Thursday, August 17, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #123: RAY CHARLES. Continues tomorrow.
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200
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
Ray Charles Forever - Ray Charles
#123
RAY CHARLES
Ray Charles Robinson was born in 1930 and lost his sight at the age of 6. He was orphaned at a young age. Despite these setbacks, as Ray Charles, he radically transformed popular music and played the most significant role in the creation of soul music. 
Before reaching the age of 20, Ray was recording. In 1951, "Baby Let Me Hold Your Hand" became his 1st solo Top 10 hit. His genius became apparent once he signed with Atlantic Records. "I Got A Woman" topped the US R&B Chart in 1955. "A Fool For You" and "Drown In My Own Tears" repeated that feat. 
In 1959, Charles released his landmark disc "What'd I Say". This recording combined gospel's call & response with rock 'n roll and R&B. It was his 1st Pop Chart Top 10 disc and returned Ray to #1 on the R&B equivalent. 
He fused country with his brand of soul music on the 1960 hit single "Georgia On My Mind". It topped the American Pop Chart. The following year, he came back to #1 Pop and R&B with "Hit The Road Jack". He did it again in 1962 with "I Can't Stop Loving You". His other significant tracks include: "Unchain My Heart", "Busted", "That Lucky Old Sun" and "Let's Go Get Stoned". 
Charles continued recording during the 1970s and 80s, reaching #1 in 1989 with "I'll Be Good To You", a collaboration with Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan. He was also a featured vocalist on the U.S.A. For Africa charity disc "We Are The World".
In 2004, Charles released a duets album entitled 'Genius Loves Company'. This project featured partners such as Elton John, Gladys Knight and B.B. King. The album reached #1 in America and Canada. 
On June 10, 2004 Ray - aged 73- died of liver disease. Shortly after, the biopic 'Ray'- with Jamie Foxx in the title role- was an Oscar winner. Posthumous albums followed, including a 2nd duets compilation. 
Ray's impact on R&B and soul can never be overstated. His influence is evident in the music of performers such as Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Joe Cocker and Van Morrison.


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124 ED SHEERAN
125 NATALIE COLE
126 SMOKEY ROBINSON
127 KANYE WEST
128 ELVIS PRESLEY
129 ERIC BENET
130 SAM SMITH
131 JAMES TAYLOR
132 STEELY DAN
133 IKE & TINA TURNER
134 DES’REE
135 ACE OF BASE
136 VAN MORRISON
137 SAM COOKE
138 THE DOORS
139 AMY WINEHOUSE
140 PHARRELL WILLIAMS
141 GEORGE BENSON
142 MINNIE RIPERTON
143 VILLAGE PEOPLE
144 CURTIS MAYFIELD
145 FOREIGNER
146 EURYTHMICS
147 TOTO
148 BARRY WHITE
149 CARL RISELEY
150 TONI BRAXTON
151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES
153 LUTHER VANDROSS
154 ERIC CLAPTON
155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER
157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD
162 GLORIA GAYNOR
163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING
165 MEAT LOAF
166 JAMES REYNE
167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE
169 A-HA
170 GLEN CAMPBELL
171 DIRE STRAITS
172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT
174 ANTHONY CALLEA
175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE
177 MICHAEL BUBLE`
178 TRACY CHAPMAN
179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS
181 LITTLE RIVER BAND
182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES
184 CERRONE
185 MODELS
186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES
188 PETULA CLARK
189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
191 ART GARFUNKEL
192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN
194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG
195 S CLUB 7
196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES
198 ICEHOUSE
199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI
200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #91: TONIGHT. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
#91
TONIGHT
“…Tonight,
just let the curtains close in silence.
Tonight, 
why not approach with less defiance,
the man who’d love to see you smile,
who’d love to see you smile,
tonight...
Elton John recorded "Tonight" for his 1976 double album 'Blue Moves'. Again, Bernie Taupin seems to have handpicked every word to suit the epic weight of the track. 
The song finds a couple enduring strained relations. Each night, the 2 argue. The protagonist is hoping for 1 evening of silence, peace and a smile from his partner. Although there appears to be a sense of gloom and despair over the couple, his desire for that smile hints at the possibility of a rapprochment between them.
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at:

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

200 FAVOURITE MUSIC ACTS: Spotify playlist.
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Each update features 5 highlight tracks for the latest music act added. As a new act is included, the 5 will become 2 songs that remain on the playlist to make way for a new set of 5 choice tracks.
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200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #124: ED SHEERAN. Continues tomorrow.
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200
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
Ed Sheeran
#124
ED SHEERAN
English singer/ songwriter Ed Sheeran was born in 1991. He began performing in his youth, releasing an EP and 2 albums before entering adulthood.
A performance on YouTube attracted thousands of hits. Jamie Foxx invited Sheeran on his radio program. His 1st album on a major label was issued in 2011. In Britain and Australia, '+' reached #1. The album peaked at #5 in America. Its lead single "The A Team" made the UK Top 3. 
More Top 10 success followed with "You Need Me, I Don't Need You", "Lego House" and "Drunk". In 2013, his "I See Fire" was played at the end of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug'. 
Sheeran worked with Rick Rubin, Rudimental and Pharrell Williams on his 2014 album 'x'. This release topped the US, British, Canadian and Australian charts. It contained the hits "Don't", "Bloodstream", "Sing" and "Thinking Out Loud". The latter 2 reached #1 in Britain and Australia. 
He was showered with trophies, including Brit, Grammy and MTV Europe Music Awards. In 2017, "Castle On The Hill" was an international smash, followed by the worldwide #1 hit "Shape Of You". That song spent a record-breaking 17 weeks at #1 in Australia. Parent album '÷' reached #1 in America, Britain, Europe, Canada and Australia. Also this year, Sheeran had a brief appearance in the hit TV series 'Game Of Thrones'.


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125 NATALIE COLE
126 SMOKEY ROBINSON
127 KANYE WEST
128 ELVIS PRESLEY
129 ERIC BENET
130 SAM SMITH
131 JAMES TAYLOR
132 STEELY DAN
133 IKE & TINA TURNER
134 DES’REE
135 ACE OF BASE
136 VAN MORRISON
137 SAM COOKE
138 THE DOORS
139 AMY WINEHOUSE
140 PHARRELL WILLIAMS
141 GEORGE BENSON
142 MINNIE RIPERTON
143 VILLAGE PEOPLE
144 CURTIS MAYFIELD
145 FOREIGNER
146 EURYTHMICS
147 TOTO
148 BARRY WHITE
149 CARL RISELEY
150 TONI BRAXTON
151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES
153 LUTHER VANDROSS
154 ERIC CLAPTON
155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER
157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD
162 GLORIA GAYNOR
163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING
165 MEAT LOAF
166 JAMES REYNE
167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE
169 A-HA
170 GLEN CAMPBELL
171 DIRE STRAITS
172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT
174 ANTHONY CALLEA
175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE
177 MICHAEL BUBLE`
178 TRACY CHAPMAN
179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS
181 LITTLE RIVER BAND
182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES
184 CERRONE
185 MODELS
186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES
188 PETULA CLARK
189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
191 ART GARFUNKEL
192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN
194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG
195 S CLUB 7
196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES
198 ICEHOUSE
199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI
200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #92: WHERE IS IT WRITTEN? Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
#92
WHERE IS IT WRITTEN?
“…Why have the wings,
unless you’re meant to fly?
And tell me please,
why have a mind,
if not to question why?
And tell me where-
where is it written,
what it is I’m meant to be...
"Where Is It Written?" is the opening song from the film version of 'Yentl'. Barbra Streisand is a young woman with a thirst for knowledge, eager to immerse herself into the world of scholars. The character she portrays (Yentl) is barred from education because of her gender. 
Michel Legrand scored the film. Married couple Alan & Marilyn Bergman contributed the lyrics to the soundtrack's songs. "Where Is It Written?" finds Yentl questioning her community's conventions. Why are women denied access to learning? Why do females have brains if they should not be educated? These questions form the seed of a decision she arrives at following the death of her father. Yentl will disguise herself as a male and study at a yeshiva.
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #125: NATALIE COLE. Continues tomorrow.
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FAVOURITE
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#125
NATALIE COLE
As the daughter of the groundbreaking and legendary Nat 'King' Cole, expectations were high for Natalie Cole once she made the decision to pursue a musical career.
She was born in 1950 in Los Angeles. Her stage debut was at 11 years of age. Cole's career reached a major turning point in 1973 when she met songwriter/ producers Chuck Jackson and Marvin Lancey. They created a series of successful singles for the young singer, beginning with "This Will Be" in 1975. The song peaked at #6 Pop and topped the R&B chart. Cole collected 2 Grammy Awards following its success: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and Best New Talent.
She scored more US R&B #1 singles in the 1970s: "Inseparable", "Sophisticated Lady", "I've Got Love On My Mind" and "Our Love". Cole veered towards the adult contemporary genre in the 1980s with the ballads "I Live For Your Love" and "Miss You Like Crazy" (another R&B #1). In 1988, she covered Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" which parked itself in the Top 10 in America, Britain, Canada, Australia and some European countries.
In 1990, Cole was included on the 'Pretty Woman' movie soundtrack with the song "Wild Women Do". The following year, she enjoyed her biggest success. 'Unforgettable... With Love' was a tribute album to her father's songbook. It reached #1 in the USA, Australia and New Zealand. Cole's posthumous duet with her father on "Unforgettable" was a key track with a moving music video. She took home Grammy Awards for Record and Album of the Year as well as Best Traditional Pop Performance. 
Cole released other jazz-themed and 2 Christmas albums before the end of the century. She regularly recorded in the new millennium, including 'Natalie Cole En Español' in 2013. This, her 23rd studio album, was to be her last. Cole died of congestive heart failure on December 31, 2015. She was aged 65. 


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126 SMOKEY ROBINSON
127 KANYE WEST
128 ELVIS PRESLEY
129 ERIC BENET
130 SAM SMITH
131 JAMES TAYLOR
132 STEELY DAN
133 IKE & TINA TURNER
134 DES’REE
135 ACE OF BASE
136 VAN MORRISON
137 SAM COOKE
138 THE DOORS
139 AMY WINEHOUSE
140 PHARRELL WILLIAMS
141 GEORGE BENSON
142 MINNIE RIPERTON
143 VILLAGE PEOPLE
144 CURTIS MAYFIELD
145 FOREIGNER
146 EURYTHMICS
147 TOTO
148 BARRY WHITE
149 CARL RISELEY
150 TONI BRAXTON
151 NEIL DIAMOND
152 HALL & OATES
153 LUTHER VANDROSS
154 ERIC CLAPTON
155 THE O’JAYS
156 RUMER
157 SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
158 LITTLE RICHARD
159 HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES
160 CHRIS ISAAK
161 MICHAEL McDONALD
162 GLORIA GAYNOR
163 TWENTY ONE PILOTS
164 BEN E. KING
165 MEAT LOAF
166 JAMES REYNE
167 JOAN ARMATRADING
168 SADE
169 A-HA
170 GLEN CAMPBELL
171 DIRE STRAITS
172 COLD CHISEL
173 LINDA RONSTADT
174 ANTHONY CALLEA
175 LISA STANSFIELD
176 EN VOGUE
177 MICHAEL BUBLE`
178 TRACY CHAPMAN
179 DRAGON
180 OLETA ADAMS
181 LITTLE RIVER BAND
182 SOPHIE ELLIS – BEXTOR
183 THE RONETTES
184 CERRONE
185 MODELS
186 SCISSOR SISTERS
187 DARREN HAYES
188 PETULA CLARK
189 MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS
190 LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY
191 ART GARFUNKEL
192 THE REELS
193 JANIS IAN
194 JOHN PAUL YOUNG
195 S CLUB 7
196 CHARLIE PUTH
197 THE MARVELETTES
198 ICEHOUSE
199 LEO SAYER
200 LIZA MINNELLI