Articles by Michael Cranston
Jingle Bells: The Surprising Story Behind The Classic Christmas Song
Believed to be the first Christmas song ever recorded, Jingle Bells was not even originally written for the holiday season.
‘Christmas With Cliff’: Cliff Richard Seeks Solidarity Through The Holidays
Cliff Richard’s second Christmas album, ‘Christmas With Cliff’ brings seasonal goodwill in hopes of uniting the world during troubled times.
World Cup Songs: 32 Countries, 32 Anthems For Qatar 2022
From national anthems to original pop hits, the best World Cup songs bring the spirit of the beautiful game to the terraces every four years.
Who Is In The 27 Club? Every Musician Who Died Aged 27
Reluctant members of the “27 Club”, these artists all died tragically young, leaving behind the “what if?” of unfulfilled potential.
The Fool And The Scorpion: “I Was Not Holding Back” Says Sharon Corr
Written in a state of free-flowing creativity, ‘The Fool And The Scorpion’ is ‘a thorough expression of myself’, Sharon Corr tells Dig!
Andrea Corr: Christmas Songs “Let You Know You Are Not Alone”
With her ‘Christmas Songs’ EP, Andrea Corr delicately expresses the feelings of loss and reflection that are a part of every holiday season.
Mistletoe And Wine: Why Cliff Richard’s Christmas Hit Has A Surprise Meaning
Originally written as “a song about death”, Mistletoe And Wine became an uplifting seasonal standard in Cliff Richard’s hands.
Picture Book: How Simply Red Penned A Pop-Soul Classic
Simply Red’s debut album, ‘Picture Book’, launched a surprising attack on social ills and introduced Mick Hucknall as a masterful soul singer.
Cliff Richard: Why The British Rock’n’Roller Lasts Beyond A Summer Holiday
As Cliff Richard enters his ninth decade, the British rock’n’roll pioneer has transcended trends, becoming one of the most beloved artists of any era.
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