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.
You will find this new style in under our 'Keyboard..
"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..