Michael McDonald

Michael4Tento (impresa titanica) di fare una raccolta delle canzoni e laddove possibile,
dei video del grande Michael McDonald, vincitore di ben 5 Grammy Awards, soprannominato “il Re del soul bianco” (in inglese, letteralmente “soul-dagli-occhi-blu”, il che gli si addice doppiamente! :-)) nonché “gli occhi blu del soul”; voce baritonale, vellutata, intensa e inconfondibile! ♥ Michael McDonald è nato il 12 febbraio 1952 a St. Louis (città indipendente e gemellata con Bologna) nel Missouri ed è dotato di una voce talmente bella che potrebbe cantare anche l’elenco telefonico per quanto mi riguarda!

Dedico tutte queste bellissime canzoni d’amore al mio grande am♥re!

Di dischi da solista ne ha fatti tanti (non elenco quelli dei Dobbie Brothers):

*1982: That was then (The Early Recordings of Michael McDonald)
(tra cui troviamo “Drivin’ Wheel“, “Lord I Felt“, “It Don’t Matter Now“, “When I’m Home“, “I Think I Love You Again“”, “Melodic“, “Midnight Rider“, “Billy“, “Dear Me“, “Where Men Don’t Care“, “A Good Old Time Love Song” nonché “Here To Love You (raccolta di canzoni precedenti, per di più con the Doobie Brothers; tant’è che lui nemmeno ne fa menzione sul suo sito ufficiale) 🙂
ma una meritata menzione speciale va alla bellissima “What a Fool Believes

*1983: If That’s What it Takes (Spotify)

(meraviglioso duetto con le sorelle Kathy e Maureen, un’autentica perla
(che sguardo! benché si veda quant’è timido! ♥)
(c’è anche una versione “live” niente male, ma la vera chicca è la versione live di
I Keep Forgettin’ dell’87 con EmmyLou Harris, Chet Adkins and Mark Knopfler, ma andiamo per ordine: “Playin’ by the Rules“, “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)“, “Love Lies“, “I Gotta Try” (scritta con Kenny Loggins), “I Can Let Go Now“, “That’s Why“, If That’s What it Takes” (con Edgar Winter tastiera e sassofono), “No Such Luck“, “Losin’ End” e “Believe In It“,

*1985: No Lookin’ Back (Spotify)

L’album apre con “No Lookin’ Back” (usata in “Thelma & Louise”) (live), “Bad Times“, “(I’ll Be Your) Angel“, “By Heart“, “Any Foolish Thing“, “Our Love” (scritta per il film “No Mercy” con Richard Gere, dedicata alla moglie Amy Holland), “(I Hang) On Your Every Word“, “Lost in the Parade” (live), “Don’t Let Me Down“.

*1986: Sweet Freedom:
Sweet Freedom“, una delle mie canzoni preferite in assoluto, scritta per il film Una Perfetta Coppia di Svitati, e non manca mai di tirarmi su di morale, seguita dalla melodica “(I’ll Be Your) Angel“, la potentissima gospel “Yah Mo’ Be There (con James Ingram), (versione Studio con IL produttore Quincy Jones) (canzone valsa loro il prestigioso Grammy Award nell’85, sezione R&B), “I Gotta Try“, “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)“, “Our Love (remix)“, “I Can Let Go Now“.

*1987: Our Love (Remix Theme from No Mercy)

*1989: Take It To Heart (Spotify)

All we got” (House Remix!), “Get the word started“, “Love can break your heart” (diversa l’interpretazione del co-autore Paul Carrack), “Take It To Heart” (co-scritta con Diane Warren): una delle mie preferite anche per merito del video meraviglioso (poi lui qui, lo trovo ♥ bellissimo ♥), “Tear It Up” (video), “Lonely Talk“, “Searchin’ For Understanding“, “Homeboy“, “No amount of reason“, “One step away“, “You show me“.

*1990: Lonely Talk
Tear It Up“, “Plain of Jars“, “No amount of reason“, “You show me“, “All we got“, “Searchin’ For Understanding“, “Lonely Talk“, “Higher Ground” (con Stevie Wonder nell’album), “Love Can Break Your Heart“, “One step away“, “Homeboy“.

*1993: Blink Of An Eye (Spotify)
(non tanto timido in Svezia!, il ragazzo :-D)
I Stand for You“, “East of Eden“, “More to Us Than That“, “I Want You“, “No more prayin'”, “Matters of the heart“, “Hey girl“, poi live visto da suo figlio Dylan, “What Makes a Man Hold On“, “Blink of an eye“, “Everlasting“, “For a child“.

*2000: Blue Obsession (Spotify)
All I Need“, “No Love To Be Found“, “Obsession Blues”, “Where Would I Be Now”, “Build Upon It“, “The Meaning of Love“, “Open the Door“, “Kikwit Town”, “Down By the River“, “Someday You Will“, “Ain’t That Peculiar“*, “You Can’t Make It Love“.
*Così, en passant: Paul Carrack è il lead singer di Mike and the Mechanics, l’altra faccia dei ♥ Genesis

*2001:
Angels We Have Heard On High“, “To Make A Miracle“, “Children Go Where I Send Thee“, “Every Time Christmas Comes Around“, “Peace“, “White Christmas“, “One Gift” (con James Ingram), “On This Night”, “House Full Of Love“, “On Christmas Morning“, “World Out Of A Dream“.

*2001: The Very Best of Michael McDonald

No Lookin’ Back” (versione di Kenny Loggins), “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)“, “I Gotta Try“, “Our Love” (Theme From No Mercy) (Single Version)”, “Yah Mo B There” (con James Ingram), “On My Own” (con Patti LaBelle), “By Heart“, “Bad Times“, “Matters of the heart“, “Sweet Freedom“, “Get the word started“, “Any Foolish Thing“, “Take It To Heart“, “Higher Ground“, “Lost in the Parade“, “Blink of an eye“.

*2003: Motown (per cui riceve ben due Grammy Awards!) (Spotify)
(I) Heard It Through the Grapevine” (Marvin Gaye), “You Are Everything” (The Stylistics), “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” (Stevie Wonder), “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” (DeeDee Warwick, bellissima la versione di Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations), “Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing” (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, brano scritto da Ashford & Simpson), “Reflections” (Diana Ross & The Supremes), “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)” (Marvin Gaye), “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell, sempre scritto da Ashford & Simpson), “All In Love Is Fair” (Stevie Wonder), “I Want You” (Marvin Gaye), “Distant Lover” (Marvin Gaye), “I Believe” (Stevie Wonder) , “Since I Lost My Baby” (The Temptations), “Too High” (Stevie Wonder).

*2004: Motown Two (Spotify)
You’re All I Need to Get By” (Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell), “I Was Made To Love Her” (Stevie Wonder), “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” (Four Tops), “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)” (Marvin Gaye & Diana Ross), “Baby I Need Your Lovin” (Four Tops), “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever” (Four Tops), “Tracks Of My Tears” (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles), “What’s Goin’ On” (Marvin Gaye), “Second That Emotion” (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles), “After The Dance” (Marvin Gaye), “Nowhere To Run” (Martha and the Vandellas), “Tuesday Heartbreak” (Stevie Wonder), “Mercy Mercy Me” (Marvin Gaye), “Baby I’m For Real” (The Originals).

*2005: Through the Many Winters (Spotify)
“Silent Night”, “O Holy Night,” “Come, O Come Emanuel/What Month Was Jesus Born” (Caribbean-styled medley), “Deck the Halls/Jingle Bells” (boogie-driven workout), “Wexford Carol” (lovely folkish duet with his wife Amy) “Through the Many Winters“, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen“, “Christmas on the Bayou” (triumphant Cajun romp).

*2005: Ultimate Collection
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“, “What A Fool Believes” (The Doobie Brothers), “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)“, “Yah Mo Be There” (con James Ingram), “Takin’ It To The Streets” (T.D.B.), “Sweet Freedom“, “Minute By Minute” (T.D.B.), “On my Own” (con Patti LaBelle), “You Belong To Me” (T.D.B.), “Real Love” (T.D.B.), “I Stand for You“, “It Keeps You Runnin’” (usata nel film Forrest Gump) (T.D.B.), “Take It To Heart“, “No Love To Be Found“, “I Gotta Try“, “No Lookin’ Back“, “Blink of an eye“, “Open the Door (Urban Remix)”, “Lost in the Parade“.

*2008: Soul Speak (Spotify) (con perle come “Walk On By” di Dionne Warvick e “Living for the City” di Stevie Wonder, che suona anche l’armonica), “Into The Mystic” di Van Morrison e “Baby Can I Change My Mind” di Tyrone Davis (soul di fine anni Sessanta) nonché “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)“, “Living For The City“, “Love T.K.O.“, “Walk On By”, “Still Not Over You (Getting Over Me)”, “For Once In My Life“, “Into The Mystic“, “Hallelujah“, “Enemy Within“, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher“, “Only God Can Help Me Now”, “Baby Can I Change My Mind“, “Redemption Song“, “You Don’t Know Me“.

*2009: A Tribute to Motown Live
I Second That Emotion“, “I Was Made To Love Her“, “What’s Goin’ On“, “(I) Heard It Through the Grapevine“, “All In Love Is Fair“, “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)“, “Baby, I’m for Real”, “Tracks Of My Tears“, “Since I Lost My Baby“, “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever“, “You’re All I Need to Get By“, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“, “Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing“, “Nowhere to Run”.

*2009: This Christmas (Spotify)
That’s What Christmas Means To Me“, “This Christmas”, “White Christmas/Winter Wonderland”, “Wexford Carol“, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen“, “Peace“, “On This Night”, “Children Go Where I Send Thee“, “Every Time Christmas Comes Around“, “Come, O Come Emanuel/What Month Was Jesus Born”, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas“, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.

*2010: esce “The Voice of Michael McDonald“, una compilazione dei grandi successi di The Doobie Brothers e Michael McDonald, nonché duetti con artisti vari.

*2013: Unfinished Business (EP con Robben Ford) (Spotify)
La Marea Humana“, “Judgement Day“, “Perfect Illusion”, “Long Haul”.
Famosissimi poi molti dei suoi duetti con colleghi altrettanto famosi quanto lui;
per il Re, anche un bel tris di regine del soul:

*1977: The Doobie Brothers: “You’re Made That Way
*1979: Christopher Cross; “Ride Like the Wind” (Spotify), qui un’altra versione (e una versione live con Michael a sorpresa) (CC è ancora più timido di M.McD.) ♥
*1979: Kenny Loggins; “This is it” (scritta per il padre morente di K.L.)
*1980: Nicolette Larson; “Let Me Go, Love
(sono sicura che ci sia il suo zampino dietro la felicissima unione canora di Patti LaBelle e James Ingram dell’81; “Baby, Come to Me“! Sensualissimi live)
*1982: Kenny Loggins; “Heart to Heart” (live)
*1983: Amy Holland; “You and I
*1983: James Ingram; “Yah Mo’ Be There (video ufficiale)
(versione Studio con il produttore Quincy Jones)
(canzone valsa loro il prestigioso Grammy Award nell’85, sezione R&B)
*1985: Dionne Warwick; “I’ll Never Love This Way Again/I Keep Forgetting
*1986: Patti LaBelle; “On my Own” (n° 1 U.S. charts)
*1986: Toto; “I’ll Be Over You
*1986: Dionne Warwick; “I Know I’ll Never Love This Way Again“/”I Keep Forgettin’
*1986: David Pack, James Ingram; “I Just Can’t Let Go
*1987: Larry Carlton; “Minute by Minute
*1987: The Winans; “Love Has No Color
*1988: Kenny Loggins; “Let’s Stay Together
*1991: Cristopher Cross; “Night Across the World
*1991: Aretha Franklin; “Ever Changing Times

*1991: Donald Fagen; “Lonely Teardrops
*1991: Donald Fagen; “Pretzel Logic
*1992: Kenny Loggins; “What a Fool Believes
(K.L. lo prende bonariamente in giro per la sua nota timidezza)
*1992: Chaka Khan: “Time to be Lovers
*1993: Pointer Sisters: “Don’t Walk Away” (backing vocals verso la fine)
*1994: Amy Holland; “All I Know
*1994: Vince Gill; “What Child is This?
*1996: James Ingram, David Pack; “Maria
*1998: Olivia Newton-John; “One Heart At A Time
*1998: Chaka Khan; “For Your Love
*1998: Rob MatheChristmas is Coming
*1999: Maire (Moya) Brennan; “Dont Give Up
*1999: Kathy Mattea; “Among the Missing” (dedicato ai bambini scomparsi)
*2000: Wendy Moten – “No love to be found
*2000: Edwin McCain; “Holy City
*2000: Tommy Sims; “All I Need
*2000: Jeff Bridges; “She Lay Her Whip Down
*2001: Chaka Khan; You Belong To Me
*2001?: The Doobie Brothers: “Minute by Minute
*2001?: The Doobie Brothers: “Takin’ it to the Streets
*2002: Norman Brown; “I Still Believe
*2002: John Miles (Night at the Proms); “Yah Mo’ B There
*2004: Ray Charles; “Hey Girl
*2004: Toni Braxton; “Stop, Look and Listen (to Your Heart)
*2005: Bernie Chiaravalle; “Where You Running
*2005: Wynonna Judd, Eric Benet, Terry Dexter; “Heart of America
*2006: Fourplay; “My Love’s Leaving
*2006: Trisha Yearwood; “I Still Believe In You
*2006: Steely Dan; “Show Biz Kids
*2006: Steely Dan; “Do It Again
*2006: Brian Culbertson; “All Through the Christmas Night
*2009: Billy Preston; “I Was Made To Love Her
*2009: Billy Preston; “Whats’ Goin’ On
*2009: India Arie; “You’re All I Need to Get By“/Nita Whitaker LaFontaine
*2009: West Angeles COGIC Mass Choir; “Storm Before the Calm
*2009: Grizzly Bear; “While You Wait for the Others
*2010: Safri Duo: “Sweet Freedom
*2010: Holy Ghost; backing vocals in “Some Children” (synth pop)
*2011: The Doobie Brothers; “Far From Home
*2013: Paul Anka & George Benson: “Walk a Fine Line
*2013: Drea Rhenee Merritt; “Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing” (14.06.13)

Curiosità:
Una mini-serie TV “What’s Happening – Doobie or not Doobie”
in 5 parti (siamo nei primi anni Settanta):
What’s Happening – Doobie or not Doobie Part 1 of 5
What’s Happening – Doobie or not Doobie Part 2 of 5
What’s Happening – Doobie or not Doobie Part 3 of 5
What’s Happening – Doobie or not Doobie Part 4 of 5
What’s Happening – Doobie or not Doobie Part 5 of 5
Nell’84 esegue il soundtrack finale We Got More Than We Need del film Crackers, ma il brano stranamente non verrà mai pubblicato, eppure è bellissimo. ♥
Nel ’93 fa suo anche “When a Man Loves a Woman” in Svezia.
*1993: “Christmas Time is Near
Warren G. fa un remix; Regulate e ottiene un enorme successo nel 1994.
Black Water“: Doobie Brothers Live Concert
Nel 1999 canta il soundtrack The Eyes Of A Child di South Park.
Nel 2003 riceve una stella sul St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Nel 2009 prende parte nella sitcom “30 Rock“, nella finale di stagione, per beneficenza, insieme a Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, Wyclef Jean ecc.
Canta nella finale di American Idol 2010; “Takin’ It To The Streets“.
Questa l’ha scritta per sua figlia; “When Scarlett Smiles
(2008, per l’album Golden Slumbers: a Father’s Love). Disclaimer per il video 🙂
Viene chiamato a cantare l’inno nazionale americano in varie occasioni seguitissime negli Stati Uniti, tipo al Fiesta Bowl e alla finale NBA del 2011.
13.03.13: 3 volte Michael McDonald nel popolarissimo brano per bambini “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” 😀 e dimostra una buona dose di auto-ironia e voglia di stare al gioco!
Michael è, a ragione, considerato una leggenda vivente.
E’ peraltro molto impegnato nel sociale: Our Thrift Store, WhyHunger, The Hunger Games, Cancer Prevention Institute of California,
E tra poco più di un mese (22-29 settembre 2013) verrà in Italia.
Ma, ahimé, va in crociera e io non ci posso andare! Uffi! 😦 😐

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Discografia + Discography
Album da solista
Biografia
Soundtrack
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