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Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Stand By Me – Mickey Gilley

Mickey Gilley is a country music legend. But he’s a pop music one-hit wonder for his 1980 crossover hit from the Urban Cowboy movie that starred John Travolta. The definitive version of “Stand By Me” is performed by Ben E. King. It’s a classic that features one of the most famous bass lines in all of rock music. Gilley’s version is a bit more sleepy, a bit more somber, a bit more boring. But that didn’t matter … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

I Believe in You – Don Williams

I Believe in You – Don Williams

Big Don Williams is a class act. He’s still out there strumming his guitar after five decades in the music business. In fact, he’s probably playing a small venue in middle-America tonight. With 17 number one hits on the country charts, he was deservedly inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. But today isn’t about Don’s country hits. It’s about the one time in his career that he crossed over from the … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

It’s easy to forget that big-screen icon Bruce Willis once fancied himself a rhythm and blues singer. But he did. And under the moniker “Bruno” he delivered a debut album cleverly titled The Return of Bruno (see how he did that? Made buyers think they missed Introducing Bruno). We’ll add Willis to our growing list of actors-turned-singers-turned-actors. Or maybe it should be singers-turned-actors-turned-singers-turned-one-hit wonders. Let’s not argue semantics here. Celebrity crossover worked for David Soul … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul

Don’t Give Up On Us – David Soul

Some of the greatest (or silliest) pop songs ever written or recorded were by TV stars who crossed over to the Billboard charts. Here’s a short list for you: Rick Springfield from General Hospital (not a one-hit wonder but he gave the world “Jessie’s Girl” and for that we’ll always be grateful) Leif Garrett from Family in 1976 singing “I Was Made for Dancing” (not a one-hit wonder either and now known more for … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Seven Year Ache – Rosanne Cash

Seven Year Ache – Rosanne Cash

Everyone likes the man in black, Johnny Cash. We believe everyone should pay more attention to his daughter, Rosanne Cash. Since 1978 Cash has been writing, singing and producing records. Some of them great, some of them average. Almost all of them worth a listen. Although she has released 12 albums and 33 singles and topped the country music charts 10 times, she has only hit the Billboard Hot 100 one time when “Seven Year … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country