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Wednesday Words – Blood, Sweat & Tears

“You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” – Blood, Sweat & Tears

I’ve lost at love before
got mad and closed the door
but you said try, just once more

I chose you for the one
now I’m havin’ so much fun
you treated me so kind
I’m about to lose my mind

You made me so very happy
I’m so glad you
came into my life

The others were untrue
but when it came to lovin’ you
I’d spend my whole life with you
’cause you came and you took control
you touched my very soul
you always showed me that
lovin’ you is where it’s at
You made me so very happy
I’m so glad you
came into my life

I love you so much it seems
You’re even in my dreams
I can hear you
yeah I can hear you calling me
I’m so in love with you
all I ever want to do is
thank you baby
thank you baby

You made me so very happy
you made me so very happy baby
I’m so glad you came
into my life

Every day of my life
I wanna thank you
You made me so very happy
Oh, I wanna spend my life with you
thank you baby
thank you baby

Blood, Sweat & Tears is the second album by the band Blood, Sweat & Tears, released in 1968. It was a huge commercial success, rising to the top of the U.S. charts for seven weeks and yielding three successive Top 5 singles. It received a Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1970 and has been certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA with sales of more than four million units in the U.S.

Bandleader Al Kooper and two other members had left left Blood, Sweat & Tears after their first album. Bobby Colomby and Steve Katz searched for a replacement singer and selected David Clayton-Thomas. Three more musicians joined to bring the band to nine members. Columbia assigned James William Guercio (who was simultaneously working with new band Chicago) to produce a new album.

The song selection was much more pop-oriented than the first album, with more compositions from outside the band. It was recorded at the then state of the art CBS Studios in New York City. The studio had just taken delivery of one of the first of the model MM-1000 16-track tape recorders, built by Ampex. The new technology allowed for far more flexibility in overdubbing and mixing than the 4- and 8-track tape recorders which were standard in 1968. The album was among the very first 16-track recordings released to the public.[citation needed]

The album was selected for the 2006 book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

To buy the music of Blood, Sweat & Tears click HERE

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June 2, 2010 Posted by | Blast from The Past, Fiona, Mrs D, Old Music | | Leave a comment

Sunday Sounds – God Bless The Child

 

Most people will have heard or at least know of the definitive version of this song as recorded by the legendary Billie Holiday.

Fewer will have heard this version recorded by Blood Sweat & Tears and released on their self titled 1968 album.

“God Bless The Child” – Blood Sweat & Tears

Them that’s got shall get
Them that’s not shall lose
So the Bible said and it still is news
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Yes, the strong gets more
While the weak ones fade
Empty pockets don’t ever make the grade
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Money, you’ve got lots of friends
Crowding round the door
When you’re gone, spending ends
They don’t come no more
Rich relations give
Crust of bread and such
You can help yourself
But don’t take too much
Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own

Mama may have, Papa may have
But God bless the child that’s got his own
That’s got his own
He just worry ’bout nothin’
Cause he’s got his own

God Bless the Child” is a song written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. in 1939, first recorded on May 9, 1941 under the Okeh label.

Holiday’s version of the song was honored with the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in (1976). It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry Association of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To buy the music of Blood Sweat & Tears click HERE

To buy the music of Billie Holiday click HERE

May 23, 2010 Posted by | Blues, Cover Stories, Jazz Vocal, Old Music, Video | , | Leave a comment

   

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