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

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Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Dionne Warwick, Hurricanes and Archives.


Welcome to the weekly round up of posts that you might have missed and as always I am so grateful for the contribution of others to the blog which adds great content and a different perspective on life.

Exactly thirty years ago to the day, we were told on a weather forecast that high winds were expected overnight.. that particular weatherman never lived that down. On the Monday 16th of October, I was due to start my new job as Advertising Sales Trainer for a paper in South Woodford in London. It was great as it was just a ten minute walk from our house on the edge of Epping Forest. Overnight we certainly had high winds… it was a hurricane with winds up to 135 miles per hour and most of the South of England was devastated. On our estate ancient trees toppled and the next morning I had to climb over several to get down to the main street where the offices were. My first day on the job and apart from the receptionist who lived locally and had managed to get in and open up… I was the only one in the office for the day. On job training they call it.

Hurricane Ophelia has just dropped down by ten miles an hour and downgraded from a category 3 to category 2 which is a tropical storm. It is beginning to break up as it travels north and hits the current depression over us. It is going to make landfall on our west coast tonight which will take a beating especially in coastal areas. We are hoping that by the time it reaches us it will have lost even more power, but because we live in a rural location our overhead electricity and telephone lines are likely to suffer.  We are better placed than many who live in designated flood areas as the rain that will fall is going to fill the rivers rapidly.

If you don’t see me around for a couple of days you will know why.. If you are in the UK batten down the hatches as high winds will be hitting you tomorrow on the north west coast. Be safe.

I have scheduled you with some of your regular posts for the week to keep you entertained..

Time to get on with some posts that you might have missed this week…

William Price King Meets some Legends – Dionne Warwick the Early Years.

The start of a new series and we meet the wonderful iconic Dionne Warwick as she grows up with a gospel influence and rich musical heritage.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-dionne-warwick-the-early-years/

Writer in Residence – Pure by Paul Andruss

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

This week Paul Andruss shares the secrets from the leather tanning industry that is best written between meals. Some of the products used to provide you with soft kid gloves were picked up by collectors.. and a clue.. today we would be fined for not picking it up.. Pure is its name not its nature!

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/smorgasbord-reblog-writer-in-residence-pure-by-paul-andruss/

Smorgasbord Health – Cook from Scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor

This week wind free beans.. and not just baked, but a number of varieties created in her kitchen in Thailand for your pleasure.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-taylor-bean-12000-years-of-history/

I added a few more mushroom recipes to those Carol created a couple of weeks ago

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/cook-from-scratch-mushroom-soup-and-mushroom-chilli-carbonara/

Smorgasbord Health

With the Australia flu raising concern for its spread to the UK and the rest of Europe it is time to think about taking some precautions.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/winterising-the-body-immune-system-boosting-eating-and-recovery-plan/

Sunday Interview – Ultimate Bucket List

Delighted to welcome author Amy M. Reade to share her two top items on her Ultimate Bucket List..

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/smorgasbord-sunday-interview-the-ultimate-bucket-list-owls-and-learning-greek-by-amy-m-reade/

Odd Jobs and Characters

My thanks to Adele Marie Park for sharing this week’s episode of Odd Jobs and Characters. I come to grips with a few rams… literally!  On a sheep farm in the mountains of Wales.

https://firefly465.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/odd-jobs-and-characters-sally-cronin/

Posts from Your Archives

I am so delighted that so many bloggers are sharing posts from their archives that deserve another audience.. MINE.. if you are interested in participating just send four links to sally.cronin@moyhill.com. I am looking for human interest, informative, entertaining and humour…if you would like to promote your books.. then still email but we will look at doing a FREE promotion instead.

Carol Taylor kicked off the week with the story of a stray mama dog and her pups and the her own impending new fur family member.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/posts-from-your-archives-properly-trained-man-can-be-a-dogs-best-friend-by-carol-taylor/

Pete Johnson took a look back at the 1950s and 1960s with a realistic look at the hardships that children and adults face in those post war years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/posts-from-your-archives-a-la-recherche-du-temps-perdu-by-pete-johnson/

Deana Metzke shares the story of how her son, although still very young developed a taste for chapter books, eagerly looking forward to the next night’s installment.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/posts-from-your-archives-i-am-not-afraid-of-chapter-books-by-d-metzke/

Debby Gies with one of her informational posts on handling social media and solicitations by email. We all get them.. “I write posts very similar to your blog and feel that I could provide you with content”  or similar.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/posts-from-your-archives-7-tips-on-how-to-sleuth-out-email-solicitor-requests-by-d-g-kaye/

A new contributor to this series.. Bob Wertzler of Cabbages and Kings with a post about how we are all stories.. everything we do, think or feel is about creating a story.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/posts-from-your-archives-we-are-stories-by-robert-wertzler-of-cabbage-and-kings/

And a warm welcome back after a couple of months offline to Tina Frisco who shares wise words on how we can manage stressful and sometimes catastrophic events in our lives.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/posts-from-your-archives-problem-lesson-or-opportunity-by-tina-frisco/

Sally’s Cafe and Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-carol-balawyder-kim-cox-darlene-foster-and-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-linda-g-hill-helen-jonesj-a-owenby-and-robbie-and-michael-cheadle/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-how-polly-became-a-pirate-by-jann-weeratunga/

Smorgasbord Book Promotion

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-jaye-marie-alyssa-drake-john-howell-and-andrew-joyce/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-viv-drewa-jessica-duchen-claire-fullerton-and-tina-frisco/

Media Training – Advertising for authors – Physical Watering Holes where readers gather.

This is the final post in this series – physical waterholes where you can meet your readers and sell books.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/14/media-training-for-authors-advertising-physical-watering-holes-where-readers-gather/

Personal Stuff

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/something-to-think-about-canadian-thanksgiving-day-and-a-chance-to-celebrate-four-years-of-blogging/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/some-personal-stuff-my-new-reading-chair-and-resolution-sally-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/paraskevidekatriaphobics-have-no-fear-friday-13th-is-lucky-for-some/

Smorgasbord Pet Health

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/12/smorgasbord-pet-health-kennel-cough-hygiene-is-just-as-important-for-dogs-as-is-not-sharing-food-and-water-bowls-3/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/09/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-just-for-canadians-courtesy-of-wayne-barnes-of-tofino-photography/

A herd of dairy cows come rushing across to listen to a jazz band.. and then the unexpected happens…..

 

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/10/10/smorgasbord-afternoon-video-the-dairy-music-appreciation-society/

Thank you again for all your wonderful support this week and hopefully the winds will die down before they reach us.. if not see you on the other side.

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

 

 

William Price King Meets Some Legends – Sir Tom Jones – Country Music and Sex Bomb


We pick up the story at the end of the 1970s when Tom Jones was still struggling to maintain his presence in the charts. This heralded a change of both style and tempo and I will hand you over to William Price King to pick up the story.

From 1977 through to 1987 Tom Jones focused on recording country music. Although he had nine songs in the US country top 40, he stayed outside of the UK charts and the Billboard 100 for nearly a decade. His country hits included “Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow #1, Darlin’ #19, What in the World’s Come Over You #25, A Woman’s Touch #16, I’ve Been Rained on Too #13 and Touch Me #4.

Here is the country #1 hit “Say You’ll Stay Until Tomorrow” which stayed in the Country top 40 for ten weeks and also reached #1 in the Canadian RPM and Easy Listening Charts.

Sadly Tom Jones’s long term manager, Gordon Mills, died of cancer in1986, and Jones’s son, Mark, became his manager. In 1987, Tom Jones re-entered the singles chart with “A Boy From Nowhere,” which went to No. 2 in the UK.

“Kiss” by Prince was covered by Tom Jones and the Art of Noise in 1988 became a big hit for Jones, reaching #5 on the UK Singles Chart and #31 on the US Dance Chart, as well as being a chart topping song throughout the world. The video for “Kiss” was much seen on MTV and VH1, and won the MTV Video Music Award for Breakthrough Video.

With increased presence in the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Tom Jones was again front page news. In 1989 he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and partnered with singer Van Morrison to release the 1991 Album Carrying a Torch“.

Glastonbury Festival in 1992 was instrumental in developing a new relationship with younger audiences, as did appearing in cult shows in the US such as “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “The Simpsons.” These were not his only acting credits in the 1990s as he also appreared in the films ‘Mars Attacks!” in 1996 and “Agnes Browne” in 1999

Tom Jones had signed to Interscope Records in 1992 and released the album “The Lead And How To Swing It” and its first single release “If Only I Knew“, went to #11 in the UK charts. He went on to perform the single at the 1994 MTV Europe Music Awards, which he also hosted.

“You Can Leave Your Hat On” is a song written by Randy Newman which appeared on his album “Sail Away,” in 1972. The song was covered by Jo Cocker in 1986 and by Tom Jones for the soundtrack of “The Full Monty” in 1997.

In 1999 Jones released the album “Reload,” a collection of cover duets with artists such as The Cardigans, Natalie Imbruglia, Cerys Matthews, Van Morrison, Mousse T, Portishead, Stereophonics, and Robbie Williams. The album went to No. 1 in the UK and sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

Sex Bomb” is a 1999 song Jones recorded in collaboration with producer Mousse T. It was released in May 2000 and became the biggest single from Jones’ 1999 album “Reload,” reaching No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart. “Sex Bomb” was composed by Mousse T, and Errol Rennalls.

Apart from musical accolades and chart success, Tom Jones was also favoured by fans in high places. In 2000 President Bill Clinton invited him to perform on New Year’s Eve at the millennium celebrations in Washington D.C. Across the Atlantic Tom Jones also performed for her majesty the Queen at her Golden Jubilee celebrations. Other honours followed including a BRIT Award for Best British Male.

Mama Told Me (Not to Come)” was written by singer songwriter Randy Newman and first released in 1966 by Eric Burdon . The group Three Dog Night covered the song in 1970 and it went straight to the top of the charts in the US. In the year 2000, Tom Jones, along with the Stereophonics, covered the song and their version hit #4 in the UK Singles Chart. Singer Kelly Jones shared the vocals with Jones. This new arrangement had a livelier, punchier sound than the Three Dog Night version and the video featured an appearance by Welsh actor Rhys Ifans.

Some hit albums and singles followed and in 2002 Tom Jones released the album “Mr. Jones,” which was produced by Wyclef Jean. The album and the first single, “Tom Jones International,” were top 40 hits in the UK.

Jones received the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003. The following year, he teamed up with pianist Jools Holland and released “Tom Jones & Jools Holland,” a roots rock ‘n’ roll album. It peaked at No. 5 in the UK.

On 28 May 2005, in celebration of his approaching 65th birthday, Tom Jones returned to his homeland to perform a concert in Ynysangharad Park, Pontypridd before a crowd of about 20,000. This was his first performance in Pontypridd since 1964.

Tom Jones collaborated with Australian pop singer John Farnham in 2005 and released the live album “John Farnham & Tom Jones – Together in Concert.” The following year Jones worked with Chicane and released the dance track “Stoned in Love,” which went to No. 7 in the UK Singles Chart.

Sir Tom Jones,  was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1999, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 at Buckingham Palace for his services to music.

After receiving a knighthood Jones stated: “When you first come into show business and get a hit record, it is the start of something. As time goes by it just gets better. This is the best thing I have had. It’s a wonderful feeling, a heady feeling.”

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

William Price King meets some Legends – Sir Tom Jones – 1960s – Las Vegas, Elvis Presley and Delilah


Welcome to part two of the life and music of Sir Tom Jones. It is now the mid-sixties and the charismatic star has a growing legion of fans who loved his voice and dynamic performances. As the music scene began to evolve however, Tom Jones was going to have to evolve with it to maintain his popularity.  I will now hand you over to William Price King to take us through the rest of the 1960s.

After performing on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1965, Jones dropped by Colony Records in New York and asked if they had any works by Jerry Lee Lewis. He was given the new country album on which he discovered and recorded the song “Green, Green Grass of Home.” The song reached #1 in the UK, staying there for seven weeks. The song also reached # 1 and on Billboard’s pop chart and #12 on the easy listening chart.

It was now 1966 and the music scene was changing with groups taking center stage. Tom Jones found that his popularity was not quite as buoyant as it had been, and his manager Gordon Mills, moved his star towards a new and more mature audience as a crooner.

With the success of “Green, Green Grass of Home” behind him, his career resumed its upward momentum and Tom Jones topped the charts again in the UK, remaining there for much of the next ten years.

In 1967 Tom Jones began his first residency in Las Vegas at the world famous Flamingo. His signature dress code of tight trousers and shirts opened almost to the waist were a huge draw for his adoring female fans of all ages. He began to record less and focus on his club act, and things could get a little rowdy at the Caesar’s Palace with enthusiastic audience participation in the form of projectile female underwear and hotel door keys.

Away from the fans, Tom Jones found time to enjoy his friendship with Elvis Presley, begun in 1965 on the set of ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style. They spent a great deal of time in each other’s company, and would duet together in Elvis Presley’s private suite, remaining firm friends until his death in 1977.

“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” penned by Lonnie Donegan and Jimmy Currie, was first released by Donegan as a single in 1962. Donegan asked Jones to record the song, saying that he would “sing the pants off it.” Jones accepted the offer and his cover of the song reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1967. Less successful in the US, the song was reissued in the US in 1969 and peaked at #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The singles that Tom Jones did take time away from Las Vegas to record, all did well, and with a growing fan base unable to travel to his club performances, it was important to keep his music in the charts.

The song “Detroit City” is a working man’s complaint which describes the alienation felt by many rural southerners in the mid North. Written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis and recorded by Bobby Bare in 1963, this song won a Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording for that year. Tom Jones’ cover of this song in 1967 is very strong and plaintive and features Bare’s spoken recitation. Jones’ version of “Detroit City” earned him a place in the UK Top 10.

From 1969 to 1971, Jones starred in his own TV show, “This Is Tom Jones,” which was based in America and aired in both the U.S. and Great Britain. As a result of the show, Jones was nominated in 1969 for a Golden Globe for “best actor.” From 1980 to 1981, he had a second television variety show, “Tom Jones,”that was produced in Vancouver, Canada, and lasted for 24 episodes.

Jones appeared on 31 December 1969, on the BBC’s review of the 1960s music scene, “Pop Go The Sixties,” performing “Delilah.” In 1970, Jones teamed up with Raquel Welch and Producer/Choreographer David Winters of Winters-Rosen Productions for the television special “Raquel!” The multimillion-dollar television song and dance extravaganza was filmed around the world and included production numbers of classic songs from the era, lavish costumes, and guest performances from Jones, John Wayne, and Bob Hope.

“Delilah” had been recorded by Tom Jones in 1968 as a soulful rock-and-roll piece featuring a big-band accompaniment set to a flamenco rhythm, with music by Les Reed and lyrics by Barry and Sylvan Mason. Reed and Mason received the 1968 Ivor Novello award for “Best Song Musically and Lyrically” for this piece. “Delilah” became a #1 hit in several countries around the world, reaching #2 in the UK and was the sixth best selling single of that year.

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/

Next week some more great music through the 1970s. I hope you will join us again and your feedback is always gratefully received.

William Price King meets some legends – Sir Tom Jones – The Early Years


Sir Thomas John Woodward Tom Jones has enjoyed a stunning career spanning six decades that has been embellished with a colourful personal life as well as some highs and lows as he navigated the changing trends within the music industry. To achieve this Tom Jones has successfully and consistently produced great music across several genres including pop, rock, R&B, Broadway, country, soul and gospel. He has sold over 100 million records with 36 Top 40 hits in the UK and 19 in the US. His top hits include It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat, Delilah, Green, Green Grass of Home, She’s a Lady, Kiss and Sex Bomb.

He has also received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, two Brit Awards for Best British Male singer in 2000 and Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2003. He was awarded the OBE in 1999 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music in 2006.

I am going to hand you over to William now to take us through the early years.

Thomas John Woodward, who would one day take the stages of the world by storm, was born in 1940 in Pontypridd, South Wales.. His parents were Thomas and Freda Woodward and his father was a miner. Thomas attended both primary and secondary school in Pontypridd, but having dyslexia, he found it a challenge. However, he did find enjoyment in listening to the BBC radio and its mix of American Blues, R&B and rock. At the time Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley were hitting the charts and their style influenced Thomas’s singing in his early career.

As you can see from this live performance of Elvis Presley there are clearly element of style and charisma that carried over into Tom Jones’ early performances. It was not long however before Tom Jones had developed a style that was uniquely his own.

Singing was something that the Welsh Valley towns have always excelled at and Thomas was a natural. He had a powerful voice and apparently was often told off in choir practice at school for drowning out the other singers in School assembly. It was not long before he was singing at family gatherings, weddings and even for his mother’s Women’s Guild meetings. Unfortunately at age 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis and was confined to bed for two years as he recovered. This was tough for any young boy, particularly one who was beginning to enjoy the limelight with his singing. However, he spent his time listening to music and drawing.

Perhaps it was this two years away from school, and a desire to catch up with his life, that led to some tearaway years. Eventually he left school at 16, getting married that year to his girlfriend Linda and becoming a father shortly afterwards. Tom was working in a paper mill at nights to support his new family, but it meant that he could spend little time on his first love, singing. In the end the singing won and Tom gave up his job at the mill.

In 1963 at the age of 23, Tom became lead singer for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a local group whose former frontman had a preference for ballads. When he failed to turn up one night, the band leader Vernon Hopkins offered Tom a crate of beer to perform with them at the local YMCA. That one off appearance lit the fuse of what has been, and continues to be a glittering, roller coaster ride that has been Tom’s career. He did experiment with playing guitar and the drums, but his real talent lay in his rich, upbeat baritone voice that is so suited to the blues and R&B songs of the day.

The group had a great local following in South Wales, but there was a limit to their exposure in the area. There were some attempts to interest record labels, and they were even talent spotted by a Decca producer who saw them perform; however this led to nothing. But, Tom’s luck was about to change one night, when the Tommy Scott and the Senators were performing at the Top Hat club in Cwmtillery in Gwent, Wales. A London based talent manager from London, Gordon Mills, who originated from South Wales, spotted Tom and persuaded him to let him manage his career. He took him to London and to take advantage of the Academy Award-winning film Tom Jones of 1963, he changed Tom’s name.

Decca Records signed Tom Jones and his first single was released, but to a lukewarm reception by the radio stations.

Tom Jones’ first single was a cover of “Chills and Fever,” originally recorded by Ronnie Love who managed to make it to #15 on the R&B charts and #72 on the Pop charts in 1960. Jones recorded this single on Decca Records and the result was a go-go stomping version with background girls and sharp horns. Critics thought the song was too over produced. The song failed to chart after it was released in late 1964.

The same could not be said for his follow up release “It’s Not Unusual” which was  written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills. This was the second Decca single Jones released, reaching number one in the UK in 1965, and peaking at #10 in the US. The BBC initially refused to play the song because of Jones’ sexy image, but it got overwhelming airplay on the UK pirate station, Radio Caroline. Jones performed the song on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US on 2 May 1965.

This success was swiftly followed up by  Gordon Mills who secured a number of film theme songs for Tom to record including what would become a Tom Jones classic.

“What’s New Pussycat” was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David as the title track for the 1965 American comedy directed by Clive Donner and with his first screenplay, Woody Allen. The film starred Peter Sellers, Peter O’Toole,, Romy Schneider, Capucine, Paula Prentiss and Ursula Andress. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1966 but lost out to “The Shadow Of Your Smile” from the film The Sandpiper.

“What’s New Pussycat” peaked at #11 in the UK charts and #3 in the US.

“Thunderball” was the theme song for the James Bond film of the same name . It was composed by John Barry and Don Black. It became Jones’ third Top 40 hit in America, and has been part of his Las Vegas show ever since.

On being offered the chance to record this song, Jones said: “I was thrilled to bits when they asked me to do ‘Thunderball.’ I thought, ‘Oh my God, a song for a James Bond film. The most memorable thing about the session was hitting that note at the end. John told me to hold on to this very high note for as long as possible. I hit it but I had to hold on to the wall of the sound booth to steady myself in case I fell down. Thank God, I didn’t. I knocked off the recording pretty quickly. I think John and I became very good friends, simply because he didn’t have to spend long on my part.”

Tom Jones was now one of the leading artists that had invaded the American music scene and it was confirmed with the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for 1966.

And to crown his achievements in Hollywood; a meeting with his childhood idol, Elvis Presley.

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/

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – FREE book, Invitation to a Party and brilliant writers.


Welcome to the weekly round up and a reminder that What’s in a Name Volume one is FREE until midnight tonight. I am not part of the Kindle family although all my books are formated to be read on Kindles, Nooks and any other devices. So I don’t do the Kindle select promotions. However, most of you know we well enough to email me and that your information is safe.

About the stories

There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.

There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.

Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.

Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?

The book is available in Mobi (Kindle) Epub (other devices) and pdf for those of you without a reader.

Just email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com and I will whisk a copy over to you. I appreciate that many of you have TBRs that rival the Leaning Tower of Pisa… but that is okay and I also have no expectation of a review… unless you really want to!

You can read a number of reviews for the book: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Name-Sally-Cronin-ebook/dp/B01N6Y8BK1

and the latest review by Paul Andruss which is a story too: http://www.paul-andruss.com/whats-in-a-name-vol-1/

End of Summer Party – August 26th – 28th – all welcome.

I will be roasting showcasing, those bloggers who have been with me since I began Smorgasbord four years ago.. and apart from these guests, I am inviting everyone to chip in with their details in the comments. I have some food and drink (virtually no calories) and there will be some music. I hope you will be able to pop in .

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/smorgasbord-invitation-to-an-end-of-summer-house-party-saturday-26th-to-monday-28th-august/

My secretary Mavis has reminded me that it is time to get on with the round up of the week’s posts that you might have missed.

I am of course very grateful to my guests this week who have provided us with entertaining and interesting posts. Thanks to Anne Casey, Julie Lawford and Carol Taylor who will be with us through the summer and beyond I hope.

William Price King is still on his summer break but I have been sharing a previous series that proved very popular the first time around.. Tony Bennett the ultimate performer.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/smorgasbord-summer-jazz-2017-william-price-king-meets-tony-bennett-part-three-the-1960s/

Guest post from poet and song writer Anne Casey talking about the path to the publication of her debut poetry collection. Including her published work in the Irish Times.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/smorgasbord-guest-post-writing-all-the-wrong-things-by-anne-casey/

Julie Lawford continues her summer of lifestyle articles with her top ten tips for maintaining your weight loss.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/my-top-ten-experienced-based-tips-for-sustainable-and-healthy-weightloss-by-julie-lawford/

I was delighted to welcome Carol Taylor to the blog for the first of a collaborative series on my top healthy foods with some wonderful recipes from Carol.. This week delicious ways to prepare the king of fish.. salmon.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/smorgasbord-health-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-salmon-omega-3-on-a-plate/

Milestones along the way by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/milestones-along-the-way-tradition-and-smoke-signals-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/milestones-along-the-way-100-plants-and-snippets-by-geoff-cronin/

I have posted another one of my entertainment reviews and this time for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword….

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/smorgasbord-entertainment-movie-review-king-arthur-legend-of-the-sword-by-sally-cronin-2/

Book Promotion

For the next 12 weeks I am guest posting with a number of fantastic bloggers as part of the Odd Jobs and Characters, What’s in a Name launch series. I am posting the first three and then this Friday, Debby Gies is hosting the first of the guest appearances.. By all accounts she has added some Debby specials to the post so I hope you will head over and check it out.

This week was part one of my adventures as a dental nurse back in the late 1960s…haha.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/odd-jobs-and-characters-the-dental-surgery-part-one-sally-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New on the Shelves

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-witchlet-book-one-the-magical-chapters-trilogy-by-victoria-zigler/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-a-desolate-hour-point-pleasant-series-by-mae-clair/

Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-jacqueline-oby-ikocha-and-john-nicholl/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-dan-alatorre-pamela-d-beverly-and-jacquie-biggar/

Air Your Promotions

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-carmen-stefanescu-and-patricia-k-salamone/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-janice-spina-gigi-sedlmayer-and-sally-cronin/

Smorgasbord Short story

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/smorgasbord-short-stories-a-cat-called-by-iris-mick/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-august-7th-2017-sue-vincent-geoff-le-pard-c-s-boyack-and-d-g-kaye/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-8th-august-2017-lucinda-e-clarke-steve-tanham-don-massenzio-and-colleen-chesebro/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/09/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-9th-august-2017-susan-toy-annette-rochelle-aben-d-g-kaye-with-tina-frisco-sue-vincent-with-judith-barrow/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-10th-august-2017-story-reading-ape-with-yecheilyah-ysrayl-wendy-scott-with-john-howell-and-jennie-fitzkee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-11th-august-2017-lucinda-e-clarke-debby-gies-free-book-steve-costello-carmen-stefanescu-and-christy-birmingham/

Weekly image and Haiku

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/12/smorgasbord-poetry-haiku-honouring-feng-shui/

Humour and afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/07/the-afternoon-video-the-first-time-i-saw-your-face/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/10/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-archives-doctors-dentists-driving-and-double-glazing/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/afternoon-video-archive-theres-a-cat-in-my-bed-dogs-fighting-a-losing-battle/

Thank you for all your support and generosity in sharing.. Enjoy the rest of the weekend and hope you will visit again next week.

 

 

Smorgasbord Weekly Round Up – Opera, Film, Books, Humour and Authors who rock.


Welcome to this week’s round up of posts you might haved missed. As always my thanks to William Price King and Paul Andruss who are such huge supporters and contributors to the blog.. Also this week to Julie Lawford with a very informative posts on the challenges of being left-handed, and to Karen Ingalls, whose post shares her experiences as an ovarian cancer survivor.

I have been busy offline, finishing one project and moving onto the next. I have also been working on the plan for the blog from September onwards with some new promotional opportunities for authors and bloggers. In October the blog will be four years old and I would like to celebrate that with a week of guest posts.  I am hoping to persuade those of you who have been with me for most of those four years to share some highlights from your own blogs and the funniest moments too.  More about that later in the summer but perhaps you can get your thinking caps on now.  It is of course an opportunity to share your work and perhaps inspire others to take up this madness that is blogging.

Thank you very much for popping in and for leaving feedback and sharing the posts across your own networks.. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate that. More to come in the next week and I hope you will have the time to drop in again.

Time to get on with the posts from the week…

William Price King Meets Some legends

We look at some of the music from the films of Barbra Streisand in the 1980s and 1990s.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/william-price-king-meets-some-legends-barbra-streisand-1980s1990s-and-films/

Smorgasbord Writer in Residence Paul Andruss

This week Paul takes us back through the centuries to discover the origins of our modern day opera including some of the less highbrow aspects of this form of entertainment.

Thomas the Rhymer

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/writer-in-residence-whats-opera-doc-by-paul-andruss/

The Black Bitch and other Tales by Geoff Cronin

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-technique-and-the-soliloquy-and-snippets-by-geoff-cronin/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/the-black-bitch-and-other-tales-he-who-laughs-last-and-technique-kerry-style-by-geoff-cronin/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-sue-coletta-janice-spina-and-amy-m-reade/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-mira-prabhu-c-s-boyack-and-darlene-foster/

Book and blog marketing

A reminder of how you can join the other authors on the shelves of the Cafe and Bookstore

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-new-on-the-shelves-update-free-book-promotion/

Book promotion on Twitter

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/smorgasbord-book-promotion-twitter-tagging-and-pinned-tweet-to-spread-the-word/

Taking advantage of book promotion opportunities

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/smorgasbord-book-promotion-modesty-perfection-and-promotions-sally-g-cronin/

My review of No More Mulberries by Mary Smith

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/smorgasbord-book-promotion-my-book-review-of-no-more-mulberries-by-mary-smith/

Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-colleen-chesebro-bette-a-stevens-and-luna-saint-claire/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-don-massenzio-teagan-riordain-geneviene-and-paul-cude/

Short Stories

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/smorgasbord-short-stories-tales-from-the-garden-by-sally-cronin-the-boy-his-dog-and-the-fairy-princess/

Poetry

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-poetry-time-on-my-own-by-sally-cronin/

Health

Latest research in to the use of Vitamin C in an effective treatment for sepsis

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-health-2017-latest-research-vitamin-c-treatment-for-sepsis/

Guest post by Julie Lawford on the challenges of being left-handed.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-guest-writer-julie-lawford-leftwrite-on-being-a-southpaw/

Guest post by Karen Ingalls, Ovarian cancer survivor.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/13/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-female-reproductive-system-outshining-ovarian-cancer-by-karen-ingalls/

Top to Toe – The Female Reproductive System

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/smorgasbord-health-2017-top-to-toe-female-reproductive-system-updated-some-health-issues/

Humour

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/afternoon-video-revisited-the-fastest-dog-in-the-west-barry-the-wonder-dog/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-a-writers-life-or-words-to-that-effect/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/07/14/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-it-is-all-in-the-headlines/

 

Thank you again and hope to see you next week.. Enjoy your sunday.. Sally

William Price King Meets some Legends – Barbra Streisand – 1960s/1970s – It’s all about the music


To celebrate some of the most memorable music of Barbra Streisand the focus of today’s post is the music from the award winning movies that she starred in and also composed music for, during the mid- 1960s and early 1970s. William Price King has selected some of her greatest hits from this period along with the background to the tracks.

Hello Dolly is a 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, based on Thornton Wilder’s 1938 farce “The Merchant of Yonkers,” which Wilder revised and retitled “The Matchmaker” in 1955. Streisand’s Dolly is a rebuke to the modern anxiety about whether or not women can or should “have it all”. Her Dolly is an impressive striver with a heart of gold who knows what she wants, and her ability to convey joy, longing, and lightness with her voice is unparalleled. Louis Armstrong, whose recording of “Hello Dolly” became a number-one single in May 1964, also performs the song (together with Streisand).

In 1965 building on the success of Funny Girl, Hello Dolly and albums of the early 1960s, Barbra Streisand turned to the new vehicle for stardom, reaching into everyone’s home. Her television show ‘My Name is Barbra‘ was an immediate success and received five Emmy awards and CBS gave her a ten year contract to produce and star in more specials. Barbra was given complete artistic control of the next four productions.

In 1966 ‘Funny Girl’ went to London at the Prince of Wales Theater, followed by the screen version in 1968, winning Barbra Streisand an Academy Award. She also won a Golden Globe and was named ‘Star of the Year’ by the National Association of Theater Owners.

In 1969 Barbra achieved big screen success with the film version “Hello, Dolly!” followed a year later by “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever“. With a step away from musicals she starred in “The Owl and the Pussycat” in 1970 with George Segal  and in 1972 “What’s Up Doc?” with Ryan O’Neal.  The same year she founded her own production company, Barwood Films with the first being “Up the Sandbox”.

Up the Sandbox was one of the first films to explore women’s changing roles during the sexual revolution of the early 1970s. A number of critics praised Streisand’s performance. According to Pauline Kael, “Barbra Streisand [had] never seemed so radiant as in this joyful mess, taken from the Anne Richardson Roiphe novel and directed by Irvin Kershner. The picture is full of knockabout urban humor”

At the beginnning of the 1970s Barbra Streisand had moved into more contemporary material and found her niches in the pop and ballad charts with her album “Stoney End” in 1971.

“Stoney End,”a Laura Nyro composition, redefined Streisand as an effective pop/rock singer. It was released in the US in 1971 and charted at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. It also reached number 27 on the UK singles chart. This recording was a change in direction for Streisand, with a more upbeat contemporary pop sound. When asked by fans during the Q&A segment of Streisand’s Back To Brooklyn concert on October 11, 2012 what “Stoney End” was about, she replied that she still didn’t know.

In 1973 Barbra starred in “The Way We Were” with Robert Redford. Directed by Sydney Pollack with a screenplay by Arthur Laurents, the story follows Laurent’s college days at Cornell University and his experiences with the House Un-American Activities Committee. The HUAC was created in 1938 to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having communist ties. Many in Hollywood would find themselves as subjects of this organisation over the next twenty years or so.

“The Way We Were” won the Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song. It ranked at number 6 on AFI’s 100 Years …100 Passions survey of the top 100 greatest love stories in American cinema. The song became a million-selling gold single, topping the Billboard 100 and selling more than two million copies. Billboard named “The Way We Were” as the number 1 pop hit of 1974. In 1998, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and finished at number 8 on AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema in 2004. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The next hit that would bring awards for Barbra Streisand was the film “A Star is Born” in 1976 starring Kris Kristofferson.. The plot sees a young woman entering show business, meeting and falling in love with an established star who acts as her mentor. As she becomes more successful his career begins to decline with the resulting dramatic results.

“Evergreen” is the theme song from the  film, composed by the diva herself, with lyrics by Paul Williams. Both Streisand and Williams earned an Oscar and a Golden Globes Award for Best Original Song. Streisand was the first woman ever to be honored with an Oscar as a composer. In addition to that, “Evergreen” won the Grammy Award for “Song of the Year.”

Read all the reviews and buy Barbra Streisand’s music: https://www.amazon.com/Barbra-Streisand/e/B000AQ2ZRU

Additional information sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbra_Streisand

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

Previous Legends can be found here:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/classical-music-with-william-price-king/

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the show.. Please feel free to share.

New series of William Price King meets some Legends – Barbra Streisand – The Early Years


Welcome to the new series of William Price King meets some Legends. I doubt that anyone reading this has not heard the music of Barbra Streisand or watched her movies. William takes us behind the scenes and also shares her most popular music across the decades. One of the most iconic songs of her early career was from the film Funny Girl and has become an anthem for anyone who has worked hard to achieve their dreams.

“Don’t Rain On My Parade,” written by Bob Merrill and Jule Styne, is from the 1964 musical “Funny Girl” and was featured in the 1968 movie version of the musical. Both the movie and stage versions feature Streisand performing the song. In 2004 it finished #46 in AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Songs survey of the top tunes in American cinema.

When we look at the sophisticated and accomplished artist who performs so effortlessly, it is easy to forget that for many the road to stardom was challenging. This was the case with Barbra Streisand who was born into a loving family in Brooklyn in 1942.

Her grandparents on her mother’s side had emigrated from Russia and on her father’s side from Galica which was then Poland-Ukraine. Barbra’s mother Ida had been a soprano before becoming a school secretary and her father taught high school English. Tragically shortly after Barbra’s first birthday her father died at only age 34 from complications from an epileptic seizure. This obviously had a devastating effect on the small family and a financial impact. Ida worked as a bookkeeper to try and make ends meet but it meant that time with Barbra was limited. Eventually the two of them moved in with her grandparents and Ida returned to singing as a semi-professional to help pay the bills. When Barbra was seven years old, her mother remarried Louis Kind and in 1951 her sister Rosalind was born.

As a teenager Barbra became entranced with the movies and the elegant stars that filled the screen. Acting for a living became her dream and one of the ways that she discovered she could gain attention was by singing. She became known in the neighbourhood for her voice and would often practice in the hallway of their apartment building which gave her voice an echoing quality.

By 1955 Barbra was an honor student in modern history, English and Spanish and she also joined the Freshman Chorus and Choral Club. One of her classmates was Neil Diamond who was also a member of choir.  At age 14, Barbra saw her first Broadway play “The Diary of Anne Frank” starring Susan Strasberg who became her new role model. She began spending time in the library studying the biographies of various stage actresses such as Sarah Bernhardt and the classic playwrights such as Shakespeare and Chekhov.

Her first walk-on part was in the summer of 1957 at age 15 at the Playhouse in Malden Bridge, New York. This was followed by a couple of small roles and on her return to school at the end of the summer, she took a backstage job a the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village. This lead to a part in “Driftwood” working with Joan Rivers.

At age sixteen, she graduated from Erasmus Hall in January 1959, she was fourth in her class. Despite her mother’s pleas that she stay out of show business, she immediately set out trying to get roles on the New York City stage. Barbra Streisand never attended college. After renting a small apartment on 48th street, in the heart of the theater district, she accepted any job she could involving the stage, and at every opportunity, she “made the rounds” of the casting offices.

She took a job as an usher at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater for “The Sound of Music,” early in 1960. During the run of the play, she heard that the casting director was auditioning for more singers, and it marked the first time she sang in pursuit of a job. Although the director felt she was not right for the part, he encouraged her to begin including her talent as a singer on her résumé when looking for other work.

This began a new direction for Barbra Streisand with talent contests and an audition at the Bon Soir Nightclub with a contract for $125 per week. In 1960 at age 18, she was the opening act of Phyllis Diller. Her then boyfriend Barry Dennen who had been encouraging her singing also exposed her to his extensive collection of female singing artists such as Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf that helped Barbra develop her own style.. With a developing sophisticated onstage presence, Barbra Streisand was winning new fans at every performance.

With the help of her new personal manager, Martin Erlichman, Barbra enjoyed success in shows in Detroit and St. Louis and then on to the popular Blue Angel nightclub in Manhattan between 1961 and 1962. This led to her first television appearance on The Tonight Show bringing her talent to a much wider audience.

Her acting dream however was not forgotten, and while still appearing at the Blue Angel, theater director and playwright Arthur Laurents asked her to audition for a new musical comedy he was directing, “I Can Get It For Wholesale.” She got the part of secretary to the lead actor businessman, played by then unknown Elliott Gould. They fell in love during rehearsals and eventually moved into a small apartment together. The show opened on March 22, 1962, at the Shubert Theater, and received rave reviews. She then became Broadway’s most exciting and youngest new star.

“Happy Days Are Here Again,” written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen, was featured in the 1930 film “Chasing Rainbows.” Streisand first recorded this song in 1962, and it was her first commercial hit. She re- recorded it in January 1963 for her solo album debut “The Barbra Streisand Album.” While this song was traditionally sung at a faster tempo, Streisand’s version stands out because of how slowly and expressively she sings it. It also took on a political meaning.

This was followed by appearances on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and in a number of Bob Hope specials. Liberace was immediately drawn to the young singer and invited her to Las Vegas to perform as his opening act at the Riviera Hotel. The next year Barbra starred in her own show in Lake Tahoe and she and Elliot Gould married.

Streisand signed with Columbia Records that same year and released her first album, “The Barbra Streisand Album” in 1963. It became a Top 10 gold record and received two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female Performance. At the time, she was the youngest artist to receive those honors, and became the best-selling female vocalist in the country. That summer she also released “The Second Barbra Streisand Album,” which established her as the “most exciting new personality since Elvis Presley.”

Streisand returned to Broadway in 1964 with an acclaimed performance as entertainer Fanny Brice in “Funny Girl” at the Winter Garden Theater. The show introduced two of her signature songs, “People” and “Don’t Rain on My Parade.” Because of the play’s overnight success, she appeared on the cover of “Time.” In 1964 Streisand was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical but lost to Carol Channing in “Hello, Dolly!”

“People,” was one of the first songs written for the musical score of “Funny Girl,” based on the life and career of Broadway and film star Fanny Brice. In 1965 Streisand won the Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance with this fabulous song. This song has been covered by some of the greatest names in the music industry, including Andy Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Perry Como, and The Supremes. In 1998, Streisand’s version was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, Streisand’s version on the soundtrack of Funny Girl finished at #13 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

Buy Funny Girl: https://www.amazon.com/Funny-Girl-Barbra-Streisand/dp/B00005O3VD

Read all the reviews and buy Barbra Streisand’s music: https://www.amazon.com/Barbra-Streisand/e/B000AQ2ZRU

Additional information sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbra_Streisand

In Barbra Streisand’s six decade career she has succeeded in several fields of entertainment and has achieved the highest recognition for her artistry including two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards, Presidential Medal of Freedom and nine Golden Globes.

She is one of the best-selling music artists of all time with more than 145 million records sold worldwide.

To finish this first part of her career here is another of the show stoppers from Funny Girl and next week we will look at her successful singles in the 1970s.

“My Man” (Mon Homme), written by Jacques Charles, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, and Maurice Yvain, originated in France where it was a hit for Mistinguett in 1916, then popularized in the English speaking world in the 1920s by singer Fanny Brice from the Ziegfeld Follies. This song earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for Brice in 1999. Composer Jules Styne did not want “My Man” in the Broadway score, but was overruled because Fanny Brice was known for singing this song. In 1965, the song was covered by Barbra Streisand on her album “My Name Is Barbra” and in the film adaptation of “Funny Girl.” Her rendition of “My Man”, sung during the film’s finale, drew additional critical praise to an already lauded performance that earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1968. Streisand later called this a victim song, which suggests that one’s happiness is contingent on another person’s behavior, and shied away from singing the song publicly many times during her career.

I hope you will join us again next week.  Thanks Sally

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

Previous Legends can be found here:

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-meets-some-legends/

You will find the previous artists..  Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Kiri Te Kanawa in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/classical-music-with-william-price-king/

And for the Jazz in this directory.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-jazz-and-music-series/

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed the show.. Please feel free to share.