Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – Bill Withers – The Better Angels by Thom Hickey


So pleased to welcome Thom Hickey of The Immortal Jukebox with some of the posts from his archives. This week the story and music of Bill Withers, in particular the track Lean on Me. Thom explores the lyrics and their meaning to all of us who have no need to stand alone when there are people we can lean on to lend a hand.

Bill Withers – The Better Angels by Thom Hickey

‘A good man out of the treasure of his heart bringeth forth good things’ (Matthew)

‘Lean on me when you’re not strong and I’ll help you to carry on’ (BIll Withers)

Bill Withers stuttered painfully as a boy and young man which meant he didn’t say much. What he did do was listen carefully and thoughtfully to the people around him in his family and his community.

Bill was born and brought up in poor blue collar West Virginia mining communities where every day was a struggle with the constant background threat of injury and disaster.

In such communities loyalty, mutual reliance and co-operation were not painted storybook virtues but living realities. People worked with and for each other so that everyone’s burden would be a little lighter and thus more bearable.

Bill was and is a proud working man who knows the labourer is worthy of his hire and worth listening to.

After leaving home at 17 Bill spent 9 years in the US Navy where once again you learned that if you wanted your back covered you had to perform the same service for your comrade – buddy or not. Your life literally was often in your brother’s hands.

He also listened with intent and attention to the songs he heard in church and on the radio. His imagination became infused with the enduring restorative grace of gospel, the energising pulse of rhythm and blues and the sweet balm of soul music. Bill was storing wisdom and treasure in his heart and when the stuttering stopped his voice came through loud and clear.

Bill Withers would draw from a deep well of resources to write and perform songs that would always be fresh and relevant because they addressed fundamental questions about how our lives were and should be lived.

Which is to say that in many senses Bill Withers’ vocation combined that of a songwriter and singer with that of a preacher ministering to his community through the uplifting medium of music.

The prolific country songwriter Harlan Howard defined the essence of a great song as three chords and the truth and that’s exactly what Bill Withers offers us in his wonderfully vivid songbook.

Lean on Me is a simple song that tells an eternal truth. We all have pain, we all have sorrow: we all need someone to lean on. It opens with plain repeated piano stabs calling the listener to attention – listen up I got something to say!

The melody and rhythm echo the tradition of a gospel service: state your theme, tell your story through examples we can all recognise from our daily lives then call on the audience to respond. Invite your listeners to testify that the seemingly unbearable can be borne if you call out to your brother or if your sister calls out to you – ‘I’ll help you carry on’.

Show that we can all be the leaning post for our brother or sister in need .. ‘I’m just right up the road, I’ll share your load if you just call me.’ For, as long as the moon lasts we are all bound to stumble and fall in this life – it’s just a question of who falls when and how far and whether a helping hand and load bearing shoulder will be at hand to help you up and lead you on.

The foolishly proud always think they can stand up alone while the wise now that with help we can all make it through today’s troubles to tomorrow.

Lean on me acknowledges, indeed celebrates our weakness and vulnerability but also our strength. We are supplicants but we are also enablers, uplifters and restorers.

Yes, life will batter us and nobody walks in the sunshine all through their life but if we are honest, admit to our difficulties and failings and call for help we can be amazed that others are ready to come to our aid. Family, fraternity and faith in each other will get us through.

Of course, where a song is concerned having good intentions and a good moral to impart does not mean that the song will live. And, if a song does not live, get up and walk by itself on its own merits, then you won’t capture your audience, won’t get them to listen once – let alone sing along and punch that number on the jukebox. Lean on Me passes this test easily: it’s a wonderful up and walking living song!

First and foremost Bill Withers’ warm, supple and alluring voice commands your attention and wins your allegiance – you want to listen to what this man has to say. This is the voice of a strong, mature man with hard miles over rough ground on the clock.

Yet, it’s the voice of an optimistic man ready to roll up his sleeves and face unafraid whatever challenges the next day will bring. So, when Bill Withers sings you listen and when he calls out for you to respond you find that before you’ve realised it you’re singing : ‘We all need someone to lean on’

The song proceeds at a stately pace like a great powerful train allowing lolly gagging passengers plenty of time to get on board – confident they are in safe hands and will arrive at the right destination at the appointed time – the driver clearly knows what he’s doing.

As,’Lean on Me’ develops in come the most primal musical accompaniment of all – hand claps. These are organically perfect in context: a song addressing our common humanity using the, ‘instrument’ even the most musically illiterate can at least assay when enthused. On record Bill uses the hand clap as a propulsive encourager of the spirit of the song, ‘Come on! This way’.

In concert it is unimaginable that the bands hand claps aren’t swelled by all of those in the audience. By now everybody is on board the train and seeing themselves as one body – whatever seat they happen to be in.

As the song moves forward the strings come in to emphasise the swelling strength that acknowledged common vulnerability can unlock – ‘Call on me brother’ and we will get through, we will get through – together.

This is a song, without doubt as time has proven, an anthem, that proclaims our individuality and our community membership should not be warring forces but aspects of a natural, nurturing whole. That’s what Bill and, ‘Lean on Me’ are – nurture for our humanity.

The greatest ever political leader once put it this way a century or so before Bill, ‘We are not enemies but friends. We must not be enemies.’. That is how we will find the better angels of our nature.

Abraham Lincoln said that. Or to put it another way:

‘You just call on me, brother, when you need a hand

We all need someone to lean on.’

Bill Withers said that. I doubt that popular music has ever had a truer or more passionate guide to our better angels than Bill Withers.

Notes, Comments and further listening:

Lean on Me was written and produced by Bill Withers and recorded in 1972.

The musicians featured were James Gadson on drums, Ray Jackson on keyboards, Benorce Blackman on guitar and Melvin Dunlap on bass.

Lean on Me was a Number One record on both the R&B chart and the Hot 100 Billboard US charts.

Bill Wither’s catalogue is filled with powerful melodic songs and taut performances. His first two albums, ‘Just as I Am’ and ‘Still Bill’ are essential components of any record collection. Songs like the warm, witty and wise ‘Grandma’s Hands’ and the gloriously evocative and consoling, ‘Aint No Sunshine’ are undeniable classics.

‘Bill Withers at Carnegie Hall’ is among the very greatest live records with superlative singing and musicianship responding to an audience that is thrilled to celebrate in his company.

Sony have recently reissued the complete Bill Withers catalogue which is widely available at a ridiculously cheap price given the eternity shale it contains.

You can buy Bill Withers at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Bill-Withers/e/B000AQ30ZQ

©ThomHickey 2014

About Thom Hickey

Thom Hickey one of the blessed 50s baby boomer generation, was born in London into an Irish family and formally educated at catholic schools and Cambridge University. More importantly he was informally educated by the BBC, The Observer, The New Statesman and The New Yorker. His music professors were radio giants Charlie Gillett, John Peel and Emperor Rosko. The print columns of Richard Williams, Ian MacDonald and Tony Russell were religiously read and annotated.

Further intensive study was conducted at the Hammersmith Odeon, the Hope and Anchor, the 100 Club, Ronnie Scott’s and the Rainbow. Many investment portfolios were foresworn in favour of sourcing recorded treasures from the hallowed halls of HMV, Colletts, Tower and Virgin Records and mail order outfits galore.

He has a continuing belief that you can never watch too many Westerns or Ken Burns documentaries, read enough biographies about Samuel Beckett or Buster Keaton and that there is always just one more Bob Dylan bootleg he needs.

To finance his obsessions he has worked in financial recruitment, as a charity campaigner and been a senior investigator into complaints about the NHS. He now lives deep in the Surrey woods with his beautiful wife, graceful daughter and inspirational son.

Connect to Thom

Blog: https://theimmortaljukebox.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thomhickey55

My thanks to Thom for sharing this background to Bill Withers and his thought provoking analysis of Lean on Me…one of my favourite tracks.

If you have some festive posts in your archives from Christmas Past.. why not pass them along to me for December – sally.cronin@moyhill.com

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – ABBA, Constantine The Great and Brown Rice!


Welcome to the round up of posts that you might have missed this week.. I was off on my travels this week to Belfast to celebrate our wedding anniversary and to visit the Titanic museum. We don’t get out much!  But, when we do we like to push the boat out. We stayed at the Culloden Estate and Spa with a suite overlooking the loch and only 3 miles from Belfast City Centre and 10 minutes from the Belfast City Airport. It is on 12 acres of wooded gardens and the food was superb. I think 37 years is worth celebrating in style. Here are a few photos to whet you appetite. In fact mid-week rates for two days are exceptionally good value and you can use the spa and swimming pool free during your stay.. and no…you do not get to see me in a bikini!  Not in this lifetime anyway.

Can definitely recommend the hotel and the food was delicious. https://www.hastingshotels.com/culloden-estate-and-spa/

Titanic Belfast is an award winning exhibition and museum and you need to allow at least two hours to see all the various exhibits, interactive displays and the ride by suspended car through the bowels of the ship watching the animated images showing the work involved in building this mammoth ship.. no works comp in those days and over 250 accidents and several fatalities that need to be added to the loss of life over a few hours a short time after her launch.

You can find more details here: http://titanicbelfast.com/

Anyway, whilst I was off having fun for my three days, contributors were still working away in my absence and I am as always very grateful. This is what the week looked like.

William Price King began a new series of the all time favourites of millions.. ABBA… this week meeting the individual band members.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-abba-meet-the-group/

Writer in Residence. This week Paul Andruss continues with the story of Constantine the Great who was allegedly the first Roman Christian Emperor.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/writer-in-residence-the-thirteenth-apostle-and-his-mum-part-two-by-paul-andruss/

Carol Taylor spent time in her kitchen in Thailand to turn the raw brown rice grains into wonderful recipes for all the family.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-brown-rice-nutritious-and-delicious/

Cook from Scratch with Robbie Cheadle and a cake you really would not want to cut into and eat.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/12/cook-from-scratch-2017-how-to-make-a-fishing-boy-cake-by-robbie-cheadle/

The Ultimate Bucket List Interview

Robbie Cheadle joins us again for the last in the current series of Sunday Interview shows and shares her two top wishes on her Ultimate Bucket List.. Wedding Cakes and a very personal wish…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-wedding-cakes-and-a-very-personal-wish-by-robbie-cheadle/

Personal Stuff

My review for Look the Other Way by Kristina Stanley a romantic thriller set in the warm coastal waters of Florida and the Caribbean.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorgasborg-blog-magazine-sallys-book-reviews-look-the-other-way-by-kristina-stanley/

Smorgasbord Reblogs

Last week I was the guest of Christy Birmingham on her eclectic blog, writing about elderly health care in the colder months and some ways to avoid colds and flu.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-reblog-elderly-health-care-keeping-colds-at-bay-by-sally-cronin/

Jessica Norrie visited Lisbon last week and apart from a tour of the old part of the city, she also shares some of the books written or set in the city.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorbasbord-reblog-lisbon-city-of-books-by-jessica-norrie/

Contributors to the Posts from Your Archives series

We are today because of the choices we have made… Carol Taylor explores where those choices lead us.. and how we feel about that.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-i-am-who-i-am-today-because-of-the-choices-i-made-yesterday-by-eleanor-roosevelt-from-carol-taylor/

Allie Potts has an eventful walk with her beloved dog.. and comes a cropper….and shares the lesson learnt.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-get-a-grip-a-painful-lesson-on-when-to-hold-on-by-allie-potts/

J. Hope Suis shares the most beautiful Japanese restoration process that turns broken china into works of art with gold and silver. Something that as humans we can learn too when putting ourselves back together after life’s experiences.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-when-the-flaw-becomes-the-beauty-by-j-hope-suis/

Do you wish that you had not selected your Twitter handle in the beginning?  Rosie Amber takes us through the simple steps to change it. I am @sgc58 and realise I should have gone with RedHotMama.. ah well.. if only I hadn’t just had 500 business cards printed!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archive-how-to-change-your-twitter-handle-from-rosie-amber/

Karen Ingalls shares a post in tribute to an elderly friend who passed away after a gracious life well-lived.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-she-passed-by-karen-ingalls/

Can you remember your first kiss.. Patricia Salamone shares this experience with an interesting outcome!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-post-from-your-archives-first-kiss-by-patricia-salamone/

Darlene Foster takes us on a tour of a medieval market in Orihuela in Spain.. food, colour and sunshine.. what else do you need?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-spain-orihuela-medieval-market-by-darlene-foster/

Having almost given up showing my mother how to operate the DVD player with a different remote from the TV … I take my hat off to Jane Risdon who managed to get an 83 year old relative online and on Facebook… I think Jane was on herbal stress relief!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-gas-lamps-harry-randals-sat-navs-and-ipads-by-jane-risdon/

Annika Perry shares an atmospheric visit to Whitby Abbey in North Yorkshire.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-gothic-enlightenment-by-annika-perry/

Adrienne Morris is on the subject of toxic criticism and how to handle it.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-how-to-handle-criticism-by-adrienne-morris/

Marian Beaman shares her wonderful tradition of family dinners through the decades.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-family-dinners-keeping-the-spark-alive-by-marian-beaman/

Lillian Csernica continues her tour through the gracious city of Kyoto

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/smorgasbord-reblog-posts-from-your-archives-kiyomizu-dera-kyoto-day-four-by-lillian-csernica/

D.Wallace Peach with a post about what defines the characters that we write about, and the stereotyping that is applied to emotional character,  according to the gender of your protagonist.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-strength-of-character-by-d-wallace-peach/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/18/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-christmas-archives-christmas-magic-from-a-bit-about-britain/

Do you know what a Fidget Spinner is?  I didn’t but I do now courtesy of Cecilia Kennedy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-fidget-spinners-by-cecilia-kennedy/

Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes join us with their archive posts this week. It would seem that children are discovering the joys of computing earlier and earlier. I was in my early 30s when I was introduced to one and I only really used it for word processing and loved the freedom it gave me from tipex! It was a while before I got into the programme side and that was a huge dent in my self-confidence… read on.. I am not alone.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/19/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-children-are-our-future-jaye-marie-and-anita-dawes/

Smorgasbord Poetry

A poem on the subject of Happiness by Balroop Singh

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/smorgasbord-poetry-happiness-by-balroop-singh/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelvesmany-hats-of-a-lady-ladies-of-entrepreneurship-by-brenda-scruggs/

Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-susan-toy-john-maberry-and-jack-eason/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-malia-ann-haberman-david-lawlor-and-geoff-le-pard/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-air-your-reviews-v-l-mcbeath-stevie-turner-and-jann-weeratunga/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-andrew-joyce-molly-stevens-and-deanna-kahler/

Monday Night Quiz with Debra Russell author of Trivia Lover’s Ultimate Reference

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-quiz-night-trivia-lovers-ultimate-reference-questions-by-debra-russell-winner-receives-free-book/

Humour and afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-challenge-can-you-keep-your-eyes-open-during-this-video/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/14/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-from-the-archives-parrots-hamsters-and-polo-mints/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-rewind-traffic-cop-michael-jackson-in-traffic/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/16/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dogs-under-the-dining-room-table/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/17/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-interrogator-discovers-who-stole-the-cookie/

Thank you to all the contributors and to you for all your support by dropping in, liking posts, commenting and sharing..

 

William Price King meets some Legends.. ABBA – Meet the Group.


Welcome to a new series where William Price King meets some legends. Judging my the comments at the end of summer party, ABBA are firm favourites and over the next few weeks we will be playing some of their most popular hits…

Part one – Meet the Band Members.

Despite not really being active in the charts for more than 20 years as a group. ABBA remain one of the bands that seems to have etched their place in the hearts of their fans of the time. You only have to play one of their iconic tracks and people are up dancing and singing along. The success of the film Mama Mia in 2008 is being followed up in a sequel this year with many of the original cast members. The first film was released in a sing-along version too which proved to be just as popular.

Before we move into the series, picking up the story whan ABBA was officially formed, we thought it might be a good idea to give you some background on the individual band members and share some of their solo hits. (many in Swedish but just as tuneful).

The group topped the charts from 1974 to 1982 and comprised four members, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Having formed in 1972 they stormed into the limelight in 1974 when they won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden. They went on to be the most successful winning groups of the competition with record sales that are estimated to be close to 500 million. Apart from making them one of the best selling artists of all time they are certainly the best-selling band of all time from continental Europe. Another record that they smashed was that of non-English speaking band members achieving universal and consistent chart success in the major English-speaking countries with 8 consecutive #1 albums in the UK alone.

Not content with conquering the English charts they also enjoyed great success in Latin America with their Spanish hits.

Meet ABBA.

Benny Andersson was born in Stockholm on the 16th of December, 1946. At the age of 18 he became a member of the group “Hep Stars” which performed covers, amongst other things, of international hits and were known as “the Swedish Beatles.” Andersson played the keyboard and eventually started writing original songs for his band, many of which became major hits, including “No Response” that hit number-three in 1965, “Sunny Girl”, “Wedding”, and “Consolation”, all of which hit number-one in 1966.

Here is “Sunny Girl” written by Benny Andersson the song was recorded in 1966 in English and entered the Tio i topp chart.

Buy the music of Benny Andersson: https://www.amazon.com/Benny-Andersson/e/B000APJKWO

2. Björn Ulvaeus was born on the 25th of April, 1945 in Gothenburg and also began his musical career at the age of 18 as a singer and guitarist with the group “The Hootenanny Singers, a popular Swedish folk- skiffle group.  In June 1966, Ulvaeus and Andersson decided to write a song together. Their first attempt was “Isn’t It Easy to Say,” and the two also began playing occasionally with the other’s bands on stage and on record, although it was not until 1969 that the pair wrote and produced some of their first real hits together.

As their respective bands began to break up during 1969, Andersson and Ulvaeus teamed up and recorded their first album together in 1970, called “Lycka”(Happiness), which included original songs sung by both men.

“Isn’t it Easy to Say” first song they wrote together.

and “To Live with You” (from Lycka their first album)

Buy the Lycka Album: https://www.amazon.com/Lycka-Björn-Ulvaeus-Benny-Andersson/dp/B073X52S1N

3. Agnetha Fältskog, who was born on April 5th, 1950 in Jonkoping sang with a local dance band headed by Bernt Enghardt who sent a demo recording of the band to Karl Gerhard Lundkvist. The demo tape featured a song written and sung by Agnetha: “Jag var så kär”. Impressed with her voice Lundkvist arranged for Agnetha to come to Stockholm and to record two of her own songs one of which was a #1 hit in Sweden.

Agnetha released four solo LPs between 1968 and 1971. She had many successful singles in the Swedish charts. She met Björn Ulvaeus in 1960 and they married and became involved in each other’s recording sessions. Soon they were joined by Benny Andersson and his wife Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad adding backing vocals to Agnetha’s studio album Som Jag.

Here is one of her English tracks from these years. “Sometimes when I’m Dreaming”

Buy Agnetha’s Greatest Hits: https://www.amazon.com/Agnetha-Faltskog-Thats-Greatest-Hits/dp/B000008967

4. Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad was born on the15th of November, 1945 in Bjørkåsen in Ballangen, Norway. From the age of 13 she sang with various dance bands, and worked mainly in a jazz-oriented cabaret style. She also formed her own band, the Anni-Frid Four. In the middle of 1967, she won first prize in a music competition and a recording contract with EMI Sweden and to perform live on the most popular TV shows in the country. Benny Andersson wrote tracks and produced her album in 1971, she had her first number-one single, “Min egen stad” (My Own Town),  featuring all the future ABBA members on backing vocals.

“My own Town” featuring all the future members of ABBA.

Buy Frida’s music: https://www.amazon.com/Ensam-Frida/dp/B00K444KFS

After ABBA formed, she recorded another successful album in 1975, “Frida ensam,” which included a Swedish rendition of “Fernando”, a hit on the Swedish radio charts before the English version was released.

Additional sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABBA

ABBA’s Amazon Store: https://www.amazon.com/ABBA/e/B000APR9C2

Thank you for dropping in today.. I am offline until tomorrow and will catch up with your comments then. Look forward to your feedback.. Thanks Sally.

Next week ABBA are formed and their hits begin to hit the charts.

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally

 

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine -Weekly Round Up – Dionne Warwick, Thomas Crapper and Pumpkin Seeds


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts that you might have missed. I want to thank all of you who have contributed amazing posts from your archives. I am now scheduling for the end of November and the beginning of December so I will be asking for festive posts to bring some sparkle to the blog to the end of the year.

Festive posts.

This is not for new posts but for those you have written about Christmas and New Year or if not Christmas your own end of year festivities. I use the word Christmas as this is something I have celebrated for my entire life, but I know that some of you might observe the holiday in different ways.

I would love to see stories about family reunions, recipes, mishaps with cooking or the family Christmas dinner, humour, fictional short stories. Check out your December posts for every year you have blogged and send over up to two links. I will top and tail with an introduction and also promote you, your blog and any books at the end.

Email as soon as you can to sally.cronin@moyhill.com… Look forward to hearing from you.

On with this week’s contributors and posts..

William Price King shares the life and music of the legendary Dionne Warwick up to the present day.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dionne-warwick-to-the-present-day/

Writer in Residence – Paul Adruss with a look at our toiletry origins…..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/writer-in-residence-post-from-your-archives-the-do-nut-in-grannies-greenhouse-by-paul-andruss/

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor – Pumpkin Seeds

My thanks as always to Carol Taylor for her efforts in the kitchen to produce these amazing recipes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-pumpkin-seeds/

The Ultimate Bucket List

This week delighted to welcome children’s author Darlene Foster as the guest for the interview. You may be able to help her out with her wishes.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-meeting-other-writers-by-darlene-foster/

Personal stuff

A short story for Halloween – Halloween Sunset, Let the party begin.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/smorgasbord-short-story-halloween-sunset-let-the-party-begin-by-sally-cronin/

Robbie Cheadle challenged me to post in the Quote a Day Challenge…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/quote-challenge-day-one-dorothy-parker-war-song/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/quote-challenge-day-two-john-gray-mars-and-venus-together-for-ever/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/quote-challenge-day-three-going-gaga-various-contributors/

At this time of year I like to share the posts that tell the story of some of the brave young  poets who used their poetry to reveal the real truth of war. The War Poets.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/in-remembrance-war-poets-isaac-rosenberg-1890-1918/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/in-remembrance-the-war-poets-rupert-brooke-1897-1915/

Posts from your Archives

Carol Taylor uses the analogy of a box of crayons to encourage us all to get along.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archive-crayons-and-the-junk-shop-by-carol-taylor/

Allie Potts joins us with the first of her four posts.. Are you being held back?

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-is-your-safety-net-actually-a-drag-chute-by-allie-potts/

In his next post in John Rieber’s selection he explores the culinary phenomenon that is Chef Ferran Adria of El Bulli in Spain.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archive-cooking-the-worlds-most-scientific-food-el-bullis-amazing-molecular-magic-meet-the-sorcerers-apprentices-by-john/

Rosie Amber introduces a feature on her review site that twins up books that have a similar plot for double the reading pleasure.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-book-twins-by-rosie-amber/

Micki Peluso shares a Halloween themed poem.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-poem-my-shadow-by-micki-peluso/

Karen Ingalls shares a heartwarming story about the power of a smile and kindness to someone in need.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-a-smile-and-a-hello-by-karen-ingalls/

Yecheilyah Ysrayl shares an important development in the educational system for young Black Americans in Washington D.C.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-the-first-black-public-high-school-by-yecheilyah-ysrayl/

Jane Risdon takes us on a tour of the wonderful Sissinghurst Castle Gardens.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-reblog-a-new-jolly-sissinghurst-castle-garden-vita-sackville-west-virgina-woolf-and-violet-trefusis-come-to-mind-by-jane-risdon/

A tribute to grandparents – a poem by Robbie Cheadle

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-a-poem-for-grandparents-by-robbie-cheadle/

Another post from the archives from Urban Liaisons. This week bird watching and an introduction to the red-necked phalarope and some Norse mythology.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-a-bird-and-the-mead-of-poetry-by-urban-liaisons/

A tribute to Tomorrow’s World and to some of the future predictions that did or did not make it from Pete Johnson.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-back-to-the-future-by-pete-johnson/

Bob shares a story that demonstrates how sometimes people and events all fall into place, but also that when you make a difference to one person… you could be saving another.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/smorgasbord-blogs-from-your-archives-five-years-by-robert-wertzler/

In the second of David V. Pearson’s posts from his archives, he explores the misconception that Buddhism is one of the only ‘religions’ that has never started a war or engaged in violence…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-rohingya-ethnic-cleansing-in-a-buddhist-country-by-david-v-pearson/

Lillian Csernica continues her tour of Kyoto in Japan with some stunning photographs.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/smorgasbord-reblog-posts-from-your-archives-the-shosei-en-gardens-kyoto-day-two-by-lillian-csernica/

Tina gives us a good talking to about allowing negativity from others and our own words to hold us back.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/04/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archives-when-i-am-not-enoughby-tina-frisco/

Cecilia Kennedy takes us on a hike up to Bridal Veil Falls in Washington D.C and also shares and essential guide to safety in the mountains and trails.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/smorgasbord-posts-from-your-archive-bladder-up-tips-for-hiking-to-bridal-veil-falls-by-cecilia-kennedy/

Earlier in the week Debby Gies (D.G. Kaye) wrote a thought provoking post on the subject of Writing as a Therapy.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/smorgasbord-reblog-writing-as-therapy-releasing-our-thoughts-on-paper-by-d-g-kaye/

Smorgasbord Book Promotions.

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-forget-me-not-the-tenafly-road-series-by-adrienne-morris/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-book-on-the-shelves-the-scarlet-ribbon-by-anita-dawes/

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Author Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/30/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sue-coletta-robbie-and-michael-cheadle-and-deanie-humphrys-dunne/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/03/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-melissa-maygrove-timothy-l-phillips-and-linda-bradley/

Air your reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/31/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-ritu-bhathal-deborah-jay-and-d-g-kaye/

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/02/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-mary-smith-john-w-howell-and-darlene-foster/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/11/01/afternoon-video-a-persistent-cat-and-a-hammock-hello-sailor/

Thank you very much for your support this week and every week. I hope that you have enjoyed the posts and look forward to seeing you again next week.

 

 

William Price King meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick to the present day.


Welcome to the weekly music feature with William Price King who shares the background and music of some of the most iconic artists of the last century.

William Price King now takes us from the beginning of the 1980s through to the present day, sharing the highlights of Dionne Warwick’s career in those years.

Since the start of the 1980s, Dionne Warwick has devoted much of her time to charity and her contribution and one song in particular stands out as being one that brought much needed attention and funds for AIDS research.

“That’s what friends are for” written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager was first recorded in 1982 by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film “Night Shift.” A one-off collaboration headed by Dionne Warwick and featuring Gladys Knight, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder was released as a charity single in the UK and the U.S. in 1985.

It was recorded as a benefit for AIDS Research, and raised over $3 million for that cause. Warwick, who had previously raised money for blood-related diseases such as sickle-cell anemia, wanted to help combat the then-growing AIDS epidemic because she had seen friends die painfully of the disease. It was a massive hit, becoming the #1 single of 1986 in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. Dionne Warwick, Luther Vandross, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder performed the song live together for the first time in 23 years at the 25th Anniversary of “The Foundation for AIDS Research” Gala in New York City on February 10, 2011.

In recognition of Dionne Warwick’s work to bring awareness to these issues, President Ronald Reagan appointed her as United States Ambassador of Health in 1987.

“Love Power” is a duet by Miss Warwick and Jeffrey Osborne from Warwick’s album “Reservations for Two,” penned by Bacharach and Sager, and was her 6th number one hit on the Adult Contemporary chart, 1987. The track reached #11 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was her last appearance in the ‘Top 40’.

“Sunny Weather Lover” marks Warwick’s glorious reunion with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This song is from the album “Friends Can Be Lovers,” her tenth for the Arista label, recorded in 1992 and produced by Clive Davis.

“Love Will Find A Way,” a 1993 duet that Warwick recorded with her niece Whitney Houston was written by Warwick’s eldest son David Elliott and Terry Steele, from the album “Friends Can Be Lovers.”

The album also features Warwick in a duet with close friend Luther Vandross on the song “Fragile,” written by pop star Sting. “The entire album feels the way that it actually happened, which is why I am so proud of it. It’s full of love. It’s full of friendship, it’s full of family and it’s full of people (producers) who wanted to give the very best that they could possibly give.”

Another notable album is “Aquarela do Brasil” (Watercolors of Brazil), a collection of Brazilian music released in 1994. Warwick first visited Brazil in the early 1960s and has become so entranced by the South American country that she has bought a home there and has studied Portuguese. “I love Brazil. I see there so much of what we’ve lost here in America. I see complete families, from grandmother to grandchild and in between at the malls on Saturdays together, on Sundays at the park together … I think the most important thing is that we all have problems obviously, but for whatever reasons it appears that through it all, people in Brazil still have the ability to smile, there is always tomorrow still. This attitude particularly captivated me,” Warwick told Cristina M. Eibscher of “News from Brazil” in 1995.

Dionne Warwick has adopted a favela or shanty town in Rio de Janeiro. “The Brazilian people have been offering me so much that I felt that it was time for me to give something in return for their hospitality and friendship. That’s when I decided to adopt a favel and help people who are needy. It’s a great feeling to know that you can contribute for the happiness and well being of others, especially for the well being of Brazilian children,” Warwick explained to Eibscher.

Dionne Warwick lost her sister, Dee Dee, in 2008, and her cousin, Whitney Houston, four years later. Despite these personal losses, Warwick continued to perform and to record new music.

My Life, as I See It: An Autobiography” by David Freeman Wooley was released in November 2010. (Click Image to buy).

In March 2011, Warwick exercised her philanthropic spirit even more when she appeared on the “The Celebrity Apprentice 4” to win money for her charity, The Hunger Project.

In 2012, Warwick celebrated her 50th year in music with the album “Now.” The recording features songs written by Bacharach and David. She once explained her longevity, saying “I really attribute it to remaining who I am and not jumping ship, being completely cognizant of what the people … are accustomed to hearing from me.”

Warwick is the second most charted female vocalist of all time with more 60 songs and selling over 100M records in her 57-year career.

Dionne Warwick won numerous awards during her career, including 5 Grammys, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, NAACP Image Award, ASCAP Lifetime Achievement Award, Women’s World Lifetime Achievement Award, as well as many Vocalist of the Year awards.

The latest news on a documentary on the life of Dionne Warwick currently in production.

A documentary feature film about Dionne Warwick titled “Don’t Make Me Over,” is in the works, which will provide a “glimpse into the life of one of the most famous, yet notoriously private, superstars of the last 60 years,” according to a statement. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch sales on the film and present select footage to international buyers at next month’s Cannes Market.

The film, co-directed and co-produced by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, and written by Wooley, “brings to life the real Dionne Warwick, an African-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers, a dedicated humanitarian fighting injustice worldwide, and a singer whose music became the soundtrack for generations.”

Directors of photography are Oscar nominee Tom Bergmann (“Life, Animated”) and Academy Award winner Ronan Killeen (“O.J. Made in America”). The film is being edited by Emmy Award winner Aljernon Tunsil (“Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama”).

Source: http://variety.com/2017/film/global/dionne-warwick-movie-mister-smith-cannes-1202402665/

To end this series on the legendary Miss Dionne Warwick….

In a special tribute to President Barack Obama, music legend Dionne Warwick graced the 24th Annual Stellar Awards (2009) in Atlanta, with a superb rendition of “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

 

Buy the music of Dionne Warwick: https://www.amazon.com/Dionne-Warwick/e/B000APYFYM

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_Warwick

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally

William Price King Meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick – I’ll Never Love This Way Again – 1970s


Welcome to this week’s post on the wonderful Dionne Warwick who had enjoyed a fabulous 1960s working with the legendary Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Unfortunately the 1970s were not going to be so easy for this collaborative relationship nor Dionne Warwick’s career.

William Price King picks up the story of the career and music of Dionne Warwick as she enters the 1970s with a second Grammy Award for her best-selling album “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again. This was a music first as she was the first African-American solo female artist of her generation to win the highly sought after award for Best Contemporary Female Vocalist Performance, which had only been awarded to another earlier legend, Ella Fitzgerald.

Unfortunately the winning combination of Burt Bacharach and Hal David came to a very difficult split in 1972. Dionne Warwick had signed with Warner Bros records in 1971 and was contracted to produce an album of Bacharach and David compositions. This also fractured the long term collaboration with the singer, who was hurt by finding out in the newspapers that the music partnership was over. Threatened by a breach of contract suit by Warners, Dionne Warwick sued both Burt Bacharach and Hal David, eventually winning an out of court settlement.

“Then Came You,” which Warwick recorded with the group “The Spinners” was a 1974 Grammy nominated hit written by Sherman Marshall, Phillip T. Pugh and produced by Thom Bell. This song became Warwick’s first ever single to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became her highest charting R&B record reaching #2 on that chart. It became an RIAA certified gold record.

Unfortunately, despite the success of the song, Dionne Warwick hit a very touch patch both personally and professionally. Her marriage to Bill Elliott in 1967 which had produced two sons, came to an end in 1975, followed by the death of her father in 1969 and the ill-health of her mother.

Dionne turned to almost nonstop touring. “I felt I’d blow emotionally if I didn’t immerse myself in work. I pushed myself,” Warwick told Rich Wiseman of “People Magazine.

However, in 1979 she signed with Arista records, and label president Clive Davis, who had also been instrumental in the career of Warwick’s cousin, Whitney Houston, was excited and proud to have Warwick on his label.

Davis arranged for Barry Manilow to produce Warwick’s first Arista album, “Dionne.” Warwick was uneasy at first about working with Manilow, fearing their differing styles would clash. She was especially concerned that the album might have a “disco” sound. Happily, the Warwick-Manilow collaboration was spectacularly successful, resulting in the hits “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” and “Deja Vu.”

“I’ll Never Love This Way Again” from the album “Dionne” was a Grammy Award-winning, Gold-certified 1979 hit for Miss Warwick. This song, composed by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings, was produced by Barry Manilow and reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 Billboard’s R&B chart.

The song won Warwick a 1980 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The tune was certified by the RIAA as Gold for sales of over 1 million copies and helped her Arista debut album, “Dionne,” be certified by the RIAA as Platinum for album sales of over 1 million copies.

“Deja Vu,” a ballad written by Issac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson was the second hit song for Warkick from her 1979 album “Dionne.” “Deja Vu” went to number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number twenty-five on the Soul chart, and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, early in 1980. Warwick won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Deju Vu” as well as winning Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for “I’ll Never Love This Way Again,” becoming the first artist ever to win the R&B and Pop categories on the same night.

The title song from her 1982 album “Heart-beaker” took her yet again to the top ten on the Billboard chart. The song was written by Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, who also produced the album. Warwick admitted that she was not fond of “Heartbreaker” but recorded it because she trusted the Bee Gees’ judgment that it would be a hit.

It turned out to be Dionne’s most successful solo hit of the 1980s. Maurice Gibb, who was a co-writer of this song commented, “I cried my eyes out after we wrote it. I drove home and thought, ‘We should be doing this one’, and when she did it, it was brilliant. We sang on it, and it still became like a duet between the Bee Gees and Dionne Warwick.” The song reached the top of charts around the world and stands as one of Warwick’s biggest career hits. It was ranked as Billboard magazine’s 80th biggest US hit of 1983. In the UK Singles Chart, the track reached number 2 for two weeks in November 1982.

Buy the music of Dionne Warwick: https://www.amazon.com/Dionne-Warwick/e/B000APYFYM

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_Warwick

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally

William Price King meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick – A hit filled 1960s


Welcome to part two of the Dionne Warwick series and this week the hits keep rolling in for this dynamic artist.  I will now hand you over to William Price King to pick up the story, and share the music he has selected to showcase this week.

The mid-1960s and the remainder of the decade was a wonderfully productive time for Dionne Warwick and the team of Hal David and Burt Bacharach. This included “Message to Michael” in 1966. The song had been a Bacharach and David hit for other artists including Jerry Butler  with “Message to Martha” and Adam Faith with the title ‘Kentucky Bluebird’ which reached #12 in the UK Charts. In all the different versions including “Message to Michael” by Dionne Warwick, the lyrics are addressed to a bluebird by the singer, whose lover is in New Orleans and wants them to return. There were two other massive hits for Dionne Warwick released that year.

In “I Say a Little Prayer,” Hal David wanted to convey a woman’s concern for her man who was serving in the Vietnam War with this song recorded by Warwick in 1966. This song, from the album “Windows of the World” peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in December 1967. On the R&B Singles chart it peaked at number eight.

The other song was “Trains and Boats and Planes” which Dionne Warwick recorded in 1966, arranged and conducted by Burt Bacharach, and produced by Bacharach and David. It spent 7 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also reached #37 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart and #49 on Billboard’s Hot Rhythm & Blue’s chart. Other hit versions of this song were recorded by Bacharach himself and by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas.

“(Theme from) Valley of the Dolls” is a 1967 song by André and Dory Previn, composed for the film version of the Jacqueline Susann novel “Valley of the Dolls.” Actress Barbara Parkins, who starred in the motion picture, suggested that Warwick be considered to sing the film’s theme song. The song was to be given to Judy Garland, who had been fired from the film. Warwick performed the song, and when the film became a success in the early weeks of 1968, her single from the film theme became a million-seller, peaking at #2 for four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1968, #2 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #1 on the Record World chart. The song was the B-side of the million selling tune “I Say a Little Prayer.” The single would become one of the biggest double-sided hits of the rock era. The album “Dionne Warwick in Valley of the Dolls” peaked at number six on the Billboard Top 10 Albums chart, and would remain on the chart for over a year.

Dionne also saw success with another movie theme for “Alfie” in 1967 getting into the top twenty in the US.. There had been a number of covers of the Cilla Black original, including by Cher, but it was the Dionne Warwick interpretation of the Bacharach and David composition and lyrics that made it in America.

“Do You Know The Way To San Jose” was written and composed for Warwick by Bacharach/David. The song was Warwick’s biggest international hit, selling over a million copies and winning Warwick her first Grammy Award. David’s lyrics tell the story of a native of San Jose, California who, having failed to break into the entertainment field in Los Angeles, is set to return to her hometown. It became Warwick’s third consecutive Top Ten song, punctuating the most successful period of Warwick’s recording career. The song peaked at #8 in the UK, Ireland, and Canada. It also charted in France, Italy, South Africa, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and many other countries. Dionne won the Grammy Award for Contemporary Pop Vocal for this song in 1968

“I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” was written by Bacharach/David for the 1968 musical Promises, Promises. Several recordings of the song were released in 1969, the most popular of which was by Dionne Warwick, who took it to number six on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100, and spent three weeks at number one on the magazine’s list of the 40 most popular Easy Listening songs in the US. At the 12th Annual Grammy Awards on March 11, 1970, Bacharach and David were the songwriting nominees of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” in the “Song of the Year”category but lost to Joe South for “Games People Play.” However Dionne Warwick won the Grammy Award for Contemporary Pop Vocal for the song.

“This Guy’s in Love with You” was written by Bacharach and David and recorded originally by Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass with Alpert singing lead vocals. He originally sang the track on television on the Beat of the Brass show and due to viewer response went on to release it as a single in June 1968. It went to #1 and stayed there for four weeks. Dionne Warwick’s version went to #7 in the charts in 1969.

Bacharach told “Newsweek” that Warwick’s sound “has the delicacy and mystery of sailing ships in bottles. It’s tremendously inspiring. We cut songs for her like fine cloth, tailor-made.

Warwick’s appeal crossed racial barriers. She was to the 1960s what Nat King Cole had been to the 1950s—a mainstream performer who happened to be black. Nevertheless, Warwick occasionally faced race related problems such as bigoted hecklers in the audience  Cool and confident, Warwick responded to anti-black sentiment with cutting remarks and, if necessary, forceful letters to local authorities. Having grown up in a racially mixed, lower middle class community in the North, Warwick was never hesitant about appearing in the South. “To me, Mississippi is just a long word. They’ve got their problems, but they’re not going to make them my problems,” Warwick explained to “Ebony Magazine” in 1968.

Dionne Warwick made her acting debut in the film “Slaves,” with co-stars Ossie Davis, and Stephen Boyd. The film was directed by Herbert Biberman and was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.

Buy the music of Dionne Warwick: https://www.amazon.com/Dionne-Warwick/e/B000APYFYM

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_Warwick

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally

William Price King meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick – The Early Years.


Welcome to a new series of William Price King meets some Legends and we will now be following the life and career of the amazing singer, Dionne Warwick.. I will hand you over now to William to share her early life and first chart hits.

The Gospel, R&B and Soul dynamo that millions of fans would come to love around the world, began life as Marie Dionne Warrick in December 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey. Her father was Mancel Warrick, who worked as a chef, record producer and accountant,and her mother Lee Drinkard, who was the manager of an established musical group The Drinkard Singers. It was inevitable, that coming from a Gospel background, that Marie would begin her music career in that style, and in her mid-teens, along with her sister Dee Dee and two cousins, she formed a group called The Gospelaires. Apart from local venues, the group would also perform as backing for other acts.

With this early introduction to music and performance, Dionne went on to study at the Hartt College of Music in Hartford, Connecticut, on a scholarship with the desire to become a public school music teacher. Whilst studying, she continued to perform with the group providing backing vocals for recording sessions in New York.

At the time her mother’s groupThe Drinkards were very popular in the area and many members of her mother’s family were part of the ensemble, including grandparents aunts and uncles. Dionne began working with her mother to guide the group, and they became even more successful with the addition of her vocals. After an appearance at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival, they recorded the first gospel album to appear on a major label with the live “A Joyful Noise”, for RCA Records in 1959

After several personnel changes in the early 1960s, the remaining members of the group in 1967 became The Sweet Inspirations who would sing background for the Warwick sisters, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.

In 1961, during a summer vacation from college, Dionne rejoined The Gospelaires to sing back up on The Drifters recording of “Mexican Divorce.” Conducting the session was the song’s composer Burt Bacharach.

“She was singing louder than everybody else so I couldn’t help noticing her,” Bacharach recalled. “Not only was she clearly audible, but Dionne had something. Just the way she carries herself, the way she works, her flow and feeling for the music – it was there when I first met her. She had, and still has, a kind of elegance, a grace that very few other people have.”

Based on his observations, he and his lyricist partner, Hal David approached Dionne to find out if she might be interested in recording demos of his compositions to pitch to record labels.

It was one of these demos “It’s Love That Really Counts” that would go on to be recored by The Shirelles for Scepter Records, that caught the attention of the President of the label, Florence Greenberg. She advised Bacharach to sign Dionne to his own production company which then signed to Scepter in 1962. However Bacharach still had the freedom to produce Dionne under his own management without interference from the labels dictates. This gave both of them the freedom to explore more complex compositions and Dionne’s vocal abilities.

Dionne Warrick’s first recording for Scepter, released in 1962, was more Bacharach-David material. Though Scepter was promoting the song “I Smiled Yesterday” as the potential hit, it was the record’s “B” side, the powerfully plaintive “Don’t Make Me Over,” that caught on and went to the number twenty-one position on the Billboard chart. A misspelling on the record – Warwick instead of Warrick – gave Warwick her stage name.

“Don’t make me over, man, (you have to) accept me for what I am” are the words that Warwick cried in her disappointment when she learned from Bacharach and Hal David that her record label did not think that her style was right. She felt that she was being used, manipulated, and exploited. Hearing those words, David said to Bacharach: “Burt, I think we just heard the title of a new song.” Hal David, not one to miss an opportunity to be inspired by life’s circumstances, used Warwick’s energetic outburst as the title and sentiment for “Don’t Make Me Over,” changing the meaning of the phrase to “Accept me for what I am,” and adding “Accept me for the things that I do.” “Don’t Make Me Over” was inducted to the Gammy Hall of Fame” in 2000.

Having now begun to establish her own style and with a new stage name, Dionne Warwick was fast tracked into the charts with some iconic hits over the next five years.

“Make it easy on yourself,” written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, was first of all a hit by Jerry Butler in 1962. Dionne Warwick did a cover of the song for her album “Presenting Dionne Warwick” in 1963 and her eventual hit of this track was from a live concert performance at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey in the summer of 1970. The single peaked at #2 on the Easy Listening Chart, #37 on the Pop chart and #26 on the R1B chart.

“Walk on By” is from the 1964 album “Make Way for Dionne Warwick.” This song peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1965 for the Best Rhythm and Blues Recording. The song was ranked number 70 on the Rolling Stone list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time,” the second highest song by a solo female artist on the list after “Respect” by Aretha Franklin.

“Anyone Who Had a Heart” was presented to Dionne Warwick in unfinished form while she, Burt Bacharach and Hal David were rehearsing in Bacharach’s Manhattan apartment for an upcoming recording session. Bacharach had finished the score which, in his words, “changes time signature constantly, 4/4 to 5/4, and a 9/16 bar at the end of the song on the turnaround. It wasn’t intentional, it was all just natural. That’s the way I felt it.”

This was the first use of polyrhythm in popular music. Warwick recorded this song at Bell Sound Studios in Manhattan in November 1963. According to published reports, Warwick nailed the tune in only one take. The track became Warwick’s first Top Ten single in January 1964, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cash Box Pop 100 that February, also reaching #6 on the Cash Box R&B chart.

Buy the music of Dionne Warwick: https://www.amazon.com/Dionne-Warwick/e/B000APYFYM

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionne_Warwick

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally

 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Cafe and Bookstore revamp, Archived Post bonanza and great guests.

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Welcome to the weekly round up and so pleased that there have been so many guests this week. Delighted too that the Posts from your Archives has proved so popular. Some wonderful posts this week from Pete Johnson, Debby Gies, Carol Taylor, Jennie Fitzkee and Deana Metzke with more bloggers joining next week with the start of their four week series.

My thanks as always to William Price King, Paul Andruss and Carol Taylor for their contribution to the blog with fabulous posts covering music, mystery and legends and food.

And, last but not least, thank you for your continued support, views, likes, shares and comments...

Here are the posts from the week that you might have missed..

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones The Finale

This week was the last part in the series featuring Sir Tom Jones and some of his hits from the last decade. Still going strong at 77, this dynamic performer clearly has a huge following across all age groups.  Here he is in 1977 with another performer who has crossed the decades with style.. Tina Turner and Hot Legs. Next week we begin a new series with that fabulous talent – Dionne Warwick.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-sir-tom-jones-career-and-hits-2007-to-2017/

Writer in residence – Paul Andruss

It was Paul’s birthday yesterday and he recently sent me a post called The Gift and rather than share later in the series, I decided to share on Friday in honour of his special day. Paul writes exclusive posts for Smorgasbord that take a huge amount of research and time to prepare and I am eternally grateful that he accepted the invitation to be writer in residence. I am sure if you missed this post you will enjoy heading over to read. Thought provoking and resulted in some interesting comments.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-writer-in-residence-the-gift-by-paul-andruss/

Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor and this week the health benefits of watercress and some wonderful recipes provided by Carol after creating in her kitchen in Thailand.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-watercress-more-iron-than-spinach/

The Ultimate Bucket List – the top two items on Luanne Castle’s bucket list… time travel…and read on to find out what else.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-author-luanne-castle-with-time-travel-and-zeeland/

Posts from your Archives

So pleased at the response to this series which showcases posts from YOUR archives. Perhaps from the start of your blogging career when you may have had fewer followers and you would like to share again with MINE.. It is a way of not only promoting your blog but also if you have books to promote I will add those in too. Email me with four links to posts that you would like to share again. If you want to promote your books then we can do that separately. I am looking for posts that are about life, love, adventure or an experience that you feel made a difference in your life.  Email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com

Here are this week’s Posts From Your Archives.

Carol Taylor with an entertaining anecdote about her father who despite requiring a walker for mobility managed to do some Cirque de Soleil moves!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/posts-from-your-archives-its-not-what-you-look-at-that-matters-but-what-you-see-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson of Beetley Pete with a life changing experience that all parents can relate to.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/posts-from-your-archives-pete-johnson-with-not-waving-but-drowning/

Deana Metzke shared her experiences with the Olympics and her young son’s reaction to watching on television

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/posts-from-your-archives-parenting-raising-readers-the-little-engine-that-could-and-the-olympics-by-d-metzke/

D.G. Kaye – Debby Gies with a post on a relationship issue that applies to both male and female partners. When one is receiving more attention and success than the other it can require careful thought and management.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/posts-from-your-archives-5-indicators-your-partner-may-feel-insecure-with-your-success-and-how-to-rectify-by-d-g-kaye/

Jennie Fitzkee with reflections on the natural and unaffected conversation with young children

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/08/posts-from-your-archives-lunchtime-conversations-in-the-classroom-its-important-by-jennie-fitzkee/

New Series – Guess Who I Bumped Into – I shall be doing my usual browse through my readers and will share a blogger each week who is new to me and who I think you might like to meet too. This week  author Peter Davidson who has published 28 books and has just begun a blog.. Marital Advice to my Grandson.. very entertaining.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/new-series-guess-who-i-just-bumped-into-author-peter-davidson-and-marital-advice-to-my-grandson/

Book Promotions – Air your Reviews – A chance to show case your most recent reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-judith-barrow-and-vashti-quiroz-vega/

Pure Trash Bette Stevens

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-paulett-mahurin-teagan-geneviene-and-bette-a-stevens/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Updates – New Releases and Reviews

N.B. The cafe and bookstore has had a facelift and over the coming weeks I will be increasing the number of book covers displayed and will also be including and extract from the most recent review for one of those books. The aim is to encourage readers to click the review link and end up in the buy page… I hope it helps.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-joyce-k-gatschenberger-john-w-howell-and-annette-rochelle-aben/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-jane-dougherty-mary-smith-and-lucy-brazier/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore New on the Shelves – New authors on the shelves of the Bookstore… if you would like to be featured then please email me sally.cronin@moyhill.com

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-come-back-by-melissa-maygrove/

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by author Lyn Horner – My odd jobs that inspire my stories and characters.

This week I get to grips with a sword wielding champagne magnet and fall in love – not a bad day’s work! https://lynhorner.com/2017/10/02/special-guest-sally-cronin-the-odd-jobs-gal-swashbuckle-and-romance/

Media Training for Authors – the series continues with a look at the some of the online watering holes where readers gather. There are several out there and once you get started you can explore others that might suit you better but achieve the same result. Bringing you together with readers and reviews.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/07/smorgasbord-media-training-for-authors-advertising-gather-around-the-right-waterholes/

Moyhill Publishing – Update.

Now that the house and garden renovations are nearing the end (garden weather dependent!) Moyhill Publishing is up and running again and we have been working quietly in the background for the last couple of months. We have just received a wonderful testimonial and I have updated some of the details and covers.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/moyhill-publishing-working-with-indie-authors-established-2004/

Health – that time of year when we need to make sure we are making dietary and lifestyle changes to boost our immune system.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-health-2017-winterising-your-body-influenza-the-opportunistic-pathogen/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-snacks-and-dips-for-your-guests/

Smorgasbord Pet health – Hip Dysplasia – get to know your puppy’s relatives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/05/smorgasbord-pet-health-hip-dysplasia-a-good-reason-to-meet-you-puppys-relatives/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-some-gender-specific-nouns/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/03/afternoon-video-rewind-abstract-art-by-a-mammoth-talent/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-more-observations-on-life-from-cowboys-and-cats/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/06/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-dog-language-and-other-canine-behaviours/

Thank you once again for dropping and as always your feedback is very welcome. 

 

William Price King meets some Legends – Sir Tom Jones – Career and hits 2007 to 2017.


Last week we covered the career and music of Sir Tom Jones through the 1980s up to 2006.. This week we share some of the hits from the last ten years and his most successful song of his career and I will now hand you over to William Price King to pick up the story.

In 2008 S-Curve Records released “If He Should Ever Leave You” from the album 24 Hours. This was Jones’ first album of new material released in the US in 15 years. “The fire is still in me. Not to be an oldie, but a goodie. I want to be a contender.” Jones said. The song was named the 9th best song of 2008 by “Spinner,” and Jones was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.

Tom Jones was not about to let the fact that he was approaching his 68th birthday get in the way of performing over 200 dates a year, and setting out on a world tour to promote the album.

“Give a little love,” from the album, is a super duper Tom Jones dance tune. The video for “Give a little love” pays homage to Fleischer Studios cartoons, with Jones dancing with an Expy of Betty Boop. The song was also featured in the first trailer for the Robert De Niro / Ben Stiller film “Little Fockers.”

In March 2009, Jones went to the top of the UK Music Charts for the third time in his career thanks to a cover of “Islands in the Streams“, sung with Ruth Jones, Rob Brydon and Robin Gibb, who co-wrote the original with his brothers Barry and Maurice. The song, inspired by BBC’s hit sitcom “Gavin and Stacey,” was released in aid of Comic Relief and reached No. 1 in March 2009.

“Burning Hell,” a cover of the John Lee Hooker classic from the “Praise & Blame” album, was released on Jones’ 70th birthday (June 7, 2010), and the album debuted at #2 on the UK album chart. Jones appeared on the penultimate episode of “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross” in July 2010 and performed “Burning Hell.” By the end of the year Jones had sold a total of over 100 million records.

“Evil” is a cover of Howlin’ Wolf’s “Evil” and features guest musicians from Jack White’s Third Man Records’ Blue Series, produced in Nashville. You can definitely hear White’s trademark sound on Jones’s rendition of this song. Enjoy this brawny, horn-smacked garage-soul stomper. Jones’ full-throated vocal has no hint of cheese.

The single was first made available through independent record stores in 7″ vinyl on March 5. An exclusive three-colored vinyl was also sold at only one shop – Spillers Records in Cardiff. The shop, from which Jones bought records as a schoolboy in the 1950s and early 1960s, was founded in 1894 and is listed in Guinness World Records as the oldest record shop in the world.

On June 4, 2012, Jones performed at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, singing “Delilah” and “Mama Told Me Not to Come.”

Tom Jones has featured as a judge on the voice twice, in 2012 until 2015 when he was replaced by Boy George but returned in 2017 for season six.

In September 2015, Jones announced the long-awaited release of his album “Long Lost Suitcase,” through Virgin/EMI. The album is the third in a trilogy of albums, following “Praise & Blame” (2010) and “Spirit in the Room” (2012). The album’s track titles are interwoven into the chapters of his autobiography “Over the Top and Back,” released at the same time. The producer is once again Ethan Johns and the diverse range of compositions includes songs from Gillian Welch, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams and the Milk Carton Kids.

To end the series here is Tom Jones greatest hit ever – “She’s A Lady”

Apparently Tom Jones’ manager, Gordon Mills, asked Paul Anka to write a song that would be a guaranteed hit in the United States, so Anka thought about Tom Jones and women. The rest is history. “She’s a Lady,” became Jone’s signature song. Jones recorded this song on his album “Sing She’s A Lady.” The song reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and became Jones’ biggest selling single of all time, giving Anka his first #1 hit in the USA and his only #1 hit in CashBox Magazine.

Buy Tom Jones Music: https://www.amazon.com/Tom-Jones/e/B000APJ7YA

You can buy Tom Jones’ autobiography: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Memoir-Sir-Tom-Jones/dp/0718180682/

You can keep up with news and performances: http://www.tomjones.com/news/

Additional material: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Jones_(singer)

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
Download the new album. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

Connect to William

Website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find all of William’s posts on Jazz, Classical and Contemporary artists in this link: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-a-man-and-his-music-jazz-classical-and-contemporary-legends/

Thanks for dropping by and we hope you have enjoyed this week’s performances.. Your feedback is always welcome. Sally