The Rankin Family are from Cape Breton Island and have won numerous music awards from CCMAs to Junos and more. Here are several of my favorite songs.
The notes the girls hit when they sing Rise Again make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck.
Jimmy wrote the song and joins in the singing of Fare Thee Well Love.
I dare you to sit through this song without tapping your toes – The Mull River Shuffle.
Lastly I have one of their Gaelic songs Ho Rò Mo Nighean Donn Bhòidheach which they sang at the Juno Awards in 1994.
There were many westerns on television and at the movies in the 1950s and 60s. A number of them had memorable themes. Here are a few of my favorites.
The theme for The Magnificent Seven was by Elmer Bernstein.
The Ballad of Paladin was sung by Johnny Western for the weekly show Have Gun Will Travel.
The theme from Bonanza was played by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.
Nessun Dorma was written by Puccini and is a well-known tenor aria.
The Three Tenors performed together in 1994 in LA at the World Cup.
It was Luciano Pavarotti’s signature aria and was played at his funeral in 2007. Here he is singing it live in New York in 1980.
Paul Potts became a household name when he sang the song on Britain’s Got Talent in 2007.
Greg Pritchard also sang the song on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 but he sang it countertenor.
The song was a number 1 hit for Keith Whitley.
Alison Krauss recorded the song on a tribute album after Keith’s death and ended up with a top ten hit. Here are her video and a live performance of the song.
A duet was recorded from Alison’s and Keith’s versions.
Ronan Keating, an Irish singer/songwriter sang the song for the Notting Hill soundtrack and earned a number 1 hit from it.
Charlie and Craig Reid are Scottish born twins. They formed the Proclaimers in 1983. Here are a few on their songs.
Here they perform (I’m Going To Be) 500 Miles acoustically.
The song I’m On My Way was featured in the movie Shrek.
Cap in Hand is one of their political songs.
The Soggy Bottom Boys sang the song in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou. The song was actually sung and played by Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright.
Dan played and sung the song with Ron Block at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.
The group Skeewiff also recorded the song in 2003.