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Mr. Sandman – Emmylou Harris

Mr. Sandman – Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris is one of the all-time great female country singers. She has won Grammy Awards, Country Music Association awards, notched 14 #1 Country songs, released more than 40 albums through 2011 and is generally considered one of the grand dames of country music. Given all that success, it’s a bit of a shock that her only Billboard Top 40 hit is a cover of “Mr. Sandman” from 1982. It’s not that there is anything … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country, Pop

I’ll See You In My Dreams – Giant

I’ll See You In My Dreams – Giant

Talk about your forgotten one-hit wonders, even I don’t remember “I’ll See You In My Dreams” by Giant. Giant is so far off the beaten path of rock history you’ll need GPS and compass skills used by back-country hikers in remote wilderness areas to even locate this band. Giant was essentially a bunch of Christian Nashville session players that decided one day to get together as a band and make records of their own, like Toto in … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Rock

Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

Love You Like I Never Loved Before – John O’Banion

“Love You Like I Never Loved Before” by John O’Banion comes to us directly from the Hall and Oates, Toto, Queen, Joey Scarbury and Frankee and the Knockouts production early 1980s songbook. The pounding piano is straight from Toto’s first hit, “Hold the Line” with some sly nods to Daryl Hall’s piano pounding on “Kiss on My List.” The soaring vocals have a touch of two-hit wonders Frankee and the Knockout’s vocal stylings on their biggest hit, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Breaking Away – Balance

Breaking Away – Balance

Here is a long-forgotten one-hit wonder from 1980. It’s “Breaking Away” by Balance and if there’s one thing you’ll remember about this song, it’s the phrase “I’m breaking away. Hooooo.” That’s because the chorus consists entirely of that single phrase: “I’m breaking away. Hoo-ooo.” Twenty-three times if my ear doesn’t deceive me in a song that is only 3-minutes and 14-seconds long. But “Breaking Away” has so many trademark 1980s sounds, it sounds like it was made … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters

Gee Whiz – Bernadette Peters

Are you kidding me? “Gee Whiz” by Bernadette Peters is awful. Simply awful. Production-wise it’s a throwback to the 1950s with a 1970s sultry saxophone solo for about four bars in the middle section. Peters emotes and has the chops to hit all the right notes but somehow this song falls completely flat. It’s songs like these that make you both love and loathe Billboard pop music charts. “Gee Whiz” climbs all the way to … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

You Could Take My Heart Away Tonight – Silver Condor

You Could Take My Heart Away Tonight – Silver Condor

Here we have a completely forgotten one-hit wonder from 1980 that sports a tenuous link to a much better-remembered one-hit wonder from 1985 by Autograph. “You Could Take My Heart Away Tonight” really goes nowhere for a really long time. Or at least it feels like a long time as you listen to the song. The biggest problem for Silver Condor is that they sound like at least 100 other Los Angeles bands who garnered a little … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop