Thursday, November 23, 2017

200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #36: YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#36
YOU’VE GOT A FRIEND
“…Close your eyes
& think of me,
& soon I will be there,
to brighten up
even your darkest night...
Numerous performers have covered "You've Got A Friend" over many decades. This is a testament of the lyrics' timeless resonance. The song was written by Carole King and first heard on her 1971 classic album 'Tapestry'.
James Taylor recorded a remake that year and scored an American #1 single as well as peaking at #4 in the UK. It won Taylor the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. King herself collected the Song of the Year Grammy Award for composing the hit.
King's lyrics deal with the loyalty and support of a good friend. The verses reassure the other person that no matter what adversity emerges, she will be there for her friend. In the many years since the original was first heard, that need for a reliable friend has never diminshed.
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:
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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UPDATED SPOTIFY PLAYLIST- NOW ADDED: DAVID CASSIDY
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Updated playlist:
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IN MEMORIAM 2017 
A playlist consisting of music artists that we have lost during this year.
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BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: CXXVI- KINGSTON TOWN. Continues: tomorrow.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Kingston Town
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In late 1989, UB40 released 'Labour Of Love II', a covers album.One of the singles lifted from the disc was "Kingston Town". UB40's version reached the Top 10 in Britain and many European countries. It later also made the Top 20 in Australia and New Zealand. 
"Kingston Town" was originally recorded by calypso performer Lord Creator. The performer was born in Trinidad under the name Kentrick Patrick
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Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
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200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #37: SOCIETY'S CHILD. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#37
SOCIETY’S CHILD
“…Baby I’m only society’s child.
When we’re older,
things may change,
but for now,
this is the way
they must remain...
Janis Ian was still in her teens when she penned "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)". The song deals with the prejudice directed at African-Americans.
Ian's lyrics revolve around an interracial couple. The protagonist loves an African-American. Wherever they go, the couple is greeted by disapproving looks. 
Being young, the protagonist feels pressured to break up with her partner. She hopes that colour will cease to be an issue in the future. 
Released in 1967, "Society's Child" reached the Top 15 in both America and Canada. It became Ian's first hit single. At the time, the disc was very controversial because of its subject matter.
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, November 21, 2017

THE ICONS GALLERY - ANTHEMS 
This playlist is now available on Spotify!
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Each month a song will be featured as the Icons Gallery salutes the GLBTI Anthems.


THE ANTHEMS 

2017
NOVEMBER
MACHO MAN - Village People
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The Village People broke through with its debut single "San Francisco" in 1977. One year later, they achieved a stronger chart performance internationally with "Macho Man". This single was the title track from the group's 2nd studio album, also issued in 1978. It peaked at #25 in America, #16 in Canada, #7 in New Zealand and reached #3 in Australia.
As was the case with many of the Village People's singles, "Macho Man" too was swiftly adopted by the gay community and has been an anthem ever since.
2017
(SING IF YOU'RE) GLAD TO BE GAY Tom Robinson Band
MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC - Mama Cass Elliot
I WANT TO COME OVER - Melissa Etheridge
SUPERMODEL (YOU BETTER WORK) - RuPaul
RELAX - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
FINALLY - Ce Ce Peniston
DANCING QUEEN - Abba
BEAUTIFUL - Christina Aguilera
SEARCHIN' - Hazell Dean
I FEEL LOVE - Donna Summer

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2016

WHY? - Bronski Beat
OUTSIDE - George Michael
SAN FRANCISCO - Village People
JOHN, I'M ONLY DANCING - David Bowie
VOGUE - Madonna
SOMEWHERE - Barbra Streisand
I WILL SURVIVE - Gloria Gaynor
RISE LIKE A PHOENIX - Conchita Wurst
I WANT TO BREAK FREE - Queen
SAME LOVE - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert
SO MANY MEN, SO LITTLE TIME - Miquel Brown
TRUE COLORS - Cyndi Lauper

JANUARY - DECEMBER        2015 

Y.M.C.A. - Village People
LEGENDARY HEROES  (ALL OF THEM QUEER) - Holly Johnson
WE ARE FAMILY - Sister Sledge
SMALLTOWN BOY - Bronski Beat
YOU MAKE ME FEEL (MIGHTY REAL) - Sylvester
I'M COMING OUT - Diana Ross
GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) - Abba
GO WEST - Pet Shop Boys
IT'S RAINING MEN -The Weather Girls
BORN THIS WAY - Lady Gaga
OVER THE RAINBOW - Judy Garland
I AM WHAT I AM - Gloria Gaynor


BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: CXXV- LEAVING ON A JET PLANE. Continues: tomorrow.
BEFORE IT WAS A HIT SONG
These songs are well known but you may not know about the earlier attempts to score a hit record with prior versions of the same song.
Leaving On A Jet Plane
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Although originally heard on Peter, Paul & Mary's 'Album 1700' in 1967, the trio's "Leaving On A Jet Plane" was not issued as a single until 2 years later. The disc reached #1 in America and Canada. On the British chart, the single peaked at #2. 
"Leaving On A Jet Plane" was written by John Denver. The American musician recorded the original version of the song for his 1966 album 'John Denver Sings'. At the time, he was relatively unknown. The song was listed on the LP sleeve under its original title: "Babe, I Hate To Go". He re-recorded it under the new title for his 1969 album 'Rhymes And Reasons'. Denver's chart success began in 1971 with the US #2 hit "Take Me Home Country Roads".
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Each new song will be added to the spotify playlist named: ‘Before It Was A Hit Song’.  You can check out the previous earlier / original versions of the hit songs you know and love.
The playlist and other Caffe` Latte` selections can be found at:
spotify:user:alanrosscaffelatte
200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #38: GOODNIGHT SAIGON. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#38
GOODNIGHT SAIGON
“…We came in spastic,
like tameless horses,
we left in plastic,
as numbered corpses...
By the early 1980s, Billy Joel had achieved an enviable string of radio staples. His albums were reliably among the era's best sellers. Joel's commercial success was a significant accomplishment, yet he was still not regarded in the same high regard as singer/ songwriters such as Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen. On his 1982 album 'The Nylon Curtain', Joel proved his mettle. This was most evident on the track "Goodnight Saigon".
Joel set the song in Vietnam. American troops are confronting the reality of the bloody conflict. "Goodnight Saigon" makes the war come alive for us, as effectively as the most powerful Vietnam War films. 
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:

Monday, November 20, 2017

COMING SOON

An announcement is only days away!

More details to follow...
200 SONGS WITH THE BEST LYRICS. This post: #39: SPACE ODDITY. Continues: tomorrow.
CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
200 SONGS
WITH THE
BEST LYRICS
of all-time.
#39
SPACE ODDITY
“…Here am I
sitting in a tin can,
far above the world.
Planet earth is blue &
there’s nothing I can do...
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" launched his career. It was originally issued as a single in 1969. It reached #5 in Britain. When it was re-released in 1975, the song became Bowie's first UK #1. By then, it had already charted in America and Australia. 
At the time of its original release, space was an exciting new frontier. The USA placed the first man on the moon in July 1969. Bowie's song was timely. It introduced us to the character Major Tom, a recurring figure in the British artist's music over many decades. 
The lyrics convey the desolation of space. Major Tom's craft is described as a "tin can". The astronaut is vulnerable and finds himself a considerable distance from his home planet. Major Tom can see our Earth from space. 
Although the mission begins routinely, a problem arises. Ground control loses contact with the spacecraft. Bowie's self-penned song reminds us of the perils associated with space travel.
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:

Sunday, November 19, 2017

200 Favourite Music Acts. Today: #90: STING. Continues later this week.
The Caffé Latté
200
FAVOURITE
MUSIC ACTS
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#90
STING
Englishman Sting was born Gordon Sumner in 1951. Before achieving fame as a member of The Police, Sting worked as a teacher. As part of the trio, he scored several hits such as "Every Breath You Take", "Roxanne" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic". 
Work on his solo launch began before the end of The Police was announced. Sting assembled jazz musicians for his backing band. 'The Dream Of The Blue Turtles' was unleashed in 1985. It spawned the singles "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free", "Russians", "Love Is The Seventh Wave" and "Fortress Around Your Heart". 
In 1987, '...Nothing Like The Sun' reached #1 in Britain, as did 'The Soul Cages' 4 years later. A 1997 compilation of his Police and Sting hits topped the UK chart. 
Sting collaborated with Eric Clapton for "It's Probably Me" on the 'Lethal Weapon 3' soundtrack. His 1993 single "All For Love" was recorded with Rod Stewart and Bryan Adams. It topped the charts in America, Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia. 
A Police reunion in 2007-8 saw the trio tour the globe before Sting returned the focus back on his solo career. In 2013, he finished his musical "The Last Ship". His most recent album of new songs was '57 & 9th', issued in late 2016.

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91 KATE CEBERANO    92 DANNY SAUCEDO      93 OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN     
94 ROD STEWART       95 MARY J. BLIGE    96 SANTANA    97 CARLY SIMON
98 EMINEM       99 TAMMI TERRELL    100 FRANK SINATRA    101 JENNIFER HUDSON    
102 BEACH BOYS    103 CHAKA KHAN    104 JOE JACKSON       105 MIKA                              
106 CHRISTINA AGUILERA      107 DAVID GUETTA      108 DESTINY’S CHILD
109 JAMIROQUAI      110 ALISON MOYET      111 LED ZEPPELIN      112 STEVE WINWOOD
113 COMMODORES      114 COLDPLAY      115 SIMPLY RED      116 ONE DIRECTION
117 CAROLE KING      118 R. KELLY      119 EMELI SANDE`      120 QUINCY JONES
121 LADY GAGA      122 ELVIS COSTELLO      123 RAY CHARLES      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
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