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Remember That Song: 11/2/22

Can you name the song and the artist who covered it in the ’80s

Hey she give me love and I feel all right now
You gotta toss and turn
And feel all right, yeah I feel all right


Linda_Ronstadt_Don't_Know_MuchLast Song: “Don’t Know Much” by Linda Ronstadt featuring Aaron Neville from Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind (1989)

Great job Craig (@cdennis0130)!!!

And when I feel you near me
Sometimes I see so clearly
The only truth I’ve ever known
Is me and you

Song of the Day: “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram

Today’s Song of the Day is “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram. It was on this day, March 2, 1988, that this won Song of the Year at the 30th Grammy Awards. It was also nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, but lost to the Dirty Dancing hit “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”

This was written for the Steven Spielberg-produced animated film An American Tail. In the movie, a family of mice from the Ukraine immigrates to the United States, but loses young Fievel along the way. One lonely night, Fievel (Phillip Glasser) and his sister Tanya (Betsy Cathcart), separated by a long distance, sing “Somewhere Out There” in the hopes of reuniting. Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram were enlisted to sing the pop version, a romantic ballad about two separated lovers who take comfort in the fact they are looking out at the same starry sky.

The song was written by James Horner (best known for writing the Titanic score), and Songwriter Hall of Famers the husband/wife team of Barry Mann, and Cynthia Weil (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’“, “Christmas Vacation“). It reached number eight in the United Kingdom, number six in Ireland, and number two in both the United States and Canada.

Ronstadt’s regular producer Peter Asher also produced the duet, which proved to be a challenge. Asher explained in a 2018 Songfacts interview: “She and James Ingram, when we did ‘Somewhere Out There,’ never actually were in the studio at the same time, which is more common now but was a bit less common then. And getting it all to fit together, matching their vibratos and the last note and stuff like that, which again in Pro Tools would be two seconds, took quite a while because I had two separate takes of each of them separately. But, for reasons I can’t quite remember, they weren’t in town at the same time.

Sadly, Ingram died in Los Angeles of brain cancer on January 29, 2019, at the age of 66. And Ronstadt can no longer perform due to progressive supranuclear palsy (which is a brain disease which can be mistaken for Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.

But they left us a gem of a duet. And it helped An American Tail become a smash success in an age when animated movies were not doing to well at the box office (grossing $84 million making it the highest-grossing non-Disney animated film at the time).

Top 40 Songs This Week – February 28, 1987: Songs 10-1

Welcome back to this week’s countdown! If you missed the previous songs, you can go back and check out 40-31, 30-21, and 20-11. This has been a great week of music so far, and it continues today. It was so good, that we will be coming back with another countdown next week, with a twist! We will Return to the top 40 countdown for the week of March 6-12, from the UK! I know there is a huge following here of folks from the U.K. So they will get to relive their past, and 80s fans from the U.S. may discover music that did not make it over here for one reason or another. But first thing’s first. Let’s Return to the week ending February 28, 1987, and check out the top 10 songs of this week.


10. “Ballerina Girl” by Lionel Richie

This was the end of Lionel Richie’s run in the ’80s. A sweet song to end it. Supposedly, it was written for Lionel’s daughter, Nicole.

9. “Big Time” by Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel had some groundbreaking videos in the late ’80s. Which means that they were on MTV every other song. Which also means that I couldn’t stand it! I was dreading listening to this again, but now I’m liking it a little more.

8. “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)” by the Beastie Boys

You got my rock in your rap! You got your rap in my rock! What?! Mmmm, delicious. Two great genres that go great together.

7. “Respect Yourself” by Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis hopped on that actors-turned-singers bandwagon. And he did a very respectful job of it, in my opinion.

6. “Somewhere Out There” by Linda Ronstadt & James Ingram

At this time, I was too cool to watch cartoon movies. So, I’ve never seen An American Tail. But, I do love this song. Such a perfect duet with two incredible voices.

5. “You Got It All” by The Jets

Nice ballad from The Jets, written by Rupert Holmes (“Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”), and sung by 13-year-old Elizabeth Wolfgramm.

4. “Will You Still Love Me?” by Chicago

If Chicago is asking us if we will still love them after the departure of Peter Cetera, the answer is Yes!

3. “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” by Georgia Satellites

Between this, and Janet Jackson’s “Let’s Wait Awhile” earlier in the countdown, all we need to do is substitute Samantha Fox’s “Touch Me” with Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off”, and we would have a perfect countdown for a Catholic school dance.

2. “Jacob’s Ladder” by Huey Lewis & The News

Hands down, this is my favorite Huey Lewis and the News song. “All I want from tomorrow is to get it better than today.” That’s all anybody can ask.

1. “Livin’ On a Prayer” by Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi had a huge hit with “You Give Love a Bad Name”. But, this ’80s anthem is the one that changed them forever. When you say the words “’80s music” to somebody, this is one of a handful of songs that would immediately come to mind. This is totally deserving of the #1 spot, and a great way to end the countdown.


That’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed this countdown. Please let me know your thoughts. And as I mentioned earlier, we will be coming right back next week with the UK Top 40 from 1983. Until then, Keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.

Remember That Song: 7/16/14

Can you name the artist and song and complete the lyrics:

Cause I feel so secure when we’re together.
You give my life direction,
You make __________ __ _____


Last Song: “Don’t Know Much” by Linda Ronstadt and Aaron Neville from Ronstadt’s album Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind (1989)

Great job Andrew!!

Look at this face
I know the years are showing
Look at this life
I still don’t know where it’s going