Star Wars Week comes to a close today. I hope you’ve enjoyed the music from the ’70s this week. We will wrap things up with four songs – 2 each from my two favorite bands. If you’ve been following me a while, you already know who they are. These songs are going to alternate between bands:
Can you name the artist and song:
When the summer’s gone
She’ll be there standing by the light
Once she’s been to where she’s gone to
She should know wrong from right
Can you name the artist and song. I could not resist these lyrics today:
Jaws was never my scene
And I don’t like Star Wars
Can you name the artist and song of this deep track:
Don’t be lonely,
Oh, my friends, forget the past.
Sweet as sugar,
When you’re movin’
Can you name the artist and song. We’re going out with a rocker!
There’s a rumour going round, gotta clear outta town
I’m smelling like a dry fish bone
Here come the Law, gonna break down the door, gonna carry me
away once more
Song 1 “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family from The Partridge Family Album (1970)
So what am I so afraid of?
I’m afraid that I’m not sure of a love there is no cure for
Song 2 “Take a Chance On Me” by Abba from the album ABBA: The Album (1977)
Great job Karina (@WillieSun)!!!
If you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Song 3 “Y.M.C.A.” by The Village People from Cruisin’ (1978)
Welcome back to this weeks Countdown! If you missed the first 10 songs, you can still check them out. We have a pretty good variety of music today. We have Pop, Rock, and R&B. Oh, and maybe a little bit of…Disco [shudder]. So, let’s get to it, and Return to the week ending January 5, 1980. On with the countdown!
Unfortunately, in the U.S., Abba is mainly known for “Dancing Queen.” But, they were much more than that. They were a very good pop band. This was a nice song, which was their first single from the Voulez-Vous album.
I think Dionne Warwick had many other songs that were better than this one. But, this song did win her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. In a couple of weeks from now, Dionne Warwick, along with Glen Campbell, would host a 2 hour special called Solid Gold ’79. It was a 2 hour special which counted down the top 50 songs of 1979. It was so successful that in the fall of this year, Solid Gold would become a weekly series, hosted by Dionne Warwick.
British prog-rock band The Alan Parsons Project were beginning to catch on in the States at this point. In the late ’70s/early ’80s, they were actually more popular in the U.S. than in their own home country. This is a pretty good song if you are into progressive rock.
Yes kids, before he voiced Chef on South Park, Isaac Hayes was a huge Soul singer and songwriter. He co-wrote Dionne Warwick’s “Déjà Vu” from earlier in this countdown. He also co-wrote “Soul Man,” which was first performed by Sam & Dave, then further popularized by The Blues Brothers. And, of course, he is best known for providing the musical score for the 1971 movie Shaft, and won the Best Original Song Academy Award for the “Theme from Shaft.” This made him the third African-American, after Sidney Poitier and Hattie McDaniel, to win an Academy Award in any competitive field.
Let’s put it this way, this song finally gets better when the DISCO kicks in at the 1:45 mark. Yes, Disco actually improved this song. Thank you Donna Summer!
This song was recorded for Streisand’s album, Wet. It was also a new track on Donna Summer’s greatest hits album, On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes 1 & 2.
That wraps up the countdown for today. Today wasn’t a bad day, but I’m hoping tomorrow will be better. I know that I love 4 of the songs that are coming up tomorrow, and I’m not familiar with 6 of them. Maybe will discover more awesome music tomorrow. See you then!
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