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DES’REE – YOU GOTTA BE

«You Gotta Be» is a song recorded by the British pop and soul singer Des’ree. Written by the singer with the track’s producer Ashley Ingram, «You Gotta Be» was the first single release from Des’ree’s second album I Ain’t Movin’ (1994).Described by Stuart Elliott in The New York Times as «an infectiously sunny tune about the affirmative powers of self-confidence, «You Gotta Be» according to Des’ree is, like all the songs on its parent album, «about having the inner strength to figure out who you are» with «You Gotta Be» specifically being «born out of me stopping myself and thinking everyday how you gotta be something. You have to be cool and calm in [one] situation, and then you have to be bold and strong in another situation.»Des’ree drew inspiration for «You Gotta Be» from the Shakti Gawain book Creative Visualization which had abetted the singer’s recovery from a painful romantic breakup; «I’ve always been blindly optimistic, and that [book] helped me rise from my melancholia,» explains Des’ree who it is said «swears by daily affirmations.»

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Konstantinos (Kostas) Bigalis (born 15 March 1953) is a popular singer and musician who is known for representing Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest on two occasions: as a singer and composer in 1994 and as a composer in 1996.

Kostas was born in Athens. He started his career in 1975 after winning the first prize at a music contest for amateurs. He took part in many festivals, he played in the rock opera Jesus Christ Super Star, he entered the Song Festival of Thessaloniki where he was awarded the awards for Best Lyrics and Best Composition and in 1981 he recorded two songs for the soundtrack of the American film Next One. In 1982 he starred as Simon in a religious themed TV series, alongside Anthony Hopkins.In 1984 he formed the music duo Big Alice along with Mariana Efstratiou. They had a number one hit in Greece, entitled I Miss You and it was out to the music markets of 18 other European countries.

Kostas toured abroad for quite a long time and in 1989 he returned to Greece in order to launch a solo career. He had his first album the same year. His big hit came in 1992 with his second album that reached platinum sales.

MEN AT WORK – WHO CAN IT BE NOW

«Who Can It Be Now?» is a song recorded by Australian new wave band Men at Work. It was first released as a single in Australia in June 1981, prior to the recording of their 1981 debut album Business as Usual, on which the track was later included.

«Who Can It Be Now?» reached number 2 on the Australian singles chart in August that year, and also hit #45 in New Zealand. Released in Canada in early 1982, the track peaked at #10 in July. This spurred an American release of the song, and the single, by now well over a year old, went on to hit #1 in the USA in October, 1982. «Who Can It Be Now?» was also a modest hit in the UK, reaching number 45. As one of Men at Work’s biggest hits, it was featured on their later compilation albums, and a live version can be found on Brazil. The song remains a popular symbol of new wave music and has been featured on numerous 1980s compilations. The band performed both this song and «Down Under» live on Saturday Night Live on October 23, 1982.

True is the third studio album by British band Spandau Ballet. It was released in March 1983 on Chrysalis Records. While Spandau Ballet’s first two albums earned them European popularity, True made them worldwide stars and was heavily influenced by jazzsoul and R&B. It reached number 1 on the UK charts,the Top 20 in the United States and charted in numerous countries around the world. The title track spent four weeks at number 1 on the UK singles charts and went to number 4 in the United States.

Other singles from the album included «Gold» (a no. 2 UK hit and a Top 30 hit in the U.S.), «Lifeline», «Communication» and «Pleasure». Later album releases by the band never equalled the success of True.

«True» was remastered on CD and stereo SACD in 2003 for its 20th anniversary. In June 2010, a special edition was released on 2 CDs and DVD as part of the 2010 Spandau Ballet reissues series, featuring remastered 12″ remixes and B-sides, plus a live concert.

GERRY RAFFERTY – BAKER STREET

«Baker Street» is a ballad written and first recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Released as a single in 1978, it reached No. 1 in Canada, No. 2 in the United States, No. 3 in the United Kingdom, No. 1 in Australia and No. 9 in the Netherlands. The arrangement is famous for itssaxophone riff, played by Raphael Ravenscroft.

In October 2010 the song was recognised by BMI for surpassing 5 million performances worldwide.

The album City to City, including «Baker Street», was co-produced by Rafferty and Hugh Murphy. In addition to a guitar solo, played by Hugh Burns, the song featured a prominent eight-bar saxophone riff played as a break between verses, by Raphael Ravenscroft.

Robert William Gary Moore (4 April 1952 – 6 February 2011), was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer and guitarist.

In a career dating back to the 1960s, Moore played with artists including Phil Lynott and Brian Downey during his teens, leading him to memberships with the Irish bands Skid Row and Thin Lizzy on three separate occasions. Moore shared the stage with such blues and rock musicians as B.B. KingAlbert KingColosseum IIGeorge Harrison, and Greg Lake, as well as having a successful solo career. He guested on a number of albums recorded by high profile musicians, including acameo appearance playing the lead guitar solo on «She’s My Baby» from Traveling Wilburys Vol. 3.

«Something Got Me Started» was the first single released from what would become Simply Red‘s biggest selling album, Stars; at the time, the group had not released a record for almost two years, so anticipation was high for the new song.

«Something Got Me Started» is an unusual record for the group, as it is (alongside «Fairground«) probably their most dance oriented record, featuring then-trendy piano breaks, soulful vocals and a rhythmic back-beat.

The single was released in several forms — a 7-inch single, a 12-inch single and a CD version, which included a remix by Perfecto (Paul Oakenfold and Steve Osborne). The single version eventually made number 11 in the UK and German charts, number 23 in the US Billboard Hot 100 (plus number 21 in the Adult Contemporary chart) and number 4 in Italy. Although a relative flop when compared with previous singles, which had nearly all made the top 10, «Something Got Me Started» went on to become a massive club hit in late 1991.

«Give Me Tonight» is a 1984 single by Shannon, an American R&B and dance artist. Released as the follow-up to her smash debut «Let the Music Play,» «Give Me Tonight» was not as successful as its predecessor on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at #46. It did, however, receive the same enthusiastic response in the dance clubs as her previous single, hitting the top spot on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in March 1984 for two weeks. It also was a significant Urban hit, reaching #6 on the American R&B chart. The song also peaked at #24 on the UK singles chart.

In 2000 Hex Hector remixed the song and the mixes were called the «Give Me Tonight (2000 A.D. Mixes)».

RICK ASTLEY – TOGETHER FOREVER

«Together Forever» is a song recorded by Rick Astley, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 June 1988.

It was Astley’s second and final U.S. chart-topper. It reached number 2 in Britain, being denied the top spot by Neighbours star Kylie Minogue with her debut single «I Should Be So Lucky«. It uses a similar chord structure and melody to «Never Gonna Give You Up» (as with most songs produced by Stock Aitken Waterman at the time).

The Road to Hell is the eleventh studio album by Chris Rea. It was released in 1989 and is one of Rea’s most famous albums. The second part of the two-part title track, «The Road to Hell (Pt. 2)», is also one of Rea’s most famous songs. The song «Texas» has been played through the years on Classic Rock/AOR radio stations in Texas, and is sometimes played as background music before Texas Rangers baseball games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Another track, «Daytona», is about the Ferrari 365 GTB/4 «Daytona», in which he sings about the car metaphorically, with the engine and tyre noise from the car ringing out toward the end of the song.

 

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