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Music Trivia Two-fer
This week, I’ve also got two trivia stories about some surprising back-stories to popular songs.
First up: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers (duet by Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand)
Did you know that this famous duet came from a radio program director’s divorce?
Neil Diamond recorded the song first in 1977 as a solo, followed by Barbra Streisand’s solo version in 1978. This is where WAKY-AM/Louisville KY program director, Gary Guthrie, comes in. He spliced together a duet version as a parting present to his wife after their divorce. His version became so popular that the record label got Diamond and Streisand to record an official version that was released in the fall of 1978!
… and here’s Gary Guthrie’s mixed version on American Top 40:
And second: Mike Sammes – the backup singer for Olivia Newton John’s “Let Me Be There”
The bass part in “Let Me Be There” by Olivia Newton John is so prominent, I’d almost classify the song as a duet. Out of curiosity, I checked into who the bass singer was. His name was Mike Sammes, and his credits are amazing. He also sang backup on The Beatles “I Am The Walrus”, and for the TV show “Supercar”.
I must confess that my knowledge of Hubert Sumlin, the legendary blues guitarist from Chicago, was pretty much non-existent. In his lifetime, his music has inspired many people and bands that I greatly admire. Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, and the list just keeps on going. Continue reading →
This past week, I had the phenomenal experience of singing in two concerts with the Video Games Live choir. The above clip is our recording of “One-Winged Angel” from Final Fantasy 7.
Video Games Live (www.videogameslive.com) is a multi-media show featuring video game music sung live by a choir with music performed by a symphony orchestra. There are interactive segments with the audience, guest directors from the game companies, synchronized videos, trivia, prizes, and much more. Truly an exciting concert! Continue reading →