Last Week saw the sad passing of one of country music’s best loved stars in Lynn Anderson. Born in Dakota and raised in California, music runs through the Anderson family with parents Liz and Casey being country songwriters. After signing with Chart records in 1966, Anderson’s first single “For Better or for Worse was a duet with Jerry Lane. Her first commercial success came with the release of her third single “Ride, Ride, Ride” making the Country Top 40. In 1967 Anderson released “If I Kiss You (Will You Go Away)” (a song written by her mother) which became Anderson’s first top-ten single. With chart success and Regular appearances on the Lawrence Welk show, Anderson was steadily becoming a household name and signed to Columbia Records in 1970.
Her first release on Columbia Records was the Joe South song “(I Never Promised You A) Rose Garden” which became a huge worldwide hit. This was quickly followed up with an album titled “Rose Garden” in 1971 which achieved platinum certification as well as a Grammy award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. Her second album “Top of the World” followed in 1973 which saw Anderson covering The Carpenters for the title track. With the crossover success she was having, Anderson made many television appearances throughout the 70′s including The Tonight Show and a starring role in Starsky & Hutch. After steadily releasing music throughout the decade Anderson’s final album with Columbia Records came in 1980 with “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues”.
After a three year break from recording Anderson returned in 1983 with the album “Back” which featured “You’re Welcome to Tonight”, a duet with Country star Gary Morris. She continued to release music throughout the 80′s and 90′s as well as enjoying more time focusing on her impressive equestrian career, picking up no less than 16 National, 8 World and several celebrity championships. Anderson remained musically active into the millennium, with 2004 release “The Bluegrass Sessions” earning a Grammy nomination. Her final release was “Bridges” in the early half of June this year.
Lynn Anderson sadly passed away from a heart attack on the 30th of July 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.
With the sad news of Omar Sharif’s passing this week, we take a look back at just a few highlights from a career spanning over 50 years.
Omar Sharif began his career in his native country Egypt starring in Shaytan Al-Sahra (Devil of the Desert) in 1954. After impressing he was quickly offered further roles, appearing in Sira`Fi al-Wadi (Struggle in the Valley) the same year. Subsequent roles in La Anem (Sleepless) and Sayyidat al-Qasr (Lady of the Palace) quickly established Sharif as a rising star of Egyptian cinema.
His big break in western cinematography came in David Lean’s adventure drama epic Lawrence of Arabia in 1962. Sharif played the role of Sherif Ali, a performance that earned him a nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars, also winning two Golden Globe awards in Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture and a shared award for New Star of the Year. Sharif swiftly followed up on the success of Lawrence of Arabia appearing in Behold A Pale Horse, The Yellow Rolls-Royce and Genghis Khan amongst others. However it was a reunion with David Lean in 1965 playing the title role in Dr Zhivago that would be his next major commercial success earning him a Golden Globe award for Best Actor.
By now Sharif was firmly established in Hollywood and enjoyed a successful and varied career in predominantly film but also television. 1973′s The Mysterious Island, a TV miniseries adapted from Jules Verne’s novel is well loved and noted for its faithfulness to the original book. Sharif is credited in well over fifty films including Funny Girl, Che!, The Tamarind Seed, Funny Lady, Hidalgo and 10,000 BC. Sharif’s final film role is in the forthcoming 1001 Interventions and the World of IBN Al-Haytham due out later this year.
Omar Sharif sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack in hospital in Cairo, Egypt aged 83 on the 10th of July 2015.
The Jurassic Park theme has roared its way into the charts this week. Originally recorded in 1993 for the first film in the series by famous composer and conductor John Williams, the man behind themes to classic films such as ET, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Jaws, Jurassic Park, Home Alone and many many more. With the release of the new film Jurassic World, hotly anticipated to be this summers smash, many fans have found a new love for not only the first film but also the moving score that perfectly accompanies it. Get a bite of the score on iTunes or listen to the theme below. Why not check out more Film scores from the BBC Concert Orchestra available here: Click Here
Today is Allen Ginsberg’s Birthday, he would be 89 years old. He is famously remembered as one of the leading writers and activists, that helped to shape a generation of young out of touch members of a somewhat dysfunctional society, a generation frustrated with the norm and looking for change. During his career he was able to inspire writers and musicians alike from Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Donovan, Karen Dalton, Hunter S. Thompson Kurt Cobain, and many more. This sparked a movement in College campuses across American Universities, coining terms such as, Hipster, Beat Generation, folk revival, all things that stemmed from the writing talents and feelings that Ginsberg, Kerouac and Burroughs were evoking. Here at Nostalgia we have collected and curated products to get a feel for what the beat generation was and how it paved the way for hippy culture and modern rock music.
Blues Legend B.B. King sadly passed away on the 14th of May at the age of 89. Here at Nostalgia we are remembering all the great songs and music he, not only made, but helped to inspire, artists from The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bobby Bland, Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jack White and many, many more. Born in the American South in Mississippi at a time of social unrest, King began his career in music in the 1940′s, as a child he was an active member of his local church and began singing in a Gospel choir, by the time he was 12 he had acquired his first guitar, which he paid $15 for, although other sources claim it may have been given to him by Mississippi born, blues legend and trailblazer, Bukka White, who later took King under his wing. King is most notably known for his electric blues guitar signature ‘moan n’ groan’ sound, which he claims electric Blues Legend T.Bone Walker inspired him to look to, “Once I had heard him, I knew I had to have one”. King will be forever remembered as a blues legend and king of the electric guitar sound, he was able to embody the spirit of traditional blues musicians and combine it with a modern twist and shunt into the forefront of American pop music.
His signature guitar nicknamed Lucille (pictured left) was given the name as a reminder “never to go into a burning building, and to never fight over a woman”, a reference to an incident in which King recalls at one of his early shows in the winter of ’49 in Arkansas, where a fire broke out, after two members of the audience began fighting (allegedly over a woman) causing a makeshift fireplace used to heat the crowd, to knock over, sending burning fuel across the floor and the hall, up in flames. After an effective evacuation of the venue, King felt something was missing and ran back into the building to rescue his guitar, an object he would spend little time away from and a bond so strong, you would think the guitar was glued to his hands.
RIP September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015
The 8th of May marks the 70th anniversary of the Victory Day (VE-Day) in Europe, in which the United Kingdom and Great Britain took victory over the Germans during WW2. The event is a particularly proud moment for Great Britain and many of its allies as it was a significant turning point for modern governance and modern Britain. We continues to owe much to the way in which we live our lives today to the people that were involved in the historical event. In honour of the celebration we here at Nostalgia are commemorating the event with a collection of music from the war years.
To listen and download to some great nostalgic tracks, click on the images below.
Soul legend and singer Ben E. King sadly passed away yesterday (30/04/15) at the age of 76. A founding member of The Drifters and noted popularly for song and number 1 hit single Stand By Me in both the UK and US charts. The song Stand By Me was initially intended as a song for The Drifters but was turned down, and became one of his most and perhaps one of the most popular and most recognisable songs of the 20th Century. The song itself went on to chart nine times on the US Billboard and became an instant classic. During Kings career the song was covered by many other artists from John Lennon to Muhammad Ali and has been recorded over 400 times.
In 1986 the song and title were featured in the film Stand By Me which led to a new found love of the song sending Ben E. King back in to the limelight giving him the chance to make a music video for the song (See below)
Ben E King has sadly left us but his music will always have a place in our hearts and ears and will surely be remembered as one of the greatest soul and pop artists of not only his generation but all future generations.
RIP September 28, 1938 - April 30, 2015
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Legendary Soul singer and performer Percy Sledge (Born Percy Tyrone Sledge), passed away on April 14th 2015 at the age of 74, from a long battle with liver cancer. Sledge, known popularly for penning the number one debut hit, When a Man Loves a Woman, at just 26 years old. With his debut being a huge success he was quickly able to establish himself as a successful pop artist ranking among big stars like Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, James Brown, Joe Tex and many other popular male soul singers at the time. Later success for the soul singer saw him on tour with Cliff Richard in 2011 while on his ‘Soulicious‘ tour performing I’m Your Puppet and in 2005 Sledge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to mark his extensive and successful career in music. May he and his music never be forgotten.
Percy Sledge November 25, 1940 – April 14, 2015 RIP
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Brian Wilson founding member of the Beach Boys has announced that he will be touring UK Arenas in September later this year. With his New Album ‘No Pier Pressure‘ scheduled for release on the 7th April, featuring collaborative efforts from former Beach Boys members Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin as well as Norah Jones, Nate Ruess and Kacey Musgraves, all join Wilson on his latest fun in the California sun project ”We tried to recapture the feeling of Beach Boy harmonies in the 1960s,” is how Brian Wilson described his latest release Sail Away. The US Tour is set to kick off in Saratoga, California this summer and will run from June 18th until mid July, ending in the UK later in the year.
Brian Wilson who began his career as one of the leading members of the Surf Rock / Pop band ‘The Beach Boys’ established himself as not only a leading figure in pop music but also a major innovator in music production, having gone on to compose, produce and write what many consider to be not only the Beach Boys finest album, but also the greatest album of all time, ‘Pet Sounds‘. After battling many of his former years with depression and auditory hallucinations, he seems to be in good mental health and shows no signs of slowing down his musical and creative side and continues to be a force to be reckoned with in in the modern era of pop music. Stay tuned for the release of his latest Album ‘No Pier Pressure‘, out April 7th. For more music and albums from Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys check out some of our top selections below.
American Comedian Reginald D. Hunter hit the road over the weekend to rediscover the music and sound of the Southern States of America in a three part series airing on BBC Two, tunefully titled Songs of the South. He started his journey in Tennessee and Kentucky, focusing on artists that helped to shape and inspire the southern country sound, other wise known as “hill-billy music”. Some of the artists that featured on the show were Dolly Parton, Bill Monroe, The Handsome Family (see below). The documentary subject is a large stepping stone for much of today’s American music and culture that can’t be picked apart in a one hour segment, but it will surely grab your attention and perhaps even start you off on your own research in the area of the American south, not only it’s music, but it’s rich history, it’s people and its culture.
Tune in next week where Reginald heads further south passing through, Alabama and Georgia. Saturday 28th at 9.15pm
Artists and songs seen & heard in the show
Bill Monroe, Dolly Parton, Gladys Knight, The Handsome Family, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, The Louvin Brothers, Porter Wagoner, REM, Seasick Steve
Cash performing for the inmates at Folsom Prison 1968
It was on this day January 13th 1968, 47 years ago, that Johnny Cash took to the stage at Americas, Folsom State prison in Folsom, California. At the time it was Regarded as one of Americas most dangerous prisons and was a highly controversial performance. The show would go down as being one of Johnny Cash’s most famous and most exciting for Cash himself “ “prisoners are the greatest audience that an entertainer can perform for. We bring them a ray of sunshine into their dungeon, and they’re not ashamed to respond and show their appreciation.” Johnny Cash saw his performance at Folsom as a re-emergence in a new era of music that had grabbed hold of the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and was able to resurface from what looked to be a career that was waning “that’s where things really got started for me again”. Folsom prison Live is a remarkable work of brutally honest storytelling, that will be forever regarded as one of Johnny Cash’s most memorable and thought provoking performances of his career.
Download the critically acclaimed album here: Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison Live
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19/01/20 – 04/01/15
Little Jimmy Dickens Known as the ‘Little man with the Big Voice’ sadly passed away on the 4th January this year at 94 years old. Before his death he was the oldest living member of the Grand Ole Opry. Dickens was a novelty songwriter for much of his career, recording songs like “A-Sleeping at the Foot of the Bed” and ”I’m Little But I’m Loud”. During his career he was able to form bonds and friendships with other country stars such as Hank Williams, Minnie Pearl and Marty Robbins. He is highly regarded as one of Country Musics’ finest performers and artists and will be truly missed, in not only the Country Music world but the Music world.
RIP: 19/12/20 – 04/01/15
Celebrate ‘Little Jimmy Dickens’ life with a collection of his finest work in our dedicated playlist to his life in Country Music.
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Paul McCartney took the internet by storm as his new release ‘Early Days‘ hits No. 1.
Shortly after the 10am release of the music video for ‘Early Days’ on Monday morning, the track charted at No. 1 momentarily in the charts and reached no. 2 on Twitter trending world wide!
With the highly successful release of McCartney’s latest album ‘New’ in October, fans have been waiting for the music video for the heartfelt track ‘Early Days‘ hence it’s instant success. The track reminisces on the relationship between McCartney and Lennon while they were growing up in Liverpool together.
While originally brainstorming ideas about the music video, director thought of having lookalikes of McCartney and Lennon playing the characters in the video. However, the idea of having two young aspiring musicians, with a black and white 1950′s theme, playing the parts instead and it fits perfectly with the theme of the video.
Of course the ever multi-talented Johnny Depp makes and appearance, with a ‘jamming’ scene with some other blues musicians featuring in the video. Having Johnny Depp in a McCartney music video of course is not new news with Depp featuring in both videos ‘My Valentine‘ and ‘Queenie Eye‘
Click here for our album from the Beatles’ early days!
The Glastonbury weekend is nearly here so make sure you don’t miss out on Dolly’s dance mob!
At nearly 70 years old, Dolly Parton is definitely not showing her age and is currently touring her 42nd album ‘Blue Smoke‘ which will culminate at Glastonbury on the Sunday! She’s written over 3,000 songs, received 46 Grammy nominations and is still going strong!
Dolly is surely the one everyone is waiting for at this weekend’s festival with the ‘legend slot’ on Sunday night! To get the crowd ready for her legendary performance, a video has been released on YouTube to teach viewers the dance moves for the world famous ‘Jolene‘. The video was created to get the crowd dancing with strangers and friends creating a ‘Dolly Mob’ with everyone involved.
Get your rhinestones ready, it’s going to be an awesome weekend!
Friday the 6th of June marks the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. We pay tribute to those who fell.
The 6th of June commemorates the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on Normandy, this is a huge historical event and the Ministry of Defense are working with organisations such as Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Royal British Legion, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and groups such as the Normandy Veterans Association to remember the troops that fought and those who fell on the beaches.
As part of the commemorations of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, junior soldiers from 16 Air Assault Brigade are carrying out a battlefield study of significant sites from the campaign where 7900 troops from the British 6th Airborne Division landed by parachute and glider in Normandy.
A soldier who visited the site was quoted saying ‘It’s fascinating to come and see the locations to properly understand our history. The determination they fought with in 1944 to just push on and achieve their objectives, regardless of losses, is humbling.’ We at Nostalgia definitely agree. With 4300 troops falling on the beaches of Normandy, thousands of veterans and their families are making the journey to pay tribute to their lost brothers in arms and lost family members.
In honor of the occasion, we’ve put together a few albums of music that we feel celebrate our troops as that should be celebrates. Check out ‘The War Year – A Tribute’ and ‘Music Of Pride And Glory’ on iTunes.
After announcing a new deal with Warner Bros, Prince’s new track Breakdown was posted for online streaming and it’s not what fans were expecting!
Over the bank holiday weekend, Prince announced that he will be resigning with Warner Bros after an 18 year split, even after he controversially wrote ‘Slave’ on his face in protest to the last contract he had with them.
According the press release on the matter, Prince will now own the rights to all his master recordings to his entire back catalogue in “an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the ‘90s”. The new deal will also mean a digitally remastered version of the album Purple Rain will be released to mark its 30th anniversary.
Prince will also be releasing a brand new studio album which is thought that the new track Breakdown will feature. Fans were surprised at the track as they were expecting a hard rock song but instead were met with a slow, layered vocal ballad, with very little guitar.
Nevertheless, it’s been a crazy few months for Prince, with many surprise shows in London and Manchester and that’s sure to carry on with the singing of this new deal.
The 15th of April marks the 25th Anniversary of the terrible Hillsborough disaster with an emotional rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone.
The song You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers, 1964, has been the unofficial Liverpool football club anthem for many years. However, it has never had just an emotive feeling since the Hillsborough disaster 25 years ago this week, claiming 96 lives. With an inquest reopening, which has been adjourned until 22 April, and a documentary released, people are rallying behind the song more than ever before. So much so that the song re-entered the UK charts shockingly at no.12!
The Liverpool MP himself started an online campaign which influenced the influx in downloads, donating the royalty proceeds made from the track to the Hillsborough charities to help all of those affected by the disaster. The MP was quoted ‘We now feel the time is right again to remember this song and the meaning it holds behind this tragedy’.
At the ceremony, 96 seats draped in Liverpool scarves were left empty in memory of those that lost their lives 25 years ago. Scarves from every club in the top four divisions were also laid on the pitch to create a number 96 at Anfield as a “sign of unity” for the service, a spokesman for Liverpool said. The heartfelt ceremony involved many speeches from various spokes people and those that lost family and friends in the disaster. Their speeches were then followed by a rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone, led by the singer Gerry Marsden and carried by the voices of all of those in the stadium, during which 96 balloons were released.
We hope that the possibility of Liverpool FC, currently standing at number 1 with a 3 point lead, winning the Premier League brings some solace to those who lost their loved ones in the Hillsborough Disaster.
To celebrate Easter, here at Nostalgia we’ve put together Easter Collections that are perfect for this religious holiday!
With Easter round the corner, we all have in mind what songs would go best with our trip to church, background music for an Easter Sunday dinner or just to chill out to over the bank holiday, well look no further! We’ve put together 16 products for you to choose from that will suit all your Easter music needs.
We have a selection of music for the country fans with an album from Dolly Parton featuring hits such as ‘Puppy Love’ and ‘Two Little Orphan’, another from Johnny Cash & the Platters with the hits ‘It Was Jesus’ and ‘How Great Thou Art’ featuring on the album, and also a lovely Patsy Cline album available. There are also 2 volumes of country compilations featuring classics from a huge range of country stars!
For those into gospel, we have an excellent Caravans album!
Into the more traditional hymns at Easter? We’ve got music from The Glasgow Pheonix Choir , a compilation of classic Easter hymns, The London Royal Orchestra performing Handel with The Messiah Choruses, and many others!
That’s not even half of it! Head over to the Special Editions, Easter Collections page to see more!