On Stage: A Festival of Vintage Songs

Good music of all genres stand the test of time, whether they be classical or pop. In an age which worships youth, here are six “not so youthful” songwriters/singers – all are over 60 – who’ve proven that old is gold regaling their audience with easy-listening songs that seem evergreen. Take your time and enjoy these timeless gems!

Historia de un Amor (Jean and Michelle Paul

“Historia de un Amor” (Spanish for “a love’s story”) is a song about a man’s old love written by Panamanian songwriter Carlos Eleta Almarán, and part of the soundtrack of a 1956 Mexican film of the same name. The song tells of a man’s suffering after his love has disappeared. It holds the world record to be the most popular song to be translated and sung across the world in various languages by various singers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. This rendition is by father and daughter pair, Jean Paul and Michelle who call themselves the French Latino group.

Fields of Gold (Sting)

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner CBE (born 1951), popularly known as Sting, is an English musician and actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for new wave rock band the Police from 1977 to 1984, after which he launched a solo career in 1985, singing songs with elements of rock, jazz, reggae, classical, new-age and worldbeat. As a solo musician and a member of the Police, Sting has received 17 Grammy Awards. “Fields of Gold” was written by Sting and originally released on the album Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993).

Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (Christy Moore)

Christopher Andrew “Christy” Moore (born 1945) is an Irish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist. He is one of the founding members of Planxty and Moving Hearts. In 2007, he was named as Ireland’s greatest living musician in RTÉ’s People of the Year Awards. “Black is the Color of My True Love’s Hair” is a traditional Scottish song that dates to the 19th century. It was modified by American folksinger, John Jacob Nile which rooted it in the traditional American folk music canon.

You Make Me feel Like (A Natural Woman) by Aretha Franklin

From her father’s church to the hallowed grounds of Washington, raised on gospel and bathed in rhythm and blues, Aretha Franklin left her mark on music like few other blues singers. Her personal life was a struggle. She had a lifelong battle with her weight and alcoholism. But nothing could diminish her stature as music royalty. In a career than spanned more than six decades, she was the embodiment of Afro-American music, combining heart-wrenching blues, uplifting soul, classy jazz and hopeful gospels to tell her stories and the feelings of her people. She performed for kindred, kings with music that united both. “A Natural Woman” was performed at the Kennedy Center Honors ceremony in 2015 before then President Obama. Franklin was 73 at the time. She died three years.

“Goodbye My Love” by Denis Roussos

Few pop artists of the past 50 years achieved such global recognition as Demis Roussos (1946 – 2015). The portly, kaftan-clad crooner who was born in Egypt and raised in Greece was reported to have sold more than 60m records in his long career. One of Roussos’s most enduring signature songs was the title track of his 1973 album Forever and Ever. The album reached No 2 in the UK charts in 1974. It was followed by Happy to Be On an Island in the Sun, which became a top 10 hit in 1975. Recounting his success, Roussos said that it boiled down to timing. “was the accompanying album. Roussos said: “The reason for my big success in England was that the Brits started wanting to go on holidays to Greece and Spain. My music came right on time. It was romantic Mediterranean music addressed to all those people.”

“Goodbye My Love”, performed by Roussos three years before he died.

Here is his 1974 mega hit, Forever and Ever

Medley of Songs by Engelbert Humperdinck

Born Arnold George Dorsey in Madras, India, on May 2, 1936, singer Engelbert Humperdinck scored several hits during the 1960s, most notably “Release Me” (1967) which turned around his flagging career, catapulting him into star league. The song was the first of seven consecutive Top 10 U.K. hits that Humperdinck would have over the next two years. While not the chart-topper he once was, Humperdinck remained a popular live act, touring extensively to became a fixture on the Las Vegas concert scene.

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