Everlasting songs

Return to Sender (Elvis cover) – Sung by Gehan Gunasekera

Gehan recorded at Banora Studios, Banora Point NSW 2486 on 6th July 2019 In response to a request from Gail Wickremasinghe.

Gehan recorded this song written by Otis Blackwell and Winfield Scott, recorded on the 27th of March 1962 and featured in The Elvis Presley Movie Girls, Girls, Girls. Gerri Granger later recorded an answer song: “Don’t Want Your Letters”.

On January 8, 1993, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative postage stamp honoring Presley. Many stamp collectors mailed envelopes, franked with this stamp, to fictitious addresses in the hopes that they would receive their letters not only postmarked with the first day of issue, but also with a “return to sender” postal marking!!

Vocals: Gehan Gunasekera

Musical Backings: Elvis Rebels

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Harry Belafonte – Live at the BBC – Songs of Many Lands (1959)

Harry Belafonte – Songs of Many Lands, a TV special recorded in 1959 for the BCC. Setlist: Lucy’s Door, I Know Where I’m Going, Old King Cole, Suliram, Hine Ma Tov, Shenandoah, A Little Lyric Of Great Importance, La Bamba, The Partisan, Awimawe, Scarlett Ribbons.

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Movie stars dancing to…’I’m So Excited!’

 

Here are the titles of the movies that these sequences are from, in order of appearance:

Reveille With Beverly,  Sweet Charity, Grease,  You’ll Never Get Rich,  Greenwich Village,  Time Out For Rhythm,  Behind The Eight Ball, Alexander’s Ragtime Band,  Call Me Mister,  Easter Parade,  Thoroughly Modern Millie,  She’s Back On Broadway,  Silk Stockings,  Two Girls & A Sailor,  Texas Carnival,  Take Me Out To The Ball Game,  Cabin In The Sky,  Down Argentine Way,  Stormy Weather,  Xanadu,  Bye Bye Birdie,  Affair In Trinidad,  Can Can, White Christmas, Till The Clouds Roll By, Oklahoma, I Dood It, Living In A Big Way, Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, At War With The Army,  Flashdance,  Viva Las Vegas,  Honolulu,  Rhapsody In Blue,  Good News,  Flower Drum Song,  Just Around The Corner,  Give A Girl A Break,  Robin And The 7 Hoods,  I Love Melvin,  West Side Story,  It’s Always Fair Weather,  Living It Up,  Breakin’,  Anything Goes,  West Point Story,  All That Jazz,  Hello Dolly,  The Girl Next Door,  Moon Over Miami,  Broadway Rhythm,  Meet Me After The Show,  Bloodhounds Of Broadway,  You Were Never Lovelier,  Up In Arms,  Two Tickets To Broadway,  The Music Man,  Guys And Dolls,  Hellzapoppin’,  Love Happy,  The Sky’s The Limit,  Two Weeks With Love,  Thank Your Lucky Stars,  Lady Be Good,  The Toast Of New Orleans,  The Daughter Of Rosie O’Grady,  Show Boat,  The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis,  Ship Ahoy,  Little Miss Broadway,  Young Frankenstein,  Second Chorus,  The Dolly Sisters,  Top Hat,  Lullaby Of Broadway,  Road To Hong Kong,  Funny Face,  Babes In Arms,  Footloose,  The Gang’s All Here,  Thousands Cheer,  For Me & My Gal,  Follow The Fleet,  My Sister Eileen,  Carolina Blues,  On An Island With You,  Too Many Girls,  Sun Valley Serenade,  Wonder Man,  College Swing,  A Date With Judy,  State Fair,  Three Little Words.  

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DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic – Chaka Khan, El DeBarge & More Join DJ Cassidy As They Perform Classics!

DJ Cassidy’s Pass the Mic: BET Soul Train Edition. DJ Cassidy spreads love and soul with some of his musical heroes as they pass the mic and perform classics! Artists include: Jody Watley, Deniece Williams, Ready For The Word (Melvin Riley), Sheila E., The Time (Morris Day & Jerome Benton), Shannon, Lisa Lis, Cameo (Larry Blackmon & Willy Morris), Evelyn “Champagne” King, Alicia Myers, George Clinton, Chaka Khan and El Debarge!

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Happy and safe New Year – Auld Lang Syne

In  just  a  few  minutes  we  in  Victoria, Australia, will  be  seeing  the  dawn  of  the  New  Year  2021.

I  WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A  SAFE  AND  HAPPY NEW YEAR

Let  us  pray  and  hope 2021- will  be  better than 2020

CHRIS  LAWTON

 

A New Year Prayer

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I Can Only Imagine – BYU Noteworthy

 

For the Good Times – Ray Price

 

Wild West Now – Vending Machine

 

Coal Miner’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn

 

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Just a Closer Walk With Thee – Patsy Cline & Willie Nelson

 

The Prayer – Celine Dion & Andrea Bocelli

 

How Great Thou Art – Home Free

 

Play Me The Waltz Of The Angels – Owen Mac

 

Memories of the 1950’s

 

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Seasons 2020 – by Anil Wickremetunge

The song “Seasons 2020” was originally written to capture the apparently typical care-free life of a young person during the four seasons in the western world (hence winter, autumn etc.).

The outbreak of Covid 19 and the subsequent Lockdowns with its forced change of routine inspired me to adapt the lyrics to reflect on the frustration of a young person trying to understand the impact of the virus on her own hitherto familiar world and routines such as socialising and holidaying with friends.

Having recorded all the instruments at home using home-recording technology Anil was able to win the support of two great musicians to complete the recording.

Olaf Otzipka was the singer of the band “The Engineers” that Anil played with over a decade ago in Bremen, in the northern part of Germany.

He agreed immediately to do the main vocals which he recorded at his home-studio and sent Anil as a single track to be embedded in the song for the final mix.

The bass guitar on the song was done by Mohan Gooneratne who is the youngest brother of the late Conrad Gooneratne who had a great career in music and played, among others, also with the Super Golden Chimes and with Sri Lanka musical legends such as Donald Peiris and Benjy Ranabahu.

Mohan, an Old-Benedictine and an old-Peterite, is a very talented all-round musician who is very active in Germany and currently playing in different bands.

He, likewise, recorded the bass track on “Seasons 2020 ” at home and made it available to Anil for the final mix.

The song is a typical Lockdown-Production, forced by social distancing in place in Germany since March 2020 but enabling the full-employment of the modern music-production technology.

There will be more music coming from Germany in the forthcoming months.

eLanka is proud to support such great musical productions!…. Until the next song from Anil… enjoy!

 

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