I became aware of Estelle through the hit American Boy (above) simply because my daughter had the radio tuned to stations that played it. Her part is great, but the pop/hip hop response format — Estelle and Kayne West in this case — always seems forced.
Another of the YouTube clips is Wonderful Life (below), which I like just as much. It’s a completely different, which demonstrates her talent.
This is what Wikipedia says about Estelle:
Estelle Fanta Swaray (born 18 January 1980) commonly known as Estelle, and formerly as Est’elle, is an English R&Bsinger-songwriter, rapper and record producer. Estelle was born in London. After meeting John Legend, Estelle signed a record deal with V2 and Atlantic Records.
In 2004 Estelle released her debut album The 18th Day, which peaked with in the top 40 of the official UK charts. The album released three singles “1980″, “Free”, and “Go Gone” which all charted with in the top 40 also of the UK charts. In 2008 Estelle released her second studio album Shine which was certified Gold in the UK. The lead single “Wait A Minute” failed to chart anywhere. The second single “American Boy” peaked at number one in the UK and also became Estelle’s first song to chart in the US at a position of nine. The album released a further three singles. In 2012 Estelle released her third album All of Me. The lead single “Break My Heart” featured American rap artist Rick Ross, the single charted at number 30 on the US R&B Chart. The second single “Thankyou” peaked at 120 on the US Billboard and 22 on the US R&B chart and the third single “Back to Love” was released. (Continue Reading…)
Here is the start of Estelle’s AllMusic profile:
Able to rap, sing, and write songs that had everyone from John Legendto Roots Manuva singing her praises, Estelle Swaray got her start in London’s renowned hip-hop record store Deal Real. Her fellow employees encouraged her to take a chance and get on the mike on-stage; soon she was playing numerous London clubs and appearing with the likes of Manuva and Rodney P. Local hero Skitz asked her to appear on his 2000 album, Countryman, and soon she landed on albums by the likes of the 57th Dynasty and Blak Twang. She made her solo debut in 2003 with the Excuse Me 12″ on the Paradise Isle label, but her breakthrough track came in 2004 when “1980″ was released by the V2 label and reached number 14 on the U.K. pop chart. (Continue Reading…)
Here is Estelle’s website.by
CNN has an interesting piece about music and the inauguration, which is set for Monday. The show should be pretty good:
This year’s festivities include a Kids’ Inaugural Concert on Saturday and two official balls on Monday night. Performers for those events include Katy Perry, Brad Paisley, Alicia Keys, Marc Anthony, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson — a mix of pop, country, R & B, Latin, rock and old-school hitmakers. (Continue Reading…)
During an NPR interview, Eleni Mandell discussed the influence Tom Waits has had on her song writing. She apparently went somewhere else for voice lessons.by
This song, written in 1967 by Ashford and Simpson, has been recorded several times. The infectious version above was remixed by rapper Ya Boy and used in the 2011 movie The Lincoln Lawyer. Here is a version by The Fifth Dimension.by
This is the index of music that has appeared at The Daily Music Break.AC/DC: Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap/Highway to Hell Alabama Shakes: I Found You Luther Allison: Livin’ in the House of the Blues/Soul Fixin’ Man The Allman Brothers Band: In Memory of Elizabeth Reed Alpine Kat: Large Hadron Rap Herb Alpert: Spanish Flea Amsterdam Klezmer Band: Op een Goppe/A Chassid in Amsterdam Leroy Anderson: The Syncopated Clock Louis Armstrong Burt Bacharach/Dionne Warwick Medley LaVern Baker: Jim Dandy Got Married/Playing the Game of Love Count Basie: Whirly Bird Black 47: Funky Céilí Jeff Beck/Imelda May: Remember (Walking in the Sand) Chuck Berry: Maybellene The Blasters: American Music The Blind Boys of Alabama: Run On Blockhead: None Shall Pass Booker T. and the MGs (including Donald “Duck” Dunn): Green Onions Victor Borge: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 David Bromberg: Summer Wages/I Will Not Be Your Fool Lonnie Brooks: You’re Usin’ Me “The Original” Bessie Brown: Song from a Cotton Field/St. Louis Blues Clifford Brown: Oh, Lady Be Good James Brown: Night Train Ray Brown: Lady Be Good Dave Brubeck: Take Five/Blue Rondo à la Turk R.L. Burnside: When My First Wife Left Me/Jumper on the Line The Cadillacs: Speedoo Cage the Elephant: Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked JJ Cale: Devil in Disguise/After Midnight/Call Me the Breeze Maria Callas: Tosca Benny Carter: Misty/Wave The Carter Family: Cannonball Blues Johnny Cash: Cocaine Blues Harry Chapin: Sniper Ray Charles: Hit the Road Jack Charlie Christian at Minton’s Oscar “Papa” Celestin: Marie Laveau/Oh! Didn’t He Ramble The Clancy Brothers: Finnegan’s Wake Gary Clark Jr.: Bright Lights The Clash: The Magnificent Seven Patsy Cline: Crazy George M. Cohan: Over There Leonard Cohen: Everybody Knows Nat King Cole: Route 66 John Coltrane: Naima Ry Cooder: Jesus on the Mainline Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train Bobby Darin: Splish Splash Howard DaSilva, Tom Bosley: Little Tin Box Rev. Gary Davis: Death Don’t Have No Mercy Miles Davis: Autumn Leaves Deodato: Also Sprach Zarathustra/Rhapsody in Blue Bo Diddley: Road Runner Dire Straits: Skateaway Lee Dorsey: Working in the Coal Line/Ya Ya Duke Ellington, Dr. Billy Taylor, Willie “The Lion” Smith: Perdido Richard Feynman Talks About Light Ella Fitzgerald: Mack the Knife Ella Fitzgerald: The Man I Love Flogging Molly: Don’t Shut ‘Em Down Blaze Foley: Clay Pigeons Georgia Field Hands: Mary Don’t You Weep Gladys Knight & the Pips: Midnight Train to Georgia/I Heard It Through the Grapevine Benny Goodman: Moonglow Dexter Gordon: Body and Soul Al Green: Jesus is Waiting Emmylou Harris: Pancho and Lefty/Blue Kentucky Girl Coleman Hawkins: Jumpin’ With Symphony Sid Alison Krauss: Down to the River to Pray The Leningrad Cowboys and The Red Army Choir: Sweet Home Alabama John Fahey: On the Sunny Side of the Ocean Little Feat: Dixie Chicken Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir: I’ve Been All Around this World George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue Dizzy Gillespie/Louis Armstrong: Umbrella Man Benny Goodman: Moonglow Steve Goodman: City of New Orleans/Talk Backwards Morton Gould and his Orchestra: Aaron Copland’s Hoedown Woody Guthrie: Hard Travelin’ Warren Haynes: Hattiesburg Hustle Levon Helm: Ophelia Levon Helm: Short Fat Fanny Jimi Hendrix: Who Knows Woody Herman: The Jazz Doctor Richard X. Heyman: Cornerstone John Hiatt: Slow Turning Earl “Fatha” Hines: Memories of You Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child/Now Baby or Never John Lee Hooker: Boom Boom/Hobo Blues House of Pain: Jump Around Carlos Antonio Jobim: Águas of Março Mahailia Jackson: Didn’t It Rain/Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho Wanda Jackson: Hard Headed Woman Etta James, Mick Taylor, John Mayall: You Got Me Runnin’ Skip James: Crow Jane Bert Jansch: Reynardine/Angie Dr. John and Eric Clapton: St. James Infirmary Norah Jones: Don’t Know Why Scott Joplin’s Ragtime Louis Jordan: Caldonia Jethro Tull: Locomotive Breath Anton Karas: The Third Man Theme Albert King: Blues Power The Kinks: Low Budget Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Serenade to a Cuckoo Ladysmith Black Mambazo/Paul Simon: You Can Call Me Al Lianne La Havas: Age/Is Your Love Big Enough? k.d. lang: The Valley/Hallelujah Ramsey Lewis: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Gordon Lightfoot: TheWreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.1 and Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 Little Eva: Let’s Turkey Trot Los Lobos: Evangeline/Will the Wolf Survive? Los Lobos, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir: This Land is Your Land Nils Lofgren: Delivery Night Yo-Yo Ma: Elgar Cello Concerto, First Movement Taj Mahal, Eric Bibb: Diving Duck Blues Henry Mancini: The Pink Panther Theme Eleni Mandell: Magic Summertime Bob Marley and the Wailers: Stir It Up John Mayall: Oh, Pretty Woman Paul McCartney: Birthday Delbert McClinton: B Movie Box Car Blues Larry McCray: Smooth Sailing Mississippi Fred McDowell: John Henry/Goin’ Down to the River Modest Mouse: Dashboard Moe.: Kyle’s Song Thelonious Monk: Blue Monk Bill Monroe: Rawhide/Sally Goodin Mountain: Theme for an Imaginary Western Mozart: Flute Concerto No.2 In D Major, K.314 First Movement (conducted by James Galway) Charlie Musselwhite: Christo Redemptor Willie Nelson: Blue Skies Randy Newman: Louisiana 1927 The North Mississippi Allstars: The Meeting Laura Nyro: Save the Country Old Crow Medicine Show: Down Home Girl/Wagon Wheel Charley Parker: Dexterity Parliament Funkadelic: Bring on the Funk Parov Stelar: Chambermaid Swing Les Paul and Mary Ford: Alabamy Bound and Darktown Strutter’s Ball Pinetop Perkins: Pinetop’s Boogie/Down in Mississippi Phil Phillips: Sea of Love Phish: What Things Seem Porcupine Tree: Dark Matter Cole Porter: Anything Goes Dennis Potter: Pennies from Heaven (Anything Goes)/The Singing Detective (Dry Bones) The Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Basin Street Blues/Tailgate Ramble Elvis Presley: Heartbreak Hotel The Pretenders: Brass in Pocket/My City Was Gone Proclaimers: King of the Road Professor Longhair: Big Chief/Tipitina Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody Mohammad Rafi: Jaan Pehchan Bonnie Raitt and Alison Krauss: Papa Come Quick The Ramones: I Wanna Be Sedated/The KKK Took My Baby Away Red Hot Chili Peppers: Purple Stain Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins: Mule Skinner Blues Django Reinhardt: J’attendrai Swing Linda Ronstadt: Blue Bayou The Rooftop Singers: Walk Right In/Mama Don’t Allow Run-DMC: King of Rock/Christmas in Hollis Leon Russell: Crystal Closet Queen/Of Thee I Sing Santana: No One to Depend On Santigold: Disparate Youth Arnold Schoenberg: Verklaerte Nacht Earl Scruggs: Down the Road Compay Segunda and The Buena Vista Social Club: Chan Chan Pete Seeger, Bruce Springsteen: This Land is Your Land Marlena Shaw: California Soul The Shelby Bottom String Band: East Nashville Rag Allan Sherman: Shake Hands with Your Uncle Max Matt Siffert: Daybreak in Alabama and Riverside Drive Rockin Sidney Simien: Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot Frank Sinatra: That’s Life/I Get a Kick Out of You The Skatalites: Phoenix City/The Guns of Navarone Slim Dusty: Waltzing Matilda Sly and the Family Stone: Higher Southern Culture on the Skids: Voodoo Cadillac Bruce Springsteen: John Henry Steely Dan: Black Friday Steely Dan: My Old School The Steve Thorpe Band: Dust My Broom Johann Strauss II: The Blue Danube Waltz The Supremes: You Just Keep Me Hanging On Art Tatum: Humoresque Susan Tedeschi: Little by Little Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee: Walk On Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Up Above My Head Talking Heads: Psycho Killer Clark Terry: Take the A Train/On the Trail These United States: Honor Amongst Thieves Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra: Grand Canyon Suite Peter Tosh: Johnny B. Goode Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die Trampled Under Foot: Love My Baby Merle Travis: 16 Tons/Lost John Big Joe Turner: Low Down Dog Jay Ungar: Ashokan Farewell Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood The Ventures: Hawaii Five-O Giuseppe Verdi: Triumphal March from Aida/La Travia Tom Waits: Tom Traubert’s Blues/Ol ’55 T-Bone Walker: Call It Stormy Monday/Woman, You Must Be Crazy/Goin’ to Chicago Blues Fats Waller: The Joint is Jumpin’ Doc Watson: Tennessee Stud Ben Webster: Old Folks Ween: Roses are Free/Big Jim Bukka White: Poor Boy Long Way From Home The Who: Who Are You/Substitute Hank Williams Sr.: Jambalaya on the Bayou Johnny and Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer: Highway 61 Revisited Howlin’ Wolf: Sitting on Top of the World Stevie Wonder: Superstition/Sir Duke/I Wish Lester Young: Pennies From Heaven Neil Young: Fork in the Road Frank Zappa: Cosmik Debris Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy by
Dashboard is sort of the dream you would have after having a spicy meal, reading a bit of Moby Dick and watching an episode or two of The Deadliest Catch. It’s a great song and video.
Other songs from this sea-loving band are We’ve Got Everything, Ocean Breathes Salty, Missed the Boat, Float On and Fire it Up. Here is Modest Mouse’s less than overwheming website — either I have the wrong site or they are trying to prove a point – and its Facebook page.by