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..
"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..
"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..
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",..
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..