giovedì, agosto 06, 2015

Hitparade - 22 - Hit Parade

Harry Belafonte - "Try to Remember"


Harry Belafonte





Try To Remember
© 1960 by Tom Jones & Harvey Schmidt

Try to remember the kind of September
When life was slow and oh so mellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When grass was green and grain so yellow
Try to remember the kind of September
When you were a young and a callow fellow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow ( follow ) follow ( follow ) follow . . .

Try to remember when life was so tender
That no one wept except the willow
Try to remember when life was so tender
That dreams were kept beside your pillow
Try to remember when life was so tender
That love was an ember about to billow
Try to remember and if you remember
Then follow ( follow ) follow ( follow ) follow . . .

Deep in December it's nice to remember
Although you know the snow will follow
Deep in December it's nice to remember
Without a hurt, the heart is hollow
Deep in December it's nice to remember
The fire of September that made you mellow
Deep in December our hearts should remember
Then follow ( follow ) follow ( follow ) follow . . .



The New Kingston Trio (Bob Shane singing)


Nana Mouskuri


The Lettermen

Sung Si Kyung



I titoli finora pubblicati:

21. Cilla Black - "Anyone Who Had A Heart"
20. Natalie Imbruglia - "Torn"
19. Eagle Eye Cherry - "Save Tonight"
18. The Beatles - "Free As A Bird"
17. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
16. Donovan - "Donna Donna"
15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity" 
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights" 



domenica, agosto 02, 2015

Hit Parade - 21 - Hitparade

Cilla Black - "Anyone Who Had A Heart"

(una canzone di Burt Bacharach, ben interpretata nel 1964 dall'ex guardarobiera del 'Cavern Club' di Liverpool. Primo posto nella hit parade britannica)




R.I.P. Cilla Black, cantante e celebre intrattenitrice inglese della TV  <<<<

Fu un'icona dei Sixties                   


Nel video sottostante, Cilla in una struggente "ballad" di Randy Newman




I titoli finora pubblicati:

20. Natalie Imbruglia - "Torn"
19. Eagle Eye Chery - "Save Tonight"
18. The Beatles - "Free As A Bird"
17. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
16. Donovan - "Donna Donna"
15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"

12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity" 
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights" 




domenica, maggio 31, 2015

Hit Parade - 20 - Hitparade

Natalie Imbruglia - "Torn"



Imbruglia: chiara origine italica...
Purtroppo, questa cantante australiana (Natalie è nata a Sydney nel 1975) ha ottenuto un solo vero - sia pure grande - successo: "Torn", appunto (1997).
La canzone era già stata proposta dalla banda losangelina Ednaswap.






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I titoli finora pubblicati:


19. Eagle Eye Chery - "Save Tonight"
18. The Beatles - "Free As A Bird"
17. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
16. Donovan - "Donna Donna"
15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"

12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity" 
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"



lunedì, maggio 18, 2015

Hit Parade - 19 - Hitparade

Eagle-Eye Cherry - "Save Tonight"







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I titoli finora pubblicati:


18. The Beatles - "Free As A Bird"
17. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
16. Donovan - "Donna Donna"
15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"

12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"   11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"



giovedì, aprile 30, 2015

Hitparade - 18 - Hit Parade

The Beatles - "Free As A Bird"


The Beatles - Free as a Bird   on Vimeo.

Trovata tra i lasciti di John Lennon, i tre restanti Beatles realizzarono questa canzone (splendida; accompagnata da un altrettanto splendido video) nel dicembre 1995.







Il demo originale, di John Lennon:






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I titoli finora pubblicati:

17. R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"
16. Donovan - "Donna Donna"
15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
 
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"  
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"


sabato, aprile 25, 2015

Hit Parade - 17 - Hitparade

R.E.M. - "Losing My Religion"



Oh life, is bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up


That's me in the corner
That's me in the spot-light
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough


I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try


Every whisper, of every waking hour
I'm choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up


Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come
Flailing around
Now I've said too much


I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try


But that was just a dream
That was just a dream


That's me in the corner
That's me in the spot-light
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough


I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try


But that was just a dream
Try, cry, fly, try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream





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I titoli finora pubblicati:

16. Donovan - "Donna Donna"
15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
 
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"  
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"

martedì, aprile 21, 2015

Hit Parade - 16 - Hitparade

Donovan - "Donna Donna"


E' una canzone teatrale yiddish ("Dana Dana", o "Dona Dona") circa un vitello che viene mandato al mattatoio. Donovan, e prima di lui Joan Baez, l'hanno scoperta per sé e resa famosa in tutto il mondo.



Se si legge bene il testo, i riferimenti alle deportazioni degli ebrei sono chiarissimi.

On a wagon bound for market
There's a calf with a mournful eye
High above him there's a swallow
Winging swiftly through the sky

How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night

Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don

"Stop complaining", said the farmer
Who told you a calf to be?
Why don't you have wings to fly with
Like the swallow so proud and free?

How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night

Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don

Calves are easily bound and slaughtered
Never knowing the reason why
But whoever treasures freedom
Like the swallow has learned to fly

How the winds are laughing
They laugh with all their might
Laugh and laugh the whole day through
And half the summer's night

Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don
Donna, Donna, Donna, Donna
Donna, Donna, Donna, Don

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I titoli finora pubblicati:

15. Manu Chao - "Bongo Bong"
14. Iggy Pop & The Stooges - "The Passenger"
 
13. Elton John - "Rocket Man"
12. David Bowie - "Space Oddity"  
11. Kid Creole & The Coconuts - "Stool Pigeon"
10. Dire Straits - "Money for Nothing"
9. Elton John - "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"
8. Lou Reed - "A Perfect Day"
7. Shakespears Sisters - "Hello (Turn Your Radio On)"
6. Beach Boys - "Barbara Ann"
5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Into the Great Wide Open"
4. Talking Heads - "Psycho Killer"
3. Amen Corner - "(If Paradise Is) Half So Nice"
2. Black - "Wonderful Life"
1. Kate Bush - "Wuthering Heights"