Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins and Messina – 1972

December 29, 2014

Loggins and Messina 1972 - Your Mama Don't DanceLoggins and Messina 2One of the most memorable hits of the early 70s was originally to be a solo release for Kenny Loggins.  Your Mama Don’t Dance went on to be a 1972 hit for “accidental” duo, Loggins and Messina.

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  • Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina joined forces in 1970.  Jim was an independent record producer and met with Kenny.  By the end of the recording, there was so much of Jim in there that they became what their biography refers to as an “accidental duo.”
  • Jim had previously been a member of both Poco and Buffalo Springfield.
  • In six years, Kenny and Jim recorded six albums and sold over 16 million records.
  • Loggins and Messina 3Despite releasing many memorable songs, including, Danny’s Song and House at Pooh Corner (also a hit for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Your Mama Don’t Dance was their only single to perform well on the US singles chart.
  • Kenny and Jim parted ways in 1976.
  • Kenny continued to have hit records throughout the 1980s—including Footloose from the soundtrack of the movie of the same name.  Jim didn’t find quite the same popularity.
  • In both 2005 and 2009, the boys came together for reunion tours.

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  • Released in 1972, Your Mama Don’t Dance reached #4 on the US singles chart.  It was their biggest hit and their only gold single.
  • Your Mama Don’t Dance featured on Kenny and Jim’s first album, the self-titled, Loggins and Messina.
  • Your Mama Don’t Dance was covered in 1974 by… wait for it… Elvis!  It was a part of a medley on his 1974 live album.  It was also covered by US band Poison.  Their 1989 version reached #10 on the US charts.
  • Your Mama Don’t Dance lyrics.

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Joe Cocker 1944 – 2014

December 23, 2014

Joe Cocker

Joe Cocker, one of the great blues/rock/soul musicians of the 70’s (and 80’s and 90’s and beyond), died today aged 70 years.  You were GREAT Joe!

Read about his death here.

Read about Joe on SeventiesMusic here.

Listen to Joe sing here:

You Are So Beautiful – 2013 (one of Joe’s final concerts)

Delta Lady – Mad Dogs and Englishmen – 1970


It’s a Heartache – Bonnie Tyler – 1977

December 17, 2014

Bonnie Tyler It's a heartache Bonnie Tyler single 1977One of the best-selling hits of all time comes from a Welsh country singer who later transformed into one of the greatest female rockers of all time.  Bonnie Tyler’s, It’s a Heartache hit #3 in the US and #4 in the UK back in 1977.

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Bonnie Tyler was born in Wales and began her career by doing the hard yards – seven years singing in the pubs and clubs of South Wales.

In 1975 she was signed to RCA Records as a country singer.  Within a year or so she had a #4 UK hit (#3 in the US) and, in 1979, representing the UK, won the World Popular Song Festival.

With that win under her belt, she shifted her focus from country music to rock music.

In subsequent years she had hits with songs such as, Total Eclipse of the Heart (#1 in the US and UK) and Holding Out for a Hero (#2 in the UK).

Bonnie Tyler 1Her success was linked to her collaboration with Jim Steinman of Meatloaf fame.

Since the 1990s she has focused more on soft rock and continues to perform today.

Bonnie’s voice has been compared to artists such as Rod Stewart and Kim Carnes.  She claims the huskiness is the result of an operation to remove vocal nodules.

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  • It’s a Heartache was recorded by Bonnie Tyler in 1977 and appears on her second studio album, Natural Force (1978).
  • It was written by Bonnie’s managers, Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe.
  • It’s a Heartache peaked at #3 in the US and #4 in the UK.  It sold over 6,000,000 copies making it one of the best-selling singles of all time.
  • Cover versions have been released by Juice Newton on foreign editions of her album, Come to Me. It earned Juice a gold record in Mexico but elsewhere it barely touched the charts.  Gene Pitney and Rod Stewart have also covered the song.
  • Bonnie has re-released the song a number of times.  The most notable re-release would have to be from her 2004 album Simply Believe.  It was recorded as a French/English bilingual track with Kareen Antonn.  It was a hit in Belgium, France and Switzerland.
  • It’s a Heartache lyrics.

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