Tomorrow it’s my birthday! So two appropriate tracks!
“Happy Birthday” by Altered Images reached number 2 in 1981
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“Music and Wine (speakeasy 3000 mix)” a deep trance song by Blue Six from 1999
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It’s Friday 13th today so here are two appropriate tracks!
“Black Cat” by Janet Jackson reached number 15 in 1990
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“Wishing I Was Lucky” by Wet Wet Wet reached number 6 in 1987
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This has been a year of many celebrity deaths and as Christmas Day arrived we probably thought 2016 might take a rest, but no, it took George Michael on Christmas Day of all days. “Last Christmas” is one of the nation’s favourite Christmas songs and now will be forever tinged with sadness. George is an 80s legend and music icon, and in my view has one of the best voices this country has ever produced and a very talented songwriter. Being taken aged just 53 is just so sad. A true superstar, he will be sorely missed.
Here are four songs which I love and are just the tip of the iceberg of his talent. RIP George.
Fabulous duet showing off his beautiful voice.
“This Is Not Real Love” with Mutya Buena (ex Sugababes) reached 15 in 2006.
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“Amazing”, a feel good pop song, reached number 4 in 2004
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“Everything She Wants” which is my favourite Wham! song and was originally a double A side with “Last Christmas”. Reached number 2 in 1984.
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I just had to include this one! Probably his most famous hit. Number 1 for three weeks in 1984.
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This week it’s two tracks from British band Sade, fronted by the very elegant and cool Sade Adu. They have released a string of multi-platinum selling albums.
The band is best known for its hits in the late eighties such as “Sweetest Taboo”, “Your Love is King” and “Smooth Operator”.
The tracks here are a bit later.
The first track is “No Ordinary Love”‘ from the 1992 album Love Deluxe. The single reached number 23 and then 14 on its re-release in 1993. This was probably due to its prominent use in the film “Indecent Proposal”. It won a Grammy for best R&B performance by a group or duo.
It’s one of my favourite Sade songs.
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“Soldier of Love” from the 2010 album of the same name. Sadly the single didn’t chart in the UK although the album made number 4. The album did make number 1 in America and other countries. Like “No Ordinary Love” this also won a Grammy for best R&B performance by a group or duo. The album was the second best selling album by a British artist outside the UK, behind Susan Boyle’s The Gift.
The sound of Soldier of Love is not the jazzy type of song we associate Sade with. It has a stripped back style to it but it is has a very appealing bleakness to it and Sade’s voice is great.
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This week it’s two female singer songwriters.
First it’s the iconic Kate Bush, who came to fame with the first UK number one single written and performed by a female, “Wuthering Heights” in 1978 at the young age of 19. From her first single to her last one before a self-imposed hiatus.
“And So Is Love” by Kate Bush from 1994 from her 1993 album “The Red Shoes”. It was to be Kate’s last single until 2005.
The distinctive guitar is played by Eric Clapton and the Hammond organ by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum.
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Next is the American singer songwriter Tori Amos who came to prominence in 1991 and had a number of hits in the nineties. Her vocal style is not dissimilar from Bush’s.
“Cornflake Girl” by Tori Amos from her 1994 album “Under the Pink”
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As another Friday 13th arrives, here are two appropriate songs from the rock genre. Brit guitarist Jeff Beck declaring he isn’t superstitious and American rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd musing on good and bad luck.
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“I Ain’t Superstitious” by Jeff Beck from 1968
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“Good Luck, Bad Luck” by Lynyrd Skynyrd from 1994
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This week we have two lesser known tracks from two of the most famous pop stars ever.
“Secret” by Madonna from her underrated 1994 album “Bedtime Stories”. This was a more downbeat R&B style album, and sandwiched between its high profile predecessor “Erotica” and the massively successful and change of sound “Ray of Light”, it tends to be overlooked.
It is a forgotten gem and this was the first single from it.
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Next to the late Michael Jackson.
“Liberian Girl” was the ninth (yes, ninth!) and final single taken from his 1987 album “Bad” and released in 1989! As a result it is not maybe as well known as some its other album mates such as the title track “Bad” and others such as “Smooth Criminal”, “Dirty Diana” and “Man in the Mirror”. However, this is a beautiful song and Jackson’s voice has never sounded better in it. A personal favourite of mine of his.
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