SERENDIPITY SOUL- Saturday Open Thread

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From thre wiki:  Tears for Fears are an English pop rock band formed in the early 1980s by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith.

Founded after the dissolution of their first band, the mod-influenced Graduate, they were initially associated with the New Wave synthesizer bands of the early 1980s but later branched out into mainstream rock and pop, which led to international chart success.

The band has sold more than 22 million albums worldwide (including over 8 million in the United States alone[1]).

Songs from the Big Chair and worldwide fame

A change of direction was initially instigated in early 1984 as they began working with a new producer, Jeremy Green, on their new single “Mothers Talk“. However, the band were ultimately unhappy with the results and so producer Chris Hughes was brought back into the fold and the “Mothers Talk” single reproduced for release in August 1984. A distinct departure from their earlier works, the single became a Top 20 hit in the UK, but it was the follow-up single “Shout” (released in the UK in November 1984) that was the real beginning of the band’s international fame.

This Top 5 hit paved the way for their second album, Songs from the Big Chair (released in February 1985), which entered the UK album chart at no.2 and remained in the upper reaches of the chart for the next 12 months. They did away with the predominantly synth-pop feel of the first album, instead expanding into a more sophisticated sound that would become the band’s stylistic hallmark. Anchored around the creative hub of producer Hughes, Stanley and Orzabal, the new Tears for Fears sound helped to propel Songs from the Big Chair into becoming one of the year’s biggest sellers worldwide, eventually being certified triple-platinum in the UK and quintuple-platinum in the US (where it remained the #1 album for five weeks in the summer of 1985).[5]

From the Wiki:  Oleta Adams (born 4 May 1953, Seattle, Washington) is an American soul, jazz, and gospel singer and pianist.

Biography:  Adams was born the daughter of a preacher and was raised with gospel music. In her youth her family moved to Yakima, Washington, which is sometimes shown as her place of birth.

Before gaining her opportunity to perform, Adams faced a great deal of rejection. In the 1970s, she moved to Los Angeles, California where she recorded a demo tape. However, many music executives were exclusively interested in disco music rather than Adams’ preferred style.

With the advice of her singing coach, Lee Farrell, Adams moved to Kansas City where she did a variety of local gigs. Adams started her career in the early 1980s with two self-financed albums which had limited success.

Collaboration with Tears For Fears

In 1985, Adams was discovered by Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, founders of the English band Tears for Fears, while performing in a hotel bar in Kansas City, Missouri whilst they were on a US tour. They chatted with Adams after her performance, and two years later they contacted her to invite her to join their band as a singer on their next album, The Seeds of Love.[1]

In 1989, the album was released and the single “Woman In Chains” – sung as a duet by Adams and Orzabal and with Phil Collins on drums – became her first hit. Adams embarked on a world tour with Tears For Fears in 1990, performing by herself as the supporting artist at the start of each show, and remaining onstage throughout the Tears For Fears set where she would provide piano and vocals.

I love, love, LOVE, Oleta Adams!

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6 Responses to SERENDIPITY SOUL- Saturday Open Thread

  1. "Ametia" says:

    Singer Abbey Lincoln dies at 80
    By Matt Schudel | August 14, 2010; 2:41 PM ET

    Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, who was known as much for uncompromsing stance on civil rights as for her soulful singing, has died at the age of 80 in New York.

    I interviewed her in 2006 for a story in The Post before her performance as part of the Knnedy Center’s Women in Jazz Festival. She was married for several years to pioneering jazz drummer Max Roach, who died three years ago, and recorded several albums with him.

    We’ll have a full obituary up shortly. Meanwhile, here is a sample of her work from an appearance at the Marciac jazz festival in France, in which she performed her songs “Down Here Below” and “Bird Alone.”

    Rest in peace Ms. Abbey Lincoln.

  2. "Ametia" says:

    News Alert: Vicki Kennedy urged to run against GOP’s Brown
    10:10 PM EDT Saturday, August 14, 2010

    Nearly one year after Edward M. Kennedy’s death, prominent Democrats in Washington and Massachusetts are promoting his widow as the party’s best shot at winning back the Senate seat he held for nearly five decades. But the prospect of Vicki Kennedy’s candidacy — an idea she has seemed to bat down — is fast becoming a source of family tension.

    For more information, visit

  3. "Ametia" says:

    More photos from the First Family’s Gulf trip -8-14-10

  4. "Ametia" says:

    President Obama speaks in Gulf coast & swims at Alligator Point, Florida.


    Photo of PBO & Sasha swimming:

  5. "Ametia" says:

    Hello, I’ll be out for a bit today mentoring teen girls. I’ll connect with you ALL later.

    President Obama and FLOTUS will be in the Gulf coast today, if you get any links for photos or videos, please feel free to drop them here. Thanking you in advance! ;-)

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