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629_gianna_01Gianna Nannini (born 14 June 1956) is an Italian female singer-songwriter and pop musician. She may be best known for her 1986 song "Bello e Impossibile".

Musical career

Her first hit was in 1979 with the single "America" and the album California, which became a success in several European countries. Her rise to fame in Italy started in 1984 with the release of her sixth album, Puzzle. This album peaked in the top 10 at the Italian, German, Austrian and Swiss hit-parades. She sang for the videoclip "Fotoromanza" (directed byMichelangelo Antonioni), won several musical awards and started a European tour, including a participation at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In 1986, her hit "Bello e Impossibile" was a huge success and earned her more awards in Italy, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Her 1987 compilation album Maschi e Altri sold over a million copies.

In 2004, she released Perle, which contains a number of her greatest hits in new arrangements. Backup-musicians were Christian Lohr on piano (who also is co-producer), and a string quartet: Vincenzo di Donna (first violin), Luigi de Maio (second violin), Gerardo Morrone (viola), Antonio di Franca (violoncello). With this orchestra Gianna went on a "Perle-tour" in Central Europe during 2004 and 2005.

The album Grazie was released in February 2006, and peaked at number one of the Italian hit-parade with the single "Sei nell’anima". During the summer of 2006, she toured all over Italy as promotion for the album. "Io", another track from the album, also became a big hit.


In April 2007, she released Pia Come la Canto Io, a collection of songs written for a pop opera that was performed in 2008. This work was eleven years in the making, and is based on the medieval Tuscan character Pia de’ Tolomei (mentioned briefly in Dante’s Purgatorio). The album was produced by Wil Malone, who also producedGrazie.

An acoustic version of her song Meravigliosa Creatura (from Perle) has been used in a 2008 advertisement spot for the Fiat Bravo directed by Matthias Zentner. The song and the spot have achieved such a success to take Perle to the Italian top 50 in sales, and Fiat would later include a Gianna Nannini song, "Aria" in another Fiat Bravo ad.

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Unfortunately I have not digitised my Gianna Nannini vinyls yet so you’ll have to make do with these YouTube videos. I might post some mp3s later on when I reach her records in the all too huge stack of records that I haven’t digitised yet – Ted

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Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band from The Hague, the Netherlands, formed in 1967. Their biggest hit, "Venus", went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970, and the band had sold 13.5 million discs by 1973, but the group disbanded in 1974.


The initial line-up consisted of:
Robbie van Leeuwen (guitar, sitar and backing vocals), (October 29, 1944 – )
Fred de Wilde (vocals), later replaced by
Mariska Veres, (October 1, 1947 – December 2, 2006) in 1968.
Klaasje van der Wal (bass guitar), (December 1, 1949 – ), later replaced by
Henk Smitskamp, (August 1, 1942 – ) in 1972
Cor van der Beek (drums), (June 6, 1948 – April 2, 1998)

Other members were:
Leo van de Ketterij (guitar, 1970 – 1971)
Martin van Wijk (guitar, 1973 – 1974)
Henk Smitskamp (bass guitar, 1972 – 1974)

Shocking Blue was founded in 1967 by Robbie van Leeuwen. The group had a minor hit in 1968 with "Lucy Brown is Back in Town". After Mariska Veres took over the vocals, the group charted a world-wide hit with the song "Venus", which reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. Initially the disc was a big hit in the Netherlands, where it reached #3 in the summer of 1969. It subsequently sold 350,000 copies in Germany, and topped the U.S. chart for three weeks, becoming the Netherlands’ first American #1 hit. It sold over one million copies there by January 1970, and received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America. Global sales exceeded five million copies. The song was based on “The Banjo Song” (1963) by The Big Three (folk music group).


Other hits include "Send Me a Postcard" in 1968/69 and "Long and Lonesome Road" (often mistakenly named as "Long Lonesome Road") in 1969. "Hot Sand", the flip-side of "Venus", was also heavily plugged on Dutch radio.

10979_sb_03Many more Dutch hits followed including "Mighty Joe" (flip-side "Wild Wind") in 1969/70. This was the group’s second million seller. In 1970 "Never Marry a Railroad Man" (flip-side "Roll Engine Roll"), their third to sell over one million and "Hello Darkness". In 1971 there followed "Shocking You", "Blossom Lady" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind". In 1972 came "Inkpot" and "Rock in the Sea"; plus "Eve and the Apple" in 1972/73 and finally "Oh Lord" in 1973. None of these latter songs charted in the U.S. The group, however, was very successful in Europe, Latin America (Mexico, Argentina, Brazil etc.) and Asia (Japan and Hong Kong).

In 1974 Mariska Veres left the group to start a solo career. Her solo hits were "Take Me High" (1975) and "Lovin’ You" (1976). Those songs were mainly popular in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

From the 1990s, Veres toured with a new group under the Shocking Blue banner, with permission of her former bandmates.

On April 2, 1998, Cor van der Beek died at the age of 49.

On December 2, 2006 Dutch news service ANP reported that Mariska Veres had died from cancer at the age of 59.

Nirvana covered the Shocking Blue song "Love Buzz" as their debut single in 1988 and as an extra track on the re-release of their 1989 release Bleach.

1968 Shocking Blue (Polydor)
also known as "Beat With Us" (German title)
1969 At Home (Pink Elephant)
1970 Scorpio’s Dance (Pink Elephant)
also known as "Sally Was A Good Old Girl" (Japanese title)
1971 Third Album (AKA Shocking You, Pink Elephant)
1972 Inkpot (Pink Elephant) – The official music of Mark Six
1972 Inkpot (Polydor – West German release with several different tracks)
1972 Live in Japan (Pink Elephant)
1972 Attila (Pink Elephant) also known as "Rock In The Sea" (Japanese title)
1972 Eve and the Apple (Same as "Attila" with one different track, Polydor)
1973 Dream on Dreamer (Polydor)
1973 Ham (Same as "Dream On Dreamer" with 3 different tracks, Pink Elephant)
1974 Good Times (Pink Elephant)



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Forum article from “Look and Learn”, 1963. Found at My Ear-Trumpet Has Been Struck By Lightning

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Time for another round of British artists for the series “From Liverpool to Wembley” so here’s The Small Faces and P P Arnold. I know P P Arnold is American, but she was very popular i Britain in the sixties and early seventies and collaborated with a lot of British artist, for instance Small Faces as you can see on the “Tin Soldier” video on their page.

Small Faces


P P Arnold

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Here’s a LiveWriter gallery with old lingerie ads spanning from the mid thirties to the mid fifties. The upload is set to original size – Enjoy, Ted


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I’ve had some great fun filling up my Vodpod account with classic British music from my favourit era, 1960 – 1980 this week end and now the video count is at 324. All great British pop, rock, blues, rythm’n’blues and folkrock for your entertainment. just click the videos at the top of the right column and watch the videos right here on my blog or hit the links below and look for your particular favourites – enjoy, Ted


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I’ve just started up a Vodpod account as it is much faster and easier to post videos there. You can see the last four uploaded videos in one of the collections at the top of the right column, just click the thumbnail and you can watch the video right here on the blog.

There is a small snag of course, I will be posting a lot more than 4 videos at the time. But don’t worry, there are links to my three Collections of British Classics  below the thumbnails as well as to the my main page on Vodpod. I have already collected 97 classics and more will follow shortly – Enjoy – Ted


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(February 22, 192 7- July 1, 1999)

Born Al Cernik, son of immigrants from Yugoslavia, in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 11, he was signed by Warner Brothers Pictures, to be groomed as a 0099_guychild star, and he also performed on the radio on Station KFWB in Los Angeles, California. 

After leaving school, he worked as a saddlemaker, but supplemented his income by singing whenever he could. At this point in his life, Dude Martin, who had a country music broadcast in San Francisco, noticed him and hired him to perform with his band.

He served in the United States Navy for two years, and after leaving the service became a singer with Carmen Cavallaro’s big band. In 1947 he made some recordings for Decca with Cavallaro’s band, but had to leave due to a case of food poisoning.

He eventually went to New York City, and made several records for King Records under the name Al Grant. He won on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts radio show during this time.

Mitch Miller, who was in charge of talent at Columbia Records, noted Al in 1950, and he joined Columbia and got his new stage name at Miller’s urging: Miller is supposed to have said, "my name is Mitchell and you seem a nice guy, so we’ll call you Guy Mitchell."

In the 1950s and 1960s he acted in movies as well as singing. He did movies with Teresa Brewer and Rosemary Clooney. In 1957 he had his own television show. His first hit was 1951’s  "My Heart Cries for You".

Though he is considered an average pop singer, many of his songs have a decided rock beat to them, including "Knee Deep in the Blues", "Heartaches By the Number", "Rock-a-Billy", "The Same Old Me" and his biggest hit, "Singing the Blues", which was #1 for 10 weeks in 1956.

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