Song Lyric Sunday. In Celebration of Clive Davis.

Jim Adams.

Hello everyone it’s Sunday! Time for Jim Adam’s Song Lyric Sunday. This week April 3, 2022 – is designated as Clive Davis day for the purpose of SLS. So write about any song that he signed to his label, or that he produced.

Clive Jay Davis (born April 4, 1932) is an American record producerA&R executivemusic industry executive, and lawyer. He has won five Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a non-performer, in 2000.

BornClive Jay Davis
April 4, 1932 (age 89)
New York, New York, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
Harvard Law School
OccupationRecord producermusic executive
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Helen Cohen​​(m. 1956; div. 1965)​
Janet Adelberg​​(m. 1965; div. 1985)​
Children4, including Doug Davis
Websitewww.clivedavis.com
all information from Wikipedia..

From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records. He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1974 through 2000 until founding J Records. From 2002 until April 2008, Davis was the chair and CEO of the RCA Music Group (which included RCA RecordsJ Records, and Arista Records), chair and CEO of J Records, and chair and CEO of BMG North America.

Davis is credited with hiring a young recording artist, Tony Orlando, for Columbia in 1967. He has signed many artists that achieved significant success, including Sly and the Family StoneJanis JoplinLaura NyroSantanaBruce SpringsteenChicagoBilly JoelDonovanBlood, Sweat & TearsLoggins & MessinaAce Of BaseAerosmithOlivia LongottPink Floyd, & Westlife. Davis is also credited with bringing Whitney Houston and Barry Manilow to prominence.

As of 2018, Davis is the chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment

One of the amazing artists that Clive Davis was the amazing Billy Joel and the unbelievably poles apart from Billy Joel ….Westlife. Amazingly they both did A fantastic version of Uptown Girl.

FIRSTLY Billy Joel.

William Martin Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. Commonly nicknamed the “Piano Man” after his first single and signature song of the same name as well as the similarly named 1973 album, he has led a commercially successful career as a solo artist since the 1970s, having released 12 studio albums from 1971 to 1993 as well as one studio album in 2001. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, as well as the seventh-best-selling recording artist and the fourth-best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over 160 million records sold worldwide. His 1985 compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2, is one of the best-selling albums in the United States.

Uptown Girl” is a song written and performed by the American musician Billy Joel. The lyrics describe a working-class “downtown man” attempting to woo a wealthy “uptown girl”. It was released on September 29, 1983, on his ninth studio album, An Innocent Man (1983).

According to an interview with Howard Stern, Joel had originally titled the song “Uptown Girls”, and it was conceived on an occasion when he was surrounded by Christie BrinkleyWhitney Houston and his then-girlfriend Elle Macpherson. According to numerous interviews with Joel, the song was initially written about his relationship with Macpherson, but it ended up also becoming about his soon-to-be wife, Brinkley, both women being two of the most famous supermodels of the 1980s Joel also has said that the song was inspired by the music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

The video depicts Joel and his backup singers working as auto mechanics. Brinkley arrives in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce as Joel and the mechanics dance with her. A poster of Brinkley can be seen in the garage as well as on a billboard above the garage advertising “Uptown cosmetics”. At the end of the video Joel and Brinkley ride off on a motorcycle..

1983 was the year our youngest son was born, and uptown girl was the song I danced to and sang to keep calm at him birth and first year of his life.

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Uptown Girl” (rereleased as double A-side with “Angels Wings” in 2002) was recorded by Irish boy band Westlife for their third studio album, World of Our Own. It was released on March 5, 2001, as the first single from the album. It was also the 2001 Comic Relief charity single. The song was also released as the fifth single for the European Special Edition and Asian Deluxe Edition Bonus Disc of the group’s second album, Coast to Coast (2000). The Westlife version is slightly shorter than the Billy Joel version because one of the verses was not repeated. The music video was a parody of the Billy Joel one, with the members of Westlife playing workers in a burger bar, Robert BathurstCrispin Bonham-CarterIoan GruffuddTim McInnerny and James Wilby play the snobby uptown customers and Claudia Schiffer is in the Christie Brinkley role.

“Uptown Girl” reached number one in Ireland, Mexico and the United Kingdom. It became the biggest selling single of 2001 and the tenth best-selling single of all-time in Ireland. In the United Kingdom, it was the sixth best selling single of 2001 and the 24th best-selling single of the decade in the UK charts, with sales of 756,215 copies. It became the band’s biggest selling single (paid-for and combined sales categories) in the UK and also achieved the highest first week sales (292,318 copies) of any of their singles. It has since been certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of 600,000 copies. In Mexico, the song was the fourth best selling single of 2001. By March 2017, the song had sold almost 800,000 copies in the country from physical and digital copies which make up 81% of the total units. As of January 2019, it has 920,000 total sales. It is also their second most streamed song in the United Kingdom of all-time.

Uptown girl
She’s been living in her uptown world
I bet she’s never had a backstreet guy
I bet her momma never told her why

I’m gonna try for an uptown girl
She’s been living in her white-bred world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now she’s looking for a downtown man
That’s what I am

And when she knows what
She wants from her time
And when she wakes up
And makes up her mind

She’ll see I’m not so tough
Just because
I’m in love with an uptown girl
You know I’ve seen her in her uptown world
She’s getting tired of her high-class toys
And all her presents from her uptown boys
She’s got a choice
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Uptown girl
You know I can’t afford to buy her pearls
But maybe someday when my ship comes in
She’ll understand what kind of guy I’ve been
And then I’ll win

And when she’s walking
She’s looking so fine
And when she’s talking
She’ll say that she’s mine

She’ll say I’m not so tough
Just because
I’m in love
With an uptown girl
She’s been living in her white-bred world
As long as anyone with hot blood can
And now she’s looking for a downtown man
That’s what I am
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Uptown girl
She’s my uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl
My uptown girl
You know I’m in love
With an uptown girl

Source: Musixmatch

Songwriters: Joel William M

Uptown Girl lyrics © Joelsongs.

HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE.

19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ritu
    Apr 03, 2022 @ 06:06:03

    Uptown Girl was a favourite of mine in the 80s! 💜💜

    Reply

  2. newepicauthor
    Apr 03, 2022 @ 12:57:41

    Great choice Willow.

    Reply

  3. Dan Antion
    Apr 03, 2022 @ 18:57:11

    Great choice!

    Reply

  4. Dale
    Apr 06, 2022 @ 11:07:12

    Love Billy Joel and love the version by Westlife – lots of fun.

    Reply

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