Hi Everybody! If you were thinking that it is odd that I’ve been posting tropical/boating songs and trivia in the middle of winter, there is a reason for it. It is vacation time again! However, this time, I don’t think I’m going to have access to a computer at all. I am going to miss you guys. But, I’ll be back posting again the day after the Super Bowl.
In the meantime, you can pretend you’re on vacation with me, and go to “Kokomo”. Here is the answer for yesterday’s question about the places named in the song:
Port au Prince
Regina (Regina Richards) wanted to work as a songwriter. She co-wrote “Baby Love” with frequent Madonna collaborator Stephen Bray. The song definitely has an early Madonna feel to it. Regina wanted somebody other than herself to sing the song, however her record label, Atlantic Records, thought otherwise and told Regina to sing the song herself.
The song was put on Regina’s Curiosity album, which also included “Say Goodbye,” a song she had originally written with Kenny Rogers in mind. She struck it big with the song “Baby Love”, which shot all the way up to #10 on September 13, 1986. The song was her only mainstream top 40 hit. She did have other songs, such as “Beat of Love,” “Head On,” and “Extraordinary Love,” that were a little more popular on the dance charts.
A second Regina album, Best Kept Secret, was never released. However, she did appear in an anti-drug public service announcement with the animated McGruff the Crime Dog, that aired well into the 1990s.
Now let’s Return to 1986, and from the “Oh, now I remember this song!!!” department, here is “Baby Love” by Regina:
Question: In the movie Overboard, how does Dean (Kurt Russell) prove that he can identify Joanna (Goldie Hawn)?
Last Question: Which singer performed the vocals for ‘The Love Boat’ from 1977 to 1985?
A. Jack Jones
B. Robert Goulet
C. Tom Jones
D. Wayne Newton
Answer: Jack Jones
Jack Jones was a popular singer in the ’60s. In a time when Rock and Roll was taking the world by storm, Jones performed with the Big Band/Vocalist sound – and was successful. He would go on to change his appearance from the smooth club entertainer of the 1960s Las Vegas scene to the long-haired singer of the early seventies. He performed “The Love Boat” theme, and then recorded a disco version of the song for his 1979 album Nobody Does it Better. Since 1980, Jones has recorded only a handful of albums.
Gavin Christopher is a R&B singer and musician who has worked with legends such as Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, and Herbie Hancock. He wrote a couple of hit songs such as “Once You Get Started,” which was recorded by the band Rufus, and hit #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1975, and “Stars in Your Eyes” by Herbie Hancock.
He moved from Chicago to New York, and signed with EMI Manhattan Records. He released the album One Step Closer. The single “One Step Closer to You” from that album was Christopher’s only hit as a singer. It peaked at #22 on August 16, 1986. He only released one more album – 1987’s Gavin – but did not score any other hits. He has worked as a songwriter and producer for Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa and The Ritchie Family. He also mentored and worked with a young Mariah Carey prior to her getting her big break.
Let’s listen to Gavin Christopher’s big break – “One Step Closer to You”:
Question: What movie did this quote come from: “The luck is gone, the brain is shot, but the liquor we still got”?
Last Question: In National Lampoon’s Vacation, how long was Wally World going to be closed?
A. one day
B. two weeks
C. one week
D. two months
Answer: B. two weeks
Didn’t they think it was odd that they were the first ones there? Poor Griswolds! After having their car vandalized, killing the dog Dinky, having Aunt Edna die on them, and getting stranded in the desert, they finally made it to Walley World! Only to find that it is closed for 2 weeks “to clean and repair”. Here is the scene of their arrival:
Clark then has a meltdown, gets a BB gun, and takes park security guard (John Candy) hostage to go on the rides.