Neil Sedaka (1939-), an American singer, composer and producer, is 80 years old today. He is a writer or co-writer of more than 500 songs, and was also a popular singer with some serious hits under his belt. In 1972, Sedaka co-wrote with Phil Cody a beautiful song Solitaire, and it was later famously performed by The Carpenters. The audio below is the performance by Mark Lanegan, an alternative rock artist who I consider to be rather underrated (see the greatest cover of the song Man in the Long Black Coat). Lanegan’s album Imitations  is composed of song covers that he heard when growing up at his parents’ home.
Elvis Presley would have been 84 years old today (he was born on 8 January 1935), and I am sharing one of the songs which pays tribute to the King – Black Velvet  performed by Alannah Myles.
I hope my readers had a very Merry Christmas, and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year! The musical piece below is a piano version of the song Once Upon a December from the animation of 1997 – Anastasia.
Francis Cabrel, French singer and song-writer, turns 65 years old today, and I thought I would share one of his songs – Je l’aime a mourir.
Leonard Cohen would have been 84 today, and to pay tribute to the great poet, songwriter and singer, I thought I would share one of his most personal and emotional songs – Famous Blue Raincoat. Cohen is best known for writing divine Hallelujah, but I also like A Thousand Kisses Deep and Waiting for the Miracle.