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The Corrs

Blue Marbles

ByLuc De Leeuw

This photo was taken on November 26, 2007 using a Canon EOS 400D Digital.

The Corrs are a Celtic folk rock band from Dundalk, Ireland. The group consists of the Corr siblings: Andrea (lead vocals, tin whistle); Sharon (violin, vocals); Caroline (drums, piano, bodhrán, vocals); and Jim (guitar, piano, vocals).

The Corrs came to international prominence with their performance at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, and their support of Celine Dion on her 1996 Falling into You Tour. Since then, they have released five studio albums and numerous singles, which have reached platinum in many countries.[1] Talk on Corners, their most successful album to date, reached multi-platinum status in Australia and the UK.[2]

The Corrs have been actively involved in philanthropic activities. They have performed in numerous charity concerts such as the Prince’s Trust in 2004 and Live 8 alongside Bono in 2005. The same year, they were awarded honorary MBEs for their contributions to music and charity.[3] The Corrs are on hiatus because Jim and Caroline are raising families, while Andrea and Sharon are pursuing solo careers.


[edit] Early years

Gerry and Jean Corr performing as Sound Affair

The Corrs’ parents are Gerry Corr, a manager of the payroll department of the Irish Electricity Supply Board, and his wife, Jean, a homemaker, who died in 1999 while waiting for a lung transplant. They raised their family in Dundalk, Ireland. The Corrs’ paternal uncle, Peter Corr, was a professional footballer who played for Ireland and several clubs including Everton. Gerry and Jean performed together as a band called Sound Affair, and often brought their children to their performances,[4] where they played songs by ABBA and the Eagles in local pubs.[5]

With the encouragement of their parents, Jim took guitar lessons and Sharon played the violin. Caroline did not learn to play the drums until she was 17 and was helped by a boyfriend at the time and Andrea did not take up the tin whistle until she was 19. They were all taught the piano by their father.[6] Throughout their teenage years the children practiced in Jim’s bedroom at a rented house. Andrea sang lead vocals, Sharon played the violin, and Caroline and Jim played the keyboards.[7]

[edit] 1990–1994: Early commercial success

While Caroline and Andrea were still attending school, Jim and Sharon began playing as a duo, often at their aunt’s pub, McManus’s.[8] In 1990, Jim and Sharon added their younger siblings, to form a quartet.[5] Their career took off in 1991 when they auditioned for the film The Commitments. Jim, Sharon, and Caroline each had small parts as musicians, while Andrea had a speaking part as Sharon Rabbitte.[9] John Hughes noticed them when they auditioned for the movie, and agreed to become their manager.[10]

In 1994, the American ambassador to Ireland, Jean Kennedy Smith, invited them to perform at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in Boston after seeing them play a gig at Whelan’s Music Bar in Dublin.[6] After an appearance at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, United States,[11] The Corrs joined Celine Dion’s worldwide Falling into You Tour as a supporting act.[12]

[edit] 1995 — 1999: International fame

Jason Flom, Atlantic Records’s head of A&R, recommended that they meet with David Foster,[13] a Canadian musician, producer, composer and arranger.[14] The Corrs played live for Foster and he agreed to sign them to Atlantic Records. They extended their stay in the US for over five months to record their debut album, Forgiven, Not Forgotten.[6] Forgiven, Not Forgotten featured six instrumental selections among its Celtic-influenced tracks. The album sold well in Ireland, Australia, Japan, Norway and Spain. Major success in the US and the UK, however, was not immediately forthcoming. Eventually, the album reached platinum status in the UK[15] and Australia,[16] and quadruple platinum in Ireland,[11] making it one of the most successful debuts by an Irish group.[12]

The Corrs’ next album, 1997′s Talk On Corners, was produced by Glen Ballard, who was respected for his collaboration with Alanis Morissette.[17] The Corrs also collaborated with Carole Bayer Sager, Oliver Leiber, Rick Nowels, and Billy Steinberg.[18][19] The album met with lukewarm responses and was only successful in Ireland.[18]

The Corrs performed a special remixed version of the tracks from their first two albums in a televised St. Patrick’s Day appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1998. After the performance, the band re-released Talk on Corners, with new remixes of "What Can I Do?", "So Young" and "Runaway".[19] The special edition topped the charts worldwide, and again reached multi-platinum status in the UK[20] and Australia.[21]

In June 1998, The Corrs participated in the Pavarotti and Friends for the Children of Liberia charity concert. The concert was held in Modena, Italy and was hosted by Luciano Pavarotti. Other performers included Jon Bon Jovi, Céline Dion, Spice Girls and Stevie Wonder.[22] The concert aimed to raise money to build the Pavarotti and Friends Liberian Children’s Village, to provide refuge for children in Liberia.[23]

The following year, The Corrs received a BRIT Award for Best International Band.[24] They performed live on MTV’s Unplugged on 5 October 1999 at Ardmore Studios, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.[25][26] The resulting CD and DVD sold 2.7 million copies and featured live performances of previously released songs, plus a new song, "Radio", later featured on their third album, In Blue.[24]

Creating an Image Map

One of the properties of the img tag that can be set is usemap. This instructs the browser to look for the map system identified and use it to create links for the image.

Maps are created as a series of one or more areas that are identified by their shape and their coordinates that can be used to create links to other documents. The poly shape is able to be so precise by it taking the coords using, pairs of numbers to identify pixel points ie (…,x2,y2,x3,y3,x4,y4,..). Once the area is plotted it can be treated as any other anchor tag.

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