July 12, 1962: Ray Charles is at No 1 with “I Can’t Stop Loving You”

“I Can’t Stop Loving You” is a popular song written and composed by country singer, songwriter and musician Don Gibson, who first recorded it in 1957.

The song was covered by Ray Charles in 1962 and released as a single. Charles’ version reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962, for five weeks. This version went to number one on the U.S. R&B and Adult Contemporary charts. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1962. Charles reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1962, staying for two weeks.

The Ray Charles version is noted for his saying the words before the last five lines of the song on the final chorus: “Sing the Song, Children”. Choral backing was provided by The Randy Van Horne Singers.

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UK No1 Album 35 years ago today: The Lexicon Of Love

The Lexicon of Love is the debut studio album by English new wave and synth-pop band ABC. It was originally released in June 1982, on the labels Neutron, Mercury and Vertigo. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number-one and has been certified Platinum by the BPI. It features four UK Top 20 hit singles, including “Tears Are Not Enough”, “Poison Arrow”, “The Look of Love” and “All of My Heart”.

Though not a concept album, the album features repeated themes in which the singer experiences heartache as he tries and fails to have a meaningful relationship. A longform music video/film, Mantrap, featuring songs from the album was released in 1983.

The album was produced by Trevor Horn, engineered by Gary Langan and features orchestrations by Anne Dudley and Fairlight CMI programming by J. J. Jeczalik; Horn, Langan, Dudley and Jeczalik would later form the Art of Noise a year after the release of this album. [Wikipedia]

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UK No1 Album 45 years ago today: A Star Is Born

A Star Is Born is the soundtrack album to the 1976 musical film of the same name, performed by its stars Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The album was very successful, holding the number-one spot on the Billboard 200 chart for six weeks and eventually was certified 4x Platinum by RIAA for more than 4 million copies with a reported 15 million copies worldwide in the liner notes of the Streisand’s album Release Me.

It should be noted that the songs that appear on the soundtrack are in most cases alternate (live) and studio recordings that do not appear in the film. The alternate version of “Lost Inside of You” that actually appears in the movie, was finally released in 1991 as part of the 4-CD Barbra Streisand Anthology “For The Record”. The only thing missing from the movie version is the final piano melody which is intact in this version. [Wikipedia]

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