An Evening with William Price King – Christmas Music – What are you doing for New Year’s Eve by Nancy Wilson


 

Welcome to the finale of this series by William Price King in celebration of some of the best music at this time of year.  Tomorrow is New Year’s Eve and today we feature a song that has been ushering the new year in for nearly 70 years.

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve was written in 1947 by Frank Loesser and unusually for the time was not associated with a movie or musical. Frank Loesser was well known for his lyrics for Guys and Dolls and his Oscar winning song Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

In December 1949 the song reached No 9 in the charts for The Orioles. It has been a hit for many artists in the last 65 years including Lena Horne, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr, Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall.

This lovely version is by Nancy Wilson.

 

About William Price King.

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo called “Clear Cut,” and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

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-contemporary-classical-and-legends/

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An Evening with William Price King – Christmas Music – Jingle Bells by Natalie Cole.


Another Christmas special from William Price King with Christmas day almost with us and this time the all-time favourite.. Jingle Bells.

There are a number of ‘historical’ notations about the origins of Jingle Bells. It was composed around 1850 by James Lord Pierpont in or around Savannah or Massachusetts and was allegedly inspired by the town of Medford’s sleigh races. Hence the song’s original title of One Horse Open Sleigh.

It might well have been composed around Thanksgiving rather than Christmas and it its long history it has been a drinking song.  Some to the lyrics might imply this and also to the fact that going on a sleigh ride offered a rare opportunity to be alone with your sweetheart!

Anyway here it is performed by the lovely Natalie Cole..

Wherever you are, and whoever you are dancing with during the holidays.. Merry Christmas and please drop in again soon.

William and Sally

About William Price King.

williampricekingAbout 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/

An Evening with William Price King – Christmas Music – The Twelve Days of Christmas – The King’s Singers and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir


A beautiful version of this traditional song with not only amazing vocals provided by The King Singers and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, but wonderful performances to illustrate the twelve gifts.

There are a number of interesting articles on the background of the song with some believing it originated in the 16th and 17th century when Catholics were persecuted and with fatal penalties resulted if you were found practicing your faith. Coded messages were embedded into songs for children and adults representing God, Jesus and the apostles.

Another theory is that the carol was based on a French Rhyme and it was published in 1780 without music as a chant. The tune that we now associate with the song is from the 1909 arrangement of a traditional folk melody by English composer Frederic Austin who first introduced the extended verse of Five Gold Rings.

Anyway sit back and enjoy this wonderfully performed version by both singers and performers.

 

About William Price King

williampriceking

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/

William Price King Meets some Legends – ABBA – The 1980s


Welcome to the final part of the ABBA Series.. in reality there was a very short period of time when the group were active and producing hits. It just goes to show what an impact they made on our lives that we still dance, sing along to and romance to ABBA.

Over to William to bring this series to a close with some final background and more of their hits.

At ABBA’s peak, they explored other markets for their music, and in 1980 they recorded a compilation of Spanish-language tracks called “Gracias Por La Música.”  The album became a major success, and along with the Spanish version of “Chiquitita”, sealing their breakthrough in Latin America.

“The Visitors,” ABBA’s eighth and final studio album, showed a songwriting maturity and depth of feeling distinctly lacking from their earlier recordings but still placing the band squarely in the pop genre, with catchy tunes and harmonies.

“The winner takes it all” was the first single from the group’s “Super Trouper” album in 1980. Fältskog stated that though “The Winner Takes It All” is her favorite ABBA song and that it has an excellent set of lyrics, the story is not about her and Ulvaeus: there were no winners in their divorce. In a 1999 poll for Channel 5, “The Winner Takes It All” was voted Britain’s favorite ABBA song. This feat was replicated in a 2010 poll for ITV. In a 2006 poll for a Channel Five program, “The Winner Takes It All” was voted “Britain’s Favorite Break-Up Song.”

“Super Trouper” is the title track from their 1980 studio album of the same name. The name “Super Trouper” referred to the spotlights used in stadium concerts. “Super Trouper” became ABBA’s ninth (and final) #1 in the UK. This distinction placed ABBA fourth for the most UK chart-toppers in history (behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Cliff Richard); a position the group would keep for almost 20 years until Madonna scored her tenth UK #1 with “Music” in 2000. The track was also the third biggest selling single in the UK for 1980.

“One of us” was one of the last songs recorded for ABBA’s 1981 album “The Visitors.” It was one of many tracks that explored the darker territory of Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson’s songwriting, as the two men’s divorces were beginning to influence their musical output. This was ABBA’s last major hit, and their last # 1 single in many countries.

“Thank you for the music” was originally featured on the group’s fifth studio album “ABBA: The Album”(1977), and was released as a single in November 1983, to promote the compilation album of the same name. This song was intended to form part of a “mini-musical” called “The Girl with the Golden Hair” and was included in ABBA’s 1977 tour.

After ABBA disbanded in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage,while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA’s catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits (ABBA Gold) collection in September 1992 which became a worldwide smash.

Several films, notably “Muriel’s Wedding” (1994) and “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” (1994), further revived public interest in the group and the spawning of several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical “Mamma Mia!” that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. A sequel is currently being filmed for release in 2018.

ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.

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

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

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

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – https://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://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

An Evening with William Price King – Christmas Music – I’ll Be Home for Christmas


Today one of the most popular Christmas songs that was written over 70 years ago to boost the morale of soldiers serving on the front line. Since then it has become one of the most recorded songs and graces nearly every top artist’s Christmas albums.

And talking of albums… William has a new album available to be downloaded, I have been enjoying for the last three weeks and here is the link. http://cdbaby.com/cd/williampriceking

Over to William now for this week’s song….

I’ll Be Home For Christmas was written by lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent with Buck Ram listed as co-writer of the original poem and song.

In October of 1943, Bing Crosby recorded the song for Decca records and within weeks it was in the charts and stayed in the top 20 through the next year. Originally intended for the soldiers serving overseas to boost morale it went on to become a Christmas favourite.. Whilst the American troops enjoyed the song and made it one of their own, the BBC banned it in case it lowered the morale of the British forces as it was felt being home for Christmas was not an option at this stage of the war.

However, despite their efforts the song was heard all over the world and it has been recorded over the decades by over 150 of the top musicians across several styles. These include Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Anne Murray, Johnny Mathis, Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, The Carpenters, Celtic Woman, Diana Krall and Whitney Houston.

Here is a favourite version of the song by Michael Bublé

 

About William Price King

williampriceking

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/

 

An Evening with William Price King – Christmas Music – Sleigh Ride


My thanks to William Price King for  putting together this festive series for the run up to Christmas.. If you are lucky enough to live in the South of France; William is performing at a number of venues in the next couple of weeks. Contact William via his links for details.

Sleigh Ride was composed by Leroy Anderson as a light orchestral piece and was inspired by a particularly hot heat wave in July of 1946. By the time Leroy had finished the work it was in fact winter of 1948. The lyrics for the song were written in 1950 by Mitchell Parish.

Leroy Anderson recorded his own version in 1950 for Decca and it continued to be popular through the early part of the 50s.There were a number of versions that benefited from the addition of sound effects such as the clopping of horses hooves and even the sound of a horse whinnying.

There have been some notable versions of the song released over the years of this Christmas song including Johnny Mathis in 1958 and The Ronettes in 1963.

According to ASCAP, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Sleigh Ride consistently ranks in the top 10 list of most performed songs during the Christmas season worldwide.

Here is a wonderful version by the incomparable Miss Ella Fitzgerald.

About William Price King

 williampriceking

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/

William Price King Meets some Legends – ABBA – Mid-1970s.


Last week William took us through the early 1970s as ABBA is formed and their first hits make it into the charts.. This week the 1970s continue with even more sensational music. Time to hand over to William to take us through the most popular tracks to be released.

“Honey, Honey” was released as the second single from their second studio album, “Waterloo,” after the success of the title track which won the 1974 “Eurovision Song Contest.” This was the last official recording by the group in their own language, and was released as a double A-side with the Swedish “Waterloo” single.

In its English format, “Honey, Honey” was released with “King Kong Song” as the B-side. “Honey, Honey” spent 4 months in the top 5 in West Germany and also reached the top 5 in Austria, Spain, and Switzerland. In the U.S. “Honey, Honey” was moderately successful compared to the group’s later singles. It reached No.27 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts; the 1st ABBA single to reach the AC chart.

In November 1974, ABBA embarked on their first European tour, playing dates in Denmark, West Germany and Austria. It was not as successful as the band had hoped, since most of the venues did not sell out. Due to a lack of demand, they were even forced to cancel a few shows, including a sole concert scheduled in Switzerland. The second leg of the tour, which took them through Scandinavia in January 1975, was very different. They played to full houses everywhere and finally got the reception they had aimed for. Live performances continued in the middle of 1975 when ABBA embarked on a fourteen open-air date tour of Sweden and Finland. Their Stockholm show at the Gröna Lund amusement park had an estimated audience of 19,200. Björn Ulvaeus later said that “If you look at the singles we released straight after Waterloo, we were trying to be more like the Sweet, a semi-glam rock group, which was stupid because we were always a pop group.”

So Long” was the first single from the album “ABBA.” This song is quite similar, musically, to “Waterloo.” ABBA performs parts of the song “live” in the film “ABBA: The Movie,” 1977. “So Long” was released as a single in the United Kingdom but it received no airplay from Radio 1 and failed to chart, which based on its ongoing popularity is surprising.

“I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do” was ABBA’s next major worldwide hit after “Waterloo.” It was the second single to be released from their “ABBA” album, and one of the last songs to be recorded for the album. This song was inspired by the European “schlager” music* of the 1950s, and also by the saxophone sound of American 1950s orchestra leader Billy Vaughn. “I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do”, put ABBA firmly back in the spotlight.

* Schlager music is a style of popular music which is generally a catchy instrumental accompaniment to vocal pieces of pop music with easy to understand, happy-go-lucky and often sentimental lyrics.

“SOS” is unique among pop songs of the period, opening with an unaccompanied classical keyboard in a subdued D-minor key. Unlike most ABBA tracks that preceded it, the vocal begins with an emotional solo performance by Fältskog.Lyricist Ulvaeus has said that, after three years of trying to figure out what style would define them, ABBA found its identity as a pop group with the release of “SOS.” The song was the subject of one of the first pioneering music videos produced by directorLasse Hallströmfor the band. Much of the video is filmed from an overhead camera, as if from a tower or lighthouse, with the bandmates’ faces sometimes distorted, as though shot through a prism.

“Mamma Mia” was the last track recorded for the album “ABBA.” However, “Mamma Mia” was never intended to be a single. The distinctive sound at the start of the song is the marimba which was incorporated at the last minute, after Benny Andersson found it in the studio and decided its “tick tock” rhythm was perfect for the track. “Mamma Mia” reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in January, 1976, the second of ABBA’s 18 consecutive Top 10 singles there.

Fernando” was not originally released as an ABBA song but by band member Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It was featured on her No. 1 Swedish solo album “Frida ensam” (1975). The song, composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus, carried the working title of “Tango.” The suggestion of the name “Fernando” was given by their limousine driver Peter Forbes. “Fernando” was the group’s first non-album single, released in March, 1976 through Polar Music. The song became one of ABBA’s best-selling singles of all time, with six million copies sold in 1976 alone. It is one of fewer than forty all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) physical copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling singles of all time.

Next week we will be moving into the 1980s with more music for you to enjoy.

My thanks to William for his continued contributions bringing the best music to the blog and we hope that you will take the opportunity to buy ABBA music and at the very least get up and have a dance to these iconic tracks..

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

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

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 –  https://twitter.com/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.. Please share the music and your feedback is always welcome. Sally

Please drop in over the weekend and listen to William’s choice of festive music which is posted on Friday evenings.

William Price King meets some legends – ABBA – The hits start rolling in.


Last week we introduced you to the members of ABBA and their individual music that led to them forming the iconic group that has produced some of the most memorable hits of the 1970s and 1980s. Their fans are global and come from every age group and it is clear that even though they are no longer producing music as a group, their legacy is phenomenal.

I am going to hand you over to William Price King now to share the story of their music and hits of the start of the 1970s.

In April 1970 the two couples went on holiday together on the Island of Cyprus. They began singing as a group for fun on the beach but that turned into an unexpected live performance for the UN soldiers who were stationed on the Island. At the time Benny and Bjorn were in the process of recording their first album “Lycka” which was due to be released in the September, Agnetha and Frida added backing vocals on some of the tracks and following their improvised gig in Cyprus they put together their first stage act under the name of “Festfolket” which is the Swedish for both Party People and Engaged Couples.

The cabaret show attracted generally negative reviews, except for the performance of the Andersson and Ulvaeus hit “Hej, gamle man” (Hello, Old Man)–the first Björn and Benny recording to feature all four. They felt that the foursome was not working at the time and went off to concentrate of their individual projects.

Hej, gamle man” (Hello Old Man), was the ABBA’s first hit. Composed by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson, the song is about a soldier in the Salvation Army. The track peaked at #5 on the sales chart and #1 on Svensktopopen*, staying there for 15 weeks.  *Sweden’s record chart.

During 1971 the group began working together more on each other’s recordings and then Agnetha, Benny and Bjorn toured together whilst Frida toured on her own. However, eventually the recording sessions with the four of them brought them closer to forming a more permanent performing group.

After the 1970 release of “Lycka,” two more singles credited to ‘Björn & Benny’ were released in Sweden, “Det kan ingen doktor hjälpa” (No Doctor Can Help with That) and “Tänk om jorden vore ung” (Imagine If the Earth Were Young), with more prominent vocals by Fältskog and Lyngstad–and moderate chart success.

Stig Anderson, founder and owner of Polar Music, saw a huge future for Benny and Bjorn and persuaded them to write a song for one of the countries prominent music festivals Melodifestivalen. It took a couple of attempts before their song “Säg det med en sång” (Say It with a Song) performed by Lena Anderson achieved third place and became a hit in Sweden.

“She’s My Kind of Girl” was written for the Swedish movie “Inga II: The Seduction of Inga,” by Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson and was originally released in March, 1970 as the first Björn and Benny single. Two years later it was released in Japan, hitting #1 and selling half a million copies.

“People Need Love” was recorded in March, 1972 on the group’s first album “Ring Ring.” This single was set out to promote the “Björn & Benny” duo. The women were simply “guest stars” on the new “Björn & Benny” single. “People Need Love” made the Top 20 of the combined Swedish singles and albums chart, and reached No. 3 on the popular Swedish radio chart show, “Tio i topp” (The Top Ten). Interestingly, it was the foursome’s first charting record in the U.S., where it peaked at No. 114 on the Cashbox singles chart and No. 117 on Record World singles chart.

In 1973, Stig Anderson, tired of unwieldy names, started to refer to the group privately and publicly as ABBA. At first, this was a play on words, as Abba is also the name of a well-known fish-canning company in Sweden, and itself an acronym. However, since the fish-canners were unknown outside Sweden, Anderson came to believe the name would work in international markets. A competition to find a suitable name for the group was held in a Gothenburg newspaper and it was officially announced in the summer that the group were to be known as “ABBA.” The group negotiated with the canners for the rights to the name. “ABBA” is an acronym formed from the first letters of each group member’s first name: Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid. During a promotional photo, Benny flipped his “B” horizontally for fun, and from 1976 onwards the first ‘B’ in the logo version of the name was “mirror-image” reversed on the band’s promotional material and ᗅᗺᗷᗅ became the group’s registered trademark.

Their official logo, distinct with the backward ‘B’, was designed by Rune Söderqvist, who designed most of ABBA’s record sleeves. The logo first appeared on the French compilation album, Golden Double Album, released in May 1976, and would henceforth be used for all official releases.

But the idea for the official logo was made by the German photographer Wolfgang “Bubi” Heilemann (de) on a “Dancing Queen” photo shoot for the teenage magazine “Bravo.” On the photo, the ABBA members held a giant initial letter of his/her name. After the pictures were made, Heilemann found out that one of the men held his letter backwards, which resulted in this style, “ᗅᗺᗷᗅ”. They discussed it and the members of ABBA liked it.

“Nina, Pretty Ballerina” was recorded in 1973. It was issued on 7″ vinyl record in Austria and France to promote the band’s debut album “Ring Ring,” and later in the Philippines. It reached #8 on the singles chart in Austria. The song was also the theme song of “Sirius” talk-show hostess Lynn Samuels who only played “Nina, Ballerina,” as she called it, on Fridays, to reward herself for working all week, when she was on “Sirius Radio” in New York.

Ring Ring,” recorded in 1973, gave ABBA their first big break in several European countries. The song was written by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and their manager Stig Anderson with the original title being “Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)” “Ring Ring (If Only You Called)”. This song was initially written for the 1973 “Eurovision Song Contest.” Afterwards, the song was retitled “Ring Ring.” To make it more accessible to a universal audience, Anderson asked American songwriter Neil Sedaka, together with his songwriting partner, Phil Cody, to pen the lyrics for an English version. The Swedish version reached #1 in the Swedish charts.

“Waterloo” is the first single from ABBA’s second album “Waterloo.” This was also the first single to be credited to the group performing under the name ABBA. On the 6th of April, 1974 the song was the winning entry for Sweden in the 1974 “Eurovision Song Contest.” This victory began ABBA’s path to worldwide fame. The single became a No.1 hit in several countries and reached the U.S. Top 10. “Waterloo” went on to sell nearly six million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Next week the second half of the 1970s and more of ABBA’s iconic hits.

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

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

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.. 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 Weekly Round Up – Ancestry DNA Results, Ultimate Bucket List and Black Cats


Welcome to the weekly round up and my posts from the week that you might have missed.

It has been a quiet week with lots of rain but instead of complaining as we usually do here in Ireland there has been a recognition of how lucky we are not to be living on Islands and low lying coastal regions of the United States. Each day brings more news of devastation and loss of life and we all hope that that this present set of storms will die away soon.

As always my thanks to guests and long-term contributors such as William Price King, Paul Andruss and to Julie Lawford and Carol Taylor who have been lighting up the blog with their posts. Julie finishes her summer of lifestyle posts next week, but we hope she will come back soon with another series. Carol is going from strength to strength and we hope you love our collaboration as much as we do.

Another series coming to an end is Geoff Cronin’s stories on Saturday and Sunday with the last, and most poignant one to us, this morning. it is nearly seven months since Geoff died and yet it only seems like yesterday that we were laughing at Bradley Walsh on The Chase. I know that if he is able to see the comments you have left on his posts, he would be delighted. So thank you on his behalf.

My thanks to Marsha Ingrao for her guest post sharing her visit to Maui. What an amazing place. I love Hawaii.. and it might just go on my bucket list to visit again… see the next item!

New Series

From next week there will be a new series beginning on Sunday. Time for a new theme to the Author Interview and this time it is The Ultimate Bucket List and you can find all the details in this post.

I am looking to find out more about your top two ambitions to complete before you die… a long time in the future I hope of course.  This is about you… and even if it is a wish to bring about global change, you will need to convince us that you have given thought to the why, the how and the when. Take a read and if you would like be on the guest list, my email address is in the post.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/new-sunday-show-interview-series-the-ultimate-bucket-list-a-test-run-with-sally-cronin/

I am also inviting all of you who might have posts of recipes that have involved natural, fresh ingredients to share with us and get some promotion for you blog and books at the same time.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/cooking-from-scratch-2017-guest-post-invitation-to-those-who-love-to-cook-fresh-food/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/cooking-from-scratch-2017-guest-post-invitation-to-those-who-love-to-cook-fresh-food/

And here are the other posts that you might have missed.

William Price King meets some Legends is back with a brand new series this Wednesday. Be prepared to swivel those hips as you enjoy the life and music of Sir Tom Jones.

Writer in Residence – my review for Thomas the Rhymer and two FREE books.

Thomas the Rhymer Paul Andruss

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/writer-in-residence-paul-andruss-my-review-for-thomas-the-rhymer-and-free-downloads/

Milestones along the way by Geoff Cronin

The buying and renovations of a family home in Waterford.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/milestones-along-the-way-the-saga-of-selby-and-snippets-by-geoff-cronin/

The story of how Geoff met Joan his wife of 50 years.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/10/milestones-along-the-way-how-i-met-her-by-geoff-cronin/

Lifestyle and guest posts by Julie Lawford.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/smorgasbord-health-2017-guest-post-on-getting-away-with-it-by-julie-lawford/

Cook from scratch with Sally and Carol Taylor

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/smorgasbord-health-2017-cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-asparagus/

Author Marsha Ingrao on Maui at the Ka ‘Ikena O ‘Iao state park

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/smorgasbord-guest-post-kalkena-o-lai-state-park-on-maui-by-marsha-ingrao/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore Update

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-brigid-p-gallagher-jacquie-biggar-jaye-marie/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-update-amy-m-reade-seumas-gallacher-and-nicholas-rinth/

Smorgasbord book promotions – Air Your Reviews

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-richard-m-ankers-judith-barrow-and-sacha-black/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/smorgasbord-book-promotion-air-your-reviews-bette-a-stevens-stevie-turner-and-andrew-joyce/

Some Personal Stuff

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/a-strange-encounter-this-morning-that-brought-a-smile-to-my-face-cats/

My latest DNA results are in and I now know where I originally began my journey.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/my-latest-dna-results-are-in-and-i-now-know-where-i-originally-began-my-journey-and-yes-i-am-a-little-bit-viking/

Book Lover’s Tag nominated by Brigid P. Gallacher

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/09/book-lovers-tag-for-lovers-of-reading

Odd Jobs and Characters – hosted by Sue Vincent

The latest episode of my series on some of the quirky jobs I have held was hosted by Sue Vincent this week – Stock taking Peas and Ghosts.

Please head over to Sue’s blog to read the post: https://scvincent.com/2017/09/04/guest-author-sally-cronin-the-steak-house-counting-peas-and-a-ghost-story/

Smorgasbord Blogger Daily

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-monday-4th-september-2017-paul-white-john-howell-jennie-fitzkee-paul-andruss/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-tuesday-september-5th-2017lizzie-chantree-debby-gies-olga-nunez-miret-the-story-reading-apediana-wallace-peach/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-wednesday-6th-september-2017the-write-life-lillian-csernica-natalie-ducey-and-toffeefee/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-thursday-7th-september-2017-john-fioravanti-dinasaurs-donkeys-and-ms-herbal-sheila-and-hugh-roberts/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/08/smorgasbord-blogger-daily-friday-8th-september-2017-jay-c-wolfe-norah-colvin-d-g-kaye-and-barb-taub/

Smorgasbord Health

Gluten Free products and consumption in the news.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/smorgasbord-health-2017-food-in-the-news-gluten-free-products-and-health/

Smorgasbord Laughter academy and afternoon videos

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/the-afternoon-video-do-not-try-this-at-home-in-your-paddling-pool/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/05/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-archives-one-liners-part-five-and-some-snippets/

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/09/07/smorgasbord-laughter-academy-one-liners-part-six-and-some-snippets/

Thank you so much for joining me this week and contributing by liking, commenting and sharing.. I really am very grateful… Thanks Sally