by Robert Wilkinson
Today is the birthday of two talents for the ages!
First, Dave Stewart. For those of you who don't know who he is, you're in for a treat! This awesome talent, Mister Dave Stewart (9 September 1952), was the musical genius, along with Annie Lennox, who formed the legendary Eurythmics.
If you don't know who the Eurythmics were, today I have some of their tunes I KNOW you'll remember. They were one of the biggest talents of the 80's, creating some of the most memorable songs of the era.
Both Annie and Dave have gone on to make more incredible music since then. Besides creating the Eurythmics' synth soul through his technological mastery coupled with Annie's amazing vocals, Water Dragon Dave has also produced other major talents such as Aretha Franklin, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan, and the Neville Brothers.So for your enjoyment, here's Dave and Annie doing what they do best!
Here's the original music video for their biggest hit!
"Sweet Dreams (are made of this)" (Dave's the cat in the shades and mask...)
An awesome live performance at Live at the Britts 1999 of "Sweet Dreams." (Dave's the slide guitar cat wearing the Union Jack and shades....)
Then in an amazing live performance, here’s Annie and Dave at the Grammy Awards in 1984 doing it live! “Sweet Dreams”
Here's a great live performance of their second big hit on the UK show, "The Tube." "Here Comes the Rain Again."
From Sydney in 1987, a great live performance of their hit "Would I lie to you?"
From the same Sydney concert "Thorn In My Side."
From 1989 in Rome, the awesome "Love is a stranger."
Here are two more great tunes from the same concert in Rome, "I need you," and the amazing "When tomorrow comes." For a different take on this great song, here's a live performance in black and white of "When Tomorrow Comes" in Wembley Stadium on June 11, 1988.
Two more live performances:
And now, a group of extraordinary original music videos of the Eurythmics!
First, the amazing "When Tomorrow Comes." (Sorry for the ad, but it can't be helped...)
"Wide Eyed Girl." (1987)
Have a happy as you get more productive this year, Dave. Thanks for the tunes over the years, and may you keep going for many years to come!
Otis Redding (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an amazing soul shouter whose life was cut way too short in a plane crash just as his career hit the top. Singer, songwriter, and producer, he gave the world some hard core soul numbers, the most famous being “Respect.”
This is Otis Redding’s last television performance the day before he died in a plane crash. For your enjoyment, here’s Otis Redding and the Bar-Kays live cranking the groove of his signature tune, “Try A Little Tenderness”
Doin’ the great Sam Cooke dance tune, here’s a great live clip of Otis, Eric Burdon, and Chris Farlowe on UK tv in 1966 belting out Otis’ major hit, “Shake”
”Shake” was written by Sam Cooke, as was his iconic civil rights ballad “A Change Is Gonna Come.” For your enjoyment, Otis Redding’s studio version of “A Change Is Gonna Come”
I found Otis Redding’s historic performance at the Monterrey Pop Festival in the legendary Summer of Love in 1967. This is one of the greatest live performances imaginable! This is historic footage!
“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “Satisfaction” (Mick never rocked this hard!)
Here’s the studio version of two of his early hits with the great Steve Cropper (of Booker T and the MGs) on guitar.
Here’s Otis in a duet with Carla Thomas doing the studio version of “Tramp”
This was his final hit, recorded just before he died. It went to number 1 posthumously. “Dock of the Bay”
Back to a live performance! From the UK television show “Ready, Steady, Go” in 1966, here’s Otis live doing “Pain In My Heart”
We close this soulful birthday celebration with a live clip from “Reelin’ in the Years,” and get to marvel at this talent in a smokin’ 6+ minute version of Otis cranking it out! “Try A Little Tenderness”
Otis, you went too soon. We all knew it and felt it. I guess sometimes the good die young.
© Copyright 2013 Robert Wilkinson