Style seen in Istanbul:


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Street sign

A sign from below in Istanbul:

street sign

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memories of the ’80s – Careless Whisper by George Michael

Image result for careless whisper single 1984In the mid ’80s, British pop star George Michael released his first solo effort, a ballad: Careless Whisper.

When he was 17, Michael and bandmate Andrew Ridgeley composed the song, using his emotions from his first attempts at romantic relationships to write the lyrics for the song which became Careless Whisper.

Although Michael was still in WHAM!, he recorded the song as a solo effort, first recording it at the famed Muscle Schoals Studio in Alabama.

The Muscle Schoals version of the song, produced by Jerry Wexler, was going to be released by Innervision,  but the label decided to not release the single. Instead, Innervision  released Club Fantastic Megamix, a collection of songs by WHAM!, despite the band’s decision to leave the label.

Michael didn’t like the finished product created with Wexler and re-recorded the song producing the song himself. The sentimental ballad included a prominent saxophone solo, played by Steve Gregory.

Released in August 1984 by Epic/Colombia/Sony, Careless Whisper had an accompanying music video that was filmed in Miami, showing Michael feeling guilt over an affair, which became a favourite on music video shows and on MTV and MuchMusic.

Entering the UK singles charts at number 12, Careless Whisper quickly shot to number one in the United Kingdom, and by February 1985, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the United States.

Careless Whisper hit number one in 25 countries, with the song credited as WHAM! featuring  George Michael. The song has been covered multiple times including versions by Bananarama, Seether, Gloria Gaynor, Kenny G and Edward G. Valentine.

In Spring 1986, the duo announced the breakup of WHAM!.

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Duck glory

Faded glory on the streets of Istanbul:


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memories of the ’70s – You’re No Good by Linda Ronstadt

You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt.jpgIn the mid 1970s a young singer chose a popular song and took it to number one: You’re No Good by Linda Ronstadt.

Written by Clint Ballard Jr., the song was first performed by Dee Dee Warwick in 1963 as a single, who was a sister of singer Dionne Warwick.

The song was consequently covered by Betty Everett and UK group The Swinging Blue Jeans.

The versions each made the chart, but it was Linda Ronstadt who took the version higher. She had started using the song in live performances in 1973, and appeared on the Burt Sugarman’s The Midnight Special in December 1973, performing that song.

In 1974, Ronstadt was recording her album Heart Like a Wheel and added You’re No Good to the repertoire to be recorded, a last minute addition.

When Ronstadt’s album was released, Capitol Records decided at the last minute to release the song as her first single in November 1974. This was her fifth studio album, and became her breakout album.

Climbing the Billboard Hot 100 charts, You’re No Good hit number one in February 1975, and charted in several other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and The Netherlands.  Ronstadt’s cover became the most successful version of the song.

As well, the B side of the single, I Can’t Help It, hit number two on the Country Music charts. Heart Like a Wheel became a double platinum selling album and was nominated for the Grammy for Album of the Year.


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A funky girl

Face on the Istanbul street:


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The wings of Istanbul

Garage door style:


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