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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

Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman

Jai Ho – A.R. Rahman

There aren’t many one-hit wonders that have won both a Grammy Award and an Oscar. In fact, “Jai Ho” is pretty much it. In 2008, Slumdog Millionaire was packing movie theaters with its crazy compelling story of a poor, illiterate kid who wins the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire . As the movie ends in an exciting rush of requited love and joy, you see the cast in a train station … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Bill Conti

Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) – Bill Conti

I still remember the first time I heard the theme from Rocky. I was riding in my parent’s Ford Country Squire station wagon when the song came on the AM radio. I suddenly wanted to leap from my seat and bash through the window so I could run alongside the station wagon. With “Gonna Fly Now” playing in my head, I was going to conquer my fear of snakes. I was going to eat four … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes

If you’re a child of the 1980s, you know Jennifer Grey as Ferris Bueller’s obnoxious big sister in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Or even more likely, you know her as Baby from Dirty Dancing. Then she pretty much disappeared from public consciousness. Until 2010 when her terrific dancing skills transformed Baby into the deserving winner of Dancing With the Stars. The first time people noticed that Jennifer could dance was during the dramatic finale … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

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 »

Filed under: 1970s