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A Mess of Blues Elvis Presley (HIP101) Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman and originally recorded by Elvis Presley for RCA Records in 1960. It reached number 32 in America's top 40 and number 2 in the UK charts. This arrangement (recorded by Buzzy Smith) features the Floyd Cramer style piano throughout and adds a guitar lead and lick starting in the middle break. This is a classic blues/rock song with a great melody and a good kick to the middle and closing breaks. This should be popular with all SD groups.   vocal demo   instrumental demo
Already Gone Eagles (HIP203) Recorded by the American rock band Eagles for their 1974 album On the Border. It was written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund and produced by Bill Szymczyk. The song was the first single released from On the Border and peaked at #32 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, the Eagles have included it on their greatest hits albums and in their live performances. This should be popular with all SD groups.  vocal demo   instrumental demo
Counting Stars OneRepublic Written by Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder and Noel Zancanella. Musically, it is a pop song with strong elements of folk music. It was released on OneRepublic's Native album in 2013. The song has been one of the band's most successful singles, reaching No. 1 in many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom, No. 2 in the United States, and top ten in 20 countries.
Dead Skunk Loudon Wainwright III A novelty song by Loudon Wainwright III and released in 1972. The song is musically a simple folk song based on acoustic guitar, but accompanied by drums and strings. The lyrics describe a dead skunk in the middle of a busy road and the smell it produces for pedestrians. Wainwright said the song was an accident, written in 15 minutes. Although the single was released in November 1972, it was not until well into 1973 that it caught on with radio stations. The song has been played every Friday near 9 am, on Top 40 radio station KRRY ("Y101") in Quincy, Illinois, since 1985. Y101 disc jockeys Dennis Oliver and Jeffrey Dorsey claim the two have played "Dead Skunk" more than any other radio station in the United States.
Fever Beyoncé (HIP102) Written by Eddie Cooley and Otis Blackwell (John Davenport) was originally recorded by Little Willie John in 1956. It been covered by numerous artists from many different generes. Round dancers will recognize the song as they dance to a version which sounds a lot like Michel Buble. This version was made popular by Beyoncé Knowles on her 2011 album Heat and the movie rendition in The Fighting Temptations. This sexy, jazzy version does not include an instrumental lead track. The jazzy version lends itself to improvization. An instrumental lead will be made availalbe soon and be sent automatically to all who have purchased this version. An extended version with Beyoncé's intro will also be available soon. This should be popular with all SD groups.   vocal demo   instrumental demo
I Gotta Feeling Black Eyed Peas (HIP103) This Dance-pop song was written by The Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta, and Frederic Riesterer. Originally released in 2009 from The Black Eyed Peas' fifth studio album The E.N.D. and was the longest-running number-one single of 2009. Worldwide it has sold over 14 million units, making it one of the most successful songs in the istory of popular music. The opener features the lyric song which is in strong contract to the 'Rap' of the middle and closing breaks. This version does not include an instrumental lead track, but one is planned and will be sent free to everyone who has purchases this version. This is very different from your traditional square dance music.  vocal demo   instrumental demo
I Will Survive Gloria Gaynor (HIP201) A hit song first performed by American singer Gloria Gaynor, released in October 1978. It was written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. A top-selling song after its initial release, it has remained a popular disco anthem, as well as being certified double platinum by the RIAA. It is one of the most famous disco songs of all time and remains Gaynor's biggest hit. It received heavy airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart on consecutive weeks. This should be popular with all SD groups.  vocal demo   instrumental demo
Its A Good Day Peggy Lee This song has been recorded by many singers since its introduction, most recently by Susie Arioli. The song was also recorded by legendary Judy Garland on a recording of The Judy Garland Show. The most popular version of the song is probably Perry Como's, released on his 1955 RCA Victor album So Smooth. In 2013, the song (Peggy Lee version and the one used for HIP304) was used as backdrop in commercials for the University of Phoenix. Written by Peggy Lee and Dave Barbour and published in 1947.
Just The Way You Are Billy Joel The third track of Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger. It was Joel's first US Top 10 (reaching #3) and UK Top 20 single, as well as Joel's first gold single in the US. "Just the Way You Are", which won the 1979 Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year, turned Joel's chart career, which had largely stalled out by early 1975, into long-lasting success.

NOTES: Billy Joel used three melodies in this song. The two start the same as "Don't go changing, to try and please me . . ." but one ends with "Although I might not seem to care" and the other "I'll take you just the way you are" which are kind-of interchangeable, but are really different. Figures 1 and 3 end with the first, figures 2 and 4 the second. There was a third melodic line which starts with the words "I need to know that you will always be . . ." and I almost used that for the middle break, but decided on the the sax solos. The 'Standard Alternate' version uses this third melody for Figure 3, so chose carefuly and know which you are performing!.
Long Cool Woman The Hollies A song written by Allan Clarke, Roger Cook, and Roger Greenaway and performed by the British rock group The Hollies. Originally appearing on the album Distant Light, it was released as a single in April 1972 (on Parlophone in the United Kingdom),[1] selling 1.5 million copies in the United States and 2 million worldwide.[5] It reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1972.
Seal Our Fate Gloria Estefan (HIP104) This Latin Pop-rock song was originally released in the UK in 1991 as "Sella Nuestro Destino" (Seal Our Fate) as a "Limited Edition Tour Souvenir Pack". Also featured in the music-video "Cold Hearted" gave fans of Estefan their first view of the star after her near-fatal accident. The song was also used in 1991 for a Pepsi commercial. This song has a great Latin beat and fits the square dance format well. This version does not include an instrumental lead track, but one is planned and will be sent free to everyone who has purchases this version.  vocal demo   instrumental demo
Ticket to Ride Beatles (HIP202) From their 1965 album, Help!. It was recorded 15 February 1965 and released two months later. It was also used in the 1965 film Help!, The Beatles' second film, and was included on the film's soundtrack. In 2004, this song was ranked number 394 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". This should be well received with all SD groups.   vocal demo   instrumental demo
Wade in the Water Babbie Mason (HIP204) A Negro spiritual first published in New Jubilee Songs as Sung by the Fisk Jubilee Singers (1901) by John Wesley Work II and his brother, Frederick J. Work (see Fisk Jubilee Singers). This jazzy, bib-bang version was produced by Babbie Mason and features background vocals, lots of brass and three key-changes. This is one of my square dance anthems and takes a lot of breath. Dancers will love this.  vocal demo   instrumental demo
Young Girls Bruno Mars Young Girls is a song by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars, from his second studio album Unorthodox Jukebox (2012). The song was written by Jeff Bhasker, Emile Haynie, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine, while production was handled by Bhasker, Haynie and The Smeezingtons. "Young Girls" is a midtempo pop ballad about how he can't help but succumb to the dubious charms of young girls.
<-- Besame Mucho Luis Miguel Bésame Mucho (Kiss me a lot) is a song written in 1940 by Mexican songwriter Consuelo Velázquez. It is one of the most famous boleros, and was recognized in 1999 as the most sung and recorded Mexican song in the world. The version which inspired this recording was performed by Luis Miguel. Dimelo Marc Anthony Marc Anthony's Spanish-language version of the song "I Need To Know (HIP303), translated by Angie Chirino and Robert Blades. I Need to Know Marc Anthony Recorded by American recording artist Marc Anthony and released in August, 1999. Written and produced by Anthony and Cory Rooney, "I Need to Know" is a song about a man who longs to know how a woman feels about him. The song blends the musical styles of several genres, including R&B and Latin music; the instruments used include violin, piano, timbales and congas. -->