Two countries, two languages, brings two of the finest singers together…
Will You Stay Beside Me
Liza Pulman has teamed up with legendary German Singer (and personal hero) Max Raabe in a duet on his song, Willst Du Bei Mir Bleiben (Will You Stay Beside Me)
The song, from his 2018 award winning album Der Perfekte Moment, has been re-interpreted into an intimate and achingly beautiful duet; two unique voices that marry together in perfect harmony. With shades of the smokey Parisienne feel of a Jacques Loussier arrangement, the track also features both the internationally acclaimed classical pianist Simon Lepper and the highly sort after jazz drummer Ian Thomas. It was produced by veteran record producer Chris Porter and recorded at Real World Studios. It is a song that will stay with you from the very first moment you hear it.
Max Raabe is an international million selling Deutsche Grammophon artist. Dashing, dapper and debonair, he believes the timeless melodies and songs of the 20s and 30s have an inherent magic. He combines nostalgic flair with pop-star appeal, as well as a good dose of self-irony and dry comedy. His most recent album, an MTV Unplugged, recently achieved Gold status, selling in excess of 100,00 units, and topped the German charts for some 10 weeks!
After wowing sell-out audiences with her highly acclaimed West End tour de force Liza Pulman Sings Streisand, followed by a four-week run over New Year at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and a 50 date sell out UK theatre tour as one third of the hugely successful Fascinating Aida, Liza was set to return with her new show and album
The Heart Of It, before Covid-19 struck. As a teaser of the forthcoming album Liza is releasing individual tracks in the lead up to her rescheduled London Riverside Studios next April.
“I first fell in love with the German superstar Max Raabe when Dillie Keane and I were taken as a joint birthday present by our friend and Fascinating Aida colleague, Adele Anderson, to see him perform live with his Palast Orchester at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire. As a long-time fan of The Comedian Harmonists (the 1920’s & 30’s German close harmony group, from whom Max borrows so respectfully) I was immediately beguiled by his unique voice and his great sense of this golden period. This is the music I have grown up with and so to spend an evening in the company of him and his wonderful musicians was the best present I could have been given.”
“As the years have followed, I have bought and worn out every CD he has produced and admire so much his ability to marry the old with the new. I was beyond thrilled when he agreed to record a new version of Willst Du Bei Mir Bleiben with me for my forthcoming album.”
“My musical director Joe Atkins and I immediately went to work creating an arrangement that would sit well in our musical world. It has been a real honour to spend time in the company of so many great musicians, to work on this beautiful song and to join forces with this remarkable singer. In these emotionally challenging waters, there are times when really only a love song will do.”
If you like rock, pop and classic cars, you are going to LOVE Britain’s most exciting brand-new podcast…
STARS CARS GUITARS
The Podcast Series
With Tony Hadley, Jim Cregan & Alex Dyke
SIR ROD STEWART says, “Come to my house and drive my Lamborghini and Ferrari!”
ABOUT STARS CARS GUITARS
What is Stars Cars Guitars?
It’s a brand-new podcast, with new episodes every week, presented by singer Tony Hadley, guitarist Jim Cregan and broadcaster Alex Dyke.
What is Stars Cars Guitars all about?
It’s three guys talking about rock and roll adventures, their favourite cars and tales of the stars and friends they met on the way.
So, it’s all about stars, cars and guitars – right?
Yes… and no. It’s also about success, fame, family, laughter, memories and dreams. It’s really a show about friendship. It’s a conversation between three old mates, who like telling stories and sharing jokes. It’s a safe place. Join them!
MEET THE GUYS
Tony Hadley is one of Britain’s best loved singers. He’s a big man with a big voice and a heart of gold. He was the frontman of Spandau Ballet in the 1980s with a slew of massive hits including a number 1 with True.
Now as a solo artist he entertains audiences around the globe with hit packed shows.
A charming, sharp dressed man, Tony’s an international heartthrob and a brilliant storyteller. From Live Aid to Los Angeles, he’s been there and done it, selling millions of records. Tony is also a radio presenter and tv performer, going into the jungle in I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! in 2015.
If the guys were in a car, Tony would be in the driver’s seat with his hands on the wheel.
Jim Cregan is an award-winning rock guitarist, songwriter and producer. He’s been a professional musician since the 1960s and he’s seen the inside of more hotel rooms than Howard Johnson or Lenny Henry. He’s smashed a few up on occasion too.
Jim has lived a rock and roll life on the road, playing with best friend Rod Stewart’s band for more than twenty years. He’s played with everyone, from Cockney Rebel to Cat Stevens and Katie Melua. He’s survived alcohol, drugs, swinging London, flower power, high times in the States and he’s got the Hawaiian shirts to prove it.
If the guys were in a car, Jim would be in the passenger seat, reading the map.
Alex Dyke has been a British broadcaster for 35 years on the tv and radio. He’s worked for the BBC, UK networked commercial radio and Radio Luxembourg.
He’s an award-winning presenter, surprising everybody when he won a bronze Sony Radio award in 2006.
He’s interviewed some of the biggest names in show business, including Sir Tom Jones, Stevie Wonder, James Brown, Roger Daltrey, Lulu, BB King and George Best. Alex has an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music and if he pays more attention in class, he could really amount to something.
If the guys were in a car, Alex would be in the back seat, asking “are we there yet?”, and Tony and Jim would be wondering whether they’d have been better off if he’d got the bus instead.
STARS CARS GUITARS
The Podcast Series with Tony Hadley, Jim Cregan & Alex Dyke
Listen to us on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google
The 50th Anniversary of The New Seekers – GOLD – All the Hits on 3 CDs
Released 25th September 2020
13 Top 40 Hits, 8 Top 20 Hits, 2 No.1’s Including…
I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing –
Released in 1971, I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’ was The New Seekers’ third single. It followed the 1970 USA hit ‘Look What They’ve Done To My Song Ma’ (which was an airplay hit only in the UK) and their first UK smash hit ‘Never Ending Song of Love’, which reached No. 2 in 1971. The group was asked by ad agency, McCann-Erickson to record a series of 26 different radio jingles for the Coca Cola brand. These were sent to radio stations across the country and their reactions gauged. ‘I’d Like to Buy the World A Home’ was by far the most popular and this was chosen for the famous TV ad (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib-Qiyklq-Q). As the band had prior contractual obligations, they were prevented from attending on the day of the shoot, so some actors and extras were brought in to mime to the group’s track! So successful was the ad that top writers Greenaway, Cook, Backer and Davis were commissioned to write the lyrics for a full-length song based on the jingle. ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’ was the result and the song went on to sell over 12 million copies across the globe, including both sides of the Atlantic and to No. 1 in the UK. It was the first advert jingle ever to become a hit song and it became the Peace Anthem of the 1970s.
Beg Steal Or Borrow –
The New Seekers were the first group to represent the UK in the 1972 Eurovision Song Contest and were selected to do so prior to the success of ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’ becoming a hit, due to Cilla Black (who was originally picked to be the UK entrant) having to withdraw after she fell pregnant. The New Seekers appeared on the BBC TV Show ‘It’s Cliff’ for 12 weeks, which had in excess of 24 million viewers each week and this included ‘A Song For Europe’, where 6 songs were performed by the group. An audience vote was cast as to which one would be performed during the contest itself. Beg Steal or Borrow won the vote and was tipped to win but as was usual in those days, political issues seem to get in the way, and they were just pipped to the post by two rogue votes from certain juries! Today almost 50 years later Eurovision fans vote it as one of their favourite UK entries. It was a huge hit right across Europe.
Pinball Wizard / See Me Feel Me –
Pinball Wizard went Top 20 in the UK and USA and the pop world were ‘shocked’ that The New Seekers DARE to record such a song!!! However, Pete Townshend congratulated the group by telegram on a great version. The group were due to sing the song on the Val Doonican show on BBC 1 but had to pull out due to him not wanting such a ‘rock’ song performed on his programme!
You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me –
The group spent most of 1973 in the US touring with Dionne Warwick, Neil Diamond, Vicki Carr and Liza Minelli, returning home in November to release ‘You Won’t Find Another Fool Like Me’ – giving them another No. 1 hit.
Never Ending Song Of Love –
Was The New Seekers first hit in the UK, a big No. 2 for the group (it went to No. 1 in the other official chart of the time). They were asked to perform 3 songs at the 1971 Royal Command Performance and had to fly back from the US in order to attend and then fly straight back next day. Lyn Paul almost missed the show as she was so poorly and was taken to hospital immediately afterwards.
The band were formed by founder member of 60’s group The Seekers, Keith Potger, after his group split. He decided to have two girls in The New Seekers as an insurance should one leave.
In Jan 1973 they were invited by President Nixon to attend his re inauguration at the White House as he loved the band.
‘Crying In the Rain’ reached No.1 in the Far East and appears here on CD for the very first time.
7 other songs on GOLD have never been on CD before including ‘Tell Me’ which was hoped to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1980. However, two days before the Song For Europe contest the group were dropped due to having performed the song months before on Scottish TV. Coincidentally Danny Finn who had left the band in 1978 went on to repress the UK with his group Prima Donna.
‘Anthem’, featured on GOLD took the group back into the charts in the Autumn of 1978. Sitting at number 21 it was expected, after appearing on TOTPs that week to hit the top 10. However, a distribution issue by the record label meant that there were no copies of the song available for 2 weeks!
When the group supported Liza Minnelli on her 1973 US Tour she surprised them with a private jet full of naked ladies!
US President Barack Obama named ‘Free To Be You And Me’ as his favourite children’s song.
“Wow! So pretty and so heart-felt. We need to be pretty strong here.” – Dr Brian May (Queen)
Hold On In Love’s Name – Released 25th September 2020
The response from Queen guitarist Brian May about her new song Hold On In Love’s Name, contributed to Linda Lamon making her decision to release the single, which was inspired by wildlife and the environment, to help his Save Me Trust. Linda decided to support the charity after seeing how hard the Surrey based team work to help reverse the effects of global warming and environmental damage by planting forests and caring for wildlife.
“We have very sadly seen a decline in wildflower meadows by 95% in the last 40 years and some of our insect population, such as butterflies and bees, reduced by up to 60%. This all effects our ecosystems and the natural food chain, which in turn affects us – and it’s all down to deforestation and building development. We desperately need afforestation programmes to help address the balance to save our planet for future generations.” – Linda Lamon
Originally from Stockport, Greater Manchester, Linda first met Brian after she penned The New Woodland Song to celebrate the planting of 100,000 native trees in his 160-acre woodland whilst living in Dorset in 2013. She performed it live with the village ladies and children’s choirs for the opening of the tree planting ceremony, only a few yards away from the rock star.
“The planting day was truly one of the most memorable and different days of my life – if those trees develop into healthy adults, I will feel that I contributed something significant in a small way in the rescue of the British countryside.” – Brian May
Linda & Brian May
The keen photographer went on to write two more songs with the charity in mind and has watched the wood flourish through her lens each year since 2013, creating a record of the growth and keeping the owner updated with photographs of the trees, shrubs and wildflower meadows.
“May’s Wood is now attracting new wildlife and it’s wonderful to see. We need lots more forests like this to be planted around the world before it’s too late. The UK government have recognised this but have not gone far enough. As we come out of lockdown in these unprecedented times living with the virus, we have seen that green spaces are vital for human health and well-being.”
It’s taken a while, you could say, for Linda to get fully on track with her music. At the age of 70, with two grown up daughters and four grandchildren, she is bringing out her first album, after launching her new single.
“Whilst many of the pop and rock stars from my teenage years are now enjoying a revival, I feel like I’m just beginning. We owe it to my grandchildren’s generation to make right what’s wrong and I’m hoping this song will go some way in creating awareness about this very real plight that affects their future.”
The forthcoming album, ABOUT TIME is aptly named to reflect the fact that it is about time she recorded songs she has been writing since she was 16. It also explains that these pieces really are about time as they cover four decades, from the eighties to the 20 twenties. A blend of country and pop, the tracks were recorded remotely during the COVID-19 lockdown by musicians in Nashville, USA, with Linda adding the vocals and mixing in Dorset and Manchester. Overseeing the project was producer Lynton Guest, former member of The Love Affair who had Number 1 hits in the 1960s with classic tracks Everlasting Love and Rainbow Valley.
“It took a 17 -year- old band mate to encourage me to record my own songs after I had spent years being involved with music in some form. But it still took me another ten years to get around to doing it. It was only after my husband died from Motor Neurone Disease that I picked up the gauntlet and ran with it.”
N A T U R A L H I G H – Released 25th September 2020
The album Natural High is a joyful and reverential tribute to the powerful magic of nature and miracle of life. There are many layers to the natural world. Those we perceive with human eyes to be beautiful or awe inspiring, or intrinsically feel we need to protect or even be fearful of, are perhaps only touching the surface of its extraordinary qualities. Nature is also working behind the scenes affecting us on an entirely different plane.
“Our relationship with Nature is powerfully symbiotic. Nature nourishes us and it has the ability to move and heal us, to energise and uplift us. It is a living organism with a heart-beat, a soul and molecular memory, just like human life. We need to forge a new and positive relationship with the Natural world that sustains us.” Sarah Class.
Beyond Nature’s physical manifestation, Sarah believes there is a powerful spiritual vibration existing in multi layers. It is this version of Nature – its heavenly imprint, which fuels the music of Natural High.
Scientists know that Nature is proven to de-stress us, but equally they are aware this is not the full explanation. As scientist and cognitive psychologist David Strayer says, “something mysterious will always remain”.
Sarah says, “Natural High is also about Unity – the unifying God of all things and the connection between us and Nature. Our place within the natural world is not a separated one. We are of each other.”
The album explores Nature’s euphoric diversity through the ethereal lens. Through waterfalls, rivers, holy wells and more, each track aligns with various Nature deities from myths and legends of different cultures.
A true lockdown album written at the height of the pandemic, Sarah recorded much of the album with Sinfonia Nord, a wonderful orchestra in Iceland via remote link to her studio in Bristol. She also collaborated remotely with talented musicians all over the world to achieve the special sound she envisaged for Natural High.
S A R A H C L A S S
Award winning, Emmy nominated, Sarah Class has become one of Britain’s most sought-after composers and is described as having the ‘Midas touch’ when it comes to creating music. She is an accomplished musician, scoring for ?lm, television and the concert arena, producer, songwriter, and singer.
A classically trained pianist from an early age, Sarah developed a huge love of jazz and improvisation. Brought up on a nature reserve in a large unspoilt part of the Isle of Wight, she spent her childhood surrounded by rare orchids, bluebell woods and carpets of wood anemones – something that would come to inspire not just her music, but inform her very way of thinking and living.
She quickly started to make her mark in the world of television and subsequently the film industry. When she was asked to compose the score for an independent feature film titled ‘The Weekend’ Sarah caught the attention of legendary producer Sir George Martin who subsequently took her under his wing to help and guide her career.
Since then her career has skyrocketed and boasts 3 Emmy Award nominations, a Classical Brit Award nomination, a No.1 album collaboration with Hayley Westenra, a Best Score Award for Sir David Attenborough’s BBC TV series ‘BBC Africa’, plus numerous other hugely successful and highly acclaimed scores for movies and TV.
Sarah is also Ambassador for the World Land Trust. Sir David Attenborough, Sir Chris Packham and Steve Backshall are also patrons. The charity has directly protected and saved a million acres of threatened habitat including rainforest and helped save a further five million acres, in more than 20 countries over the past 30 years. Sir David even made an appearance on Sarah’s music video ‘I Will Fight’.