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James Last

James Last – A German composer and performer who started out as a double bass player in orchestras then progressed to radio before starting out on his solo career (backed by an orchestra and a choir).

He sold millions of records with his James Last Orchestra. He pioneered what became known as “Happy Sound” which included short performances of popular songs re arranged for the big band sound. He worked with many popular musicians, including Cliff Richard, Freddy Quinn, Elvis Presley, Richard Clayderman and René Kollo.

His career took James Last all over the world and right up until the year of his death, he was touring which included his 90th performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London, UK.

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Wendy Moten

Wendy Moten (born November 22, 1965, Memphis, Tennessee) is an American singer, best known for the single “Come In Out of the Rain”, which was a No. 8 hit in the UK in February 1994.

She got her first break singing with Michael Bolton at a benefit concert; after signing with EMI, in 1992 she released her self-titled debut album and opened for Bolton on tour. Moten’s biggest hit single was “Come in Out of the Rain”.  In 2006, Moten sang back-up vocals on the Soul2Soul II Tour with Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. She contributed backing vocals to Bonnie Tyler‘s 2013 album Rocks and Honey.

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You said you believed that we’d find love together happily
After all the wrong I’ve done
You feel that I’m still the one to give your loving to
So bring it home to you

You told me that you’ll love me if I’d ever change
Welcome me into your arms again
Come on in out of the rain, hey hey
There’s a place in your heart to love me again
Happiness and joy, you bring when you call my name
Come on in out of the rain

I loved no one but you, but I strayed, I know I made you blue
You spoke unto my very soul
You warmed my heart that once was cold
Now I’m so glad to know, oh

You told me that you’ll love me if I’d ever change
Welcome me into your arms again
Come on in out of the rain, hey hey
There’s a place in your heart to love me again
Happiness and joy, you bring when you call my name
Come on in out of the rain

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Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, theatre director and conductor , but was primarily known for his operas. Unlike most opera composers, Wagner wrote both the text and the music for each of his works.

Initially, Wagner established his reputation as a composer of works in the romantic vein of Weber and Meyerbeer, but his ideal was to unify all works of art via the theatre.  In his book “Opera and Drama” (completed in 1851), he describes in detail his idea of the union of opera and drama.

Wagner’s compositions, especially those in later years, are notable for their complex textures, rich harmonies and orchestration, and the elaborate use of  ‘ leitmotifs’: musical phrases associated with individual characters, places, ideas or plot elements. His advances in musical language, such as his use of new combinations of chords, keys and harmonies, greatly influenced the development of classical music. His “Tristan und Isolde” is sometimes described as marking the start of modern music.

 

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Abedlich Strahlt Der Somme – Das Rheingold …  Allmacht’ge Jungfrau – Tannhauser …  Als Du Kuhnem Sange – Tannhauser …  Atmest Du Nicht – Lohengrin …  Bridal Chorus – Lohengrin …  In Fernem Land – Lohengrin …  Milde Und Leise – Tristan und Isolde …  O Du Mein Holder Abendstern – Tannhauser …  Pilgrim’s March – Tannhauser …  Siegmund’s Love Song – The Valkeries …

 

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Amy Studt

Amy Studt is an English singer, songwriter and musician. She grew up in a musical family, with her father being a violinist and conductor who had toured with Roy Orbison, and her mother the head of music at a local school. She taught herself piano, guitar, and oboe, among other musical instruments, and started to write songs as early as the age of six.

Amy Studt released the single “Just a Little Girl” in 2002, which reached Number 1 on US radio play and she followed this with “Misfit”, which became her highest charting single in the UK, peaking at Number 6.

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[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=36370] Just A Little Girl

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Anyone Can Whistle The Musical

Anyone Can Whistle is said to have been Stephen Sondheim’s ‘bravest’ musical, with it being described as an absurdly satirical cult show. Displaying a level of wacky intelligence, this musical is the story of a mayoress of a bankrupt town who fakes a miracle to revitalise its fortunes. There’s a nurse who sets out to  expose the fraud and a doctor who embraces it and is determined to enjoy the chaos it brings. In the end, the show delivers a powerful message about the importance of the individuality in society whilst aiming a few timely jabs at government, religion and science.

The show opened on Broadway on April 4, 1964, at the Majestic Theatre, where it closed after 9 performances and 12 previews but even after such a short run became a cult favourite.

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[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24252] Everybody Says Don’t

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Company The Musical

Company is a musical comedy by Stephen Sondheim. Robert is a single man with three girlfriends who is unable to commit fully to a steady relationship. His best friends are five married or engaged couples all with troubles of their own. The friends throw a 35th Birthday party for Robert. This musical, composed of short vignettes and presented in no particular chronological order offers a series of dinners, drinks and even a wedding, where his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse.

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Dick Tracy The Musical

Dick Tracy is a 1990 film based on a detective comic strip character from the 1930’s. Produced by Warren Beatty with 5 songs written by Stephen Sondheim, the film depicts Dick Tracy’s romantic relationships with Breathless Mahoney (Madonna) and Tess Trueheart (Glenne Headly), as well as his antagonisms with a crime boss and his henchmen. Tracy also begins fostering a young street urchin named Kid who had witnessed an horrific mass murder.

Madonna’s album ‘I’m Breathless’ was released as an album inspired by the film with inclusions of recordings from the original soundtrack.

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[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24744] Sooner Or Later

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=2468] Vogue

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24724] What Can You Lose

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Follies The Musical

Follies is an acclaimed 1971 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Goldman. It tells the story of former cast members of Weissman Follies (a musical revue), reunited for the last time in their theatre which is about to be demolished. It focuses on two couples, Buddy and Sally Durant Plummer and Benjamin and Phyllis Rogers Stone, who are attending the reunion.

Opening on Broadway on April 4, 1971, the show was directed by Harold Prince and Michael Bennett (who also choreographed it). The musical was nominated for several Tony Awards and ran for over 500 performances. The musical has had a number of major revivals, and several of its songs have become standards, including “Broadway Baby”, “I’m Still Here”, “Too Many Mornings”, “Could I Leave You?”, and “Losing My Mind”.

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[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=23727] Could I Leave You

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24738] I’m Still Here

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24725] In Buddy’s Eyes

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24741] Losing My Mind

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24726] Love Walked In

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[wp_eStore_fancy2 id=37083] Could I Leave You

[wp_eStore_fancy2 id=37088] I’m Still Here

[wp_eStore_fancy2 id=37089] In Buddy’s Eyes

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Gypsy The Musical

Gypsy is a 1959 musical with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and a book by Arthur Laurents. Gypsy is somewhat based on the memoirs of striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee, and focuses on her mother, Rose. It follows her struggles in trying to raise two daughters and perform onstage and shows the hardships of show business life.

The original Broadway production opened in May 1959 at The Broadway Theatre, transferred to the Imperial Theatre, and closed in March 1961 after 702 performances and two previews. It has since enjoyed several Broadway Revivals and been in production worldwide.

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[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24734] Let Me Entertain You

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24735] Some People

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24230] You Gotta Get A Gimmick

[wp_eStore_fancy9 id=24231] You’ll Never Get Away From Me

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10CC

UK rock band 10CC were most successful in the 1970’s with every member being able to play at least one instrument as well as singing, writing and producing. After Kevin Godley and Lol Creme left the band in 1976, Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart were the main creative forces behind 10cc. Stewart left the band in 1996, and Gouldman continues to lead a touring version of 10cc.

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