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Happy 83rd Birthday Tina Turner.

Ms Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on this day, November 26th, back in 1939. The American-born, Swiss singer, song-writer and actress remains still today the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, who rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue, before deciding to launch a successful career as a solo performer.

To-date, justifiable her records have sold over 100 million copies worldwide, thus making her one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.

She has, to-date, also received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy ‘Hall of Fame’ awards, and a Grammy ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award.

She became the first black artist and first female vocalist to feature on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Rolling Stone ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of all time and the 100 Greatest Singers of all time.
Ms Turner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, [with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist 30 years later in 2021].

Ms Turner retired in 2009, after her “Tina! 50th Anniversary” tour. She married husband Mr Erwin Bach in 2013 at Lake Zurich, in Switzerland, and shares an idyllic home named “Chateau Algonquin”, with her family also in Zurich.

She is also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honours and Women of the Year award.

Happy Birthday Ms Turner – You’re still simply “The Best”.

“The Best”
Lyrics by Holly Knight and Mike Chapman.

I call you when I need you, when my heart’s on fire.
You come to me, come to me, wild and wired.
When you come to me give me everything I need.
Give me a lifetime of promises and a world of dreams.
Speak the language of love, like you know what it means,
And it can’t be wrong, take my heart and make it strong, baby,
You’re simply the best, better than all the rest,
Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.
I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say.
Tear us apart, baby, I would rather be dead.
In your heart I see the start of every night and every day.
In your eyes I get lost, I get washed away.
Just as long as I’m here in your arms, I could be in no better place.
You’re simply the best, better than all the rest.
Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.
I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say.
Tear us apart, no, no, no, baby, I would rather be dead.
Each time you leave me I start losing control.

You’re walking away with my heart and my soul.
I can feel you even when I’m alone, Oh, baby, don’t let go.
You’re the best, better than all the rest.
Better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met.
I’m stuck on your heart, I hang on every word you say.
Tear us apart, no, no, baby, I would rather be dead.
Oh you’re the best.

END

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“I’ll Tell Me Ma” – Sinéad O’Connor.

To my ear nobody sings “I’ll Tell Me Ma” with the same flamboyant confidence of style , as Dublin born singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor.

“I’ll Tell Me Ma”

I’ll tell me ma, when I go home,
The boys won’t leave the girls alone.
They pulled my hair, they stole my comb,
That’s alright, ’til I go home.
She is handsome, she is pretty.
She is the belle of Belfast City.
She is courting one, two, three.
Please won’t you tell me who is she?

Albert Mooney says he loves her.
All the boys are fighting for her.
They knock at the door and they ring at the bell,
Oh, my true love, are you well?
Out she comes, as white as snow,
Rings on her fingers bells on her toes.
Johnny Murphy says, “She will die,
If she doesn’t get the fella with the roving eye”.
She is handsome, she is pretty.
She is the belle of Belfast City.
She is courting one, two, three.
Please won’t you tell me who is she?

Let the wind and the rain and the hail blow high,
And the snow come shovelling from the sky.
She’s as nice as apple pie.
She’ll get her own lad, by and by.
When she gets a lad of her own,
She won’t tell her ma, when she gets home.
Let them all come, as they will,
But it’s Albert Mooney she loves still.
She is handsome, she is pretty.
She is the belle of Belfast City.
She is courting one, two, three.
Please won’t you tell me who is she?

END
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Catch The Wind – Donovan

Catch the Wind

Lyrics by Scottish musician, songwriter, and record producer Donovan Phillips Leitch who has made Ireland his home for almost 40 years.

In memory of the days when real meaningful lyrics were written.

In the chilly hours and minutes of uncertainty,
I want to be in the warm hold of your loving mind,
To feel you all around me,
And to take your hand along the sand.
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

When sundown pales the sky,
I want to hide a while behind your smile,
And everywhere I’d look, your eyes I’d find.
For me to love you now, would be the sweetest thing.
T’would make me sing.
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

When rain has hung the leaves with tears,
I want you near, to kill my fears.
To help me to leave all my blues behind.
For standing in your heart is where I want to be,
And long to be.
Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

Ah, but I may as well try and catch the wind.

End.

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Late Loretta Lynn An Advocate For Women’s Issues.

Multi award winning American singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn, who sadly passed away in her sleep, aged 90 years, at her home in Hurricane Mills, Humphreys County, Tennessee, United States, on October 4th, 2022, last; was buried on her Hurricane Mills ranch, beside her husband, Oliver Lynn, on October 7th, 2022.

Music tastes change as we age, with our teenage years consumed by more intense music, while our later early adulthood years, are inclined to seek out more contemporary tones, as we begin to search for closer relationships.

Perhaps today, younger Irish women fail to recognize fully, how Loretta Lynn, through her 160 songs, 60 albums and 16 No. 1 singles, established herself as an advocate for ordinary working-class women, often criticising upper-class feminism for ignoring the needs and concerns of the former.

In rejecting being labelled a feminist, she declared “I’m not a big fan of women’s liberation, but maybe it will help women stand up for the respect they’re due.”

At the height of her popularity, some of her songs were banned from radio airplay. Much of her chosen music discussed and highlighted many women’s issues; e.g.Harper Valley P.T.A(written by Tom T. Hall), “The Pill(latter written by Lorene Allen, Don McHan, T. D. Bayless, and Loretta Lynn and banned on the radio)One’s on the Way(written by Shel Silverstein)You Ain’t Woman Enough(written by Loretta Lynn) and “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin(written by Loretta Lynn and her sister Peggy Sue Wright)

The song “Dear Uncle Sam“, written by Loretta Lynn and released in 1966, during the Vietnam War, describes a wife’s anguish at the loss of a husband killed in war. It was later included in her live performances during the Iraq War.

Dear Uncle Sam.

[The name Uncle Sam remains a popular symbol of the U.S. government in American culture and a manifestation of patriotic emotion.]

Dear Uncle Sam I know you’re a busy man,
And tonight I write to you through tears with a trembling hand.
My darling answered when he got that call from you.
You said you really need him, but you don’t need him like I do.
Don’t misunderstand, I know he’s fighting for our land.
I really love my country, but I also love my man.
He proudly wears the colours of the old red white and blue,
While I wear a heartache, since he left me for you.

Dear Uncle Sam I just got your telegram.
And I can’t believe that this is me shaking like I am.
“For it said I’m sorry to inform you………”

Loretta Lynn always insisted that her music had no specific politics, rather an emphasis on what she believed to be morally right.
Proof, if proof was needed, she allowed ‘People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) to freely use her song “I Wanna Be Free”, in a public service campaign to discourage the chaining of dogs outdoors, especially in winter weather conditions.

Not surprisingly, each of her songs that were banned, became chart toppers.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.

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American Singer, Songwriter & Pianist Jerry Lee Lewis Dead Aged 87.

It was with great regret, today, that “Rock n’ Roll” followers learned of the death of possibly the world’s most influential pianists of the 20th century; Mr Jerry Lee Lewis.

Nicknamed ‘The Killer’; the American singer, songwriter, and pianist was born on September 29th, 1935 and came to be described as “Rock n’ Roll’s” first great wild man of Rock Music.

Lewis was born to parents Elmo Kidd Lewis (Senior) and Mary (Mamie) Herron Lewis, in Ferriday, Louisiana, and grew up a member of an impoverished farming family.
In his youth, he began playing the piano with two of his cousins, Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart.
His parents mortgaged their farm to buy him his first piano, before his mother enrolled him at the Southwest Bible Institute in Waxahachie, Texas, in the hope he would sing evangelical songs exclusively.

When Lewis dared to play a boogie-woogie rendition of “My God Is Real” at a church assembly, it ended his association with the school the next morning, when the Dean of the school called Lewis into his office and expelled him.

He returned home and so began his career playing at clubs in and around Ferriday and Natchez, Mississippi; quickly becoming part of the new era Rock n’ Roll sound.

When Jerry Lee Lewis was 16 years old, he first married Ms Dorothy Barton, the daughter of a preacher.
His second marriage was in September 1953, to Jane Mitchum.

His career faltered somewhat, following his marriage to his 3rd wife, Ms Myra Gale Brown, his 13-year-old cousin, once removed. Lewis was aged 22 at the time and claimed Myra was actually 15 years old. Nevertheless, this publicity caused an uproar, and his tour was cancelled after only three concerts.

Lewis’s piano style had become synonymous with rock and roll; often played with his fists, elbows, feet, and his backside, often climbing on top of his piano during gigs.

His fourth marriage was to Jaren Elizabeth Gunn Pate.
His fifth marriage was to Shawn Stephens, and same lasted only 77 days. His sixth marriage was to Kerrie McCarver, with same lasting a total of 21 years
In 1993, Lewis moved to live in Foxrock, Co. Dublin, with his family in what was suggested to be a move to avoid issues he was having with the American Internal Revenue Service.
Lewis married his seventh wife Judith Lewis (née Brown, the ex-wife of the brother of his 3rd wife Myra Gale Brown)
These seven marriages during his career included bigamous marriages (still legally married to someone else) and resulted in his fathering of 6 children.

However, following the uproar caused by his 3rd marriage, his career would ignited once again in the late 1960s and 1970s, when he topped the country-western charts, with 30 songs reaching the Top 10 on the Billboard Country and Western Chart, including “To Make Love Sweeter for You”; “There Must Be More to Love Than This” and “Would You Take Another Chance on Me”, all hitting the No.1 spot.

Winner of four Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards; Lewis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.

He sadly died today, October 28th, 2022, at his home in DeSoto County, Mississippi, US, aged 87 years.

In ár gcroíthe go deo.

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