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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 »

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Midnight at the Oasis Lyrics – Maria Muldaur

Midnight at the Oasis Lyrics – Maria Muldaur

Midnight at the Oasis Lyrics Click to read how Midnight at the Oasis became a two-hit wonder Midnight at the oasis Send your camel to bed Shadows paintin’ our faces Traces of romance in our heads Heaven’s holdin’ a half-moon Shinin’ just for us Let’s slip off to a sand dune, real soon And kick up a little dust Come on, Cactus is our friend He’ll point out the way Come on, ’til the evenin’ ends ‘Til the evenin’ ends You don’t have to answer There’s no need to speak I’ll … Read entire article »

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Midnight at the Oasis – Maria Muldaur

Midnight at the Oasis – Maria Muldaur

I love when a friend dumps a bunch of old records on me. It has happened for years since I’m one of the few people who has always has at least one turntable with a Shure cartridge and stylus hooked up to the stereo. In my opinion, one of life’s most satisfying visceral experiences is digging through stacks of vinyl in search of one or two gems. My friend gave me at least 150 records and … Read entire article »

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The Entertainer – Marvin Hamlisch

The Entertainer – Marvin Hamlisch

Editor’s note: Marvin Hamlisch died at the age of 68 on August 7, 2012. In the mid-1970s, virtually any kid who played piano learned Scott Joplin’s ragtime hit, “The Entertainer.” I can’t think of a single kid I grew up with who didn’t learn the song on the piano at some time. Interestingly, it was one of those songs that was huge for a few years, then largely disappeared. I haven’t heard anyone play “The … Read entire article »

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TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) – MFSB

It’s impossible to not love “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).” It’s sweet Philly soul. It’s disco. It is written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the same guys who gave the world The O’Jays and many more soul bands. “TSOP” is recorded by MFSB. An abbreviation for Mother, Father, Sister, Brother and featuring soaring vocals by The Three Degrees. It reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, you can make a strong argument … Read entire article »

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Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield

Tubular Bells – Mike Oldfield

The opening notes of “Tubular Bells” may immediately creep you out. Or not. It all depends on whether or not you’ve seen the 1970s horror classic The Exorcist. If you’ve seen the movie where a young Linda Blair is possessed by a demon, then “Tubular Bells” likely makes you uncomfortable. Maybe even a little scared. Scared enough that you may suddenly vomit and your head will turn in a complete circle. If these symptoms occur, please … Read entire article »

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