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Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross

“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.

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Posted by on March 18, 2019 in 1980s, rock

 

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Rupert Holmes – If You Like Pina Coladas

Rupert Holmes – If You Like Pina Coladas

February 24, 1947) is a British-American composer, singer-songwriter, musician, dramatist and author. He is widely known for the hit singles “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)” (1979) and “Him” (1980). He is also known for his musicals Drood, which earned him two Tony Awards, and Curtains, and for his television series Remember WENN.

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Posted by on March 16, 2019 in music, rock

 

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“Always Something There To Remind Me” By Naked Eyes

“Always Something There To Remind Me”  By Naked Eyes

(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me” is a song written in the 1960s by songwriting team Burt Bacharach and Hal David.

Originally recorded as a demo by Dionne Warwick in 1963, “(There’s) Always Something There to Remind Me” first charted for Lou Johnson whose version reached #49 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the summer of 1964.

British impresario Eve Taylor heard Johnson’s version while on a US visit scouting for material for her recent discovery Sandie Shaw, who consequently covered the song for the UK market. Rush-released in September 1964, the song was premiered by Shaw with a performance on Ready Steady Go!, the pop music TV program. Shaw’s version reached #1 on the UK charts in three weeks, spending three weeks at #1 in November 1964, and that same month it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100. However, despite reaching the Top Ten in some markets including Detroit and Miami Shaw’s version failed to best the US showing of the Lou Johnson original; the Hot 100 peak of Shaw’s version was #52.

A #1 hit in Canada and South Africa, Shaw’s version of “…Always Something There to Remind Me” was also a hit in Australia (#16), Ireland (#7) and the Netherlands (#10), the track’s success in the last territory not precluding hit status for the Dutch rendering by Edwin Rutten (nl) entitled “Ik moet altijd weer opnieuw aan je denken” (#12). Shaw herself recorded “…Always Something There to Remind Me” in French, as “Toujours un coin qui me rappelle”, with lyrics by Ralph Bernet (fr), which reached #19 in France. A cover by Eddy Mitchell was more successful, reaching #2 in France in April 1965 and also reaching #3 on Belgium’s French-language chart. Shaw made a bid for a German hit as well, rendering “…Always Something There to Remind Me” as “Einmal glücklich sein wie die ander’n”. It was not a success.

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Posted by on March 15, 2019 in duet/duo, rock

 

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THE BANGLES – Manic Monday

THE BANGLES – Manic Monday

Manic Monday” is a song by the American pop rock band The Bangles, and the first single released from their second studio album, Different Light(1986). It was written by American musician Prince, using the pseudonym “Christopher”. Originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984, he offered the song to The Bangles two years later. Lyrically, it describes a woman who is waking up to go to work on Monday, wishing it were still Sunday where she could relax.

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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in music, pop music, rock

 

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“Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line”

“Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line”

Right Down the Line” is a song written and recorded by Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty. Released as a single in the summer of 1978, it reached #12 on the U.S. BillboardHot 100 and #8 on Cash Box. It was the second release from Rafferty’s City to City LP as the follow-up to his first major hit as a solo artist, “Baker Street”.

“Right Down the Line” was a bigger adult contemporary hit, spending four nonconsecutive weeks at number one in the U.S. In Canada, the song reached number five on both the pop singles and adult contemporary charts.

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Posted by on March 11, 2019 in 1970s, rock

 

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“Eric Clapton – Layla (acoustic)”

“Eric Clapton – Layla (acoustic)”

Layla” is a song written by Eric Claptonand Jim Gordon, originally released by their blues rock band Derek and the Dominos, as the thirteenth track from their only studio album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (November 1970). Its contrasting movements were supposedly composed separately by Clapton and Gordon. The piano part has also been controversially credited toRita Coolidge, Gordon’s girlfriend at the time.

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Posted by on March 9, 2019 in 1970s, rock

 

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“Cream – White Room

Cream is well noted as a 1960s British rock power trio consisting of drummer Ginger Baker, guitarist/singer Eric Clapton and lead singer/bassist Jack Bruce. The group’s third album, Wheels of Fire (1968), was the world’s first platinum-selling double album. The band is widely regarded as the world’s first successful supergroup. In their career, they sold more than 15 million copies of their albums worldwide. Their music included songs based on traditional blues such as “Crossroads” and “Spoonful“, and modern blues such as “Born Under a Bad Sign“, as well as more current material such as “Strange Brew“, “Tales of Brave Ulysses” and “Toad“.

The band’s biggest hits were “I Feel Free” (UK number 11), “Sunshine of Your Love” (US number 5), “White Room” (US number 6),”Crossroads” (US number 28), and “Badge” (UK number 18).

The band made a significant impact on the popular music of the time, and, along with Jimi Hendrix and other notable guitarists and bands, popularised the use of the wah-wah pedal. They provided a heavy yet technically proficient musical theme that foreshadowed and influenced the emergence of British bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath in the late 1960s and the early 1970s. They also influenced American southern rock groups the Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band’s live performances influenced progressive rockacts such as Rush.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. They were included in both Rolling Stone and VH1’s lists of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time,” at number 67 and 61 respectively. They were also ranked number 16 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2019 in music, rock, uk

 

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