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We gathered around the campfire at night to play songs together as a family. The two musicians have toured together in the past and spent the last two-plus years working on the album. Listen here to an audio clip of this classic track, with its scintillating Eddie van Halen electric guitar solo, and watch the video that had a huge impact on pop music. He also published a booklet about that tour a few years ago. More surprisingly, so does Ron. Pages containing London Gazette template with parameter supp set to y Pages containing links to subscription-only content CS1 maint:


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The service will also offer specific urgent support for people who may be a risk to themselves or others. It is accessible 24 hours a day, days per year. If this work can help to save lives — then I think we all need to make it a priority to protect the future of the music industry itself. Full details can be found on Brad's website www. The Awards are conducted as a prestigious talent quest with a number of different sections. Organisers of this year's Awards, held earlier this month, say they were delighted with a successful event which concluded a week-long festival of country music.

The Otago Daily Times reported a sellout audience of gathered to see 41 finalists "duke it out" for the prestigious senior finals award. Event convener Philip Geary said judges had been impressed with the "very high calibre" of competitors across all categories. That number was the third-highest in the history of the awards, which had been running for 44 years, he said. More information can be obtained from the website www. A little over a week ago, Country Music Capital's Eric Scott was being congratulated for winning his home town of Tamworth's Volunteer of the Year award.

Eric, who has served as President of the Australian Country Music Foundation operators of the nation's Country Music Hall of Fame since , was a key player in the creation of the Country Music Capital branding in the s and operated together with his wife Hilary the successful Hadley recording studios for more than four decades from the s.

Hadley became the quintessential country music recording studio hosting sessions for many of the early greats of country music including Slim Dusty, Tex Morton, Nev Nicholls, Shirley Thoms and Buddy Williams. One of those tracks — Redback On The Toilet Seat — gained the attention of radio and ended up selling more than , copies of the record. Hundreds of sessions and recordings were made at Hadley before Eric and Hilary called it a day in The studio notched up 10 Golden Guitar wins during its time.

She has numerous Victorian Country Music Awards to her credit as well as a number of songwriting awards. The late Phil Emmanuel has been awarded a posthumous Order of Australia Medal for service to the performing arts, particularly through music. Luckily, the way the Australian honours system works, he would have known he was to receive the OAM recognition.

While his brother Tommy plays it sweet; Phil plays it from the street. While most children were playing childhood games in their backyards, Phil was touring with his family band. At the age of nine, he was already working as a professional musician in that band, variously named The Emmanuel Quartet, The Midget Surfaries and The Trailblazers.

Phil played lead and Tommy played rhythm guitar, along with their brother Chris on drums and their sister Virginia on slide guitar. They travelled Australia for six years to After their father died, The Emmanuel family was approached by Australian country music star Buddy Williams who took them on the road until they were forced by the Australian child welfare department to stop travelling. The release of his first album — Kakadu Sunrise — in saw Phil pushed into the limelight as a result of nationwide media attention.

What followed was the rise and rise of the Emmanuel Brothers, with the long awaited Sony Records release of Terra Firma in celebrating 35 years of guitar playing.

A highlight for Phil came in the year when he performed to a worldwide audience of 4. Also in , Phil experienced another highlight with his second tour of Europe when he was invited to headline Issenden, the worlds largest guitar festival.

Long time broadcaster and Australian country music industry personality Alan Clement died this morning following complications after lung surgery. Alan was the compere of the Capital Country Music Association Jamboree for many of its 50 plus years, only relinquishing the role in the early s. By special request, he did return for the 50th Jamboree in January Slim Dusty Day A highlight on the day will be performances by young country music artists Keely Johnson and Tyson Lucas pictured below , "both of these talented young musicians set to have an incredible career in country music," according to a spokesman from the Centre.

Keely, who is currently recording her first album, was awarded the Queensland Young Achiever Award in and has been nominated for the Young Australian of the Year. In addition to the live music, Slim Dusty Day at the Cenre will also feature a barbecue and other activity. Slim's actual birthday — he would have been 91 if he was still with us — is Wednesday June Joy and son David will be at the Centre on the 13th to share some birthday cake.

Every family or couple attending on the day will receive a free book to have signed by Joy and David with their Museum entry. Dianne Lindsay and Peter Simpson pictured at right will be providing entertainment on Wednesday from 10am. As well as paying tribute to Slim, the Centre helps to tell the story of Australia and its history. It also has a travelling exhibition gallery and function centre with an on site cafe and gift shop selling Slim Dusty merchandise, souvenirs and locally made products.

The Centre opened its doors to the public on October 17, with more than people per day visiting the multi-purpose facility in its first weeks. Since opening the Centre has received multitudes of visitors of all ages from all over Australia, and has also welcomed many international visitors through its doors.

Numerous activities are included in the packed program which can be viewed at the Festival website www. A number of awards will be presented to two local men Darin Warner, recognised as a leading international artist on the country music circuit overseas, and Peter "Sarge" Warner, as well as Darin's mentior, a leading guitarist within the industry. Former Riverland Festival committee member Phil Turpin is being inducted into the Maple Avenue of Honour at the official opening of the festival which will be held in conjunction with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday.

The late Rocky Page is recognised as the "Father" of the Riverland Country Music Festival and special tribute will be paid to him during this year's event. Many years ago, Rocky and his wife Viv settled in Berri in the Riverland to raise their family while he continued to perform and teach local music students and ran a music shop. He became an "Icon of the Air" via his country music program on 5RM. In order to allow his students the opportunity to perform on stage to a live audience and to compete against other young musicians and singers in a talent quest, Rocky set up the Riverland Country Music Festival, and ran it for the next 20 years until his untimely passing.

Slim Dusty was the first to be recognised and one of his famous hats is in the Hall of Fame established by Rocky in the main street of Barmera. More than people have been acknowledged in the concrete guitars which form part of a giant guitar in the grounds behind what is now known as the SA Country Music Hall of Fame. Peter Healy, a former announcer at 5RM and co-worker with Rocky, will also fly in from Sydney for the tribute.

In its 37th year, the Gympie Music Muster aims to present "a festival experience like no other" with the introduction of educational workshops and panels in addition to the huge roster of country and blues performers. Among the workshops will be renowned harmonica player Ian Collard leading a harmonica workshop for all skill levels and ukelele workshops aimed at helping novice players gain some skills.

A panel titled "The Business of Music — how to thrive in a world beyond CDs" will have a panel of industry experts discussing how to thrive in the Australian music business in a world beyond CDs. Lindi Jane from Snap's Kakadu Club will be conducting boot scooting sessions "for the little ones" and there will be guided line dancing and rock 'n' roll dancing sessions for older patrons. Pictured at right clockwise from top left: Topping the prize pool is "a once in a lifetime trip" to Nashville.

The old industry is dead. The following blog article was written by Sammy Andrews at blog. We are including this article as a reference mainly for music industry participants as an on-going dialogue on future trends The future looks brilliant for the music industry. Gone are the years of doom and gloom and in are the innovators, the dreamers, the creators and the streamers.

Tech and software plays a huge part in all of these developments, as does hardware. But as we see rights management, licensing and payment procedures shift into new and efficient infrastructures this will change further. That will of course present its own set of challenges, but I suspect on the whole it will be a welcomed new addition to the business and our related sectors, like film and gaming.

The biggest wins for the industry I believe are rooted in innovation and the ability to move with the times. For far too long our industry hid from the future and it has catastrophic implications that led to the global decline of the music industry for a decade. The old guard are slowing leaving and smart, creative and inventive new blood is rising to the top.

But removing the connotations of the majors, I kind of feel it applied then, and still applies now top a much broader scale to the industry as a whole.

Some of us have known for years that the archaic rule books needed burning. Hailing from the NSW Shellharbour region, Kora has been creating quite a stir in country music over the past 18 months. The talented teenager is also sought after as a live performer. I feel incredibly lucky to have them standing beside me and believing in what I do. Leading Australian guitar player Phil Emmanuel has died. He died in Parkes NSW late last night after a sudden asthma attack. Phil was staying with his brother Darcy at the time.

Darcy said he has been in contact with his brothers Chris and Tommy, who is in London touring at the moment, and sister Veronica better known as Skeeta. Philip and Virginia were virtually joined at the hip and I don't think either one would have been able to live without the other. Also the founder and operator, with wife Hilary, of Country Music Capital's Hadley Studios until closure in , Eric pictured at right with his award has been actively involved as a volunteer in maintaining the history of Australian country music since the early s.

He was head of Australia's Heritage Hall group when it merged with the Australian Country Music Foundation in , becoming the Foundation's Archivist and, in , President, a role he has held continuously ever since. As well as the enormous amount of time he has dedicated to Australian country music archiving, Eric is also fully involved in the day to day operation of the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame.

Indigenous blues musician and educator Buddy Knox pictured at right with Mayor Col Murray also won an award on the day. The Mayor praised the efforts of not only the award finalists, but all the volunteers that "keep Tamworth ticking". Part 1- Ruin will be available for pre order this Friday May The celebrated Aussie country artists have much in common, according to a spokesman, "above all it is their love of Australia and the many characters who inhabit it that has been the inspiration for many of the songs they have written and recorded.

Although Sara, Celeste and Sophie have collaborated in the past, they have never toured together, something that will be rectified when they hit the road in June and July for the tour which will see them appearing in cities and towns in NSW, Queensland and Victoria. All three live in the country — Sophie calls Gunnedah home, younger sister Celeste has recently made the trek back west to Western Australia and Sara, with her husband and brood of four boys, recently moved from Darwin to the NSW border city of Albury.

Sara has earned high praise from media and audiences alike for her ability to capture the essence of Australian life, its characters and distinctive landscape. John Williamson summed it up best when he said "Sara has a unique way of seeing and expressing her observations of love and life in the bush. She is a songwriter who will be remembered beyond her lifetime. The Big Picture, History and Today on the evening of the first day. The following day, Andrew Smith will be a panel member of a discussion of Country Music and the Vietnam War , bringing an Australian perspective to the topic.

Andrew is well know for his many articles about Tex Morton and other early Australian country artists. He is currently researching a book about Tex. The conference is an annual event attracting scholars from all over the world.

Australian country music and its history are gaining traction in the United States. One of the conference's organisers, Dr James Akenson, regularly uses Australian country music to teach Australian history and geography to school students in Tennessee.

John wins at WAM. Homegrown — the country trio from Queensland — has made it to the top 12 of The Voice Kasey 15 , Liam 18 and Katelyn 20 O'Donoghue grew up on a cattle station in Far North Queensland where they developed their love of music, and their country sound. Now the show's blind auditions, knockouts and battles are over, the live shows kick off this coming Sunday from 7pm on the Nine Network.

With an "atmosphere of a large family gathering and in true outback style" everyone is made to feel welcome, according to a spokesman for the organisers.. Walk Up concerts to share your talents, evening concerts, main concert Saturday, charity auction and yabby races with fashions of the field and much more. She is widely respected as a senior manager in the business and we look forward to having her on the leadership team.

It has been my privilege to work with him over the last 10 plus years and achieve the results we have achieved together. In recent years, his records have included a number of honky tonk tracks — "just so we remember where country music came from," he said.

When the marriage dissolved, so did the band, and Bill moved to Sydney, set up Reckless Records and began producing records. Julz and Leesa pictured prior to the awards presentation with their multi finalist nomination citations.

Produced by Matt Fell, the album is self-titled and contains 12 songs, all but one totally self-penned the 12th — Towels — is a co-write with Joe Mungovan. When selected as a finalist for Toyota Star Maker, Brad refined his set list to showcase those songs that would deliver "a knock-out blow" to the audience and, most importantly, the judges, of the prestigious talent search. Manager Steve White said: He has a great voice and is writing good songs.

I think he is the real deal and I look forward to watching him develop. His southern rock sound sets him apart. Brad Cox is a standout. I thought that was pretty incredible.

Another inspiring event was a fire at a cattle station next to the one Emma was working on. As a nurse in her day job, Emma has seen the best and worst of life, but said the world would be a better place if people took some advice from Pay It Forward. The video can be viewed here. Coal Seam Gas threatens one of the greatest water storage systems on our planet — the great artesian basin. The Bushwackers are well known for taking a stand.

Catherine Britt has released the lead single — Red Dirt — from her upcoming new album. Red Dirt is the opening track on the album and is described as "an ode to driving toward the outback skies, leaving the city in the rearview mirror. It was filmed in Silverton Hotel, Western Australia with many scenes taken inside the Silverton Hotel which Catherine and her husband ran for a month each year, together with the associted Silverton Sunset Music Festival. I thought about who would get that and pull it off and these guys were perfect.

Life has a way of throwing curveballs, both good and bad, and the last three years have seen Catherine fight and win a battle with breast cancer, marry her husband James and most recently, give birth to their first child. Another winner of "country note" was Darren Carr pictured who took top honours in the Sight Act category.

Melinda was a standout nominee on the night featuring also in the Female Vocal and Club Performer of the Year categories. The Music Network reported the new deal covered Kirsty's next two album releases, her fifth and sixth major works. Critically acclaimed, Kirsty is the only artist to have three major new talent events under her belt Tickets can be obtained here. Wholesale revenue for the Australian music industry grew for a third consecutive year in , largely fuelled by paid streaming subscriptions, according to figures released by ARIA the Australian Recording Industry Association.

The streaming category now includes income from subscription services such as Apple Music, Deezer, GooglePlay, Tidal and Spotify and other non-subscription on-demand streaming services such as YouTube and Vevo.

Streaming is counted as part of digital figures, up Digital albums fell Physical product CD and vinyl still make up 25 percent of the Australian market. The vinyl renaissance continues in this country, growing for the seventh consecutive year, increasing by 19 percent in In comparison, in the United States last year, streaming made up 62 percent of the market in the first half. CDs were downthree percent and vinyl up three percent.

Vinyl albums comprised 29 percent of total physical shipments at retail value — their highest share since the mids. The growth of the local music industry depends on how successfully streaming services can draw in more paid subscribers. The Gympie Music Muster has announced the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia as its major charity beneficiary from this year's event.

The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia PCFA is a charity dedicated to reducing the impact of prostate cancer on Australian men, their partners and families, by funding research, raising awareness and providing support to sufferers and their loved ones. Tim and John will be guest speakers and will also perform. An auction, with all proceeds going direct to PCFA.

Malcolm Freame, Chief Operating Officer of PCFA, said he was excited to be part of a major national event and looked forward to using the platform to generate awareness and fundraising. It is time for men in rural areas to take the issue more seriously.

It is also important to understand that in the early stages of prostate cancer, when it can be treated and cured, there are often no symptoms. Awareness is just so important — a large part of the reason that country men are doing worse with prostate cancer is that they are presenting to doctors with later, less-treatable cases.

So, this is very much about influencing attitudes. The Foundation holds a special place in the heart of the Muster family as performer Tim Gaze has been affected by the disease himself and credits Angry Anderson for virtually saving his life. A valued part of the Muster line-up over many years, Tim is a fixture at the festival's Guitar Jam, which brings together some of Australia's best guitarists to collaborate and perform together. Even since my experience with prostate cancer in , diagnosis and treatments have improved radically.

The medical procedure I experienced then radical prostatectomy required a four-day stay in hospital, but that stay now has been shortened to one or two days max, and the treatments have become even more precise and less invasive. This year's dates are Thursday August 23 to Sunday August Kylie pictured , who has been songwriting professionally in Nashville for almost 20 years, won the Toyota Star Maker quest in Tamworth in She was recognised last night for her songwriting work overseas with artists including LeAnn Rimes and Faith Hill.

I enjoy word puzzles, making melodies, and the mathematics of what people find to be a catchy song. Anna took a photo of Warren and then asked a friend to take a photo of them together. One in particular intrigued Jauczius, a technical officer with the Australian Weather Bureau who has documented his life in acrylics, oils, pastels and watercolour.

They met the next day at his studio and it just went from there. Jauczius travelled with Williams to his home town of Hermannsburg in Central Australia. I saw a quiet, proud man. A man who has a deep connection with his family, his culture and the land. Then he took me to the mission, the place he grew up in. He constantly told stories which resonated with me, and a complete picture was formed. All of these things are Warren. This is home, and home is where you can truly be yourself. His passion for music is similar, too, to the way I feel about painting.

It is a simple white-washed sandstone building dating back to In it attracted more than entries. Warren has released 10 albums to date and is a radio broadcaster in Alice Springs. Tracks on the album include songs that have only been "B" sides on singles or never been commercially available anywhere. Included in the 25 tracks is Troy's very first single Proud Young Man which, up until now, has only ever been available on seven inch vinyl.

It has been two years since the release of Keith's most recent album, the chart topping Ripcord. Graffiti U — his ninth studio album — will feature 13 tracks, including his current single Parallel Line. The "intimate" image on the Graffiti U album cover was taken by world-renowned photographer Mark Seliger. Meanwhile, Keith will return to Australia in early May for a short promo trip to talk about the new album.

Keith has consistently topped charts in Australia and the US over the last decade, amassing more than 22 million album sales worldwide with combined sales of 1. It was chosen as the theme song for Commonwealth Games mascot Borobi. Kasey explained her special inspiration for the album The campfire was the heart of our existence: We hunted all our own food and then cooked it on the campfire. My brother and I did all our schooling via correspondence around the campfire.

We gathered around the campfire at night to play songs together as a family. Our connection to music and the land has developed through and around the campfire since I was born, so it has always stayed with me as a special part of my life. Campfire is an album Kasey says she has wanted to make her whole life. From my early years of my family drawing from the Aboriginal way of life in the outback of Australia to experiencing the African culture and immediately connecting with it, living the seaside lifestyle in Southend, South Australia and later on, my time living on Norfolk Island to then many years of touring throughout America and being inspired by their musical culture, I have taken all of those experiences and put them into the songs and sounds for Campfire…".

The full list of tour dates and ticketing information can be found on Kasey's website www. Comparisons could be drawn with the Australian music industry. Similar to , these increases came primarily from growth in paid music subscriptions to services like Spotify, Amazon, Tidal, AppleMusic, Pandora and others, which grew by more than 50 percent. This is the first time since that US music revenues grew materially for two years in a row.

Streaming music platforms accounted for almost to thirds of total US music industry revenues in , and contributed nearly all of the growth. The streaming category includes revenues from premium subscription services, streaming radio services including those revenues distributed by SoundExchange like Pandora, SiriusXM, and other Internet radio , and ad-supported on-demand streaming services such as YouTube, Vevo, and ad-supported Spotify.

Paid subscriptions were the biggest growth driver for the music industry in The Queensland outback town of Winton — renowned as the birthplace of Banjo Paterson's Waltzing Matilda — will stage its inaugural Way Out West Fest next month to celebrate the grand re-opening of The Waltzing Matilda Centre which was destroyed by fire in Described as "a unique four-day music and cultural experience" the Festival will feature a big line-up of entertainers from Thursday April 19 through to and including Sunday April Entertainment will commence at various in-town venues from midday on Thursday and continue through until 1am.

A "relaxed and open format will allow patrons to curate their own musical adventure from the wide range of options available to suit their own itinerary and taste while they enjoy the country hospitality that is unique to Winton," according to a Festival spokesman.

The official opening of the new Waltzing Matilda Centre is scheduled for 11am on Friday in Elderslie Street — the street will be closed for the four days of the Festival. Entertainment will resume in various venues from The official Waltzing Matilda Centre luncheon will be held at the Winton Shire Hall from 1pm until 3pm for invited guests. Gates will open at 4pm at the Eric Lenton Recreational Reserve for the Friday night main stage concert which kicks off at 5pm and runs through till 2am.

On Saturday, in-town entertainment at various venues will commence at 10am and run through through until 4. Gates will open at 4pm at the Eric Lenton Recreational Reserve for the Saturday night main stage concert which kicks off at 5pm and runs through untill 2am. An adjunct to the festival will be a Busby Marou conert at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Recovery attraction — 26 minutes drive from Winton — from 11am till 2pm. The pair will play Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Tamworth between April 21 and April 29 at shows that have sold out or almost sold out.

As various media have reported, including noise You work hard to write a song. I tour most of the year and visit some of the littlest towns throughout Australia, but we have to have these venues to play in. Key issues addressed during the visit to Parliament House were Some figures, detailing how the Australian music industry impacts on the economy, were central to discussions Country music is definitely in the air at Easter time in Australia. We have a comprensive listing of festivals here , but let's take a closer look at a couple of the more significant events coming up this weekend.

The National Folk Festival is on in Canberra. Undoubtedly there are other smaller events, but plenty of option for fans wanting to get out and enjoy their favourite music. New Zealand country artist Peter Caulton died suddenly and unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, March Dubbed an "outlaw country singer" Peter's career extended to 26 countries, including Australia where he had his own radio show and the United States where he recorded an album in for Austin, Texas-based BSW Records.

He has played on live shows, on tlevision and in concert with many well-known performers. Born in New Zealand, Peter grew up in small country towns and spent time in Europe as well as Australia. Finnian Johnson — a rising country star, as evidenced by a number of wins at Tamworth in January — was presented with the Junior MO award. Darren Carr — another country aligned artist — was named Comedy Act of the Year.

A full listing of winners can be found at www. The Manning River Times reported that the venue is a special place for Dianne. Back in the s, two young country music entertainers hit the road with their first music tour, along with a five-week-old daughter. Their first show on the tour was in the hall at the Nabiac Showground. In honour of her parents and Australian country music pioneers, Saturday night's concert is held back where it all began for her family so many years ago.

The show will be conducted in "fine old country style entertainment" with a light supper provided at interval and time for the audience to meet and speak with the entertainers. For further details and bookings, phone Peter Simpson on A former deputy Prime Minister of Australia and current member for Grayndler in Sydney, Anthony Albanese was a huge supporter of the Australian music industry and fan of Australian music.

The musical development of just about all professional musicians in this country would have been very much influenced by their patronage of independent stores. The Global Country Artist Award recognises outstanding achievements by a country music artist signed outside of the United States. The artist must have furthered the popularity of country music as well as brought attention to the country music format in their foreign-based territory.

The two women roommates who stage a "dance off" to this track express infectious joy as they decorate their room see the commercial on YouTube. The track features a sample from a Taana Gardner disco classic: Check out a full-version video clip of this track at YouTube. Calamity Jane "Secret Love" , music by Sammy Fain , lyrics by Paul Francis Weber , was composed for the movie musical , where it was introduced by the incomparable Doris Day , who celebrated her 92nd birthday on April 3rd.

With a melody based on the opening theme of the A-major piano Sonata D. A belated 92nd Happy Birthday to one of the world's greatest animal lovers , who will always be an Award-winner in my songbook!

California Dreamin' , words and music by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips , was a huge pop hit for The Mamas and the Papas , sporting a wonderful alto flute solo by one of my all-time favorite jazz musicians: Bud Shank , who was born on this day in , and became one of the finest musicians in the West Coast jazz scene. It's not a "winter's day" in Brooklyn; we've had summer-like weather for awhile. But I'm dreamin' of a particular California attraction that celebrates its 75th anniversary today: Happy Birthday to the Golden Gate Bridge!

On this track, even Oscar-award winning actress Halle Berry makes a cameo appearance. Check out the album version [YouTube link] and a live performance at the Apollo [DailyMotion link, around the minute mark]. Call Me , words and music by Randy Muller , was performed by the group Skyy. It's particularly fitting on this day, the th anniversary of the first phone call made by Alexander Graham Bell to Thomas A.

Over the next week or so, I'll have a few more favorite musical "calls" to make, in honor of this anniversary. And "for all you frustrated musicians," see here , where you can access directions on how to play songs on your touch-tone phone. Vissi recorded the song previously as " Ise " in Greek. Listen to an audio clip of this song among others on disc 2 of Vic Latino's Ultra Dance It's a warm '60s chestnut. Call Me , words and music by Giorgio Moroder and Deborah Harry , the lead singer of the group Blondie , was the theme from the film, " American Gigolo.

This song is probably my favorite Blondie track in contrast to my favorite, and beloved, Blondie. Listen to an audio clip from the original soundtrack. I love a string jazz guitar version by Joe Pass. It provides what was probably "the year's most gripping hook," making it "one of the most irrefutable teen-pop songs in history," as New York Daily News music critic Jim Farber attests. Olympics Swimming Team [YouTube links].

It's a song that should be on any year-end countdown. Tonight we'll be counting down till the ball drops in Times Square. Have a happy, healthy, and safe New Year's Eve! This classic Beatles track is still one of my all-time favorite kickin' rock 'n roll songs.

Performed by LeAnn Rimes , it's a peppy track that's been remixed fabulously for the dance floor as well; check out various versions, including this YouTube moment , this remix and this one too. Can't Stop the Feeling! This is Timberlake's fifth solo 1 Hit and, perhaps, the most retro-disco sounding recording of his career. The voice cast has fun with the song in a pre-release video , even as the official video was released this week [YouTube links].

I remain a life-long Timberlake fanatic, and disco just might usher me through the Pearly Gates or the Disco Inferno , whichever is in store for me. Since posting this as Song of the Day , the video community has provided us with hilarious takes on the song; check out the Storm Troopers videos, Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , and Part 4.

And the DJ community has provided us with a plethora of wonderfully diverse remixes: The song has shown up in many films as well, including " The Deer Hunter " Listen to an audio clip here , and also to alternative versions by Gloria Gaynor and Lauryn Hill. Can You Handle It? This classic " Prelude label " dance track was performed by the late Sharon Redd. It was one of those dance classics that has been remixed several times, but never at the expense of its wonderful feel.

Capote "Out There" [YouTube link], composed by Mychael Danna , is a simple theme that holds within it the complexity of the person at the center of the film , Truman Capote , and the complexity of the performance of Philip Seymour Hoffman , who won a Best Actor Oscar for the role. Sadly, this year old actor passed away yesterday ; death need not be tragic, since it is an organic part of life, but when it comes so young to an actor with so much talent and promise, I can find few other words to describe it.

Cappucino audio clip at that link is a Chick Corea composition that made its debut on the phenomenal album " Friends. Captain America "Theme Song" , composer mysteriously unknown , was the classic theme song to the s Marvel Super Heroes cartoon.

It's a favorite from my childhood , and while there have been lots of takes on Captain America , this one still holds a special place in my heart. Take a look at the animated opening theme [YouTube link], and have a safe and happy Independence Day! It was made famous by the Ellington orchestra audio clips here and here.

Among the scores of recordings of this song, my favorite version of this tune remains one recorded by Johnny Pate's orchestra featuring the burning bold boss guitar of Wes Montgomery. Listen to an audio clip of that version here.

And so, for now, I conclude my Ellington tribute! Carol of the Bells emerges from a fascinating musical lineage , based on a musical composition by Mykola Dmytrovich Leontovych. Most riveting when performed with a full chorus as in this Robert Shaw Chorale audio clip or full orchestra as in this Leonard Bernstein audio clip. Ring in a Happy New Year!

It's one of those sensitively performed compositions, which has had a tendency to bring a bit of a puddle to my tear ducts. Listen to an audio clip of Henry Mancini here too.

Actually, Craig 's " Skyfall " is one of my favorite Bond flicks. But today's tribute goes to Cornell , another talent gone too soon. Check out the opening credits [YouTube link], and while you're at it, check out Cornell's transformative version of the Michael Jackson hit, " Billie Jean " [YouTube link]. RIP , Chris Cornell. It is featured on the album " Confessions " audio clip at that link.

Like " Yeah ," this one's got a big bass line, minimalist instrumentation, and a great hook. Check out the Champion vocal pipes of Underwood in the Super Bowl opening and in the official video, which features a rap by Bridges aka Ludacris [YouTube links].

Chained to the Rhythm features the words and music of Skip Marley grandson of Bob , and featured on the track , Max Martin , Sia Furler , Ali Payami , and Katy Perry , who released this recording as the first single from her fifth studio album, " Witness " In fact, it was the seventeenth consecutive 1 Dance Club single for Perry , the longest unbroken streak of 1 dance club hits in the history of the Billboard Dance charts.

Charade is another magnificent collaboration between composer Henry Mancini and lyricist Johnny Mercer. It was nominated for a Academy Award for Best Song , featured on the beautiful score for the classic Cary Grant - Audrey Hepburn film of the same title, the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never directed.

One of my favorite versions of this song is an instrumental rendering by jazz guitarist Joe Pass , who plays it on the string guitar. Listen to audio clips from the original soundtrack here and a version by Andy Williams. The Charge of the Light Brigade "The Charge" [Screen Archives Entertainment mp3 link], written by the legendary Golden Age film score composer Max Steiner , captures the excitement of the climactic scene in this film , starring the swashbuckling Errol Flynn.

This is one of the great Oscar-nominated soundtracks in cinema history. Check it out as well on YouTube as conducted by William Stromberg. The Charleston , composed by stride pianist James P.

Johnson , with lyrics by Cecil Mack , was featured in the all-black Broadway musical comedy " Runnin' Wild ," which debuted at the New Colonial Theatre on October 29, One of the most famous recordings of this jazz age standard was recorded in France on April 21, by the Quintette du Hot Club de France , featuring violinist extraordinaire Stephane Grappelli , the immortal jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt , guitar sidemen Pierre Ferret and Marcel Bianchi , and bassist Louis Vola.

Established far away from the American soil that originated the art form, the Quintette contributed to the rise of jazz as a genuine global cultural contribution. And subsequently, the group had a huge impact on American jazz musicians. Indeed, Reinhardt alone is credited as one of the most influential guitarists in jazz history. As Bill Dahl put it: Les Paul , Chet Atkins , B. This year's festival takes place today in Paris, France. Vive Le Jazz Hot! Listen to audio clips of renditions by Frank Sinatra , Ella Fitzgerald , and of course, from the original film, Fred Astaire.

My favorite jazz rendition of this song is by alto sax player Phil Woods , " Live from the Showboat ," an album that won the Grammy for " Best Instrumental Jazz Performance, Group " unfortunately no audio clip is available.

Che La Luna Mezzo Mare is an Italian folksong composed, it is said, by Paolo Citorello , but infinite variations of the song have been heard throughout the years. Growing up in the Sciabarra household, we heard the bouncy Louis Prima-Keely Smith version [YouTube link], with its funny double entendres sung in both Italian and English.

At the wedding, Mama Corleone played by Morgana King is invited to the stage to begin the verses of the classic song; an old man, not unlike many I've seen at countless Italian weddings that I've attended since childhood, gets up, and completes the verses with the kind of hilariously perverse body language that the song inspires.

How appropriate to note this song today, for 40 years ago, on this date, on the Ides of March in , " The Godfather " had its U. Yes, it has a haunting Nino Rota soundtrack. Cherish features the words and music of Terry Kirkman , a founding member of The Association , which scored a Number 1 hit with this song in Cherokee features the words and music of Ray Noble.

As an aside, the Cherokee word for "Groundhog" is "Ogana". Punxsutawney Phil tells us six more weeks of winter Chicago , words and music by Cory Rooney , is a sweet track on Michael Jackson 's posthumously released album, " Xscape. Listen to the track on YouTube , and the original demo MJ recorded as well. After the Red Sox , there are no more curses in baseball. Maybe the Chicago Cubs are next! Or maybe these triumphs are only possible for teams named after different kinds of, uh, socks.

Either way, listen here to an audio clip of Frank Sinatra singing this timeless tune. A Child is Born , words and music by Alec Wilder and Thad Jones , is a song that has come to be identified with this day, but it has also become a jazz standard.

A sad loss for lovers of music to contemplate on this Christmas Day. The Children of Sanchez "Overture" , words, music, film score written and performed by Chuck Mangione , comes from the Latin- and jazz-infused score that has a musical integrity quite apart from the fact that it's from a film , starring Anthony Quinn , that I've still yet to see!

The theme made the hair of many New York tri-state area kids of the s stand on end including this one. The show was hosted early on by the great Zacherley before switching to the film montage of memory, with clips from such films as " Plan 9 from Outer Space ," " The Cyclops ," and " Attack of the 50 Foot Woman. Chinatown "Love Theme" [aural clip at that link], music by Jerry Goldsmith , is stated simply by a bluesy trumpet soloist, harking back to its s' setting, accompanied by a full panoply of modern harmonies.

Evoking solitude, this composition was written for the Roman Polanski -directed film noir classic , starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. Goldsmith's mentor was Miklos Rozsa , who passed onto his pupil a melodic sensitivity that is readily apparent in this work.

It brings back cheerful memories of childhood. It still makes me chuckle. The original lyrics to the jingle boasted: Today, however, inflation has taken its toll, and the lyrics have been adjusted accordingly: Christos Anesti is a traditional hymn sung first at the midnight liturgy as the " paschal toparian " or celebratory hymn of the resurrection of Jesus Christ in the Greek and Eastern Orthodox churches to mark the arrival of Easter.

Though its authorship is unknown, it has been attributed to Romanos the Melodist , the " Pindar of rhythmic poetry. Growing up, this Easter hymn was, perhaps, my favorite; check out a lovely version of it on YouTube, featuring the actress Irene Papas with Vangelis. It depicts the faithful carrying lit candles, that begin to lift the darkened church at midnight into light, as a single candle is passed on to the faithful one by one until the entire church is filled with the light of rebirth and renewal.

I want to wish all my orthodox family and friends a very Happy Easter! And it being the 1st of May, May it be a revolutionary one! It was later recorded by Jo Stafford [YouTube link]. A very Merry Christmas with peace on earth and goodwill to one and all! The Herald Angels Sing " with a grim theme of beckoning menace, foreshadowing the fate-altering tale of Ebenezer Scrooge , played in this film by the utterly superb Alastair Sim of all the cinematic treatments of this timeless Charles Dickens tale , this one is my favorite.

Addinsell wrote one of my all-time favorite popular concertos " Warsaw Concerto ". And he's in fine form here too. There are one or two neat videos on YouTube that provide an entertaining side-by-side comparison of the various Scrooges portrayed in film over the past century or so. This concludes my mini-tribute to music from Christmas-oriented films, "in keeping with the situation" of this holiday season.

The song has been panned by quite a few critics, but whatever your spiritual beliefs, this is just one of those songs that tugs at your heart. The warmth of his voice matches those chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Happy birthday to my friend JR! Christmas Time is Here was composed and performed by the ever-recognizable pianist Vince Guaraldi. Also check out audio clips from lovely versions by Diane Reeves , Mel Torme , Anita Baker , and Brian McKnight , who is featured on a tribute album in honor of the 40th anniversary of the wonderful Peanuts cartoon.

Also listen to another jazz instrumental rendering by the Airmen of Note the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force.

I don't how those razor-thin models reacted to a song extolling the virtues of "girls with the big old hoops," but Bruno was 1 on the runway for me. Oh, and check out this great cinema montage set to the Mars-Ronson hit, "Uptown Funk". Ciaconna from "Partita in D-minor for Violin No. One of the greatest composers of all time, Bach wrote music that was definitive of the Baroque period. This work has a special place in my heart, and I was able to track it down with the help of my friend Roger E.

Ironically, however, I was first made aware of the piece due to an extraordinary video posted on YouTube in memory of jazz guitarist Joe Pass. It was recorded at the Adelaide Festival S.

It is heard during a seminar that included Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco Pena , blues guitarist Leo Kottke , classical guitarist John Williams not the film score composer , whose birthday we celebrated last month as part of my annual Film Music February series , and jazz guitarist Joe Pass. Beginning at around 2: Guitarist Williams is obviously fascinated by the spontaneous improvisation of the jazz artist, and to illustrate the spontaneity and brilliance of the process, he lays down the basic melodic structure of the Chaconne , and invites Pass to improvise simultaneously over that melody.

Pass throws in a few jazz licks that get a chuckle out of the audience, but the whole video provides us with a lesson on the universality of music. Check out the video clip here [YouTube link]. It was on this date in that the Disney film, " Cinderalla ," was released.

This is one of the loveliest songs to emerge from the Disney musical catalogue. Listen to the original animated version of this song [YouTube link] and then check out an instrumental rendition that is among my favorites; it was recorded by the Rob Mounsey Orchestra for the album, " Jazz Loves Disney " [YouTube link]. Legrand also directed this film , and in case you were wondering, the song is delivered with soul and grace by the only Ray Charles , accompanied by the greatest jazz harmonica player to have ever graced this earth, Toots Thielemans , both men no longer with us.

The soundtrack is pure Legrand , but boasts a few pieces by some lightweight composers, folks like Frederic Chopin and Johann Sebastian Bach. In any event, Happy 85th Birthday to one of my all-time favorite musical innovators , a brilliant and legendary composer who also happens to be a remarkable jazz musician.

Listen to an audio clip from their magnificent album, " Equinox. Claire de Lune , written by the French Impressionist composer Claude Debussy , the third movement of his Suite Bergamasque , has been recorded by many orchestras, including this lovely version by the Philadelphia Orchestra , conducted by Eugene Ormandy. I also adore a jazz version, featuring the Michel Legrand Orchestra, with alto saxophone soloist Phil Woods , from the album, " Images.

It is a highlight from one of my favorite all-time musicals, " The Sound of Music ," sung in the film version by the character Mother Abbess, played by Peggy Wood. Listen to audio clips of this uplifting song from the soundtrack album , as well as from the original Broadway production , the London production , the studio cast album , and the Broadway revival. Close Encounters of the Third Kind "Main Theme" [YouTube link], music by John Williams , is featured today, for it was on this date that the great composer was born in The Oscar-nominated score for this wonderful sci-fi film shows us, in five simple notes, that music really is the universal language.

Alas, Williams lost the Oscar for this film that year to another film score of his: I'll give you a hint: See if you can catch it, uh, while you can. And Happy Birthday, Maestro! C'mon Marianne , words and music by L. As our Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons tribute concludes , listen to an audio clip of this pop smash here. My sister-in-law Joanne Barry used to do a hair-raising, glass-breaking version of this on stage, but I also love a slammin' Sammy Davis Jr.

The Sammy Davis Jr. The song can also be found on Disc 3 of " Ultimate Sinatra. Comedian's Galop is a long-time favorite, composed by Dmitri Borisovitch Kabalevsky as part of an orchestral suite, " The Comedians.

Also check out audio clips from the full suite, performed by the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Come Fly with Me , music by Jimmy Van Heusen , lyrics by Sammy Cahn , sung by a carefree Sinatra to a smooth Billy May arrangement, from the album of the same name check out that audio clip. The Winter Solstice arrives today at 7: ET, and what a nice way to celebrate it: Above the clouds, "where the air is rarefied Come Together , words and music by Paul McCartney and John Lennon , was the first Beatles single to go to 1 in November as part of a two-sided number one single with " Something ".

It appears on " Abbey Road ," the final recorded Beatles album. As we commemorate the 25th anniversary of John Lennon's murder , listen to audio clips of this song recorded by Ike and Tina Turner who took it to 57 in , Aerosmith who took it to 23 in , and Michael Jackson who has performed it in concert as well.

This " Paradise Garage " dance classic packed the floors in And I was among those dancing the night away to its rhymes and rhythms. Listen to audio clips from three renditions: Concerto for Viola Opus 37 audio clips at that link, featuring viola soloist Paul Silverthorne is a richly textured four-movement work that is one of composer Miklos Rozsa 's orchestral triumphs.

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. Listen to audio clips of all three movements from the debut recording by violinist Jascha Heifetz , and another recording by violinist Robert McDuffie.

I saw this grand piece performed live with violin soloist Glenn Dicterow and the New York Philharmonic. What better way to celebrate the First Anniversary of " Song of the Day "!

I'll be posting music favorites sometimes more than one on a single day! The piece features an improvised piano introduction and an improvised cadenza, enveloped by composed orchestrations. Listen to various audio clips here. Concierto de Aranjuez is one of the greatest and most memorable compositions of Joaquin Rodrigo. Julian Bream recorded this classical guitar evergreen many times, but my favorite version is that recorded with the Melos Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Colin Davis , which received a Grammy nomination for " Best Classical Performance Instrumental Soloist with Orchestra.

This concerto reminds me of my dear pal Lou, to whom I send birthday wishes today for much health, happiness, and success. But today it is posted in tribute to all the residents of Coney Island , who live just a few Brooklyn blocks away from me, and who survived evacuation , the shutdown of the NYC subway system , and Irene herself , which was downgraded from a Hurricane to a Tropical Storm.

So here's a doo-wop shout out: The World of Confirmation , music by Charlie Parker , lyrics by Eddie Jefferson , has been recorded by many instrumentalists and vocalists. With a line that says "Everyday was Spring to Me," this melancholy Brazilian song is one of the highlights on a Brasil 66 album entitled " Equinox " audio clip at that link. Listen also to two audio clips from Miriam Makeba.

Controversy , words and music by Prince , begins our mini-birthday tribute to the Purple One , who tragically passed away last month, but whose birthday we will celebrate on June 7th. And I'll have plenty of Prince songs featured in next year's February Film Music Month and in a special musical project I have planned for the Summer of I have already listed several Prince classics on "My Favorite Songs" list: Am I straight or gay? Prince was very protective of his recorded music, so check out the link to a live version here.

This coming week, I will begin what has now become an annual Summer series: There was a time when if I heard Barry Manilow's name announced on the radio, I'd roll my eyes; that changed as the years went by, especially when I discovered his superb jazz-infused album, " 2: Cotton Tail chord changes at that link was composed by Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington , but "vocalese" lyrics were added later by J.

Hendricks of Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross audio clip here. It was recorded in a classic rendition by the Duke listen to an audio clip here and also in a Duke session with three violinists Stephane Grappelli , Svend Asmussen , and Ray Nance. Stay tuned for a Mega-Duke Tribute , coming up in December.

I also love a Wes Montgomery blazing guitar version; listen to an audio clip of that rendition here. The Greatest Hits " The original track never hit the Billboard Dance Chart , but it provides the kind of chill rhythmic pulse best for sensual dancing. Listen to an audio clip from the classic Rosemary Clooney rendition. Listen to an audio clip of this jazzy cartoon theme, from one of my favorite childhood cartoons, here.

The theme features certain phrases that are quintessentially Horner such unique phrases are a hallmark of virtually all composers, whether for the concert stage or the silver screen. Gone too soon, James Horner left a body of work that has withstood the test of time. Coventry Carol is a traditional English carol from the sixteenth century whose words are attributed to Robert Croo. I always associated this gorgeous, haunting carol with the alternate version of " Away in a Manger ," because it was recorded in a medley by the Living Strings featured on an album, " The Spirit of Christmas ," which I finally got after about 35 years of searching for it!

Crazy , music and lyrics by Willie Nelson , was performed as a classic country song by the late, great Patsy Cline listen to audio clip here.

Nelson himself has recorded the song several times; listen to one audio clip here. This was the lead single from Beyonce's debut solo album, " Dangerously in Love ," and it is highlighted by a guest rap from the man she'd marry in , Jay Z. The song went to 1 on the Billboard Hot and reached the peak of the Dance Club chart on September 13, due to a few stylish dance remixes.

Check out the original video single , the Pat. Happy birthday, Queen Bee! One of my all-time favorite Elton songs, this one still rocks. And Happy Birthday, Sir Elton! Cute , composed by Neil Hefti , is one of those familiar tracks that has been heard everywhere, thanks to the famous chart Hefti wrote for the Count Basie Orchestra , featuring the fabulous fills of drummer Sonny Payne , who was born on this date in The most memorable cinematic treatment of this tune, where one can see Music as Comedy and Comedy as Music, can be found in " Cinderfella "; watch how Jerry Lewis Does the Dishes.

They dominated that chart with this song and its companion tracks "Everybody Dance" and "You Can Get By" for 8 weeks in the fall of We are on the precipice of another Autumnal Equinox , which doesn't arrive until The double-sided hits held the 1 spot on the Billboard Dance Disco Chart for six weeks in the summer of We're partying straight through to the 4th of July, so don't you even think of leaving the dance floor!

Dancer , words and music by Gino Soccio , appeared on his debut album, " Outline. In all my years of being an on-again, off-again mobile DJ till the late s, and Gema LaBoccetta ought to know since she was one of my DJ partners back in the day! And the - period brought back much excitement to the dance floor, due especially to the 11 weeks that all of Michael Jackson 's " Thriller " dance cuts held the top spot on the Billboard Dance Club chart. But the Disco era sported a variety of creative tempos and rhythms , which have influenced all dance music since, from hip hop to house to techno.

This track, however, dispenses with social commentary, and is unapologetically propulsive in its beat and simple in its "message": Try to take it higher. Listen to an audio clip here , just in time for All Souls' Day. Listen to an audio clip featuring the London Philharmonia Orchestra , another featuring Eugene Ormandy conducting the Philadelphia Orchestra , and also a performance by pianist Vladimir Horowitz. The film stars Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton and some truly explosive special effects.

And any film that carries the name " Dante " the name of our cat has something special indeed. But one of the sweetest versions was recorded by Tony Bennett on a very early album, his first for Columbia , " Cloud 7 " audio clip at that link.

The great Chuck Wayne is the featured guitarist on the album. The score for this classic science fiction film was remarkable for its revolutionary use of the theremin. Dead End Street features the words and music of D. Raleigh, with a gritty monologue by Lou Rawls , who performs the tune to soul perfection. When this Classic 45 came out, I took an instant liking to it because Lou Rawls referred to the wind as " The Hawk ," a phrase my family had used for years.

Sadly, the three-time Grammy winner passed away today. Listen to audio clips of the monologue and song here. The Dead Pool "San Francisco Night" [YouTube link], composed by Lalo Schifrin , is featured over the end credits for the film , which was the fifth and final installment in the "Dirty Harry" series.

This particular film includes an unforgettable car chase in which Clint Eastwood 's Harry Callahan , driving his unmarked Oldsmobile 98 squad car, is pursued by a bomb-loaded electric race buggy. As far as film scores go, you know you're in an Eastwood movie, because it is almost always jazzy , and Schifrin's soundtrack doesn't disappoint. And Happy Birthday , Chick! With lead vocals by Tony-Award winning " Best Actor in a Musical ," Ben Platt , the song is an inspiring call to "let the sun come streaming in" when "the dark comes crashing through.

For now, we can enjoy a gem from last year's winner, featured on the Broadway cast album [YouTube link]. Listen to audio clips from Fred Astaire who starred in the film , Dinah Shore , and, for jazz guitar fans, the great Wes Montgomery.

Deck the Halls is another great Christmas standard. Deep Impact "A Distant Discovery" [YouTube link], composed by James Horner , is the central theme of the film , which had an all-star cast, echoing the approach of many of the " disaster films " of the s. I love an instrumental version by the "Dark Angel of the Fiddle," jazz violinist Eddie South audio clip at that link. But it was that guitarist's version of the composition that is best remembered as the theme to one of the most shattering antiwar films ever made: Deja Vu lyrics and video clip at that link features the words and music of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Beyonce , a star in the new film version of " Dreamgirls ," and the singer of this track, which appears on her album, " B'day.

Both versions feature a guest rap from Jay-Z. Delirious , words and music by Prince , was a notable single from the Prince and the Revolution album ," Demetrius and the Gladiators "Prelude" [YouTube link] features a score composed by Franz Waxman , who had two tough acts to follow: This film was a " sword and sandal " sequel the stupendous epic, " The Robe ," which was actually filmed twice: The sequel picks up where " The Robe " leaves off. Waxman wisely kept reverential musical references to certain heartfelt themes composed by Alfred Newman for this film's predecessor.

Listen up to 2: Desafinado , music by Antonio Carlos Jobim , lyrics by Newton Mendoca , made a huge impact when it was introduced to American audiences by tenor saxophonist Stan Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd on their album " Jazz Samba " audio clip at that link. The song is also featured on the soundtrack to the film, " Goldfish Memory. Finally, here is an audio clip of this lovely bossa nova , played on piano by Jobim himself. Despacito , words and music by Luis "Fonsi" Rodriguez , Erika Ender , and Ramon Ayala , is the song of the summer, indeed maybe for the year as a whole, given that it is the first song to reach 3.

The song, aided by the addition of Bieber's vocals, has also spent 13 weeks at the summit of the Billboard Hot , just surpassing Ed Sheeran's " Shape of You " for the most weeks at 1 in , and sets a new record of 14 weeks atop the Digital Song Sales Chart. There's even a Portuguese version featuring Luisa Sonza. Check out the official music video and one that uses "Despicable Me" characters to showcase the lyrics. Watch the Oscar telecast tonight to see if it wins its category.

Dare I say it: This song really makes me feel happy. And that's the way I'd like to conclude this year's tribute to film music. It's a rockin' rock 'n roll record, which sports a " Good Golly Miss Molly " interlude. And it's oh-so-appropriate as Song of the Day Listen to an audio clip from the soundtrack here and to full-length cues here especially the lovely version with piano and violin.

Check out the full video version as well , in keeping with the Summer Dance Party theme that started way back in June. We're in the final few days of the season, and promise to go out dancing every day until summer ends! Dim All the Lights was written and recorded by the " Queen of Disco ," Donna Summer , the five-time Grammy Award winner who died today at the age of Featured on her hugely successful " Bad Girls " album, this song, produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte , was a massive hit in Its classic balladic intro shifts into the disco beat for which Summer was so famous.

And the gal had amazing pipes; she was raised on gospel and electrified fans with her remarkably powerful vocal gifts. In her performance as Moll Cutpurse in The Roaring Girl —at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in January , and at the Barbican Theatre in April —she was described as having "swaggered through the action with radiant singularity of purpose, filling in areas of light and shade that even Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker omitted.

After a relatively barren sojourn in the Hollywood Hills, she returned to England at the beginning of to co-star with Bob Peck at the Young Vic in the London premiere of the Arthur Miller double-bill, Two Way Mirror , performances which prompted Miller to remark: The Times 11 January In Elegy for a Lady she played the svelte proprietress of a classy boutique, while as the blonde hooker in Some Kind of Love Story she was "clad in a Freudian slip and shifting easily from waif-like vulnerability to sexual aggression, giving the role a breathy Monroesque quality" Michael Billington, The Guardian.

In April she was named best actress at the Olivier Awards for her role. Her co-stars were John Hurt as her aimless lover Rakitin and Joseph Fiennes in only his second professional stage appearance as the cocksure young tutor Belyaev. Creamy shoulders bared, she feels free to launch into a gloriously enchanted, dreamily comic self-confession of love.

Then again in for August Strindberg 's Dance of Death , co-starring with Sir Ian McKellen , their fraught rehearsal period coinciding with the terrorist attacks on New York on 11 September as recorded in her In the Frame autobiography, September The production received poor reviews; The Guardian called it "plodding spectacle rarely informed by powerful passion", while The Daily Telegraph said "the crucial sexual chemistry on which any great production ultimately depends is fatally absent".

Michael Billington, reviewing for The Guardian , described her performance as "an exemplary study of an immigrant woman who has acquired a patina of resilient toughness but who slowly acknowledges her sensuality.

It was the serendipity of a beautifully cast play, with great design and direction, It will be hard to be in anything better. She played the title role in Jean Racine 's Phèdre at the National in , in a production directed by Nicholas Hytner. The production was also staged at the Epidaurus amphitheatre on 11 and 12 July Mirren has also appeared in a large number of films throughout her career. Tingle , she plays sadistic history teacher Mrs Eve Tingle.

In , she claimed director Michael Winner had treated her "like a piece of meat" at a casting call in Helen's a lovely person, she's a great actress and I'm a huge fan, but her memory of that moment is a little flawed. During her career, she has portrayed three British queens in different films and television series: She is the only actor ever to have portrayed both Queens Elizabeth on the screen.

During her acceptance speech at the Academy Award ceremony, she praised and thanked Elizabeth II and stated that she had maintained her dignity and weathered many storms during her reign as Queen. Mirren later appeared in supporting roles in the films National Treasure: Mirren's first film of the s was Joel Hershman 's Greenfingers , a comedy based on the true story about the award-winning prisoners of HMP Leyhill , a minimum-security prison.

A critical success, [35] the ensemble film tanked at the box office. Directed by Hal Hartley , Mirren portrayed a soulless television producer in the film, who strives for sensationalistic stories.

It was largely panned by critics. Her biggest critical and commercial success, released in , became Robert Altman 's all-star ensemble mystery film Gosford Park. An homage to writer Agatha Christie 's whodunit style, the story follows a party of wealthy Britons and an American, and their servants, who gather for a shooting weekend at an English country house, resulting in an unexpected murder.

Widely acclaimed by critics, it received multiple awards and nominations, including a second Academy Award nomination and first Screen Actors Guild Award win for Mirren's portrayal of the sternly devoted head servant Mrs. In , Mirren starred in Nigel Cole 's comedy Calendar Girls , inspired by the true story of a group of Yorkshire women who produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institutes.

Stone opposite Olivier Martinez , and Anne Bancroft , based on the novel of the same title by Tennessee Williams. In , Mirren appeared in five films.

In Love Ranch , directed by her husband Taylor Hackford , she portrayed Sally Conforte , one half of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in the United States, the Mustang Ranch in Storey County, Nevada , [43] leading to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the assassination of famous Argentinian boxer Ringo Bonavena. Based on the play of the same name by Shakespeare , Taymor changed the original character's gender to cast Mirren as her lead.

Mirren played a gutsy tea-shop owner who tries to save one of her young employees from marrying a teenage killer in Rowan Joffé 's Brighton Rock , a crime film loosely based on Graham Greene 's novel. The Owls of Ga'Hoole , voicing antagonist Nyra, a leader of a group of owls.

Mirren's next film was the comedy film Arthur , a remake of the film of the same name , starring Russell Brand in the lead role. Arthur received generally negative reviews from critics, who declared it an "irritating, unnecessary remake. The film is a remake of a Israeli film of the same name. The film centres on the pair's relationship during the making of Psycho , a controversial horror film that became one of the most acclaimed and influential works in the filmmaker's career.

It became a moderate arthouse success and garnered a lukewarm critical response from critics, who felt that it suffered from "tonal inconsistency and a lack of truly insightful retrospection.

Set at the height of communist rule in s Hungary, the story of the adaptation centres on the abrasive influence that a mysterious housekeeper wields over her employer and successful novelist, played Martina Gedeck. Mirren found the role "difficult to play" and cited doing it as "one of the hardest things [she has] ever done.

Spector received largely mixed to positive reviews from critics, particularly for Mirren and co-star Al Pacino 's performances, and was nominated for eleven Primetime Emmy Awards , also winning Mirren a Screen Actors Guild Award at the 20th awards ceremony. The film drew criticism both from Clarkson's family and friends, who charged that the suicide defense was given more merit than it deserved, and from Spector's wife, who argued that Spector was portrayed as a "foul-mouthed megalomaniac" and a "minotaur".

Directed by Lasse Hallström and produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey , the film is based on Richard Morais' novel with the same name and tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town. Mirren garnered largely positive reviews for her performance of a snobby restaurateur, a role which she accepted as she was keen to play a French character, reflecting her "pathetic attempt at being a French actress. The actor played Hedda Hopper , the famous actor and gossip columnist , in the film, which received generally positive reviews from critics and garnered her a 14th Golden Globe nomination.

Mirren's only film of was Collateral Beauty , directed by David Frankel. Co-Starring Will Smith , Keira Knightley , and Kate Winslet , the ensemble drama follows a man who copes with his daughter's death by writing letters to time , death , and love.

The film earned largely negative reviews from critics, who called it "well-meaning but fundamentally flawed. On set, she was reunited with Donald Sutherland with whom she had not worked again since Bethune: The Making of a Hero , [79] portraying a terminally ill couple who escape from their retirement home and take one last cross-country adventure in a vintage van.

In , Mirren portrayed heiress Sarah Winchester in the supernatural horror film Winchester: Mirren is known for her role as detective Jane Tennison in the widely viewed Prime Suspect , a multiple award-winning television drama series that was noted for its high quality and popularity. Mirren hosted Saturday Night Live on 9 April Mirren lived with actor Liam Neeson during the early s.

They met while working on Excalibur Mirren married American director Taylor Hackford her partner since on 31 December It is her first marriage, and his third he has two children from his previous marriages. Mirren has no children and says she has "no maternal instinct whatsoever". Mirren's autobiography, In the Frame: Reviewing for The Stage , John Thaxter wrote: But between the pictures there are almost pages of densely printed text, an unusually frank story of her private and professional life, mainly in the theatre, the words clearly Mirren's own, delivered with forthright candour.

In , Mirren stated in an interview that she is an atheist.

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