How many of you knew Sylvester Stallone had a brother? How many of you knew that his brother Frank Stallone could sing? Frank has sang quite a few songs that became hit soundtracks for a lot of movies. One of my favorites is a song called “Far From Over (1983),” it’s from the “Staying Alive” soundtrack. You may remember two songs “Take You Back,” and “Pushin'” which was on the “Rocky III (1982)” soundtrack. Honestly, “Far From Over,” was his best hit in my opinion. It’s a shame because he had such a great voice. Now it looks like he’s turned to country music; although I do like country music, I just wasn’t drawn to his music after that.
Not sure if anyone remembers this group from back in the day. They were called Klymaxx. I have to be honest, I never did like a lot of there music. However, there was one song that as far as I’m concerned, was their biggest song throughout their career. It’s called “I Miss You (1984). The original album was released in 1984, however, Wiki has it as 1985 and I’m not sure why? The only thing I can think of is that the song was re-released on a separate bonus album? Also, “Meeting In The Ladies Room” is cool also, but, that’s about it for that album. They’ve been performing off and on for a little over 20+ years collectively. Listen to “I Miss You” on Spotify.
A beer manufacturer named Corona kept running this commercial all day today; and the tune they used got stuck in my head. It’s a very catchy tune called “Take It Easy (1968),” by Hopeton Lewis, originally released under Merritone records. Recently, this album was digitally re-released last year. You know, the song does seem perfect for that commercial, see for your self here. Unfortunately, I didn’t find a whole lot written about him. But I do know he was born in Kingston, Jamaica; he had many hits during the 60’s; and started out as a background vocalist. There are two other songs I liked from this album, they’re called “Rock Steady,” and “Cool Collie.” Very smooth beat and easy to dance to. If you’re a fan of Ska and Rock Steady music, you’ll like most of the songs on this album. Check it out on Spotify.
My absolute favorite from this album, is the song called “The Boss.” I know a lot of my young readers don’t have a clue about this song. You’ll probably hear different opinions about it, but as far as I’m concerned this was the biggest hit of her career! Well, at least in the gay world, “The Boss” was once the anthem of the SGL community back in the day. It’s not that I don’t acknowledge her other music, it’s just this album has a special place in the “unsaid history.” This album catapulted Diana in the club and disco scenes. If you knew absolutely nothing about Diana Ross’s music, chances are you’d recognize “The Boss” immediately; this is how popular the song was. It was written by the late Nick Ashford, and wife Valerie Simpson. The song was so huge, there wasn’t enough hands to count how many remixes and LPs that existed then.
For some strange reason, I am having difficulty trying to pinpoint the exact stats to this album. I don’t know how accurate it is but, according to some sources I’ve read in 1979, it peaked #10 in the R&B charts, but I can’t find how long. I also had difficulty finding when it hit number one and it’s duration. Fans will enjoy this album, because it includes the extended version of “The Boss.” Unfortunately, the only other hit that came from this album was “My House.” Back from that, this album did not fancy me. Listen on Spotify.
You know I was thinking….. I think that in this day and age; where digital technology is here to stay; it’s absolutely hilarious that we are still using the word “albums” to describe non-physical medium. We we’re still using the word “albums” even for CDs. This goes to show you how much of an impact that old school still has on our society as a people (and not even know it). I think that we’ll still be using the word “albums,” long after albums eventually become extinct. Can you imagine a great grandfather trying to explain to his great grandchild what an album was? LOL… I would love to be a fly on the wall for that conversation. I know that would be funny as hell! By then then I truly hope that every single piece of history has been preserved on digital; and easily accessible by all; without “elite membership prices.” You need to help support and fight for the digital archiving of our history; because once it’s gone, it’s gone (even if it exists, it’s lost).
Does anybody remember the Partridge Family? This was a television show based on a real life group called The Cowsills. The stars of the show were Shirley Jones and David Cassidy. Other casted family members were Danny Bonaduce, Jeremy Gelbwaks, Suzanne Crough, Dave Madden, and Susan Dey. I’m not sure if all of them were real musicians, I know that for most if not all of the show, they pretended to play instruments. However, I do know that David Cassidy was an actual performer. Girls went goo goo gaa gaa for David. You’d think he was a Beatle or something. I didn’t listen to a whole lot of their songs, but one popular one that I liked was a song called “I Think I love You.” The song reached to number one, on Nov. 21, 1970. It’s basically an up beat song about young school love. Check the greatest hits collection on Spotify.
You know, I’ve probably said this before but; it is my opinion that some of the most beautiful music in the world comes from Spain/Mexico. I say this as a person who has an affinity to music, and as someone who has always been exposed to many many types genres. There are quite a few old school music that comes from Spain, that are so beautiful to listen to, you don’t need to understand a single word the performer is singing, just because the emotion in the music is often enough to understand. I’m particularly attracted to guitar compositions. I’ve heard music from Spain that are so beautiful, it can make you cry. On this post, I’d like to focus on my most favorite Carlos Santana music composition ever. It’s called “Europa.” It’s a combination of music from classic Spain and American soft rock.
Many, many artists have reinterpreted Santana’s Europa, and I’d like to share with you some of my favorites with you. The first beautiful interpretation of Europa is from Guitar Romantica, and the album is called “Beyond Borders.” Second musical interpretation of Europa is from an album called “Panorama: Trumpet Prism,” and the composer is Vaughn Nark. And the third interpretation of Europa I like is from an album called “Soft Sexy Jazz,” unfortunately, the only thing in the artist description is “Various Artists.” So, I’m going to assume that this album is a collaboration of lesser known artists. These guys deserve a lot of credit, because they’ve done a wonderful job. Actually, you should check out the entire album, most of them are pretty good. I think you’ll like their interpretations of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.” The last interpretation of Europa I like is a very mellow flute composition, from a guy named Bradley Leighton, and the album is called “”Just Doin’ Our Thang.” There are many other interpretations out there, and I encourage you to find them.
I think you true disco fans will appreciate this album. This is from a guy we DEFINITELY do not hear about anymore, Van McCoy. His music was huge back in the 70’s. If ‘m not mistaken, his biggest hit was “The Hustle (1973).” Everybody got up and danced to this song, whether you were young or old! The tempo wasn’t too fast, and it wasn’t to slow. This was the perfect dance tune even if you couldn’t dance, because all the beats were pretty consistent. Another hit I love is an instrumental called “Love Is The Answer (1979).” I’m making an assumption that McCoy originally composed this for the Stylistics first in 1974. Unfortunately, shortly after the instrumental version was released he died of a heart attack, he was only 39. Listen with Spotify.