The Flashback of the 60s, 70s, 80s Greatest Music Hits

Apr 30, 2017

John Stewart - Gold on Airdream Believer (1979)

John Stewart - Gold on Airdream Believer (1979)
A former member of the Kingston Trio and author of such songs as “Daydream Believer” (among many others), John Stewart was a music industry veteran who released a ton of albums and wrote many songs for artists like Anne Murray and Joan Baez. As a solo recording artist, he met with only limited success. "Gold" was his only top-ten hit featured a huge assist from a couple members of Fleetwood Mac (one of the biggest bands in the world at the time), including Stevie Nicks’s distinctive harmony vocals.

Gold” peaked at number five in 1979.

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Apr 15, 2017

Laura Branigan - Gloria on The Best Of Branigan (1982)

Laura Branigan - Gloria
"Gloria" is a 1979 love song that became an international hit. The song was originally written and composed in Italian by Umberto Tozzi and Giancarlo Bigazzi, and afterwards translated to English by Jonathan King. A 1982 cover version by Laura Branigan sold over two million singles in the United States alone.

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Laura Branigan died in her sleep at her lodge in East Quogue, New York in 2004. The cause was attributed to a previously-undiagnosed ventricular brain aneurysm. It was reported in the media that she had been experiencing headaches for several weeks before her death but did not seek medical attention.

Her ashes were scattered over Long Island Sound.

Umberto Tozzi - Gloria

Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth on Heaven On Earth (1987)

Belinda Carlisle - Heaven Is A Place On Earth
"Heaven Is a Place on Earth" is a song by American singer Belinda Carlisle, featured on her second studio album, Heaven on Earth (1987). Written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, the song was released as the album's lead single in September 1987, and it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 5, 1987, becoming Carlisle's only US chart-topper. A month later it hit number one in the United Kingdom, where it held the top spot of the UK Singles Chart for two weeks.

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The song reached number one in many other countries, among them Switzerland, Ireland, Sweden, South Africa and Norway. The song also reached number three in Germany and Canada, number two in Australia, and number six in Italy. It is widely considered to be Carlisle's signature song because of its success on the charts and its continued relevance today. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It lost to Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)".

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Apr 13, 2017

Dionne Warwick - Deja Vu on The Essential Dionne Warwick (1980)

Dionne Warwick - Deja Vu on The Essential Dionne Warwick
"Déjà Vu" is a hit 1979 ballad song written by Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson and recorded by Dionne Warwick in 1979. It was the second single released from her Arista debut album, Dionne, which was produced by Barry Manilow. The song was Warwick's fifth and last top 40 single of her 1970s period and her second top 40 single following the release of "I'll Never Love This Way Again" in the five years since her number-one single, "Then Came You", featuring The Spinners.

"Déjà Vu" went to number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number twenty-five on the soul chart, and number one on the Adult Contemporary chart in early 1980. Warwick won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Déjà Vu", also winning for Best Pop Female Vocal Performance for "I'll Never Love This Way Again". Warwick became the first artist ever to win the R&B and pop categories on the same night.

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Apr 11, 2017

Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door on Empty Glass (1980)

Pete Townshend - Let My Love Open The Door
"Let My Love Open the Door" is a song written and performed by Pete Townshend from his 1980 album Empty Glass. It reached the top ten in the United States in that same year, reaching number nine. It reached number five in Canada.

"Let My Love Open the Door" was released as the second single from Empty Glass in Britain, where it was backed with the non-album tracks "Classified" and "Greyhound Girl." The song was a minor British hit, reaching #46. The song saw more success when it was released as the debut single from Empty Glass in America, where the song reached #9. It was Pete Townshend's only solo top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, but The Who's song "I Can See For Miles," which was written by Townshend, reached the same position on the chart 13 years earlier.

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Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind on Christopher Cross (1980)

Christopher Cross - Ride Like The Wind on Christopher Cross (1980)
"Ride Like the Wind" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross. It was released in February 1980 as the lead single from his Grammy-winning self-titled debut album. It reached number 2 on the US charts for four consecutive weeks, behind Blondie's "Call Me". On the album's inner sleeve, Christopher Cross dedicated this song to Lowell George, formerly of the band Little Feat, who had died in 1979. It features backing vocals by Michael McDonald and a guitar solo by Cross.

This soft rock classic tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico. Told from a first-person point of view, it describes how an outlaw and convicted multiple murderer, on the run from a death-by-hanging sentence, has to "ride like the wind" to reach "the border of Mexico," where, presumably, the posse apparently in pursuit of him will not be able to reach him.

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Michael Jackson - She's Out Of My Life on HIStory: Past, Present And Future (1980)

Michael Jackson - She's Out Of My Life on HIStory: Past, Present And Future
"She's Out of My Life" is a song written by American songwriter Tom Bahler and performed by American recording artist Michael Jackson. Although it has been claimed that Bahler wrote the song about the late Karen Carpenter, Bahler stated, "The fact is, I had already written that song by the time Karen and I became romantic. That song was written more about Rhonda Rivera... Rhonda and I had been together for two years, and it was after we broke up that I started dating Karen." The song has been covered by a variety of artists, including Patti LaBelle, Ginuwine, 98°, S Club 7, Barbara Mandrell, Daniel Evans, Nina, Willie Nelson, Josh Groban, and Karel Gott.

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Dr. Hook - Sexy Eyes on The Best Of Dr. Hook (1980)

Dr. Hook - Sexy Eyes on The Best Of Dr. Hook (1980)
"Sexy Eyes" is a song by Dr. Hook, released as a single in early 1980. It was the second of three singles from their LP Sometimes You Win.

In the United States, the single reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It was also a Top 10 hit in Canada (#8) and the United Kingdom (#4).

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