“Call to the Heart” by Giuffria
Giuffria was formed as Gregg Giuffria’s side project in 1982 after his departure from the rock band, Angel.
Gregg Giuffria played keyboards, and his new bandmates were David Glen Eisley (lead vocalist), Craig Goldy (guitar), Chuck Wright (bass), and Alan Krigger (drums).
The band signed with MCA Records in 1984, and had a successful debut album – the self-titled Giuffria. The album spawned the hit song “Call to the Heart”, which peaked at #15 on February 2, 1985. Another single, “Lonely In Love”, had minor success, but only charted as high as #57. The band had a successful tour as the opening act on Foreigner’s Agent Provocateur Tour.
Giuffria’s next album, Silk and Steel, was released in 1986, following some lineup changes. Guitarist Craig Goldy joined Dio and was replaced by guitarist Lanny Cordola. Bassist Chuck Wright, who had played on some tracks for Quiet Riot’s Metal Health album, joined Quiet Riot as an official member, and was replaced by bassist David Sikes. The album did not do very well, and the band was dropped by the record company. Giuffria disbanded soon after that.
Lead singer David Glen Eisley formed the band Dirty White Boy with guitarist Earl Slick and has remained active in music, in addition to several acting roles. Gregg Giuffria has since left the music business and now owns a business in Las Vegas.
Here is Giuffria’s hit song, “Call to the Heart”:
“Turn Up the Radio” by Autograph
Autograph was formed in 1983. The band recorded some demos, and played them for a few close friends. One of the friends invited the band to re-record and upgrade those demos. The upgraded demos made it to David Lee Roth, who was so impressed that he invited the band to open for Van Halen during their 1984 tour. Due to their rising popularity Autograph then signed a contract with RCA Records in late 1984.
Out of this came their Sign in Please album. The lead single, “Turn Up the Radio” helped the album go Platinum. The song proved to be Autograph’s only top 40 hit, peaking at #29 on March 16, 1985. Guitar Player magazine awarded Steve Lynch “Guitar Solo of the Year” for his work on this song.
The band released two more albums, but nowhere as successful as their debut. They left RCA in 1988.
The band would eventually be offered a new deal with Epic in 1989, but negotiations fell through at the last minute. The band then split up in December 1989.
At least they left us this gem:
“Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band Aid
The Grandaddy of all charity supergroups – Band Aid. Band Aid founded in 1984 by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise money for anti-poverty efforts in Ethiopia. In October 1984, a BBC report by Michael Buerk was aired in the UK, which highlighted the famine that had hit the people of Ethiopia. Irish singer Bob Geldof saw the report and wanted to raise money. He called Midge Ure from Ultravox and together they quickly co-wrote the song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”.
The group was composed of leading British and Irish musicians who were among the most popular at the time. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was recorded on November 25, 1984, and was released 4 days later. The song became the the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone. It stayed at Number 1 for five weeks, becoming Christmas number one, and sold more than 3.5 million copies domestically. It remained the highest selling single in UK chart history until 1997, when Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in tribute to the late Princess Diana.
The song also got airplay in the U.S., where it also became a hit. It did not reach as high on the charts though, peaking at #13 on January 19, 1985.
The band inspired other charity acts such as “We Are the World”, “Voices That Care”, and other incarnations of Band Aid such as Band Aid II in 1989, and Band Aid 20 in 2004. The success of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” inspired Bob Geldof to set his sights on staging a huge concert for raise more funds. That concert turned out to be Live Aid in 1985.
is the list of artists for the original Band Aid, as it is listed on it’s sleeve:
Adam Clayton (U2)
Phil Collins (Genesis)
Bob Geldof (The Boomtown Rats)
Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet)
Chris Cross (Ultravox)
John Taylor (Duran Duran)
Tony Hadley (Spandau Ballet)
Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17)
Simon Le Bon (Duran Duran)
Simon Crowe (The Boomtown Rats)
Keren Woodward (Bananarama)
Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Jody Watley (Shalamar)
Paul Weller (The Style Council)
James “J.T.” Taylor (Kool & the Gang)
George Michael (Wham!)
Midge Ure (Ultravox)
Martyn Ware (Heaven 17)
John Keeble (Spandau Ballet)
Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet)
Roger Taylor (Duran Duran)
Sara Dallin (Bananarama)
Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama)
Pete Briquette (The Boomtown Rats)
Francis Rossi (Status Quo)
Robert ‘Kool’ Bell (Kool & the Gang)
Dennis J. T. Thomas (Kool & the Gang)
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran)
Jon Moss (Culture Club)
Sting (The Police)
Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Johnny Fingers (The Boomtown Rats)
Boy George (Culture Club)
Holly Johnson (Frankie Goes to Hollywood)
Stuart Adamson (Big Country)
Bruce Watson (Big Country)
Tony Butler (Big Country)
Mark Brzezicki (Big Country)
Well, ’tis the season! Let’s listen to “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in case you haven’t heard it yet this year…
“All I Need” by Jack Wagner
Jack Wagner was best known for playing Frisco Jones on General Hospital. Some younger people may remember him as Dr. Peter Burns on Melrose Place. In 1984, Wagner, who had been playing guitar since he was 14, released the album All I Need. The title track “All I Need” proved to be Wagner’s only Top 40 hit, peaking at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on January 12, 1985. It was #2 for two weeks, unable to knock Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” from the top spot. Wagner has recorded a total of five albums, bu “All I Need” remains his only hit.