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A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

A Whole New World – Regina Belle and Peabo Bryson

If you have young kids in the house. If you have young kids in the neighborhood. If you were a young kid in the 1990s, you know this song. That’s because “A Whole New World” is the title track to Disney’s animated 1992 film, Aladdin, that has earned more than $500 million dollars worldwide. That’s half-a-billion dollars for an animated movie. That’s simply astounding. It’s also the kind of broad reach and wide appeal that can transform … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

How Do You Talk to an Angel – The Heights

How Do You Talk to an Angel – The Heights

Aaron Spelling is one of the all-time genius TV show producers. You may not love all his programs. You may laugh at their period-piece pop-cultural aesthetics. You may tell your friends you never watched Charlie’s Angels or Melrose Place or Dynasty or Beverly Hills 90210 or The Mod Squad. But the fact is, you probably did. And the rest of America joined you on the sofa as these TV shows became cultural phenomenons and water cooler fodder. But one Aaron … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Hold On – Jamie Walters

Hold On – Jamie Walters

Two-time one-hit wonders are a special breed. These are the artists who hit the Billboard Top 40 more than once with completely different bands. J.D. Souther did it with the Souther Hillman Furay Band’s “Fallin in Love” and his solo hit “You’re Only Lonely.” Nick Gilder counts for performing “Hot Child in the City” and writing “The Warrior” by Scandal. Donnie Iris sang lead on “Ah! Leah!” and “The Rapper” by The Jaggerz. Ann Wilson of Heart pulled … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

All I Need – Jack Wagner

All I Need – Jack Wagner

Soap operas have been launching pads for many singers, actors and actresses. Jack Wagner was no fool and recognized opportunity when it presented itself back in 1985. General Hospital was the biggest soap opera on the air. So big, in fact, that in 1981, the Afternoon Delights hit #33 on the Billboard Top 40 with their novelty song, “General Hospi-tale.” Get it? They switched “tal” with “tale” because they are telling the epic saga of … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Feelings – Morris Albert

Feelings – Morris Albert

You could start today and write songs the rest of your life and never, ever write anything half as sensitive as “Feelings” by Morris Albert. This song is so weepy, sensitive and in touch with its inner goodness and sadness, it makes me want to hurl. There must have been something in the water in 1975 that inspired songwriters to produce easy listening dreck that captured the sensitive zeitgeist but holds absolutely no relevance today. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton

Mariah Carey has always received acclaim and adoration for her ability to sing high notes like a tiny little hummingbird. Either you like the sound or you don’t. Personally, I don’t want to hear an album’s worth of bird songs and that may explain why I’ve never purchased a Mariah Carey record. Or a record full of bird songs. Birds singing outside my window on a summer morning = good. Birds chirping at the end of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop