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Jon Brewer directs this documentary exploring the life and legacy of the late musician Nat King Cole. Cole initially came to prominence as a jazz pianist and garnered acclaim for his iconic singing voice and soft delivery. However, as one of the most prominent African-American cultural figures during a period of racial turmoil in the USA, Cole would have to face and overcome a great deal of prejudice. The documentary includes interviews with Nat's widow Maria Cole, several of his musical contemporaries and previously unseen archive footage.
2007 compilation featuring 21 of Shirley Bassey's most famous love songs by some of the greatest songwriters and includes extensive booklet notes. The expression "living legend" might have been coined specifically with Dame Shirley Bassey in mind. Not only is her status as one of the most fted and prolific singers of this or any age assured; her joie de vivre, energy and love of performance remain undimmed, as fresh today as at the start of her career. When one thinks of Shirley Bassey, one thinks not only of a magnificent voice but also of a magnificent performer, capable of enchanting an audience with her dazzling yet intimate interpretations of great songs. Includes 'Something', 'Moon River', 'I Get A Kick Out Of You', What Now My Love', 'Softly As I Leave You' and more. EMI Gold.
This melancholy 1976 release includes what would be EJ's last Top 10 hit for three years ("Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word") and is loaded with numbers reflecting the ennui and burnout both John and Taupin were experiencing at the time ("Between Seventeen And Twenty," "If There's A God In Heaven [What's He Waiting For?]"). Elsewhere, John and Taupin write songs in tribute to Edith Piaf ("Cage The Songbird") and a depressingly debilitated Elvis Presley ("Idol"). Despite the inclusion of these and other heart-wrenching compositions like "Tonight," John's irrepressible upbeat attitude comes to the fore on tracks such as the Caleb Quaye instrumental "Your Starter For..." and "One Horse Town," a peppy song about life in the rural South. Most gratifying is a collaboration with the Reverend James Cleveland and his Southern California Choir on the funky "Boogie Pilgrim. Mercury. 2004.
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