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Hooked on Classics – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Hooked on Classics – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Disco fever had long ago reached its ignominious end when “Hooked on Classics” reached #10 on the Billboard Top 40 back in 1982. This discofied little ditty (and it sounds more like a ditty than a tribute to some of the greatest classical musical themes ever produced) takes symphonic pieces from artists as diverse as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Copeland, Vivaldi and Gershwin and overlays them in a medley with an incessant disco beat in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

Mr. Blue Sky – Electric Light Orchestra (ELO)

ELO is not a one-hit wonder. But Mr. Blue Sky is a GREAT song. It’s been a long, dreary winter. But today the sun shines brightly. Since about 1979 the first real day of spring always reminds me of “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra (or ELO). This bouncy ditty is a joyous ode to sunshine and produced in a poppy Beatlesque style by Jeff Lynne, the brains behind ELO since 1971. I’ve always thought … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Rock