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    One of my all time favourite pop songs, it was released in the US back in 1966 as the B side to Wouldn't It Be Nice. In other countries around the World it was released as the A side, it peaked at #2 on the UK singles chart. Rumoured to be Paul McCartney's all time favourite song.

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    While I've done this before, this song certainly fits the theme, this is With or Without You by U2.
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    Here's Jimmy C. Newman's famous "Potato song"...Well famous in Louisiana, and in eastern Canada, especially Quebec, where in 1974 it somewhat unexpectedly sold so many records it earned Jimmy C. a gold record in Canada. The original was in French, but I did the mostly English version he also recorded. In Cajun-French dialect the title translates to "Don't drop the potato", which basically means "Don't give up". I pulled a switcheroo here, playing four instruments and singing, no easy trick. Not anywhere near perfect, but all I had time for, and I was having fun. My time the whole next month is quite limited.


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    Asia is a band from England that is popular in the States... and probably everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xommen View Post
    I think this might be a better starting point for me ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...ropean_artists.
    Excellent source Wim, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LimousinLil View Post
    Excellent idea for a theme, Kev! Unfortunately, I am entering my nightmare "end-of-the-month-and-virtually-no-Internet-left" phase, so, although I've got something in mind, it may be later in the week before I can upload it ... unless, of course, I happen to be up in the wee small hours, which, given the heat at night just now, is definitely a possibility! Meanwhile, trust everyone will have fun!

    (P.S. Justin Bieber and Luciano Pavarotti??????)
    You always seem to find a way Val, and i'm trusting you will this week too I am hoping everyone who wants to participate this week can easily find a song or two or seven

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    I've just spent the better part of an hour combing through YouTube, looking for a good David Hasselhoff song that I might cover.

    After an hour, I realize I'll need another inspiration. There are no good David Hasselhoff songs.
    Blogging about a momentous life change as I switch careers and continents--> Leaving America

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    OK. Neil Finn is a New Zealander. He has done pretty well on the world stage. He joined his brother Tim's band, Split Enz, and wrote this song for them. He formed his own band, Crowded House, which had some big hits around the world. I see he is now part of Fleetwood Mac. They are currently touring and they do this song ....

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    Depeche Mode are a British band, formed in the 1980s and as far as I know are still recording and touring. They were popular here in the UK - but more popular in Germany and Eastern Europe. They also did well in the US alternative and dance charts.

    This is one of their lesser known releases, which ironically didn’t actually do so well in Germany - a departure from their synth based pop for a more soulful and moody piano based love song. Unusually the band’s main songwriter Martin Gore took the lead vocal on this and apparently insisted on singing it while completely naked in the recording studio with all the lights turned off to capture a sense of vulnerability in keeping with the lyrics. You’ll be mightily relieved that after careful consideration I decided against doing the same!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    This made me laugh. But he's covered a number of great songs—maybe that's close enough.
    Yeah, i'll accept covers done by any artists/bands that qualify ~

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