Copenhagen Phil playing Ravel’s Bolero.

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Or the Full title :
Flash mob at Copenhagen Central Station. Copenhagen Phil playing Ravel’s Bolero.

No trace of Bo Derek?

A flash mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then quickly disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment, satire, and artistic expression.

As one of the first professional symphony orchestras ever Copenhagen Phil (Sjællands Symfoniorkester) did a flash mob at Copenhagen Central Station on May 2nd 2011 playing Ravel’s Bolero.

Conductor is Jesper Nordin.

George Benson – The Greatest Love Of All

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“The Greatest Love of All” is a song written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed and originally recorded by George Benson for the 1977 Muhammad Ali biopic The Greatest. (A live version by Benson appears on 1978’s Weekend in L.A.) The song was later popularized by Whitney Houston. Creed wrote the lyrics in the midst of her struggle with breast cancer. The words describe her feelings about coping with great challenges that one must face in life, being strong during those challenges whether you succeed or fail, and passing that strength on to children to carry with them into their adult lives. Creed eventually succumbed to the disease in April 1986 at the age of 37; at the time her song was an international hit by Whitney Houston.

The song received critical acclaim and became a big hit, topping the charts in Australia, Canada and the US, while reaching the top 20 in most countries, including Italy, Sweden and UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Love_of_All

Hugh Laurie – Louisiana Blues

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James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE (born 11 June 1959), known as Hugh Laurie is an English actor, comedian, writer, musician and director. He first became known as one half of the Fry and Laurie double act, along with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, whom he joined in the cast of Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1987 to 1999.

From 2004 to 2012, he played Dr. Gregory House, the protagonist of House, for which he received two Golden Globe awards, two Screen Actors Guild awards, and six Emmy nominations. He has been listed in the 2011 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor ever in a television drama, earning £250,000 ($409,000) per episode in House, and for being the most watched leading man on television.

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Laurie)

Now his latest venture is a new album singing down South Blues.

Another great track with beautiful pano by Laurie is St James Infirmary.

Yiruma – River Flows in You

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South Korean PSI had a video Gangnam Style, that went viral. Around 22 million hits.

Yiruma also comes from Gangnam in South Korea. The tally for various videos for Yiruma’s River Flows in You are over 70 million.

From Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yiruma

Yiruma is the stage name of Lee Ru-ma (born February 15, 1978), an internationally-known pianist and composer from South Korea.

Yiruma’s musical style is easy to misclassify. Because his music is popular among many listeners who are not familiar with classical music, the solo piano instrumentation and tendency toward “movements” often leads to labels like “new classical” or “contemporary classical”. However, although his composition studies would have included the classics, neither the structure of his pieces nor his technique as a pianist are heavily influenced by them. His music has sometimes been classified vaguely as “popular”, as shown by the inclusion of his hit piece River Flows in You on a compilation of wedding pieces titled “Wedding Essentials: The Ceremony”. According to the iTunes Store, he is actually considered a World Music or New Age artist.
For the actual structure of his music, the movement and reach required to play his pieces averages around Grade 7 by Royal Conservatory standards. Pattern and repetition feature prominently, however, making the structure more like popular pieces or movie themes than traditional solo piano compositions. Yiruma’s pieces are also heavy in simple melody and rhythm, making them immediately attractive to many modern ears.

Gene Vincent – Be-Bop-A-Lula

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May 4th: On this Day (http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/)

1956, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps recorded ‘Be Bop A Lula.’ The track was written three days before the session. The song became a 1956 US No.7 & UK No.16 hit single spending 20 weeks on the US chart. In April 1957, the record company announced that over 2 million copies had been sold to date.  The above performance from Town Hall Party in 1958.

Another story from Wikipedia:
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Be-Bop-A-Lula)

The writing of the song is credited to Gene Vincent and his manager, Bill “Sheriff Tex” Davis. There is evidence[1] that the song was started in 1955, when Vincent was recuperating from a motorcycle accident at the US Navy hospital in Norfolk, Virginia. There, he met Donald Graves, who supposedly wrote the words to the song while Vincent wrote the tune. (Cf. “Money Honey” by the Drifters, 1953). The song came to the attention of Davis, who allegedly bought out Graves’ rights to the song for some $50 (sources vary as to the exact amount), and had himself credited as the lyric writer. Davis claimed that he wrote the song with Gene Vincent after listening to the song “Don’t Bring Lulu”, and Vincent himself sometimes claimed that he wrote the words inspired by a comic strip, “Little Lulu”. “Be-Bop-A-Lula” is #103 in the list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.