A new song and/or video every day for a year.

Archive for March, 2011

The Rankin Family

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.


Old Western Theme Songs

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.

Stand By Me

Ben E. King wrote the song and first released it in 1960 where it was number 1 on the R&B chart and number 4 on the pop chart.  He re-released it in 1986 and it was used in the movie Stand By Me.

Playing For Change recorded the song which included 35 musicians and street performers from all over the world.

Bruce Springsteen joins U2 in the song.

Timon and Pumbaa from the Lion King also released their version.

Straight No Chaser,  Indiana University’s a cappella group sings the song in a Hardees restaurant in Kentucky in 2007.

Nessun Dorma

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.

When You Say Nothing At All

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.

The Proclaimers

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.

Man of Constant Sorrow

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.

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