This pop ballad was written by George David Weiss & Bob Thiele. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in 1967 reaching No.1 in the UK. Armstrong's recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.
The songs recording session followed Armstrong's Las Vagas midnight show. By 2am the musicians were recording. ABC president Larry Newton showed up to photograph Armstrong. Newton wanted a swingy pop song like "Hello, Dolly!", a big hit for Armstrong when he was with Kapp Records, so when Newton heard the slow pace of "What a Wonderful World", he tried to stop the ..
The song was recorded by Buddy Holly on October 21, 1958. It featured the pizzicato strings and orchestral backing of Dick Jacobs. The music and lyrics of the song were written by the songwriting team of Felice Bryant and Boudleaux Bryant.
It was released as a single on Coral Records in 1959, peaking at No. 88 on the USA Billboard charts as the B-side of "It Doesn't Matter Anymore". The recording was included on Buddy Holly's first "greatest hits" compilation album titled The Buddy Holly Story that was released in March 1959.
In 1968, The Beatles paraphrased the first line of "Rainin..
Oh My God, do we all feel old here! Carillon Studios has made it to 25 years of age. We were based in Clacton On Sea at the time and not for one second did we ever consider the future. Our 1st mailshot was for one floppy disk with ten styles on it. It was produced on an Atari ST520 computer with a tractor feed printer with each page taking over 11 minutes to print and was sent to under 100 Technics keyboard users. 26 years later we sell to 32 counties around the world with styles for 7 instrument brands that include over 100 keyboard types.
It wasn't long b..
Recorded by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, ‘Home’ was released on 28 March 2005. It was the 2nd single from his 2nd major-label studio album, ‘It's Time’. The song was written by Bublé, along with co-writers Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies.‘Home’ was Bublé's 1st single released in the UK. It also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in the USA. The number was also used in the film ‘The Wedding Date’.
Two major cover versions of the song have also been released as singles by other artists. The first of these was recorded by Irish boyband ‘Westlife’, whose version was a top ten..
Unfortunately due to Johns dad having been taken very seriously ill recently everything has been put on the back burner and we are running a bit behind here at Carillon. We are very pleased to report that following a major operation his prognosis has now improved a lot over the past few days and we are now in the process of trying to catch up a bit. We have released a new style today (When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman) and Dave has made sure several are ready to go over the next days and weeks. There will be an email newsletter in the near future and we will be participa..
The song was written by Norrie Paramor & Bunny Lewis for the film ‘Expresso Bongo’ which starred Laurence Harvey, Cliff Richard and Yolande Donlan.
The story is a satire of the ‘Music Industry’ and the film version was adapted from the stage musical (produced at the ‘Saville Theatre’, London, on 23 April 1958). The music for the 1959 film was produced by Norrie Paramor and with the exception of one song was entirely different from the music that was used in the 1958 stage musical.
The music and the plot were intentionally rewritten to downplay the original satire and showcase the..
This internationally successful single was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, Alabama by Dr Hook. It was written by Even Stevens, who it is said followed producer Ron Haffkine into the studio’s restroom to pitch him the number. It consequently was recorded by the band and first appeared on the band's ‘Pleasure and Pain’ album in 1978.
Riding the disco wave in 1979, it belatedly became an international hit reaching No.6 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the USA. The song achieved even greater success in the UK where it spent three weeks at number one in the UK Singles Chart ..
The album was the 7th studio album by Elton John. It was released in 1973 and sold over 30 million copies worldwide. Many regard it as his best album ever. It was recorded at the Château d'Hérouville in France after problems recording at the intended location in Jamaica. Among its 17 tracks are hits ‘Candle in the Wind’, ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting’ and of course the title song ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.
The move to the château provided John and his band with a great deal of creative inspiration and an abundance of quality material. This led to the de..
The song was recorded by ‘The Beatles’ and written primarily by Paul McCartney (credited to Lennon–McCartney). It was written mainly by McCartney, though John Lennon claimed in an interview with ‘Playboy’ that his major contribution was the middle eight section. The number was the 5th track of their 3rd album, ‘A Hard Day's Night’. It was released 20 July 1964 along with ‘If I Fell’ as the B-side by Capitol Records. In reached No. 12 on the USA Billboard Hot 100.
The Beatles performed ‘And I Love Her’ just once outside EMI Studios, on 14 July 1964 they played it for an edition of the BB..
Bilitis was a 1977 French romantic and erotic drama film. It was directed by photographer David Hamilton (1933-2016) and featured a memorable music score written by Francis Lai. The main romantic theme has been a concert favourite for many organ/keyboard artistes particually in the UK. It starred Patti D'Arbanville and Mona Kristensen as the title character Bilitis and Melissa, respectively.
The film was loosely based on a poem cycle by Pierre Louÿs entitled ‘The Songs of Bilitis’ and set in ancient Greece (although the film is set in modern Europe). The poems were meant to be autobiogr..
The song was written by Baker Knight and was originally recorded by Vince Edwards in 1958 although it was never released. In 1959, Ray Peterson released it as a single. The song became a Top 40 hit for him on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No.25, and also reaching No.23 in the UK. That same year it was also recorded by Ronnie Hilton.
Elvis Presley recorded a live version of "The Wonder of You" in Las Vegas, Nevada in February 1970. It was released as a single in April 1970. "The Wonder of You" was one of his most successful UK records ever, topping the Singles Charts for 6 weeks in t..
The song was written by John Phillips & Michelle Phillips and was first recorded by Barry McGuire. However, the best-known versions were recorded by ‘The Mamas & the Papas’ & ‘The Beach Boys’ (our style is more based on the Beach Boys version). The song lyrics express the narrator's longing for the warmth of Los Angeles during a cold winter in New York City. "California Dreamin'" was certified as a Gold Record by the Recording Industry Association of America in June 1966 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.
The Beach Boys recorded their cover version of "Ca..
This song written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon & McCartney) was released in 1964 by the Beatles as the A-side of their 8th British single. Reaching No.1 in the UK (December 1964) it displaced the Rolling Stones ‘Little Red Rooster’ and remained at the top for 5 weeks. The song topped the US chart for 3 weeks in late 1964 and early 1965. By 2012 ‘I Feel Fine’ had sold 1.41 million copies in the UK, as of December 2018, it was the 53rd best-selling UK single of all time (one of six Beatles songs included in the top sales rankings published by the UK's Official Charts Company).
“There's a Kind of Hush” was written by Les Reed and Geoff Stephens and first recorded for the 1966 album “Winchester Cathedral” by Stephens' group the New Vaudeville Band. The first single version was recorded in 1966 by a band called Gary and the Hornets. Herman's Hermits then covered the number in February 1967 reaching No.7 in the UK.
Our style is based on ‘The Carpenters’ version which was recorded for their 1976 album release “A Kind of Hush” for which it served as the lead single. It was their thirteenth USA No. 1 on the easy listening chart.
You will find this new style in un..
"True Love Ways" was written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty and recorded with the Dick Jacobs Orchestra in October 1958, four months before the singer's death. It was first released on the posthumous album The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2 in March 1960. The song was a UK hit in 1960, reaching number 25 on the pop singles chart. In the extended version of the song, in the first ten seconds, Holly can be heard preparing to sing. The audio starts with audio saying "Yeah, we're rolling." A piano player and a tenor saxophone player play some notes, and Holly mutters, "Okay," and clears his throat..
Whilst our customers have been keeping the website very busy behind the scenes, things at Carillon have been quiet(ish) since mid-December. This has been mainly due to John mysteriously injuring his left shoulder before Christmas. Doctors first diagnosed this as tendonitis however it turns out to be referred pain from a spinal injury. Following a major amount of physiotherapy, for the first time in six weeks, John has been able to sit at a computer and start to update all of our websites.
For Carillon Studios this has meant that the brand new "True Love Ways" st..
This is a song by Irish band ‘The Corrs’ from their 1998 breakthrough album ‘Talk on Corners’. Its chart success was limited due to the time spent in the shooting the video. However, it was re-released in August the same year in a remixed form by Tin Tin Out. This generated much more attention, particularly in the UK where it reached No.3. This became one of the band's most known hits worldwide.
The song received generally favourable reviews from music critics although some of whom felt it wasn't as strong as their previous numbers.
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"Mistletoe and Wine" is a Christmas song made famous as a single by Cliff Richard in 1988. The song was written by Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart and Keith Strachan for a musical called Scraps, which was an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" set in Victorian London.
Richard liked the song but changed the lyrics to reflect a more religious theme. It was Richard's ninety-ninth single and became his twelfth UK No.1. The number spent four weeks at the top in December 1988 and sold 750,000 copies in the process. In the short six-week period after its release, it bec..
Singer/songwriter Dave Sheriff wrote “Red Hot Salsa” in 1997. Upon release, the number rapidly became well known and very popular with the line dance fraternity. This and many of his other country music numbers have been recorded on his own record label, ‘Stomp Music Records’ and a number of these were recorded in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sheriff was born in Doverdale, Worcestershire, England in 1945 and raised in a rural background as his father was a gamekeeper. He worked many clubs during his career and appeared on national TV. He also worked as a session musician, often appearing in ba..
The Geoff Stephens & Roger Greenaway song "It's Gonna be a Cold Cold Christmas" was written for Dana and released 4 weeks prior to Christmas in 1975. It brought her second highest UK chart position reaching No.4 on 27 December the same year. In Ireland it made No.3 and the following year got to the No.12 slot.
She later collected two awards – Best Female Singer in Britain (NME), & Best Female Singer from the TV Times. She lost her voice in Sept 1976. Her left vocal cord, which had been cauterized the year before, required urgent surgery to remove what turned out to be a non-mali..
The song, written by Lionel Bart, was recorded in April 1959 by Cliff Richard and the Drifters (to become the “Shadows”). Norrie Paramor produced the song and it was first released in May 1959 on the “Serious Charge” EP soundtrack. It went on to be released as a single in July ’59 reaching No. 1 in the UK Charts for 6 weeks and sold over a million copies thus earning a Gold disc for doing so. The single featured Apron Strings on the b-side. It was the UK’s top-selling single of 1959.
In the US, it was Richard's first hit single, reaching No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also was a No..
Four years ago we moved from Eastbourne to Middlewich in Cheshire. Some of our packed boxes got put into the loft and have been there ever since. This weekend we have discovered a box of original Technics production disks. We have found software for KN keyboards and organs going back as far as the KN750 & KN1000, the EN4, EN6 & GA organs, this also included some previous never commercially released styles. We even found an old SMAC 1200 in the same box.
So what does this mean? To cut a long story short, we will now be able to support these fabulous (if a little old) in..
This Xmas song sung by Welsh singer Shakin' Stevens was written by Bob Heatlie and produced by Dave Edmunds. It was Stevens fourth No.1 single in the UK Singles Chart.
First released on 25 November 1985 it was the Christmas No.1 for that year. Since then it has been included on many top-selling Christmas collections and gets frequent airplay every Xmas season. In 2007 the song re-entered the UK top 30 and reached number 22 on the Christmas chart. This was due to downloads now being included in the UK Singles Chart. In previous years this would have been impossible unless there was a phy..
The song from Disney's 1994 animated film The Lion King was composed by Elton John with lyrics by Tim Rice. It was a UK hit, peaking at No. 14 and achieved even more success in the US, reaching No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was also a No. 1 hit in both Canada and France and it sold over 11 million copies worldwide.
Elton John said of the song that "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" was meant to follow "Disney's tradition of great love songs", and that it could "express the lions' feelings for each other far better than dialogue could". It earned Elton a Grammy Award for Best Male..
We have been catching up on some of the jobs we have been meaning to do and here is another disk that has been asked for many times. So for Roland Organ owners here is a collection of twelve Latin styles that were only previously on offer for newer instruments. Another twelve sparkling latin styles with dancing Cha Cha's to party numbers such as Limbo and Lambada.
At last! We have finally got around to the important job of releasing some of our Irish Styles for Yamaha instruments. It has been a long time coming and to all those that have requested this disk, we want to say sorry it has taken sooo long! From a hint of Irish to a flat out Irish jig, eight of our most popular styles rewritten and designed to run on Yamaha Instruments. This is a selection of custom keyboard styles written by Carillon Studios. As always each style is complete with intro's/endings/fills & variations.
“The song by British singer-songwriter Chris Rea was released in 1986 as the second single from his 8th studio album “On the Beach”. This reached No. 57 in the UK. In 1988 Rea re-recorded "On the Beach" for his album “New Light Through Old Windows” and this version reached No. 12 in the UK and No. 18 in Ireland. In 1989, it got to No. 9 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
The song was inspired by the Spanish island Formentera off the coast of Ibiza. Rea is quoted as saying "That's where me and my wife became me and my wife. That's what it's about. Yeah, I was "between the eyes..
“Private Eyes” is the tenth studio album by Hall & Oates, released in 1981. The album includes two No.1 hits, the title track, "Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", as well as the top ten hit "Did It in a Minute”.
The song itself builds on the punchy sound of "Kiss on My List". The handclap chorus and vocal/keyboard hooks of the recording were augmented by the promotional video, featuring the band wearing detective garb (trench coats, fedoras, and suits). It was one of the duo's earliest hit videos on MTV.
You will find this new style in under our 'Keyboard Softwa..
This is a song by British rock band ‘Dire Straits’ and comes from their 5th studio album, ‘Brothers in Arms’. It was released as a single in 1985 and peaked at No.7 in the US charts. It was the bands biggest UK commercial hit, peaking at No.2.
The construct of the number is a simple rock and roll rhythm, with changes on chords I, IV & V. Its long introduction has become iconic and has an instantly recognisable melody played using a synth organ patch. The song lyrics mention "down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay", a reference to busking in the subway. It goes on to say the song..
The song was written by Jim Capaldi, Paul Carrack, and Peter Vale, and produced by the Eagles, Elliot Scheiner, and Rob Jacobs. It was first performed by the Eagles in 1994, during their "Hell Freezes Over" reunion tour.
Although the song was never formally released as a single in the US, and thus was not eligible to appear on the US Billboard Hot 100 under the rules then in place, it spent 3 weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in early. In the United Kingdom, "Love Will Keep Us Alive" was issued as a single and peaked at number 52 on the UK Singles Chart. Paul C..
Composed by Peter Green, this guitar-based instrumental by Fleetwood Mac was released as a single in November 1968. It was a major hit in several countries and became Fleetwood Mac's only Number 1 hit in the UK Singles Chart. It was re-released in the UK in 1973 and peaked at Number 2 in the charts. The single has sold over 900,000 copies in the UK.
The composition and its arrangement suggest a relaxing sea setting, with cymbals imitating the sound of waves. Mick Fleetwood played his drum kit using timpani mallets to give a muted sound and it features a dreamy guitar solo from Peter Gre..
This Rhythm and Blues song written and first recorded by Mack Rice in 1965. It gained greater popularity when Wilson Pickett covered it the following year on a single, a version that was also released on the 1966 album, The Wicked Pickett.
According to music historian Tom Shannon the song started as a joke when singer Della Reese wanted a new Ford Mustang. Rice called the early version "Mustang Mama" but changed the title after Aretha Franklin suggested "Mustang Sally".
The song featured prominently in the 1991 film The Commitments and appears on the film's soundtrack album.
As these styles were so popular last year with our Yamaha, Ketron and Roland customers and with Christmas fast approaching (Lol) we thought it was about time Carillon Studios released Korg versions. So whether you are celebrating Xmas in July or getting ready for December this is the disk you need. As a special bonus, order this disk before the end of July and you can send an email requesting any Xmas related single style for the same instrument and we will send it to you for free!
Eight Christmas styles designed for the best traditional Carols a..
The song was originally written & recorded by Jackie Edwards. However, it did not become a hit until recorded by The Spencer Davis Group. Chris Blackwell, who produced the recording, was trying to get his own ‘Island’ label established in the UK and was managing the Spencer Davis Group. He obtained funding from Scala Brown Associates for the single by offering a sizable share of his label as security. The success of the single meant that he was quickly able to repay the loan. It was a No.1 hit in the UK charts in January 1966, in the US it only reached number 76.
The Spencer Davis v..
The song was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and first recorded in 1982 by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film Night Shift. However, it is much better known for the 1985 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, and Stevie Wonder. The recording, billed as being by "Dionne & Friends", was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention. It was a massive hit, becoming the number one single of 1986 in the United States, and winning the Grammy Awards for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Song of the Year. It raise..
"Michelle" is a love ballad by the Beatles, composed principally by Paul McCartney, with the middle eight co-written with John Lennon. The song was initially composed in C, but was played in F (with a capo on the fifth fret) on their Rubber Soul Album which was released in December 1965. The song is unusual among Beatles recordings in that some of its lead vocals are in French.
It reached No.11 in the UK charts and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1967 and has since become one of the best known and most often recorded of all Beatles songs.
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This song was written for ‘The Chiffons’ by Doug Morris in 1966. Doug had joined ‘Laurie Records’ as a songwriter and producer the previous year. He eventually became it’s vice president and general manager. Morris went on to become one of the most respected and influential executives in the global music industry and became Chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in 2011.
Morris told the story to Billboard magazine: "The song was very heavily influenced by a Supremes song. I produced the session at Allegro Sound Studios (New York) with Elliot Greenberg, (one of the owners for Lauri..
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The song ‘Sailing" was composed by Gavin Sutherland of the Sutherland Brothers in 1972 but is best known as a 1975 international hit for Rod Stewart. Rod took the song to No.1 in the UK for four weeks in 1975, it returned to the charts in 1976 and again in 1987. It was easily Stewarts greatest UK release.
‘Sailing’ had its UK chart revival in 1976 as a result of the track being used as the theme song for ‘Sailor’. This was a documentary series on the HMS Ark Royal which the BBC1 aired for ten weeks from 5 August 1976.
As the British task-force sailed out of Portsmouth Harbour on 5 Ap..
“The beauty of our keyboards is the music they enable us to play”. It is a sweeping statement and yet one we spend little time thinking about. Music brings so many different things to so many people. However there are a few essential factors that are important otherwise why would we bother at all. First it must bring pleasure to the one playing it. Second, hopefully those listening will also enjoy the sounds we produce. The standard we play and how confident the musician is of the instrument under his or her fingers does not really matter to the former but will make a world of difference to th..