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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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I know that probably a few may not agree, but I think En Vogue’s first album entitled “Born To Sing” was their best album of their entire career. It’s not to say that they didn’t have a couple of hits (here and there) with their later album “Funky Divas (1992);” but the fact remains, they’ve had more hits on their first album than all their other albums.  I honestly don’t know what happened? They have the talent, but for some reason their career tanked. The sad part is that so many groups mimic them back in the day, it wasn’t like people weren’t in to their style of music anymore. I like mostly everything on the “Born To Sing,” except the song called “Time Goes On.” I find that song quite annoying “ticktock, ticktock” through out the song.. LOL. My favorites, and probably the most well known are “Hold On,” “Just Can’t Stay Away,” “Don’t Go,” and I love their rendition of “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” was very cute.

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04.22-The-Mighty-Sparrow1Today, when people think of calypso music, they think of jumping up and party, dancing, good food, and lots of eye candy! However, calypso music is also about world issues and politics (very much in the same way that reggae is. The Caribbean music has always been about raising awareness! The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) was no exception when it came to political awareness. In 1958 Sparrow was the only person to have a triple win in the same year during the “Carnival Road March.” The first song was called “P.A.Y.E” which talked about the importance of paying taxes in Tobago and Trinidad.  The second song was “Russian Satellite,” which talked about cruelty to animals. The last song was called “Theresa,” which in essence was a song about a gold-digging woman. This was the first time in Sparrow’s career that he sang both English and Spanish. Actually it was still mostly in English, I guess because bilingual music wasn’t really performed, people was crazy in love with the song.

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As I’ve always said, I am really not a fan of rap music. I can’t recall any rap record I’ve listened to where I liked the entire album. However, every once in awhile I come a cross one or two songs that I liked, provided that it was “bubble gum” in nature. Although for this particular album it has an advisory on it, the beats are very bubble gum. This was the era when every rapper in the world was trying to mimic Run-D.M.C. In fact, LL sounded so much like Run-D.M.C., if I didn’t know better I would have said his album was them. To be honest, I love LL more as an actor than a rapper; but I managed to find two classic gems from him on this album. They are called “Bad,” and “I need Love.” I think what attracted me to “Bad” was the beat really. Even if you didn’t understand what LL was rapping about, you couldn’t help but to move your feet to the “Courageous Cat and Minute Mouse” tune. “I Need Love” was a tune that made just about every girl melt from the start of the first note. This is probably the only real song I liked from LL (that I can remember). I think it was because it sounded more of a serenade than a rap “song” (if you want to call rap that).

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Anita Baker at Austin Music Hall on February 12, 2010

The 80’s songstress had a warrant out for her arrest, because of failure to appear in court. Back in 2011-12, a contractor sued Anita for 15,000+ for work work that was done to her home, and she never paid. Anita claimed that she was never served the subpena, and had no knowledge of the charges. The Judge granted a dismissal for the warrant. I also read  somewhere that someone else took her to court for an expensive painting she got at an auction; she never paid them either.

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