Aftershock (Average White Band album)

Aftershock is the tenth album by the R&B band Average White Band, this was their 1st album in 7 years since Cupid's In Action. "The Spirit of Love" "Sticky Situation" "Aftershock" "Love at First Sight" "I'll Get Over You" "Later We'll Be Greater" "Let's Go All the Way" "We're in Too Deep" "Stocky Sachoo-a-Shun" Alan GorrieBass, Keyboards, Vocals Onnie McIntyre – Guitar, Vocals Roger BallSaxophone, Synthesizer horns Alex Ligertwood – Lead and Background vocals Eliot Lewis – Keyboards, Guitar, Drums, Percussion Ronnie LawsSoprano Saxophone Chaka Khan – Vocals Billy Beck – Keyboards Ohio Players – Background vocals and chorus

1996 Summer Olympics closing ceremony

The Closing Ceremony of the 1996 Summer Olympics took place on August 4, 1996, at the Centennial Olympic Stadium in Atlanta, United States at 8:00 PM EDT. It was produced by Don Mischer; the official motto of the closing ceremony is "An American Day of Inspiration". The closing ceremony began after a 26-second countdown in tribute to all the past Summer Olympic Games with the Atlanta Olympic Band, led by John Williams, performing "Summon the Heroes." The Greek and Australian anthems were performed. After that, the R&B group Boyz II Men performed the U. S. anthem. The presentation of the medals in the Men's Marathon followed. Unlike in previous closing ceremonies, the final lap of the race occurred earlier in the morning rather than part of, or before, the gala due to the hot and humid weather conditions of the afternoon. Josia Thugwane of South Africa, Lee Bong-Ju of South Korea, Erick Wainaina of Kenya won the gold and bronze medals, respectively; the spectators and athletes performed a card trick stunt which revealed a laurel wreath similar to the Quilt of Leaves pattern.

Members of the Morehouse College Glee Club performed "Faster, Stronger". Cuban singer Gloria Estefan joined the Glee Club and they performed the song "Reach", one of the official songs of the Atlanta Olympic Games. Next a plethora of BMX bikers and skateboarders performed a daring stunt show; as the show concluded, the 197 flags of the participating nations were carried into the stadium by athletes of each of their respective countries. The song "The Sacred Truce", written for the occasion, was performed by the Atlanta Olympic Band and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. In keeping with tradition with the 1920 Summer Olympics, the flag of a hosting nation was raised beside the Olympic flag, flying inside the stadium the past 16 days. In accordance with the Olympic Charter which governs the Closing Ceremony, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch called on the youth of the world to assemble in Sydney, in four years, for the next Summer Olympics. In his speech, he denounced the Centennial Olympic Park bombing stating that terrorism cannot stop the Olympic spirit.

Samaranch asked for a moment of silence to remember the victims of the bombing, as well as the 11 Israeli athletes of the Munich massacre during the 1972 Summer Olympics. He said that those tragedies will never be forgotten and said: No act of terrorism has destroyed the Olympic movement and none will. More than we are committed to building a better, more peaceful world in which forms of terrorism are eradicated. Although this was first official IOC recognition of the Munich tragedy since 1972, commentators mentioned 1972 quite mainly because the next Olympics were taking place in Nagano and Japan last hosted an Olympics that year, hosting the Winter Games in Sapporo. Furthermore, Samaranch thanked Atlanta with the phrase "Well done, Atlanta", calling them "most exceptional." He broke with precedent and did not say they had been the best Olympics as he did at every previous Olympic closing ceremony while he was IOC president. However, 4 years he called the Sydney Olympics the best suggesting that this was an intentional omission 4 years earlier.

Before Samaranch declared the games closed, R&B singer Stevie Wonder sang a cover of John Lennon's "Imagine" in memory of the victims of the Cenntennial Olympic Park bombing. This part of the program culminated in the "Antwerp Ceremony", the transfer of the Olympic Flag, from the mayor of Atlanta, Bill Campbell, to Samaranch, to the mayor of Sydney, Frank Sartor. Succeeding the transition, an elaborate presentation of the host city Sydney commenced, it featured many dancers dressed up as aborigines and animals native to Australia. Four inflated balloons arose to form an imaginary Sydney Opera House while more dancers ran around to form the sea. Afterwards, Atlanta native mezzo-soprano Jennifer Larmore, along with the Morehouse College Glee Club and the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra sang the Olympic Hymn while the Olympic flag was lowered; this flag would be raised again in Nagano during the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Winter Olympics. After the lowering of the Olympic flag and the singing of the Olympic Hymn, some 600 children from Atlanta ranging from ages six though twelve sang a rendition of "The Power of the Dream", performed by Celine Dion in the opening ceremony.

The segment started with ten-year-old Rachel McMullin singing the first stanza. As the song progresses more children join in creating a full choir; the children line up and hold hands to form the Atlantic Olympic emblem while holding up flashlights. The spectators and athletes sing and hold hands in unison. At the end of the song, the children shout in unison, "Y'all come back now!" A friendly gesture inviting the athletes and citizens of the world to come together at Sydney four years from that time period, though the next Olympics would happen 18 months afterward in Nagano, Olympic customs and regulations maintain that the Olympic Winter Games and the Games of the Olympiad are separate events. Highlights of the past events were once more replayed on two jumbotrons in the stadium as the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra performs "The Flame"; the crowd was silenced, as Georgia native and country singer Trisha Yearwood sang an a cappella version of the same song. Upon conclusion of the song, the flam