Saturday, October 25, 2014

Back in the C.H.A.R.T.S?

It's been forty four years since The Beatles had released their last studio album as a group, Let It Be. An album that topped UK album chart on 23 May, 1970 and unfortunately  an album that ended an unforgettable reign. However, just because The Beatles broke up in 1970 doesn't mean their music has stopped toppling charts with new releases such as The Beatles Live At The BBC Volume II, which was released last November, peaking number seven in US Billboard 20, or even Beatles covers by various artists and bands like Billy J Kramer and The Dakotas, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones,  Joe Cocker, and so forth,  who have all placed on charts, ranging from as high as first position and staying as long as twenty weeks (Source; The Tastiest UK Cover; Beatles Covers in The UK Charts).  Once again, a beloved Beatles classic returns back to the charts on Billboard's Top 10.

It was 25 June, 1967 when a message of peace and love clung to every word John Lennon crooned as The Beatles performed on the first ever live television satellite debut, Our World.  The iconic song was heard by millions (a four-hundred million estimate) across five continents becoming an anthem of the late 1960s, topping the charts at number one in eleven different charts, from Billboard Hot 100 to Cashbox staying at number one in US charts for up to thirteen weeks (Source; The Guardian The Beatles: Every album and Single With Chart Position).

The song was released as the last track on The Beatles ninth studio album, Magical Mystery Tour, during the height of The Summer of Love. The Song itself was re-released in 1987, but placed the highest at spot number nineteen in the Irish Singles Chart. As of yesterday, 24 October 2014, that all changed as "All You Need Is Love" returns back to Billboards Top 10 chart thanks to a well-known Jazz artist, Dave Koz  who joined other renowned names, from Eric Benét, Jonathan Butler, Gloria Estefan, Heather Hadley, Richard Marx, Johnny Mathis, Maysa, BeBe Winans and Stevie Wonder to record the iconic classic, making it Koz's second Beatles cover, after recording "Got To Get You Into My Life" last year.

Earlier this month Dave Koz released Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December, which peaked number 2 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums Chart, containing classics from "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" to "Let It Snow!  Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and yes, even to "All You Need Is Love", a song that's never thought of as a Christmas or holiday song, so why put it in?
"It was important to me, as an artist to say, 'Here [is] a song that you've never heard before [sequenced among holiday classics] that we're going to throw into the mix.'" - Dave Koz

"This album was made with that spirit in mind…an abundance of love and joy went into every single note. For me, making it was like hosting the best holiday party ever! I invited some wonderfully talented friends over…we ate, we drank, we reminisced, and then we retired to the living room, sat around the piano, and sang some songs—first, each duet partner and me; then before the party was over, we all came together for one last song: the Beatles gem 'All You Need Is Love.' Though not a Christmas song, it truly holds the message of the holidays (and really, of life) for me." -Dave Koz,

The Dave Koz & Friends Beatles cover has reached Number eight in Billboard charts, making in the last time any recording of the song has place in top ten in the last forty-seven years.
You can order Dave Koz & Friends: The 25th of December on either of the following;
iTunes- by clicking here
Amazon- by clicking here

Enjoy the following video of Dave Koz & Friends' "All You Need Is Love" via Youtube;
Love Is All You Need
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