Boy, do I have an oldie for you guys today. Does anyone remember Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson? Gloria Loring is an actress and singer. I believe she became really popular when she landed a gig on a soap opera called “Days Of Our Lives” back in the day. Carl Anderson is an actor that became recognized as for his role as Judas, in the hit Broadway musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” back in the day. TheY both recorded a hit song together called “Friends & Lovers” in 1985, but it was released in 1986. The song was produced as a new theme song for “Days Of Our Lives” (if I remember correctly). It was a huge hit, and peaked at #2 at 22 weeks. The song was not only a huge hit, it also played an important political role in the 80’s. Many of my visitors may have been be too young to remember, or weren’t born at all at the time. Among many social issues we had in the 80’s, one of the big controversies that existed was interracial relationships. It seemed that every single talk show and news media were discussing morals of interracial relationships. Personally, I never saw the big deal. If someone has a good heart, and treated me with respect, I couldn’t care what their race, or color was! This song help force people to deal and address the issue of anti-interracial relationships. I still think it is a great song. Listen on Spotify.
In my opinion, José Feliciano is definitely a lost Spanish Treasure. José is a Puerto Rican guitarist and composer, and has an absolutely beautiful male voice and I really love his earlier music. I don’t think too many children of this generation know anything about him. Listening to José is almost like listening to a Spanish version of Jim Croce. Although José performed different genres of music, my favorites has mostly been his folk style rhythms. Although José has had many hits throughout his career, once he released the holiday song Feliz Navidad (1970), it was almost as though he became immortal. This song was played everywhere, by everyone; it ascended beyond race and culture; Italians, Indians, etc, etc were playing this song literally every year (next to Nate King Cole Xmas albums). Two other iconic songs you may remember from José, Light My Fire (1968), and the theme song from the hit 70’s TV show called “Chico and The Man (1974).” Listen to his greatest hits.
I’m not a fan of listening to anyone that is under 21 years of age, trying to sing any iconic classic song. But a long time ago, I heard a great song whilst in my local grocery store. It had a nice smooth Spanish beat to it. It took me a little bit before I realized the song the singer was singing, was “Stand By Me.” “Stand By Me,” was originally performed by Ben E. King back in 1961. This time, this particular interpretation was done by Prince Royce. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to his version of this song. I loved the way he sang it because he stayed true to not only the melody, but preserved the whole feeling and essence of the song, as if he was singing the song for the first time (the way Ben E. King would have sang it originally (with a Bachata twist)). I love it when musical cultures mix together, it is the most beautiful gift that any artist can give to the world (when it’s done right). I’m so happy I became aware of Prince’s rendition of this song, I think it’s really nice. There’s also another song he did quite nicely called “Su Hombre Soy Yo.” You can listen to them both on Spotify.
I think I’ve mentioned before that I’ve never really been an Osmond fan (especially Donny; his singing never appealed to me). There were only about 3 songs I ever liked from the Osmonds (the really old ones). However, not too long ago, I discovered a song that Donny had redone called “Peg,” and it was originally sung by Steely Dan, released in 1977. I really liked they way Steely Dan sang it; but when I heard Donny sing it, I was impressed! Very impressed. The song now has an updated funk and pop sound to it. I have to say that Donny’s vocals were on point with this song, and right on beat. He just nailed it. I was dancing all over the place with this song. In fact, I think it’s so good that I recommend my visitors to add it to their exercise playlist. I’m not saying I like this whole album, but I do like this one song. The way he sings this song actually kind of reminds me of Robin Thicke’s style of music. Listen to “Peg” on Spotify.
“Believe It Or Not” was a huge hit song in the early eighties; and it was the theme song to a hit TV series called “The Greatest American Hero (1981-1983),” starring William Katt. The song was originally sung by Joey Scarbury. If you still don’t remember who William Katt is, you may remember him as Tommy Ross, who played Carrie’s boyfriend in the huge cult classic movie “Carrie (1976).” “The Greatest American Hero” was an action/comedy that had a story line similar to “The Green Lantern.” An alien visits the planet earth, and gives him a special suit that gives him all sorts of powers. Unfortunately, somehow Katt loses the instructions for the suit, and he’s left to figure out what it does as he goes along. He’s also helped by two trustworthy friends. Listen to “The Greatest American Hero” theme song on Spotify.
Hello classic family! I’m taking you REALLY back to day! I know a LOT of people have forgotten about my girl Sheena Easton! Sheena was one of Prince’s many protégé(s), and has had many, many number one hits. Now, yesterday a couple of people took issue with me using the word “protégé.” Although I don’t need to explain myself, I just want to take a moment to remind the passerby, and or my small blog fans; please keep in mind that blogs by definition are pretty much journals. That said, this means that blogs reflect the personal OPINIONS of the blogger(s); irrespective of the opinions of the reader. Bottom line, in my opinion, protégé is an appropriate word because no one really knew who she was until Prince got involved and influenced her career. Not only that, Entertainment Weekly who’s an authority on celebrity news also agrees with my assertion, click here. Some readers may think differently, that’s ok. If I didn’t know at least a little bit of what I was talking about, I wouldn’t have busted my butt creating this blog. You can start a blog and talk about what YOU think/believe is “true” for you. Anyway, do something constructive, other than being an internet troll. She’s had so many hits scattered all over the place, that if you’re not a member of a streaming service, I recommend searching for her greatest hits album. Sorry to my gay people, but, I think Sheena was waaaay more talented than even Vanity6! Vanity used sex to sell her records, whereas Sheena actually could sing. If I understand correctly, according to Billboard, Sheena has had several top 10 hits on Billboard’s “Hot 100” list. One of them happens to be my ultimate favorite (and in my opinion I think most old school people remember her most by) “Sugar Walls” released in 1984. “Sugar Walls” was such a naughty song, yet it was very danceable and tasteful. You can definitely hear elements of prince in this particular song (well, he wrote it). Another huge she had was “Morning Train.” Since a reader complained about accuracy (because bloggers are supposed to remember every single minute detail, of every celebrity we write about), but doesn’t have a forum/blog of his own with HIS own links to reference the accuracy of what HE writes about; celebrities that can say and do anything for the expressed purpose of gaining publicity; and a passerby that obviously must automatically believe that no large news organization has ever made a mistake, or never shape what they want the public to think; and since they are lazy to just do a google search; the following statement is true: The song was originally named “9-5,” but the British songwriter Florrie Palmer, changed the name to “Morning Train” to avoid confusion with Dolly Parton’s “9-5.” There are many more favorites I have; including “Strut,” and “Wings Beneath My Wings.” Oh my goodness, “Wings Beneath My Wings,” is a sad song, BUT she sang the shit out of that song. She had a lot more power in her voice than I realized. Although I love the way Bette Midler sang it, I think I like Sheena Easton’s version a tad better. There is one last favorite that is not on this album, It is called “For Your Eyes Only,” which is the soundtrack to 007’s “For Your Eyes Only (1981).” Trust me, this was one bad bitch, and deserves homage.
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Another forgotten group in today’s music history. Tony Orlando and Dawn was one of the hottest groups of the very late sixties and seventies. Dawn were Tony’s 2 amazing backup singers Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent. I loved a lot of their music, and still listen to them today. They sang great hits such as “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree,” “Knock Three Times,” and “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?” Tony Orlando’s and Dawn’s music was so distinct and unique, I don’t believe I remember any other group that sounded like them. The minute you heard their music on the radio, we instantly knew who it was. The group was so popular in the 70’s that they even had their own variety TV show, which was aired on CBS. Joyce Vincent was asked to replace Mary Wells of the Supremes. However, before that was made official, Motown decided to disband the group. But Ms. Vincent did manage to record as backup on one or two songs on the Supremes’ album called “Partners.” Telma Hopkins turned to acting, and has appeared in such movies as “How To Murder A Millionaire.” As far as I can tell, Tony Orlando still performs his same classic songs a couple of times a year. Listen with Spotify.
Back in the 70’s, one of the things that I absolutely loved about Sylvester’s music, was the fact that when we heard it back in the day, no one was thinking about “is that guy gay?” “Get that faggot off my turntable, I don’t want to hear that sh**!” Think for a moment how powerful that is; considering the very fierce anti-gay climate in the 70’s (especially for an artist of color). The only other artist or group that kind of had that same effect in the disco era was “The Village People.” Although not everyone was gay in that group, The Village People had (and still has) the kind of timeless music that no one thinks about their sexuality when it is being plaid. They created the kind of music where our minds immediately shifted to dance mode, no questions asked! I think it’s safe to say that in the disco era, Sylvester was one of the greatest dance artists of his time, and we have truly lost a legend way too early. The Original Hits (1989), just about has all his big hits; including, “Dance (Disco Heat) (I have to do some research, because the background singer sounds exactly like Martha Wash),” “You Make Me Feel Mighty Real,” and a song he dedicated to all his fans called “You Are My Friend.” Patti Labelle has made this song her anthem, and has sang the song at the end of every performance. There is another hit that’s not on this album though, and it’s called “Do You Wanna Funk” on his self titled album “Sylvester.” Please Listen with Spotify.