Heart of Glass – Blondie – 1979

October 25, 2012

The first of  the band’s six UK #1’s (and four US #1’s), Blondie’s, Heart of Glass was released in 1979.


I’ve often had this argument… I don’t know why many people insist that Blondie is a British band.  Nope, American they are, through and through.

The band was founded by vocalist Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein in the early 70s. They rode the peak of the late-70s New Wave scene – and this could be where the confusion has arisen. There is little doubt, while big in the US, Blondie were even bigger in the UK..

third time lucky

Blondie’s first two albums Blondie and Plastic Letters made little impression on the charts, although Denis, from the latter album, did hit #2 in the UK.

The 1978 release of their third album, Parallel Lines, changed everything. In just three years the band had four US #1’s (They hit #1 in the UK too):

  • Heart of Glass
  • Call Me
  • The Tide is High
  • Rapture

Sunday Girl and Atomic were also UK #1’s.

breaking up to make up

With six albums released Blondie broke up in 1982. Deborah Harry took a few years off to care for her partner Chris Stein, who was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin , before resuming her solo career.

Blondie reformed in 1997 and hit #1 in the UK in 1999 with their single Maria.

They’ve sold 40 million albums worldwide and, in 2006, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

heart of glass controversy

On release of Heart of Glass, Blondie were accused of selling out. They were at the forefront of the American New Wave scene and the song was seen as being just a little bit disco – something the band agreed with often referring to it as “the disco song.”

Not only that but the song included the words, “pain in the ass,” which saw a lyric change in the UK and a banning from Australian radio.

heart of glass fax

  • Heart of Glass was by Deborah Harry and Chris Stein.
  • Heart of Glass is lifted from Blondie’s third album, Parallel Lines (1978). It was released as a single in January 1979. It was produced by Michael Chapman.
  • Rolling Stone ranked Heart of Glass at #255 on its list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.
  • Heart of Glass was originally called, Once I Had Love and was slower and funkier than the eventual version.
  • Heart of Glass was re-recorded in 1981 and it’s that version that appears on Blondie’s 2002 Greatest Hits album.
  • Heart of Glass has appeared in a number of movies including, Anger Management and Super 8. It was also played in the background of an episode of Glee.
  • Heart of Glass has been sampled by a number of artists including: Diddy, Missy Elliott, and Celine Dion.
  • Heart of Glass lyrics.

heart of glass – blondie -1979 – video

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It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue – Graham Bonnet – 1977

October 18, 2012

Great song, great voice, great guitar solo – Graham Bonnet’s 1977 version of Bob Dylan’s, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, has it all!!

blast from the past

I was brushing my teeth! The song started up and I remembered it immediately… Graham Bonnet’s 1977 version of Bob Dylan’s, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue, with that awesome guitar solo and wonderful lead vocal – I love this song and this version.

here, there and everywhere

Graham Bonnet has had an amazing careeer.  He’s performed as a solo artist, in a duet, and as a member of several hard rock and heavy metal bands including Rainbow.

His first efforts were with the 60s one-hit-wonder duet, The Marbles. Joining his cousin Trevor Gordon, they had a #5 UK hit with the Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb penned, Only One Woman.

When the Marbles split in 1969 Graham started on a lengthy solo career. Then, from 1978 to 1980 he was the lead singer with Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow.

bless ya bobby

It was with Bob Dylan’s song, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue that Graham had his biggest hit. Prior to that, having disbanded The Marbles, he’d been writing advertising jingles.

He followed Baby Blue with another Bee Gees written song, Warm Ride, a song they had left over from the Saturday Night Fever project.

still going strong

And, would you believe it, Graham Bonnet, now living in Los Angeles, is still performing, 45 years after he formed his first band.

it’s all over now, baby blue fax

  • It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue was written by Bob Dylan in 1965. It featured on his Bringing It All Back Home album. At the time there was much discussion about just who Baby Blue was. Dylan’s never divulged the identity, maybe it’s all just made up?!
  • In a 2005 poll Mojo magazine readers rated It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue at #10 on the list of all-time best Bob Dylan songs
  • It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue has been covered by many artists including; Joan Baez, Van Morrison and Them, The Byrds, The Animals, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Marianne Faithfull, Bryan Ferry, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Hole, and The Grateful Dead.
  • Graham’s version was released in 1977 and made the top 40 in many countries. It did best in Australia where it peaked at #5.
  • Graham’s version of It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue appears on the soundtrack of the 2009 Peter Jackson film The Lovely Bones.
  • It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue lyrics.

it’s all over now, baby blue – Graham Bonnet – 1977 – video

Rockin’ All Over the World – Status Quo – 1977

October 11, 2012

A cover of John Fogerty’s Rockin’ All Over the World, gave Status Quo a huge UK hit in 1977.

maintaining the status quo

Since I’ve been dabbling with this seventiesmusic blog I’ve been amazed by the number of bands of that era who are still performing. And, almost half a century since they formed, Status Quo is one of them.

The group began in 1962 under the name, The Spectres. In 1967 they morphed to The Status Quo and then, in 1969 settled on plain, Status Quo.

In all that time (well most of it) two guys, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt, have remained central to the band.

a plethora of platters

Status Quo have certainly been busy over those 50 years. Since their first hit – Pictures of Matchstick Men in 1968 – they have recorded over 60 UK chart hits. That’s more than any other rock group. 22 of them have reached the Top Ten.

btw – trivia

The band’s first single, Pictures of Matchstick Men, is also their only US top 40 single.

rockin’ all over the world fax

  • Rockin’ All Over the World was written by ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival band member, John Fogerty. It first appeared on his self-titled second solo album (1975). Released as a single it peaked at #27 on the US charts but was somewhat harshly critiqued by music critics.
  • Status Quo’s version of Rockin’ All Over the World was released as a single in 1977. It featured on their album of the same name.
  • I’ve tried to find the original music video of this song because, when it was recorded, Alan Lancaster the bass player, was living in Australia. He refused to return for the recording and so he was replaced by a dummy with a bass guitar wrapped around its neck!
  • In 1985, Rockin’ All Over the World became the unofficial anthem of Live Aid. Status Quo were the opening act and began with this song. It was then used for subsequent promos for the event.
  • Then, in 2005, at Live 8, Coldplay revived the moment by performing a portion of the song.
  • Cover versions have been performed by The Georgia Satellites and Bon Jovi, Carl Wilson, The Beach Boys, and Bruce Springsteen.
  • Rockin’ All Over the World lyrics.

rockin’ all over the world – status quo – 1977 – video

rockin’ all over the world – john fogerty – 1975 – video

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Boogie Oogie Oogie – A Taste of Honey – 1978

October 4, 2012

In a list of the top songs of 1978, Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste of Honey comes in at #5.

it was the best of tunes and it was the worst of tunes

Boogie Oogie Oogie has been called everything from disco at its worst to one of the best R ‘n’ B singles of the 70s. What Boogie Oogie Oogie is, is a representative of the time when disco swept the world and most of us couldn’t figure out  why.

a taste of honey

Before their 1978 hit, A Taste of Honey had been around for quite some time. They formed in California in 1971 and, six years later, signed a FIVE album contract with Capitol Records.

Boogie Oogie Oogie was the first single from their first album. It was a hit, selling two million copies. The group was awarded a platinum records for both the single and album and won the Best New Artist Grammy in 1979.

And that was it really. A second single, Sukiyaki from their third album, went to #3 on the charts before the band faded to become distant memories of a bygone time.

those gal guitarists

The band was rather interesting in that, it was started by the keyboard player and drummer: Perry Kibble and Donald Ray Johnson. They looked for singers, a bassist and lead guitarist; and found them all in two young women; Janice-Marie Johnson (vocals, co-writer, bass), Carlita Dorhan (vocals, guitar).

By 1979 the band was a duo comprising Janice-Marie and Carlita.

boogie oogie oogie fax

  • Boogie Oogie Oogie was A Taste of Honey’s first single. It came from their self-titled debut album and spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978. It peaked at #3 in the UK.
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie sold two million copies and earned the band a platinum record. The album also went platinum.
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie won the Grammy for Best New Artist at the 1979 Grammy Awards
  • Janice-Marie Johnson co-wrote the single with Perry Kibble. She calls it her “lifeline.” She gives credit to record executive Larkin Arnold who ensured the band owned their own publishing, meaning she made a heap of money from the song.
  • In the late 1990s, Boogie Oogie Oogie was used in an advertising campaign that ran throughout the US for Burger King. It was also to advertise pretzels.
  • Janice Marie Johnson recorded another version of the song in 2001 but it didn’t come near to touching the charts.
  • Wounded Buffalo remix of Jamiroquai‘s Little L, on the single with the same name, samples a portion of Johnson’s Boogie Oogie Oogie bassline.
  • Boogie Oogie Oogie lyrics.

boogie oogie oogie – a taste of honey – 1978 – video

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