It Started With A Kiss

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1999-2008.  I chose ‘The Game of Love’ which is a song performed by Latin rock band Santana from their eighteenth studio album Shaman.  The vocal performance on the song is by the 19 year old songwriter Michelle Branch who was used to doing her own material.  It was composed by Gregg Alexander from the New Radicals and Rick Nowels.  Rick Nowels and Gregg Alexander had a long songwriting relationship and this song sat on the shelf for a year until Rick’s manager Tim McDaniel sent it to (label CEO) Clive Davis.  The song was launched as single in 2002, and won a Grammy Award for “Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals”, as well as peaking at No. 5 in on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.  After Gregg and Rick wrote this song Clive Davis, head of Arista Records, got a hold of a demo of it, and when Santana was looking for songs it ended up becoming the first single from his album Shaman that was recorded in 2002.  It charted #16 in the UK and went to #5 in the US.

Tina Turner was Santana’s first choice to record this song and she did later in 2007.  Clive Davis and the Arista label executives wanted to go with a younger, hipper singer on the track and they chose Michelle Branch to sing the duet.  Santana’s people contacted Branch’s manager while she was on tour and when she heard the song she thought that it was written especially for her.  The song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2002.

Rick Nowels is an American songwriter, arranger, multi-instrumentalist and record producer.  He has co written with some of the most vibrant artists in contemporary music.  He’s had over 60 top 40 hit songs appearing on 200 million albums.  While Rick Nowels was living in San Francisco, he enjoyed his first success writing and producing definitive solo albums for Stevie Nicks, for whom he contributed the hits ‘I Can’t Wait’ and ‘Rooms On Fire’, and working with Belinda Carlisle, he charted eleven hits including ‘Heaven Is A Place On Earth’ and ‘Circle In The Sand’.  Nowels relocated to Los Angeles and penned Celine Dion’s ‘Falling Into You’, Anita Baker’s ‘Body And Soul’ and collaborated with Madonna on several songs from her Ray Of Light album, including worldwide smash ‘The Power Of Goodbye’.  In 1986 at the age of sixteen, Gregg Alexander signed his first recording contract with A&M after playing his demo tapes to producer Rick Nowels.  In 1997, Alexander formed the New Radicals, but he disbanded the group in summer 1999 to write and produce songs for other artists.

Michelle Branch moved to Los Angeles and signed to Warner Bros. when she was 16.  She initially released an independent record ‘Broken Bracelet’, before signing to Maverick for her debut album, The Spirit Room, which came out when she was 18.  Almost immediately, she had massive radio hits with ‘Everywhere’, ‘All You Wanted’ and ‘Goodbye to You’.  After working with Santana she married her bassist, Teddy Landau, and released her second album, Hotel Paper, a week before she turned 20 years old.  She had a daughter, and detoured into country music, forming a duo called the Wreckers with Jessica Harp.  Michelle has had no solo hits since 2003 and she split up with Landau in January 2014.  Warner Bros. dropped her at the end of 2014 and she signed to the smaller Verve Records in the summer of 2015.  Jessica Leigh Harp is an American songwriter and former country artist from Kansas City, Missouri, who between 2005 and 2007, recorded with Michelle Branch and performed as The Wreckers, a duo that topped the country charts in 2006 with the Grammy-nominated ‘Leave the Pieces’.  Harp quit singing to concentrate on songwriting.

In 1967, Clive Davis signed Carlos Santana to Columbia Records just after he had signed Janis Joplin and Blood Sweat and Tears.  Bill Graham, the legendary music promoter, asked him to fly to Fillmore West to audition a new artist that he felt special about.  Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.  In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine listed Santana at number 20 on their list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.  He has won 10 Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards.

The music video depicts Santana and Branch in an alley with couples around them, each expressing their love for one another.  The director was Paul Fedor and the video was filmed in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, with cameo appearances by Wesley Snipes, Helen Hunt and Jennifer Garner.

Tell me
Just what you want me to be
One kiss
And boom you’re the only one for me
So please tell me
Why don’t you come around no more?
Cause right now
I’m crying outside the door of your candy store

It just takes a little bit of this, a little bit of that
It started with a kiss
Now we’re up to bat
A little bit of laughs, a little bit of pain
I’m telling you my babe
It’s all in the game of?

Love is
Whatever you make it to be
Sunshine
Instead of this cold lonely sea
So please baby
Try and use me for what I’m good for
It ain’t saying goodbye
It’s knocking down the door of your candy store

It just takes a little bit of this, a little bit of that
It started with a kiss
Now we’re up to bat
A little bit of laughs, a little bit of pain
I’m telling you my babe
It’s all in the game of love
It’s all in this game of love

You roll me
Control me
Console me
Please hold me
You guide me
Divide me
Into me
So please tell me
Why don’t you come around no more?
Cause right now
I’m dying outside the door of your loving store

It just take a little bit of this, a little bit of that
It started with a kiss
Now we’re up to bat
A little bit of laughs, a little bit of pain
I’m telling you my babe
It’s all in the game of love
It’s all in the game of love
It’s all in this game of love
Let’s play the game of love

Roll me
Console me
Please hold me
I’m out here on my own
On my own

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1999-2008”.

I Will Lay Down My Heart

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1989-1998.  I chose the song ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ which was written by country songwriters Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin and recorded by Bonnie Raitt.  Reid played football for the Bengals and he made the Pro Bowl twice, before turning to music.  This was recorded by Bonnie Raitt on her 11th album Luck of the Draw in 1991.  The idea for the song came to Reid, after reading a December 18, 1999 article in The Tennessean newspaper (the principal daily newspaper in Nashville, Tennessee) about a man who got arrested for getting drunk and shooting at his girlfriend’s car.  The judge asked the defendant if he had learned anything, to which he replied, “I learned, Your Honor, that you can’t make a woman love you if she don’t.”  The song reached number 18 in the US, but it wasn’t released in the UK at the time, however, it has since been considered a classic.  In 2000, Mojo magazine placed it at number 8 on its ‘100 Greatest Songs of All Time’ list.  It ranked #339 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time’.

Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin were both living in Nashville when the newspaper article came out.  They were writing songs for country artists (though Reid was also releasing music under his own name at the time) and both had found success so far, scoring significant hits on the country charts.  They had met at Austin City Limits and a mutual admiration for each other’s work spurred a partnership between the two.  Reid and Shamblin had been working together for about a year, before they started writing ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’.  It took them six months to write this song and they originally wrote the song as a fast, bluegrass ditty.  After slowing down the tempo considerably, they realized the song had a considerable power to it.

The song is about a woman who knows her man has lost interest and just wants to spend one more night with him before moving on with her life.  Instead of lying to herself or trying to work things out, she confronts the reality and seeks closure with that final night together.  In the morning, she’ll be on her way.  Raitt teamed up with producer Don Was and engineer Ed Cherney again.  She had worked with both of them before on her previous album Luck Of The Draw.  The crew in the recording studio was small for this song, consisting of Bonnie, Was, Cherney, bassist James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Tony Braunagel on drums, both of who played in her band and Bruce Hornsby accompanying on piano.  Raitt called Hornsby and asked him to play on it, to which he immediately agreed and he also performed the song many times on stage with her after the recording.

The Grammy winning album Luck Of The Draw wound up surpassing the heights that Bonnie Raitt reached on her previous album Nick Of Time.  Part of that was due to its lead single, ‘Something To Talk About’, which peaked at number 5 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary chart, number 12 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart, and number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100.  But there was another one ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’, which became a significant pop hit in her career, hitting the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 and it was released as a single on October 22, 1991.  The album has since sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S., and ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ has become Raitt’s signature song, especially for radio listeners who were unaware of her roots as a blues artist.

When the song got played on pop radio, no one had any idea it was going to be that big a hit.  ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’ has been covered by stars like George Michael, Prince, Adele, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson and this two-verse, two-chorus heart-rending ballad of unrequited love, has become both a classic, and a standard.  Once when Bonnie Raitt attended an Aretha Franklin concert, Aretha sang this song for Bonnie when she saw her in the audience.

Bruce Hornsby was contacted by the Grateful Dead to fill the keyboard role left after the tragic death of Brent Mydland on July 26, 1990.  When the Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 1994, Bruce was up on stage with them despite not being a regular part of the touring band for two years.  In 2018, Was joined former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir and drummer Jay Lane to form Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, a trio which undertook a North American tour in the Fall of 2018.

Turn down the lights
Turn down the bed
Turn down these voices inside my head
Lay down with me
Tell me no lies
Just hold me close, don’t patronize
Don’t patronize me
‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I’ll feel the power
But you won’t, no you won’t
‘Cause I can’t make you love me, if you don’t
I’ll close my eyes, then I won’t see
The love you don’t feel when you’re holding me
Morning will come and I’ll do what’s right
Just give me till then to give up this fight
And I will give up this fight
‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t
You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t
Here in the dark, in these final hours
I will lay down my heart and I’ll feel the power
But you won’t, no you won’t
‘Cause I can’t make you love me, if you don’t

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1989-1998”.

No One Else Will Do

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1979-1988.  I chose ‘Endless Love’ which is a song that was written by Lionel Richie and originally recorded as a duet between Richie and fellow pop singer Diana Ross.  In this ballad, the singers declare their endless love for one another.  The song was used as the theme for the Franco Zeffirelli’s film adaptation of Scott Spencer’s novel Endless Love, which is one of the most celebrated novels of its time written about young love.  ‘Endless Love’ was released as a single from the film’s soundtrack in 1981.  While the film Endless Love starring Brooke Shields was a modest box-office success, the song became the second biggest-selling single of the year coming in just behind ‘Bette Davis Eyes’ by Kim Carnes.  In the U.S. it reached number 1 on the Hot 100, where it stayed for nine weeks from August 15 to October 10, 1981.  The single sold more than 3 million copies, and it was nominated in five 1981 Grammy categories, including Record of the Year.  ‘Endless Love’ won a Marquee Award in 1982 for Best Original Song and it also topped Billboard magazine’s list of the Top 50 ‘Love’ Songs of All Time.

The two icons recorded the song for Motown and they performed the song at the 54th Academy Awards in 1982, when it was nominated for an Oscar.  Lionel was still a member of the Commodores when they recorded this and he was also producing and writing for country/pop star Kenny Rogers at the time.  Thomas McClary from The Commodores plays guitar on this song.  Ross recently departed Motown signing a $20 million deal with RCA, but the deal was done, allowing the duet to release the single with PolyGram featuring it in the movie and soundtrack album.  Lionel Richie thought that this song was going to turn into a disaster, because he did not originally write it as a duet, but the record company suddenly changed the song into a duet.  They got Diana Ross involved and when she arrived at the studio, Diana told Lionel that she wanted the part which he had planned to sing.

Ross and Richie were so busy with their respective schedules and under a deadline to prevent them from holding up the movie, that finding studio time together proved to be nearly impossible.  The solution came about when Ross played a gig in Lake Tahoe, NV, Richie was able to fly to nearby Reno, where a late-night session was booked.  Ross drove there after her show, and recording session began at 3 a.m.  The song needed to be turned around in just 12 hours, so they needed to get the whole song done that night.  Richie told Ross, “Make or break, you follow me?”

This song had a longer reign at #1 (nine weeks) than any other Motown single up to this point, where ‘I Heard It Through the Grapevine’ held the previous Motown record, with seven weeks on top.  This wasn’t the last time Ross and Richie sang together, as they both appeared on ‘We Are The World’, which Richie co-wrote with Michael Jackson.  Ross was 37 at the time of this recording and she had become a superstar in the ‘60s with her group The Supremes, scoring five solo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits, which turned her into one of the most popular solo artists of the ‘70s.  Richie was 32 and he was already thinking about leaving The Commodores, a band that had landed seven top 10 hits (including two No. 1s), to begin his solo career, which took him to great heights in the ‘80s, with four #1 hits.  Ross’ next single, ‘Why Do Fools Fall In Love’, went to #7, but she never got higher.

My love
There’s only you in my life,
The only thing that’s bright
My first love
You’re every breath that I take
You’re every step I make

And I, I-I-I, I want to share all my love with you
No one else will do
And your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, they tell me how much you care
Ooh yes, you will always be
My endless love

Two hearts
Two hearts that beat as one
Our lives have just begun
Forever, ohhh
I’ll hold you close in my arms
I can’t resist your charms

And, love, oh, love, I’ll be a fool for you, I’m sure
You know I don’t mind, oh, you know I don’t mind
‘Cause you, you mean the world to me, oh
I know, I know I’ve found in you
My endless love

Ooh-whoa
Boom boom
Boom boom boom boom boom
Boom boom boom boom boom

Oooh, and, love, oh, love, I’ll be that fool for you, I’m sure
You know I don’t mind, oh, you know I don’t mind
And yes, you’ll be the only one
‘Cause no one can deny
This love I have inside
And I’ll give it all to you
My love, my love, my love
My endless love

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1979-1988”.

Come To Me On A Summer Breeze

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1969-1978.  I chose the 1977 song ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ by the Bee Gees.  The Bee Gees wrote ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ for the American singer Yvonne Elliman and it was released on their album Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack.  This song was released as a single before the film or the soundtrack were issued, and it rose to the top spot a week after the film debuted.  The Bee Gees had more than 30 Top 40 records, nine of which went to #1, putting them in an exclusive group, up there with the Beatles, Elvis, the Supremes, and a few others, actually very few others.  But unlike many super groups outside of the Beatles, the brothers Gibb wrote their own songs, which indeed makes them elite.

Robin and Maurice are twins.  Barry is three years older.  They had huge success singing disco songs in the ‘70s, and popularized the falsetto singing style of that era.  Bill Goode ran the Redcliffe Speedway and he gave the Gibb brothers their first opportunity to perform before a crowd, in 1959The Bee Gees were discovered by Bill Gates, a disc jockey in Brisbane, Australia.  The group’s name was originally The BG’s, contrived from the common initials between Barry Gibb, Bill Goode, and Bill Gates.  The name then evolved from The BG’s to the Bee Gees which eventually came to mean the Brothers Gibb.  Maurice died in 2003 after he was rushed to a hospital for stomach pains.  After being diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer, Robin died of kidney and liver failure in 2012 at the age of 62.  Robin Gibb requested that ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ should be played at his funeral.  The Bee Gees are in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.  ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ is the Bee Gees most covered song, with over 400 versions.

Yvonne Elliman sang her #1 hit “If I Can’t Have You” in “Saturday Night Fever” which was specifically written for her by the Bee Gees.  Yvonne already had a music career that included releasing four albums and early fame from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ, Superstar.  She moved from her native Hawaii to London while she was still a teenager, and then Yvonne was discovered by the legendary duo of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Tim Rice.  They invited her to sing the part of “Mary Magdalene” with the ballad ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’ for their concept album, before the rock opera made its Broadway debut in 1971 with Yvonne in the only female principal role.  Her role in the film version earned her a 1974 Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy.  While on Broadway, Yvonne met Bill Oakes, the president of RSO Records and the two married after knowing each other a short while.  Oakes introduced her to Eric Clapton, who invited Yvonne to sing backup vocals on ‘I Shot the Sheriff’ which led to Yvonne becoming a member of Eric’s band, and touring with them.  Her fourth album, released in 1976, gave her two Top-20 hits, the title-song ‘Love Me’ was written by Bee Gees members Barry and Robin Gibb, as well as Yvonne’s cover of ‘Hello Stranger’.

‘How Deep Is Your Love’ was written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Ernest Gibb and Robin Hugh Gibb.  This won the 1977 Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance By A Group.  The song also received a nomination for Best Original Song at the 35th Golden Globe awards in 1978.  This was a massive hit in the US. It was #1 for three weeks and stayed in the Top 10 for 17 weeks, which was a record at the time.  The song was also a huge hit on the Adult Contemporary chart, where it spent six weeks at #1, which is more than any other Bee Gees song.  When Billboard listed their top 100 Adult Contemporary song of all time in 2011, ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ came in at #13.  The song was ranked number 366 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

I know your eyes in the morning sun
I feel you touch me in the pouring rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I want to feel you in my arms again
And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You’re the light in my deepest, darkest hour
You’re my savior when I fall
And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside that I really do
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love, then you softly leave
And it’s me you need to show

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
How deep is your love?
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love, how deep is your love
I really mean to learn
‘Cause we’re living in a world of fools
Breaking us down when they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1969-1978”.

When The Stars Start Falling

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1959-1968.  I chose the 1967 song ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ by Cream.  In three short years, Cream recorded a slew of brilliant hit singles, they sold an astonishing 15 million records while redefining the role of the instrumentalist in rock.  Cream came together in mid 1966 when Baker left the respected British rhythm-and-blues ensemble Graham Bond Organization, Bruce (formerly of Graham Bond) left Manfred Mann, and Eric Clapton, already a legend in Britain, left John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.  Baker and Bruce both played together in the Graham Bond Organization, but Bruce quit in 1965, in part because of the fights that he had with Baker.  Pete Brown co-wrote Cream’s biggest hits classics such as ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, ‘I feel Free’, ‘White Room’ and many more.  Pete Brown is an English Poet and singer/songwriter and during the mid 60’s, he was doing readings in jazz and blues clubs in London.  He met Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker who had both been jazz musicians through the jazz world at the Marquee Club, right around the time that they were forming Cream.

They were both very impressed with Pete’s poetry, so they asked him to write some lyrics for Cream’s first single ‘Wrapping Paper’.  Pete said that he “crammed about 10,000 images in one song.  It was a peculiar lyric about two people who can only meet in a picture in a deserted house by the sea.”  Brown developed a chemistry with Jack Bruce and he said that, “We both liked writing fast and were drawn to black music.  Working with the band was very lucky for me.  All of them are intelligent and well-read and capable of writing lyrics, but it seemed to work.  And I lusted more to be part of the music scene than the literary one.”

Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce wrote the music for ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ and Pete Brown wrote the lyrics.  Pete Brown wrote the opening line after being up all night working with Bruce and watching the sun come up.  It was late and they knew that they were under pressure to come up with some new material.  Jack Bruce came up with the riff on his upright double bass when Pete looked out the window despairingly for inspiration and wrote down, “It’s getting near dawn”, and that is how ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ was born.  Originally Jack played the riff of ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ at a much faster tempo than the song is now and Ginger immediately disliked it and said, “Oh man, that’s terrible, let’s slow it right down!”  Baker put a backwards drum-beat on it stressing the first and third beats in the bar, and he played on tom-toms in the style of Native American drums and that is what gave the song the “wow” factor that it needed.  Once Eric composed the strong middle-eight (chorus), ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ was ready for the world.  The first few notes of Clapton’s guitar solo on the studio version echo, note for note was the same as ‘Blue Moon’.

The song came out on the 1967 Disraeli Gears album and it charted #25 in the UK and went to #5 in the US.  Cream received an enormous boost when AM Top 40 radio, which had shunned the group as too hard and psychedelic, jumped on the bandwagon and started playing this song.  That acceptance and exposure helped make ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, the group’s signature song, and the largest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records up to that time.  Cream became so huge in the US that in 1968 they went on to break all the box office records previously held by The Beatles.  In 2004 Rolling Stone magazine ranked ‘Sunshine of Your Love’ at number 65 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All-Time.

This is an innocent love song, that starts out just before the Sun is about to come up.  The city night life is ending, street lights are turning off.   This musician who has been out all night is thinking that it is almost time for his girl to wake up and he has a surprise in store for her.  All he can think about is her and as he looks up, he realizes that it will be getting light out soon and the night stars will disappear from the sky.  He has been waiting to be with her so long, to have her love.  It will be just them and he feels real love.  Being in “the sunshine of your love” is when all of her love is focused on him.   He is so in love with her that it seems she’s more bright, vibrant and beautiful than ever before.  The sunlight is shining through the curtains onto her, highlighting her, making her beauty glow.  He wants to be with her forever, or till his seas have dried up.

The Dead Sea is entirely land-locked, so it is really a lake.  In order to understand how long it takes for seas to dry up, you must know how the water cycle works.  Evaporation is the process by which water changes from a liquid to a gas or vapor.  All liquids can evaporate at room temperature and normal air pressure.  Evaporation happens when atoms or molecules escape from the liquid and turn into a vapor.  Evaporation is the primary pathway that allows water to move from the liquid state back into the water cycle as atmospheric water vapor.  Lakes and ponds should (and do) dry up after a certain period, ranging from a couple weeks to a few months, depending on how large the water body is.  Fortunately, that doesn’t happen too often, thanks to the water cycle!  Water is collected on the ground in oceans, seas, lakes and ponds, and when it evaporates, it goes up into the atmosphere where it condenses.  Precipitation forms when cloud droplets or ice particles in clouds grow and combine to become so large that the updrafts in the clouds can no longer support them, and they fall to the ground.  Clouds shed rain or snow and most of it, in fact 77 percent of all precipitation, falls directly back over the sea.  Rain water and melted snow that fall on land run into rivers flowing back into the sea.  Thus, the seas and the oceans never dry up.

Cream performed together again for the first time in 25 years on January 12, 1993 when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where they played this song.  They reunited again in 2005 for a series of concerts.  In 2006 the band received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement.  Jack Bruce died from liver disease in 2014.

It’s getting near dawn,
When lights close their tired eyes
I’ll soon be with you my love,
To give you my dawn surprise
I’ll be with you darling soon,
I’ll be with you when the stars start falling

I’ve been waiting so long
To be where I’m going
In the sunshine of your love

I’m with you my love,
The light’s shining through on you
Yes, I’m with you my love,
It’s the morning and just we two
I’ll stay with you darling now,
I’ll stay with you till my seas are dried up

I’ve been waiting so long
To be where I’m going
In the sunshine of your love

I’m with you my love,
The light’s shining through on you.
Yes, I’m with you my love,
It’s the morning and just we two.
I’ll stay with you darling now,
I’ll stay with you till my seas are dried up

I’ve been waiting so long
I’ve been waiting so long
I’ve been waiting so long
To be where I’m going
In the sunshine of your love

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1959-1968”.

The Meaning Of Romance

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1949-1958.  I chose ‘The Book of Love’ which is from 1957, twelve years before the summer of love.  This song is also sometimes titled ‘(Who Wrote) The Book of Love’.  It is a rock and roll / doo-wop song, originally by The Monotones who formed in 1955 and were from Newark, NJ.  It was written by three members of the group, Warren Davis, George Malone and Charles Patrick and it was their only hit.  Lead singer Charles Patrick heard a Pepsodent toothpaste commercial with the line “wonder where the yellow went”, and from there he got the idea for the line, “I wonder, wonder, wonder who, who wrote the book of love”.  Davis and Malone worked it up into a song which peaked at No. 5 on the pop chart and No. 3 on the R&B chart remaining there for 11 weeks.  The “boom” part of the song was a result of a kid kicking a ball against the garage, or possibly a batted baseball struck the outer wall of the studio while they were rehearsing.  It sounded good, so they added it to the song.

In 1954, first tenor Warren Davis, second tenor George Malone, baritone John Ryanes, and bass Frank Smith were part of a group called the Travelers.  In 1955, The Monotones consisted of 17-year-old lead vocalist Charles Patrick, 16-year-old first tenor Warren Davis, 15-year-old second tenor George Malone, 17-year-old bass singer Frank Smith, 15-year-old second bass John Ryanes, and his older brother 18-year-old baritone Warren Ryanes.  Charles’ brother James Patrick was originally a member, but he left soon after the group’s formation.  They came together at the Baxter Terrace housing project in Newark, NJ and they adopted their name from a previous group who already had it and were in the process of breaking up.  The six friends and neighbors also began singing with the New Hope Baptist Choir, along with other choir members including Dionne Warwick.

In 1956, they appeared on Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour and won first prize for their version of The Cadillacs’ song ‘Zoom’.  In September 1957, the Monotones recorded ‘The Book of Love’, which was released on the Mascot label in December that year.  The small record company could not cope with its popularity, and it was reissued on Chess Records’ subsidiary Argo label in February 1958.  The record sold over one million copies.  ‘Book of Love’ was the title of an unrecorded tune written by Kodaks featuring lead singer Pearl McKinnon (one of the few girls who led an otherwise-male doo wop group).  James Patrick was a member of the Kodaks, an R&B vocal group also from Newark and this is probably where his brother Charles heard the name of this song.  The Monotones took the title, but they recorded a completely different song.

John Ryanes died on May 30, 1972, Warren Ryanes died in June of 1982, Frankie Smith died on Nov. 25, 2000 and George Malone died on Oct. 5, 2007.  Charles Patrick is 80 and Warren Davis is 79.  Sha-Na-Na sang this at Woodstock in 1969.  In verse two of Don McLean’s ‘American Pie’, he asks, “Did you write the Book Of Love?”

I wonder, wonder who, who-oo-ooh, who
(Who wrote the book of love)
Tell me, tell me, tell me
Oh, who wrote the Book Of Love
I’ve got to know the answer
Was it someone from above
(I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)

I love you darlin’
Baby, you know I do
But I’ve got to see this book of love
Find out why it’s true
(I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the Book Of Love)
(Chapter one says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter two you tell her you’re)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In chapter three remember the meaning of romance)
(In chapter four you break up)
(But you give her just one more chance)
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, wWho)
(Who wrote the book of love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this book of love
Ours is the one that’s true
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the book of love)
(Chapter one says to love her)
(You love her with all your heart)
(Chapter two you tell her you’re)
(Never, never, never, never, never gonna part)
(In chapter three remember the meaning of romance)
(In chapter four you break up)
(But you give her just one more chance)
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, Who)
(Who wrote the book of love)

Baby, baby, baby
I love you, yes I do
Well it says so in this book of love
Ours is the one that’s true
(Oh, I wonder, wonder who, mmbadoo-ooh, who)
(Who wrote the book of love)
I wonder who (yeah)
Who wrote the Book Of Love

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1949-1958”.

I Love You Most Of All

Bee Halton at The Bee Writes Love Is In Da Blog 2019 ~ A Music Festival has buzzed us to write about A Love Song from 1939-1948.  I chose ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’ recorded by the Mills Brothers and written by Allan Roberts and Doris Fisher.  Lyricist Allan Roberts was an American musician and songwriter, whose songs were successfully recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, the Ink Spots, Billie Holiday, the Andrews Sisters, Marilyn Monroe, Perry Como, the Mills Brothers and many others.  He met aspiring songwriter Doris Fisher, the daughter of respected Tin Pan Alley songwriter and music publisher Fred Fisher, and in 1944 the two began collaborating on songs.  They found immediate success with such popular songs as ‘You Always Hurt the One You Love’ for the Mills Brothers and in 1944 alone they wrote ‘Angelina’ by Louis Prima, ‘Good, Good, Good’ for Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters, ‘Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall’ for Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots and ‘Invitation to the Blues’ for Ella Mae Morse.  Doris Fisher married in 1947 and retired from the entertainment industry,

The Mills Brothers quartet, consisted of John C., Herb B., Donald F., and Harry F. and they rose to stardom in 1931 after being signed by radio (and later television) magnate William S. Paley in New York City to a three-year contract with CBS radio.  As the brothers were growing up, their parents taught them how to sing, and their first attempt at harmony was ‘Three Blind Mice’, an early seventeenth-century English nursery rhyme.  They were the first black musicians to land a commercially-sponsored national radio program.  No other vocal group in history turned out hit records over a longer span of time [1931-1970] than the Mills brothers did.  The oldest brother John, died in 1936 at the age of 25 and he was replaced their father who played guitar.  The Mills Brothers became a trio after their father John Mills, Sr. retired in 1956.  Harry died in 1982 at the age of 68 and Herbert died in 1989 at the age of 77.

The Mills Brother’s million seller records included ‘Paper Doll’/’I’ll Be Around’ (1942-1943), ‘Tiger Rag’/’Nobody’s Sweetheart’ (1931), ‘You Always Hurt The One You Love’/’Till Then’ (1944), ‘Lazy River’ (1940s-1952, through four releases), and ‘The Glow Worm’ (1952).  If you care for someone, this makes you become vulnerable and the only people that can truly hurt you are the ones that you actually care about.  Becoming attached to another and expecting their love in return hurts when it is not reciprocated and this can lead to your relationship becoming broken.  Most people expect more from their loved ones, but the more time that you spend with someone, the easier it will be for them to get on your nerves and you may eventually have to lash out at them.

You always hurt the one you love
The one you shouldn’t hurt at all
You always take the sweetest rose
And crush it till the petals fall

You always break the kindest heart
With a hasty word you can’t recall, so
If I broke your heart last night
It’s because I love you most of all

You always hurt the one you love
The one you shouldn’t hurt at all
You always take the sweetest rose
And crush it till the petals fall

You always break the kindest heart
With a hasty word you can’t recall
So, if I broke your heart last night
It’s because I love you most of all

You always hurt the one you love
The one you shouldn’t hurt at all
You always take the sweetest rose
Crush it, till the petals fall

You always break the kindest heart
With a hasty word you can’t recall, so
If I broke your heart last night
It’s because I love you most of all

Written for Love Is In Da Blog “A Love Song from 1939-1948”.