Song Lyric Sunday 21st November

Jim Adams is our host for the Song Lyric Sunday challenge and this week we have a theme of Lion, Tiger, Bear, Eagle, Shark suggested by Paula of Light Motifs II
This one by Lulu immediately came to mind (lyrics are in the clip)

Not much I could find out about this apart from it being released in 1968 and the highest chart position in the UK was #9, though in reached #1 in New Zealand. It was written by Ronnie Scott & Marty Wilde, and produced by Mickie Most.

In total contrast, this is for my Mum. It was one of her favourites that she loved to hear me play, and over two hundred miles away when my sister and family were scattering her ashes in 2018, I sat down at the piano and played this as though my heart would break.

The lyrics are in the video

Courtesy of WIKI

Wind Beneath My Wings” (sometimes titled “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Hero“) is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley

The song was first recorded by  Kamahl in 1982 for a country and western album he was recording. Kamahl talked about being the first to record the song in an appearance on Australian TV show Spicks and Specks, but stated it was not commercially released because it was felt he did not suit the country and western style. Instead, Roger Whittaker recorded the song, as well as Sheena Easton and Lee Greenwood. The song appeared shortly thereafter in charted versions by Colleen Hewett (1982), Lou Rawls (1983), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1983), and Gary Morris (1983).

The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler’s single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler’s version finished at No. 44 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. Perry Como recorded the song for his final studio album Today, released by RCA Records in 1987. Como wanted “Wind Beneath My Wings” released as a single, but RCA refused; Como was reportedly so angry he vowed to never record for RCA Records ever again.

In a 2002 UK poll, “Wind Beneath My Wings” was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.

Note: it was not played at my Mum’s funeral though. She had already chosen her hymns and her choice of music was Unchained Melody by Robson and Jerome, and You’ll Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers.


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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22 Responses to Song Lyric Sunday 21st November

  1. Carol anne says:

    good choice this week, Di! Xo

  2. Maggie says:

    I have never heard the Lulu song before. I got emotional reading about your mum. Such a beautiful although emotional memory, Di. ❤️

  3. The Lulu song was fun and cute. I enjoyed Wind Beneath My Wings and I love that line, I can fly higher than an eagle.

  4. willowdot21 says:

    I remember this and it was a great song.. Note how they had by then taken off the raw edges off her voice that she still had when she made SHOUT! 😊

  5. ghostmmnc says:

    I’d not heard Lulu’s song, but I like it – it’s so catchy and cute.
    Wind Beneath My Wings is such a beautiful song – ❤

  6. murisopsis says:

    I’m a Tiger is a new one for me! I always loved Wind Beneath my Wings….

  7. John Holton says:

    I never heard it, but I like it!

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