“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..
This iconic song was originally performed by Wilson Pickett in 1965 and released on his 1965 album of the same name, also appearing on the 1966 album The Exciting Wilson Pickett. The song was composed by Pickett & Steve Cropper at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King, Jr. would later be assassinated in April 1968.
In 2017, the song was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or artistically significant. Our style version is set a little quicker than the original but can be ..
Mamma Mia is the opening track on the group's third album, Abba. Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, with the lead vocals shared by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It was penned at the home of Agnetha and Björn and was the last track recorded for the album. It was one of four songs that had a music video made to promote the album. "Mamma Mia" and was never originally intended for release as a single.
The distinctive sound at the start of the song is the marimba. According to biographer Carl Magnus Palm, the instrument was incorporated at the last minute..
The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller and it became a hit for Elvis Presley. RCA Victor released the song on a 45 rpm single on September 24, 1957 (the song was included in Presley's motion picture of the same name).
Presley's performance of the song in the film was choreographed as a dance routine involving himself and a large group of male prisoners. The film version differs slightly from the single version of the song featuring extra backing instrumentation and vocals not heard on the record.
Rolling Stone magazine included it at number 67 on its list of ‘The 500 G..
"Go West" was written and originally performed by the group ‘Village People’. It was an instant hit in the disco scene during the late 1970s. Victor Willis, Henri Belolo and Jacques Morali are credited as the song's writers, although Willis disputes Belolo's involvement.
In 1992, when Pet Shop Boys were asked to perform at an AIDS charity event at The Haçienda nightclub in Manchester. Keyboard player Chris Lowe selected "Go West" as the song they would perform. Though singer Neil Tennant forgot the lyrics during that performance, the duo decided to record it as a single. The song was re..
This is the first release of a new group of single styles. "Carillon Essential Single Styles" are designed to be the perfect addition to any musicians software collection. We consider them and the songs they are suitable for to be the “must haves” in most players repertoire.
This is not a dedicated style although perfect for the well known Hawaiian song Aloha-Oe. It recreates the quintessential sounds and flavours most listeners think of for the beautiful island of Hawaii.
You will find this new style in under our 'Keyboard Software' section. Just look for your instrument brand (Yama..
"The Phantom of the Opera" is a song from the stage musical of the same name. It was composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and with lyrics written by Charles Hart & Richard Stilgoe, additional lyrics by Mike Batt. The song was first recorded by Sarah Brightman and Steve Harley. In 1986 it became a UK hit single. In its theatrical debut, it was sung by Brightman and Michael Crawford in their roles as Christine Daaé and the Phantom.
The song is performed in Act I after the song “Angel of Music” (The Mirror) and before “The Music of the Night”. It is reprised in Act Two at the end of the son..
This song was originally recorded by the Spanish rock band Los Bravos and released in 1966 as the group's debut single for Decca Records. Produced by Ivor Raymonde, the song reached No.2 in the UK, No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Canada. With the song's success, Los Bravos became the first Spanish rock band to have an international hit single. Lead singer Mike Kogel's vocals sounded so similar to Gene Pitney that many listeners assumed that "Black Is Black" was a Pitney single.
A French version entitled "Noir c'est noir," was recorded by Johnny Hallyday and held the No.1 spot in France's..
"Sing" was written by Joe Raposo in 1971 for the TV show Sesame Street. Raposo was one of the staff songwriters on the show and the song became one of the most popular ever on the program being sung in English, Spanish, and even sign language.
The Carpenters heard the song early in 1973, it fitted their image and they felt it could be a hit. The song became their debut single from the album ‘Now & Then’, which released later that year. "Sing" reached No.1 on the US easy listening chart and it became Richard & Karen’s seventh gold single.
Subsequent Sesame Street versions incl..
Following the sad loss of Fats Domino last month (October 2017) we have added this style in tribute. This popular song was written by by Vincent Rose, with lyrics by Larry Stock and Al Lewis Lewis. It was first published in 1940 and there were at least six other famous artiste versions recorded (these included Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Louis Armstrong) before the best remembered 1950s rock n' roll version by Fats Domino.
It was an international hit in 1956 for Fats and has become a classic rock and roll standard. It reached No.2 for three weeks in the USA Billboard Top 40 charts, beco..
The Midjay Pro, SD7, SD9 & SD40 can import and use Styles from the previous KETRON Style libraries (SD, MJ). Of course to ensure and maximize compatibility, we must use Styles that share common sound characteristics as those used in the original instrument. That said, let’s proceed and find out how to convert these styles. First we recommend you copy the style(s) from an external source (USB Stick, computer, HD) to the internal memory of MJ Pro or SD7 (User Style folder). In the Disk Edit menu, you can find both the Copy and Paste functions (already well explained in the user manual) ..
We now have a great new style for this classic pop song. It was recorded by multiple artists during the 60’s however in 1963, Lesley Gore's version hit No.1. It was the first hit single for producer Quincy Jones. "It's My Party" was credited to John Gluck, Wally Gold & Herb Weiner, staff writers at ‘Aaron Schroeder Music’. The lyrics were actually written by Seymour Gottlieb, a freelance songwriter and friend to Herb Weiner.
The first recording was in 1962 by The Chiffons for their ‘One Fine Day’ album. It was also recorded by Helen Shapiro for her Helen in Nashville album in F..
This song was written by June Carter Cash & Merle Kilgore and was originally recorded by June's sister, Anita Carter, on the Mercury Records album ‘Folk Songs Old and New’ with the title of “Love's Ring of Fire". When Johnny Cash heard it he told Anita if it wasn’t a hit within 6 months he wanted to record a version. The rest is history and the Cash version which appeared on the 1963 album ‘Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash’ was then recorded on March 25, 1963. It became one of his biggest hits. It stayed at number one on the country chart for seven weeks and went ‘Gold’ in January, 2..
On 7 September 1976, Clapton wrote the ballad "Wonderful Tonight". It was written for and inspired by Pattie Boyd (previous wife to George Harrison & then later Eric Clapton) while waiting for her to get ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney's annual Buddy Holly party. Boyd later said "For years it tore at me. To have inspired Eric, and George before him, to write such music was so flattering. 'Wonderful Tonight' was the most poignant reminder of all that was good in our relationship, and when things went wrong it was torture to hear it."
On March 28, 1979, the day after they were ma..
This classic funk song by American funk band Earth, Wind & Fire was written by Maurice White, Al McKay, and Allee Willis. It was recorded during the ‘I Am’ sessions and released as a single in 1978. It featured on the band's album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, It reached number one on the US R&B chart, number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three in the UK singles chart.
The band also performed the number with the name change of December, everything else was the same and in this format it appeared on the bands album “Holiday”. It was the final album to featur..
Also often called the "Love Theme from Titanic". It is the main theme to James Cameron's blockbuster film. The music was composed by James Horner, lyrics were written by Will Jennings, it was produced by Walter Afanasieff and Simon Franglen, recorded by Celine Dion, and released in 1997. The song was originally released in 1997 on Dion's album Let's Talk About Love and the Titanic soundtrack album. It’s success was immeadiately secured when it went straight to number one all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom and Australia.
The song became Dion..
This popular light orchestral Christmas music standard is the latest style to be added to our collection and number was originally composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946 and finished the work in February 1948. It was originally an instrumental piece. The lyrics, about someone asking another to join them for a ride in a sleigh, were written by Mitchell Parish later in 1950.
The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra. Sleigh Ride was a hit record on RCA Victor Red S..
This ballad was recorded by Elvis Presley in 1960. It is one of two popular songs based on the Italian song "'O Sole mio" (music by Eduardo di Capua), the other being "There's No Tomorrow", recorded by U.S. singer Tony Martin in 1949. It was this version that inspired the Presley version. The song is the second best-selling single by Presley, is one of the best-selling singles of all time and was written in under 30 minutes by Aaron Schroeder and Wally Gold.
In 1960, "It's Now or Never" was got to No.1 in the USA (spending 5 weeks at the top slot) and in the UK it spent 8 weeks at No.1...
This song was written by Billy Joel and is the third track from his 1977 album ‘The Stranger’. It made No.3 in the USA and suprisingly only No.19 in the UK. The song won two Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1979.
The sax solo was played by Phil Woods, a well-known jazz performer and Grammy award winner. Woods was criticized by some purists in the jazz community for playing on a rock session, but in fact he had already played previously on such sessions both for Steely Dan and for Paul Simon. The performance here on a hit record undoubtedly exposed him to a wi..
The original song is a Rastafarian number written and recorded by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. The lyrics are adapted from the texts of Psalms 19 and 137 in the Hebrew Bible. Their version appeared in the soundtrack album of the 1972 movie ‘The Harder They Come’.
The song was popularised in Europe by Germany-based disco band Boney M in 1978. This cover version was awarded a platinum disc and is one of the top ten all time best-selling singles in the UK staying at No.1 for 5 weeks. The B-side of the single, "Brown Girl in the Ring",..
The song was composed by John Stewart shortly before he left the Kingston Trio. Monkees producer Chip Douglas was friends with John Stewart and ran into him at a party in Hollywood. Douglas told Stewart that he was now producing the Monkees and asked if he had any songs that might work for the group. Stewart offered "Daydream Believer."
The band loved the song and recorded it with Davy Jones singing lead vocals. The single got to No.1 in the US charts in December 1967 and it remained there for four weeks. It peaked at number five in the UK Charts. Unfortunately it was the Monkees' last ..
Our latest song style is for Lady In Red. The song was written by British/Irish singer-songwriter Chris de Burgh and released in June 1986. It was the second single from the album ‘Into the Light’. On the TV program ‘This Is Your Life’, Chris said that the song was inspired by the memory of when he first saw Diane and how men often cannot even remember what their wives were wearing when they first met.
The song was a massive hit quickly becoming de Burgh's best-selling single and his signature song. It transformed him from a cult artist into a household name in many countries. It reache..
Our latest song style is for Every Breath You Take. The song recorded by UK rock band ‘The Police’ came from their 1983 album Synchronicity. Written by Sting it was the biggest US and UK hit of 1983 and topped the UK Singles Chart for four weeks. It was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, and Record of the Year, winning in the first two categories. For the song, Sting received the 1983 British Academy's Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.
The lyrics are the words of a possessive lover wh..
With our latest style for Another Day in Paradise we have got to 40 fabulous single styles in our library. This means every week we are more and more likely to have just what you are looking for. The song the style is based on was produced and recorded by Phil Collins, this song was released as the first single from his No. 1 album, ‘But Seriously’ in 1989. It lays claim to being the last number-one single of the 1980s and the first number-one of the 1990s. It was a worldwide success, eventually becoming one of the most successful songs of his solo career.
The song won the Grammy for Record..
On release now is our latest style for Yamaha, Korg, Ketron and Roland keyboards. The song 'Never can say goodbye' was written by Clifton Davis and was originally written and intended for the Supremes to record. Motown however decided the song would be better suited to the Jackson 5. Released as a single in 1971, it was one of the group's most successful songs. The song has been covered numerous times, most notably in 1974 by disco diva Gloria Gaynor and in 1987 by British pop group The Communards. The style is very much aimed at the original disco version that made it such a dance classic. Ne..
Our dedicated style library continues to expand with our latest offering based on a song written by Paul Carrack. Whilst many may not know this beautiful classic ballad it deserves a place in our Carillon repotoire of keyboard styles.
The original song achieved its best position in the charts in 1996 only just making the UK top 40. The highly talented singer Paul Melvyn Carrack was born 22 April 1951. He is an English singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has recorded as both a solo artist and as a member of several popular bands. The BBC dubbed him as "The Ma..
The latest dedicated single style added to our collection is Abba's "The winner takes it all". There can be few that won't recognise this classic pop song before the intro is finished and this makes it a must have number in your repotoire.
This song was recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released as the first single from the ‘Super Trouper’ album on 21/7/1980. The copy key of this ballad is F-sharp major and the lyrics reflect the end of a romance. Ulvaeus denies the song is about his and Fältskog's divorce, saying the basis of the song "is the experience of a divorce, but it's ..
This weeks new style is for an old Barry White number. This instantly recognisable song was originally recorded by Barry White. It was written by Tony Sepe, Peter Radcliffe and White himself, in fact he also produced the number. It was White's fourth top ten hit on the USA Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, reaching No.2. It also spent a week at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart. In the UK Singles Chart it did even better, spending two weeks at No.1 (December 1974). Radcliffe originally wrote "You're the First, My Last, My Everything" as a country song with the title "You're My First,..
Sweltering temperatures brought over 25,000 visitors to the little town of Middlewich in Cheshire for this years June Folk & Boat Festival. John & Jackie Romero opened their garden for the third year running to all, so that funds could be raised for charity during the festival. The core of their weekend was titled 'Accordion Magic' and was part of the 'fringe' entertainment events for Middlewich during the festival. The entertainment line up included a number of well known faces from the accordion world. Harry Hussey, Jovan Rnjak, John Penny, Helen Rich, The Weaver Vally Orchestra ..
Not one but two new styles have been added this week. Following hard on the heals of Any Dream Will Do is a style for Karma Chameleon. As usual there are versions for Yamaha, Korg, Roland & Ketron which you find in the latest list (bottom left home page) or in each brands single style lists!
Karma Chameleon was the second Culture Club single to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart (after ‘Do You Really Want to Hurt Me’). It was also featured on the group's 1983 album ‘Colour by Numbers’. The single spent three weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 in early 1984 and ..
We have just added a new single style for Roland, Ketron, Korg & Yamaha. The style is perfect for Any Dream Will Do. As usual we must add for copyright reasons this style can of course be used for many other different songs if so required. You will find the new style under each brands 'Keyboard Software Tab'.
The original song was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice for the 1968 musical ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’. It is usually sung at both the beginning and ending song of the show and is sung by the character of Joseph. The number is probably best kno..
If you are not already aware we keep a list of our most requested styles. So if you need a genre or even a specific style let us know, we'll add it to the list and release the best as quickly as possible. Email us with your requests! By the way that goes for instruments and accessories as well.
Its been a labour of love however we have finished re writing all our Korg Style Collections to bring them up to date. There are now twelve disks finished to PA4X standards. Check them out here, have a listen and get yours now! BTW All our single styles have now also been updated.
Following the virus attacks on computer systems over the past few days Carillon Studios would like to reassure its customers that all its software, websites and emails are secure and safe. With our recent move to a new secure server, our in house virus protection and our use of Apple systems we believe our systems are as safe as they can be reasonably be made.
Customers should know there is no risk in our music software being infected. We cannot strongly emphasis enough that ALL users to make sure their virus protection is up to date, fully working and machines (PC's and Mac) are regul..
March 31st 2017 saw the start of the 2nd Carillon Accordion Festival in the north of the UK. The Carousel Hotel, near the Pleasure Beach complex on the Blackpool seafront is the new annual home for this great accordion event. Blackpool has a bit of a reputation of being a little run down and perhaps not the most high class of seaside towns but this great boutique hotel venue however bucks this reputation and shows off how Blackpool is changing and moving a little more upmarket.
To all our loyal customers we must apologise for our disappearance over the past few days. We encountered a security issue on our server, this led to a decision to change to a shiny new Linux server. With a great deal of assistance from our fabulous hosts at Qbic we took a leap of faith. Oh if only life were that simple...
In the building of our new website we thought we just had to have a new logo that gave a better representation of our brand. Carillon Studios is where it all started back in the 1990's when we made our first style disk for Technics and since then we write and produce style products for eight different brands and