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You Light Up My Life Songwriter Commits Suicide

You Light Up My Life Songwriter Commits Suicide

“You Light Up My Life” by Debby Boone was an inspirational love song and the biggest-selling song of 1977. In fact, it’s one of the top-10 biggest-selling songs of all time according to Billboard Magazine. Sadly, the life of “You Light Up My Life” songwriter Joseph Brooks wasn’t quite as inspirational as the successful songwriter committed suicide on May 22, 2011. Brooks was facing 91 counts of rape, sexual abuse, criminal sexual act and assault … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace

The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace

“The Night Chicago Died” was one of my favorite songs as a young kid. I had no idea who Al Capone was. The hardest thing I had ever tasted in my life was sour orange juice. I had no idea what prohibition was or how it was related to Al Capone or how Al Capone and the Chicago cops were connected. I had no clue that the East Side of Chicago, the same East Side of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Brother Louie – Stories

Brother Louie – Stories

If you’ve ever confused “Brother Louie” by Stories with “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen, you wouldn’t be the first. Both have catchy choruses. But the differences in the first line are huge. Example #1 Louie Louie, oh no Me gotta go Aye-yi-yi-yi, I said Example #2 Louie Louie Louie, Louie Louie Louie Lou-I If you correctly identified example #2 as “Brother Louie” you should buy yourself a ham sandwich as your reward. Brother Louie by Stories reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40 in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock

Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

Mariah Carey has always received acclaim and adoration for her ability to sing high notes like a tiny little hummingbird. Either you like the sound or you don’t. Personally, I don’t want to hear an album’s worth of bird songs and that may explain why I’ve never purchased a Mariah Carey record. Or a record full of bird songs. Birds singing outside my window on a summer morning = good. Birds chirping at the end of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

I Can Help – Billy Swan

I Can Help – Billy Swan

Country crossover hits are an interesting phenomenon. In the 1980s there were a bunch of tunes that crossed over from venerable acts like Micky Gilley, Sylvia and John Schneider (from the Dukes of Hazzard). The 1990s were chock-full of country crossover hits from Shania Twain, Faith Hill and many more artists who are completely removed from one-hit wonder status as multi-Platinum recording artists. In the 1970s, you get songs like “I Can Help” by Billy … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Country

Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred and his Playboy Band

Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred and his Playboy Band

Three minutes of pure poppy bliss. That’s what I hear in “Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) by John Fred and his Playboy Band.” I also hear a clear and obvious reference to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Try it yourself. Judy in disguise for Lucy in the Sky. Fits pretty well, right? That’s intentional. John Fred heard The Beatles’ hit song and was convinced John Lennon was singing “Judy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Since Fred … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1960s, Pop