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When we are weary we must remember to relax and enjoy some of the good things in life like love and romance or stimulating venues with those special persons. Many Cafes play music and serve aperitifs. We shall devote this channel to those pursuits so that you can find diversions to the news of the world and celebrate the arts and scenes of far off places.



A taste of the temporal while pondering the eternal


On the town or...


On the terrace


Life is a spin.


Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in The Band Wagon (1953)
 
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  • The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
    by George Freund on January 12, 2015 at 8:56 AM
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    "Won't Get Fooled Again" is a song by the English rock band The Who, written by Pete Townshend. It was released as a single in June 1971, reaching the top 10 in the UK, while the full eight-and-a-half minute version appears as the final track on the band's 1971 album Who's Next, released that August.

    "Won't Get Fooled Again"

     

    We'll be fighting in the streets

    With our children at our feet

    And the morals that they worship will be gone

    And the men who spurred us on

    Sit in judgement of all wrong

    They decide and the shotgun sings the song

     

    I'll tip my hat to the new constitution

    Take a bow for the new revolution

    Smile and grin at the change all around

    Pick up my guitar and play

    Just like yesterday

    Then I'll get on my knees and pray

    We don't get fooled again

     

    The change, it had to come

    We knew it all along

    We were liberated from the fold, that's all

    And the world looks just the same

    And history ain't changed

    'Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war

     

    I'll tip my hat to the new constitution

    Take a bow for the new revolution

    Smile and grin at the change all around

    Pick up my guitar and play

    Just like yesterday

    Then I'll get on my knees and pray

    We don't get fooled again

    No, no!

     

    I'll move myself and my family aside

    If we happen to be left half alive

    I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky

    Though I know that the hypnotized never lie

    Do ya?

     

    There's nothing in the streets

    Looks any different to me

    And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye

    And the parting on the left

    Are now parting on the right

    And the beards have all grown longer overnight

     

    I'll tip my hat to the new constitution

    Take a bow for the new revolution

    Smile and grin at the change all around

    Pick up my guitar and play

    Just like yesterday

    Then I'll get on my knees and pray

    We don't get fooled again

    Don't get fooled again

    No, no!

     

    Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!

     

    Meet the new boss

    Same as the old boss


    WELL SOME PEOPLE WERE FOOLED. WE'LL SING THE OLD SONG AND CHERISH OUR ABILITY TO THINK AND REASON.

  • El Cid - Love Theme (Miklós Rózsa)
    by George Freund on January 4, 2015 at 1:33 PM
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    El Cid (1961) is a historical epic film, a romanticized story of the life of the Christian Castilian knight, Don Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, called "El Cid" who in the 11th century fought the North African Almoravides and ultimately contributed to the unification of Spain. The film stars Charlton Heston in the title role and Sophia Loren as Doña Ximena.

    When a man loves a woman he says it in the immortal works of Miklós Rózsa one of the greatest composers of any era in my opinion.


    Sophia Loren and Charleton Heston starred in El Cid.

    So can you as the world unfolds.



  • Nazareth - This Flight Tonight
    by George Freund on December 31, 2014 at 12:13 AM
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    When the forces of darkness use a mass casualty event like a plane crash to eliminate someone, remember this classic old song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c126VLSjqR0

    "This Flight Tonight" is a song by Joni Mitchell, from her 1971 album Blue. It tells of the singer's regrets as she leaves her lover on a flight and wishes to return. Its opening lines are:

     

    "This Flight Tonight"

     

    Look out the left the captain said

    The lights down there that's where we'll land

    Saw a falling star burning

    High above the Las Vegas sand

     

    It wasn't the one that you gave to me

    That night down south between the trailers

    Not the early one that you wish upon

    Not the northern one that guides in the sailors

     

    You've got that touch so gentle and sweet

    But you've got that look so critical

    Can't talk to you babe you know I get so weak

    Sometimes I think that love is just mythical

     

    Up there's a heaven, down there's a town

    Blackness everywhere any little lights shine

    Blackness, blackness draggin' me down

    Come on light a candle in this heart of mine

     

    Starbright, starbright, you've got the lovin' that I like

    Turn this crazy bird around

    Should not have got on this flight tonight

     

    I'm drinkin' sweet champagne got the headphones up high

    Can't numb you, can't drum you out of my mind

     

    They're singin'-"Goodbye baby,

    Baby bye-bye,

    Ooh! love is blind"

     

    Up go the flaps,down go the wheels

    Hope you got your heat turned on baby

    Hope they've finally fixed your automobile

    Hope it's better when we meet again babe.


    UK hard rock band Nazareth reworked the song in 1973 to make it their own with a powerful, driving hard-rock treatment which was a hit in Canada, Germany and the UK. It was produced by Roger Glover. The single reached number 11 in the UK charts in November 1973.

  • SILENT NIGHT
    by George Freund on December 24, 2014 at 3:57 PM
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    Franz Xaver Gruber, painted by Sebastian Stief (1846)

    "Silent Night" (German: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in March 2011. The song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre

    History


    Autograph (c. 1860) of the carol by Franz Xaver Gruber


    Silent Night Memorial Chapel in Oberndorf

    The song was first performed on Christmas Eve 1818 at St Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, a village on the Salzach river. The young priest, Father Joseph Mohr, had come to Oberndorf the year before. He had already written the lyrics of the song "Stille Nacht" in 1816 at Mariapfarr, the hometown of his father in the Salzburg Lungau region, where Joseph had worked as a coadjutor.

    The melody was composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, schoolmaster and organist in the nearby village of Arnsdorf. Before Christmas Eve, Mohr brought the words to Gruber and asked him to compose a melody and guitar accompaniment for the church service. Both performed the carol during the mass on the night of December 24.


    The original manuscript has been lost. However a manuscript was discovered in 1995 in Mohr's handwriting and dated by researchers at ca. 1820. It shows that Mohr wrote the words in 1816 when he was assigned to a pilgrim church in Mariapfarr, Austria, and shows that the music was composed by Gruber in 1818. This is the earliest manuscript that exists and the only one in Mohr's handwriting.

    The story behind composing the song was the subject of Christian Vuissa's 2012 film Stille Nacht (de).

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Teach Your ...
    by George Freund on December 17, 2014 at 7:21 PM
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    The moral of the story is of course you should teach your children well. Don't depend on the state to do it unless you want them to be good Nazis or Communists. The had a renaissance in the Bush years making them a multi generational protest band.


    Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) is a folk rock supergroup made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY) when joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young. They are noted for their intricate vocal harmonies, often tumultuous interpersonal relationships, political activism, and lasting influence on American music and culture. All four members of CSNY have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, though Young's inductions were for work not involving the group.

    Prior to the formation of CSN, each member of the band had belonged to another prominent group. David Crosby played guitar, sang and wrote songs with the Byrds; Stephen Stills had been a guitarist, keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter in the band Buffalo Springfield (which also featured Neil Young); and Graham Nash had been singer and songwriter with the Hollies.

    Due to internal friction, Crosby was dismissed from The Byrds in late 1967.[2] By early 1968, Buffalo Springfield had disintegrated, and after aiding in putting together the band’s final album, Stills was unemployed. He and Crosby began meeting informally and jamming. The result of one encounter in Florida on Crosby’s schooner was the song "Wooden Ships", composed in collaboration with another guest, Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner.

    Graham Nash had been introduced to Crosby when the Byrds had toured the United Kingdom in 1966, and when the Hollies ventured to California in 1968, Nash resumed his acquaintance with him. At a party in July 1968 at Joni Mitchell's house, Nash asked Stills and Crosby to repeat their performance of a new song by Stills, “You Don't Have To Cry”, with Nash improvising a third part harmony. The vocals jelled, and the three realized that they had a unique vocal chemistry.

    Creatively frustrated with the Hollies, Nash decided to quit the band and work with Crosby and Stills. After failing an audition with the Beatles' Apple Records, they were signed to Atlantic Records by Ahmet Ertegün, who had been a fan of Buffalo Springfield and was disappointed by that band's demise. From the outset, given their previous experiences, the trio decided not to be locked into a group structure. They used their surnames as identification to ensure independence and a guarantee that the band could not continue without one of them, unlike both the Byrds and the Hollies. They picked up a management team in Elliot Roberts and David Geffen, who got them signed to Atlantic and would help to consolidate clout for the group in the industry. Roberts kept the band focused and dealt with egos, while Geffen handled the business deals, since, in Crosby’s words, they needed a shark and Geffen was it.

    Stills was already signed to Atlantic Records through his Buffalo Springfield contract. Crosby had been released from his Byrds' deal with Columbia, as he was considered to be unimportant and too difficult to work with. Nash, however, was still signed to Epic Records through the Hollies. Ertegun worked out a deal with Clive Davis to essentially trade Nash to Atlantic in exchange for Richie Furay (who was also signed to Atlantic from having been in Buffalo Springfield) and his new band Poco.


    Neil Young shock and awe 2006

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOUUnE7awd4


    Let's Impeach the President - Crosby Stills Nash & Young

    STILL APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaEVp_-NHcQ

  • BABY IT'S COLD OUT THERE
    by George Freund on December 11, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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    A charming rendition of a classic old song as a storm front sweeps in from the Atlantic. 






  • VAN MORRISON - Someone Like You
    by George Freund on November 24, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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    Van Morrison, OBE (born George Ivan Morrison; 31 August 1945) is a Northern Irish singer-songwriter and musician. His live performances at their best are described as mystical and transcendental, while some of his recordings, such as the studio albums Astral Weeks and Moondance and the live album It's Too Late to Stop Now, are critically acclaimed and appear at the top of many greatest album lists.

    Known as "Van the Man" to his fans, Morrison started his professional career when, as a teenager in the late 1950s, he played a variety of instruments including guitar, harmonica, keyboards and saxophone for various Irish showbands covering the popular hits of the day. He rose to prominence in the mid-1960s as the lead singer of the Northern Irish R&B band Them, with whom he recorded the garage band classic "Gloria". His solo career began under the pop-hit oriented guidance of Bert Berns with the release of the hit single "Brown Eyed Girl" in 1967. After Berns' death, Warner Bros. Records bought out his contract and allowed him three sessions to record Astral Weeks in 1968. Even though this album would gradually garner high praise, it was initially poorly received; however, the next one, Moondance, established Morrison as a major artist, and throughout the 1970s he built on his reputation with a series of critically acclaimed albums and live performances. Morrison continues to record and tour, producing albums and live performances that sell well and are generally warmly received, sometimes collaborating with other artists, such as Georgie Fame and The Chieftains. In 2008 he performed Astral Weeks live for the first time since 1968.


    Much of Morrison's music is structured around the conventions of soul music and R&B, such as the popular singles "Brown Eyed Girl", "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)", "Domino" and "Wild Night". An equal part of his catalogue consists of lengthy, loosely connected, spiritually inspired musical journeys that show the influence of Celtic tradition, jazz, and stream-of-consciousness narrative, such as Astral Weeks and lesser-known works such as Veedon Fleece and Common One. The two strains together are sometimes referred to as "Celtic Soul".

    Morrison has received considerable acclaim, including six Grammy Awards, the Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, being inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and appearing on several "Greatest Artists" lists.

  • Zager And Evans - In the Year 2525
    by George Freund on November 23, 2014 at 8:37 AM
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    NEW LINK:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7VqsONNvIs

    "In the Year 2525 (Exordium et Terminus)" is a 1969 hit song by the American pop-rock duo of Zager and Evans. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for six weeks commencing July 12, 1969. It peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in August and September that year.[1] The song was written and composed by Rick Evans in 1964 and originally released on a small regional record label (Truth Records) in 1968. A year later, an Odessa, Texas, radio station popularized the disc, which RCA Records quickly picked up for nationwide distribution. Zager and Evans disbanded in 1971. Denny Zager now builds custom guitars in Lincoln, Nebraska.

    Summary

    "In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" opens with the words "In the year 2525, If man is still alive, If woman can survive, They may find...". Subsequent verses pick up the story at 1010-year intervals from 3535 to 6565. Disturbing predictions are given for each selected year. In the year 3535, for example, all of a person's actions, words and thoughts will be preprogrammed into a daily pill. Then the pattern as well as the music changes, going up a half step in the key of the song, after two stanzas, first from A-flat minor, to A minor, and, then, finally, to B flat minor, and verses for the years 7510, 8510 and 9595 follow.

    The song has no chorus. Amid ominous-sounding orchestral music, the final dated chronological verse is,

    In the year 9595, I'm kinda wonderin' if Man is gonna be alive.

    He's taken everything this old Earth can give, and he ain't put back nothin', whoa-whoa...,

    The summary verse concludes:

    Now it's been 10,000 years, Man has cried a billion tears,

    For what, he never knew. Now man's reign is through.

    But through eternal night, The twinkling of starlight.

    So very far away, Maybe it's only yesterday.

    The song goes back to the beginning, starting all over again, with 2525 before the song's fade.

    The overriding theme, of a world doomed by its passive acquiescence to and overdependence on its own overdone technologies, struck a resonant chord in millions of people around the world in the late 1960s.

    The song describes a nightmarish vision of the future as man's technological inventions gradually dehumanize him. It includes a colloquial reference to the Second Coming (In the year 7510, if God's a-coming, He ought to make it by then.), which echoed the zeitgeist of the Jesus movement.

    -----------------------------------------

    This song comes out of some predictive programming I'm working on that graced the cover of the latest The New Yorker magazine. It is a chilling analysis of the future. It will be ready soon. With eyes to see it is very clear to me. New York is always on the short list of the NWO. GET THE PICTURE!

    Of course you see the parallel to the Abbey Road photo from the Ottawa attack. The boys are back and their disguises are better than ever.


  • Green Fields of France by John McDermott...
    by George Freund on November 11, 2014 at 11:14 AM
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    John Charles McDermott (born 25 March 1955) is a Scottish-Canadian tenor best known for his rendering of the song "Danny Boy". Born in Glasgow, Scotland, John moved with his family to Willowdale, Toronto, Canada in 1965. Growing up in a musical family, his only formal musical training was at St. Michael's Choir School in Toronto, Ontario in 1971 and 1972.

    Starting out

    After singing at weddings for a few years, he joined with several other choristers to form a group, named The Mistletones, in 1980.

    He performed "The Ballad of Harry Warden", the closing theme of the Canadian slasher film My Bloody Valentine (1981).

    Starting in 1988, he has regularly been called upon to sing the national anthems at Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Maple Leafs. From 1984 through 1992, he worked as a circulation representative for the Toronto Sun; Conrad Black heard him singing at company parties. Black, along with other executives, financed McDermott's independent recording of "Danny Boy" in 1992, which was picked up and released in North America by EMI Music Canada. Following this unexpected success, McDermott decided to pursue a professional singing career.

    Professional career

    He performed his first concert at the Rebecca Cohn Theatre on October 5, 1993 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From there he continued to tour the rest of Canada, performing as an opening act for The Chieftains. Throughout 1994, he went on a tour of Australia and New Zealand, following the great success of "Danny Boy", which had been ranked Number 1 on the charts there and achieved triple platinum in New Zealand. Next, in 1995, he went on a tour of Britain with The Seekers.

    At this point in his career, he was becoming recognized internationally, so he started to tour regularly as a solo act rather than an opening act. He also appeared at several special events including the D-Day ceremonies in France in 1995, and the United States Democratic National Convention in 1996. He has also appeared on television several times, both as a host of CBC Television concert specials in 1997, and in his own television special titled John McDermott: A Time to Remember, which aired on PBS in 2002. He formed The Irish Tenors, and after performing a large concert in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, they spent some time touring the United States, appearing on television, and releasing a gold record.

    Since leaving the Irish Tenors, McDermott continues to tour extensively throughout the World, performing with his own group and with the great symphonies of the world. He continues to work to support the veteran community in the United States and in Canada. In 2000, McDermott dedicated McDermott House in Washington, D.C., a transitional home for homeless veterans. His latest release, Journeys: Bringing Buddy Home, was recorded to help support fundraising for Fisher House Boston and launch the Canadian initiative for an outreach center for Canadian veterans.

    In 2010, John took part in the World Jazz for Haiti charity album, recorded at Number 9 Audio Group in support of the Red Cross disaster relief fund. The album featured Canadian artists such as David Clayton-Thomas and Holly Cole.

    No one does it better in my opinion. We remember those who lost their lives with the voice of John McDermott.

    The Band Played Waltzing Matilda - John McDermott

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VktJNNKm3B0

    John McDermott~Christmas in the Trenches

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gx2cAUo7i4


  • Sam Cooke - Stand By Me
    by George Freund on October 17, 2014 at 10:46 PM
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    NEW LINK:

    https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2m8k88

    Samuel "Sam" Cooke (January 22, 1931 - December 11, 1964 was an American recording artist and singer-songwriter, generally considered among the greatest of all time. Influential as both a singer and composer, he is commonly known as the King of Soul for his distinctive vocals and importance within popular music. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Billy Preston and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown. AllMusic biographer Bruce Eder wrote that Cooke was "the inventor of soul music", and possessed "an incredible natural singing voice and a smooth, effortless delivery that has never been surpassed."

    Cooke had 30 U.S. top 40 hits between 1957 and 1964, plus three more posthumously. Major hits like "You Send Me", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Wonderful World", and "Twistin' the Night Away" are some of his most popular songs. Cooke was also among the first modern black performers and composers to attend to the business side of his musical career. He founded both a record label and a publishing company as an extension of his careers as a singer and composer. He also took an active part in the Civil Rights Movement.


    On December 11, 1964, at the age of 33, Cooke was fatally shot by Bertha Franklin, the manager of the Hacienda Motel in Los Angeles, California. After an inquest, the courts ruled Cooke's death to be a justifiable homicide. Since that time, the circumstances of his death have been consistently called into question by Cooke's family and his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

    Death

    Cooke died at the age of 33 on December 11, 1964, at the Hacienda Motel at 9137 South Figueroa Street, in Los Angeles, California. Answering separate reports of a shooting and of a kidnapping at the motel, police found Cooke's body, clad only in a sports jacket and shoes but no shirt, pants or underwear. He had sustained a gunshot wound to the chest, which was later determined to have pierced his heart. The motel's manager, Bertha Franklin, said she had shot Cooke in self-defense after he broke into her office residence and attacked her. Her account was immediately questioned and disputed by friends and acquaintances.


    Boyer told the police that she had first met Cooke earlier that night and had spent the evening in his company. She claimed that after they left a local nightclub together, she had repeatedly requested that he take her home, but he instead took her against her will to the Hacienda Motel. She claimed that once in one of the motel's rooms, Cooke physically forced her onto the bed and that she was certain he was going to rape her. According to Boyer, when Cooke stepped into the bathroom for a moment, she quickly grabbed her clothes and ran from the room. She claimed that in her haste, she had also scooped up most of Cooke's clothing by mistake. She said she ran first to the manager's office and knocked on the door seeking help. However, she said that the manager took too long in responding, so, fearing Cooke would soon be coming after her, she fled from the motel before the manager ever opened the door. She said she then put her clothing back on, hid Cooke's clothing, went to a telephone booth, and called police.


    Boyer's story is the only account of what happened between the two that night; however, her story has long been called into question. Inconsistencies between her version of events and details reported by other witnesses, as well as circumstantial evidence, invited speculation that Boyer may have gone willingly to the motel with Cooke, then slipped out of the room with Cooke's clothing in order to rob him, rather than to escape an attempted rape.

    Some of Cooke's family and supporters, however, have rejected Boyer's version of events, as well as those given by Franklin and Carr. They believe there was a conspiracy to murder Cooke, and the murder took place in some manner entirely different from the three official accounts. Singer Etta James wrote that her viewing of Cooke's body, before his funeral, led her to join those who question the accuracy of the official version of events. She said the injuries she observed were well beyond what could be explained by the official account of Franklin's alone having fought with Cooke. James described Cooke as having been so badly beaten that his head was nearly separated from his shoulders, his hands were broken and crushed, and his nose mangled.

    Sam Cooke - Wonderful World

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4GLAKEjU4w

    Sam Cooke - You Send Me

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TY6mNlaPDk

    A Change Is Gonna Come -- Sam Cooke

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZ3aDrn7P4M

  • MARVIN GAYE: What's Going On
    by George Freund on October 6, 2014 at 7:09 PM
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    Christ was very clear with how to handle those who crucified him. He said, Forgive them father for they know not what they do. If we broaden this lesson to our world today, we clearly see that our leaders are devotees of the Anti Christ side. They forgive nothing and raise armies for combat. War is not the answer because most of the reasons are orchestrated anyway.

    Mother, mother

    There's too many of you crying 

    Brother, brother, brother

    There's far too many of you dying

    You know we've got to find a way

    To bring some lovin' here today, yeah

     

    Father, father

    We don't need to escalate

    You see, war is not the answer

    For only love can conquer hate

    You know we've got to find a way

    To bring some lovin' here today

     

    Picket lines and picket sign

    Don't punish me with brutality

    Talk to me

    So you can see

    Oh, what's going on

    What's going

    What's going on

    What's going on

     

    Right on, baby

    Right on

    Right on

     

    Mother, mother

    Everybody thinks we're wrong

    Oh, but who are they to judge us

    Simply because our hair is long

    Oh, you know we've got to find a way

    To bring some understanding here today

     

    Picket lines and picket signs

    Don't punish me with brutality

    Come on talk to me

    So you can see

    What's going on

    What's going on

    Tell me what's going on

    I'll tell you ya, what's going on

     

    Right on, baby

    Right on, baby

    Right on, baby

  • HAPPY DANCERS SENTENCED TO PRISON AND TH...
    by George Freund on September 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM
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    Iran: Happy video dancers sentenced to 91 lashes and jail

    19 September 2014 Last updated at 05:14 ET

    Six Iranians arrested for appearing in a video dancing to Pharrell Williams' song Happy have been sentenced to up to one year in prison and 91 lashes, their lawyer says.

    The sentences were suspended for three years, meaning they will not go to prison unless they reoffend, he adds.

    The video shows three men and three unveiled women dancing on the streets and rooftops of Tehran.

    In six months, it has been viewed by over one million people on YouTube.

    The majority of people involved in the video were sentenced to six months in prison, with one member of the group given one year, lawyer Farshid Rofugaran was quoted by Iran Wire as saying.

    The "Happy we are from Tehran" video was brought to the attention of the Iranian authorities in May, after receiving more than 150,000 views.

    Members of the group behind the video were subsequently arrested by Iranian police for violating Islamic laws of the country, which prohibit dancing with members of the opposite sex and women from appearing without a headscarf.

    They later appeared on state-run TV saying they were actors who had been tricked into make the Happy video for an audition.

    The arrests drew condemnation from international rights groups and sparked a social media campaign calling for their release.

    Williams, whose song was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year, also protested at the arrests.

    "It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness," he wrote on Facebook.


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