Jazz crooner during the British dance band era of the 1930s and later worked in the United States. He recorded more than 1,000 records between 1927 and 1941. His most popular songs include "Midnight, the Stars and You", "Goodnight, Sweetheart", "The Very Thought of You", "Guilty", and "Love Is the Sweetest Thing".
Born in Lourenço Marques in the then-Portuguese colony of Mozambique, Bowlly gained his musical experience singing for a dance band led by Edgar Adeler on a tour of South Africa, Rhodesia, India and Indonesia during the mid-1920s. He was then employed by Jimmy Liquime to perform in India, Calcutta, Singapore and the Raffles Hotel. In 1928, he arrived in England and briefly took part in a jazz band before being made redundant due to the 1930s depression. In 1930, he was spotted and signed to accompany both Roy Fox's and Ray Noble's orchestras that November. The signing with Noble led a to a successful association between the two which resulted in over 500 records being produced over a four-year period.
In 1933, Bowlly began to collaborate with Lew Stone and had further success producing some of the most popular jazz records of the 1930s. A year later, Bowlly travelled abroad to New York which resulted in further success, and an introduction into the American charts. During the mid-1930s, Bowlly recorded "Blue Moon", "Easy to Love", "I've Got You Under My Skin", and "My Melancholy Baby" which were all sizable successes.
By 1938, Bowlly began to suffer problems with his throat and was forced to return to London. His absence from the UK had damaged his popularity with British audiences and he toured regional theatres and continued his recording career, performing with different orchestras in order to make a living. In 1940, he formed a double act with Jimmy Messene and took part in Radio Stars with Two Guitars, performing in theatres across London. His last recorded song was a duet with Messene of Irving Berlin's satirical song on Hitler, entitled "When That Man Is Dead and Gone". It was his last venture before his death in an air raid in April 1941.
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THE PLATTERS - ONLY YOU

THE PLATTERS - ONLY YOU 

"Only You"

Only you can make this world seem right

Only you can make the darkness bright
Only you and you alone
Can thrill me like you do
And fill my heart with love for only you

Only you can make this change in me

For it's true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true
My one and only you

Only you can make this change in me

For it's true, you are my destiny
When you hold my hand
I understand the magic that you do
You're my dream come true
My one and only you

(One and only you)
 

Bing Crosby - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Bing Crosby - It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

Celebrate Christmas all days of the Year with Bing Crosby! 

This famous Christmas song was written in 1951 by Meredith Wilson.

 Bing made this song a hit that same year in October.

The Best Love Songs of the 1950s

Saturday, June 2, 2012

1950-
Someone To Watch Over Me (Ella Fitzgerald)
Mona Lisa (Nat King Cole)

1951-
Too Young (Nat King Cole)
Be My Love (Mario Lanza)

1952-
You Belong To Me (Jo Stafford)
Here In My Heart (Al Martino)

1953-
That's Amore (Dean Martin)

1954-
Earth Angel (The Penguins)

1955-
Pledging My Love (Johnny Ace)
Only You (The Platters)
Stranger In Paradise (Tony Bennett)
A Fool For You (Ray Charles)

1956-
When I Fall In Love (Nat King Cole)
Tonight You Belong To Me (Patience and Prudence)
Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)
In The Still Of The Night (The Five Satins)

1957-
You Send Me (Sam Cooke)
Chances Are (Johnny Mathis)
Young Love (Sonny James)
Stardust (Nat King Cole)
Love Letters In The Sand (Pat Boone)

1958-
All I Have To Do Is Dream (The Everly Brothers)
To Know Hime Is To Love Him (The Tedd Bears)
Put Your Head On My Shoulder (Paul Anka)
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (The Platters)
Twilight Time (The Platters)
For Your Precious Love (Jerry Butler and the Impressions)

1959-
Dream Lover (Bobby Darin)
Misty (Johnny Mathis)
I Only Have Eyes For You (The Flamingos)
The Wonder Of You (Ray Peterson)
Beyond The Sea (Bobby Darin)
Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel)