Dutch country pop artist (born 1953)
"Like a Child" (2006)
"Like A Child" from the album 'Fantastic Stories' was recorded in 2006 is a radio version with a more pop style instrumentation
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Toni Willé (full name Antonia Johanna Cornelia Veldpaus; born 26 June 1953) is a Dutch country pop artist who was lead vocalist of the band, Pussycat.
Toni is the daughter of Marie Verheijen and Toon Veldpaus. A few weeks before her birth Toon died. Three years later, Toni's mother married Steffan Kowalczyk. Steffan was a Polish miner from Włoszczowa, Poland who came to the Netherlands in 1948 to work in the coal mines after serving in the US Army in Germany.
Marianne, Betty's and Toni's biological father died from Hodgkin's disease shortly before Toni's birth. At the time, her sister Marianne was two years old and Betty was only one. Three years later her mother, Marie Verheijen, married Steffan Kowalczyk, the Polish miner who brought up Toni and her sisters. He promoted their music talents. When Toni, Betty and Marianne were six, seven and eight, the family moved to Treebeek, a cityquarter in Brunssum in the south-east Netherlands. At the annual children's festivities of Sinterklaas, he bought them each an acoustic guitar and engaged Ben Keuzenkamp as guitar tutor. With guitars they performed during carnivals, talent scoutings and parties as The Singing Sisters. It was during this time that their characteristic close harmony style singing came into being. Their repertoire initially consisted mostly of German pop songs. However they say, this kind of music soon ended with the arrival of the Beatles. A few years later, Keuzenkamp introduced the sisters to 18-year-old Werner Theunissen, a guitarist from 'The Entertainers' whom he got in touch with through an ad in the papers. Werner taught them a lot of new guitar chords and acquainted them with contemporary pop music. It was then that they became a proper girl band with Betty on solo guitar, Marianne on bass, Toni on vocals and a friend Tonny Jeroense on drums.
Toni's career as lead vocalist of Pussycat started with her two older siblings, Betty and Marianne Veldpaus as The Singing Sisters (Zingende Zusjes) in 1963.
When the beat-era came, The Singing Sisters changed their style. It was around this time they introduced a female drummer, Tonny Jeroense, and began to call themselves 'The BGs' or 'The Beat Girls from Holland', one of the first female groups in the Netherlands. They sang Bee Gees and Motown songs with close harmony and so people referred to them as the Dutch Bee Gees. They practiced in the garage under their house. The sisters recollect as those days being the best time of their lives. They even performed in the French part of Belgium. To make their travelling easier, their parents bought them a minivan along with some music equipment.
A few years later, they recruited male members to the band. In 1973, the new ensemble led by guitar teacher Werner Theunissen was renamed 'Sweet Reaction'. The members now included Toni and her two sisters along with Lou Willé (guitarist from a band called Ricky Rendall and His Centurions), and Hans Lutjens (drummer from a band called Scum). Werner, their composer continued writing songs with three part vocals. In the same year, Sweet Reaction released their first single "Tell Alain" on the 'Telstar label owned by Johnny Hoes. Although the single was unsuccessful as it didn't sell well, they ended up performing it on Eddy Becker's 'The Eddy-Go-Round Show'. Apart from Demis Roussos, another guest on that show was Soulful Dynamics which had a big hit with the song "Mademoiselle Ninette" at that time. With their Belgian producers, Toni's band the 'Sweet Reaction' recorded the song "Come Back my Dream", the successor of "Tell Alain". This song achieved reasonable success and acclaim. Soon after this success, Johnny Hoes released "Daddy" under his record label which was their third single in a row. It was around this time the band seemed to urgently need a name change. So when the single "Daddy" was released, underneath the band name on the cover it read in glaring letters "Now Pussycat". After this, Toni went on to record a solo single called "Let me Live my life", backed by "For You" under the moniker 'Sally Lane'. However, this single was not a success either.
Although we started as a hobby, we had to build a professional organization due to the success of "Mississippi". That wasn't so easy, especially when we started touring. We even went to South Africa. But after some time it became increasingly difficult to finance huge tours with that size of a group. During that time it also became popular to work with a tape instead of live musicians. With pain in our hearts we parted company with our backing band and started to perform with a tape. By 1985 my sisters wanted to spend more time for themselves and so we all agreed that stopping with Pussycat was the best thing to do.
– Toni recollects when asked about the final years of Pussycat.
In 1975, EMI Bovema took Pussycat under contract with Toni as lead singer along with her two sisters as backing vocalists accompanied by Lou Willé (guitarist), Theo Wetzels (bassist), John Theunissen (guitarist), Theo Coumans (drummer from 1975 to 1978) and later Hans Lutjens (drummer from 1978). With EMI arranger Eddy Hilberts as producer, the new name Pussycat finally started taking its new shape. Their first hits were all written and composed by Theunissen.
The name Pussycat will forever be linked to the 1976 number 1 hit "Mississippi". Although the band from Limburg, featuring the three sisters had many more hits the following years, "Mississippi" is still considered to be the band's undisputed masterpiece. In 1976 it remained for four weeks at No.1 in Britain (UK Singles Chart) and Germany and from there all over Europe, Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia. Four million singles were sold in 1976. It was the most sold record in Germany. In Brazil "Mississippi" stayed in the charts for 129 weeks . It became No.1 in 30 countries from Europe to South Africa. More than 5 million copies were sold worldwide. On 5 January 1977, Pussycat was awarded the Conamus Export Prize by the British Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sir John Barnes, for being the first Dutch pop group in the British charts.
Their follow-up Georgie reached at No.4 in the Netherlands, "Smile" (also in 1976) went to No.2 and My Broken Souvenirs, both became No. 1 hits in the Top 40. These songs were translated into German for single release in Germany. They also released a German version of "Mississippi". But it did not do as well as the English version. Apart from these songs, they also came out with German versions of "Take Me, Take Me" (Heute Heute Heute) and "Pasadena". With "Same Old Song" and "Doin' La Bamba" both huge hits of the 1980, they were able to get a taste of the old Motown songs once more. During the following 10 years, six albums and 17 singles were produced, all successful.
Pussycat continued to record albums and singles as well as perform all over the world throughout the late 70's and early 80's before breaking up in 1985. Betty focused on raising a family, Marianne became the owner of a bar in Brunssum, and Toni, who has a son and daughter, is the only one who pursued a professional career in music. In 1999, however, the three of them got back together to perform at several reunion concerts. More recently Pussycat contributed to the country band Major Dundee's single "Somewhere Someone" in 2005 and singer Dennis Jones' Dutch reggae cover of their signature hit song "Mississippi" in 2007.
The story behind Mississippi
The success of "Mississippi" overwhelmed us. We were more or less knocked out by it, because we never dreamed that the debut was such a strong one. As a matter of fact, we weren't ready for it. Pussycat was a kind of a hobby for us then. For instance, I was still working. Our lives went on an overdrive. We could not keep our jobs as typists as we were dragged all over the place, from one show to the other. "Mississippi" has made all our dreams come true. Everywhere the three of us go, we still get asked to sing it. Over the years we may have sung the song over ten thousand times, but we will never get tired of it!.
– Toni remembering the commotion around their debut.
The particular country sound in our songs certainly has to do with our voices, which contain a country like warmth. But we can just as easily sing jazz or black music preferably old fashioned soul. Our producer Pim Koopman was also partly responsible for our change of sound.
– Toni talks about the country sound in their music
"Mississippi" was another song composed by Werner Theunissen. It was written in the same vein as "Massachusetts" by the Bee Gees, a song he liked very much. The band started to play the song live for a few months and later they sent a demo of it to EMI Bovema in Heemstede, who were immediately interested. They ended up re-recording the song in the EMI Studio. But this did not work out as planned. Their producer at that time Eddy Hilberts who had success with a repertoire of country songs gave a country like twist to the song. Personally the sisters did not have anything with country music, although influenced by 'The Eagles', they liked country rock.
"Mississippi" was released as a single in April 1975. Initially, it did nothing, until Meta de Vries, the Dutch radio jockey started playing it. She thought Pussycat was an English band. Hans Van Willigenburg played the song on his radio programme as well. During his broadcast, he would play three new songs, after which listeners could vote by postcard which artist should be invited to his studio. They voted for Pussycat. The group also performed the song for the TV show 'Herkent U Deze Tijd' by Kick Stokhuyzen. The same week the single entered the Top 40 in November 1975. The following week, they performed "Mississippi"' at TopPop and a week later, the single had climbed to # 1. Although Toni and Marianne still worked as typists for DSM, they were unable to maintain their jobs as besides the Netherlands, "Mississippi" had become No. 1 in Germany as well. As their fame grew, the band realized they needed a manager, so their record company got them their new manager Jan Buys.
Oddly enough, at first they did not want to release the single in Germany nor UK because of the initial lack of interest. Eventually, the single was released in the U.K. on Sonet, a small record label. In the fall of 1976, the single was number 1 in the UK charts.
In addition to the Netherlands, Germany and U.K., the single was #1 in Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Brazil. Though this song never became a hit in the United States, it was covered by a number of American artists such as Barbara Fairchild and Lucille Starr.
1985 – Going solo
By 1981, it became popular for artists to perform with a tape instead of backing band as this was much cheaper and more attractive for venue owners. So Toni and her sisters had no choice but to part with their backing band reducing the group to only Toni, Betty, Marianne and Toni's husband Lou Willé. Their new producer was now Pim Koopman.
A few more hits and in the meantime, family life started to take effect within the band. Betty had a little child and so had Toni. This was partly the reason they were unable to accept invitations to visit Japan, Australia and Singapore, although they managed to schedule a one-month trip to South Africa. The group finally disbanded in the year 1985.
Toni had a successful solo career covering songs by Chris Rea and Anne Murray on her albums. Three solo albums appeared: "Privilege" in 1985, "Working Girl" in 1987, and "New Words to an Old Love Song" in 1989. She recorded a number of solo albums and recorded duets with famous artists like Marco Bakker, Benny Neyman and Major Dundee Band. She recorded two singles with singer and songwriter Dick Van Altena of Major Dundee Band: "It turned Out To Be You" in 1990 and "Raised on Love" in 1995. In 1999 she recorded "Mama", a single written by Dick Van Altena that appeared on many albums including Diverse Artiesten – De Geschiedenis Van De Limburgse Popmuziek 3, a compilation of songs from Dutch artists from Limburg. The Rarities bonus CD contains part of Toni's solo work. Besides "Love in a Heatwave", the theme of the film De Flat starring Rene Soutendijk, it also contains "Heart Half Empty", the duet with Danny Vera.
In 2007, Toni sang "I Wanna Love You" from her new album "Fantastic Stores" as a duet with Jess Robin on the Slovenian breakfast TV show.
With her album Pussycat – The Collection and More she re-recorded the hits of Pussycat with "I'll be your woman" along with new songs like the ballads "Desperado", "Still on my mind" and the Elkie Brooks hit, "Pearl's a Singer".
Toni's first accolade came with Pussycat in 1977, when the band won a Goldener Lowe Award in Germany and subsequently an Edison and a Silver Harp in the Netherlands, awarded to them by the Dutch Ambassador.
Privilege in 1985 was followed by Working Girl in 1987 and New Words to an Old Love Song in 1989 for which the Dutch magazine Country Gazette named her best female country singer of the year and the album became the best country CD of that year. She received the same accolade in 1990, 1991 and 1992. She sang the theme song "Love in a Heatwave" for the movie thriller De Flat in 1994.
Besides the 'Single Luck' Television programme which focuses on the success of 'Mississippi', we also get requests for interviews and shows. Although we are certainly willing to accommodate these requests, we will only do the things we like. This means that we might do the occasional Pussycat show, but there will be no real comeback. As of now, we limit our singing to our hobby band and to birthdays and family parties.
– Toni and her sisters confirming that they will be no official comeback.
In 1995 Toni and her sisters appeared on the Single Luck program where they looked back at the success of "Mississippi".
In 2001, they held a reunion show at the Zomerparkfeest in Venlo, to a stubborn crowd of 30,000. In 2005, they get together again to back "Somewhere Someone" for the band Major Dundee's album Young Gods, with whom Toni had performed in 1995. She also features in another song with them titled "You Ain't What You Ain't" from the same album.
In late February 2001 the double CD – 25 Years After Mississippi (25 Jaar Na Mississippi) appeared. It had the hits and best album tracks in chronological order. In March the same year, EMI released on CD all original Pussycat LPs.
In 2004 EMI released Pussycat – The Complete Collection on DVD, a box which contains three CDs and a DVD with all the hits plus extra tracks complemented by a booklet of 40 pages.
In 2007 the sisters backed Dennis Jones' reggae cover of "Mississippi" which was produced by Kees Tel. The sisters also featured in a video clip with him in The Making of Mississippi as well as for the cover version of the same song. In the same year, Toni also met Jones on a radio tour with Radio Nederland Wereldomroep to promote her newly solo album Fantastic Stories as well as "Mississippi", which was Dennis's first single.
Recordings in 2000s
Toni sang "Oh, How I Miss You" with Benny Neyman and recorded the album American Duets with him in 2000. In 2004 she sang "Heart Half Empty" with Danny Vera. She also worked with singer Jo Smeets on a Dutch and English duet mix titled "Maedjes van 50" (Girls in their Fifties) which was included in the Dutch album released in 2009 that featured artists from her native Limburg titled Diverse Artiesten – Limburg Allein Deil 3.
In 2006, she recorded 14 songs for the album "Fantastic Stores", 11 songs for Worlds United in 2009, and a third in 2012 released as a single called "Impressions". dedicated to Werner Theunissen, who died on 18 January 2010, in Great Britain of heart failure.
She recorded an album with Fijian artist Daniel Rae Costello called "Let the World Sing" and released her Fiji tour live concert album on DVD as The Golden Memories Tour, Fiji in 2010. This album contains the song "Impressions" which was the last Theunissen had written for her.
Toni recorded a duet "Our Love is So Big" with Eddy Hilberts, the producer of Pussycat, for his dance album 'Honey come on, Dance with Me' in 2011. The CD was released in July 2013 on iTunes
In 2012, Toni recorded two singles – "Happy" and "What Love can Do" – with songwriter and composer Paul Logister. They were released in August 2013 on iTunes.
Toni lives in Brunssum. She has two children, Nick and Kimberly, and a granddaughter, Genyva.
In October 2006, she performed for 15,000 people at the Köln Arena in Cologne together with Chris Andrews and Harpo. She also gives concerts in countries like Bulgaria, Slovenia and Greece.
On 15 July 2010 she performed in Fiji at two shows organized by Fijian artist Daniel Rae Costello and his band, The Cruzez. One at the Vodafone Arena, Suva and the other at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, Nadi, as a part of the Golden Memories Tour concert. She sang "Bad Boy", "Mississippi", "Smile", "Same Old Song" and "Georgie". Costello and The Cruzez played their hits, "Take Me to the Island" and "Samba".
On 12 May 2012, Toni shared stage with George Baker and Jan Keizer & Anny Schilder in "Goue Stemme in Koncert" (Golden Voices in Concert), presented by King Entertainment in the theatre of Moreleta Park in Pretoria, South Africa. She was backed by Dutch vocalists Lana Wolf, Pien Schneider and Ewan Mack. She sang a Pussycat medley for the first time in 15 years since her last visit. She also sang "Mississippi" in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the song.
On 27 September 2013, she returned to South Africa to perform at the Clover Aardklop festival at Potchefstroom. There she entertained the screaming crowds with "Mississippi", "Georgie" and "My Broken Souvenirs" with Steve Hofmeyr, Nadine and other South African singers. On 5 October 2013, she performed at the Stellenbosch Dorpstraat Restaurant Theatre, Western Cape, South Africa with backing vocals from the South African singers.
She took part in the NDR 1 Niedersachsen Oldie Show at Lower Saxony at seven concert halls of Lower Saxony, sharing the stage with Smokie, Middle of the Road, the Tremeloes and the Smashing Picadillys.
Toni's live stage performance on 12 July 2014 at the Americana International Festival, Prestwold Airfield, Loughborough, U.K., one of the longest running tribute to the American dream in entire Europe, met with an enormous cheer. Some of the popular numbers she performed were "Mississippi", "Georgie", "Raised on Love" and "That will be the day" (originally sung by Buddy Holly). Other artists from USA, UK and Europe included Chas'n'dave, The Country Sisters (CZ), Bo Walton, T.Rextasy and Lazy Dog among many others who performed a mixture of Rock 'n' Roll, country, R&B, Blues and Alternative Music from the last five decades.
Albums – Toni Willé
- Golden Memories Tour, Fiji (2010)
- Worlds United (2009)
- Fantastic Stories (2006)
- Country Duets with Major Dundee (2005)
- American Duets – Benny Neyman & Willé (2001)
- New Words to an Old Love Song (1989)
- Working Girl (1987)
- Privilège (1985)
Top singles – Toni Willé
- "Happy" (2013)
- "Impressions: dedicated to composer Werner Theunissen" (2012)
- "Doin' la Bamba" (2012)
- "Mississippi" (2012)
- "I Wanna Love You" (2012)
- "Dreaming of a Christmas With You" (2012)
- "Like a Child (Radio Version)" (2012)
- "Can't Get Over You" (2012)
- "Fantasy" (2012)
- "Never Wanna Lose" (2012)
- "I'm Only Dreaming" (2012)
- "As Long As You Are Mind (Radio Version)" (2012)
- "Time Slips Away (Radio Version)" (2012)
- "Good Times" (2005)
- "Somewhere Someone / Slow Train – The Major Dundee Band & Toni Willé with Pussycat" (2004)
- "Heart Half Empty – Danny Vera & Toni Willé" (2003)
- "What If I Say Goodbye – Benny Neyman & Toni Willé" (2001)
- "Two Piña Coladas – Benny Neyman & Toni Willé" (2001)
- "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight – Benny Neyman & Toni Willé " (1999)
- "Raised on Love – The Major Dundee Band & Toni Willé" (1995)
- "Love in a Heatwave" (theme song for Motion Picture 'De Flat') (1994)
- "It Turned out to be You / Sometimes Love – The Major Dundee Band & Toni Willé " (1990)
- "Good Year for the Roses / The Writing on the Wall" (1989)
- "Roll On / Help Me Make It Through The Night" (1989)
- "Incredible You / Drift Away" (1989)
- "Falling in and out of Love / Working Girl" (1987)
- "Sweet Music to my Soul / What do you do to Me" (1987)
- "Out of Reach / Have You Ever" (1986)
- "Every Beat Of My Heart / Sunday Sunrise" (1985)
- "Hungry Nights / Sail Away" (1985)
- "We'll Put the World Together Again / What's Forever For – Marco Bakker & Toni Willé" (1982)
Compilations – Pussycat feat. Toni Willé
- De Top 10 Van: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (2011)
- Pussycat – The Complete Collection (2004)
- Hollands Glorie: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (2001)
- 25 Jaar Na Mississippi: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (2001)
- The Very Best of Pussycat: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (1996)
- The Collection & More: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (1994)
Albums – Pussycat
- Pussycat – First Of All (1976)
- Pussycat – Souvenirs (1977)
- Pussycat – Wet Day In September (1978)
- Pussycat – Simply To Be With You (1979)
- Pussycat – Blue Lights (1981)
- Pussycat – After All (1983)
Vinyl singles – Sweet Reaction
- "Come back my dream / Call me Maria" (1970
- "Tell Alain / If it's only love" (1971)
- "Daddy / Tell Alain" (1975)
- "Daddy / It's long ago" (1977)
Toni Willé music in the Dutch charts
|25 December 1999||49||Neyman & Willé – Oh, How I Miss You Tonight (Single)||5|
|31 March 2001||78||Neyman & Willé – American Duets (Album)||2|
Pussycat album in the Dutch charts
|24 March 2001||26||25 jaar na Mississippi||7||EMI|
|6 June 1981||10||Blue Lights||15||EMI|
|17 April 1976||4||First Of All||21||EMI|
|14 May 1977||6||Souvenirs||8||EMI|
|5 November 1994||60||The Collection & More||3||EMI|
|23 September 1978||16||Wet Day in September||7||EMI|
Pussycat singles in the German charts
|26 January 1976||1||Mississippi||32||21||EMI|
|6 April 1976||1||Mississippi *||16||8||EMI|
|12 April 1976||24||Mississippi (dtsch)||8||–||EMI|
|19 April 1976||6||Georgie||24||16||EMI|
|21 April 1976||14||Mississippi (dtsch)||6||–||EMI|
|5 May 1976||8||Georgie *||16||4||EMI|
|7 July 1976||18||Georgie (dtsch)||2||–||EMI|
|27 September 1976||9||Smile||27||6||EMI|
|30 September 1976||22||Smile *||8||–||EMI|
|15 December 1976||10||Ein Altes Lied||8||2||EMI|
|7 February 1977||41||Ein Altes Lied *||2||–||EMI|
|17 April 1977||41||My Broken Souvenir||2||–||EMI|
|18 April 1977||22||My Broken Souvenir *||10||–||EMI|
|16 August 1977||13||Abschiedssouvenir||4||–||EMI|
|21 December 1977||38||If you ever come to Amsterdam||6||–||EMI|
|1 September 1978||9||Wet Day in September||10||–||EMI|
|15 September 1980||46||Doing La Bamba||2||–||EMI|
Regional anthem of Mississippi
|Lyrics||William Houston Davis, 1962|
|Music||William Houston Davis, 1962|
|Adopted||May 17, 1962; 59 years ago (1962-05-17)|
"Go, Mississippi" (copyrighted as "Go, Mis-sis-sip-pi") is the regional anthem of Mississippi, adopted as the official state song on May 17, 1962.
"Go, Mississippi" was written and composed by William Houston Davis (1914–1987) and copyrighted in 1962.[i] The copyright was assigned in 1962 to the Jackson Board of Realtors, who recommended it to the Legislature.
It was adopted as the official state song by House Concurrent Resolution 67 on May 16, 1962, during the Regular Session as General Laws of Mississippi of 1962, Chapter 654. The Mississippi Legislature had selected it from two compositions, the other being "Mississippi, U.S.A." (© 1960),[ii] also composed by Houston Davis. The House members met with the Senate in a joint session to listen to both compositions performed by a professional dance orchestra with the composer on drums and the Hinds Junior College Hi-Steppers dancing. The band then swung into a chorus of "Dixie" and, according to the UPI, everyone rose.
The song was enthusiastically received in front of 41,000 fans at a formal dedication September 29, 1962, by Governor Barnett in Oxford, as performed by the Ole Miss Marching Band during a halftime of an Ole Miss–Kentucky football game.
"Go Mississippi" is the same melody as "Roll with Ross," which Houston Davis[iii] composed under a commission by Ross Barnett (1898–1987) for use as a 1959 campaign theme song for governor. The lyrics of "Roll with Ross" include the words:
Roll with Ross, roll with Ross, he's his own boss
For segregation, one hundred percent
He's not a moderate like some of the gents
He'll fight integration with forceful intent.
— Lyrics to "Roll with Ross" (© 1959)
The same melody as "Go, Mississippi" (© 1962)
The halftime was promoted,[Note 1] and is chronicled, as having been an anti-integration rally, led by Barnett, the day before the Ole Miss riot over the admission of an African American, James Meredith. The riot was not directly connected to the revised song, but its commission by the Governor — who was leading an official resistance to Federally mandated integration for Ole Miss — clouded the song's heritage. Governor Barnett had prevailed as an enthusiastic advocate for adopting his own campaign song as the official Mississippi State Anthem.
Proposals to change
There have been proposals to adopt other songs for various reasons, namely because of the current song's direct connection to a staunch segregationist holdout.
In 1976, Bill Alexander(né William Brooks Alexander, Jr.; 1921–2006), State Senator from 1960 to 1983, introduced a Senate Resolution to set-up a special committee of experts to receive compositions for consideration as a new official state song, including one titled "Mississippi" by William Shirley Haynie (1918–2003). In 1994, Charlie Pride, whose identity as a performing artist is linked closely with Mississippi culture, publicly expressed support of a group wanting to change it.
Attempts after 2000
In 2000, State Senator William Gardner Hewes introduced Senate Bill 2960 to replace the state song with "Mississippi" by Edward Owen Miller. However, the bill died in committee.[a] In 2003, State Senator Delma Furniss introduced Senate Bill 2217 to adopt "My Home Mississippi," by Delma Furniss, as the official state song. The bill died in committee.[b] In 2011, songwriters Carolyn Sue Woods of Amory and John Riggs of Nashville led a concerted campaign promoting "I Miss Mississippi" as a new state song for Mississippi. In 2015, State Senator Robert L. Jackson, introduced 2 Senate Bills:
- SB2177 to authorize two official state songs, keeping the existing song, "Go, Mississippi," and adding "My Home Mississippi"[c]
- SB2178 to adopt "My Home Mississippi" as the official state song[d]
Both bills died in committee February 3, 2015.
States may sing their songs of praise
With waving flags and hip-hoo-rays,
Let cymbals crash and let bells ring
'Cause here's one song I'm proud to sing.
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, keep rolling along,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, you cannot go wrong,
Go, Mississippi, we're singing your song,
M-I-S, S-I-S, S-I-P-P-I.
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, you're on the right track,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, and this is a fact,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, you'll never look back,
M-I-S, S-I-S, S-I-P-P-I.
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, straight down the line,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, ev'rything's fine,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, it's your state and mine,
M-I-S, S-I-S, S-I-P-P-I.
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, continue to roll,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, the top is the goal,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, you'll have and you'll hold,
M-I-S, S-I-S, S-I-P-P-I.
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, get up and go,
GO, MIS-SIS-SIP-PI, let the world know,
That our Mississippi is leading the show,
M-I-S, S-I-S, S-I-P-P-I.
- "Go, Mississippi" (© 1962)
- In E♭ major
- Jackson, Mississippi: Jackson Board of Realtors (publisher) (© 1962)
- OCLC 20005003
- "Go, Mississippi" (© 1961)
- OCLC 656249381
Delta Recording Corp. recorded the original version of "Go, Mississippi" at its studio in Jackson, Mississippi, at 1653 Raymond Road. The label, which had an office in New York City in the early 1950s at 236 West 55th Street (Midtown Manhattan), was founded by Jim Bulleit (né James Albert Bulleit; 1908–1988) and Jimmie Ammons (né James Douglas Ammons; 1919–2001). Ammons's main occupation was that of a machinist in Jackson, Mississippi. Delta was noted for its custom recording work, which included recording weddings, church choirs, and college choirs. Delta also produced recordings for the foreign language department of Ole Miss. Moreover, Delta produced a multitude of jingles for numerous radio stations. Delta recorded radio stations all over Mississippi for ASCAP. When Mississippi was searching for a state song, the Delta Recording Studio reportedly recorded all the state university bands in search of the song that would truly be representative of the state.
- Original recording
- ^On September 28, 1962 — a day before the football game — the Jackson Daily News published the words and music to the song "Never, No, Never," by Tom Spengler, an advertising account executive, and Houston Davis. The sheet music ran in place of the usual cartoon on the editorial page and an editorial stated that the song expertly put the state's attitude to music and suggested that readers clip it for a possible mass rendition at the next day's football game. The song, an ode to segregation, declared that, at Ole Miss, "Never, never, never, shall our emblem go from Colonel Reb to Ole Black Joe." (Catsam 2009)
- Catalog of Copyright Entries, Third Series, Music, Library of Congress, Copyright Office
- ^Vol. 16, Part 5, No. 2, July–December 1962 (1963), pg. 1199, "MIS-SIS-SIP-PI," Houston Davis (w&m); © 17 September 1962, Jackson Board of Realtors; EP167366
- ^Vol. 14, Part 5, No. 1, January–June 1960 (1960), pg. 289, "Mississippi U.S.A.," Houston Davis (w&m); © 7 March 1960, Houston Davis; EU615600
- ^Vol. 13, Part 5, No. 1, January–June 1959 (1960), pg. 453, "Roll With Ross; He's His Own Boss," Houston Davis (w&m); © 27 February 1959, Ross R. Barnett; EU564630
- ^Vol. 13, Part 5, No. 2, July–December 1959 (1960), pg. 1397, "Little Carrol's Last Stand," Houston Davis (w&m); © 12 August 1959, W.H. Davis; EU589029
- ^ASCAP Biographical Dictionary (4th ed.), compiled for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, by Jaques Cattell Press, R.R. Bowker (1980), pg. 114; OCLC 7065938, 516213921
- ^State Songs of the United States: An Annotated Anthology, by William Emmett Studwell & Bruce R. Schueneman, Haworth Press (1997), pg. 47; OCLC 50763390
- ^"General Information: State Symbols,"Mississippi Blue Book, 2012–2016Secretary of State of Mississippi, pps. 54–55 (retrieved March 23, 2016)
- ^State Names, Seals, Flags, and Symbols, by Benjamin F Shearer & Barbara Smith Shearer, Greenwood Press (2002), pg. 150; OCLC 46321058, ISBN 0-313-31534-5
- ^"Solons Whoop It Up Then Choose New State Song," Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, Mississippi) (UPI), May 17, 1962, pg. 2 (retrieved May 25, 2016, viawww.newspapers.com/clip/50693814/the-delta-democrat-times/)
- ^"Crowd Hails Barnett,"Philadelphia Inquirer, September 30, 1962
- ^ abc"The Black Man Who Was Crazy Enough to Apply to Ole Miss," by Nick Bryant," The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, No. 53, Autumn 2006, pps. 60–71, 31 (retrieved May 25, 2016, viaJSTOR; www.jstor.org/stable/25073538)
- ^ abDixie: A Personal Odyssey Through Events That Shaped the Modern South, by Curtis Wilkie, Touchstone Books (2002), pps. 104–105; OCLC 51214164
- ^Sez, Col Reb (2012-12-10). "ColRebSez: If states can't choose their own license plates, then there may be no right to choose state songs, either". ColRebSez. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
- ^The Price of Defiance: James Meredith and the Integration of Ole Miss, by Charles W. Eagles, University of North Carolina Press (2009), pg. 333; OCLC 794003562
- ^"'Sic 'Em, White Folks!': Football, Massive Resistance, and the Integration of Ole Miss," by Derek Charles Catsam, PhD, Sport History Review, Human Kinetics (publisher) 40, No. 1 (2009), pg. 84 (article is from 82 to 98); ISSN 1087-1659; OCLC 423202727
- ^"New State Song Sought," Delta Democrat-Times (Greenville, Mississippi), April 28, 1976 (retrieved May 25, 2016, viawww.newspapers.com/clip/50693640/the-delta-democrat-times/)
- ^"State Takes Pride," Des Moines Register, February 8, 1994, 2A
- ^"Some Legislators Urge New Mississippi Song," Daily Herald, February 4, 2000, Sec. 1A, pg. 2
- ^"Duo Promotes Potential New State Song," by Jan Swoope, The Columbus Dispatch, June 3, 2011
- ^Lyrics in the official website of the State of MississippiArchived 2013-08-22 at the Wayback Machine
- ^Jimmie Ammons and the Delta Label," by David Evans, Blues Unlimited, No. 42, March/April 1967, pg. 6
- ^Jimmy Ammons and the Delta Label," by Kerry Kudlacek, Blues Unlimited, No. 48 November/December 1967, pps. 13–14
- ^"Trumpet Records: An Illustrated History, With Discography," by Mark Ryan, Big Nickel Publications (1992); OCLC 30320566
- ^"Jimmie Ammons & Delta Records," by Don Pittman (Jackson, Mississippi), Rockabilly Hall of Fame (www.rockabillyhall.com), September 20, 1999 (retrieved may 24, 2016)
- ^"1959 Campaign Songs: Governor Ross R. Barnett Campaign," (45 rpm records), Wm. Clyde Stewart Collection 1959–2007,Ole Miss Special Collections OCLC 875933309
- ^"Meet Tom Malone, USM's Homegrown Trombone-Blowin' Original Soul Man," by Dana Gower, Southern Magazine, Summer 2013, pps 33-35; OCLC 928726027
Mississippi Legislature citations
- ^Senate Bill 2960 (2000):
"An Act To Designate New Official State Song 'Mississippi,' And To Repeal Chapter 654, General Laws, 1962, Which Designated The Song 'Go, Mississippi,' As The Official State Song," sponsored by State Senator William Gardner Hewes, Mississippi State Senate
- ^Senate Bill 2217 (2003):
"An Act To Adopt New Official State Song; 'My Home Mississippi,'" sponsored by State Senator Delma Furniss, Mississippi State Senate
- ^Senate Bill 2177 (2015):
"An Act To Authorize Two Official State Songs, Keeping The Existing Song, 'Go, Mississippi,' And Adding 'My Home Mississippi,'" sponsored by State Senator Robert L. Jackson, Mississippi State Senate
- ^Senate Bill 2178 (2015):
"An Act to adopt 'My Home Mississippi' As The Official State Song," sponsored by State Senator Robert L. Jackson, Mississippi State Senate
Musicby Marcus K. Dowling 8/20/2021
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If a fan of Kane Brown, the past three summers have been accompanied by the Tennessee-born superstar crooner releasing pop-aimed and lovestruck country anthems like “Be Like That” and “One Thing Right.” 2021 is no different as with “One Mississippi,” the countdown is on to a freewheeling, summertime love affair.
The “One Mississippi” video, which premiers today across CMT platforms, was directed by ACM and CMT Music Award winner Alex Alvga. The cinematically shot clip highlights the video’s story of a lovestruck pair, with Brown appearing against dramatic staging in a rural setting. It is also the latest collaboration between Brown and Alvga, who also directed his video for 2020-released “Worldwide Beautiful.” Currently, that clip has already won a 2021 ACM Award for “Video of the Year,” plus was recently nominated for the “Video for Good” award at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards.
In a recent conversation with The Nashville Soundbite, Brown noted that the “One Mississippi” single’s subject matter covered a relationship “where you makeup and you break up, and you just keep running into each other, and then something about that spark in the relationship gets y’all back together and may fall apart again.”
Intriguingly, “One Mississippi”’s co-writer, Alabama native Levon Gray, who Brown notes is a newcomer to songwriting with him. Even deeper, Gray’s story involves him “shooting his shot” via social media. The country star says, “[’One Mississippi’] is the first single that we worked on together. He tagged me in an Instagram story…[I] brought him up, and we wrote a song. He brought the title and the meaning behind it, and this is his first cut with me.”
"One Mississippi" may be Kane Brown's new radio single, but it was a particularly life-changing song for his co-writer, Levon Gray. The Alabama native tagged Brown in an Instagram Story and wound up signed to Brown's Verse 2 Music.
It wasn't quite that easy, of course — Brown was impressed with what he heard on the social media platform, but Gray still had to prove himself in a co-writing session in Nashville, with Brown, Jesse Frasure and Ernest Keith Smith. That's where "One Mississippi" came from.
"He brought the title and the meaning behind it," Brown says of Gray (quote via the Nashville Soundbite). Kent Earls, who co-helms Verse 2 with Brown, adds "Levon wowed us from his first co-write, and after getting to know him as a person, he continues to wow us with his graciousness and work ethic" (quote via MusicRow).
In "One Mississippi," Brown finds himself in an on-again, off-again romance that's by now predictable: They run into each other during a night out, and by the time he's "five minutes out of downtown," he knows just what to expect.
"One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three shots of whiskey / Are you on your way? / Way tipsy / Baby, come kiss me / I can't wait, I can't wait," Brown sings in the chorus. "Mississippi, two Mississippi, three in the mornin' / We'll be on our way / So tipsy, can't stop kissin' / I can't wait, I can't wait forever ..."
Brown's latest release is his Mixtape, Vol. 1 EP from August of 2020. More recently, he's been featured on collaborations with Chris Young (the country radio No. 1 "Famous Friends") and hip-hop/R&B artist Blackbear ("Memory").
Kane Brown's "One Mississippi" Lyrics:
You and I / Had this off and on so long / You've been here, then you've been gone / So many times / And every night / Yeah, I'm always bumpin' into you / We do the same things we used to / It's your place or it's mine, so ...
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh / Well, I swear we're through with the lonely drunk and déjà vu / Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh / Five minutes out of downtown / Ain't nothin' but a countdown ...
One Mississippi, two Mississippi, three shots of whiskey / Are you on your way? / Way tipsy / Baby, come kiss me / I can't wait, I can't wait / Mississippi, two Mississippi, three in the mornin' / We'll be on our way / So tipsy, can't stop kissin' / I can't wait, I can't wait forever ...
Mmm, every time I'm at this bar, tap on the shoulder, turn around / And, baby, there you are / And it's fire / You're like this Bourbon, hundred proof / Yeah, they don't burn the way you do / Yeah, we're better in the dark, so ...
Kinda like that Georgia wind / We'll be gone and back again / But always wind up right back where we are / Playin' roulette with our hearts / And blowin' smoke rings in the dark, yeah ...
Every time I'm at this bar, tap on the shoulder, turn around / And, baby, there you are ...
Best Country Albums of 2021 - Critic's Pick
There have been many creative country albums in 2021, but not all have hit the mark. Artists are more than ever toying with distribution methods and packaging as much as they are new sounds, so you get double and triple albums, Part 1 and Part 2, and digital EPs in lieu of a traditional 10 or 11-song release.
The bar for an EP on this list of the best country albums of 2021 is higher than an LP, but one project did crack the Top 10. Too much music proved to dampen other artist's efforts, although Alan Jackson's first album in years was filled with country music we couldn't turn away from. Where Have You Gone has 21 songs, but somehow no filler.
More than ever, this relied on staff opinion and artistic merit to allow for some parity among major label artists and independents. The 10 albums listed below are not ranked, although the year-end list published in the fall will crown a true best album of 2021.
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10 Songs About the Mississippi River
Harry has been an online writer for many years. His articles examine New World history and its resulting traditions.
The Mississippi at Dusk
A Few Facts About "Ol Man River"
The name, Mississippi, derives from one of the Native languages and translates roughly into English as the "father of all waters."Combined with the Missouri and Ohio Rivers, this continuous waterway has a huge watershed that extends all the way from Montana to Pennsylvania and as far north as Minnesota, where the actual headwaters of the Mississippi proper can be found. The distance from Lake Itasco in Minnesota to the mouth of the river in southern Louisiana is 2,340 miles, while the entire watershed is the third largest in the world.
Furthermore, it has been estimated that the Mississippi watershed occupies about one eight of the North American continent.
A Mississippi Steamboat Race
Showboat Captures a Lost Era
The movie, called Showboat, was a big hit back in the 30s, but like many good stories, it was proceeded by a novel and a stage musical of the same name. The book was written by Edna Ferber in 1926 and then a year later, adapted to the stage by Ken Jerome and Oscar Hammerstein II. The original Broadway play, as well as the movie, were big hits as soon as they were released. The following clip of Paul Robeson singing, "Ol Man River", has become a Hollywood classic.
Ol Man River
A Massive Flood
Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927
Just by looking at some of the music that came out of the region, the Mississippi River Flood of 1927 must have been particularly bad. And indeed the facts surrounding this great flood are astounding.
First of all, the rains began falling in the summer of 1926 and did not completely cease until August of 1927. The worst part of the flood came in April 1927, when a whole series of levees from Illinois to Louisiana gave way. The flooded river was reportedly 80 miles wice at Vicks burg, Mississippi and overall, covered 16 million acres of land. In total, 640,000 people were displaced with the African-American communities, being hit particularly hard hit.
Rescue efforts were so bad, especially in the black communities, that there was a huge swing by black people at the voting polls from the anti-slavery party (Republican) to Democratic. The flood also spurred a mass migration from the flooded areas to the large, industrial cities of the North.
Some Old Blues Classics Get a Modern-day Remake
Following are two blues songs about the the Great 1927 Flood, which dished out severe damage along the lower parts of the Mississippi River.. Each tune was originally recorded by local blues musicians, who lived along the river, but in both instances, the songs did not gain much notoriety until they were covered by contemporary recording artists. The first song, High Water Everywhere, was originally written and performed by Mississippi Delta blues legend, Charlie Patton in 1929. Recently, the song has been covered by Bob Dylan, Rory Block and Joe Bonamassa.
On a similar note, the second song, When the Levee Breaks, was written by a singing couple, Kansas Joe McCoy and Minnie Memphis, but did not receive much airplay until Led Zeppelin covered the song in 1969. The song presented here was actually performed by an all-women, Led Zeppelin tribute band, named Zepparella.
Joe Bonamassa Performs High Water Everywhere at the Royal Albert Theater in London
When the Levee Breaks
Mississippi River Blues
By chance, back around 1930 two musicians (one white and one black) recorded very different tunes with the same title. First released in 1929, yodeling Jimmie Rodgers, also known as the singing brakeman, recorded his country version of Mississippi River Blues.
Then a few years later, in 1934, Big Bill Bronzy put out his Delta blues version of Mississippi Blues. Over the years, both songs have attained a great deal of popularity and are still covered by contemporary artists.
Big Bill Bronzy
A Sixties Rock and Roll Classic
Though from California, the band, Credence Clearwater Revival, often captured Southern moods very well. Nowhere is this more evident than in their huge hit, Proud Mary, a song that features a ride on a Mississippi River steamboat. However, it was the musical of Ike and Tina Turner that truly defined this timeless classic.
Riverboat Song (JJ Cale cover by Fandango)
Some Stories Just Don't Go Away
Evangeline was first memorized by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in an epic poem, written back in 1847. Since then, the lengthy narrative poem has become an American classic, memorizing the name of Evangeline for centuries to come. Then some one hundred years later, The Band, recreated the sad story of the most famous Acadian exile in this popular ballad, first recorded in the late 60s.
Hit Songwriter Becomes A Mississippi River Pilot
Not only was John Hartford a successful musician and recording artist, but he also became a licensed Mississippi River Boat pilot. This momentous occasion for the St. Louis singer, songwriter, occurred in the years that followed his huge hit single, Gentle On My Mind.
In this interview recorded, while John was piloting The Twilight, he explains his love of the Mississippi River and steamboats. His philosophy is further expounded in the song titled, Miss Ferris, a tribute to his fourth grade teacher.
John Hartford River Boat Captain
Where Does an Old Time River Pilot Go
Bonus Track About a Time When Cotton Was King
The song, Catfish John, was written in 1972 by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds. McDill put the historical tune on his Short Stories album. The single version became quite popular, giving McDill some much needed songwriting credentials. Since then, Catfish John, has been recorded by many, including Alison Kraus and the Nitty Griity Dirt Band, whose poetic rendition of the hard life of a slave, is featured here.
Down Around Vicksburg
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
Questions & Answers
Question: Does the 'Deep River Blues' have something to do with the 1927 flood?
Answer: Since the Deep River is the actual name of a river in North Carolina, I seriously doubt there is any connection between the two.
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A wave of bliss is taking over all of me. Kneeling down, I unbutton my trousers, my beautiful big cock is so tense that it seems that now the skin on it will burst. Now it's my turn to taste the curious rain, and taste you as well. Gently licking the head, starting to eat it, like children licking a lollipop, I could not stop.
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I walked around all the decks and cafes, but did not find a couple. Or maybe they are in our cabin. I went down to my floor.