Winning a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group, once again Thomas Bell and William Hart wrote the 'Philly soul ballad' for the Delfonics in 1970. * The slow ballad has wonderful strings and horns along with the chromatic vocal harmonies in the Delfonic's set signature style. Exceptional music making at its best! *(The Delfonics definitively musical "La La Means I Love You" from 1968 also by Bell and Hart; hear it at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nHJPb08KI1E
1979 Randy Vanwarmer reached the peak of his short lived career with a most beautiful ballad he wrote in 1979, "Just When I Needed You Most". It reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart in September 1979 after peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart earlier that year.There are several cover versions of this song, including those by Dolly Parton and Smokie Robinson. Randy Vanwarmer died of Leukemia in 2004. Hear Randy VanWarmer perform this song live at: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhP0CK3yQ7E
Written by the Bee Gees, what could possibly be said about the quality of this ballad that has not already been talked about? Although Samantha Sang's only big hit in her singing career, she certainly does a fine job throughout. This could possibly be the best song that the brothers Gibb have ever written!
"La-La (Means I Love You)" is a 1968 song originally performed by The Delfonics. It was written by Thom Bell and William Hart and produced by Bell and Stan Watson. "La-La" was a number four US Billboard pop, number two R&B in 1968 and number 19 UK pop single in 1971. The song is one of the Delfonics' most enduring recordings and perhaps their best loved, seeing a number of cover versions as well.
David Cassidy sings the first hit song featured in The Partridge Family tv show from the first season of the series. Ironically, as the series went on, the songs that followed actually got better and better in overall quality, in my opinion.
From 2015, Lang Lang performs Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto # 1 in B flat minor with Paavo Järvi conducting the Orchestre de Paris. As brilliant as this work from Tchaikovsky is, the question of its introduction has always been a sore point for critics and enthusiasts. The concerto's first theme, which follows the famous introduction, is based on a melody that Tchaikovsky heard performed by blind beggar-musicians at a market in Kamenka (near Kiev), is notable for its apparent formal independence from the rest of the movement and from the concerto as a whole, especially given its setting not in the work’s nominal key of B-flat minor but rather in D-flat major, that key's relative major. Despite the introductions very substantial nature, this first theme is only heard twice, and it never reappears at any later point in the concerto. Because of its independence from the rest of the work the introduction posed an enigma to analysts and critics alike. As definitive a puzzlement as it is, the work continues on with the rest of the first movement as well as the brilliant second and third movements seeming to be linked quite inconspicuously , albeit quite subtly. SELECTED COMPARISON: BARENBOIM/ ZUBIN MEHTA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5EQ2kT3598 Who are some of the greatest Living Pianists? Read: https://www.rawassertions.com/the-13-greatest-living-classical-pianists-a-bakers-dozen/
This song and video can be found in quite an abundance throughout the You Tube playlists. It is such a powerfully enticing melody and so I felt it mandatory to add to Great Performers. Songwriter, Ray Hildebrand was Paul. "Paula" was Jill Jackson, the niece of the owner of the boarding house where Ray lived at the time. This 1963 song had simple words and a lingering melody however, it was one of those melodies that just 'stayed with you'; so much so that it practically topped every music chart in early 1963.
Gary Pucketts first visit to the Sullivan show in June of 1968. Written by Jerry Fuller, the 3rd. of The Union Gap's 5 million selling records!
Watch Gary sing "Over You" live ; 1969 -Glen Campbell Goodtimes at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aXKBMDVSoMI&persist_app=1&app=m ORIGINAL UPLOAD***HQ STEREO ~ from The Jerry Lewis Show, 10/68 - GARY PUCKETT AND THE UNION GAP - OVER YOU written by JERRY FULLER
Watch a wonderful, live performance of "I Started a Joke" from 2001: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNMRbMqI_6k Written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb the song is supposedly about someone who has done or said something horribly wrong, which results in feelings of social alienation. Others have described it as quite spiritual and could in fact be dealing with the Christian savior himself. Robin Gibb talked in 2009 about "I Started a Joke": "This is a very spiritual song. The listeners have to interpret it themselves, trying to explain it would detract from the song" The hauntingly beautiful melody brings the ballad up to one of the top 2 or 3 songs that the Bee Gees have ever written.