November 30, 2014

♫ Remembering the 70s ♫: POPCORN by Hot Butter (SynthPop/Instrumental)

Remember this one?

Popcorn” is an early synthpop instrumental, composed by Gershon Kingsley in 1969 and first appearing on his album Music to Moog By.
However, in 1972, instrumental cover band, Hot Butter, did their version of the song and the track became an international hit, selling a million copies in France, 250,000 in the United Kingdom, and over two million globally.

The title may refer to the short staccato or sharp "popping" sound used, or to pop music and its being 'corny', i.e., kitschy. The title is generally written as one word, although some single sleeves (such as the one illustrated) present it as two words, "Pop Corn".

October 19, 2014

♫ Remembering the 80s ♫: LOVE THEME FROM ST. ELMO'S FIRE (Instrumental) by David Foster

Remember that movie - St. Elmo's Fire - from the 'Brat Pack' genre? Yes?
Then you'll definitely remember the "Love Theme from St. Elmo's Fire" (the instrumental theme to the movie by Canadian composer/producer David Foster).
The song, which was released in 1986, hit No. 15 on the US pop charts.

August 31, 2014

♫ Remembering the 70s ♫: DO IT AGAIN by Steely Dan (Jazz-Rock)

Do It Again” is a tune composed by Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, performed by American jazz-rock group Steely Dan, which was released as a single from their 1972 debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill. The single version differed from the album version, shortening the intro, outro and two instrumental sections of the song.

The lyrics are sung to a man who is addicted to nightlife. His addictions include sex and gambling. The narrator describes the realities of the man’s addictions and the consequences of his actions, but emphasizes that he goes “back, Jack, do it again”, implying that it is an addiction.

June 06, 2014

♫ Remembering the 80s ♫: HUNGRY HEART By BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN (Rock)

Remember this one – HUNGRY HEART by American musician Bruce Springsteen? It has got to be one of my most favourite Bruce Springsteen songs of all time!

"Hungry Heart" is a song written and performed by Bruce Springsteen on his fifth album, The River. It was released as the album's first single in 1980 and became Springsteen's first big hit of his own on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

April 17, 2014

♫ Remembering the 90s ♫: OH HAPPY DAY ("Sister Act 2") by the St. Francis Choir feat/Ryan Toby (Gospel)

Remember this one – OH HAPPY DAY (“Sister Act 2”) by the St. Francis Choir feat/Ryan Toby?

Oh Happy Day” is a 1967 gospel music arrangement of an 18th-century hymn. Recorded by the Edwin Hawkins Singers, it became an international hit in 1969, reaching No. 4 in the US and No. 2 in both the UK pop charts and Irish Singles Chart. It has since become a gospel music standard.

April 04, 2014

♫ Remembering the 70s ♫: LET IT RIDE by Bachman-Turner Overdrive aka BTO (Rock)

Remember this one – LET IT RIDE by Bachman-Turner Overdrive aka BTO?

“Let It Ride” is a 1974 single by the Canadian rock group from Winnipeg, Manitoba,  Bachman-Turner Overdrive, written by Randy Bachman and Fred Turner, with the latter providing lead vocals. The song peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

March 29, 2014

♫ Remembering the 60s ♫: THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE by Percy Faith (Easy Listening/Instrumental Pop)

Remember this one - THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE by Percy Faith?
The song was actually released in 1959.

It's the longest-running #1 instrumental in the history of the Billboard Hot 100's chart.

"Theme from A Summer Place" is a song with lyrics by Mack Discant and music by Max Steiner, written for the 1959 film A Summer Place, which starred Sandra Dee and Troy Donahue. It was recorded for the film by Hugo Winterhalter. Originally known as the "Molly and Johnny Theme", the piece is not the main title theme of the film, but a love theme for the characters played by Dee and Donahue.

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