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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

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia Lyrics – Vicki Lawrence

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia Lyrics – Vicki Lawrence

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia Lyrics – Vicki Lawrence Click to read how The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia became a one-hit wonder He was on his way home from Candletop Been two weeks gone and he thought he’d stop At William’s and have him a drink ‘fore he went home to her Andy Wolloe said “Hello” And he said “Hi, what’s doin’, Wo?” “Seth, sit down, I got some bad news, it’s gonna hurt” He said “I’m … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

If you grew up in the 1970s, you remember Vicki Lawrence from the Carol Burnett Show, where she was a key player from 1967 – 1978. It’s amazing that Lawrence spent 11 years on a top-rated TV show, but most people I know would never peg Vicki Lawrence (or “Mama”) as the singer of “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” Perhaps that’s because it was the pre-MTV and YouTube eras and I had never … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin

Here is another one-hit wonder by an artist you will swear had more chart hits. But “Me and Bobby” McGee” represents Janis Joplin’s only flirtation with the Billboard Top 40. Think about that for a moment; Janis Joplin, a woman who is widely regarded as one of the great all-time rocks singers and a cautionary tale about the perils of alcholism, is a one-hit wonder artist. Just like Lou Reed, The Grateful Dead, Rush, Kraftwerk and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s