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Top 40 Songs This Week – August 5, 1989: Songs 30-21

Hi Everybody, welcome back to this week’s countdown. You can go back and check out songs 40-31 if you missed them. There was quite the variety of songs from the first 10 of the list. Today is no different. At this point in my life at that time, I had been a rock fan for years (and still am today). And by my junior and senior years of I school, I was going to a lot of dances. So I was starting to like dance/freestyle music more and more. This week’s countdown has plenty of both types of that music. So let’s Return to the week ending August 5, 1989, and continue the countdown.

30. “Good Thing” by Fine Young Cannibals

This song, which was the band’s second #1 hit, sounds like an R&B/Soul song from the ’60s.

29. “Who Do You Give Your Love To?” by Michael Morales

I had never heard this song before. Boy, have I been missing out! This is my pick for Song of the Week already, and we haven’t even gotten to the top 20! This is the best new song I’ve heard in a while. I am so far behind on my podcasts, yet I keep listening to this song. OK, enough rambling. You can check out the song now.

28. “Keep On Movin'” by Soul II Soul

This is a classic R&B song. I liked Soul II Soul.

27. “Baby Don’t Forget My Number” by Milli Vanilli

Poor Milli Vanilli. If they came out 25 years later, they would have been able to use auto-tune, and use their own voices instead of lip syncing to other singers. And they would still get to the top of the charts today, just as they did before we knew what was going on.

26. “What You Don’t Know” by Exposé

The queens of Freestlye! I always loved Exposé, and still do. And this song is just classic Exposé.

25. “Hooked On You” by Sweet Sensation

Here is another awesome Freestyle group. I loved this Puerto Rican trio. I had bought the cassingle of this song when I was in school in San Diego.

24. “Angel Eyes” by The Jeff Healey Band

This is a very cool ballad by The Jeff Healey Band.

23. “Headed For a Heartbreak” by Winger

I used to like Winger a lot. This power ballad wasn’t one of my favorites though. I don’t mind it, but they have a lot of other better songs. Not to mention, when I hear the title of this song, it makes me think of Def Leppard’s far superior “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak“.

22. “Sacred Emotion” by Donny Osmond

Here is another song that I was unfamiliar with. I like this one a lot too.

21. “The End of the Innocence” by Don Henley

This title track from Don Henley’s album isn’t bad. It’s not one of my favorites. This song was written by Bruce Hornsby, which is pretty obvious. Maybe that’s why I’m not a big fan of this song.

Well, that wraps up today’s list. Are you liking this countdown so far? We’ll be back with some more tomorrow.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – August 5, 1989: Songs 40-31

Hi Everybody, welcome to another Top 40 Countdown. This week, we will Return to 1989. Earlier in the year had gone to boot camp for a couple of months, then went to San Diego for school/training, then came home on leave/vacation for a couple of weeks. Then I went to my first assignment – Oakland Naval Hospital. So this week, I was beginning my new life in California. I have heard a lot of songs on this weeks countdown. However, there are also a lot that I had never heard before until now. So, this is going to be a fun and interesting week. Now, let’s Return to the week ending August 5, 1989 and begin the countdown.

40. “Buffalo Stance” by Neneh Cherry

Here is a great fusion of Rap and Freestyle.

39. “Talk It Over” by Grayson Hugh

I had never heard of this song before, and I had never heard of Grayson Hugh. He is a singer-songwriter. In 1987, Grayson Hugh signed with RCA Records. He arranged this song that was written by Sandy Linzer and Irwin Levine. Hugh recorded the song, but Olivia Newton-John was given rights of first release. She recorded it herself and released it as a single, changing the name of the song to “Can’t We Talk It Over in Bed“. Hugh would finally release the song, and it became a hit.

38. “In My Eyes” by Stevie B

I know Stevie B from his 1990 hit “Because I Love You“, which was the height of his career. Before that, Stevie B had a hit with this song (which I had never heard before).

37. “Miss You Like Crazy” by Natalie Cole

I love this song, and it was appropriate for me at the time as I had just move across the country from my family and friends.
This almost gets me to forget about that very creepy song she did with her dead father, “Unforgettable“. [shudder]. Almost.

36. “Heaven” by Warrant

This is a great ballad by an underrated band, from their debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich.

35. “Me Myself and I” by De La Soul

This was a fun hip-hop dance song.

34. “If I Could Turn Back Time” by Cher

This is one of the most iconic songs of the ’80s with one of the most iconic videos of all time. It didn’t hurt that the video was shot on a Navy ship (specifically the USS Missouri) seeing that I was in the Navy at that time. And Cher was into younger men. Hey Cher, what’s up girl? 😉

And here is Rubix Kube’s awesome version of the song that I recorded last November.

33. “Cover of Love” by Michael Damian

Michael Damian was best known as singer Danny Romalotti on the soap opera The Young and the Restless.
I mainly know him from his hit cover version of “Rock On“. I had never heard this song before. It’s not bad.

32. “18 and Life” by Skid Row

Alright, I’m really liking this countdown so far! This is already the second hair band this week. Here is another power ballad. This would go on to be Skid Row’s biggest hit, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 11 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

31. “Shower Me With Your Love” by Surface

Here is another R&B ballad that I really like a lot.

Well, that wraps up today’s list. That was quite the variety! R&B, Freestyle, Rock and Pop. What was going on in your life at this time in 1989? Did you have any favorite type of music at this time?

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s Top 40 Countdown! We will be wrapping up the countdown today. If you missed the previous songs you can go back and listen to songs 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. Let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and go through the top 10 songs this week.

10. “Forever Your Girl” by Paula Abdul

Before she became known as a flaky judge on American Idol, Paula Abdul was the sweetheart of the pop music industry. This title track was the second song released from her debut album, and would become a #1 hit, just as “Straight Up” had. There would be a total of four #1 hits from that album.

9. “After All” by Cher & Peter Cetera

This is one of my favorite duets of the decade. These two unique voices made a great combination. This song was the love theme for the movie Chances Are and was nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards 1989. I love this song, and I kind of liked the movie, which starred Cybill Shepherd, Robert Downey, Jr., Ryan O’Neal, and Mary Stuart Masterson (who I had a bit of a crush on).

8. “Real Love” by Jody Watley

This is a good dance and R&B song. The video, directed by David Fincher, was nominated for six MTV Video Music Awards including Breakthrough Video, Best Art Direction, Best Dance Video, and Best Female Video at the 1989 award show. That record was held until Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson’s video “Scream” received eleven VMA nominations in 1995.

7. “Second Chance” by .38 Special

This is a nice ballad by .38 Special, who usually had really good, fun rock songs. This song would go on to be the band’s highest-charting song in the United States, peaking at #6.

6. “The Look” by Roxette

I love, love, love Roxette!! This was released as a single from their Look Sharp! album, and became a breakthrough hit for the band. Before this, Roxette was unknown outside of their native Sweden. This song would give them international fame, becoming a #1 hit in the U.S. and 24 other countries.

5. “Heaven Help Me” by Deon Estus

I love this song by Deon Estus. He had been the bass player for Wham! and played bass on George Michael’s first two solo albums. I have a soft spot for Deon because he was one of the first celebrities to follow me on Twitter. If you happen to read this article, Deon, Rock on buddy!!

4. “She Drives Me Crazy” by Fine Young Cannibals

Not one of my favorite songs on the countdown. But, I think I like this more now then when it came out.

3. “Funky Cold Medina” by Ton Loc

For some reason, I like this song. It is basically the same thing as his other song, “Wild Thing“, but I still like it.

2. “I’ll Be There For You” by Bon Jovi

I love this ballad by Bon Jovi. It’s one of their best. Jon Bon Jovi put a lot of feeling into this. Classic.

1. “Like a Prayer” by Madonna

And now we have reached the #1 song. This is one of my favorite Madonna songs. There were a lot of great songs on the Like a Prayer album, but this was my favorite. Again, like I said in a previous post, I’m a sucker for songs that feature a choir.

Well that wraps up this week’s countdown. Did you like this year? I have some mixed feelings. This was a transitional time in my life. I had some good times, and some of these songs bring me back to that. On the other hand, even at that time, you could feel our awesome decade was coming to an end.
That’s OK though. there is one year I haven’t done a countdown for yet – 1980 – the dawn of the decade! So, we will be back next week with a top 40 from 1980. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 20-11

Welcome back to this week’s Top-40 Countdown! If you need to catch up, you can check out songs 40-31 and 30-21. Today has a variety of song styles. There are some ballads, freestyle dance, and rock songs. There is also a special dedication today. Some of these songs really take me back to my short time in San Diego. So, let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and continue the countdown with songs 20-11.

20. “Wind Beneath My Wings” by Bette Midler

“Wind Beneath My Wings”, from the soundtrack of Beaches, would go on to become a #1 hit, and it won Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1990. There was no avoiding this song. And if you somehow did not catch it by Bette Midler, then you probably heard it by one of the following artists who also covered this song:

Roger Whitaker (the first to release the song commercially), Colleen Hewett, Sheena Easton (I have this song on a Greatest Hits tape by her), Gary Morris, Kerry Ellis, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Patti LaBelle, Captain and Tennille, Joe Longthorne, Eddie & Gerald Levert, John Tesh, Judy Collins, Shirley Bassey, RyanDan, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Sonata Arctica, Chyi Yu, Perry Como, Donald Braswell II, Sergio Franchi, Steven Houghton and Celine Dion. Also, Lou Rawls sang the song at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19, 1985, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

19. “Electric Youth” by Debbie Gibson

When I left for Boot Camp, “Lost In Your Eyes” was the big hit. When I got out, this second single, the title track from Debbie’s sophomore album was climbing the charts.

18. “Rock On” by Michael Damian

Upon my arrival in San Diego, one of the first things I bought was a Walkman. It was the kind that had a radio as well as a cassette player. So, I found the local radio stations, and this song was one that was constantly being played.
Michael Damian starred in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. He didn’t have the great singing career that fellow soap opera/musician Rick Springfield had. But, I liked this song. But, that may be because it brings me back to a time and place of beautiful weather and atmosphere.

17. “Cult of Personality” by Living Colour

This isn’t a bad song. I love the guitar in it. I do remember this one being overplayed though.

16. “Iko Iko” by The Belle Stars

This is a fun song. I don’t go out of my way to listen to it, but I enjoy it when it does come on the radio.

15. “Soldier of Love” by Donny Osmond

Along with Michael Damien’s “Rock On”, this song was in heavy rotation on the radio station I listened to in San Diego. Again, it may be due to the weather, but I really enjoyed this song too. It was a big comeback hit for Donny Osmond.

Special Dedication

Now it is time for a special dedication. I have not received any yet. Don’t forget, you can email them to me at returntothe80s@gmail.com or returntothe80s@yahoo.com.
Long time readers of this blog may remember the 30 Day Music Challenge series that I posted a couple of years ago. Since we have returned to a time when I was in school in San Diego, here is the article I posted about a “song that reminds you of someone“. This song goes out to the douchebag idiot in this story.

My New Purchase

After being in boot camp for around 8-10 weeks, the only music I heard was “Anchors Aweigh” (a million times). So when I got to San Diego, one of the first things I did was buy a Walkman, and some tapes. I even took time to stencil my name on the inside of the Walkman door. As for the cassettes, I bought mostly rock music such as Bon Jovi’s New Jersey, and Van Halen’s OU812. But, I also wanted music that would put me to sleep. I was not a Glenn Medeiros fan by any stretch of imagination. However, I had heard some of his music, and figured that would be perfect. So I bought Glenn Medeiros’ Not Me. And it worked. I would go to bed at night listening to my Walkman, and it would knock me right out.

A Storm is Brewing

The barracks that we slept in was full of bunk beds. I slept on the bottom bunk. One morning, my bunk-mate warned me that a scumbag, that was in our class, almost tried stealing my Walkman while I was sleeping. That pissed me off. So, I was hoping I would catch him trying it.

Thief!

A day or two later, I woke up with my headphones on, but something didn’t feel right. I felt the cord to the headphones and noticed that the Walkman was missing! All that was there was the Glenn Medeiros tape!! That douche stole my Walkman!!! I have no idea how I didn’t feel it being taken away.

Nobody Steals From Me and Gets Away With It!

Now, anybody who knows me would probably best describe my personality as being “reserved”. But, when somebody not only steals from me, but steals something music related, it awakens the beast. And, I also found out that he stole headphones off of another guy that was about 3 times his size. I kept my cool though. I knew exactly who stole it, and he slept on the top bunk a little further away from me.

I saw Douche was sleeping. So I climbed up on the side of the bunk that was next to him, and confirmed that he had my Walkman. So I reached over and grabbed it, and unhooked the headphones. I looked to see what tape he had in it. It was NWA or some other Gangsta Rap type group. I left the tape where the Walkman had been. I couldn’t get the headphones for the other guy though, because Douche was laying on his head on one of the earpieces. However, the Walkman itself was with it’s rightful owner! I was tempted to take the tape too, and leave the Glenn Medeiros one in it’s place. But I didn’t want to be a thief. I just wanted what was rightfully mine.

Would You Believe the Balls on this Guy?

Later on that morning, Douche actually confronted me, and accused me of stealing his Walkman! He even knew the price I paid for it. But, I had my stenciling on the door, and showed him. He said that I probably stenciled after I took it. But, we both knew what really happened. I said, “How do you think I knew where to get it from. Somebody saw you! That’s how!” He saw that the next time he opened his mouth, he was going to get the worst beating of his life, so he backed off. And everybody knew he also stole the big guy’s headphones, so I was also ready to still see some pummeling going on. But, much to my disappointment, big guy was a pansy. He was more of a teddy bear than a grizzly bear, so Douche got away with the headphones.

Gee, I didn’t See That Coming [Sarcasm]

Within the next week, Douche went AWOL. I know. I can’t believe such an upstanding citizen would do something like that, Right?! It turns out, he broke into some lockers, stole money, and got on a plane to New York. Shockingly, Douche came back a couple of weeks later. He was in the barracks, and our commander, who hardly came into the barracks, and found him. And dragged him out for good. I don’t know if he just got kicked out of the Navy with a Dishonorable Discharge, or if he got thrown in the brig/jail.

So, here’s to you Douche! When I hear Glenn Medeiros – and not Gangsta Rap – it reminds me of you!

14. “Sincerely Yours” by Sweet Sensation & Romeo J.D

They may have been Exposé Lite, but I liked Sweet Sensation. This song isn’t bad. But, I much prefer “Hooked On You“.

13. “Thinking of You” by Sa-Fire

Two Puerto Rican freestylers in a row! I love this song. And it was very appropriate for what I was going through at the time, being across the country from all of my friends and family.

12. “Rocket” by Def Leppard

Almost 2 years after the incredible Hysteria album was released, Def Leppard was still releasing singles from that album! That would be unheard of now. This is a great rockin’ song. It is one of my favorites from the album. This would be the last single released from Hysteria. The video is the last from the band with Steve Clark in the lineup.

11. “Room to Move” by Animotion

I had forgotten about this one. I like this song a lot too. I never saw the movie, but apparently this song was featured in My Stepmother Is an Alien.

I hope you enjoyed today’s list of songs. Did you have any favorites today? Either tomorrow or Friday, we will wrap up the countdown with the top 10 songs. I like the top 10 list. There are no songs on it that I’m sick of listening to. This may be 1989, but this is before “Love Shack” and “We Didn’t Start The Fire” was released, so you may rest easy.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 30-21

Welcome back as we continue this week’s countdown. While there were several songs on yesterday’s list that I did not know, I know every song that is on today’s list. Let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and check them out.

30. “Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Poison

This isn’t my favorite Poison song by a long shot. It’s not bad either. Their remake of the 1972 Loggins and Messina hit was the fourth single released from the Open Up and Say…Ahh! album. My favorite Poison album, Flesh & Blood, would not come out for another year.

29. “Close My Eyes Forever” by Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne

I thought this song was a hit a little earlier than this. Man, what an incredible duo! I had never heard of Lita Ford until she released “Kiss Me Deadly“. I’ve been a fan ever since. Lita is also an incredible guitar player. And of course, I was always an Ozzy fan. Most male/female duets are poppy little love songs. While I do like a lot of those duets, this song was darker and edgier, and I love it!

Oh by the way, Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne are still putting out rockin’ music today. In 2012, Lita released her album Living Like a Runaway, which is awesome. And in 2010 Ozzy released Scream, which is really heavy and loud.

28. “I’ll Be Loving You (Forever)” by New Kids On The Block

So, we go from the rebellious Runaway Lita Ford and the Prince of Darkness Ozzy Osbourne to the New Kids on the Block! My ears just got whiplash! I was never into New Kids. They are from my neck of the woods, so I am happy for their success. But, I just can’t listen to them. “Hangin’ Tough” is somewhat bearable [editor’s note: maybe even that song isn’t bearable. I started listening to it when setting up this link, and couldn’t get halfway through it]. On the other hand, this song is just painful. I can’t listen to it. Sorry Jordan!
For the record, I love Donny on the show Blue Bloods. After seeing him in that, I cannot picture him being in a boy band.

27. “Seventeen” by Winger

Thanks to Beavis & Butt-Head, Winger (as well as Warrant) unfairly got labeled as a wuss band. I think Winger rocks. For crying out loud, he had been a guitarist for Alice Cooper! “Seventeen” is a really good rockin’ song

26. “Everlasting Love” by Howard Jones

This is one of my favorite HoJo songs. You can’t help but feel good when you hear this song.

25. “Girl You Know It’s True” by Milli Vanilli

Eeesh. Awkward! But c’mon now, if you think there have been no other lip synchers before or after Milli Vanilli, your kidding yourself. “Girl You Know It’s True”, and their debut album of the same name helped Milli Vanilli win a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. This hit song is also the one that exposed Milli Vanilli. While performing onstage live in front of an audience, the recording of the song “Girl You Know It’s True” played and began to skip, repeating the partial line “Girl, you know it’s…” over and over on the speakers. They continued to pretend to sing and dance onstage for a few more moments, then they both ran offstage (a move Ashlee Simpson would perfect some years later on Saturday Night Live).
An investigation began, and it was found that the real vocals were by Charles Shaw, John Davis, Brad Howell, and twin sisters Jodie and Linda Rocco. However Frank Farian (the creator of the band), felt that those singers lacked a marketable image. He then recruited Robert Pilatus and Fabrice Morvan, two younger model/dancers he found singing in a Munich club for a rehearsal. He felt that Pilatus and Morvan could provide the marketable image that the original singers lacked. He was correct, until it all blew up. Milli Vanilli were exposed as frauds and had their Grammy taken away.

Morvan and Pilatus moved to Los Angeles, California, and signed to the Joss Entertainment Group, where they recorded an album under the name Rob & Fab. It was only released in the U.S., which was the country most critical of them, so it flopped. They attempted another comeback in the late ’90s.

Frank Farian agreed in 1997 to produce a new Milli Vanilli album with Morvan and Pilatus on lead vocals. This all led up to the recording of the 1998 Milli Vanilli comeback album Back and in Attack. Even some of the original studio singers backed the performers in their attempt to bring back some of the fame that had been shed so quickly. However, Rob Pilatus encountered a number of personal problems during the production of the new album. He turned to drugs and crime, committing a series of robberies and ultimately serving three months in jail in California. Farian paid for Pilatus to attend six months of drug rehabilitation and plane tickets for him to fly back to Germany. On the eve of the new album’s promotional tour on April 2, 1998, Pilatus was found dead of a suspected alcohol and prescription drug overdose in a Frankfurt hotel room. Pilatus’ death was ruled accidental.

All that being said, I was never a fan of Milli Vanilli. The songs weren’t bad from that infamous album, but they weren’t great either.

24. “Eternal Flame” by The Bangles

This is a great ballad by The Bangles. This song and “Walk Like an Egyptian” are probably their most popular songs.

23. “Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown

Remember when Bobby Brown had talent? This song was off of his smash hit album, Don’t Be Cruel. It was all downhill from there, and he dragged Whitney down with him. But, in this moment in time (pardon the pun), Bobby Brown was brilliant and on the top of his game.

22. “Patience” by Guns N’ Roses

Speaking of being brilliant for a short period of time, this was a really good ballad by Guns N’ Roses.

21. “Stand” by R.E.M.

“Stand in the place where you live
Now face North”
And then you do the Hokey Pokey
Turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

“Now face West
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven’t before”
And then you do the Hokey Pokey
Turn yourself around,
That’s what it’s all about!

“Now face North… ”

Did you like today’s list? I think this is going to get even better as it moves along.

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Top 40 Songs This Week – April 29, 1989: Songs 40-31

Welcome back to a brand new week of the Top 40 Countdown. I am looking forward to this one. This week we are returning to 1989. If you remember, I left for Navy Boot Camp on February 21, 1989. It lasted 8 weeks. In late April, I left Boot Camp in Great Lakes, Illionois after a nasty winter, then went to “A School” (which is training for the actual job you will be doing) in San Diego, California. When I go on the plane, everything was brown and dreary. The first thing I saw when I got off the plane was a palm tree outside the window, along with beautiful blue sky, and the most perfect weather I have ever seen!
In those 8 weeks I was in Boot Camp, there must have been many songs that came and went, which I did not know about. And this week in 1989, I had not caught up on all the recently released music yet. So, there are many songs on this week’s countdown that I never knew about. This week’s songs will either be new to me, or they will bring me back to a great part of my life.
Now, let’s Return to the week ending April 29, 1989, and begin the countdown.

40. “Birthday Suit” by Johnny Kemp

I didn’t know Johnny Kemp had any songs other than “Just Got Paid“. Well I wasn’t missing much with this song. “Birthday Suit” was performed by Johnny Kemp for the soundtrack of the movie Sing, which I also had never heard of. While the song isn’t horrible, I’m not going to rush and buy it anytime soon.

39. “I Only Wanna Be With You” by Samantha Fox

I was a huge Samantha Fox fan, so I knew this song. I like this one a lot. It is a remake of the Dusty Springfield 1963 hit. Samantha Fox was not the only one to cover this song. It was also done by The Bay City Rollers in 1976 and by The Tourists, a band which included Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart pre-Eurythmics, in 1979. This was the band’s first, and biggest hit.
Samantha did an awesome job covering this on her third studio album, I Wanna Have Some Fun.

38. “Orinoco Flow” by Enya

Here’s an awesome New Age song!! Sail away, sail away, sail zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

37. “Voices of Babylon” by The Outfield

I’m awake, I’m awake!! As I wipe drool from the side of my face after that unexpected nap, check out this pretty good Outfield song. I do like “Your Love” more, but I do like this song. I didn’t know about this song until I listened to their greatest hits compilation, Big Innings.

36. “Through the Storm” by Aretha Franklin & Elton John

This song had gotten by me. I really like this one a lot!! I don’t like a lot of Elton John’s ’80s music. There are some that I like, but overall, I prefer his ’70s music. And I’m not a big Aretha Franklin fan. But the two of them together made an awesome song!

35. “I Wanna Be the One” by Stevie B

I remembered this one! I May have heard it on the plane ride from Chicago to San Diego. This was Stevie B’s first American top-40 hit.

34. “Superwoman” by Karyn White

I had forgotten about this song. I was more familair with Karyn White’s hit “Secret Rendezvous“. This one isn’t bad.

33. “Where Are You Now” by Synch

I remembered this song when I saw the title. I would have never guessed the group’s name though. This is an interesting one. The band Synch was formed in the mid-80s. Lou Butwin was the lead singer. However, drummer Jimmy Harnen wrote “Where Are You Now”, and was afforded the chance to sing it. The song was released on an independent label in 1986. The song got some local airplay in the Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania market. The band was then signed by Columbia records. By the time their album was recorded, Jimmy Harnen and keyboardist Chuck Yarmey were the only remaining members of the original lineup.

“Where Are You Now” is a power ballad by the Pennsylvania-based 1980s band Synch. Co-written and sung by Synch band member Jimmy Harnen, the song was initially credited solely to ‘Synch’ when it was first released in 1986. In 1989, the song was re-released under the name ‘Jimmy Harnen with Synch’. “Where Are You Now” peaked at #77, and the band was dropped by Columbia.

However, in 1989, the song gained huge popularity and received heavy airplay, prompting record executives to re-release the original (major label) recording of the single, now credited to ‘Jimmy Harnen with Synch’. WTG, a new label at the time, signed Harnen as a solo artist, and while the song was climbing the charts, he began recording a full-length release for the label. This time, the song reached all the way up to #10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

32. “You Got It” by Roy Orbison

I had thought that this song was an old Roy Orbison song that was re-released after he died. But this was off of his 1989 album Mystery Girl. Fellow Traveling Wilburys bandmates, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne, co-wrote the song and played instruments on the record.
When I hear Roy Orbison now, I can’t help but think of the boss I had just before I joined the Navy. He was a huge Roy Orbison fan. When Orbison died, my boss was really depressed for a while. My dad was also a Roy Orbison fan, although he didn’t take his death as hard. So, I grew up listening to Roy Orbison, and I like his music. This is a good song.

31. “A Shoulder to Cry On” by Tommy Page

I didn’t know this song, and never heard of Tommy Page. This sounds like a “teen idol” song.

What do you think of this countdown so far? I didn’t think it was bad. It does look like this is going to get even better. Tomorrow’s 10 songs are going to be a lot of fun, so please come back!

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