Send in the Clowns – Judy Collins – 1975

September 17, 2018

 Not her highest charting single – but it was her most successful, thanks to a 1975 release and a re-release in 1977; Judy Collins’, Send in the Clowns.

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  • Judy Collins was born in Seattle, Washington, USA, daughter of a blind singer, pianist and radio host who fostered her love of music.
  • The music of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger gave Judy a love of folk music and lyrics; although she is known for her rather eclectic styles of material, including folk, show tunes, pop, rock and roll, and classic standards).
  • Judy’s first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, was released in 1961. She found fame, however, with Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now, from Judy’s 1967 album, Wildflowers.
  • Both Sides Now won a Grammy Award for Best Folk Performance.
  • Judy earned another Grammy nomination (this time for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female) for Send in the Clowns; released in 1975 and then again in 1977. The song spent 27 non-consecutive weeks on the US singles chart. In all, Judy was nominated for four Grammy’s.
  • Judy was the subject of the Stephen Stills composition Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.
  • Judy is also well-known for her work as a peace activist. She continues to perform.

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  • Send in the Clowns was written by Stephen Sondheim, and comes from his 1973 musical A Little Night Music.
  • Send in the Clowns is Stephen’s most popular song after Frank Sinatra recorded it in 1973. Judy Collins then recorded it for release in both 1975 and 1977. From Judy’s album, Judith, her version peaked at #36 on the US singles chart, and then at #19 two years later. The song sat on the charts for 11 weeks in 1975 and 16 weeks in 1977.
  • A snippet of Send in the Clowns appears as part of the song The Electric Co. on U2’s Under A Blood Red Sky album. However, U2 failed to acquire the appropriate licensing for the song and paid no royalties. They were fined $US50,000 and removed the song clip from subsequent pressings of album
  • Send in the Clowns lyrics.

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United We Stand – Brotherhood of Man – 1970

August 12, 2018

United we stand - 1970From the very first month of the 70s, a #1 UK hit, Brotherhood of Man’s, United We Stand.

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  • The original line-up of Brotherhood of Man featured some people pretty well-known in the UK music scene. The band was formed by record producer/composer Tony Hiller, and included his co-writer John Goodison with Tony Burrows, Roger Greenaway, Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie. Roger Greenaway was also a songwriter and had co-written hits such as Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart and Melting Pot. Tony Burrows was a well-known session singer, performing in various line-ups on hit singles such as the No.1 hit Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse. The two female members, Glover and Leslie were an act in their own right, releasing singles as Sue and Sunny.
  • That was back in 1969. The band’s first single was a flop but then came United We Stand which was a hit on the UK, Canada, and US singles charts.
  • Brotherhood of Man had a number of follow-up hits (and a number of personnel changes), including two #1 UK hits, Save all your Kisses for Me, and Angelo.
  • Save all your Kisses for Me was the winner of the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest – it remains one of the biggest selling Eurovision songs of all time.
  • As mentioned, the band went through a number of changes of line-up and eventually split in 1984. In 1986, the band began to perform on the live circuit but decided against trying to make it onto the charts again. They have, however, released two albums since that time, The Butterfly Children (1992) and Greenhouse (1997).
  • Brotherhood of Man continues to tour often playing to venues packed with people who remember with fondness their harmonies and catchy pop songs.

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  • United We Stand was written by Tony Hiller and Peter Simons (aka Johnny Goodison) and recorded by UK band, Brotherhood of Mad.
  • The song was first released in January 1970 – it was their first hit, peaking at #10 on the UK singles chart and at #13 in the US.
  • United We Stand has been recorded by over 100 different artists.
  • The song was later included on an album of the same name.
  • United We Stand lyrics.

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Pressure Drop – Toots and the Maytals – 1970

August 5, 2018

Pressure Drop - Toots and the Maytals - 1970Nothing like a bit of Sunday afternoon reggae – Toots and the Maytals 1970 hit, Pressure Drop.

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  • Formed in Jamaica in the early 60s, Toots and the Maytals were originally simply called The Maytals. The “Toot’s” was added in 1972.
  • The band’s frontman, Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, was, in 2010, named one of the 100 Greatest Singers by Rolling Stone.
  • The Maytals had their first chart success in the mid-60s only to have their musical career interrupted in late 1966 when Toots was jailed for 18 months for possession of marijuana.
  • The band’s 1968 single Do the Reggay, was the first song to first use the word “reggae”, giving a name to this musical genre and introducing it to a global audience. Reggae is listed in the dictionary as:

reggae [reg-ey] (noun) – a style of Jamaican popular music blending blues, calypso, and rock-‘n’-roll, characterized by a strong syncopated rhythm and lyrics of social protest. Origin of reggae: Jamaican English, respelling of reggay (introduced in the song “Do the Reggay” (1968) by Frederick “Toots” Hibbert).

  • The band’s first international hit was in 1970, Monkey Man – since recorded by The Specials and Amy Winehouse.
  • Toots and the Maytals continues to record and tour today, though they have taken a break or two along the way. Their last studio album was Flip and Twist in 2010.

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  • Pressure Drop was written by Toots Hibbert and recorded in 1969 by the Maytals.
  • The song appears on the 1970 album Monkey Man in Jamaica and From the Roots in the UK.
  • Pressure Drop was the song the launched the career of The Maytals outside of their native Jamaica when it featured in the soundtrack of the film The Harder They Come (1972).
  • In 2004, Rolling Stone rated Pressure Drop at #453 in its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • Notable covers of Pressure Drop have been produced by The Specials, Keith Richards, and the Clash.
  • Pressure Drop was also featured in the 2004 video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
  • Pressure Drop lyrics.

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I Wonder – Sixto Rodriguez – 1970

July 28, 2018

Rod - Cold FactIf you have never heard the music of Sixto Rodriguez, you are sorely missing out. Doubly so if you’ve never seen the movie, Searching for Sugar Man. I Wonder is a single from his first album, Cold Fact; recorded in 1969, released in March 1970.

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  • Now drawing close to 80 years’ old, Sixto Rodriguez – known professionally as Rodriguez – hails from Detroit, Michigan.
  • Initially spoken of as a singer-songwriter in the same breath as Bob Dylan et al, Rodriguez’s US music career was short lived. Unknown to Rodriquez, however, in South Africa, he became a superstar. His albums apparently outselling Elvis Presley. Fans were told he had committed suicide shortly after releasing his first album.
  • In the 1990s, determined South African fans managed to find and contact Rodriguez and his musical career was revived – cue the 2012 Academy Award–winning documentary film Searching for Sugar Man.
  • In recent years, Rodriguez has played Glastonbury and the Montreux Jazz Festival.
  • Despite his success, Rodriguez has released only two studio albums: Cold Fact, and Coming from Reality.

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  • I Wonder was written by Sixto Rodriguez and features on his first album, Cold Fact.
  • I Wonder was recorded in August – September 1969 and released in March 1970.
  • The album Cold Fact has gone platinum in South Africa and five-times platinum in Australia.
  • I Wonder lyrics.

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Love Will Find a Way – Pablo Cruise – 1978

July 23, 2018

Love will find a way - pablo cruise - 1978Remember this one? Soft rock band Pablo Cruise – this was one of their greatest hits; from 1978, Love Will Find a Way.

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  • Pablo Cruise formed in San Francisco back in 1973.
  • Over the 13 years they were together, they released eight studio albums and had five singles make it into the top 25 of the US singles charts.
  • The story goes that, when the band first began performing, people would come to their shows and ask, “Which one of you guys is, Pablo Cruise?” The band would answer, “He’s the guy in the middle.”
  • The band partially reformed in 1996. Then in 2004, all four original members of the band played at one of the band member’s wedding. This led to three of them reuniting. They are still playing together today.
  • Original band members were, Cory Lerios (keyboards and vocals), David Jenkins (vocals and guitar), Steve Price (drums), and Bud Cockrell (bass and vocals).

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  • Love Will Find a Way was written by David Jenkins and Cory Lenios, members of American band Pablo Cruise.
  • It was released in May 1978, from the album Worlds Away.
  • Love Will Find a Way peaked at #6 on the US singles chart.
  • The song received a considerable amount of airplay during the summer of 1978, prompting critic Robert Christgau to say, “Hear David Jenkins sing ‘once you get past the pain’ fifty times in a day and the pain will be permanent”, referring to the lyrics of the chorus.[1]
  • Love Will Find a Way lyrics.

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Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying – Gerry and the Pacemakers – 1970

July 16, 2018

dont-let-the-sun-catch-you-crying-Gerry and the PacemakersOriginally released in 1964, in 1970, Gerry and the Pacemakers re-released Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying.

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  • Gerry and the Pacemakers formed in 1959 under the name, Gerry Marsden and the Mars Bars – a name they were forced to change after a complaint from the Mars company.
  • The band’s initial line-up was Gerry Marsden, his brother Fred Marsden, Les Chadwick, and Arthur McMahon.
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers had a lot in common with The Beatles: they came from Liverpool, they were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin.
  • They were the first act to achieve #1 on the UK Singles Chart with their first three single releases: How Do You Do It?, I Like It, and You’ll Never Walk Alone. It was 20 years later that fellow Liverpool band, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, equalled that record. Amazingly, despite a number of subsequent hits, Gerry and the Pacemakers never had another #1 UK single.
  • By 1966, the band’s popularity was waning and they split. Gerry became a popular cabaret and children’s TV entertainer.
  • The band reformed 1974 and, until recently, still toured. The band’s last show was in Wales on 15 March 2017 when Gerry Marsden collapsed onstage. As he was helped offstage he explained to the audience that he was scheduled to undergo knee surgery the next week.

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  • Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying was written by the members of Gerry and the Pacemakers, recorded in 1964, and released in April 1964 in the UK and May 1964 in the US. That first release peaked at #6 in the UK and #4 in the US – it was the band’s highest charting US single.
  • The song was first recorded by Louise Cordet, a singer who had previously toured with both Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Beatles.
  • Gerry and the Pacemakers’ version was produced by George Martin
  • Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying was re-released in April 1970; this time it didn’t bother the charts on either side of the Atlantic.
  • Artists to cover the song include: José Feliciano (1968), Rickie Lee Jones (1989), Gloria Estefan (1994), and Jeff Buckley.
  • Don’t Let the Sun Catch you Crying lyrics.

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Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina – Julie Covington -1976

July 6, 2018

Don't Cry for Me, Argentina - Covington - 1976Originally recorded for a concept album, Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina went on to become the best-known song from the Webber/Rice musical Evita.

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  • Julie Covington is an English actress and singer, known for her appearances in musicals such as, Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, Evita, and recent versions of Guys and Dolls.
  • Julie rose to fame through her recording of the song, Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina. That wasn’t her only foray onto the UK single charts, however. Julie had two other singles on the UK charts, OK? (peaked at #10 in 1977), and Alice Cooper‘s, Only Women Bleed (peaked at #12, also in 1977).
  • Julie first appeared on television as a schoolgirl, on a 1969 episode of David Frost’s TV show. From that appearance, she secured a recording contract.
  • What followed, was a number of appearances in stage musicals. Her first being Godspell with David Essex and Jeremy Irons.
  • In 1976, Andrew Lloyd Webber saw Julie perform. She was offered the title role in the original studio recording of their musical Evita—a role Elkie Brooks had previously turned down. When the musical itself was in the production stages, Julie was offered the role of Eva Peron, she declined and the role was given to Elaine Paige. Julie later expressed some regret at her decision, but explained that she did not like Eva Peron and that without some positive feeling for the person she had preferred to turn the role down.

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  • Don’t Cry for Me Argentina is a song recorded by Julie Covington for the 1976 concept album, Evita. It was later included in the 1978 musical of the same name.
  • Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina was written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
  • In the musical, Evita, Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina appears at the opening and near the end of the show, initially as the spirit of the dead Eva exhorting the people of Argentina not to mourn her, and finally during Eva’s speech from the balcony of the Casa Rosada.
  • Released on November 12, 1976, the song hit #1 on the UK singles chart, and in six other countries. It was the #1 selling song in Australia in 1977.
  • The Carpenters, Olivia Newton-John, and Sinéad O’Connor all covered the song. It was sung by Lea Michele and Chris Colfer in the TV series Glee. And, Madonna, who played the lead in the movie version of Evita, received positive reviews for her singing of Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina.
  • The song was also banned in the Philippines during the dictatorship (1972–86) of President Ferdinand Marcos. The life of former First Lady Imelda Marcos, Marcos’ wife, is similar to that of Evita Peron.
  • Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina lyrics.

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