CLASSICS: ONE/TWO HIT WONDERS (SINGLES)
Ok guys, I am REALLY dating myself here. What are the chances of you finding Black American talking about this oldie (in this day and age)?!! LOL. To be honest, I don’t know if this is a one hit wonder or not, because I don’t listen to Japanese music (unless I am watching a martial arts picture). Mr. Kyu Sakamoto recorded an album in 1961, which included a song called Sukiyaki. Sukiyaki became a huge hit in the United States, and around the world. It was basically a “puppy love” song; a guy singing about how sad he is because his girl basically dumped him. Interestingly, the song’s lyrics has nothing to do with the actual meaning of the word “Sukiyaki.” You can read more about the song and Kyu Sakamato from Wiki here. Many artist around the world covered this song, including “Taste Of Honey,” and Selena.
Rhapsody – Kyu Sakamoto
Spotify – Kyu Sakamoto
Rhapsody – Selena
Spotify – Selena
Rhapsody – Taste Of Honey
Spotify – Taste Of Honey
Youtube – 4PM
Here is a perfect example of how our classics are fading away forever (just like our libraries). Regina, made a song called “Baby Love (1986).” It’s a very nice danceable pop/dance song that was huge in the 80’s. It actually was one of my many favorite club songs back in the day. Now, I can’t find it anywhere! I can’t even locate a full album for this artist. I’ve tried GooglePlay, iTunes, and Amazon. I found no new digital copies available for sale; but I did find a used vinyl copy available for purchase here. Please help save our musical history and culture, by rating your music on any streaming service you use! Request any music favorite music you do not see in your streaming service library. Thank you.
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You know, to any fans of Denroy’s music, I apologize before hand for what I am about to say. I’m sure you’ve read me blog about this before; I absolutely hate it when musicians from the island try to Americanize their own music. To me, it’s sounds so unauthentic when artists do this. Then again, he could have been trying way too hard to appease his record label. After listening to this album, you can appreciate why some artist bust their ass to own their own record label, so they can have full creative control of their albums. There are very few artists that can mix American/rock style of music with reggae, and sound good. This album almost sounds like it was produced by Eddie Grant (which is another artist I don’t care for). It is my opinion that Denroy should have only stock with either all reggae style of music, or all American. Unfortunately, the only song that I liked out of his entire career, is the one that became his biggest hit; “I’ll Do Anything For You.” – VintageNewscast.com
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Actually, these guys are 3 hit wonders in my book. I really expected more out of their career, because they were actually a very talented group. James “Jim” Seals, and Darrell “Dash” Crofts split up some time in 1980s after their label dumped them. The lead singer James screwed with my head for a very long time, because the texture and inflection of his voice sounded like an exact replica of Cat Steven’s voice. In fact, I actually thought he was trying to be like him for a while. I’ve heard that they’ve started recording a gain, but I haven’t really looked for their music hard enough to be honest. They’re best known for “Summer Breeze,” “Diamond Girl,” and “Closer.” Which happens to be my three favorite songs I love from them.
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Kano was a band from Italy. I’m not sure if they still perform together. A lot of their earlier music is very similar to Giorgio Moroder. Most of their music was disco and electronic. Actually some of their music sounds like new age (space age sounds) I’d almost like to say Depeche Mode, but it’s not exactly that kind of music either. I don’t know if there are a lot of Kano fans, but, no offense, they qualify to be on my “One Hit Wonders” category. Because the only song I liked throughout their entire career is “I’m Ready (1981).”
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