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Female Music Legends

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Female Musical Legends

The end of year somehow makes one contemplate the best in the world or the best things that have yet to come.

Today I’ve got to thinking about the female musical legends that I have listened to over the years.  These legends have a huge catalogue  to bonafide their musical achievement.

Here are my choices in alphabetical order.  (It is a work in progress and no way complete)

Please comment below your own favourite and let me add to the list, than you and wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Music Compilation: 80s Favourites

The Music Lesson Frederic, Lord Leighton Oil on canvas 1877

Music Compilation: 80s Favourites

The 80s is Madonna’s era of domination.  And she really dominated.  But Michael Jackson lorded it.  The release of his Thriller album put him into an stratospheric level which was well above the rest.

Madonna – Material Girl 

Madonna – Like A Virgin

Michael Jackson – Thriller 1982

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Madonna – La Isla Bonita

Laura Branigan – Self Control

Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun 

Kenny Rogers Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream

Flashdance • What a Feeling • Irene Cara

Hello by Lionel Richie

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

The Bangles – Eternal Flame

George Michael – Careless Whisper 

Chris de Burgh ~ Lady in Red (Kelly Lebrock) Marilyn Monroe style

Billy Ocean – Suddenly

Rockwell – Cuts like knife

Music Compilation: 50s Favourites

Two Women by Pablo Picasso

Music Compilation: 50s Favourites

50s music, though before I was born, holds a special place in my heart and memories.  Certain songs from the 50s remind me of how my father and mother loved each other.

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

Spandau Ballet

True, Spandau Ballet were gods to me during the 80s.

I loved them so much. To Cut a Long Story Short I lost my mind!

I have to thank God that Duran Duran existed at the same time for my sister, Marilou.  To be honest,  I Don’t Need This Pressure On competing with my sister’s adoration of the same band.  Tony Hadley, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp, John Keeble and Steve Norman of SB were mine.  🙂  My sister and I had a very good Communication. She told me news about Duran Duran and I told her about Spandau.

There are also times when she saw merchandise of SB, she would generously buy them for me.  My sister was a Lifeline.

The 80s was Gold.  The New Romantics were in.  A lot of great bands were breeding in the UK and the US was producing the likes of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper.

Though Spandau Ballet did not make it really big in America, they were so popular in the Philippines. Highly Strung girls, like me, would scream our heads off when one of their songs was played.

Sadly seeing Spandau Ballet nowadays would be Through The Barricade, this is from my point of view as a purist.  Tony Hadley, the band’s vocalist has left the group, again!!!  It’s going Round and Round. Who knows, Tony might rejoin again in the near future. This is my Instinction.

The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

The Beatles – Liverpool’s Lads

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

Over the next few weeks we will probably posting a lot of items such as pictures, stories and little tidbits about Liverpool.

We enjoyed our tour of Liverpool so much.  A must see place, so much to see and experience.  I advise to wear flats for a more convenient and healthier meandering of the city centre.  I am pleased to report that most of the attractions are closed together.

The above statue ensemble of The Beatles was a popular tourists and visitors attraction.  Many wanted to take photos, as we did, and also take selfies with Paul, George, Ringo and John.

We were busy photographing everything that we were late joining the ‘talk’ about The Beatles.

We heard though that Ringo Starr used to live at Liverpool 8, an area in Liverpool which used to be notorious for its poverty and vandalism.

Apparently Ringo when living in Liverpool never had an indoor toilet.  He was from a very poor family.

It just goes to show that when Lady Luck smiles at you, she also grins and have a laugh.  This is so true in Ringo’s case.  He was a replacement drummer for the band originally occupied by Stuart Sutcliffe and even Pete Best.  Ringo was not the best drummer in the world but he joined the band just before it took off stratospherically.

In an interview, Ringo said that he did not really miss anything in Liverpool. 🙂  However, he made used of Liverpool 8 and even made an album about it.  The number 8 is inscribed in the heel of his shoe in his statue.

Regarding John Lennon, his statue is clasping a few acorns.  It appears this has something to do with his and Yoko Ono’s hope for world peace.

Apparently John and Yoko sent a couple of acorns to each of the 123 world leaders in the spring of 1969.  They hoped that the acorns are planted for world peace.

Our tour guide said that only two world leaders accepted the challenge.  They were Golda Meir of Israel and Pierre Trudeau of Canada.

Please, Please Me, The Beatles first hit in England!

 

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn

Giant projection slide of Vera Lynn on the iconic white cliffs of Dover.

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th Birthday

Dame Vera Lynn on her 100th  Birthday.

During World War 2 (WWll) Vera Lynn was known as the ‘forces sweetheart’ and was massively popular.

Born in London 20th March 1917, she became an actress singer and songwriter. During the war years, her songs  “We’ll Meet Again“, “The White Cliffs of Dover“, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “There’ll Always Be an England“. became iconic and a tonic for troops and forces fighting in the war. The white cliffs of Dover were the last part of Britain troops saw as they departed on ships across the Channel to fight. Also the cliff were a  welcoming sight on their return home.

My late father was a WW2 soldier in the British army(known as Desert Rats) fighting in Egypt.

Vera Lynn undertook concert tours in Burma, Egypt and India for the troops. She remained popular after the war, appearing in movies and on radio & TV.  At the age of 92, Vera became the oldest artist ever to top UK music charts with a melody of her famous songs. She outsold outselling both the Arctic Monkeys and the Beatles.

My favourite rock group Pink Floyd even had a track about her in their superb album ‘The Wall’.

Vera

Whenever my wife hears anything about Vera Lynn she would burst into song of We’ll meet again