When Willie Dixon began his job at the Chess Records he also started writing blues songs for other performers that he wanted to acquire for the Chess. He recorded them as well, only later. It was unique in the world of blues where every artist recorded his songs first. There simply weren’t any professional composers writing for others.
Dixon was very talented. Many of his pieces became very famous, they became blues’ classics. One of these...
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First time I heard Besame Mucho when I was still a boy. I’ve listened to it many times after that. Somehow it didn’t impress me much.
With time I started to appreciate it. Finally Besame Mucho became one of my favourites pieces thanks to Cesaria Evora. Her magnificent rendition pulled the right string of my soul.
The author of both music and lyrics is Consuelo Velazquez from Mexico. She wrote the piece in 1940 when she was 16. She was inspired by aria from ‘Maria Del...
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In 1972 Rudy Wurlitzer asked Bob Dylan for co-operation. He was in the final stages of writing the script for the film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. He wanted Dylan to create the soundtrack.
Wurlitzer needed a theme song. As Dylan had nothing else to do at the time, he set about reading the script. He liked the film characters and quickly wrote the ballad 'Billy'. He even asked Wurlitzer for a role in the film. Wurlitzer promised to help, so Dylan and his wife went to Durango...
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Happy New Year
from Bluesever and Chupacabras
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I have been planning to write about this lady for a long time. I have resolved on doing it now, because she sings carols beautifully.
Kiri Te Kanawa was born on 5 March 1944 in Gisborne, New Zealand. Her original name was Claire Rawstron. Her father was Maori and her mother was European, but there is little known about them. It is said that her father was a Maori aristocrat. As an infant she was adopted by Thomas Te Kanawa, a Maori, and his Irish wife Nell. Her musical talent...
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