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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

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

General Hospi-Tale – The Afternoon Delights

There is a certain charm in novelty songs, those quirky little musical nuggets that capture a moment in time with a popular song based on a pop cultural event. How else can you explain “Pac-Man Fever” by Buckner and Garcia or “Disco Duck” by Rick Dees? They’re silly, stupid, disposable but certainly charming in small doses. Very small doses. “General Hospi-Tale” by The Afternoon Delights is exceedingly stupid, anachronistic and disposable since it manages to name-check key … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Welcome Back – John Sebastian

Welcome Back – John Sebastian

If you were a kid in 1976, Welcome Back Kotter was the greatest show on TV. Better than Happy Days. Better than Good Times. Better than All in the Family. And the theme song, “Welcome Back” by John Sebastian, was a staple on AM radio stations. America fell in love with the Sweathogs that featured Gabe Kaplan and the legendary, Vinnie Barbarino, i.e., John Travolta. Vinnie was the man. With his feathered hair, massive Goody comb … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop

Nadia’s Theme – Barry De Vorzon

Nadia’s Theme – Barry De Vorzon

Let’s turn down the lights and get a little sensitive now. “Nadia’s Theme” is another unlikely 1970s one-hit wonder. But it’s not the only instrumental one-hit wonder to grace the Billboard Top 40. You can also add “Chariots of Fire Theme” by Vangelis, “Hooked on Swing” by Larry Elgart and His Manhattan Swing Orchestra and the “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire” by David Foster to name just a few. Click to hear more instrumental … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

It’s Now or Never – John Schneider

TV shows are often a great launching pad into musical stardom (or vice versa). David Soul parlayed his success as Hutch from Starsky and Hutch into a massive number one hit with “Don’t Give Up on Us” in 1977. John Schneider followed Soul’s lead and turned an Elvis Presley cover of “It’s Now or Never” into a #14 hit on the Billboard Top 40 in 1981. What do Soul and Schneider have in common? Let’s explore… Blonde … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, Country

Don’t Give Up On Us Lyrics – David Soul

Don’t Give Up On Us Lyrics – David Soul

Click here to read how “Don’t Give Up On Us” became a one-hit wonder Don’t Give Up On Us lyrics Don’t give up on us, baby Don’t make the wrong seem right The future isn’t just one night It’s written in the moonlight Painted on the stars We can’t change ours Don’t give up on us, baby We’re still worth one more try I know we put a last one by Just for a rainy evening When maybe stars are few Don’t give up on us, I know We … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1970s, Pop