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- Sir Winston ChurchillThere are only two rules for being successful. One, figure out exactly what you want to do, and two, do it.
- Mario Cuomo
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Torrevieja’s most important and influential global music competition came to a close on Saturday night. Over 800 singers performed over the course of the competition to packed houses at Torrevieja’s Eras de la Sal. On Saturday, the Yonsei University Choir from South Korea was proclaimed winner of the 58th International Contest of Habanera and Polyphony of Torrevieja, and awarded first prize of €12,000. They also won the Audience Award, which adds another €2,000 to their fruitful week plus two other awards, a total of 4 of the 11 awards given in the competition.
In the form of Habana, the second prize of €5,000 went to the Choir of the Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga (Colombia), while the third, of €2,500 euros, also went east to Coro Wenquin de la Universidad de Zhejiang from China.
In polyphony, the first prize of €10,000 went to the Svetozar Markovic of Novi-Sad (Serbia). The award was presented by the Deputy of Provincial Tourism, Joaquín Albaladejo, because this year was it was renamed for the “Costa Blanca – Alicante Provincial Council.” The second prize, worth €4,000 went to Coro Swedbank de Riga (Latvia) and the third, of €2,000, went to the Cantare de Klaipéda (Lithuania). On the national scene, the award “City of Torrevieja”, worth €5,000 and a trophy, was given to the choir of the University Carlos III of Madrid, Coro de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Prior to the awards ceremony, the Mayor of Torrevieja, Eduardo Dolon Sanchez, accompanied by the Councillor for Culture, Tourism and Sports of the Generalitat Valenciana, Lola Johnson, were treated to an extraordinary gala of coral singing from the seven choirs selected by the Jury. In addition, the Gala was recorded in full by Spanish Television, with which developed a special program to be broadcast on La 2 of TVE and its international channel, which can be seen on August 19, 2012.
Lola Johnson publicly endorsed the competition and pledged the support of the Generalitat Valenciana for future editions. The mayor welcomed the involvement of the Councillor and the Provincial Council of Alicante in this edition of the competition, which was marked “for the highest quality coral and outstanding work by the organization.”
1. The dog is NOT allowed in the house.
2. Okay, the dog is allowed in the house, but ONLY in
3. The dog is allowed in all rooms, but has to stay OFF the
4. The dog can get on the OLD furniture only.
5. Fine, the dog is allowed on all the furniture, but is not
allowed to sleep with the humans on the bed.
6. Okay, the dog is allowed on the bed, but only by
7. The dog can sleep on the bed whenever he wants, but not
under the covers.
8. The dog can sleep under the covers by invitation only.
9. The dog can sleep under the covers every night.
10. Humans must ask permission to sleep under the covers
with the dog.
Received from Becky Day.
Here’s a nice piece of pop trivia I recently received.
‘Move it’ by Cliff Richard.
This is recognized by many critics as the first genuine
British Classic Rock record. It was written by Cliff
Richard’s friend Ian Samwell, who was a guitarist with
Richard’s backing band The Drifters (later The Shadows).
He wrote it while riding on a number 715 red London
bus on the way to Cliff’s house in Cheshunt for a rehearsal.
The song is an attack on those who saw Rock and Roll as
just a fad by asking what they hoped to replace it with.
When it came to recording it, the song’s producer
Norrie Paramor had little faith in The Drifters
(who at that time did not include Hank Marvin),
so he brought in Ernie Shears to provide backing on
lead guitar and his electrifying riffing greatly
enhanced the record.
This song was selected as the B-side to the less
than inspiring “Schoolboy Crush,” a cover of a
Bobby Helms song. However when the producer Jack
Good heard it, he insisted that if Cliff Richard
was to appear on his TV show Oh Boy, he would have
to sing “Move It.”
1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad. Great stuff, mon
1790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer. I’ve been in this stuff from time to time
1792 – The cornerstone of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia, PA, was laid. It was the first building to be used only as a U.S. government building.They’ve made a mint ever since
1919 – Germany’s Weimar Constitution was adopted. Just after WW1
1928 – MGM’s Leo the lion roared for the first time. He introduced MGM’s first talking picture, “White Shadows on the South Seas.” I prefer Leo
1932 – Enzo Ferrari retired from racing. In 1950 he launched a series of cars under his name. Brilliant career
1955 – Marilyn Bell of Toronto, Canada, at age 17, became the youngest person to swim the English Channel. Brilliant.
1959 – The Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) was founded. The group is known for being an armed Basque nationalist and separatist organization. The Basque problem is extremely involved and there is no easy solution to the problems
1971 – Men rode in a vehicle on the moon for the first time in a lunar rover vehicle (LRV).The manufacturers were over the moon
1982 – Yugoslavia imposed a six-month freeze on prices. Maybe it’s something we should all experience
1989 – A pro-Iranian group in Lebanon released a videotape reportedly showing the hanged body of American hostage William R. Higgins.Why should anyone ever be proud of showing such a thing?
1997 – In New York City, NY, police seized five bombs believed to be bound for terrorist attacks on city subways. What is wrong with these people? Random attacks are not legitimate targets
1998 – More than 50 people died in Kashmir due to crossfire between India and Pakistan.Horrible
1999 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospect crashed into the moon. It was a mission to detect frozen water on the moon’s surface. The craft had been launched on January 6, 1998.Amazing
2007 – The iTunes Music Store reached 2 million feature length films sold. My goodness-that’s some cash!
1959, Cliff Richard was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Living Doll.’ The singers first of 14 UK No.1′s. The song was one of three from the film, Serious Charge. Cliff is still a huge star in Britain. Americahas missed out on a brilliant career and his records are well worth researching.
1964, Country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. 41 year- old Reeves was the first country singer to cross- over into the pop market. (1960 US No.2 single ‘He’ll Have To Go’, 1966 UK No.1 single ‘Distant Drums’).He was called Gentleman Jim and he is still missed
1965, The Who appeared at the Wilton Hall, Bletchley, England.You’re talking about my generation
967, Mick Jagger was given a conditional discharge and Keith Richard’s conviction for permitting his house to be used for the purpose of smoking cannabis resin was quashed by appeal court.He’d be given a medal these days
1968, Tommy James and The Shondells were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Mony Mony’. Also a hit for Billy Idol in 1987. Tommy James has been on my show twice and the podcasts are on my site
1968, Working at Trident studios in London, England, (with its 8-track equipment, EMI was still using 4-track recorders), The Beatles recorded four takes of ‘Hey Jude’. Great track
1969, Elvis Presley kicked off a four week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel, (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5m for the shows. On the menu an Elvis special, polk salad with corn muffins & honey. Thank you ma’am
1971, James Taylor went to No.1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song ‘You Got A Friend’. The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Taylor scored nine other solo US Top 40 hits during the 70′s.This was a great copy of a great song
1980, Jon Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas was apprehended by FBI narcotics agents for possession of cocaine, he was later sentenced to 250 hours Community service giving anti-drug lectures.I think musicians get a little lax in many areas of their life and eventually leave the control to the drugs. I think it was a good community service if delivered correctly
1980, During An Eagles concert at Long Beach, California, tempers boiled over between Glen Frey and Don Henley, who spent the entire show describing to each other the beating each planned to administer backstage. “Only three more songs until I kick your ass, pal,” Frey told Henley. The group’s next album was mixed by Frey and Henley on opposite coasts after the two decided they couldn’t bear to be in the same state, let alone the same studio. Isn’t it sad when great talents fall out so badly?
1985, The Eurythmics had the No.1 position on the UK singles chart with ‘There Must Be An Angel, (Playing With My Heart); Paul Young had the US No.1 with ‘Everytime You Go Away’. I love both these songs
1991, Bryan Adams was enjoying his third week at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘(Everything I Do) I Do It For You’. The single stayed a No.1 for a record-breaking sixteen weeks.Great song
1992, Michael Jackson made an unscheduled appearance on his hotel balcony in London after a man had threatened to jump from an apartment building across the street. 28 year-old Eric Herminie told police he would leap to his death if he didn’t see Jackson, who was in Britain for a series of concerts. Jackson spent a couple of minutes waving to Herminie, who then climbed back into the building.I think it is extremely interesting to see the extent of the influence one human can have on another. I think this area needs a great deal of research
1999, Christina Aguilera scored her first US No.1 single with ‘Genie In A Bottle’, also No.1 in the UK. The song spent 5 weeks at No.1 on the US chart and won Aguilera the Best New Artist Grammy for the year. Lovely girl
2000, Eighties pop maestro Mike Stock was declared bankrupt. Mike who was one third of 80′s hit factory Stock, Aitken and Waterman had been involved in several court battles over copyright issues. How could he be bankrupt after all the money he made?
2001, BBC producer John Walters died aged 63. Walters produced and worked with Radio 1 DJ John Peel. Peel teamed up with Walters to broadcast some of the most groundbreaking music of an era. He joined the BBC in 1967, and became producer on John Peel’s Top Gear show two years later. Walters played the trumpet with the Alan Price Set in the 1960′s. His choice was not often my choice
2002, The son of Bryan Ferry was arrested by armed police outside the UK prime minister’s County Durham home as he tried to stage a demonstration. Otis Ferry went through security gates and was arrested when he refused to give his name. He was trying to place posters supporting animal hunts on the walls of Mr Blair’s house.I think he probably was acting in accordance with his conscience although he might have just been after the publicity
1946, Gary Lewis singer, (1965 US No.1 single with The Playboys, ‘This Diamond Ring’ plus 11 other US Top 40 hits).
1947, Karl Green, guitar, Herman’s Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single ‘I’m Into Something Good’, 1965 US No.1 single ‘Mrs Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter’).
1951, Carlo Karges, Nena, (1984 UK No.1 & US No.2 single ’99 Red Balloons’).
1953, Hugh McDowell, cello, Electric Light Orchestra, (1979 UK No.3 & US No.4 single ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, plus 26 other Top 40 hits)
1957, Daniel Ash, Bauhaus, (1982 UK No.15 single ‘Ziggy Stardust’), Love & Rockets and solo.
1958, Bill Berry, drums, R.E.M. (1991 UK No.6 & US No.10 single ‘Shiny Happy People’, plus over 20 Top 40 UK singles, 1992 UK No.1 & US No.2 album ‘Automatic For The People’). Berry quit the band in 1997.
1964, Jim Corr, guitar, keyboards, vocals, The Corrs, (1998 UK No.3 single ‘What Can I Do’. ‘Talk On Corners’ was the best selling UK album of 1998 spending 142 weeks on the UK chart).
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