Let me tell ya’ll young people something….. Taylor Dane was (and still is) one of the best & baddest vocal musicians that ever come out of the 80s generation! I don’t even know what category to put her in, because she sings all kinds of music; pop, a little rock, r&b, everything! Her voice is truly a powerhouse in my opinion. I remember watching an interview where she told America she originally was training to be a classical opera singer. Well, if you’re familiar with her music, you would never believe it if she didn’t say it! Taylor cranked out many hits, and one of my favorites ballads on the top of that list is a song called “I’ll Always Love You,” released in 1988. This was my jam! This was most people’s jam!! The song hit #3 on the Hot 100 Charts, and stayed relevant for 30 weeks! Her music really spanned all races, case I heard EVERYbody singing this song! Another amazing ballad was a song called “Love Will Lead You Back,” released in 1990. The song hit #1 and stayed there for a week. I didn’t know any Black person that wasn’t playing these two songs to the ground back in the day. Other hit favorites include: “With Every Beat Of My Heart,” “I’ll Be Your Shelter,”
The above has always been my favorite photo, because for some reason she reminds me so much of Milla Jovovich from the movie Resident Evil. In fact, you can really see the resemblance in her “Love Will Lead You Back” music video. Throughout Taylor’s career, she has sold over 75 million records and won 3 Grammy(s). Almost 40 years later, this 80s legend still continues to perform! I want you to check out some of her extended remixes. I just heard these for the first time today. “With Every Beat Of My Heart – Mental Dub,” “Tell It To My Heart (Club Mix),” “Don’t Rush Me – Continental Dub House Mix.”
This song was one of many hits that truly represented what the late 80s was like. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” was released from Whitney Houston’s second hit album “Whitney.” The song peaked at #1, and stayed number one for two weeks. This was a really fun song, and I loved this song, but the music video always seemed weird to me. I really didn’t like those wigs she wore in the video. I don’t know, I just didn’t think they were suited for her. Then again, that was “the 80s look.” A lot of hits came from this album, including “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” Which also peaked at #1, and stayed there for a whopping 3 weeks. This was probably my most favorite song from Whitney. I’m still made that we lost her. It still hard for me to accept we will never again hear new and amazing songs from her ever again.
I have to tell you, I was very disappointing to discover that Patti Drew’s version of “Hard To Handle,” released in 1968, only reached 93 on the Hot Billboard Charts. In my opinion, this was a badass song! How could people not like it. This was a soul sister that not only meant business when she sang the song, her vocals took this song to the next level. Who the hell knows why it wasn’t a hit? Another sad interesting fact, the late Otis Redding, Al Bell, & Allen Jones, all came together to write this awesome song. I think Otis recorded “Hard To Handle” first that same year, and the song only peaked at 51. Over 22 years later, it was reinterpreted again by a rock group called “The Black Crowes.” Not only did the song hit #1, it stayed number one for two weeks! WTF??