Posts Tagged ‘pop music’

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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Sleigh Ride

December 20, 2017

“Sleigh Ride” was an orchestral piece by Leroy Anderson until Mitchell Parish wrote the lyrics that turned it into a pop hit. It’s not specifically a Christmas piece, but it dashes through holiday music mixes each winter. This 1963 recording is by The Ronettes, produced by Phil Spector.

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The Great Pretender

December 3, 2017

“The Great Pretender,” written by Buck Ram, performed by The Platters. Tony Williams (lead), David Lynch, Paul Robi, Zola Taylor, and Herb Reed. The tune was a big hit in 1955.

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Can We Still Be Friends

August 26, 2017

“Can We Still Be Friends,” written and performed by Todd Rundgren, with Daryl Hall and friends. An episode of the Live From Daryl’s House webcast.

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The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore

August 21, 2017

“The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore,” written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio, recorded by The Walker Brothers in 1966. It was originally recorded by Frankie Valli the year before.

Music for Eclipse Day 2017.

Remastered stereo version here.

Related:

“Total Eclipse in the Music Division!” Cait Miller, In the Muse, Library of Congress blog

“What Folklore Tells Us About Eclipses,”  James Deutsch, Smithsonian

“When is the next total solar eclipse?” Brian Resnick, Vox

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