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The band called Cameo has been around since the mid 70’s, and has had a string of hits. They appeared to have started off doing a lot of disco; then when disco was dying out, they started doing funk/pop music closer to the 80’s. I really liked the group Cameo, because between the  70’s and mid 80’s, radio was playing a lot of what we called “conscious music.”  While I think it’s very important for songwriters to write about world issues; Cameo created a lot of songs in the 80’s that allowed us to have fun, and think happy thoughts! My favorites are “Single Life,” “Word Up,” and “Candy.” – VintageNewscast.com

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I was about to write an article that GrooveShark shut down as of last month. However, it looks like only the U.S. has shut down (grooveshark.com), not the British (grooveshark.io). If I remember correctly, I’ve read that they allowed more music to stream on their service, then the licenses they’ve paid for. I don’t think they were trying to do anything illegal; it just may have been that there was a technical mix up (physical hardware/network). Unfortunately, because of that, they got caught up in all kinds of U.S./international copyright legalities, and got sued. Copyright can and do get ugly. That’s unfortunate.

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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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Heart was one of those groups that struggled, and put out a LOT of albums before they struck big, with their hit song “These Dreams” in 1985. It is a really nice ballad (I think). But unfortunately,  Ann Wilson (lead singer) and her sister Nancy Wilson, qualify to be on my “One Hit Wonders List,” because they never had a hit that matched the success of “These Dreams.” Although to my understanding they are still a big hit in Canada (where they were first discovered). I have selected an album similar to a greatest hits album, so that you can choose for your self whether or not you like this group. The only other song I thought was kind of cute from this album was a song called “Magic Man.” Edit: I understand that Heart had quite a few number one hits during their career; however, “These Dreams,” is really my only ultimate favorite from Heart, it’s the song I remembered the most, therefore it is on my “One Hit Wonders List.” Just because I am not die-hard fan, doesn’t mean I can’t like one or two songs. No one is going to like every single song their favorite artist makes. This is why bloggers do highlights.

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This has been a long time debate since CD technology began. This debate is not that different from hearing MAC and IBM platform users go at each others throats. Growing up, I remember a time when people were arguing which tapes sounded the best! Was it Chrome, Metal, or Normal? Personally, I thought Chrome sounded superior over the other two. However, in terms of the vinyl vs. digital debate, I will not give a long winded speech ’cause it’s just not worth it 🙂 . I will simply say that in my personal opinion, digital hands down is superior. However, before my readers start contorting all over the place, please consider a few things. Not all digital sound is created equal! Not every sound recording on a CD has been remastered; and if that’s the case, someone maybe more inclined to say that vinyl is superior. However, I also think that fans of vinyl are just bias to the fullest. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love vinyl too; but lets look at things in perspective here. First, the average person’s record collection may not be in mint condition, as apposed to an actual vinyl collector. A lot of people may not share the same sentiments about vinyl, as someone who may have barely got their records back (in whatever condition) from their family members. Also, not all recording studios are the same either. But you know what? Bottom line it doesn’t really matter anymore, because nothing beats a 2 second download time, to get 320k quality, and listen anytime and anywhere. Effortlessly. -VintageNewscast.com

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Wow, I just stumbled upon this. I’m not exactly sure how old is this; but if Cher is 68 now, it’s probably about 50-55 years old. She was busted for stealing her mom’s car. LOL She must have been a real handful. Ha! Didn’t realize that the last 6 numbers  represented the date. So that means she was about 9 years old. LOL

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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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This 80’s dance queen has a nice remix album available. I have really enjoyed this entire album, with the exception of two songs I have not heard before; one song song called “The Best Is Yet To Come,” and the other “Follow Your heart.”  They were really slow tempo, and I really was expecting the album to be all dance. The two songs really changed the entire mood of the album. However, I think the album is still worth listening to. Having said that, I really do think that Shannon fans would really like this album. It has two of her biggest hits (also my favorites) “Let The Music Play,” and the hot remix “Give Me Tonight!”

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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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UPDATE: I had another CD I had to RIP to my iTunes, and for a minute, I actually forgot how to do it!! Oh my goodness!! I actually forgot how to RIP a CD!! That’s how long it’s been!! LOLOLOLOL. A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an old school CD house mix (used, & nice ‘n’ cheap) from Amazon. The CD/album was basically out of print. I finally gotten around to ripping it in to my iTunes. Wow, I’d never thought I would feel this way but, when I popped my CD in to my computer, it felt like the equivalent of putting a record on my turntable. I’ve been downloading my music for so long, that ripping my CD felt so damn strange! Ripping music feels so ancient now it’s not even funny. LOL. But you know what? I got the music I was looking for and that’s all that matters really.

The nice part was, as a collector of rare and classic music, it was really a joy to be able to purchase the CD from a vendor, when none of the internet music streaming giants had it. This is one of the big problems we sometimes have with music licensing (especially with older music we know and love). I really do hope seasoned folks wake up, and start using services like Spotify, so we can relive our classics.

Updated 11/17/2017

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Captain and Tennille, was one of my favorite musical Duos. Although I hated their variety TV show back in the 70’s; they’ve made a string of recorded hits, such as “Do That To Me One More Time,” and “Lonely Nights,” and “Come In From The Rain,” which all three happen to be one of my favorites. Well, after almost 40 years of marriage, Toni Tennille finally called it quits and filed for divorce last year. How ironic that another one of their huge hits was called “Love Will Keep Us Together,” guess it didn’t. It’s very possible that they’ve just been performing for too long, and fell out of love for each other. It’s been alleged that Toni filed for divorce because her husband Daryl Dragon was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. If this is true, then that means bottom line, she does not want to be burdened by taking care of him. Interesting, it appears a lot of celebrities have this disease doesn’t it? What a shame. This was almost a story book marriage.

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