Posts Tagged ‘pop music’

Don’t Worry Baby

August 5, 2018

“Don’t Worry Baby,” written by Brian Wilson, recorded in 1999 by Ronnie Spector. Word is that Mr. Wilson wrote this for Ms. Spector’s group, The Ronnettes, but they didn’t use it, so he recorded it with his own group, The Beach Boys.

Ronnie Spector website

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Le locomotion

July 8, 2018

“Le locomotion,” a French version of the Gerry Goffin and Carole King song, performed by Sylvie Vartan in 1962 for Scopitone. These short films were back-projected on a small screen mounted on a “visual jukebox.”

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American Girl

July 4, 2018

“American Girl,” written and performed by Bonnie McKee. Ms. McKee, who has written songs for (and with) Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Kesha, Kelly Clarkson and others, has a fine grasp of contemporary American culture.

Celeb karaoke version here

Bonnie McKee official website

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I Love Being Here With You

May 26, 2018

“I Love Being Here With You,” written by William Schluger and Peggy Lee, performed by January Jones for Scopitone in 1966. These short films were back-projected on a small screen mounted on a “visual jukebox.”

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Bad Boy

January 14, 2018

“Bad Boy,” written by Richard Drapkin, recorded by the Donays in 1961.

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Beautiful

January 6, 2018

“Beautiful,” written and performed by Carole King. This is her demo recording of the song. The commercial recording was first released in 1971.

Carole King website

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This Is the New Year

January 1, 2018

‘This Is the New Year,” written by Ian Axel and performed by him with Chad King as A Great Big World. in 2012. Video director: Leiv Parton.

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Happy New Year

January 1, 2018

“Happy New Year,” from ABBA in 1980. written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus.

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Corrido de Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2018

“Corrido de Auld Lang Syne” by Little Bobby Rey and his Band, an early LA Chicano pop band (also called “The Masked Phantom Band”) in about 1960. “Corrido” here means the music is in a galloping rhythm. Mr. Rey learned the saxophone from Earl Bostic.

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Mistletoe and Wine

December 28, 2017

Mistletoe and Wine,” written by Jeremy PaulLeslie Stewart and Keith Strachan, performed by British pop singer Sir Cliff Richard, who had a big UK hit with it 1988. The song was originally written for a musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl” and emphasized harsh British class inequality. A re-write turned it into a more conventional holiday song, heard ad nauseum in the UK each yuletide.

More:

“Mistletoe and Wine’s political beginnings,” John McKie, BBC News

“Why Cliff Richard’s Mistletoe and Wine is really a socialist Christmas song,” The Guardian

“The Little Match Girl,” 1986 HTV

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