Jan 31, 2015

Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention from the album Save Me

Fly Robin Fly by Silver Convention from the album Save Me

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Fly, Robin, Fly is a 1975 record by the German group Silver Convention. The song was released as a single from their 1975 album Save Me. In the United States, it rose to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in November 1975, staying there for three weeks. The single also was No. 1 on the Soul Singles Chart for one week. "Fly, Robin, Fly" also spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Dance/Disco Chart. It was the first song by a German group to reach number one on the American music charts. In Canada, the song also reached the pole position in the charts, hitting number one in the RPM Top Singles Chart on 17 January 1976, knocking the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" from the top slot, managing to keep it for a single week before being replaced by C. W. McCall's "Convoy" a week later.

"Fly, Robin, Fly" carries the distinction of being a Billboard chart-topper with only a few unique words: six. The chorus simply repeats "Fly, robin, fly" three times, with an ending of "Up, up to the sky!" Just five months earlier, another song with very few words was Van McCoy's number one hit, The Hustle, with only five words used in total: Do, it, the, hustle, and ooh.

During a segment on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs, it was revealed that the working title was "Run, Rabbit, Run."

"Fly, Robin, Fly" won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1976.

CBS Sports used part of the song as intro music for NFL coverage in the late 1970s. The song was also featured in the 1997 film Boogie Nights.

So Far Away by Carole King from the album Tapestry

So Far Away by Carole King from the album Tapestry

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So Far Away is a song written by Carole King and appeared on her 1971 album Tapestry. The recording features James Taylor on acoustic guitar. In the 1995 album Tapestry Revisited, it was covered by Rod Stewart.

The lyrics express longing for a lover who is far away. But Allmusic critic Bill Janovitz notes that while the lyrics start by focusing on the physical distance between the lovers, the lyrics use that as a jumping off point to explore emotional distance between lovers as well. Rolling Stone Magazine stated King's "warm, earnest singing" on the song brought out the song's sadness.

In addition to Taylor, and King on piano, instruments include Russ Kunkel on drums, Charles Larkey on bass guitar and Curtis Amy on flute.

In 1996, Rod Stewart included a version of the song on his album If We Fall in Love Tonight. This version was previously released as a single 1995 for a Carole King tribute album Tapestry Revisited.

Let's Stay Together by Al Green from the album Let's Stay Together

Let's Stay Together by Al Green from the album Let's Stay Together
Let's Stay Together is a song by American recording artist Al Green from his 1972 album of the same name. It was produced and recorded by Willie Mitchell, and mixed by Mitchell and Terry Manning. Released as a single in 1971, "Let's Stay Together" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and remained on the chart for 16 weeks and also topped Billboard's R&B chart for nine weeks. Billboard ranked it as the No. 11 song of 1972.

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It was ranked the 60th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

It was selected by the Library of Congress as a 2010 addition to the National Recording Registry, which selects recordings annually that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". The song went on to claim the number-one position on the Billboard Year-End chart as an R&B song for 1972.

The song was used in the Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction (1994), the 2004 film Hellboy and the 2005 film Munich. It was also used in the 2003 romantic comedy film How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and be heard in the films Down to You (2000), Jersey Girl (2004), and the 2012 romantic comedy Hope Springs features the song.

Jan 29, 2015

Special of the day: Stand by Me by Ben E. King

Special of the day: Stand by Me by Ben E. King

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Stand by Me is a song originally performed by American singer-songwriter Ben E. King. It was written by King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, inspired by the spiritual "Lord Stand by Me", plus two lines rooted in Psalms 46:2–3. There have been over 400 recorded versions of the song. The song is featured on the soundtrack of the 1986 film Stand by Me.

According to the documentary History of Rock 'n' Roll, Ben E. King had no intention of recording the song himself when he wrote it. King had written it for The Drifters, who passed on recording it. After the "Spanish Harlem" recording session, he had some studio time left over. The session's producers, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, asked if he had any more songs. King played "Stand by Me" on the piano for them. They liked it and called the studio musicians back in to record it.

Stoller recalls it differently:

I remember arriving at our office as Jerry and Ben were working on lyrics for a new song. King had the beginnings of a melody that he was singing a cappella. I went to the piano and worked up the harmonies, developing a bass pattern that became the signature of the song. Ben and Jerry quickly finished the lyrics ... .

Jan 27, 2015

Baby I'm-a Want You by Bread from the album Baby I'm-a Want You

Baby I'm-a Want You by Bread from the album Baby I'm-a Want You

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Baby I'm-a Want You is a popular song by the American pop-rock band Bread. The single was released in October 1971. It became the title track for the album of the same name, released in January 1972.

It was one of Bread's highest-charting singles in both the U.S. and U.K. In the U.S., it reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1971, the third of Bread's four top-five hits ("Make It with You", #1 in 1970; "If", #4 earlier in 1971; and "Everything I Own", from the same album, #5 in 1972). "Baby I'm-a Want You" reached the top of the easy listening chart and rose to #14 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1972.

It was certified as a gold record by the RIAA. As with virtually all of the band's well-known recordings, the song was both written and produced by the band's lead vocalist, David Gates.

Band on the Run (song) by Paul McCartney and Wings from the album Band on the Run

Band on the Run (song) by Paul McCartney and Wings from the album Band on the Run

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Band on the Run is the title song from Paul McCartney and Wings' Band on the Run album. The single sold one million copies in 1974 in the U.S., where it reached number 1, and it went to number 3 in the UK.

The song is a three part medley. The parts are thematically related, but do not necessarily form a continuous narrative. Paul McCartney was inspired by George Harrison in the first line of the second part of the medley: "If we ever get out of here." He reportedly said these words during one of the Beatles' many business meetings.

The U.S. radio edit was 3:50 in length. The difference was largely caused by the removal of the middle or the second part of the song, as well as the verse that starts with "Well, the undertaker drew a heavy sigh..."

The single was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over one million copies. The song features prominently on all McCartney/Wings compilations as well as McCartney's live shows. It was the second of five number-one singles for the band on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked it number 22 on its Top Pop Singles of 1974 year-end chart.

Heatwave - Boogie Nights from the album Too Hot to Handle (1977)

Heatwave - Boogie Nights from the album Too Hot to Handle (1977)

Boogie Nights is a 1977 single by the British-based funk-disco group Heatwave. It was the group's debut single and was written by Rod Temperton. It was included on Heatwave's debut album, Too Hot to Handle. The American actor and singer Clarke Peters performed backing vocals on the song.

The song became one of the best-known disco songs by a British group and charted at #2 in both the UK Singles Chart as well as the Billboard Hot 100. It also appeared on U.S. Billboard R&B and dance charts during 1977. The song would reach number 1 in New Zealand. The single was certified platinum by the RIAA. The song did not chart in Ireland.

The song has been covered many times by artists such as KC and the Sunshine Band, Will to Power, 911 and The Weather Girls. British boy-band Blue also performed the song in their live shows.

The song made an appearance in the 1978 films Eyes of Laura Mars and The Stud (film).

Jan 26, 2015

Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water from the album Machine Head

Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water from the album Machine Head
Smoke on the Water is a song by the English rock band Deep Purple. It was first released on their 1972 album Machine Head. In 2004, the song was ranked number 434 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time, ranked number 4 in Total Guitar magazine's Greatest Guitar Riffs Ever, and in March 2005, Q magazine placed "Smoke on the Water" at number 12 in its list of the 100 greatest guitar tracks.

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The lyrics of the song tell a true story: on 4 December 1971 Deep Purple were in Montreux, Switzerland, where they had set up camp to record an album using a mobile recording studio (rented from the Rolling Stones and known as the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio—referred to as the "Rolling truck Stones thing" and "a mobile" in the song lyrics) at the entertainment complex that was part of the Montreux Casino (referred to as "the gambling house" in the song lyric). On the eve of the recording session a Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention concert was held in the casino's theatre. In the middle of Don Preston's synthesizer solo on "King Kong", the place suddenly caught fire when somebody in the audience fired a flare gun into the rattan covered ceiling, as mentioned in the "some stupid with a flare gun" line. The resulting fire destroyed the entire casino complex, along with all the Mothers' equipment. The "smoke on the water" that became the title of the song (credited to bass guitarist Roger Glover, who related how the title occurred to him when he suddenly woke from a dream a few days later) referred to the smoke from the fire spreading over Lake Geneva from the burning casino as the members of Deep Purple watched the fire from their hotel. The "Funky Claude" running in and out is referring to Claude Nobs, the director of the Montreux Jazz Festival who helped some of the audience escape the fire.

Special of the day: The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

Special of the day: The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun

Here Comes the Sun is a song written by George Harrison from the Beatles' 1969 album Abbey Road.

"Here Comes the Sun" is one of Harrison's best-known Beatles contributions alongside "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The year 1969 was difficult for Harrison: he had quit the band temporarily, he was arrested for marijuana possession, and he had his tonsils removed.

Harrison stated in his autobiography, I, Me, Mine:

"Here Comes the Sun" was written at the time when Apple was getting like school, where we had to go and be businessmen: 'Sign this' and 'sign that.' Anyway, it seems as if winter in England goes on forever, by the time spring comes you really deserve it. So one day I decided I was going to sag off Apple and I went over to Eric Clapton's house. The relief of not having to go see all those dopey accountants was wonderful, and I walked around the garden with one of Eric's acoustic guitars and wrote "Here Comes the Sun."

Jan 25, 2015

The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again (song)

Won't Get Fooled Again is a song by the British rock band The Who, written by Pete Townshend. It was released as a single in June 1971, reaching the top 10 in the UK, while the full eight-and-a-half minute version appears as the final track on the band's 1971 album Who's Next, released that August.

Townshend wrote the song as the closing number of the Lifehouse project, and the lyrics criticise revolution and power. To symbolise the spiritual connection he had found in music via the works of Meher Baba and Inayat Khan, he programmed a mixture of human traits into a synthesizer and used it as the main backing instrument throughout the song. The Who tried recording the song in New York in March 1971, but re-recorded a superior take at Stargroves the next month using the synthesizer from Townshend's original demo. Ultimately, Lifehouse as a project was abandoned in favour of Who's Next, a straightforward album, where it also became the closing track. The song has been performed as a staple of the band's setlist since 1971, often as the set closer, and was the last track drummer Keith Moon played live with the band.

As well as a hit, the song has achieved critical praise, appearing as one of Rolling Stone's The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It has been covered by several artists, such as Van Halen who took their version to No. 1 on the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart. It has been used for several TV shows and films, and in some political campaigns.

Three Dog Night - Mama Told Me (Not To Come)

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Mama Told Me (Not to Come) is a song by American singer-songwriter Randy Newman written for Eric Burdon's first solo album in 1966. Three Dog Night's 1970 pop rock cover of the song topped the U.S. pop singles charts. Stereophonics's cover also hit number four on the U.K. Singles Chart in 2000.

The first recording of "Mama Told Me Not to Come" was cut by Eric Burdon & The Animals. A scheduled single-release of September 1966 was withdrawn, but the song was eventually included on their 1967 album Eric Is Here.

Also in 1970, Three Dog Night released a longer, rock 'n roll and funk-inspired version (titled "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)") on It Ain't Easy.

Three Dog Night's version had the same 3/4 by 2/4 time change as Eric Burdon's version and featured Cory Wells singing lead in an almost humorous vocal-style, Jimmy Greenspoon playing a Wurlitzer electric piano, and Michael Allsup playing his guitar, which sounds like a violin on the recording.

Billboard ranked the record as the No. 11 song of 1970. The single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on July 14, 1970, the same day that It Ain't Easy was certified gold.

This was the very first #1 song played on the July 4, 1970 broadcast of American Top 40.

Jan 24, 2015

Special of the day: Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (song)

Special of the day: Steppenwolf - Born To Be Wild (song)

Born to Be Wild is a song first performed by the band Steppenwolf, written by Mars Bonfire. The song is often invoked in both popular and counter culture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric "heavy metal thunder" marks the first use of this term in rock music (although not as a description of a musical style).

"Born to Be Wild" was the band's third single off their 1968 debut album Steppenwolf and became their most successful single, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles charts. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed "Born to Be Wild" at No. 129 on the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list. Also in 2004, it finished at #29 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema. In 2009, it was named the 53rd best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - On McFadden & Whitehead (1979)

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"Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" is a 1979 disco song performed by R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead, from their debut album McFadden & Whitehead. They wrote and produced the song along with keyboard player Jerry Cohen. Released as the lead single from the album, the song spent a week at number one on the R&B singles chart. It also proved to be a successful crossover hit, peaking at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number 5 in the UK. The single also made it to number ten on the disco charts. It eventually went double platinum, selling over 2 million copies.

"Ain't No Stopping Us Now" is about succeeding despite having faced previous disadvantages ("so many things that held us down"). It was widely interpreted to be about the experience of the African American community, and after attaining popularity, became referred to as "the new black national anthem" (the original being the 1900 song "Lift Every Voice and Sing").

McFadden & Whitehead would revisit the song in their 1984 single "Ain't No Stoppin' (Ain't No Way)."

Edwin Starr - War (song)

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War is a counterculture era soul song written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong for the Motown label in 1969. Whitfield first produced the song – a blatant anti-Vietnam War protest – with The Temptations as the original vocalists. After Motown began receiving repeated requests to release "War" as a single, Whitfield re-recorded the song with Edwin Starr as the vocalist, with the label deciding to withhold the Temptations' version from single release so as not to alienate their more conservative fans. Starr's version of "War" was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1970, and is not only the most successful and well-known record of his career, but it is also one of the most popular protest songs ever recorded. It was one of 161 songs on the Clear Channel no-play list after September 11, 2001.

The Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster song

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Love Rollercoaster is a song by American funk/R&B band The Ohio Players, originally featured on their 1975 album Honey. It was composed by Beck, Bonner, Jones, Middlebrooks, Pierce, Satchell, and Williams.

The song uses the roller coaster, a common theme park attraction, as a metaphor for the ups and downs of dating and romantic relationships. The roller coaster metaphor is also suggested musically as the guitarist plays a funk riff which slides up and back down repeatedly throughout the song, from the key of G down to the key of E and back up to the key of G.

Jan 23, 2015

Firefall - Just Remember I Love You (1977) song

Firefall - Just Remember I Love You song

Just Remember I Love You is a song by Firefall, released as a single in 1977. It was written by Rick Roberts and included as the second song of the group's 1977 album, Luna Sea. "Just Remember I Love You", with backing vocals by Timothy B. Schmit, peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent two weeks at number one on the Easy Listening chart.

In this song, the singer tries to offer encouragement to someone who sounds chronically depressed and hopeless, perhaps suicidal. People who are going through their worst times ever have been known to identify with the lyrics.

The Commodores - Brick House song

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Brick House is a song from the Commodores' 1977 self-titled album (released as Zoom in the UK). The single peaked at #5 in the U.S. and #32 in the UK pop charts.

In 1977, the Commodores were in the studio recording when there was a problem with the equipment. While the tapes were being repaired and replaced, the group took a break. Ronald LaPread, the group's bass player, began jamming. Bit by bit the rest of the band joined in until they came up with a track and bass line. Upon returning, James Carmichael, the Commodores' producer, heard and recognized that this could be a song worth recording. He asked everyone to see if they could use the riff to come up with a song. Taking the tapes home, William King played them for his wife, Shirley Hanna-King. While he slept she was inspired to write lyrics for the riff, modifying the expression "built like a brick shithouse" for the song.

The following day King sang the lyrics to "Brick House" to the band, allowing them to think he had written it. They loved it and decided that drummer Walter "Clyde" Orange had the funky voice to sing lead vocals, and the song went on the new album.

It took several years before the Commodores discovered that it was actually Shirley Hanna-King who had written the lyrics, and although not originally credited, the band has publicly acknowledged her as the song's writer.

Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop (1977) Song

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Don't Stop is a song by the rock group Fleetwood Mac, written by vocalist and keyboard player Christine McVie. Sung by Christine McVie and guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, it was a single taken from the band's 1977 hit album, Rumours. It is one of the band's most enduring hits, peaking at number three on the Billboard singles chart. In the UK market, "Don't Stop" followed "Go Your Own Way" as the second single from Rumours and peaked at #32. In the U.S, it was the third single released, and peaked at #3 in October 1977.

"Don't Stop" reflects Christine McVie's feelings after her separation from Fleetwood Mac's bass guitarist, John McVie, after eight years of marriage. "'Don't Stop' was just a feeling. It just seemed to be a pleasant revelation to have that 'yesterday's gone'," she remembers in The Fleetwood Mac Story: Rumours and Lies, "It might have, I guess, been directed more toward John, but I'm just definitely not a pessimist."

Jan 22, 2015

K.C. & The Sunshine Band - (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty song (1976)

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(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty is a song recorded and released in 1976 by KC and the Sunshine Band for the album Part 3. The song became their third number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as their third number-one on the Hot Soul Singles chart. The song was met with a degree of controversy, since the lyrics were interpreted or likely speculated by many as having sexual connotations. However according to KC it had a lot more meaning and depth. During his performance he would witness the entire crowd having a good time except for some minority. The song inspired people to "get off their can and get out there and do it". The B-side of Shake Your Booty was "Boogie Shoes", which later became a hit on its own when it appeared on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977.

"(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty" holds the record for being the only number-one song title with a word repeated more than three times in it. The chorus consists of the title expression with the word "shake" appearing eight times.

Jan 19, 2015

Pilot - Magic (1974)

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"Magic" is a popular 1974 song by Scottish pop rock band Pilot, and was the first hit single for the group. It was written by William Lyall and Pilot's David Paton for their debut album, From the Album of the Same Name.

It charted most successfully in Canada, where it reached No. 1, topping the RPM national singles chart on 19 July 1975, and received a gold certification. It climbed as far as #11 on the UK Singles Chart and reached No. 5 during the summer of 1975 in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was used in the films, Happy Gilmore, Herbie: Fully Loaded, The Magic Roundabout, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, as well as the trailer for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. The song was used in a scene cut from Guardians of the Galaxy; the scene is included on the home media release of the film.

The Supremes - Stop! In the Name of Love - Special of the day

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"Stop! In the Name of Love" was the fourth #1 hit for the Supremes in a row when it came out in early 1965. The choruses tended to be the main hooks of the songs Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, and Eddie Holland wrote for the Supremes, and that might be even more true of "Stop! In the Name of Love" than it is of most of their other hits. 

"Stop! In the Name of Love" was a little different from the first triumvirate of Supremes chart-toppers ("Where Did Our Love Go," "Baby Love," and "Come See About Me") in that it was a little more dramatic and assertive. That was particular true of that oft-repeated chorus, which hit a minor key in which the Supremes declared the title phrase in semi-operatic tones. The message was softened a little by the second part of the chorus, in which the melody got gentler and the group cautioned, "think it over." The verses are less dramatic and strident than the famous chorus, but have a nice fetching strong melody, and a more conciliatory, vulnerable attitude toward romance than the message delivered by the song's title. It's also neat the way the verse and chorus both end with the mini-hook of the Supremes singing-warning "think it over." 

Listen, too, for the very beginning of the song, where a super-brief upwards organ slide pulls the track into gear like a crane lifting a car out of a swamp. While the first quintet of #1 Supremes hits in 1964-65 did tend to sound similar to each other, "Stop! In the Name of Love" is one of the stronger of the five, and made a further imprint on the public with the famous dance (with the Supremes making stop signs with their hands) the group devised when performing it on stage and TV.

Jan 18, 2015

Pablo Cruise - What'cha Gonna Do?

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Whatcha Gonna Do? is a song by American rock group Pablo Cruise, from their album A Place in the Sun in 1977. It was released as a single and reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked it as the No. 16 song of 1977.

Pablo Cruise is a pop/rock band currently composed of David Jenkins (guitar and vocals), Cory Lerios (keyboards and vocals), Steve Price (drums) and Larry Antonino (bass and vocals). Formed in 1973, the band released eight studio albums over the next decade, during which time four singles reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The group underwent several personnel changes and split up in 1986. The original lineup - Jenkins, Lerios, Price and Bud Cockrell - reunited in 2004.

Hall & Oates - Rich Girl

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Rich Girl is a song by Daryl Hall and John Oates. It debuted on the Billboard Top 40 on Feb. 5, 1977 at number 38 and on March 26, 1977, it became their first (of six) number-one singles on the "Billboard" Hot 100. The single originally appeared on the 1976 album Bigger Than Both of Us. At the end of 1977, Billboard ranked it as the 23rd biggest hit of the year.

The song's lyrics are about a spoiled girl who can rely on her parents' money to do whatever she wants. The song was rumored to be about the then-scandalous newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. In fact, the title character in the song is based on a spoiled heir to a fast-food chain who was an ex-boyfriend of Daryl Hall's girlfriend, Sara Allen. "But you can't write, 'You're a rich boy' in a song, so I changed it to a girl," Hall told Rolling Stone.

Rod Stewart - Maggie May (1971)

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Maggie May is a song written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton and recorded by Stewart in 1971 for his album Every Picture Tells a Story.

In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song #131 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

"Maggie May" expresses the ambivalence and contradictory emotions of a young man involved in a relationship with an older woman, and was written from Stewart's own experience. In the January, 2007 issue of Q magazine, Stewart recalled: "Maggie May was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the 1961 Beaulieu Jazz Festival."

The song was recorded in just two takes in one session. Drummer Micky Waller often arrived at recording sessions with the expectation that a drum kit would be provided and, for "Maggie May", it was - except that no cymbals could be found. The cymbal crashes had to be overdubbed separately some days later.

J. D. Souther - You're Only Lonely (1979)

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You're Only Lonely is a 1979 single by J. D. Souther from his album of the same name. The single peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, Souther's only top ten pop hit, and spent five weeks at number one on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Souther hired Danny Kortchmar to play guitar, David Sanborn on saxophone, Phil Everly to help out with the harmony, Jackson Browne and three members of the Eagles.

The song was covered in 2004 by Taiwanese girl group S.H.E in their album Magical Journey. It was covered by singer-songwriter Schuyler Fisk on her album The Good Stuff.

It is heavily featured in the 2013-2014 Korean drama "A Little Love Never Hurts."

Foreigner - Double Vision

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Double Vision is a single by Foreigner from their second album of the same name. The song reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for two weeks in 1978, behind "MacArthur Park" by Donna Summer. It was also a top 10 song in Canada.

The song has been a staple of the band's setlist since its release. Over recent years, Lou Gramm and Foreigner (now fronted by Kelly Hansen) have both used the song as their show opener.

In an interview, vocalist Lou Gramm explained the origin behind the song: "'Double Vision' was a song that was written in about late 1977 just before the Double Vision album came out. ...A lot of people think it's about being intoxicated or being high. When we were recording that song before we had the title, the New York Rangers hockey team was playing the Philadelphia Flyers and one of the big Flyers guys bumped into the Rangers' all-star goalie [John Davidson] and knocked him down and they had to take him out of the game because he was experiencing double vision."

According to the New York Rangers web site, the incident actually took place in April 1978 during a hockey game between the Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres. The game announcers repeatedly used the phrase "double vision" which then inspired Foreigner to use it as the song's title. The single is certified RIAA gold, selling one million copies, prior to the reduction of gold certification standards that occurred in the late 1980s.

Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night

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"Ladies' Night" is the hit title track single on the album Ladies' Night released in 1979 by Kool and the Gang. The song as a single was a success, and became a radio staple. It was also a chart success, peaking at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1980.

In 2003, "Ladies' Night" was re-recorded by English girl group Atomic Kitten, and released as the second single from their third studio album, also entitled Ladies Night (2004), in honor of the collaboration. The song is a collaboration with Kool and the Gang, who asked the group to record an updated version of the song. The single peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart, outpeaking the original version of the track, and number 39 in Australia.

Jan 17, 2015

Eagles - Witchy Woman

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Witchy Woman is a song written by Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, and recorded by the American rock band Eagles. Released as the second single from the band's debut album Eagles, it reached #9 on the Billboard Pop singles chart and is the only single from the album to feature Henley on lead vocals.

"Witchy Woman" was started by guitarist Bernie Leadon who wrote it while he was a member of The Flying Burrito Brothers. Upon joining the Eagles, Bernie and Don Henley completed writing the song in the signature Eagles style and it was one of the first songs Henley wrote for the Eagles. While the inspiration for the title and lyrics was based on various women they had met and remembered as seductive enchantresses, Henley had Zelda Fitzgerald particularly in mind after reading her biography. The muse and sometimes genius behind her well-published author husband F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda was known as wild, bewitching and mesmerizing and was the quintessential "Flapper", as her husband dubbed her, of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. In his novel, The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald embodies Zelda's uninhibited and reckless personality in the character of Daisy Buchanan. Theories and speculation on Zelda's behavior were widespread, with lyrics in "Witchy Woman" referring to Zelda's partying excesses being detrimental to her psyche: "She drove herself to madness with the silver spoon", is a reference to Zelda's time in a mental institution and the special slotted silver spoon used to dissolve sugar cubes with Absinthe, the popular 1920s alcoholic beverage distilled from the wormwood tree and called "the green fairy" for sometimes inducing hallucinations. The song was conceived while Don Henley was living in an old house near the Hollywood Bowl, with his flat mate, Henry Vine (aka 'Blitz').

AC/CD - Highway to Hell

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Highway to Hell is the opening track of AC/DC's 1979 album Highway to Hell. It was initially released as a single in 1979.

The song was written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott, with Angus Young credited for writing the guitar riff which became an instant classic. AC/DC had made several studio albums before and were constantly promoting them via a grueling tour schedule, referred to by Angus Young as being on a highway to hell.

Anita Ward - Ring My Bell

Ring My Bell is a 1979 disco song by Anita Ward. It was originally written for then eleven-year-old Stacy Lattisaw, as a teenybopper song about kids talking on the telephone. When Lattisaw signed with a different label, Ward was asked to sing it instead, and it became her only major hit.

The song hit number one on the disco charts. "Ring My Bell" went to number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Soul Singles chart. It also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart.