The X Factor 2009: Singing a favourite of his from the series, Olly takes to the stage, asking for your vote with Twist and Shout! ... Olly takes to the stage, asking for your vote with Twist and ...
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Oliver Stanley "Olly" Murs (born May 14, 1984 in Witham, Essex, England) is an English singer-songwriter. He achieved second place on the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009. In early 2010, he was signed to Syco Music and Epic Records, which are owned by Sony Music. After he toured with X Factor Finalists tour, he began recording his debut album.
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Murs was born in Witham, Essex, the son of Vicky-Lynn and Pete Murs. He has a twin brother, Ben Murs, and a sister, Fay Murs. He's of Latvian origin and his great grandparents were Edward and Kathe Murs. He attended Howbridge Junior School in Witham and Notley High School in Braintree, Essex,where he was a striker in the school's football team. Murs played semi-professionally for Isthmian Division One North side Witham Town between 2006 and 2008. He excelled for the club's reserve team during the 2006/07 season, scoring 12 goals in 13 appearances and winning the Ridgeons Reserve Teams Cup. He made three first team appearances in the following season, scoring once,but was forced to give up his football career following an injury. Prior to The X Factor, Murs worked as a recruitment consultant at Prime Appointments in Witham, and performed as part of a covers band called the Small Town Blaggers with a friend, Jon Goodey. He also appeared on the game show Deal or No Deal in 2007, where...
2009–10: The X Factor
In 2009, Murs auditioned for the sixth series of The X Factor, performing Stevie Wonder's "Superstition". Judge Simon Cowell said it was "the easiest yes I've ever given". At bootcamp Murs sang Elton John's song Your Song. On the first live show, he sang "She's the One" and on the second, "A Fool in Love", a performance which Cowell described as being "in a different league." For week three he took on "Bewitched". Walsh commented that he was the "dark horse of the competition," and Cowell sai...
2010–11: Major label success and Olly Murs
Rumours began that Murs would record a debut album almost immediately after the final, where he finished in second place to Joe McElderry. After the rumours broke out, Murs announced he signed a joint record deal between Epic Records and Syco Music in February 2010. It was announced that Murs began working with John Shanks and Eg White. It was later confirmed that Roy Stride, Trevor Horn, Wayne Hector and Matty Benbrook would have involvement on the album which he collaborated with to make th...
2011: In Case You Didn't Know
It was rumoured in June 2011, that Murs had started working on his second studio album, which he later confirmed. Murs claimed that he would "take the album from a different approach", and claimed he would like to record a rap track, stating, "I'm secretly not a bad rapper, I really like to do a bit of beat boxing, Eminem is always a favourite, or maybe Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby" is a classic." Murs revealed that he will attempt to build himself a more of a "soulful" sound through writing th...
On 28 October 2011, Murs was the first artist to be confirmed to play at Capital FM's Jinglebell Ball 2011. In November 2011, Murs won the award for "Best Male Artist" at the BT Digital Music Awards and the award for "Best Album" for Olly Murs at the BBC Radio 1Teen Awards. On 5 and 6 December, Murs supported Gary Barlow at Barlow's Concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, where they performed together on the Take That hit "Shine". In March 2012, Murs performed at the 'Big Gig' event in Birmingham. On 24 March, In aid of Sport Relief, Murs performed alongside Rizzle Kicks, Vida and JLS at a special charity concert, held at The O2 Arenain London. On 16 April, Murs won the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awardfor "Favourite British Male Artist". On 19 April, a three-part documentary trailing Murs throughout his UK Arena Tour, entitled Olly: Life on Murs, premiered on ITV2. It drew over half a million viewers. In July 2012, Murs performed at T in the Park. In August 2012, Murs performed at V Festiv...
Murs lived with his twin brother Ben and parents Vicky and Pete Murs until Easter 2012, when he moved into a five-bedroom house of his own in Toot Hill, Essex. He is an avid supporter of Manchester United and also he is a supporter and chairman of local side Coggeshall Town. Olly stated on The Jonathan Ross Show in March 2015 that Ben was estranged from their parents and that the incident stemmed from Murs not being able to attend Ben's wedding because of X Factorcommitments. Murs opened up about on-going mental health issues first in 2015, admitting that he turned to alcohol to cope with depression caused by the pressure of a new career during his time on the X Factor tour. In 2016 Murs experienced anxiety and panic attacks after facing stark criticism about his short lived career as a presenter for The Xtra Factor. Appearing for a "routine performance" on the Graham Norton Show to promote his new music, Murs was struck with sudden, overwhelming panic, stating his "heart was poundi...
1. In Case You Didn't Know Tour (2012) 2. Right Place Right Time Tour (2013) 3. Never Been Better Tour (2015) 4. 24 Hrs Tour (2017) 5. You Know I Know Tour (2019) 6. Summer Tour (2021-2022)
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- The Top Notes' "Shake It Up, Baby"
- The Beatles' Version
- Isley Brothers' Version
- Brian Poole and The Tremeloes' Version
- Other Cover Versions
- References in Other Media
In 1961, a year after Phil Spector became a staff producer at Atlantic Records, he was asked to produce a single by an up-and-coming vocal group, the Top Notes (sometimes named "Topnotes"): "Shake It Up, Babe." This was before Spector perfected his "Wall of Sound" technique, and the recording lacked all of the energy the group exhibited in its live performances. Songwriter Bert Russell felt Spector had ruined the song, and went out to show Spector how the song should be done.
The Beatles released the song on their first UK album, Please Please Me, the recording of which on February 11, 1963 was their first album session and is notable for 11 songs recorded in a mere 10 hours. "Twist and Shout", with John Lennon on lead vocals, was the last song recorded; producer George Martin knew Lennon's voice would suffer from the performance, so he left it until last, with only 15 minutes of scheduled recording time remaining. Lennon was suffering from a cold, and was drinking milk and sucking on cough drops to soothe his throat. His coughing is audible on the album, as is the cold's effect on his voice. Even so, he produced a memorable vocal performance: a raucous, dynamic rocker. He later said his voice was not the same for a long time afterwards, and that "every time [he] swallowed, it felt like sandpaper". A second take was attempted, but Lennon had nothing left and it was abandoned. George Martin said, "I did try a second take... but John's voice had gone." The...Paul McCartney: backing vocals, bass guitar (Hofner 500/1)
When the Isley Brothers decided to record the song in 1962, Russell opted to produce, and thus demonstrate to Spector what he had intended to be the "sound" of the record. The resulting recording captured the verve of an Isley Brothers performance, and became the trio's first record to reach a Top 20 position in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The Isley Brothers' version, with Ronald Isley on lead vocals, was the first major hit recording of the song, peaking at No. 17 on the U.S. pop top 40 charts, and No. 2 on the US R&B charts. The song quickly became a frequently covered R&B tune in the early 1960s. According to Ronald, the song was supposed to be the B-side to the Burt Bacharach standard, "Make It Easy On Yourself", which had been a hit for Jerry Butler. When the Isleys recorded "Twist and Shout", the brothers did not think the song would do well, as they had not had a hit in the three years since "Shout" established them. To their surprise, the song became their first Top...
In 1962 the Decca label signed Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, a British group from Dagenham, Essex, in preference to the Beatles. Both groups auditioned on the same day, and it has become the legend that the Beatles were rejected by the label. Ironically, Brian Poole and The Tremeloes had no chart success until the beat boom in British rock surfaced, following the success of the Beatles. This triggered the frenzied signing of most of the popular Liverpool rock groups of that period by the major record labels, and their distinctive "sound" became known as Merseybeat. Brian Poole and The Tremeloes imitated this style, and covered "Twist and Shout" four months after The Beatles had released their version, and acheived the number four position in the UK Single Chart.In 1962, Booker T. & the M.G.s included as instrumental version on their album, Green Onions.In 1962, The Majors covered the song on the album Meet the Majors.In 1963, The Searchers covered the song on the album Meet the Searchers.In 1964, The Iguanas covered the song on the album Jumpin’ with the Iguanas.
Appearances on film
1. In the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ferris Bueller (voiced by Matthew Broderick) engages an entire parade and downtown Chicago in song and dance to “Twist and Shout” It uses the Beatles version, but Paul McCartneywas upset that horns were arranged over the track. 2. In the film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, the version of the Beatles playing it live with Jimmie Nicol is played during the scene where Benjamin and Daisy move into their apartment then shows it on their TV; and in ano...
Appearances in TV shows
1. In an episode of Full House, Jesse persuades Michelle’s class to sing “Twist and Shout” rather than “The Wheels on the Bus” 2. In an episode of A Different World, Whitley sings “Twist and Shout” on top of a bar when she and Kim decide to go out during their Thanksgiving break. 3. In the series premiere of Round the Twist, all four members of the Twist family sing the song in the car en route to their new home. 4. On Strictly Come Dancingthe song was danced to by John Sergeant and Kristina...
Appearances in video games
1. An instrumental version of the song appears in the coin-op video game Mikie. 2. The Beatles’ version is used in the game Karaoke Revolution Volume 3. 3. The title is referenced in the game Strife. 4. It is the opening track in the career mode of The Beatles: Rock Band.
"Twist and Shout" is a 1961 song written by Phil Medley and Bert Berns (later credited as "Bert Russell"). It was originally recorded by the Top Notes, but it did not become a hit in the record charts until it was reworked by the Isley Brothers in 1962.
Olly Murs singing (what i think) his best performance
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The English singer and songwriter Olly Murs has recorded songs for five studio albums and collaborated with other artists on their respective singles. The singer came to prominence after he finished in second place on the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, losing to Joe McElderry.
Olly Murs performs his brilliant cover of The Beatles' Twist & Shout at The Midlands Music Festival.
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