Thursday, October 22, 2009

Number 369 - Alannah Myles

Number 369

Alannah Myles

"Black Velvet"

................Genre: Rock...............
art by Laurazee
Hmmm, what a woman, what a song. Y’all know when I write I tend to write in the context of how a song makes me feel at the time of writing. Hence the last one*. This song, this woman, holy crap!
Black Velvet is one of her better songs, her voice sets me on edge +grins+ Ok lets move on ....
Mr Almighty** made me realise just the other day, that I’ve been absent way to long. Not only from here but from the world in general. I became a hermit for along while, my bad. All I did was work, did things that had to be done, like shower, eat and sleep. I had few extra activities. Then last week a very good friend of mine died. He was the most inspiring person I know. I attended his funeral this week, his son spoke of how he lived his life, all his life. I took a hard look at myself and viola, here I am. Yeah I’ll still work but not as much, so what if I can’t buy a loaf of bread, living is more important. I was saving for a dream then reality knocked on my door...
Hellooooooooooooooo reality!! Blame Alannah for that insight into me, it’s what she does to me, makes me ‘feel’.....
To steal her words “A new religion that will bring you to your knees” I’m gone but not for long and definitely not forgotten by some!! ~ TEZ
*Blondie #360
** The indelible crowbarred
Have I got a song for you!
Toronto rock singer Alannah Myles spent several years struggling unsuccessfully to secure a Canadian record deal, so she and songwriting partner Christopher Ward set their sights south of the border. Myles recorded a demo and video for the song "Just One Kiss," which got the attention of several companies and ended up on her self-titled 1989 debut album. "Love Is" established her in her home country and made Alannah Myles the biggest-selling debut in Canadian history, but it was the smoky, sensual "Black Velvet" that became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in the U.S. An American release of "Love Is" fizzled as a follow-up, and Myles thus far remains something of a one-hit wonder to U.S. audiences. She released a follow-up album, Rockinghorse, in 1992. ~ [Steve Huey, All Music Guide]
Black Velvet [the inside oil]
Brunettes have more fun!
Black Velvet" is a rock and roll song written by Canadian musicians David Tyson and Christopher Ward. First recorded by Canadian singer Alannah Myles in 1989, it became a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in 1990 and reached number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart, as well as number one in Canada and number two in the UK Singles Chart. In 1990, country music artist Robin Lee reached number 12 on the U.S. country singles charts with a cover version. This song is about Elvis Presley. The words "black velvet" can refer to either his likeness frequently being painted on black velvet or his voice. Also, Black Velvet (full name "Sullivan's Black Velvet Hair Dye") is what Elvis used to give his naturally brown hair its distinctive black sheen. Black velvet is described as a "new religion that'll bring y'all to your knees" (changed to "bring you to your knees" in the Robin Lee version). The chorus tells of "Black velvet in that little boy's smile/Black velvet with that slow, Southern style" and the end of the first verse claims that "The boy could sing, knew how to move, everything/Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for [black velvet]". While the first verse discusses the beginning of Elvis' life - "Mama's dancing with baby on her shoulder" - the second talks about the height of his career - "Mama's baby is in the heart of every schoolgirl; Love Me Tender leaves 'em crying in the aisles". The final verse references his death - "In a flash he was gone, it happened so soon, what could you do? ~ [Source: Wikipedia]
For Elvis Presley see #443, #501, #840
What does the STONE have to say?
But of course .... Nothing! Lets see what have to say ... With her smoky vocals and rockin' style, Alannah Myles received her fair share of accolades -- accolades which grew louder as the artist surpassed five million in worldwide sales. While mired in personal demons that flared in the midst of a hectic touring schedule, Myles' career took a downward turn and never stopped. The artist herself admits that no one knew she even released a third album! But her swaggering, sexy style made an impression, and while it may have been a short one, it certainly was sweet.
- [Source: ~ Linda Ryan]
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '369th Song of all Time' was "I'm A Man" by Bo Diddley. Bo Diddley has not appeared in The Definitive 1000 of All Time.
Other songs with reference to Alannah Myles ~ #510
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Who? Huh?) and the Album ranked at (5 million albums? when?)
This song has a Definitive rating of 80.2 out of 108
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