The strength of Somethin' Stupid springs from its simplicity: from the tight guitar intro to the near-close harmony throughout, where Frank's superbly controlled romantic vocal is perfectly complemented by Nancy's little-girl breathlessness. moi non plus (1969) Banned by the Pope and the BBC, this 1969 heavy breathing anthem became one of the most notorious records of its time – the masturbatory promise of its unmistakable organ sound thrilling British schoolboys well into the mid-1970s.
Just how good it is, was revealed by the incompetence of the 2001 Robbie Williams/Nicole Kidman cover. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, You’re the One that I Want (1978) Will they, won’t they, get it on? Written by maverick chansonnier Gainsbourg for girlfriend Brigitte Bardot, he passed it on to his new love interest, posh English starlet Jane Birkin, his smokey mumble mingling with her girlish gasps.
Growing up in a diverse neighbourhood, O'Brien blended dancehall and reggae with rock and popular music to create his own unique style of music.
In 1988, Jamaican-born DJ Marvin Prince witnessed O'Brien deejaying at a party and the two quickly became friends.
As the government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau continued reforming immigration policies, instituting social reforms, and promoting multiculturalism in Canada, a larger influx of Jamaicans immigrated into the Greater Toronto Area.
One of Snow's neighbouring Jamaican families, the Browns, first introduced the teenager to reggae and began calling him "Snow" and "Snow White".
Jamaican singers Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths made theirs the most uplifting version of all by setting it to a skanking, uptempo rhythm and layering swooping strings over their vocal harmonies.
There’s a tremulous quality to Andy’s delivery that makes it sound as if he’s about to break down and weep at the magnitude of it all.
Nineties UK pop supergroup Steps are back following up on their fifth studio album, Tears on the Dancefloor, with a 22-date tour, Party on the Dancefloor.With the help of his neighbours, Snow began borrowing and ordering reggae dub tapes to perform over.After befriending Marvin Prince, Prince began referring to Snow with a phrased backronym meaning "Superb Notorious Outrageous Whiteboy".Its claim to greatness comes from the way Paul’s bouncy dancehall rap of justification – “Sean Paul give you the good loving, daily” – is set against Cantrell’s timeless, soaring vocal of aching betrayal: “When love hurts, it won’t work.” The unusually slow tempo and the big-band brass emanate the same haunting mix of modern and old-fashioned. "I’m the new Sinatra and since I made it here/I can make it anywhere, yeah, they love me everywhere." Jay-Z takes inspiration from Sinatra's New York, New York for his own love letter to the Big Apple.It's a personal tale of his city, from his roots in the 'hood to his plush pad in Tribeca.
"Informer" has been recorded twice in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best selling reggae single in US history, as well as the highest charting reggae single in history.