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Mott the Hoople were an English rock band popular in the glam rock era of the 1970’s. They are best known for the song “All the Young Dudes” and in 1974 had further chart success in the UK with “Roll Away the Stone”.
Hailing originally from Herefordshire, UK., Mott The Hoople has taken on and lost numerous band members, disbanded and reformed several times but have been actively touring until recent years and playing to dedicated fans.
Looking back at Christmas Number One’s
In the UK, Christmas number ones are singles that are top of the UK Singles Charts in the week in which Christmas Day falls. Record sales tend to peak at Christmas; with the Christmas Number One being considered to be more prestigious than a Number One at any other time of year. Novelty songs, charity songs or songs with a Christmas theme have regularly been at the top of the Christmas charts.
The Beatles are the only act to have had four Christmas Number Ones. Paul McCartney has been top eight times with various acts. Cliff Richard has had four Christmas Number Ones: two as a solo act, one with the Shadows and one with Band Aid II. The Spice Girls had three consecutive Christmas Number Ones with Mel C achieving her forth as a member of The Justice Collective.
Connie Francis: Among My Souvenirs… Besame Mucho… Carolina Moon… Lipstick On Your Collar… Stupid Cupid… Three Coins In A Fountain… Where The Boys Are… Who’s Sorry Now…
Connie Francis (born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero, December 12, 1938) is an American pop singer and top-charting female vocalist of the late 1950s and early 1960s. Despite several interruptions in her career, she is still active as a recording and performing artist.
From the age of four, Connie Francis was encouraged by her father to appear regularly at talent contests, pageants, and other neighbourhood festivities as a singer and accordion player. In her teens she continued with this and also performed in talent shows (some of which were broadcast on television). She also appeared on NBC’s variety show, “Startime Kids”, between 1953 and 1955.
In 1958, Francis was launched into worldwide stardom with the single “Who’s Sorry Now”. It reached Number 1 on the UK Singles Chart and Number 4 in the US. Her second single, “Stupid Cupid”, was her second Number 1 in the UK and it reached Number 14 on the Billboard Chart.
Pitch Perfect is a series of musical comedy films with an eclectic musical mix of genre, spanning styles and rhythms. The plot for the first film (released in 2012) follows an all-girl a cappella group, The Barden Bellas, as they compete against another a cappella group from their college to win Nationals. The film is loosely adapted from the non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate a Cappella Glory.
College student Beca (Anna Kendrick) she does not want to be in college or part of a clique, but she finds herself in amongst this established group of singers. Beca finds that the only thing they have in common is how well they sing together. She takes the women of the group out of their comfort zone of traditional arrangements and into a world of amazing harmonic combinations.
The cast spent time at a singing and dancing boot camp a month before filming so they could learn every dance move and song perfectly.
Pitch Perfect 2 was released in 2015. It’s been three years since the Barden Bellas (Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson) became the first all-female group to win a national title. All seems well until a performance for the president goes wrong and leads to a scandal that strips them of their performing duties. With the world championships on the horizon in Copenhagen, Denmark, the women must get their act together for their chance to redeem themselves.
Pitch Perfect 3 is due to be released in December 2017.
Barry White (born Barry Eugene Carter; September 12, 1944 – July 4, 2003) was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A three-time Grammy Award winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image.
White grew up singing gospel songs with his mother and taught himself to play the piano. He made his recording debut aged 11, playing piano on Jesse Belvin’s “Goodnight My Love” and made his first record “Little Girl” when he was 16 with a group called the Upfronts. He worked for several record companies, talent scouting and overseeing the development of recording artists including the 5th Dimension, Viola Wills and Felice Taylor who had hits with “It May Be Winter Outside”, “I’m Under The Influence Of Love” and “I Feel Love Coming On”. White started working with a girl group who he christened Love Unlimited. He wrote “Walkin’ In The Rain (With The One I Love)” for them which became a hit in 1972.
White wanted then to work with a male artist. He wrote several songs, but having made demos of himself singing and playing the piano, he was persuaded to record them himself. This resulted in his first album “I’ve Got So Much Love To Give” in 1973. His next idea was to write an instrumental album called the Love Unlimited Orchestra; from this came the single “Love’s Theme” which went to number one was a million-seller and was a smash hit all over the world.
From 1974 to 1979, White had hit after hit including “It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me”, “You See The Trouble With Me”, and “You’re The First, The Last, My Everything”
During the course of his career in the music industry, White Achieved 106 gold albums worldwide and worldwide record sales in excess of 100 million. He is one of the world’s best-selling artists of all time.