Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wipe Those Tears Away... Just Be Happy

She's got the most sung about eyes in the world...
She's the 'First Lady of the American Screen'...
And she was born today in 1908...
She's BETTE DAVIS... and her eyes were made famous by Kim Carnes.

When that song became a hit in 1981, Bette Davis wrote the singer letters saying she was a fan and thanked her for making her “a part of history."

How many songs do you know about Eyes? Was just checking the archives on this blog and came across two posts with collections of songs on eyes... Eyes Wide Open (on World Sight Day) and Eyes Wide Shut (on World Braille Day).

While this next song did not feature on either of the posts, it features here since the Platters took it to a #1 position in the US and UK in 1958... and their lead singer at the time was born exactly 20 years after Bette Davis... on this day in 1928... Tony Williams of the Platters

What happens when Smoke Gets In Your Eyes... maybe there'd be tears... Tears of A Clown.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles including Ronnie White born today in 1939... Among the many hits that he wrote with Smokey, the one that probably stand out most is My Girl. And that reminds me of the 'girl with golden hair' Agnetha Fältskog from ABBA who's 67 today... I'd love to call her the Dancing Queen.

The latest update on the band was around six months ago when it was reported that ABBA were getting back together for a ‘groundbreaking venture that will utilise the very latest in digital and virtual reality technology’. 

 I'm sure that would have made them and all the ABBA fans of yesteryear Happy

Have you been clapping along.... Pharrell Williams is 44 today. Just last week, there was news that his childhood is set to inspire a big-screen musical called Atlantis.

We've spanned 65 years of time across the five songs above to mark birthdays of #ThisDayInMusic.

But the biggest event #ThisDayInMusic was in 1985 

At 3:50pm GMT, over 5,000 radio stations worldwide aired the charity single by USA for Africa - We Are The World. The single went on to be a No.1 in the US & UK, and most Western territories.


We Are The World featured in my earlier post Tolerance. The song has special memories for me as a teenager when I used to sing it with my siblings. We've also done a really good version of that with all my paternal cousins at my grandmother's 75th birthday. But more recently, the song was sung by my seven-year old son at the school Annual Day. More about that at Annual Days and Fun Fairs... Keeping The Music Alive. 

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