Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. A recipient of critical acclaim and numerous accolades and awards, Jackson is the actor whose films have made the highest total gross revenue, he came to prominence in the early 1990s with films such as Goodfellas, Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino including Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight. He is a prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance, A Time to Kill, The Long Kiss Goodnight, The Negotiator, Deep Blue Sea, Shaft, XXX, Snakes on a Plane, Kong: Skull Island and the Star Wars prequel trilogy. With Jackson's permission, his likeness was used for the Ultimate version of the Marvel Comics character Nick Fury, he has subsequently played Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel and will reprise his role in Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as the TV show Marvel's Agents of S.
H. I. E. L. D. Jackson has provided his voice to several animated films, television series and video games, including the roles of Lucius Best / Frozone in Pixar Animation Studios' films The Incredibles and Incredibles 2, Mace Windu in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Whiplash in Turbo, Afro Samurai in the anime television series Afro Samurai, Frank Tenpenny in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Jackson is married to LaTanya Richardson, with whom he has Zoe. Jackson is ranked as the highest all-time box office star with over $5.15 billion total US box office gross, an average of $70.5 million per film. The worldwide box office total of his films is over $12 billion, he became the top-grossing actor in October 2011. Jackson was born in Washington, D. C. the son of Elizabeth and Roy Henry Jackson. He grew up as an only child in Tennessee, his father lived away from the family in Kansas City and died from alcoholism. Jackson met his father only twice during his life. Jackson was raised by his mother, a factory worker and a supplies buyer for a mental institution, by his maternal grandparents and extended family.
According to DNA tests, Jackson descends from the Benga people of Gabon. Jackson graduated from Riverside High School in Chattanooga. Between the third and 12th grades, he trumpet in the school orchestra. Jackson played the flute and piccolo. During childhood, he had a stuttering problem. While he learned to "pretend to be other people who didn't stutter" and use the curse word motherfucker as an affirmation word, he still has days where he stutters. Intent on pursuing a degree in marine biology, he attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. After joining a local acting group to earn extra points in a class, Jackson found an interest in acting and switched his major. Before graduating in 1972, he co-founded the "Just Us Theatre". After the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Jackson attended the funeral in Atlanta as one of the ushers. Jackson flew to Memphis to join an equal rights protest march. In a Parade interview Jackson revealed: "I was angry about the assassination, but I wasn't shocked by it.
I knew that change was going to take something different – not sit-ins, not peaceful coexistence."In 1969, Jackson and several other students held members of the Morehouse College board of trustees hostage on the campus, demanding reform in the school's curriculum and governance. The college agreed to change its policy, but Jackson was charged with and convicted of unlawful confinement, a second-degree felony. Jackson was suspended for two years for his criminal record and his actions, he would return to the college to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Drama in 1972. While he was suspended, Jackson was employed as a social worker in Los Angeles. Jackson decided to return to Atlanta, where he met with Stokely Carmichael, H. Rap Brown, others active in the Black Power movement. Jackson revealed in the same Parade interview that he began to feel empowered with his involvement in the movement when the group began buying guns. However, before Jackson could become involved with any significant armed confrontation, his mother sent him to Los Angeles after the FBI told her that he would die within a year if he remained with the Black Power movement.
In a 2018 interview with Vogue he denied having been a member of the Black Panther Party. Jackson majored in marine biology at Morehouse College before switching to architecture, he settled on drama after taking a public speaking class and appearing in a version of The Threepenny Opera. Jackson began acting in multiple plays, including A Soldier's Play, he appeared in several television films, made his feature film debut in the blaxploitation independent film Together for Days. After these initial roles, Jackson moved from Atlanta to New York City in 1976 and spent the next decade appearing in stage plays, including the premiers of The Piano Lesson and Two Trains Running at the Yale Repertory Theater. Jackson developed addictions to alcohol and cocaine, which prevented him from procee
Clifford Smith, known professionally as Method Man, is an American rapper and actor. He is known as a member of the East Coast hip hop collective Wu-Tang Clan, he is one half of the hip hop duo Method Man & Redman. He took his stage name from the 1979 film Method Man. In 1996, Smith won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, for "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By", featuring American R&B singer Mary J. Blige. Smith has appeared in films such as Belly, How High, Garden State, The Wackness, Red Tails and The Cobbler. On television, he and frequent collaborator, fellow East Coast rapper Redman, co-starred on the short-lived Fox sitcom Method & Red, he has had recurring roles in three HBO series, as Tug Daniels in Oz, Melvin "Cheese" Wagstaff in The Wire, Rodney in The Deuce, a cameo role in Luke Cage, which aired on Netflix. Born on March 2, 1971, in Hempstead, Long Island, Smith divided his childhood between his father's Long Island residence and his mother's home in the Park Hill section of Staten Island.
He has two sisters and Missy. As Wu-Tang Clan ascended to hip hop stardom, Method Man was always one of the most visible members of the collective, he was one of only two members to get a solo song on the group's debut album Enter the Wu-Tang and he was the first to release a solo album under the Clan's unusual contract which allowed its members to release albums under any record label. Method Man chose to sign with rap label Def Jam Recordings, although Elektra Records A&R man Dante Ross wanted to sign him around the same time Ross signed fellow group member Ol' Dirty Bastard. Method Man's solo debut, was critically acclaimed and well received, entering the American charts at #4 and selling in excess of one million copies; that album featured the hit single "All I Need" remixed featuring Mary J. Blige, which won a Grammy. During this time Method Man became close friends with fellow New York City-based rapper The Notorious B. I. G. and was the only guest rapper featured on his debut album Ready to Die.
He was featured on Spice 1's album AmeriKKKa's Nightmare on the track "Hard 2 Kill". In 1995, he was featured on "Got the Flava" off Showbiz and A. G.'s album Goodfellas. In 1996, Method Man appeared on Tupac Shakur's album All Eyez on Me, on the song "Got My Mind Made Up" alongside his rhyme partner Redman, the Dogg Pound and Inspectah Deck, whose verse did not make the released album version, he was featured on Redman's 1996 album Muddy Waters on the track "Do What Ya feel". On June 3, 1997, the Wu-Tang Clan released their Grammy-nominated multiplatinum double CD Wu-Tang Forever, the long-awaited follow up to 36 Chambers; the album has sold over 8.3 million copies to date worldwide. His second solo album was Tical 2000: Judgement Day, released in 1998, influenced by the apocalypse theories surrounding the forthcoming end of the millennium, which featured myriad guest appearances from his fellow Wu-Tang MCs; the album was certified double platinum. Other guest appearances include Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, D'Angelo, Chris Rock, Mobb Deep and brief cameos from Russell Simmons, Bishop Don "Magic" Juan, Janet Jackson, Donald Trump.
The album sold better than his first fueled by the party track "Judgment Day" and the D'Angelo collaboration "Break Ups 2 Make Ups", earning Platinum and Gold certifications in the U. S. and Canada respectively. Reviews for the album were mixed and its long runtime and abundance of intermittent comedy skits were criticized. Producers on this album included True Master, 4th Disciple and the RZA. Method Man was part of the successful Hard Knock Life Tour with Jay-Z, Redman, Ja Rule, DMX. During this tour, Method Man & Redman recorded Blackout!, a light-hearted, bass-heavy, profanity-laced, party record with an EPMD-evoking emphasis on funky beats and the mischievous wit and cool flows and good rhythm of the two MCs. The album reached platinum status both in the U. S. and Canada, fueled by "Da Rockwilder", "Cereal Killa", "1, 2, 1, 2", "Tear It Off" and "Y. O. U." This album featured three released tracks on which the two collaborated. Their success would lead the duo on to star in movies and TV shows, become product spokespersons and household names, but associated them with marijuana use in the media.
The most immediate results of their success was their co-starring roles in the major motion picture film How High, their endorsement deal for Right Guard, Redman's starring role in Seed of Chucky and a short-lived sitcom on Fox Television entitled Method & Red. The Wu-Tang Clan released The W on November 21, 2000, Iron Flag on December 18, 2001; the W received both critical and commercial success for the group, while Iron Flag did receive some but not to the effect of The W. The efforts earned two more platinum plaques for the Wu-Tang Clan. In 2004, Meth released his third solo album Tical 0: The Prequel, which featured the hit party single "What's Happenin'" with Busta Rhymes. Hip hop critics voiced their displeasure with the album, many agreeing that Tical 0 felt like generic party rap and featured too many mainstream guests, detracting from his own performances. Regardless, this album sold reasonably well and was certified gold record by the RIAA quickly, but would not see the platinum success of his previous solo releases.
There was trouble before the album's release when Method complained to the press about excessive interference from Def Jam over the album's beats (Meth supp
Brit Award for British Single of the Year
The Brit Award for British Single of the Year is an award given by the British Phonographic Industry, an organisation which represents record companies and artists in the United Kingdom. The accolade is presented at the Brit Awards, an annual celebration of British and international music; the winners and nominees are determined by the Brit Awards voting academy with over one-thousand members, which comprise record labels, managers, agents and previous winners and nominees. The award was first presented in 1977 as British Single of the Year. 1983 and 1984 awarded as highest-selling single. "Come On Eileen", "Karma Chameleon", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Uptown Funk", "One Kiss" List of best-selling singles by year in the United Kingdom "Another Day in Paradise", "Uptown Funk", "Hello" Also Win Grammy Award for Record of the Year "Hello" Also Win Grammy Award for Song of the Year "Wonderwall", "Rock DJ" Also Win MTV Europe Music Award for Best Song "Wannabe" Also Win MTV Video Music Award for Best Dance Video "Rock DJ" Also Win MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects "Angels" Also Win Brit Award for British Song of Twenty Five Year "Wannabe" Also Win Brit Award for Live Performance of Thirty Year "What Makes You Beautiful" Also Win MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist "What Makes You Beautiful" Also Win MTV Video Music Award for Best Pop Video "Skyfall" Also Win Academy Award for Best Original Song "Skyfall" Also Win Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Song "Skyfall" Also Win Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song "Skyfall" Also Win Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media "Uptown Funk" Also Win MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video "Uptown Funk" Also Win Soul Train Music Award for Best Song of the Year "Uptown Funk" Also Win Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year "Uptown Funk" Also Win Grammy Award for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance "Hello" Also Win Grammy Award for Best Pop Solo Performance
Tom Jones (singer)
Sir Thomas John Woodward, known professionally as Tom Jones, is a Welsh singer. His career has spanned six decades, from his emergence as a vocalist in the mid-1960s with a string of top hits, regular touring, appearances in Las Vegas, career comebacks—to coaching on The Voice UK from 2012. Jones's powerful voice has been described as a "full-throated, robust baritone", his performing range has included pop, R&B, show tunes, dance and gospel. In 2008, the New York Times called Jones a musical "shape shifter", who could "slide from soulful rasp to pop croon, with a voice as husky as it was pretty". Jones has sold over 100 million records with thirty-six Top 40 hits in the United Kingdom and nineteen in the United States, including "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", the theme song for the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, "Delilah", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "She's a Lady", "Kiss" and "Sex Bomb". Jones made his acting debut playing the leading role in the 1979 television film Pleasure Cove as well as playing himself in Tim Burton's 1996 film Mars Attacks!
In 2012, he played a dramatic role in an episode of Playhouse Presents. Jones received a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966, an MTV Video Music Award in 1989, two Brit Awards: Best British Male in 2000 and the Outstanding Contribution to Music award in 2003. Jones was awarded an OBE in 1999 and in 2006 he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music. Jones was born Thomas John Woodward, at 57 Kingsland Terrace, Pontypridd, in Glamorgan, South Wales, his parents were Thomas Woodward, a coal miner, Freda Jones. Three of his grandparents were of English origin: his paternal grandfather, James Woodward, was an ironmonger's haulier from Gloucestershire, his paternal grandmother, Anne Woodward, was from Wiltshire, his maternal grandfather, Albert Jones, was Welsh, his maternal grandmother, Ada Jones, was born in Pontypridd, to parents from Somerset and Wiltshire. Jones attended Wood Road Infants School, Wood Road Junior School and Pontypridd Central Secondary Modern School, he began singing at an early age: he would sing at family gatherings, weddings and in his school choir.
Jones gained confidence through his singing talent. At 12 he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Many years he said: "I spent two years in bed recovering, it was the worst time of my life." During convalescence he listen to music and draw. Jones's bluesy singing style developed out of the sound of American soul music, his early influences included blues and R&B singers Little Richard, Solomon Burke, Jackie Wilson and Brook Benton, as well as Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. In March 1957 Jones married his high school girlfriend, Linda Trenchard when they were expecting a child together, both aged 16; the couple's son, was born in the month following their wedding. To support his young family Jones took a job working in a glove factory and was employed in construction. Jones's voice has been described as a "full-throated, robust baritone", he became the frontman in 1963 for Tommy Scott and the Senators, a Welsh beat group. They soon gained a local reputation in South Wales. In 1964, the group recorded several solo tracks with producer Joe Meek, who took them to various labels, but they had little success.
That year, Decca producer Peter Sullivan saw Tommy Scott and the Senators performing in a club and directed them to manager Phil Solomon, but the partnership was short-lived. The group continued working men's clubs in South Wales. One night at the Top Hat in Cwmtillery, Jones was spotted by Gordon Mills, a London-based manager who originally hailed from South Wales. Mills became Jones's manager, took the young singer to London, renamed him "Tom Jones", to exploit the popularity of the Academy Award-winning 1963 film. Mills got Jones a recording contract with Decca, his first single, "Chills and Fever", was released in late 1964. It did not chart, but the follow-up, "It's Not Unusual", became an international hit after offshore pirate radio station Radio Caroline promoted it; the following year was the most prominent of Jones's career, making him one of the most popular vocalists of the British Invasion. In early 1965, "It's Not Unusual" reached No. 1 in the United Kingdom and the top ten in the United States.
During 1965, Mills secured a number of film themes for Jones to record, including the theme songs for the film What's New Pussycat? and for the James Bond film Thunderball. Jones was awarded the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1966. In Hollywood, Jones met Elvis Presley for the first time who he recalls singing his song as he walked towards him on set. In 1966, Jones's popularity began to slip somewhat, causing Mills to reshape the singer's image into that of a crooner. Jones began to sing material that appealed to a wider audience, such as the big country hit "Green, Green Grass of Home"; the strategy worked, Jones returned to the top of the charts in the UK and began hitting the Top 40 again in the US. For the remainder of the decade, he scored a string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic, including "I'll Never Fall in Love Again", "I'm Coming Home", "Delilah", each of which reached No. 2 in the UK chart. In 1967, Jones performed in Las Vegas for the first time at the Flamingo, his performances and style of dress became part of his stage act, featured his open, half-unbuttoned shirts and tight trousers.
He soon chose instead concentrating on his lucrative club performances. His shows at Caesars Palace
All Saints (group)
All Saints are a pop girl group formed in London in 1993. They were founded as All Saints 126.96.36.199 by Shaznay Lewis and Simone Rainford. The group struggled to find commercial success upon being signed to ZTT Records and were dropped by the label shortly after Rainford left the group. In 1996, the group were joined by sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton and signed to London Records under their shortened name. Part of the British girl group wave of the 1990s, their debut album, All Saints, peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart and went on to become the UK’s third best-selling girl group album of all time; the album contained three UK number one singles: "Never Ever", "Under the Bridge"/"Lady Marmalade" and "Bootie Call". "Never Ever" is the second best-selling girl group single of all-time in the UK, behind the Spice Girls' "Wannabe". It won two Brit Awards: Best British Single and Best British Video, the group were nominated for Best British Breakthrough Act, their second album, Saints & Sinners, became their first UK number-one album and achieved multi-platinum success.
It included the UK number one singles "Pure Shores" and "Black Coffee". Amid in-fighting among the group members, All Saints split the following year; the group reformed after signing to Parlophone Records to release their third album, Studio 1. However, the album bowed at number 40 in the United Kingdom and All Saints were dropped by their label shortly afterwards. Following a second split in 2009, the group reunited in 2014 for a series of live performances, prompting the group to release of Red Flag, Testament; as of January 2016, All Saints have sold 12 million records. Melanie Blatt and Shaznay Lewis started their career by singing backing vocals at Sarm West Studios, the ZTT recording studios near All Saints Road, London. In 1993, Blatt and Simone Rainford were signed to ZTT Records, music manager Ron Tom decided the trio should become a group. "One of the names was Spice, but we didn't think it was good enough" admitted Simone. Some of the others names they considered included Slinky and Shifty, but ended up calling themselves All Saints 188.8.131.52.
After the recording studio and the year of their births. They were launched as a trio for their first time at the Touch Magazine stage at the Notting Hill Carnival, but the problems started generate when the trio could not decide on what kind of music they wanted to make. They released their first single in 1994, "Silver Shadow", they released two singles together, "Silver Shadow" and "If You Wanna Party", but they were not successful. Additionally, Rainford was not getting along well with the other girls, subsequently left the group in 1995, the remaining duo was dropped by ZTT Records. Regardless and Lewis set out to find a replacement for Rainford. Conducting many auditions, Blatt's father, a taxi driver at the time, met Nicole Appleton in May 1996 whom Blatt knew from her days at the Sylvia Young Theatre School. However, Blatt was too embarrassed to ask Appleton to join the band, so she left it to the shy Shaznay to ask her. "We gave her the low-down on everything and played her some demos, which she loved", she said.
"She sang to me in the bathroom of a restaurant and we knew right away she'd be perfect. I was like,'Cool! She can join!' And, that". Nicole's older sister, Natalie Appleton, at first pondered with the idea of becoming the band's manager. However, it seemed natural. Natalie had to be persuaded to join the band, because she did not want to leave her daughter Rachel whilst she was overseas, her parents stepped in and offered to look after their granddaughter for her. After forming a new group in May 1996, the four singers met with Karl "K-Gee" Gordon, a former band member of Outlaw Posse, who recorded a demo for "I Know Where It's At"; the band began looking for a new record deal, but most record labels wanted to model them after the Spice Girls, who had become an international sensation by that time. The demo made its way to London Records, where John Benson finalised the recording deal in November 1996. All Saints recorded their debut album, All Saints, with producers such as Cameron McVey, Magnus Fiennes, Karl "K-Gee" Gordon, John Benson, Johnny Douglas, Nellee Hooper.
In mid-1997, the single "I Know Where It's At" broke the group into the mainstream, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart. Their second single, "Never Ever", was issued in November 1997 and launched them worldwide, peaking at number one in the UK and Australia; the single sold 1.2 million copies in the UK alone and won the group two BRIT Awards in 1998: Best British Single and Best British Video. The album All Saints was released in November 1997, reached number two on the UK Album Chart, was BPI-certified five times platinum in the UK for sales of 1.5 million. The third single from the album was the double A-side "Under the Bridge / Lady Marmalade", which became their second UK number-one single in May 1998, earning a gold certification for 400,000 copies sold; the same month, the album was re-released with a different track listing. "Bootie Call", the fourth single went to number one, the silver-certified "War of Nerves" peaked at number seven, selling 200,000 copies. The album achieved success in countries such as Australia and the United States, where All Saints was certified platinum by the RIAA for sales of one million and produced two top forty singles on the Billboard Hot 100: "I Know Where It's At" and "Never Ever".
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Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)
"Make Me Smile" is a song by British rock band Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, released as the lead single from the band's 1975 album The Best Years of Our Lives. It was written by Harley, produced by Harley and Alan Parsons. In February 1975, the song reached the number-one spot on the UK chart and received a UK Silver certification, it spent nine weeks in the Top 50, as of 2015, has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide. More than 120 cover versions of the song have been recorded by other artists, most notably by Duran Duran and Erasure, although Harley has stated his favourite cover version is by The Wedding Present; the song was the first single to be released under the name "Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel", as opposed to "Cockney Rebel". In July 1974, the original Cockney Rebel disbanded, Harley assembled a new line-up in the year. "Make Me Smile" described Harley's feelings on the band's split. For many years, it was believed that Harley purposely chose to disband the original line-up and embark on a new career path.
However, years Harley began to reveal the truth behind the band's split. Between May and July 1974, Cockney Rebel embarked on a major British tour to promote their second studio album The Psychomodo; as the tour progressed, the band began facing growing tensions, which led to their split at the end of the tour in late July. On 18 July, the band received a'Gold Award' for outstanding new act of 1974, a week they had split up over their disagreements. Jean-Paul Crocker, Milton Reame-James and Paul Jeffreys had approached Harley, insisting they could write material for the group. Harley, the band's sole songwriter, felt this was unfair as he had been the one to hire the musicians for his group, explained the deal to them at the time. After the band split, only the original line-up's drummer, Stuart Elliott, would join the new line-up. In a television interview recorded in 2002, Harley described how the lyrics were vindictively directed at the former band members who, he felt, had abandoned him. On The One Show in October 2010, Harley called the lyric "a finger-pointing piece of vengeful poetry.
It's getting off my chest how I felt about the guys splitting up a workable machine. I wrote it saying'Look, you'll learn how well we're doing here, we're doing well, why are you doing this?'" He elaborated: Three of them came to me in a little posse with several ultimatums. They wanted to write songs for the third album, I said'Well you know I started the band, I auditioned you, I told you the deal at the time. We're not moving the goal posts here.' They knew this, they came to me demanding that they could write songs too, I just said'Well go and do it then'. Harley began writing the song only days after the band's split; the original vision for the song was vastly different to the one, recorded. Harley had written the piece as a slow blues track with a dark mood. In January 2012, he told Uncut magazine that the first verse was written at four in the morning after a bottle of brandy, feeling sorry for himself. On The One Show Harley added, "I was in distress, there's no doubt at all, out of adversity I had to talk about it, I had to write about it.
I had to say these things, I had to get it off my chest."In One Thousand UK Number One Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Harley recalled the end of Cockney Rebel version 1: We split up because they wanted to take my leadership away. They wanted to dilute it and "Make Me Smile" is saying'Come back one day and I'll laugh.' It was arrogant but I knew they were wrong - they didn't understand the group like I did. The new line-up of the band recorded The Best Years of Our Lives album in November–December 1974 at Abbey Road Studios in London. On a day in November, Harley arrived at the studio and played the band the original slow blues version of the song for them to rehearse. Harley recalled to Uncut in 2012: "It was a little dirgy, slower and a little pedestrian on the beat". After producer Alan Parsons heard the song, he suggested speeding the song's tempo up, as he felt it would suit the song better. Harley developed the song further, introducing tacets, dead stops and gaps into it. Harley recalled in 2014: "Alan was great, he didn't try to dissuade me, he just said,'Do it'."
On The One Show, Harley added: "Suddenly it was swinging, bopping, ooh-la-la. We saw a hit record being built here, there was no doubt."In a 2015 interview for Songwriting Magazine, Parsons recalled: I think a good producer can transform a song. If you make a small change compositionally that makes a song gel you can say production is part of songwriting. For example I remember on Steve Harley's "Make Me Smile" he was phrasing the chorus differently and I suggested that he made it more rhythmic and I think, part of the hook of the whole record, so I take a bit of credit for that – although I didn't get paid for it. A saxophone solo was planned for the song's instrumental break. However, after hearing Harley's idea for the solo, guitarist Jim Cregan began to play the idea on the guitar. Harley recalled in 2014: The guitar solo was over a new chord sequence; the middle-eight is separate from the rest of the song, with no lyrics, so it's an instrumental break that's a little bit left field. We took ages getting the solo right.
Some of the guys who play the guitar for me now have a lot of problems with it. It's a tough solo to play properly, it was a composite of three separate takes. A number of backing singers contributed to the song, including future chart-topper Tina Charles, as well as Yvonne Keeley, Linda Lewis and Liza Strike; when the song was near completion, Harley played an early mix of the song to Bob Mercer, who w
Texas are a Scottish pop rock band from Glasgow. They were founded in 1986 by Sharleen Spiteri on lead vocals. Texas made their performing debut in March 1988 at the University of Dundee, they took their name from the 1984 Wim Wenders movie Texas. The band released their debut album Southside in 1989, along with the debut single "I Don't Want a Lover", an international hit, reaching the top ten in the UK and other high charting positions in Europe. Southside debuted at number three in number 88 on the US Billboard 200 album charts. Despite the success of Southside, the follow-up albums Mothers Heaven and Ricks Road were less successful, peaking at #32 and #18 in the UK; the band's fortunes changed in 1997 with the release of their White on Blonde album which entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and became their biggest seller. To date it has been certified six-times platinum in the UK. Follow up album, The Hush was successful, debuting at number one on the UK album charts and certified triple platinum.
The band's Greatest Hits album, released in 2000, was another big seller, again debuting at number one and being certified six-times platinum. Texas would go on to release a further two studio albums, Careful What You Wish For in 2003, Red Book in 2005, both of which were certified gold in the UK. After the release of Red Book and a tour to support the album's release, Texas went on hiatus. Lead singer Sharleen Spiteri launched a solo career, releasing her debut solo album, Melody, in 2008; as of 2017, Texas' sales were 40 million records and they have had thirteen UK top ten singles, three UK number one albums and eight UK top ten albums, including their ninth studio album, Jump on Board, released in May 2017, debuting atop of the Scottish Albums Charts and within the top ten in France, the United Kingdom and Belgium. The band's debut single, "I Don't Want a Lover", was released in January 1989, it reached No. 8 on the UK Singles Charts and No. 77 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, as well as Top 40 positions in various countries worldwide.
The band released their debut album, Southside, in March 1989, which charted at No. 3 on the UK Album Charts and was certified Gold by the BPI. However, three further singles from the album all failed to make the UK Top 40, with "Thrill Has Gone" reaching No. 60, "Everyday Now" faring little better at No. 44, "Prayer for You" stalling at No. 73. The band's second album, Mothers Heaven, was released in September 1991, it was preceded by the single "Why Believe in You", but this failed to reach the UK Top 40 stalling at No. 66 on the UK Singles Charts. This did not bode well for the album, which itself peaked at No. 32 in the UK. A second single, "In My Heart", fared worse and became Texas's lowest charting single in the UK, reaching No. 74, making it their fifth single in a row to failed to break the Top 40. A third single from the album, "Alone with You", was reached No. 32, giving them their second Top 40 entry. Following the disappointing performance of the album and its singles, Texas released a new cover version of the Al Green classic "Tired of Being Alone" in April 1992.
The single, not included on the album, was more successful and returned the band to the UK Top 20, peaking at No. 19. Texas released their third album, Ricks Road in November 1993, it was preceded by two more Top 40 singles, "So Called Friend" and "You Owe It All to Me". The album peaked at No. 18 on the UK Album Charts. The music video for "You Owe It All to Me" was directed by Dani Jacobs, was filmed in Arizona and features Spiteri and McErlaine filmed in the style of a road movie with the pair encountering another version of themselves along the way. A third single from the album, "So In Love With You", reached No. 28 in the UK in February 1994. Following an endorsement by Radio 1 presenter Chris Evans on his Channel 4 show TFI Friday in 1997, Texas came back to the music scene with the international hit "Say What You Want"; the song was released internationally on 6 January 1997 and became the band's highest peaking single to date on the UK Singles Charts, reaching No. 3 in its second week of release.
In February, Texas released their fourth album, White on Blonde, which went on to become the band's most successful album to date. The album debuted at No. 1 on the UK Album Charts and returned to the top spot again six months later. It remained in the UK Top 75 for 91 weeks. A total of five singles were taken from the album, all of which were top ten hits in the UK. "Halo", released in April 1997, peaked at #10, "Black Eyed Boy", released in July 1997, peaked at #5, "Put Your Arms Around Me", released in November 1997 peaked at #10. In 1998, the song was featured in the film Ever After: A Cinderella Story, starring Drew Barrymore; the band released a double A-sided single of "Insane" along with "Say What You Want" - a new version of the first hit from the album but now with additional rap vocals from the Wu-Tang Clan. The single peaked at #4 in the UK. White On Blonde became the pinnacle of the band's success, was certified 6 x Platinum by the BPI for UK sales in excess of 1.8 million copies.
It was included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997", voted the 86th best album of all time by Q Magazine readers in 1998. It ranked #34 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime", as well being included in Q's "90 Best Albums of the 1990s". Many years in 2010, it was nominated for the BRIT Awards "Best Album in the Past 25 Years". In April 1999, Texas released the first single from their forthcoming fifth studio album. "In Our Lifetime" peaked