By 1990's Motown was coming to an end as we know it and Shanice and her I love your smile is one of the last big hits it provided, US #2 as well UK #2. The curiosity is the mix included laughter by Janet Jackson - keep it in the Motown family! Shanice has been also acting and doing musicals, and keeps recording even if her latest chart appearance is in 2009.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Ann-Christine Nyström turns 73 today. She had a short lived singing career in the 1960's that included her Eurovision adventure. Between 1962-69 she released about 20 singles (and a total of 42 songs) in Finnish, German and English, but no album. She also toured in Sweden, where she moved back in early 1970's and went into finance business. She made a surprise duet with Katja Lukin in 2003.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
my previous post. Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in Europe in the West-south corner of Europe completes the Eurovision map after the contest has been held in Helsinki and Athens and Jerusalem, as well as Oslo. Now we need Reykjavik to complete the puzzle.
Johnny Gill signed to Motown for his solo career and scored an US#3 (#1 in r'n'b) hit with Rub you the right way in 1990. Johnny started in New Edition and has then moved from singer to acting and today he's again in a group Heads of State aka BGT with fellow New Edition members Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant besides his solo projects.
Monday, July 24, 2017
The official announcement is due tomorrow evening but it seems the Portuguese press has leaked the news already. As expected the venue will be MEO Arena in Lisbon and the dates for the semifinals May 1 and 3 while the grand final on May 5. That will mean a full day of work on May 1 on the International worker's day then, but it's not the first time in Eurovision history. However this blogger thinks a week later would make more sense....
In 1988 and 1994 the final took place on April 30, so the workers got to rest the day after. Kind of. If the final is indeed on May 5 it will be the earliers final since 1984 and 1990, when it also took place on that day.
The final date has been slowly moving to May, as the second final in 1957 took place March 3 and all finals until 1966 took place in March as well, including several in the 1970's, too. In the 1970's and 1980's it was usually April and only in the 1990's until our days in May.
Part-time lover is Stevie Wonder's 9th (out of 10 so far) US #1 in 1985 following the success of I just called to say I love you earlier. The song hit the #1 spot in four different Billboard charts simultaneusly - a first ever! In UK it reached #3 and charted all over the globe.
Luther Vandross, Stevie's ex-wife Syreeta Wright and Earth, Wind & Fire's Philip Bailay are providing the backup vocals.
Puerto Rican Bobby Valentin brought the song to Latin charts the year after.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Tarkan is back with Yolla and makes this blogger want to have Turkey back in Eurovision.
Maybe it's Tarkan's job to make the come back a bang?
Polina Gagarina has had enough of drama in her latest Драмы больше нет.
It's a very typical Russian pop song
Anni& is a Finnish talent yet to be discovered. Listen to Falling from grace and this Cracks.
Great stuff and worth so much more exposure. Spread the love!
Jonas Blue ft. William Singe deliver summer sounds at its purest form in Mama.
Say you, say me is Lionel Ritchie's 5th (and last so far) solo US #1 single in 1986. It also won both Oscar and Golden Globe as the best original song from a movie (White nights), but it wasn't included on the movie's soundtrack album because Motown didn't want the lead single off his album to be on another label. Fair enough.
In 2012 Lionel re-recorded the song with Danish Rasmus Seebach (Tommy's son) for his duets album, and it went to #3 in Denmark.
Fredi aka Matti Siitonen turns 75 today!
He has represented Finland twice in the Eurovision and has even written an additional entry (1979). His daughter Hanna-Riikka has kept the family name alive in the Eurovision in the 1990's and 2000's as a backing singer and national final competitor.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Sergey was in Turkey.....
... and met also Serebro
Sebalter admired San Bernardino.....
... while Zoe had a little bit Italy in Trieste
Bojana did take the world in in this magnificient sight
Gabbamania continued in Florence
Jamala enjoyed holidays on water....
... and Kaliopi in the mountains
Kristian did Varna
... and Novi Band Jurmala
Omar showcases his paleness....
Pasha & wife enjoy honey moon in Barcelona, Rome and Naples.....
Paula prefers not to tan it seems....
and last but not least. Alexander was operated but no worries, he is back on track again
(check out the previous post for duck selfie hunting)
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