Tuesday, March 28, 2017

HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 24: 2003. Continues: tomorrow.
THE HISTORY OF THE
EUROVISION
SONG CONTEST
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
2003
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Tallinn hosted Eurovision in 2002 following Estonia's triumph the year before. Latvia made its debut with Marie N.'s "I Wanna" after Portugal opted out. The new entrant enjoyed a spectacular premiere, snatching the top prize. 
Riga hosted Eurovision in 2003, where a record 26 countries competed. The ESC would be visiting a new corner of Europe with the Turkish victory of Sertab Erener with "Everyway That I Can" in 2004. A new format would also be introduced that year.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. This post: LV- IT'S ALL OVER NOW. 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.
It’s All Over Now
The 1st Rolling Stones single to reach #1 in the UK was "It's All Over Now". That 1964 release also charted in America, Canada and Europe. While most of the band's hits were penned by band members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, this chart-topping disc was a remake.
The original version was released by the R&B group The Valentinos. This act, consisting of 5 brothers, featured soul singer Bobby Womack. He co-wrote the song with Shirley Womack. It was released in the same year as the more successful cover version by The Stones.
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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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TOP 45 ESC SONGS THAT WERE CULLED AT THE SEMI-FINALS.: #25. More: tomorrow.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
THE TOP
EUROVISION SONGS
THAT FAILED TO QUALIFY
 AT THE SEMI-FINALS
As more countries wished to participate in the  Eurovision Song Contest, Semi-Finals became necessary by 1993 in order to limit the duration of the Grand Final. This countdown looks back on 45 culled – but worthy- entries that failed to progress from a Semi-Final and therefore missed out on competing in the Grand Final:

25
LITTLE BY LITTLE
LAURA & THE LOVERS
2005 LITHUANIA
In 2005, the Lithuanian song "Little By Little" vied for a place in the Grand Final. Performed in English by the group Laura & The Lovers, it competed against 24 other entries during the Semi-Final. Despite it being a catchy song, the  entry finished in last place. 
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To get you in the mood for Eurovision in Kiev, check out Caffé Latté’s special ESC playlist on Spotify.

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HISTORY OF THE ESC. Part 23: 2001. Continues: tomorrow.
THE HISTORY OF THE
EUROVISION
SONG CONTEST
Caffé Latté  looks back on the key moments of Europe’s annual competition.
2001
Theme art
Copenhagen was host city for the 2001 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest following Denmark's win the previous year. The practice of the least successful countries missing out the next year continued. The 6 that had been deemed ineligible for 2000 returned as 7 nations took a year off. 
At the conclusion of the event, Estonia was declared the victor. "Everybody", performed in English by Tanel Padar & Dave Benton, achieved the highest score. The ESC was headed for the relatively new republic of Estonia in 2002.
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Sunday, March 26, 2017

The return of a recurring segment- BEFORE THE HIT VERSION. 
This post: LIV- IT MUST BE LOVE. 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.
It Must Be Love
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British born singer Labi Siffre wrote the song "It Must Be Love". His original version charted in the UK in 1971, peaking at #14. This interpretation was more soulful than the remake by Madness. It was included on the singer's 1972 album entitled 'Crying Laughing Loving Lying'. 
Madness covered the song 10 years later. This version surpassed the success of the original, peaking at #4 in Britain and was the band's first US chart entry. It also reached the Australian Top 10.
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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 ESSENTIAL 90s SONGS: #90-81. More:next week.
Caffe` Latte` presents…
200
 ESSENTIAL SONGS
 of the  
1990s
Many new sub-genres were launched during the 1990s as hybrids of various styles were fused to create innovative new sounds. Females infiltrated the once misogynistic world of rap as it evolved into hip-hop. New Jack Swing gave way to New Jill Swing. Grunge exploded around the world. The music industry grappled with dwindling sales and the threat of piracy. Here are the 200 songs that mattered most -in terms of lasting impact, influence and enduring quality- in the final decade of the previous millennium.
90
LAST GOODBYE Jeff Buckley
Jeffery 1994.jpgJeff Buckley Last Goodbye.jpgJeff Buckley may have only completed 1 studio album, but 'Grace' has touched more listeners than some other artists' entire catalogue. Released in 1994, "Last Goodbye", the 2nd single lifted off it, remains a brilliant swansong from an obviously talented singer / songwriter whose life was cut short at the age of 30 in 1997. 
89
CRIMINAL Fiona Apple
CriminalCover.jpgDuring the 1990s, record labels invested serious money into a new breed of female rockers.  The key figures in this movement included: Alanis Morissette, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. "Criminal" is her biggest hit. It was featured on her 1996 debut album 'Tidal'. The track collected a Grammy Award.
88
LITHIUM Nirvana
NirvanaLithiumSingle.jpgIf anyone had not been converted to the power of grunge by "Smells Like Teen Spirit", cracks in their resistance started to appear upon hearing "Lithium". A gentler and more articulate song, "Lithium" was more accessible and radio friendly. Dealing with an individual in a religious cult, Kurt Cobain's lyrics build up to the chorus where his raging vocals explode.  
87
BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY The Verve
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"Bittersweet Symphony" is built around The Rolling Stones' hit song "The Last Time". Richard Ashcroft actually sampled an orchestrated version of the song that featured no members of The Stones. Nevertheless, The Verve had to relinquish all of the royalties from their biggest hit single to the legendary band's copyright holders ABKCO. Issued in 1997, the disc peaked at #2 in the UK and #12 in America.
86
FALLING Julee Cruise
An image of a dead woman wrapped in plastic on a white background. Brown text above reads "Julee Cruise falling" and below reads "The Theme from Twin Peaks Five Inch CD single".TwinPeaks openingshotcredits.jpgThe breathy vocals by Julee Cruise on "Falling" make it a defining song in the sub-genre known as "dream pop". Film director David Lynch composed the song with Angelo Badalamenti and used it as the theme for the TV series "Twin Peaks" which premiered in 1990.
85
MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT LL Cool J
Mama Said Knock You Out (LL Cool J album - cover art).jpgUnleashed in 1990, LL Cool J pushed hip hop further into the mainstream with the title track from his 'Mama Said Knock You Out' album. The single topped the US Rap Chart the following year.
84
UNFINISHED SYMPATHY Massive Attack
Shara Nelson - One Goodbye In Ten.jpegUnfinishedsympathy.jpgWhen the beautiful trip hop single "Unfinished Sympathy" was released in 1991, the group responsible was known as Massive. The mighty song, featuring the powerful vocals of Shara Nelson, was included on the British act's debut album 'Blue Lines'. Nelson would go on to launch a solo career which spawned the hits "One Goodbye In Ten" and "Down That Road". Massive evolved into the better known Massive Attack, responsible for musical gems such as "Teardrop".
83
ON A RAGGA TIP SL2
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The ragga- styled backbeat dance music of English hardcore group SL2 helped usher in the sub-genre jungle. "On A Ragga Tip" was a hit in Europe and peaked at #2 in Britain during 1992. 
82
GENIE IN A BOTTLE Christina Aguilera
Genie in a Bottle.pngIn 1999, "Genie In A Bottle" was lifted off Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut album. The single became her breakthrough hit, introducing her vocal dexterity to a worldwide audience. It was embraced enthusiastically, topping charts in America, Britain, Europe, Canada and Australia.
81
JUMP Kris Kross
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Producer Jermaine Dupri discovered 2 teen rappers in a mall in Atlanta. The rap duo Kris Kross provided a mainstream audience with one of the first irresistible rap crossover songs: "Jump". They wore their clothes backwards but managed to push hip hop forward with their debut single. In 1992, "Jump" reached #1 in the USA, Europe and Australia. It peaked at #2 in Britain.
1990s

Saturday, March 25, 2017

CAFFE` LATTE`
TOP 10 ALBUMS – MARCH 2017
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1  25 Adele      7 2
2 21 Adele      RE-ENTRY
3 DIVIDE Ed Sheeran      NEW
4 STARBOY The Weeknd      1 4
5 24K MAGIC Bruno Mars      2 5
6 ERIC BENET Eric Benet      5 3
7 LEMONADE Beyoncé      3 2
8 50 SHADES DARKER Movie Soundtrack - Various Artists      NEW
9 HERE Alicia Keys      4 5 
10 WONDERLAND Take That      NEW
The Caffe` Latte` Top 10 Tracks this week

1 As I Lay Me Down WIKTORIA  1wk                                                                     3 2

2 Big Boys CHUCK BERRY                                                                 NEW

3 Glorious MANS ZELMERLOW                                                                             1 5

4 Scared Of The Dark STEPS                                                                     2 3

5 The Getaway RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS                                                                     7 2

6 Wait For It USHER                                                                       NEW

7 Straight Up & Down BRUNO MARS                                                                     NEW

8 Wild Child ACE WILDER                                                                    NEW

9 Home ERIC BENET                                                                   4 4

10 How Would You Feel (Paean) ED SHEERAN                                                                     6 4

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ELTON JOHN'S 100 BEST SONGS Spotify playlist:  (as featured on here)
Caffe` Latte`
mix-tapes on Spotify
Check out the latest playlist added to spotify, celebrating the 70th birthday (March 25) of:
SIR ELTON JOHN’S
100 BEST SONGS



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Caffé Latté presents... THE TOP 100 ELTON JOHN SONGS. The countdown ends here with the Top 10.
Celebrating Elton John’s 70th birthday on March 25 and a half century of songwriting with Bernie Taupin (for the Top 50 tracks, assume they were written by this talented duo unless otherwise stated) with a retrospective highlighting:
THE 100 GREATEST SONGS OF
ELTON JOHN
10
CROCODILE ROCK
Year: 1973
Album: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
"Crocodile Rock" remains a concert favourite as well as a signature song for Elton. This is the best display of his playful 70s onstage persona, adorned with flamboyant costumes and his then trademark glasses. The retro throwback single reached #1 in America, Canada, New Zealand and some European territories. It was a Top 10 hit in Britain and Australia where it peaked at #5 and 2 respectively.
9
ELTON'S SONG
Year: 1981
Album: The Fox
This song of unrequited love from a gay perspective is obscure for many Elton fans, but is one of the artist's most moving recordings. The music is sombre, augmented by Elton's heartwrenching vocal delivery. He wrote the song with Tom Robinson who at the time was a gay activist and singer-songwriter.
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8
GOODBYE
 YELLOW BRICK ROAD
Year: 1973
Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Drawing inspiration from 'The Wizard Of Oz', Bernie penned thought-provoking lyrics for the title track of Elton's landmark album. The LP is still hailed as one of his finest releases during this prolific and critically lauded period. Elton's vocal harmonies are a strong feature. The single made the Top 10 in America, Britain, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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7
ROCKET MAN
Year: 1972
Album: Honky Chateau
Bernie Taupin was inspired by "The Rocket Man", a short story written by Ray Bradbury. The single reached the British, American and Canadian Top 10s. It is sometimes referred to with the subtitle "(I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time)".
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6
LEVON
Year: 1971
Album: Madman Across The Water
'Madman Across The Water' saw the introduction of Davey Johnstone, who has since become a stalwart member of Elton's band. "Levon" was recorded on February 27th, 1971 and is still a popular track in Elton's impressive songbook.
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5
DANIEL
Year: 1973
Album: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
Returning to the Château D'Hierouville in France, Elton and his band members recorded 'Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player'. Ken Scott contributed synthesizer on the track "Daniel". This was a tender ballad Taupin penned about Vietnam War veterans. The song, sung from the perspective of a Vet's brother, went Top 10 in the USA, UK, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
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4
DON'T LET THE SUN
GO DOWN ON ME
Year: 1974
Album: Caribou
Harmonies on classic recordings by The Beach Boys inspired the epic track "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me". The original version, as found on the 'Caribou' album features vocals by the group's Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, as well as Toni Tennille (later of Captain and Tennille). Her husband Daryl 'The Captain' Dragon arranged the vocals with Johnston. The song has enjoyed multiple lives. It was a #2 single in America during 1974. An edited live version was issued to coincide with Elton's 'Live Across Australia' album in 1987. Another live version emerged 4 years later as a duet with George Michael. This remake topped the charts in America, Britain, Canada and Europe.
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3
TINY DANCER
Year: 1971
Album: Madman Across The Water
"Tiny Dancer" has gained popularity over the decades. The opening track on 'Madman Across The Water' was inspired by Taupin's then wife Maxine Feibelman. She had been a dancer. The song's profile was raised higher in 2000 by its inclusion in the film 'Almost Famous'.
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2
CANDLE IN THE WIND
Year: 1973
Album: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
The original version of "Candle In The Wind" was sung from the point of view of a fan of iconic actress Marilyn Monroe. The legendary star had died 11 years prior to the release of the track. In 1997, the song was famously re-written as a tribute to Diana, the Princess of Wales. Millions around the planet watched Elton perform the ballad at her funeral. It was a defining moment that touched enough people for the subsequent release of the song as "Candle In The Wind 1997" is the best selling single of all-time.
Monroe c. 1953
1
YOUR SONG
Year: 1970
Album: Elton John
Although Elton had already released 'Empty Sky' the year before, his self-titled 2nd studio album was the one that kicked off his incredible solo career. It was his first American release and the 1st of his LPs to chart in Britain. Surprisingly, "Your Song" did not seem the obvious first choice for a single from the 2nd album. "Border Song" preceded it. Elton's signature song was finally lifted off the album as a single later in 1970. Everything changed as a result. The sweet and heartfelt song became Elton's 1st Top 10 hit in America, Britain, Canada and the Netherlands. To this day, the song remains a mainstay of his concert repertoire at almost every show.
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