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Pure Music Nostalgia

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1962: Maureen Evans: "Like I Do" reached number 3 in the UK top ten charts and is set to the tune of Ponchielli's classical piece - "Dance of the Hours" (see below). The following year Ponchielli's classical piece was also the setting for "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh". (see below).
1963: "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" is the Grammy-winning novelty song based on Kvetch letters Allan Sherman received from his son attending Camp Champlain, New York. The song is a parody that complains about Camp Granada and is set to the tune of Ponchielli's classical piece - "Dance of the Hours" (see below). This video is blank because of copyright problems but do enjoy the music!
1960's:The Cavern Club, in Liverpool, UK, opened its doors for the first time on January 16th 1957. Initially it was a jazz club which was gradually infiltrated by skiffle groups, followed by blues bands and eventually Beat groups, playing a brand of rock n' roll which became known as Merseybeat. Between 1961 and 1963 The Beatles made almost 300 appearances. From 1963 through till 1973, many of the great names of popular music appeared at the Club.
2006: Part of The Closing Ceremony of the Torino Winter Olympics 2006, "Va Pensiero" by Giuseppe Verdi, from "Nabucco". (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves): Do you remember this wonderful choir? It's certainly worth watching again. The orchestration, and singing, is excellent.
Andrea Bocelli sings "Time To Say Goodbye" live In Toscana with Sarah Brightman: Wonderful!! Beautiful!! What more can I say! A blind singer with a fantastic voice and with Sarah Brightman at her best!!
"Hayley Westenra - O Mio Babbino Caro": Again, Wonderful!! Beautiful!! What a voice, and sung so beautifully!!
"La Donna E Mobile”: Andrea Bocelli Sings beautifully live on stage in Tuscany, Italy. His angelic voice resonates amazingly across the stage. His voice could play with all emotions of the heart, he can make you cry then make you laugh in moments of time. His voice will last for ever with us and are future generations.
 "Dance of the Hours" - Ballet from "La Gioconda", Act 3, by Ponchielli. This tune was the setting for Maureen Evans's hit "Like I Do" (1962) which reached number 3 in the UK top ten charts. The following year it was the setting for "Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter from Camp)" by Allan Sherman.
Russell Watson sings 'Panis Angelicus' on BBC TVs 'Songs of Praise' Christmas concert. This is one of my favourite songs but his best version is on the CD "Russell Watson -The Voice" and he sings it there with the Chamber Choir Of St. Catherine's, Bramley, Guildford, with Nick Ingman, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, & William Hayward. The background choir makes this version so heavenly!! The best version I have ever heard!!
"O Sole Mio" by The Three Tenors: Jose Carreras, Luciano Pavarotti, and Placido Domingo. This tune was the setting for Elvis presley's hit song "It's Now Or Never"!!
"Jerusalem", England's unofficial national anthem, is performed live at the "Last Night of the Proms 2006". Sir Roger Norrington conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus.
Lyrics: William Blake (1757 - 1827). Music: C. Hubert H. Parry (1848 - 1918)
"Land of Hope and Glory": Edward Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March - conducted by Mark Elder with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus - backed up by the enthusiastic & lively audience at the Royal Albert Hall, and nationwide at the "Proms in the Park" events.
"Rule Britannia" is sung by Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) during the "Last Night of the Proms 2008" inside the Royal Albert Hall. Sir Roger Norrington conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and the BBC Symphony Chorus.
"Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major". Pablo Arencibia - Piano, Edvard Tchivzhel - Conductor, Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal de Caracas, Venezuela, June 2001. This is one of my favourite pieces by Mozart and I hope to add others here soon.
"Life In The Good Times" is a page dedicated to all those people who SURVIVED the 1960's, 
  1970's and 1980's and to those who want to know what it was really like in those days!!!!
Click HERE for "Pure TV Nostalgia".

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"The Grand March" from Verdi's "Aida". Another of my favourites. This is from La Scala, Milan, with Lorin Maazel conducting.
The Italian National Anthem: You might think it strange but I have included this audio track because I do think this is an inspiring piece of music and is typical of the Italian operatic music culture, a grand piece of music!! It's a pity the UK National Anthem isn't so inspiring!!

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