David Ashworth Gates is an American singer-songwriter and producer, frontman and co-lead singer of the group Bread, which reached the tops of the musical charts in Europe and North America on several occasions in the 1970s. The band was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. From Tulsa, Gates was surrounded by music from infancy, as the son of Clarence, a band director and Wanda Gates, a piano teacher, he became proficient in piano and guitar by the time he enrolled in Tulsa's Will Rogers High School. Gates joined local bands around Tulsa. During a concert in 1957, his high school band backed Chuck Berry. In 1957, David Gates and the Accents released the 45 "Jo-Baby"/"Lovin' at Night" on Robbins record label; the A-side was written for his sweetheart, Jo Rita, whom he married in 1958 while enrolled at the University of Oklahoma studying music. At Oklahoma he became a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. In 1961, he and his family moved to Los Angeles, where Gates continued writing songs, he worked as a music copyist, as a studio musician, as a producer for many artists – including Pat Boone.
Success soon followed. His composition "Popsicles and Icicles" hit No. 3 on the US Hot 100 for The Murmaids in January 1964. The Monkees recorded another of his songs, "Saturday's Child". By the end of the 1960s, he had worked with many leading artists, including Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Merle Haggard, Duane Eddy and Brian Wilson. In 1965, Gates arranged the Glenn Yarbrough hit, "Baby the Rain Must Fall". In 1966, he produced two singles on A&M Records for Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band which were hits in the Los Angeles area. Gates scored his first motion picture Journey to Shiloh in 1967. In the meantime, Gates had been releasing singles of his own on several labels in the early 1960s. On Mala Records, he released "There's a Heaven/She Don't Cry", "You'll Be My Baby/What's This I Hear", "The Happiest Man Alive/A Road That Leads to Love", "Jo Baby/Teardrops in My Heart". On Planetary, he released "Little Miss Stuck Up/The Brighter Side", "Let You Go/Once upon a Time" under the Pseudonym of "Del Ashley" in 1965.
On Del-Fi, he released "No One Really Loves a Clown/You Had It Comin' to Ya". He released a single under the name of "The Manchesters" in 1965 on the Vee-Jay Label. In 1967, Gates produced and arranged the debut album of a band called The Pleasure Fair, of which Robb Royer was a member. A little over a year Gates and Royer got together with Jimmy Griffin to form Bread; the group was signed by the Elektra record company, where it would remain for the eight years of its existence. Elektra released Bread's first album, Bread, in 1969, which peaked at No. 127 on the Billboard 200. The first single, "Dismal Day", written by Gates, did not sell well. Bread's second album, On the Waters, with a new drummer, Mike Botts, was released in 1970, became a breakout success, it contained the No. 1 single "Make It with You" and was the first of seven consecutive Bread albums to go Gold in the US. Bread's next three albums, Baby I'm-a Want You and Guitar Man were successful, with more chart singles and gold records.
From 1970 to 1973, Bread charted 11 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, all of which were written and sung by Gates. That caused some antagonism between Gates and Griffin, a significant contributor to Bread's albums as a singer and songwriter. Bread disbanded in 1973, much to the surprise of the music industry, their last concert was performed at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah on May 19, 1973. Gates recorded and produced his solo album First in 1973; the single "Clouds", an edited version of the album track "Suite Clouds and Rain", peaked at No. 47 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The full album version was played extensively by Radio Caroline presenter Samantha Dubois at the end of her early morning radio programme, became her closing theme. A second single, "Sail Around the World", reached No. 50 on the singles chart and No. 11 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The album reached No. 107 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. In 1975, Gates released.
The title track was released as a single, reached No. 29 on the Hot 100 chart and No. 3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The album itself reached No. 102 on the Billboard 200. Bread reunited in 1976 for Lost Without Your Love, released late that year; the title track—again written and sung by Gates—reached No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. At the end of 1977, Gates released what would be his most successful single as a solo artist, "The Goodbye Girl", from the 1977 film of the same name, it peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. To capitalize on that success, Gates put an album together in June 1978 that featured material from his first two solo albums mixed with some new material, it yielded another hit single, "Took the Last Train", which reached No. 30 on the Billboard Hot 100 but the album itself made it only to No. 165 on the Billboard 200. In 1978, Gates and Bread guest starred on an episode of The Hardy Boys Mysteries. Botts and Knechtel from Bread, along with Warren Ham, brother Bill Ham and bassist David Miner, continued to record and tour with Gates.
In the fall of 1978, they toured billing themselves as "David Gates & Bread", which brought a lawsuit from Griffin, still co-owner of the Bread trademark, an injunction against the use of the name Bread. By the end of'78, the "Bread" moniker had been dropped and they continued on as "David Gates and His Band"; the dispute was not resolved
Pierre Delanoë, born Pierre Charles Marcel Napoleon Leroyer in Paris, was a French lyricist who wrote thousands of songs for dozens of singers such as Dalida, Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Petula Clark, Johnny Hallyday, Mireille Mathieu. Delanoë was his grandmothers maiden name. After he obtained a law degree, Delanoë started a career as a tax collector and a tax inspector. After World War II he began working as a lyricist, he sang with Bécaud in clubs in the beginning, but this did not last long. He wrote some of France's most beloved songs with Bécaud, including "Et maintenant", translated into English as "What Now My Love", covered by artists including Agnetha Fältskog, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, The Supremes, Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, The Temptations. "Je t'appartiens" was covered by The Everly Brothers, Tom Jones, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Nina Simone and Nofx. "Crois-moi ça durera" was covered. In addition to Bécaud, he wrote for Édith Piaf, Tino Rossi, Hugues Aufray, Michel Fugain, Nana Mouskouri, Michel Polnareff, Gérard Lenorman, Joe Dassin, Nicole Rieu and Michel Sardou.
He wrote a passionate song about Joan of Arc in "La demoiselle d'Orléans" for Mireille Mathieu. The final lyric: "When I think of all I have given France... and she has forgotten me" was how the singer felt as she was made a caricature by the Communists in power. His song "Dors, mon amour", performed by André Claveau, won the Eurovision Song Contest 1958. In 1955, Delanoë helped to launch Europe 1 as Director of Programs, the first French radio station to program popular music in a modern way. Pierre Delanoë served as President of SACEM in 1984 and 1986 from 1988 to 1990, 1992 to 1994, he was awarded the Poets Grand Prize in 1997 by the institution. On 31 March 2004 he was given France's highest culture award, Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, he created some controversy in July 2006 after expressing his dislike for rap music, saying that it is "a form of expression for people incapable of making music" and "not music but vociferations, eructations". Delanoë died of cardiac arrest in the early morning of 27 December 2006 in Poissy near Paris.
He is buried in the Cimetière de Fourqueux, just southeast of Poissy. His wife Micheline Leroyer died 16 January 2015 at age 97, is buried beside him, they had three children: Pierre-Denis and Caroline. Pierre Delanoë, La vie en chantant, éditions René Julliard, 1980 Pierre Delanoë, Le surnuméraire, éditions René Julliard, 1982 Pierre Delanoë, Le 19è trou, éditions Robert Laffont, 1984 Pierre Delanoë, en collaboration avec A. J. Lafaurie et Philippe Letellier, Golfantasmes, éditions Albin Michel, 1986 Pierre Delanoë, La retraite aux flambeaux, éditions Robert Laffont, 1986 Pierre Delanoë, Poésies et chansons, éditions Seghers, 1986 Pierre Delanoë, Et à part ça qu'est-ce que vous faites?, éditions Michel Lafon, 1987 Pierre Delanoë, Comment écrire une chanson, éditions Paul Beuscher, 1987 Pierre Delanoë, avant-propos de Jean-Marc Natel, Paroles à lire, poèmes à chanter, éditions Le Cherche Midi, 1990 Pierre Delanoë, entretiens avec Alain-Gilles Minella, La chanson en colère, éditions Mame, 1993 Pierre Delanoë, illustrations de Barberousse, Les comptines de Titine, éditions Hemma Éditions, 1995 Pierre Delanoë, illustrations de Barberousse, Les comptines d'Eglantine, éditions Hemma Éditions, 1995 Pierre Delanoë, préface de Jean-Marc Natel, voix de Charles Aznavour à Jean-Claude Brialy en passant par Renaud, Anthologie de la poésie française de Charles d'Orléans à Charles Trenet, éditions du Layeur, 1997 Pierre Delanoë, en collaboration avec Alain Poulanges, préface de Gilbert Bécaud, La vie en rose, éditions Plume, 1997 Pierre Delanoë, illustrations de Barberousse, musique Gérard Calvi, interprètes Jacques Haurogné, Fabienne Guyon, Pierre Delanoë, Xavier Lacouture et Catherine Estourelle, La comptine à Titine, éditions Hemma Éditions, 1998 Pierre Delanoë, préface de Michel Tournier de l'Académie Goncourt, Des paroles qui chantent, éditions Christian Pirot, 1999 Pierre Delanoë, préface de Gilbert Bécaud, Le témoin était aveugle, éditions Les vents contraires, 2000 Pierre Delanoë, préface de Jean-Marc Natel, narration de Brigitte Lahaie, musique de Guy Boyer, La poésie dans le boudoir, éditions du Layeur, 2000 Pierre Delanoë, préface de Jean Orizet, D'humeur et dhumour, éditions Mélis éditions, 2002 Pierre Delanoë, Tous des putes, éditions Mélis éditions, 2002 Pierre Delanoë, en collaboration avec Jean Beaulne, Pierre Delanoë…Et maintenant, éditions City Éditions, 2004 Official website Pierre Delanoë at Find a Grave
Paul Albert Anka, is a Canadian singer and actor. Anka became famous with hit songs like "Diana", "Lonely Boy", "Put Your Head on My Shoulder", " Having My Baby", he wrote such well-known music as the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and one of Tom Jones's biggest hits, "She's a Lady". He wrote the English lyrics to Claude François and Jacques Revaux's music for Frank Sinatra's signature song, "My Way", covered by many, including Elvis Presley. In 1983, he co-wrote the song "I Never Heard" with Michael Jackson, it was retitled and released in 2009 under the name "This Is It". An additional song that Jackson co-wrote with Anka from the 1983 session, "Love Never Felt So Good", was released in 2014 on Jackson's posthumous album Xscape; the song was released by Johnny Mathis in 1984. Anka became a naturalized US citizen in 1990. Anka was born in Ottawa, Canada, to Camelia and Andrew Emile "Andy" Anka Sr. who owned a restaurant called the Locanda. His parents were both Antiochian Orthodox Christians.
Anka's father was Syrian-American from'Uyūn al-Wādī, from the Na'Nou' family and his mother was Canadian-Lebanese "from the town of Kfar Mechki, Rashaya District, in Lebanon". Anka sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Cathedral choir under the direction of Frederick Karam, with whom he studied music theory, he studied piano with Winnifred Rees. He attended Fisher Park High School. Paul Anka recorded his first single, "I Confess", when he was 14. In 1957, with $100 given to him by his uncle, he went to New York City where he auditioned for Don Costa at ABC, singing what was believed to be a lovestruck verse he had written to a former babysitter. In an interview with NPR's Terry Gross in 2005, he stated that it was to a girl at his church whom he hardly knew; the song "Diana" brought Anka stardom as it rocketed to No. 1 on the US music charts. "Diana" is one of the best selling singles by a Canadian recording artist. He followed up with four songs that made it into the Top 20 in 1958, including "It's Time to Cry", which hit No. 4 and " My Heart Sings", which reached No.
15, making him one of the biggest teen idols of the time. He toured Britain Australia with Buddy Holly. Anka wrote "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" – a song written for Holly, which Holly recorded just before he died in 1959. Anka stated shortly afterward: "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" has a tragic irony about it now, but at least it will help look after Buddy Holly's family. I'm giving my composer's royalty to his widow – it's the least I can do. Paul Anka's talent included the theme for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, he wrote "Teddy" – a Top 20 hit for Connie Francis in 1960. Anka composed Tom Jones's biggest hit record, "She's a Lady", wrote the English lyrics to "My Way", Frank Sinatra's signature song. In the 1960s, Anka began acting in motion pictures as well as writing songs for them, most notably the theme for the hit film The Longest Day, in which he made a cameo appearance as a US Army Ranger. For his film work he wrote and recorded one of his greatest hits, "Lonely Boy", he wrote and recorded "My Home Town", a No. 8 pop hit for him the same year.
He went on to become one of the first pop singers to perform at the Las Vegas casinos. In 1960, he appeared twice as himself in NBC's short-lived crime drama Dan Raven. In 1960, Anka signed with RCA Victor, he bought the rights and ownership of his ABC-Paramount catalog in 1963, but like most North American recording artists saw his career stalled by the British Invasion. By the late 1960s, his career focused on adult contemporary and big-band standards, played in Las Vegas. In the early 1970s, he signed with Buddah Records, putting out two albums, a self-titled and Jubilation; the former, first released in 1971, bore the track "She's a Lady", a song he wrote that would become a signature hit for Welsh singer Tom Jones that same year. Anka failed to make a chart success of his own version. Frustrated after more than ten years without a top 25 hit record, Anka switched labels again, which marked a turning point in his career; this time he signed with United Artists and in 1974 teamed up with Odia Coates to record the No. 1 hit, " Having My Baby", exposing Anka to a new generation of fans and proved his staying power among his original fan base, now maturing.
Anka wrote five songs which were included on an album by Don Goodwin. Anka and Coates would record two more duets that made it into the Top 10, "One Man Woman/One Woman Man" and "I Don't Like to Sleep Alone", the No. 15 duet " There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love". In 1975 he recorded a jingle for Kodak written by Bill Lane and Roger Nichols called "Times of Your Life", it became so popular Anka recorded it as a full song, which peaked at No. 7 in the US pop chart in 1976. The follow-up was another hit that Anka wrote for Sinatra, "Anytime", peaking at No. 33. Anka's last Top 40 hit in the US was in the summer of 1983: "Hold Me'Til the Mornin' Comes", which included backing vocals from then-Chicago frontman Peter Cetera, his 1998 album A Body of Work was his first new US studio release since Walk a Fine Line in 1983.
Luciano Pavarotti, Cavaliere di Gran Croce OMRI was an Italian operatic tenor who crossed over into popular music becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the quality of his tone, established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century, achieving the honorific title The King Of High C's; as one of the Three Tenors who performed their first concert during the 1990 FIFA World Cup before a global audience, Pavarotti became well known for his televised concerts and media appearances. From the beginning of his professional career as a tenor in 1961 in Italy to his final performance of "Nessun dorma" at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Pavarotti was at his best in bel canto operas, pre-Aida Verdi roles, Puccini works such as La bohème, Tosca and Madama Butterfly, he sold over 100 million records, the first Three Tenors recording became the best-selling classical album of all time.
Pavarotti was noted for his charity work on behalf of refugees and the Red Cross, amongst others. He died from pancreatic cancer on 6 September 2007. Luciano Pavarotti was born in 1935 on the outskirts of Modena in Northern Italy, the son of Fernando Pavarotti, a baker and amateur tenor, Adele Venturi, a cigar factory worker. Although he spoke fondly of his childhood, the family had little money. According to Pavarotti, his father had a fine tenor voice but rejected the possibility of a singing career because of nervousness. World War II forced the family out of the city in 1943. For the following year they rented a single room from a farmer in the neighbouring countryside, where the young Pavarotti developed an interest in farming. After abandoning the dream of becoming a football goalkeeper, Pavarotti spent seven years in vocal training. Pavarotti's earliest musical influences were his father's recordings, most of them featuring the popular tenors of the day – Beniamino Gigli, Giovanni Martinelli, Tito Schipa, Enrico Caruso.
Pavarotti's favourite tenor and idol was Giuseppe Di Stefano and he was deeply influenced by Mario Lanza, saying: "In my teens I used to go to Mario Lanza movies and come home and imitate him in the mirror". At around the age of nine he began singing with his father in a small local church choir. After what appears to have been a normal childhood with a typical interest in sports—in Pavarotti's case football above all, he graduated from the Scuola Magistrale and faced the dilemma of a career choice, he was interested in pursuing a career as a professional football goalkeeper, but his mother convinced him to train as a teacher. He subsequently taught in an elementary school for two years but allowed his interest in music to win out. Recognising the risk involved, his father gave his consent only reluctantly. Pavarotti began the serious study of music in 1954 at the age of 19 with Arrigo Pola, a respected teacher and professional tenor in Modena who offered to teach him without remuneration. According to conductor Richard Bonynge, Pavarotti never learned to read music.
In 1955, he experienced his first singing success when he was a member of the Corale Rossini, a male voice choir from Modena that included his father, which won first prize at the International Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales. He said that this was the most important experience of his life, that it inspired him to become a professional singer. At about this time Pavarotti first met Adua Veroni, they married in 1961. When his teacher Arrigo Pola moved to Japan, Pavarotti became a student of Ettore Campogalliani, who at that time was teaching Pavarotti's childhood friend, Mirella Freni, whose mother worked with Luciano's mother in the cigar factory. Like Pavarotti, Freni went on to become a successful opera singer. During his years of musical study, Pavarotti held part-time jobs in order to sustain himself – first as an elementary school teacher and as an insurance salesman; the first six years of study resulted all in small towns and without pay. When a nodule developed on his vocal cords, causing a "disastrous" concert in Ferrara, he decided to give up singing.
Pavarotti attributed his immediate improvement to the psychological release connected with this decision. Whatever the reason, the nodule not only disappeared but, as he related in his autobiography: "Everything I had learned came together with my natural voice to make the sound I had been struggling so hard to achieve". Pavarotti began his career as a tenor in smaller regional Italian opera houses, making his debut as Rodolfo in La bohème at the Teatro Municipale in Reggio Emilia in April 1961, he made his first international appearance in La traviata in Yugoslavia. Early in his career, on 23 February 1963, he debuted at the Vienna State Opera in the same role. In March and April 1963 Vienna saw Pavarotti again as Duca di Mantova in Rigoletto; the same year saw his first concert outside Italy when he sang in Dundalk, Ireland for the St Cecilia's Gramophone Society and his Royal Opera House debut, where he replaced an indisposed Giuseppe Di Stefano as Rodolfo. While successful, Pavarotti's early roles did not propel him into the stardom that he would enjoy.
An early coup involved his connection with Joan Sutherland, who in 1963 had sought a young tenor taller than herself to take along on her tour to Australia. With his commanding physical presence, Pavarotti proved ideal; the two sang some forty perfo
If (Bread song)
"If" is a song written by American singer-songwriter David Gates in 1971. Popularized by his group Bread, the song charted at number four on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 when released as number six in Canada; the song spent three weeks at number one on the U. S. Easy Listening chart, one week at the top of the Canadian AC chart. In the U. S. Bread's version was the shortest song title to become a top ten hit until 1993, when Prince hit No. 7 with "7" matched by Britney Spears' No. 1 hit "3" in 2009. "If" has been a perennial favorite at weddings since it was released. It has been covered by other singers and musicians, including Petula Clark, Sergio Franchi, Eddie Kendricks, Cleo Laine, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Tom Jones, Jack Jones, Shirley Bassey, Dorothy Squires, Mirusia Louwerse, Herbie Mann, Julio Iglesias, Joe Pass, Ryoko Moriyama, Olivia Newton-John, Dolly Parton, Scott Walker, Andy Williams, Sarah Geronimo, Deni Hines, George Millard, Damien Leith, Eggs in the Morning, Rogier van Otterloo.
Telly Savalas recorded a mostly-spoken version which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in March 1975, has the shortest title of any song to reach number one in the UK. This version charted at #12 on the US Billboard Easy Listening chart in late 1974. A parody version of the Savalas version, recorded by voiceover artists Chris Sanford and Bill Mitchell performing as Yin and Yan, reached number 25 in the UK. Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
Matthew Loveland Dennis was an American singer, band leader and writer of music for popular songs. Dennis was born in Seattle, United States, his mother was a violinist and his father a singer, the family was in vaudeville, so he was early exposed to music. In 1933 he joined Horace Heidt's orchestra as a pianist. On, he formed his own band, with Dick Haymes as vocalist, he became vocal coach and accompanist for Martha Tilton, worked with a new vocal group, The Stafford Sisters. Jo Stafford, one of the sisters, joined the Tommy Dorsey band in 1940 and persuaded Dorsey to hire Dennis as arranger and composer. Dennis wrote prolifically, with 14 of his songs recorded by the Dorsey band in one year alone, including "Everything Happens to Me", an early hit for Frank Sinatra. After four years in the United States Air Force in World War II, Dennis returned to music writing and arranging, getting a boost from his old friend Dick Haymes, who hired him to be the music director for his radio program. With lyricist Tom Adair he wrote songs for Haymes' program.
Dennis made six albums. Pianist Dave Brubeck and his quartet recorded an entire album of Dennis's compositions, released as Angel Eyes in 1965. In 2012, Jasmine Records re-released four of Dennis' records as "Welcome Matt"; the collection included "Plays and Sings Matt Dennis", a 1958 live performance by Dennis' piano trio, of twelve tunes that Dennis had co-authored. Dennis died in Riverside, California at the age of 88. "Angel Eyes" "Compared to You" "Everything Happens to Me" "It Wasn't the Stars" "Junior and Julie" "Let's Get Away from It All" "Little Man with a Candy Cigar" "Love Turns Winter to Spring" "Show Me the Way to Get Out of This World" "The Night We Called It a Day" "Violets for Your Furs" "Will You Still Be Mine" Biography of Matt Dennis Matt Dennis and Angel Eyes Matt Dennis at AllMusic Matt Dennis discography at Discogs Matt Dennis on IMDb