In My Life

December 5th, 2009 Comments off

In My Life” is a song by The Beatles written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney . The song originated with Lennon, and while Paul McCartney contributed to the final version, the extent of his contribution is in dispute. George Martin contributed the instrumental bridge.

Released on the 1965 album Rubber Soul, it is ranked 23rd on the Rolling Stone article “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” as well as fifth on their list of The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs.

The song placed second on CBC’s 50 Tracks. Mojo magazine named it the best song of all time in 2000.


According to Lennon, the song’s origins can be found when the English journalist Kenneth Allsop made a remark that Lennon should write songs about his childhood. Afterwards, Lennon wrote a song in the form of a long poem reminiscing on his childhood years. The original version of the lyrics was based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool, naming various sites seen along the way, including Penny Lane and Strawberry Field.

However, Lennon found it to be “ridiculous”, calling it “the most boring sort of ‘What I Did On My Holidays Bus Trip’ song”; he reworked the words, replacing the specific memories with a generalised meditation on his past. “Very few lines” of the original version remained in the finished song.[4] According to Lennon’s friend and biographer Peter Shotton, the lines “Some [friends] are dead and some are living/In my life I’ve loved them all” referred to Stuart Sutcliffe (who died in 1962) and to Shotton.

Regarding authorship of the melody, Lennon’s and McCartney’s recollections differ. Referring to McCartney, Lennon said “his contribution melodically was the harmony and the middle-eight itself.” McCartney claimed he set Lennon’s lyrics to music from beginning to end, taking inspiration for the melody from songs by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. “I liked ‘In My Life’. Those were words that John wrote and I wrote the tune to it. That was a great one.


The song was recorded on 18 October 1965, and was complete except for the instrumental bridge. At that time, Lennon had not decided what instrument to use, but he subsequently asked George Martin to play a piano solo, suggesting “something Baroque-sounding”. Martin wrote a Bach-influenced piece that he found he could not play at the song’s tempo. On 22 October, the solo was recorded at half-tempo (one octave lower) and tape speed was doubled for the final recording, solving the performance challenge and giving the piano solo a unique, harpsichord-like timbre.

Source: Wikipedia

In My Life Lyrics (John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

There are places I remember all my life,
Though some have changed,
Some forever, not for better,
Some have gone and some remain.

All these places had their moments
With lovers and friends I still can recall.
Some are dead and some are living.
In my life I’ve loved them all.

But of all these friends and lovers,
There is no one compares with you,
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new.

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think about them,
In my life I’ll love you more.

Though I know I’ll never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I’ll often stop and think about them,
In my life I’ll love you more.
In my life I’ll love you more.

Tradução de In My Life (“Em Minha Vida”)

Há lugares dos quais vou me lembrar
por toda a minha vida, embora alguns tenham mudado
Alguns para sempre, e não para melhor
Alguns já nem existem, outros permanecem

Todos esses lugares tiveram seus momentos
Com amores e amigos, dos quais ainda posso me lembrar
Alguns já se foram, outros ainda vivem
Em minha vida, amei todos eles

Mas de todos esses amigos e amores
Não há ninguém que se compare a você
E essas memórias perdem o sentido
Quando eu penso em amor como uma coisa nova

Embora eu saiba que eu nunca vou perder o afeto
por pessoas e coisas que vieram antes,
Eu sei que com freqüência eu vou parar e pensar nelas
Em minha vida, eu amo mais a você

Embora eu saiba que eu nunca vou perder o afeto
por pessoas e coisas que vieram antes,
Eu sei que com freqüência eu vou parar e pensar nelas
Em minha vida, eu amo mais a você
Em minha vida… eu amo mais a você

The Beatles

Sean Connery

Ozzy Osbourne


Steve Stills

Johnny Cash

Susan Anton

Joseph Williams

Emi Fujita

RRSO Symphony Orchestra

Allison Crowe

Keith Moon

Judy Collins

James Taylor

Dave Matthews

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Mbandi – Seleção de Músicas de Natal

December 4th, 2009 Comments off

Mbandi is a 21st century composer who has been able to tap into a seemingly endless source of inspiration. Song after song, album after album, Mbandi continues to mesmerize fans all over the world. His music transcends borders, cultures and language and has found a place in the hearts of fans from all walks of life, ages, religions and cultures.

Mbandi was born on May 11th 1979 in Limbe (formally Victoria), a small Cameroonian seaside town on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. Limbe which is home to one the few black sand beaches in the world, gained it’s independence along with the rest of Cameroon from British rule in the early 60s.

In 1994, In search of a better life for their son, Mbandi’s parents made the difficult decision to send him to America and the young age of 15. “Coming to America was very exciting but at the same time, challenging” It is during this period that Mbandi tapped into his feelings of Nostalgia, excitement and hope to create some of his most compelling composition to date. Songs like “A New Beginning and Missing home – just to name a few – give the listener some insight to the mind of a great composer.

Mbandi was first introduced to the piano at the age of 14 when his father purchased a keyboard for his older brothers. “Growing up in Cameroon, at least in the town I grew up in, I saw pianos only in pictures and on TV. Its not like here in America where you walk into a hotel, restaurant etc and there is a $50,000.00 US piano just sitting there. People here take it for granted but I still get a glow in my eyes when I see a piano in public.

A year after Mbandi’s introduction to the piano, he moved to America and enrolled in college at the age of 15. “The greatest thing about college in America was that there were pianos every where, from the music department to the student union building. I was like a kid in a candy store. I spent every minute that I wasn’t in class or doing home work playing the piano”

Music in Mbandi’s culture is not encouraged as anything beyond a fun pass-time, not a career. Mbandi’s parents wont let him major in music so he majored in Pre-Med and Psychology. “I had no intentions of going to medical school, I was just to young and scared to stand up to my parents at the time.

After graduating from college in 1998 at the age of 19, Mbandi worked in corporate America 3 years. After which he decided to give up a lucrative corporate career for his first love, music.

“I believe everyone has a calling in life, a purpose, a reason for being born. This is what I was born do so doing anything other than this defies the essence of my existence” – Mbandi

Source: Mbandi website

Silent Night

O Holy Night

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

The First Noel

We Three Kings

Mary Did You Know

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Um Estranho no Ninho)

December 4th, 2009 Comments off

Randle Patrick McMurphy (Jack Nicholson), um prisioneiro, simula estar insano para não trabalhar e vai para uma instituição para doentes mentais.

Lá ele começa a influenciar os outros internos a se revoltarem contra as rígidas normas impostas pela enfermeira-chefe, e começa a sofrer oposição da cruel e sádica enfermeira Mildred Ratched.

Com forte poder persuasivo, McMurphy instaura uma reviravolta na clínica, mas ele não tem idéia do preço que irá pagar por desafiar uma clínica “especializada”.

Elenco principal: Jack Nicholson (Randle Patrick McMurphy), Louise Fletcher (enfermeira Mildred Ratched), William Redfield (Harding), Brad Dourif (Billy Bibbit), Michael Berryman (Ellis), Peter Brocco (coronel Matterson), Dean R. Brooks (dr. John Spivey), Alonzo Brown (Miller), Scatman Crothers (Orderly Turkle), Mwako Cumbuka (atendente Warren), Danny DeVito (Martini), William Duell (Jim Sefelt), Josip Elic (Bancini), Christopher Lloyd (Taber), Philip Roth (Woolsey), Vincent Schiavelli (Frederickson), Will Sampson (Chief)

Direção: Milos Forman (1975)

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra (Músicas de Natal)

November 30th, 2009 Comments off

Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) is an American progressive metal band founded in 1993 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli (both members of Savatage) and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team.

Since then, TSO sold nearly 8 million concert tickets and 8.5 million albums.

The band’s musical style incorporates classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into hard rock and heavy metal.

The band is most famous for their series of rock operas: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, The Christmas Attic, Beethoven’s Last Night, The Lost Christmas Eve (the final installment of their Christmas trilogy), and their two-disc magnum opus Night Castle.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra is also known for their extensive charity work and elaborate concerts, which are complete with a full orchestra, a massive light show, lasers, dozens of pyrotechnics, moving trusses, video screens, and other effects that are synchronized to the music.

Origins and formation (1993–1996)

Paul O’Neill has managed and produced rock bands including Aerosmith, Humble Pie, AC/DC, Joan Jett, and Scorpions, later producing and co-writing albums by the progressive metal band Savatage, where he began working with Jon Oliva, Al Pitrelli and Robert Kinkel.

O’Neill took his first steps into rock music in the 1970s when he started the progressive rock band Slowburn, for whom he was the lyricist and co-composer.

What was intended to be the band’s debut album was recorded at Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady Studios and engineered by Dave Wittman.

Although Dave Wittman’s engineering was capturing the exact sound O’Neill was hearing in his head, O’Neill was having trouble with it because many of his melodies were between two to three octaves.

Rather than releasing an album that he was not happy with, he shelved the project, but continued working in the industry at Contemporary Communications Corporation, the biggest arena rock management company at the time.

Over the years, O’Neill continued to work as a writer, producer, manager, and concert promoter. In 1993, he accepted Atlantic Records’ offer to start his own band.

He built the band on a foundation created by the marriage of classical and rock music and the artists he idolized (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Queen, Yes, The Who, and Pink Floyd, ands hard rock bands such as Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and the multiple lead vocalists of the R&B groups the Temptations and the Four Tops).

He brought in Oliva, Kinkel, and Al Pitrelli to help start the project. O’Neil has stated, “My original concept was six rock operas, a trilogy about Christmas and maybe one or two regular albums.”

The band’s name has multiple connections to the group — the most important being that the band’s first album slated for release in 1994 was a rock opera about the Bolshevik Revolution entitled “Romanov: When Kings Must Whisper.”

The Trans-Siberian Railway was built during the Romanov imperial rule and was used by many of the characters in the rock opera, from Leon Trotsky to Lavrentiy Beria. However, the album was put on hold.

Eventually, after the group turned in their debut album — a Christmas album — their label kept pressuring O’Neill for the name of the band so they could go to print. In an interview O’Neill said,

In the 1980s I was fortunate enough to have visited Russia. If anyone has ever seen Siberia, it is incredibly beautiful but incredibly harsh and unforgiving as well. The one thing that everyone who lives there has in common that runs across it… is the Trans-Siberian Railway. Life, too, can be incredibly beautiful but also incredibly harsh and unforgiving, and the one thing that we all have in common that runs across it… is music. It was a little bit overly philosophical, but it sounded different, and I like the initials, TSO.

Plans interrupted

While Paul O’Neill and Jon Oliva were preparing for the launching of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, their plans were brought to a halt with the death of Jon’s younger brother, Criss Oliva, killed by a drunk driver.

Realizing that, without a new Savatage album delivered quickly, Warner Brothers would drop the group and their catalog, they quickly delivered two new albums for Savatage. Not until they were sure that the Savatage situation was completely stabilized were they able to resume work on TSO

Musical Style And Direction

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra is known for their incorporation of classical, orchestral, symphonic, and progressive elements into rock and heavy metal music.

They are listed under many genres, but mostly symphonic rock, progressive rock, neo-classical metal, and classical music.

Three of their albums – Christmas Eve and Other Stories (1996), The Christmas Attic (1998), The Lost Christmas Eve (2004) – are based around Christmas themes.

These rock operas, collectively known as the “Christmas trilogy,” remain their best-selling and most famous works.

Both in the recording studio and live, Trans-Siberian Orchestra uses a full orchestra, choirs, and a constantly growing and changing group of singers and musicians.

Source: Wikipedia

Visit Trans-Siberian Orchestra website.

Christmas Canon Rock

Christmas Canon Childreen’s Choir

Midnight Christmas Eve

An Angel Came Down

The Lost Christmas Eve

What Child Is This?

The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

For the Sake of Our Brother

Night Enchanted

Wizards In Winter

Child Of The Night

The Dreams Of Candlelight

A Mad Russian’s Christmas

Christmas Dreams

Faith Noel

Carol Of The Bells

Christmas Nights In Blue

Christmas Canon Rock (Live)

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Don’t Know Why

November 29th, 2009 Comments off

Don’t Know Why” is a jazz song written by Jesse Harris which originally appeared on his 1999 album, Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos.

It was the second single by Norah Jones from her breakthrough 2002 album Come Away with Me.

Although Jones’s version only peaked at number thirty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it was a critical success for her that helped established her as a respected new artist, and subsequently her album sold extremely well.

The single went on to win three Grammy Awards in 2003 for “Record of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance”.

It remains Jones’s biggest hit single in the USA to date, and her only one to reach the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The single was also a hit internationally and reached Top 10 in several countries. The song charted at 459 in Blender magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.

Source: Wikipedia

Don’t Know Why (Jesse Harris)

I waited ’til I saw the sun
I don’t know why I didn’t come
I left you by the house of fun
I don’t know why I didn’t come (2x)

When I saw the break of the day
I wished that I could fly away
Instead of kneeling in the sand
Catching teardrops in my hand

My heart is drenched in wine
But you’ll be on my mind

Out across the endless sea
I would die in ecstasy
But I’ll be a bag of bones
Driving down the road alone

My heart is drenched in wine
But you’ll be on my mind

Something has to make you run
I don’t know why I didn’t come
I feel as empty as a drum
I don’t know why I didn’t come (3x)

Jesse Harris

Norah Jones

Smokey Robinson

Jimmy Sommers

David Benoit

Ken Hirai

Jesse Harris

Pat Metheny

Matsuura Aya

Eric Clapton, Dave Swift & Jools Holland backing Smokey Robinson

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Diana Navarro

November 28th, 2009 Comments off

Diana Navarro Ocaña , mais conhecida como Diana Navarro, (Málaga, 21 de abril de 1978) é uma cantora espanhola. Ela se tornou conhecida com o single “Alone” de seu álbum de estreia entitulado “No te olvides de mi” (2005), que foi premiado com o Waves para o melhor artista revelação de 2005.

É conhecida por fundir gêneros tradicionais, como flamenco e copla com ritmos árabes, orientais, clássico, etc

“Es como respirar”, dice Diana Navarro cuando habla de su voz. Una voz única que asombró cuando en 2005 apareció su primer disco, No te olvides de mí, del que se vendieron 250.000 ejemplares y consiguió doble platino en España.

Una voz que vuela como un torbellino por encima de una música enraizada en los aires sureños de Andalucía, mezclando lo popular y lo contemporáneo, la tradición y el pop, y que se eleva en un laberinto de melodías y giros fascinantes.

Es la voz de Diana Navarro, una cantante y compositora que ha conseguido por méritos propios una situación de privilegio en la música española y que ha sorprendido al público de otros países cuando han escuchado sus canciones. “Se quedan alucinados.

Cuando veo a la gente con los ojos emocionados, pienso que no hay nada más grande que la música. Es maravilloso”, dice Diana.

Hasta llegar a tocar el éxito con las manos, la carrera de Diana Navarro no ha sido un camino de rosas. Es el fruto de un enorme esfuerzo personal, de superar muchos momentos difíciles. Nació en Málaga en 1978 y era la menor de cinco hermanos de una familia modesta.

“Mi padre siempre ha cantado muy bien y desde chiquitilla me convertí en la atracción de las fiestas”, dice Diana. “Recuerdo los viajes en el viejo Renault escuchando a Camarón. Ha sido la banda sonora de mi infancia”.

A los nueve años ya cantaba en un coro folklórico con el que viajó hasta Quebec (Canadá). Mientras su memoria musical se enriquecía con el pop español de los 80 (Radio Futura, Alaska…), permaneció en el aquel coro hasta los 16 años. “Aprendí muchísimo”, continúa Diana. “Desarrollé mi intuición musical y parte del mérito de mi afinación viene de ahí. Fue mi escuela, viajaba por toda España y era feliz”.

Diana Navarro dejó pronto los estudios, alternó el coro con bandas pop (Pilita Calora) y otros grupos folklóricos (El Gazpachuelo) y descubrió la copla, un género musical español de raíz andaluza, de gran alcance popular en la mitad del siglo XX y que en los últimos años ha cobrado nueva vida, rescatado por nuevas generaciones de artistas. “Mi amor a la copla me hizo dedicarme a cantar, era lo único que quería”, afirma.

Y entre los 16 y los 26 años, Diana Navarro se presentó a 29 concursos de copla ganando 19 primeros premios, entre ellos el Premio Nacional de Saetas de Málaga en los años 2000 y 2002.

En aquellos años, Diana Navarro grabó dos discos que se financió ella misma. De Noches de copla (1997) vendió tres mil ejemplares en las actuaciones, y en Homenaje (1999) cantaba las adaptaciones de canciones populares de Federico García Lorca como un tributo al poeta.

En 1999, Diana conoció a Chico Valdivia, un importante músico andaluz, y le dio los dos discos. Seis meses después comenzaron a grabar las primeras maquetas, que llegaron a las manos del productor y músico Manuel Illán.

Los tres empezaron a trabajar en 2001 y tardaron cuatro años en desarrollar el proyecto musical que ha llevado a Diana Navarro a lo más alto de la escena musical española.

Era el comienzo de una trayectoria fulgurante, de un estilo nuevo y diferente inspirado en la raíz (“He escuchado mucho a los clásicos, desde el flamenco de Manolo Caracol a la ópera María Callas. Ahí está la base”, dice Diana), y con la voz como joya de la corona.

Fonte: website de Diana Navarro

Diana Navarro – Su Historia


24 Rosas

Mira Lo Que Te Has Perdio

Mi Niña Tadea

No Te Olvides De Mí


Vino Amargo

Amor Mio


Coplas De Amor

Mare Mia

Ojos Verdes

La Rosa Y El Viento

Deja De Volverme Loca

Tu Me Vas

Los Dias Que Paso Sin Ti


A Caracol Y Valderrama

Como Las Alas Al Viento

Esto Es Lo Que Hay

Embrujada Por Tu Querer


Brindo Por Ti

Padre Nuestro

En La Cabaña Que Habito

La Gente

El Transito

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The Hunted (Caçado)

November 24th, 2009 Comments off

Aaron Hallam (Benicio Del Toro) é um perigoso assassino, que mata suas vítimas de um modo peculiar: ele perseguia caçadores de cervos como se fosse um esporte, em uma floresta de Portland.

Após muita procura, Hallam é enfim capturado pelo agente do FBI L.T. Bonham (Tommy Lee Jones) e levado para a cidade. Porém, lá Hallam consegue escapar e passa a usar o caos urbano para se esconder e não ser novamente capturado.

Para reencontrá-lo o agente Bonham precisará da ajuda de outra agente do FBI, Abby Durrell (Connie Nielsen), sendo que ambos precisam encontrar Hallam antes que ele recomece sua caçada, agora na cidade.

Elenco principal: Tommy Lee Jones (L.T. Bonham), Benicio Del Toro (Aaron Hallam), Connie Nielsen (Abby Durrell), Leslie Stefanson (Irene Kravitz), John Finn (Ted Chenoweth), José Zúniga (Bobby Moret, Jose Zuniga), Ron Canada (Harry Van Zandt), Mark Pellegrino (Dale Hewitt), Jenna Boyd (Loretta Kravitz), Aaron DeCone (Stokes, Aaron Brounstein), Carrick O’Quinn (Kohler), Lonny Chapman (Zander), Rex Linn (Powell), Eddie Velez (Richards), Alexander MacKenzie (Sheriff)

Direção: William Friedkin (2003)

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Midnight Oil – Best of Both Worlds

November 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Best of Both Worlds is a DVD-Video release of two significant concerts performed by Australian rock band Midnight Oil.

The featured concerts are Oils on the Water (from 1985) and Saturday Night at the Capitol (1982). Best of Both Worlds was released in 2004 by Triple J as part of their Live at the Wireless programme.

Oils on the Water

Oils on the Water was staged on 13 January 1985 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Triple J, Australia’s publicly owned youth radio network.

This concert was performed on Sydney’s Goat Island for a small audience of competition winners, and was simulcast on ABC-TV and Triple J.

This concert is included on the DVD and also as a bonus audio CD.

Saturday Night at the Capitol

Recorded at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, on 27 November, 1982 by ABC radio station Triple J.


This applies to both concerts.

Jim Moginie – Guitars, keyboards
Martin Rotsey – Guitars
Rob Hirst – Drums, percussion, vocals
Peter Gifford – Bass guitar, vocals
Peter Garrett – Singing

Source: Wikipedia

Videos For “Oils On The Water” Live Concert (13 January 1985) – Goat Island on Sydney Harbour, Australia

1. Best of Both Worlds

2. When The Generals Talk

3. Minutes To Midnight

4. Sleep

5. Only The Strong

6. Short Memory

7. Kosciuszko

8. US Forces

9. Jimmy Sharmans Boxers

10. Back On The Borderline

11. Tin Legs & Tin Mines

12. Dont Wanna Be The One

13. Power & The Passion

14. Read About It

15. Harrisburg

16. Stand In Line

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November 22nd, 2009 Comments off

Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel (Londres, 19 de fevereiro de 1963) é um músico, cantor e compositor, entre seus maiores sucessos está a canção Kiss from a Rose, trilha sonora do filme Batman Forever, pela qual recebeu três prêmios Grammy em 1995. É casado com a modelo alemã Heidi Klum.

Filho de pais nigerianos e neto de brasileiro, Seal passou seus primeiros quatro anos de vida com seus pais adotivos, Frank e Barbara, em Romford, Essex, até que sua mãe biológica veio buscá-lo.

Sentado com ela no ônibus, ele se lembra de ter gritado durante todo o caminho até a casa, em Brixton. Dois anos depois, sua mãe e o namorado decidiram voltar para a Nigéria e Seal foi viver com o pai, um homem violento, que trabalhava como bombeiro em Paddington, distrito da City of Westminster, no centro de Londres, onde Seal cresceu. Mais tarde obteve um diploma de arquitetura e teve vários empregos em Londres, antes de se tornar cantor profissional.

Embora sempre tenha havido especulações sobre a causa das cicatrizes no seu rosto, elas não são o resultado de nenhum tipo de rito tribal de escarificação. O cantor sofre de lúpus eritematoso discóide (DLE). Seal revelou que se afligia com essa síndrome quando adolescente, uma condição em que as células do sistema imune atacam vários tecidos do corpo.

Uma inflamação intensa que se desenvolve na pele, particularmente nas áreas expostas ao sol; se não tratada com protetor solar e anti-inflamatórios, pode deixar cicatrizes. A doença não somente causou-lhe as cicatrizes na face como também provocou perda de cabelos, mas está em remissão há anos.

Fonte: Wikipedia

If You Don’t Know Me By Now

Kiss From a Rose

I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

Stand By Me

Let’s Stay Together


Weight Of My Mistakes

I Am Your Man

Love’s Divine

This Could Be Heaven

This Is a Man’s World

A Change Is Goona Come

I Can’t Stand The Rain

Hey Joe


Lost My Faith


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November 21st, 2009 Comments off

Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described “rock and roll band with horns” began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, becoming famous for producing a number of hit ballads. They had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

Second only to The Beach Boys in terms of Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago is one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock and roll groups.

Chicago re-teamed with producer Phil Ramone in October 2010 to begin work on a new album.

According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading US singles charting group during the 1970s. They have sold over 38 million units in the US, with 22 gold, 18 platinum, and 8 multi-platinum albums. Over the course of their career they have charted five No. 1 albums, and have had 21 top ten hits.

The band was formed when a group of DePaul University students, together with Marvin Cantera and Andre Jugo (music students who had been playing local late-night clubs), recruited a couple of other students from the university and decided to meet in saxophonist Walter Parazaider’s apartment.

The five musicians consisted of Parazaider, guitarist Terry Kath, drummer Danny Seraphine, trombonist James Pankow, trumpet player Lee Loughnane. The last to arrive was keyboardist Robert Lamm, a music major from Chicago’s Roosevelt University.

The group of six called themselves The Big Thing, and continued playing top-40 hits, but realized that they were missing a tenor voice (Lamm and Kath both sang in the baritone range); the voice they were missing belonged to local bassist Peter Cetera.

While gaining some success as a cover band, the group began working on original songs. In June 1968, they moved to Los Angeles, California under the guidance of their friend and manager James William Guercio, and signed with Columbia Records. After signing with Guercio, The Big Thing changed their name to Chicago Transit Authority.

Their first record (released in April 1969), the eponymous The Chicago Transit Authority (sometimes informally referred to simply as CTA), was a double album — very rare for a first release — featuring jazzy instrumentals, extended jams featuring Latin percussion, and experimental, feedback-laden guitar abstraction.

It sold over one million copies by 1970, and was awarded a platinum disc.

The album began to receive heavy airplay on the newly popular FM radio band; it included a number of pop-rock songs — “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?”, “Beginnings”, and “Questions 67 and 68″ — which would later be edited to an AM radio-friendly length, released as singles, and eventually become rock radio staples.

Soon after the album’s release, the band’s name was shortened to Chicago, when the actual Chicago Transit Authority threatened legal action.

Source: Wikipedia

See also Chicago The Band Music Community website

If You Leave Me Now

Hard To Say I’m Sorry

Happy Man

You’re The Inspiration

Baby What a Big Surprise

Hard Habit To Break

Wishing You Were Here

We Can Last Forever

Dream A Little Dream Of Me

Colour My World

Moonlight Serenade

Just You ‘n’ Me

Old Days

I Believe

Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Feelin’ Stronger Every Day

Love Me Tomorrow

Harry Truman

Stay The Night

Will You Still Love Me

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