The-Temptations, DON CHARISMA

My Girl – The Temptations


Yesterday, I posted Otis Redding’s version of “My Girl” … Today, I’m posting The Temptations’ version from 1964.

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The_Temptations_on_the_Ed_Sullivan_Show, DON CHARISMA

“My Girl” is a¬†soul music¬†song recorded by¬†the Temptations¬†for the Gordy (Motown) record label. Written and produced by¬†the Miracles¬†members¬†Smokey Robinson¬†and¬†Ronald White, the song became the Temptations’ first U.S. number-one single, and is today their signature song. Robinson’s inspiration for writing this song was his wife, Miracles member¬†Claudette Rogers Robinson. The song was included on the Temptations 1965 album¬†The Temptations Sing Smokey. In 2018, it was selected for preservation in the¬†National Recording Registry¬†by the¬†Library of Congress¬†as being “culturally, historically, or artistically significant.

Source – Wikipedia

 

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Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

My Girl – Otis Redding


This time I decided to do my own video. Originally a Temptations song – Maybe I’ll post their version later.

I made the video myself – One of my first attempts at video editing, using the built in software in Windows 10 “Video Editor” – it’s OK, but I did have some issues (don’t use too many effects on one clip). Often other videos aren’t that well made – So I thought I’d try my hand at making my own. You can be the judge of whether I made a good job or not !

I like the idea of using the creative tools that are to hand for free, rather than forking out cash that I don’t have. And simple is good these days.

RIP Otis Redding.

Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

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Candyman - Christina Aguilera, DON CHARISMA

Candyman – Christina Aguilera


I recently posted Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy by Andrews Sisters – seems that that song was one of Christina’s inspirations when writing this song. Wikipedia lists Candyman as Pop – Jazz – Swing.

For me I like the upbeat sound, and the modern’ish take on vintage music. The lyrics are a bit trashy, but that only adds to the appeal IMO (sorry puritanists and snowflakes).

Candyman - Christina Aguilera, DON CHARISMA

“Candyman” is a song recorded by American singer Christina Aguilera for the second disc of her fifth studio album, Back to Basics (2006). She co-wrote the song with its producer Linda Perry. “Candyman” was planned to be released as the second single from Back to Basics; however, RCA Records decided to release “Hurt” instead. Subsequently, the track was released in February 2007 as the third single from the album.

Christina Aguilera co-wrote “Candyman” with its producer Linda Perry. Jim McMillen played the trombone, while Ray Herrmann and Glen Berger performed the saxophone, and Chris Tedesco played the trumpet. Perry also played the piano, mellotron, bass, and served as the musical director. Nathan Wetherington played the drums. According to Aguilera and Perry, the song was a tribute to The Andrews Sisters’ 1941 song “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”

Source – Wikipedia

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Aretha Franklin 1968, DON CHARISMA

Respect – Aretha Franklin / Otis Redding


Another double musical whammy, straight from the Don Charisma playlist. Otis wrote the song, and later became a much bigger hit for Aretha.

Let me know in the comments which one you like best.

Aretha

Aretha Franklin 1968, DON CHARISMA

Otis

Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

“Respect” is a song written and originally released by American recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for soul singer Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He won’t care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he brings money home. However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect”. Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…”.

Source – Wikipedia

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Carla Thomas, DON CHARISMA

Tramp – Otis Redding And Carla Thomas


Otis and Carla duet, fun, lighthearted sweet soul music.

Carla Thomas, DON CHARISMA

Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

Otis Redding recorded “Tramp” as a duet with Carla Thomas for Stax Records. The song was first included on the joint album by Redding and Thomas, King & Queen (1967). Described as “playful” by Dahl, it was released as a single only months after Fulson’s. Credited to “Otis and Carla”, the duo’s version outsold Fulson’s original and peaked at number two on Billboard’s R&B and number 26 on the Hot 100 charts.

Source – Wikipedia

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Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding


Otis’ probably definitive and best known record. RIP Otis Redding, this was his last record.

Otis Redding,portrait, public domain, DON CHARISMA

“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” is a song co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. It was recorded by Redding twice in 1967, including once just days before his death in a plane crash. The song was released on Stax Records’ Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous single to top the charts in the US. It reached number 3 on the UK Singles Chart.

Redding started writing the lyrics to the song in August 1967, while sitting on a rented houseboat in¬†Sausalito, California. He completed the song with the help of Cropper, who was a Stax producer and the guitarist for¬†Booker T. & the M.G.’s. The song features whistling and sounds of waves crashing on a shore.

Source – Wikipedia

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Aretha Franklin 1968, DON CHARISMA

I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin


One of the best Aretha Franklin tracks ever made, another favourite of mine … 144 million views on YouTube, so I guess it’s quite popular with others too !

The second version is the “official” one (I think) … I couldn’t tell any difference in the audio between the two, and the first one, has some great photos of Aretha. So, I included both for you, you decide which one you want to listen to.

Aretha Franklin 1968, DON CHARISMA

“I Say a Little Prayer” also returned to the Pop & R&B Top Ten in the fall of 1968 via a recording by Aretha Franklin taken from her 1968 album Aretha Now. Franklin and background vocalists The Sweet Inspirations were singing the song for fun while rehearsing the songs intended for the album when the viability of their recording “I Say a Little Prayer” became apparent, significantly re-invented from the format of the Dionne Warwick original via the prominence of Clayton Ivey’s piano work. Similar to the history of Warwick’s double-sided hit, the Aretha Franklin version was intended for the B-side of the July 1968 single release “The House That Jack Built” but began to accrue its own airplay that August. In October 1968 “I Say a Little Prayer” reached number ten on the Hot 100 and number three on the R&B singles chart. The same month the single was certified Gold by the RIAA. “Prayer” became Franklin’s ninth and last consecutive Hot 100 top 10 hit on the Atlantic label. Franklin’s “Prayer” has a special significance in her UK career, as with its September 1968 No. 4 peak it became Franklin’s biggest UK hit; subsequently Franklin has surpassed that track’s UK peak only with her No. 1 collaboration with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.

Source – Wikipedia

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Bei Mir Bistu Shein (“To Me You’re Beautiful”) – The Andrews Sisters / The Hot Sardines


Another “Double Whammy” from Don Charisma – old and new versions, 1937 Andrews Sisters, and 2014 The Hot Sardines. The Andrews Sisters’ version was their first number one hit. I believe the original title is Yiddish, and there has also been German titled versions (see Wikipedia quote below).

In English it means – “To Me You’re Beautiful”

I’m not quite sure what the genre is called, roughly I’d say “Swing”, in both cases, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. Categorising music isn’t my strong suit.

Thanks again to Seax for the suggestion.

The Andrews Sisters, DON CHARISMA

1937 – Andrews Sisters – “Bei Mir Bistu Shein”

2014 – The Hot Sardines – “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen”

“Bei Mir Bistu Shein” (Yiddish: ◊Ď◊≤÷∑ ◊ě◊ô◊® ◊Ď◊ô◊°◊ė◊ē ◊©◊ô◊ô◊ü‚Äé, [ňĆbaj ňąmir ňĆbistu ňą Éejn], “To Me You’re Beautiful”) is a popular Yiddish song written by Jacob Jacobs (lyricist) and Sholom Secunda (composer) for a 1932 Yiddish language comedy musical, I Would If I Could (in Yiddish, Men Ken Lebn Nor Men Lost Nisht, “You could live, but they don’t let you”), which closed after one season (at the Parkway Theatre in Brooklyn, New York City). The score for the song transcribed the Yiddish title as “Bay Mir Bistu Sheyn”. The original Yiddish version of the song (in C minor) is a dialogue between two lovers. Five years after its 1932 composition, the song became a worldwide hit when recorded under a Germanized title as “Bei Mir Bist Du Sch√∂n” by The Andrews Sisters in November 1937.

Source – Wikipedia

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“¬ŅQui√©n ser√°?” … Sway – Dean Martin / Mucho Mambo (Sway) – Shaft


Old and new … I was introduced to this tune, by “Shaft” in some sweaty dance club in the wee hours of the morning, after likely consuming too much alcohol. Might have been trying to attract girls, badly – should probably stick with what I’m good at, like someone once told me.

I’ve since discovered the Dean Martin version from 1954, which in some ways I like more.

The 1999 version is an upbeat clubby trashy EDM tune. The 1954 version is soothing and, more easy listening.

Dean Martin, DON CHARISMA

1954 – Dean Martin Version

1999 – Shaft Version

“¬ŅQui√©n ser√°?” is a bolero-mambo written by Mexican composer Luis Demetrio, who sold the rights to fellow songwriter Pablo Beltr√°n Ruiz. Beltr√°n recorded the song for the first time with his orchestra in 1953. Pedro Infante, for whom the song was written, recorded it in 1954.

 

Norman Gimbel¬†took the song, removed the somewhat melancholy Spanish lyrics about a man wondering if he shall ever love again, and wrote brand-new English lyrics about a man praising his dancing partner’s ability to affect his heart with how she “sways” when they dance. This new song, titled “Sway”, has become a¬†standard¬†in both the¬†pop¬†and¬†jazz¬†repertoire. The first version to achieve considerable success in the United States was recorded by singer¬†Dean Martin¬†with the¬†Dick Stabile¬†orchestra in 1954.

 

Source – Wikipedia

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Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy – The Andrews Sisters


Thanks to Seax for the suggestion (In response to Patti Page). I hadn’t heard The Andrew Sisters before … This tune was the one I liked best from a short outing on YouTube – from 1941 !

I’m not quite sure what the genre is called, roughly I’d say “Swing”, but feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

The Andrews Sisters, DON CHARISMA

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” is a song which became a major hit for The Andrews Sisters and an iconic World War II tune that first appeared in the Abbott & Costello comedy film, Buck Privates. It reached number six on the U.S. pop singles chart in early 1941. The song is ranked No. 6 on Songs of the Century. Bette Midler’s 1972 recording of the song also reached the top ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

 

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song but lost out to “The Last Time I Saw Paris”.

 

The song is closely based on an earlier Raye-Prince hit, “Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar,” which is about a virtuoso boogie-woogie piano player.

 

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Moving On Up – M People


These things always come in threes ūüôā

Moving on Up is the seventh overall single from British band M People, and the second single from their second album, Elegant Slumming (1993). Written by Mike Pickering and Paul Heard and produced by M People, it was released on 13 September 1993.

The song peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, and was the biggest selling M People single. The song also became a Top 40 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100, and number one on the Billboard dance chart.

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Search For The Hero Inside Yourself – M People


Already said, I like Heather Small’s vocals … so another favourite …

“Search for the Hero” is the third single (remixed) from¬†Bizarre Fruit¬†(1994), the multi-platinum selling album from¬†M People. The song was written by¬†Mike Pickering¬†and Paul Heard and produced by M People. It was released on 12 June 1995. The song peaked at number nine on the¬†UK Singles Chart.

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One Night In Heaven – M People


On my playlist … fact – only music concert I ever went to was M People in Cardiff … My friend one tickets on the radio, and I provided the transport. I didn’t know I liked them until listening to them live, Heather Small is an amazing vocalist, so I was blown away by her “charisma”.

“One Night in Heaven” is the sixth overall single from British band¬†M People¬†and the first single from their second album¬†Elegant Slumming¬†(1993). Written by¬†Mike Pickering¬†and Paul Heard. Produced by¬†M People. It was released on 14 June 1993. The song peaked at number six on the¬†UK Singles Chart. In¬†Iceland, “One Night in Heaven” reached number five.

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Lifted – Lighthouse Family


One of my favourite “soothing” tunes …

“Lifted” is a song written by¬†British¬†duo¬†Lighthouse Family, for their debut¬†album¬†Ocean Drive¬†(1996). The song was produced by¬†Mike Peden. It was released as the¬†lead single¬†on May 1995 and reached the top 70 in the United Kingdom. In February 1996 the song was re-released, reaching a new peak of number four in the United Kingdom and reaching the top 40 in Austria, Iceland and Ireland, as well as on the Canadian¬†RPM¬†Adult Contemporary chart

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