Must be Love – James Gang – 1973

August 15, 2017

Must be Love James Gang 1973The band that must hold the record for the number or metamorphoses! The James Gang were active from 1966 to 1977, then in 1991, then in 1996, then in 1998, then in 2001, then from 2005 to 2006, then in 2012. Perhaps their most memorable song was released in 1973 – Must be Love.

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  • The James Gang formed in the US city of Cleveland, Ohio in 1966. Original members were,
  • Greg Grandillo: guitar, Ronnie Silverman: guitar, Tom Kriss: bass, percussion, vocals, Jimmy Fox: drums, percussion, keyboards, vocals, Phil Giallombardo: keyboards, vocals.
  • The band later featured the guitar skills, first of Joe Walsh of Eagles fame (1968–71, 1991–96, 1998, 2001, 2005, and 2006), then Tommy Bolin of Deep Purple fame (1973–74).
  • Between 1969 and 1976, the band released nine albums and ten singles, having moderate success. Two of their albums went Gold in the US.  None of their singles even cracked the top 50; the closest being Walk Away which peaked at #51 in 1971.

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  • Must be Love first appeared on the James Gang’s sixth album, Bang which was released in September 1973.
  • Co-written by Tommy Bolin, the single, Must be Love peaked at #54 on the US singles chart.
  • Must be Love lyrics.

must be love – james gang – 1973 – video

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Glen Campbell (1936 – 2017)

August 9, 2017

Glen C 2Glen Travis Campbell (April 22, 1936– August 8, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, television host, and actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a music and comedy variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television, from January 1969 through June 1972.

During his 50 years in show business, Campbell released more than 70 albums. He sold 45 million records and accumulated 12 RIAA gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.

One of the greats passed away todayRead Rolling Stones Magazine’s article here.


Lights – Journey – 1978

August 4, 2017

Journey_Lights_CD_SingleThe first charting song from a band who have been around for over 45 years and are still touring; Lights, the 1978 single by supergroup, Journey.

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  • When remnants of Santana 60s band Frumious Bandersnatch came together in San Francisco in 1973, Journey was born.
  • Taking a while to get going, Journey hit their stride between 1978 and 1987 when their popularity peaked – their 1981 hit single Don’t Stop Believin’ is the top-selling track in iTunes history among songs not released in the 21st century.
  • While the lead singers may have changed over the years, the band continues to tour and record today.
  • Original band members were: Neal Schon (lead guitar), Gregg Rolie (keyboards and lead vocalist), Ross Valory (bass guitar), George Tickner (rhythm guitar) and Prairie Price (drims). Neal and Ross are still in the band.
  • The band’s peak popularity coincided with the fabulous Steve Perry on lead vocals. It is often mentioned that Randy Jackson was a member of Journey – while that is true, Randy was only in the band for less than two years (1986 – 1987).
  • Journey have achieved massive record sales; two gold albums, eight multi-platinum albums, and two diamond albums (including seven consecutive multi-platinum albums between 1978 and 1987). Added to this are, 18 Top 40 singles in the US; the second most without a achieving a #1 single (behind Electric Light Orchestra with 20).  This includes six Top 10 singles.
  • Journey has sold 48 million albums in the USA. That makes them the 25th highest-selling band in the US.  Worldwide they have sold around 90 million records.  That makes them one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time.
  • In 2017, Journey was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Inductees included lead singer Steve Perry, guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardists Jonathan Cain and Gregg Rolie, bassist Ross Valory, and drummers Aynsley Dunbar and Steve Smith.

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  • Lights was written by Steve Perry and Neal Schon and released in 1978 on Journey’s fourth album, Infinity
  • Lights peaked at #68 on the US charts. Other singles from the Infinity album were, Wheel in the Sky (Journey’s first single to make the US charts – peaking at #57) and Anytime (peaking at #83).
  • Lights is about San Francisco, but it didn’t’ start out that way. Steve Perry once said:

I had the song written in Los Angeles almost completely except for the bridge and it was written about Los Angeles. It was ‘when the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on LA.’ I didn’t like the way it sounded at the time. And so I just had it sitting back in the corner. Then life changed my plans once again, and I was now facing joining Journey. I love San Francisco, the bay, and the whole thing. ‘The bay’ fit so nice, ‘When the lights go down in the city and the sun shines on the bay.’ It was one of those early-morning-going-across-the-bridge things, when the sun was coming up and the lights were going down. It was perfect.

  • Lights is often played at Levi’s Stadium when the NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers win a home game.
  • Lights lyrics.

lights – journey – 1978 – video

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Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Middle of the Road – 1971

July 27, 2017

Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep Middle of the Road 1971Before ABBA, the sound of Europop was Middle of the Road with million disc selling songs like Sacramento, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, Soley Soley, and their biggest hit, 1971’s, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – which all just goes to prove; the 70s produced some rather bizarre hit records!

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  • From Glasgow, Scotland, Middle of the Road were popular throughout Europe and Latin America in the early 1970s. Before ABBA appeared on the charts, Middle of the Road were considered the leading sound of Europop scene.
  • The band had an interesting history – lead singer Sally Carr, drummer Ken Andrew, guitarist Ian McCredie and his bassist brother Eric McCredie, originally played as Part Four, before adopting a Latin American flavour and winning the UK TV talent show Opportunity Knocks under the name, Los Caracas.
  • Within a year of forming, and having found little success, the band moved to Italy where they met an Italian music producer – Giacomo Tosti, who gave the band their distinctive sound and gave them their international break.
  • Middle of the Road’s biggest hit single was their debut UK single, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep. Reaching #1 in the UK singles chart, it sold over ten million copies!  Over the next two years, another five hit singles followed, including four million sellers.
  • But that was nothing compared to their success in Germany where Middle of the Road had eleven Top 40 hits between 1971 and 1974.
  • In 1974, Bay City Rollers member Neil Henderson joined the band on guitar.

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  • Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep was written by Lally Scott, who wrote several songs for the Scottish band, Middle of the Road.
  • Middle of the Road recorded Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep in 1971, and released it the same year as the title track of their debut album.
  • Probably unheard of in the US, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep hit #1 in the UK where it sat for four weeks.
  • Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep is one of only around forty singles to have ever sold in excess of 10 million physical copies worldwide.
  • Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep lyrics.

chirpy chirpy cheep cheep – middle of the road – 1971 – video

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Coalminer’s Daughter – Loretta Lynn – 1970

July 21, 2017

Coal miner's daugherThe signature tune from one of the all-time country music greats; Loretta Lynn’s 1970 hit, Coalminer’s Daughter.

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  • Born in 1932, Loretta Lynn began her music career in 1960 and is still going – though not quite as strong as she once was.
  • Loretta was the second of eight children born to a Melvin Webb, a coal miner and subsistence farmer and his wife, Clara. Loretta’s father died of Coalworker’s pneumoconiosis, also called black lung disease, at the age of 52 – a pertinent fact relating to the song Coalminer’s Daughter.
  • Loretta’s youngest sister is country singer, Crystal “Don’t it Make my Brown Eyes Blue” Gayle.
  • Loretta married Oliver “Doolittle” Lynn – whom she called “Doo” – when she was just 15 years old. Their life together inspired the music she wrote.
  • In 1953, Doo bought her a $17 Harmony guitar which she taught herself to play. She started her own band, Loretta and the Trailblazers, with her brother Jay Lee playing lead guitar.
  • By the 1960s, Loretta as an integral part of the Nashville country music scene and, in 1967, she had the first of 16 number-one hits (in all she had a phenomenal 70 charted songs as a solo artist and a duet partner). She has released 41 albums.
  • With her song writing, Loretta focused on blue-collar women’s issues with themes about philandering husbands and persistent mistresses, inspired by issues she faced in her marriage. Apparently, Loretta and Doo fought frequently, but she said;

He never hit me one time that I didn’t hit him back twice.

  • Loretta recalled in one of her autobiographies;

I married Doo when I wasn’t but a child, and he was my life from that day on. But as important as my youth and upbringing was, there’s something else that made me stick to Doo. He thought I was something special, more special than anyone else in the world, and never let me forget it. That belief would be hard to shove out the door. Doo was my security, my safety net. And just remember, I’m explainin’, not excusin’… Doo was a good man and a hard worker. But he was an alcoholic, and it affected our marriage all the way through.

  • Loretta has received numerous awards and other accolades for her ground-breaking role in country music. She has awards from both the Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and an individual artist. She is the most awarded female country recording artist and the only female ACM Artist of the Decade (1970s).
  • On May 4, 2017, Lynn suffered a stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. She was taken to a Nashville hospital, and according to her website she is expected to make a full recovery.

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  • Coal Miner’s Daughter is an autobiographical country music song written and performed by Loretta Lynn.
  • Recorded in October 1969, and released in 1970, Coalminer’s Daughter became Loretta’s signature song. It provided the basis for both her autobiography and a movie on her life.
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter peaked at #83 on the US singles chart but reached #1 on the country music chart.
  • An album of the same name was also released in 1970, and despite the fact that the title track was the lone single, Coal Miner’s Daughter became quite successful.
  • Few singers have released cover versions of Lynn’s hit, as it is a biographical song about Loretta’s life. However, Sissy Spacek recorded a version for the soundtrack of the movie Coal Miner’s Daughter.  Loretta re-recorded the song with guest vocals from Miranda Lambert and Sheryl Crow in 2010 for Coal Miner’s Daughter: A Tribute To Loretta Lynn; and Stella Parton, younger sister of Loretta’s good friend Dolly Parton, also recorded the song on her 2010 album, “American Coal.”
  • Coal Miner’s Daughter lyrics.

coal miner’s daughter – loretta lynn – 1970 – video

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Night Moves – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band – 1976

July 14, 2017

Night Moves Bob Seger 1976A few name changes along the way, but Bob Seger and his band have been rockin’ the music scene since 1961 and are still going strong.

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  • Bob Seger began his life as a musician in Detroit, performing as Bob Seger and the Last Heard, then Bob Seger System (three albums), then as Bob Seger, from 1971 – 1975, (five albums), then as Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, from 1976 – 1995, (seven albums), then as Bob Seger again, 2006 -present (another two albums) – plus a number of live and compilation albums along the way.
  • It was with the Silver Bullet Band and their 1976 live album, Live Bullet that Bob first found success; quickly followed by the wonderful studio album, Night Moves.
  • On his studio albums, Bob worked extensively with the Alabama-based Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, which appeared on several of his best-selling singles and albums.
  • Despite phenomenal success, Bob had only one #1 album on the US charts (Against the Wind – 1980) and only one #1 US single, (Shakedown – 1987). Bob produced some GREAT recordings though – Katmandu, Mainstreet, Night Moves, Stil the Same, We’ve Got Tonight, Old Time Rock and Roll, Against the Wind, Hollywood Nights, to name a few.
  • Bob was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

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  • Night Moves was written by Bob Seger and appeared on the album Night Moves by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.
  • Some music critics state Night Moves to be the song that lifted Bob from being a Detroit star to a national star.
  • Bob based Night Moves on a teenage love affair he experienced in the early 1960s.
  • Because the Silver Bullet Band were not around at the time of recording, Bob used local session musicians from around Ontario.
  • Released as a single in December 1976, Night Moves peaked at #4 on the US singles chart, #5 on the Canadian chart and #45 on the UK singles chart.
  • In 1977, Rolling Stone magazine named Night Moves as the Best Single of the Year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame named it one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll.
  • Night Moves lyrics.

night moves – bob seger and the silver bullet band – 1976 – video

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Blue Skies – Willie Nelson – 1978

July 9, 2017

Blue Skies Willie Nelson 1978Born in 1933, Willie Nelson released his first single in 1957. He became a regular on the US and Canadian country charts but barely featured on the singles charts, until his 1978 album Stardust – two #1’s and a #3 changed everything for Willie.

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  • Willie is hailed as “one of the most recognised artists in country music,” and that is probably true; in fact, he may be THE most recognised artist in country music!
  • Willie was born in Texas, with music flowing through his veins – he wrote his first song at age seven and joined his first band at ten. During high school, he toured locally with the Bohemian Polka as their lead singer and guitar player.
  • After school, he endured a brief stay in the US Air Force before being discharged due to back problems.
  • He worked as a DJ in Texas radio stations and a singer in honky-tonk bars around the state.
  • In 1958, he signed a contract with D Records and wrote a number of songs that would become country standards, including Funny How Time Slips Away, Hello Walls, Pretty Paper, and Crazy.
  • In 1960 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, signed a publishing contract with Pamper Music and, by 1962, had recorded his first album, …And Then I Wrote.
  • That success enabled Willed to sign with RCA Victor and join the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Believe it or not, Willie retired in 1972. He moved to Austin, Texas and tried to settle down but the music kept flowing.
  • He signed to Atlantic Records, then Columbia Records. It was here that he produced those great albums from the mid-late 70s, including Stardust.
  • During the mid-1980s, while creating hit albums like Honeysuckle Rose and recording hit songs like On the Road Again, and To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, Willie joined the country band, The Highwaymen, alongside fellow singers Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.
  • Willie continues to perform today. He has won twelve Grammy awards, including a lifetime achievement award; seven American Music Awards, nine CMA awards, five Academy of Country Music awards – in fact, it would appear, Willie has won every major award he’s ever been nominated for!

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  • Blue Skies was written by Irving Berlin in 1926. It was a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy.
  • The show, Betsy, ran for a mere 39 performances, but Blue Skies was an instant hit. On the opening night of the musical, the audience demanded 24 encores of the song.
  • In 1927, Ben Selvin had a hit with the song.
  • The same year, Blue Skies became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie movie – Al Jolson sang it in The Jazz Singer.
  • Other artistes to sing or perform Blue Skies include: Benny Goodman and his Orchestra (1935), Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire, and Count Basie, and Benny Goodman all recording it in 1946. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye performed the song in 1954’s White Christmas.  Jim Reeves sang it in 1962.
  • Best known in recent times is Willie Nelson’s 1978 recording from his album Stardust. This version was a #1 hit on the US country charts.
  • Blue Skies lyrics.

blue skies – willie nelson – 1978 – video

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