To All Our Carillon Customers,
Well the world continues, as do I. In fact, according to the hospital, the latest news about myself is it seems that I have got over cancer. However, I have to wait until January to be (completely) sure. My thanks go out to all those that have been in touch and let me have their good wishes on the subject. To any of our customers that are or are ever in the situation, I can only hope your hospital treats you as well as mine has.
Please be aware that I still have a long list of people that need help so if I have not yet got around to contactin..
If you are at all interested in why we have been so quiet recently to see the news. However, the Great News is we have a new offering for you. Our new Rock 'n Roll album is now ready! This our latest offering is a disk we have had planned for ages and just not got around to. Anyway it is now here so if you have a Yamaha, Ketron or a Korg have a listen and let us know what you think!
You will find these new styles under our 'Keyboard Software' section.
It seems to have taken ages to have got these disks out! Finally, we have three new disks with "Chillin Out" being a diamond. I am pleased to say that this disk is available in 3 formats, Yamaha, Korg and Ketron!
You will find a range of styles which will suit all players who like more of a chill in their music and I have found a way to extend the samples to make the most of them. Listen to the beautiful Breazin to the fabulous Reggae Ballad. Oh, I could go on but on second thought listen to all the tracks! and feel the positive "laid back feel".
You will find these new st..
Where does the time go! It's a whole fortnight since our last message to all of you and we have a brand new pair of styles for you again. Firstly a classic 'Beatles' number, 'Something' and secondly a brilliant 'Dire Straights' number called 'Romeo and Juliet'.
The first song is bound to help those that love the Beatles. Something was from their 1969 album 'Abbey Road' and written by George Harrison. It was a brilliant success and topped the Billboard Hot 100 in the USA, Canada, New Zealand and West Germany. Lennon stated it was the best song on the Abbey Road album.
You will find t..
We are still trying desperately to keep up with your demands. So with that in mind, we have another two styles for you to try and in addition, we have fixed the problems with two of the new Ketron compilation disk download problems. So firstly styles. Number one is an old Lynn Anderson song and secondly, is a song by Christie.
Our first song is a lovely version of the (I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden. This is a great uptempo number for the girls to have a singalong to as well as being brilliant for uptempo dancing. Secondly, Yellow Ribbon is a sup..
Oh, we are pleased to announce we are back to writing single styles, Horray! It has taken some time but we now have Ketron, Korg and Yamaha pretty much all up to date now with style disks. This means that if you ever change your keyboard with these styles you will not lose a song!
So what now do I hear you saying? Well, we have started our single styles again with the classic "Morning has broken" by Cat Stevens so please check out this latest style now. Just a little taster for you as well, our next single style will be a classic, you won't have to wait too long to find out!
You will fin..
We wish everyone A Happy New Year. And for those of you who are musicians, we are really pleased to announce that we have managed to get yet another disk done for you! This time we have made a disk especially for the Country and Western fans out there. Disk 11 is the first of our specially selected Country disks that will put your music to a new level giving rhythms that will enable you to specialise in this area.
In addition to these disks, we are excited to announce the release of a further dedicated single style (with four versions for Yamaha, Korg, Ketron and Roland), "Hard To Say ..
We are pleased to announce the release of our Korg, Shades of Green Vol 1 & 2 before Xmas, Horray! If you fancy a play with everything Irish then these are the disks for you Please go to Korg under the Keyboard Software section, and then look for the Shades Of Green V2. Click here and you will find access to ALL of our new Korg range!
We are trying to get another disk done this week but no promises. Have a great holiday!
In addition to these disks, we are excited to announce the release of a further dedicated single style (with four versions for Yamaha, Korg, Ketron and Roland),..
Oh, where does the time go? We have not stopped this year and yet we have still got so much to do! As you probably have noticed we have slowed down the production of single styles so that we can rebuild our style disk collections. So we have completed stage one of our new Ketron and Yamaha disks reaching 16 new disks in each section. In addition, we have now added eleven new style disks for Korg and have started on the next two disks Shades Of Green Vol 1 and Vol 2. These disks will bring a host of new styles for your instrument!
In addition to these disks, we are excited to announce t..
Not only have this year rebuilt our style repertoire of disks for KETRON and YAMAHA instruments but we have now moved on to KORG! As our individual song style library is now up to almost 120 styles, we thought it was about time that our Korg disk collections received the attention as well. Consequently, we are rebuilding the entire repertoire of our main disks as well under the collection name of Blue Style Disk Collections.
We now have ten entirely new collections which you can try with more to come! Incidentally, these disks will have at least another 7&..
Oh Wow, have we been busy! Not only have we been rewriting our group style categories bit we have yet another single style made especially for you!
This song, by The Beatles, is from their 1965 album Rubber Soul. It was written mainly by John Lennon, credited to the Lennon–McCartney songwriting partnership and influenced by the introspective lyrics of Bob Dylan. The song is considered a milestone in the Beatles' development as songwriters. The song also features a sitar part, played by lead guitarist George Harrison, that marked the first appearance of the Indian string instrument on ..
Gerry and the Pacemakers were a British beat group prominent in the 1960s Merseybeat scene. They came from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and were recorded by George Martin. They were the first act to reach number one in the UK Singles Chart with their first three single releases. "How Do You Do It?" was first and "I Like It" being second. The massive "You'll Never Walk Alone" single was third.
Gerry Marsden formed the group in 1956 with his brother Fred, Les Chadwick, and Arthur McMahon. They rivalled the Beatles early in their career, playing in the same areas of Hamburg an..
This song by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album, “Songs in the Key of Life” was written to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Aisha Morris. Wonder collaborated on the song with Harlem songwriter and studio owner Burnetta "Bunny" Jones.
The song starts with a baby's first cry recorded during actual childbirth. A recording of Wonder bathing Aisha as an older toddler is brought into the final section of the song, mixed with Wonder's extended chromatic harmonica solo. All of the instruments heard in the song are played by Wonder.
You will find this new style under our 'Keyboard Software..
We have completely rebuilt our style repertoire of disks for KETRON instruments during this month and we have more to come as well. Our individual song style library is now up to over 110 styles, wow, and we thought it was about time that our disk collections received the attention that you deserve as well. So we rebuilt the entire repertoire of our main disks as well under the collection name of Blue Style Disk Collections.
We now have an entirely new collection of disks that have in some cases been reworked and in others are brand new. So why don't you go and have a look ..
This song by the English rock band the Beatles was written by Paul McCartney and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. Its nine-week run at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 tied the all-time record in 1968 for the longest run at the top of the US charts and sold approximately eight million. The writing and recording of "Hey Jude" coincided with a period of upheaval in the Beatles. The ballad evolved from "Hey Jules", a song McCartney wrote to comfort John Lennon's son, Julian after Lennon had left his wife for the Japanese artist Yoko Ono.
"Hey Jude" was the first Beatles son..
This song was originally performed in 1961 by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King and written by King, Jerry Leiber, and Mike Stoller. It was featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me. It was also featured in a 1987 European commercial of Levi's 501 jeans, contributing to greater success in Europe.
In 2012, the song's royalties were estimated to have topped £17 million making it the sixth highest-earning song as of its era. 50% of the royalties were paid to King. In 2014, King's original version was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congres..
This song, by the Beatles, was released on 6 March 1970 as a single. It was written and sung by Paul McCartney, and credited to the Lennon–McCartney partnership. The single version of the song, produced by George Martin, features a softer guitar solo and the orchestral section mixed low, compared to the album version, produced by Phil Spector, featuring a more-aggressive guitar solo and the orchestral sections mixed higher.
At the time, it had the highest debut on the Billboard Hot 100, beginning its chart run at number 6 and eventually reaching the top. It was their final single before..
"Alone Again (Naturally)" is a song by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan. It was released in 1972 at the same time as (but not on) the album, “Back to Front”. The single spent six weeks at No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1972. The song also spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Easy Listening chart. The track reached No. 3 in the UK Singles Chart.
The song is an introspective ballad, starting with the singer contemplating suicide after being left at the altar after his bride deserted him, and then telling about the death of hi..
"F.B.I." is an instrumental rock tune recorded by the British group The Shadows, written by Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Jet Harris. Due to complicated publishing contracts, "F.B.I." was credited to their manager Peter Gormley, who was also acting as Cliff Richard's manager. The actual composers' names never appeared on the credits. It was released by EMI as a single in February 1961 on the Columbia label with "Midnight" as the B-side. It spent 19 weeks in the UK Singles Chart reaching No. 6 on two separate occasions in mid-February and mid-March 1961.
It was released in the United Stat..
Richard Carpenter selected "We've Only Just Begun" for the duo's third single and included it on the LP Close to You. Released in late summer 1970, the single featured Karen's lead vocals and the overdubbed harmonies of both siblings.
Following their hit "Close to You" onto the charts, "We've Only Just Begun" was a hit No. 1 on the Cash Box singles chart and No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 becoming the pair's second million-selling gold single. It was considered by both Karen and Richard to be their signature song. According to The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (6th edition), on the..
This song by Chas & Dave was from the album 'Mustn't Grumble' which was released as a single on 7 March 1982 and entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 62. The song stayed in the charts for 11 weeks and peaked at number No. 2 on 17 April 1982. It was also the duo's first and biggest hit in Ireland, peaking at No. 3 on the Irish Singles Chart in April 1982.
Interviewed by The Daily Telegraph in 2015 Chas Hodges was asked which was the band's biggest earning hit, and said: "It’s difficult to say. "Ain’t No Pleasing You" reached number two and is the most played. It was also the biggest a..
"After the Love Has Gone" was a single by Earth, Wind & Fire released in 1979 on ARC/Columbia Records. The song reached No. 2 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and US Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart, No. 4 on the UK Pop Singles chart and No. 3 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs chart. After the Love Has Gone was produced by Maurice White and written by David Foster, Jay Graydon, and Bill Champlin. The songs came from Earth, Wind & Fire's 1979 studio album "I Am".
Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White revealed that "After the Love Has Gone" was one of their mo..
This Rockabilly song was written by Bob Montgomery & Norman Petty and originally recorded by Buddy Holly in 1958. The B-side of the single was called "Well... All Right". Unfortunately, it was to be the penultimate single released during his lifetime. The song was a minor hit in the USA and only reached No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single was more successful in the UK, reaching No. 30 in January 1959 and again reaching the charts upon its reissue in April 1960.
"Heartbeat" subsequently also got to the UK Top Ten twice with other artists. Firstly in 1975 for Showaddywad..
This is a popular American Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It has received frequent airplay in the USA during every Xmas season since. "Jingle Bell Rock" was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal & James Ross Boothe.
Helms version entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart December 24, 2016, and reached No. 29 two weeks later. In January 2019, the song entered the Hot 100's top 10 for the first time reaching No. 8. With this feat, Helms broke the record for the longest wait to the Hot 100's top 10 as he achieved this in 60 years, four months and two weeks after his first e..
The song was written and performed by Northern Irish guitarist Gary Moore. It was originally released as the title track of the album ‘Still Got the Blues’. The song was released as a single and reached No.31 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1990. It is the only single of Moore's solo career to chart on the USA Billboard Hot 100, where it reached No.97 on 16 February 1991. Moore played his Les Paul Standard Guitar throughout the song. He also filmed a basic music video for the song. The song was covered by Eric Clapton on his 2013 album Old Sock as a tribute to Moore following his death in 2..
This song was written and recorded by singer-songwriter Fred Neil in 1966 and released by himself two years later. The version of the song performed by Harry Nilsson sold over a million copies and became a hit in 1969. It reached No. 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and won a Grammy Award after it was featured in the film Midnight Cowboy.
The song describes the singer's desire to retreat from other people to the ocean. It has also appeared in the 1994 film Forrest Gump as well as being included on the film's soundtrack album. It can also be found in the comedy film Borat and in the O..
This song was written by Eric Clapton, Marcella Detroit and George Terry. It was recorded & performed by Clapton and appeared on his 1977 album ‘Slowhand’. The up-tempo tune is one of Clapton's biggest American hits. He intentionally wrote it in the style of one of his favourite songwriters, Oklahoma musician J.J. Cale. Clapton said the song was "as close as an Englishman could get to being J.J. Cale.
The song lyrics reference Clapton trying to convince a girl to hang out with him in bed instead of leaving. It was the Bee Gee’s who kept Clapton out of the No.1 spot in the charts wit..
This is a ballad written, produced, and performed by Stevie Wonder and remains his best selling single to date, having reached No.1 in a record 19 different charts around the world. The song was used as the lead single from the 1984 soundtrack album ‘The Woman in Red’ and reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks in October 1984.
It is his only solo UK No.1, staying at the top for six weeks. In the process it also became Motown Records' biggest-selling single in the UK, a distinction it still holds as of 2019. In addition, the song won both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award fo..
As our style ranges continue to grow, we have got to No.100 in our single style range. Our latest new style is a gem. Whitney Housten's Saving all my love for you! If you haven't done so, please have a listen to the style demos.
For those of you new to Carillon the original principles behind these styles is to give our players the ability to create a song without the use of midifiles as accurately as possible. However, that was not enough. Instruments get upgraded and superseded and we thought why should customers be forced to re-buy software they have already paid for? With that i..
This song by Michael Jackson was from his 9th studio album ‘HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I’ and released on August 15, 1995. The ballad was written by R&B singer R. Kelly for Michael in response to difficult times in his own personal life. Kelly sent a bare demo tape to Jackson, who liked the song and decided to produce it with him in Chicago. Jackson's interest in the song was also linked to recent events in his personal life.
The song's corresponding music video, which featured Jackson and his then-wife Lisa Marie Presley, featured scenes of semi-nudity. The track toppe..
This song by Billy Joel first appeared on his 1978 album ‘52nd Street’. A single version was released in the autumn of 1978 and reached No.2 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Early in 1979 it peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and got to No.12 in the UK.
The song begins with drums and electric bass, followed by a keyboard riff. The riff is also used as a fill between verse and chorus sections and is also played at the end. The section order is intro-verse-fill-chorus-bridge-v-f-c-b-solo-c-outro. Chicago members Peter Cetera and Donnie Dacus performed the backing vocals and sang..
This song was written by Elton John and Gary Osborne. It was released in 1982 both as a single and on the album ‘Jump Up!’ (which reached No. 8 in the UK). In the US, it achieved two weeks at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
The video for the song was filmed in Australia, on Sydney's famous Bondi to Bronte walk. The exact location is at the most easterly point of Marks Park, Tamarama, where a low, sandstone turret rests on the top of the cliffs and overlooks the Tasman Sea. The white grand piano was positioned right in the middle of the turret. The song and video was in dedication..
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..
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..
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 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..
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.
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..
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..
‘Flying Colours’ was Chris De Burgh’s 9th studio album. It was released by A&M Records in 1988. The song ‘Missing you’ was subsequently taken from the album and released as a single. It reached the Top 5 in the UK, peaking at No. 3 and in Ireland it reached No. 1.
De Burgh was born 15th October 1948, his birth name was Christopher John Davison. During his carrer he has had several top 40 hits in the UK and two in the US, but he is more popular in other countries, particularly Norway and Brazil. He is most famous for his 1986 love song "The Lady in Red" (Carillon Studios Style Number..
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..
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,..