Third Rate Romance – The Amazing Rhythm Aces – 1975

March 22, 2019

thrid rate romance araTelling the story of a Tinder-like date way before Tinder was conceived of, 1975’s Third Rate Romance is the most memorable single from The Amazing Rhythm Aces.

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  • American country rock group, The Amazing Rhythm Aces have released 18 albums over the past 30 years – not bad when you consider they took an extended break between 1981 and 1994.
  • The band released their debut album, Stacked Deck, in 1975. Their last album release, apart from 2009’s Best Of album, was in 2007, Midnight Communion.

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  • Third Rate Romance was written by Russell Smith of the Amazing Rhythm Aces.
  • It was first recorded in Montreal in 1974 by Jesse Winchester and his band the Rhythm Aces. That band went under some realignment and morphed into the Amazing Rhythm Aces who recorded the song and released it in 1975 as its debut single.
  • Third Rate Romance peaked at #14 on the US singles chart (it reached #1 in Canada).
  • Covers of the song have included versions by Elvis Costello (1975 as a demo), Tom Jones (1976) and Rosanne Cash (1982).
  • Third Rate Romance lyrics.

third rate romance – the amazing rhythm aces – 1975 – video

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Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band – 1976

March 13, 2019

AFternoon DelightIf you’re only gonna have one hit, make it a big one! That’s what Starland Vocal Band did back in 1976 with Afternoon Delight.

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  • Starland Vocal Band began as a husband/wife duo of Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert who went by the name Fat City. They were joined in 1976 by Jon Carroll (keyboards, guitar, vocals) and Margot Chapman (vocals) to become Starland Vocal Band. Jon and Margot later married.
  • Bill and Taffy were well-known songwriters before forming the Starland Vocal Band – they co-wrote Take Me Home, Country Roads with John Denver.
  • Bill and Taffy recorded two albums as Fat City, and two more as Bill & Taffy before joining with Jon and Margot.
  • Starland Vocal Band were signed to John Denver’s label Windsong Records.
  • Starland Vocal Band’s debut album was self-titled and included Afternoon Delight – their only song to dent the singles chart. The first album peaked at #20 on the album chart. There second album peaked at #104, their third at #208. Their following two albums failed to chart.
  • A variety show, The Starland Vocal Band Show, hosted by the bank ran on CBS for six weeks in the summer of 1977. David Letterman was a writer and made regular appearances on the show.
  • In 1977, the band won two Grammy Awards; Best New Artist and Best Arrangement for Voices (for Afternoon Delight)
  • Starland Vocal Band broke up in 1981. They reunited for a few concerts in 1998.

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  • Afternoon Delight was written by Bill Danoff and recorded in November 1975 by his band Starland Vocal Band.
  • The first single off the band’s debut self-titled album, it hit #1 in the US in July 1976. It peaked at #18 in the UK. Concurrent with the Starland Vocal Band version, country singer Johnny Carver released a version with reached the US Country Singles Top Ten.
  • In 2010, Billboard named Afternoon Delight the 20th sexiest song of all time. Bill downplayed this side of the song saying, “I didn’t want to write an all-out sex song … I just wanted to write something that was fun and hinted at sex.” He took the song’s title from the happy hour menu at Clyde’s restaurant in Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
  • Afternoon Delight as featured in a number of movies including, Anchorman, and Good Will Hunting, and has appeared on The Simpsons. It has also been used as a Taco Bell commercial.
  • Afternoon Delight lyrics.

afternoon delight – starland vocal band – 1976 – video

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Peter Tork – 1942 – 2019

February 22, 2019

Peter TorkAnother pop/rock legend passed away today; Peter Tork, of the Monkees will be remembered for his zany personality and under-rated musical skills.

Read the Rolling Stone Magazine obituary here.

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Respect Yourself – The Staple Singers – 1971

February 14, 2019

Respect_Yourself_-_The_Staple_SingersOne of the truly great – perhaps the greatest – gospel bands, The Staple Singers, had a 1971 hit with Respect Yourself.

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  • Formed in 1948, The Staple Singers were Roebuck “Pops” Staples and his children Cleotha, Pervis, and Mavis. Yvonne joined when Pervis was drafted into the Army.
  • Note that, the family’s surname was Staples, but they chose for forgo an “S” for the sake of show business.
  • The children were in their early teens when they began to sing in churches around Chicago and in 1952, signed their first professional contract.
  • By 1970, they had recorded 17 albums but it wasn’t until 1971 that one actually made the charts. That was The Staple Swingers – nine albums followed, the last in 1984.
  • The Staple Singers released over 20 singles with two, I’ll Take You There (1972) and Let’s do it Again (1975) making it to #1 on the US charts.
  • In 1999, The Staple Singers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, in 2005, were awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • Pops died in 2000,. Cleotha in 2013, Yvonne in 2018. Mavis continues to sing and tour.

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  • Respect Yourself was written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice (writer of Mustang Sally), and was recorded by The Staple Singers.
  • Released in October 1971 from the album Be Altitude: Respect Yourself, the song peaked at #12 on the US single chart.
  • Respect Yourself has been covered by Herbie Mann, BB King, Robert Palmer, Joe Cocker, The Temptations, Randy Crawford, Huey Lewis and the News and Melissa Etheridge. And, by actor Bruce Willis who, with the help of June Pointer and The Pointer Sisters, to the song to #5 on the US charts in 1987.
  • In 2002, Respect Yourself was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame and, in 2010, was ranked #468 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
  • Respect Yourself lyrics.

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Funkytown – Lipps Inc. – 1979

January 18, 2019

lippsincfunkytown7inchsinglecoverRecorded in 1979, released as a single in 1980, Lipps Inc.’s Funkytown, their only song to make a dent on the US or UK charts, was a massive hit.

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  • A disco band from Minneapolis, Lipps Inc. was a band created by record producer Steven Greenberg and featuring lead vocalist Cynthia Johnson and a changing line-up of various session musicians.
  • Lipps Inc. produced three albums between 1979 – 1985. Cynthia is a member of three-time Grammy Award winning gospel band, Sounds of Blackness and worked with Prince.
  • She released All That I Am, a solo album, in 2013.

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  • Funkytown was written and produced by Steven Greenberg. It was recorded in 1979 by Lipps Inc. and appeared on their debut album Mouth to Mouth before being released as a single in early 1980.
  • Funkytown held the record for reaching the #1 spot in 28 countries, more than any other single release until Madonna’s Hung Up (it reached #1 in 41 countries in 2005).
  • Sales of Funkytown reached double-platinum.
  • Funkytown hit #1 in the US and #2 on the UK singles charts.
  • In 1986, the song was covered by Australian band Pseudo Echo, who took it to #1 in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, and #6 in the US.
  • Funkytown lyrics.

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Convoy – C.W. McCall – 1975

January 9, 2019

mccall_-_convoy10-4 Big Buddy – C.W. McCall had a #1 hit in a number of countries with his 1975 hit, Convoy.

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  • C. W. McCall was the stage name and invented persona of William Dale Fries, Jr.
  • In 1973, while working as a creative director for an advertising agency, William created a television campaign advertising Old Home Bread. The ads featured a truck driver named C. W. McCall., played by actor Jim Finlayson and a waitress named Mavis Davis, played by Jean McBride Capps. The commercial’s success led to songs such as Old Home Filler-Up an’ Keep on a-Truckin’ Café, Wolf Creek Pass and Black Bear Road. William wrote the lyrics and sang while Chip Davis wrote the music.
  • While many of their songs tended to be humorous or amusing, some had serious undertones based on environmental conservation.
  • Between 1975 and 1979, William released six albums under then name C. W. McCall. Convoy was his only single to reach the US top ten – none other even came close.
  • In 1986, William was elected mayor of the town of Ouray, Colorado, ultimately serving for six years.

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  • Convoy is a 1975 novelty song performed by C. W. McCall (a character co-created and voiced by William Fries and Chip Davis). The words were written by William and the music by Chip, although the song’s credits feature C. W. McCall as a contributor – William and C. W. are the same person.
  • Convoy reached #1 on the country and pop charts in the US and is listed 98th among Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. The song peaked at #2 in the UK
  • Convoy hit the charts as the fad for citizens band (CB) radio was at its peak. Much of the song features CB jargon.
  • Convoy was the inspiration for the 1978 Sam Peckinpah film, Convoy, starring, Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, and Ernest Borgnine.
  • In 1976, C. W. released a sequel to Convoy. Round the World with the Rubber Duck continues the story of the convoy as it leaves the United States and travels around the world, through Britain, France, West and East Germany, the USSR, Japan, and Australia.
  • A number of Convoy parodies appeared throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.
  • The lyrics to the movie version of convoy are different to those of the single.
  • Convoy lyrics.

convoy – c. w. mccall – 1975 – video

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Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers – 1971

December 7, 2018

Aint no sunshine billOne of the most enduring Soul/R&B classics, Bill Withers’ 1971 smash, Ain’t No Sunshine.

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  • Born in West Virginia, USA, in 1938, Bill Withers was 32 before embarking on a musical career and, even then, he never fully immersed himself.
  • Bill was born with a stutter and said he felt it was difficult for him to fit in with his peers so, at the age of 18 he joined the US Navy where he served for nine years.
  • He left the navy in 1965, leaving his stutter behind. He moved to Los Angeles to embark on a career in singing and song writing. He worked a number of jobs while recording demo tapes and performing his songs in clubs in the evenings.
  • Famously, when Ain’t No Sunshine took off in the charts, he refused to resign from his day job believing that the music business was too fickle and his success may not last.
  • By 1985, Bill had effectively left the music business having recorded eight albums, two of which went gold; and 34 singles, including Lean On Me which reached #1 on the US and #18 on the UK singles charts. His last hit was in 1981, Just the Two of Us, with Grover Washington Jnr.
  • Bill fell out of love with the music industry in the mid-80s. He became frustrated by his record company dictating what he could and couldn’t release. He once talked about how frustrated he was as a professional musician when his record company would refuse to release what he considered good music, and yet they released an album by Mr T, an American actor.
  • In 1985, when his record deal ran out, he decided not to record or re-sign to a record label – this effectively ended his performing career. He has since stated that he does not miss touring and performing live and does not regret leaving music behind.

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  • Ain’t No Sunshine was written and recorded by Bill Withers in 1971. It appeared on his album Just as I Am and was produced by Booker T. Jones. The song features some greats of the music industry, including, Donald “Duck” Dunn on bass guitar, Al Jackson, Jr. on drums and Stephen Stills on guitar.
  • Ain’t No Sunshine was the breakthrough hit for Bill, peaking at #3 on the US singles chart. It peaked at #40 on the UK singles chart but not until 2009, an incredible 38 years after its release.
  • Bill was 31 years old and working at a factory making toilet seats for 747s at the time he wrote the song. It is said that, when the song went gold, the record company presented Bill with a golden toilet, marking the start of his new career – he had, until that point continued his factory work.
  • Ain’t No Sunshine won the 1972 Grammy award for best R&B song.
  • In 1971, Michael Jackson covered the song for his debut album, Got to be There. In the UK, it was released as the third single from the album and peaked at #8 in September 1972.
  • Other artists to have success with the song include, The Rockmelons, Boris Gardiner and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
  • Ain’t No Sunshine lyrics.

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