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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

Stay the Night – Benjamin Orr

Stay the Night – Benjamin Orr

The Cars are back. Yes, the original version of The Cars, one of the seminal New Wave bands, is releasing their first record since 1987’s Door to Door. That’s good news for fans of the band since the record, Move Like This, essentially sounds like their late 1970s or early 1980s classics like The Cars and Candy-O. The sad news is that it’s the original Cars lineup, minus one key member: bass player Benjamin Orr who … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

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

One in a Million You – Larry Graham

One in a Million You – Larry Graham

Ready for an obscure and forgotten one-hit wonder that reached the Billboard Top 10 in 1980? I give you “One in a Million You” by Larry Graham. Remember it? Dig deep. Search your inner soul. If you’re drawing a blank, you’re not alone. I don’t know that any soft rock station in America plays “One in a Million You” anymore. But in 1980, Larry Graham was enjoying success as a smooth-singing solo artist. In my mind, he deserved it … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Pop

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

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia – Vicki Lawrence

If you grew up in the 1970s, you remember Vicki Lawrence from the Carol Burnett Show, where she was a key player from 1967 – 1978. It’s amazing that Lawrence spent 11 years on a top-rated TV show, but most people I know would never peg Vicki Lawrence (or “Mama”) as the singer of “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.” Perhaps that’s because it was the pre-MTV and YouTube eras and I had never … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop