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Soul II Soul is a group from London, that hit big with their 1989 album “Keep On Movin’.” I most say, this remains to be the most favorite album of mine from Soul II Soul. Their music is very unique (I think). The mood of the album is a mixture of funk, jazz and pop. I’ve checked their website http://soul2soul.co.uk/events/wildlife-festival, and it appears they haven’t performed in the states for ages. That is a shame, I’m sure a lot of Americans would have loved to see them perform again. My favorite songs off this album are “Keep On Movin’,” “Back To Life,” “Fairplay,” and “Jazzie’s Groove.”

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Calypso Rose (McArtha Linda Sandy-Lewis) was dubbed the calypso queen of of all time. At age 75, Mrs. Rose is still performing and filling people’s hearts with culture and dance! In 2011, she was given the Africa Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. Rose is probably best known for a song I believe was responsible for making her the megastar she is today, called Fire In Me Wire. Unfortunately, I am having trouble pin pointing the original release date right now. I only see the digital release date, which is 2009. But I’m guessing it was between 1970 and 1975. Everybody was dancing to “Fire In Me Wire!” Most of the time I hated to dance, but when that song came on, I was dancing it up! This was one of those songs you HAD to dance, simply because it’s fun and it made you move your body. If you ever throw a Caribbean party with seasoned folks, throw that song on your playlist, and you’re guaranteed to get the entire house dancing! Calypso Rose also has a documentary I recommend everyone see and it’s called “Calypso Rose – The Lioness Of The Jungle.” Lastly, I heard a song  recently, again I’m not sure what is the original release date (sounds resent tho); but she sang an absolutely BEAUTIFUL rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “I Say A Little Prayer For You.” I never heard anyone sang this song so nice before. Any Calypso Rose fans out there, I highly recommend you check that out.

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Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved The Jets in the 80’s. I played almost all of their songs on cassette tape. This was a brother and sister group, with the last names Wolfgramm. I even used to love how they dressed (they were very Menudo’esk). They’ve done a lot of Soundtracks for many movies including “Beverly Hills Cop” with a song called “Tough Guys (1987).” To my understanding, the group broke up more than 20 years ago; but gets back together again for those occasional reunion performances. My favorite songs of all times are “Crush On You,” “You Got It All,” “I Do You,” and “Make It Real.”

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Kenny Loggins has been around for a very long time. The last big hit Kenny had was in  the mid 1980’s when he produced “Footloose (1984),” which was the theme song for the movie “Footloose.” Although he hasn’t had a major hit since the 80’s, this 67 year old is still performing! He’s made quite a few albums throughout his career, but only 3 are my really big favorites. They are “Footloose,” “This Is It,” and “Danny’s Song.” It was interesting because I always thought that this songs was written by Ann Murry (to be honest, I like Ann’s rendition of the song a lot better). Turns out that Kenny Loggins actually wrote this song as a gift to brother for his son. The song was actually on two of Kenny’s albums, yet I don’t recall hearing it sung by him, only Ann Murry.

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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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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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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