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It Never Rains In Southern California

22 Aug 2017 20:51


Song: It Never Rains in Southern California (1972)

Artist: Albert Hammond

Album: It Never Rains In Southern California (Mums)

Writers: Albert Hammond, Mike Hazelwood

It Never Rains in Southern California, believe it or not, was written by an Englishman in rainy London. I wouldn't have pegged it as a number a hit in the U.S., where it hit number five in 1972 on the Billboard Hot 100, but it would have been hard to predict what England thought of it. It turns out they didn't care for it. The English don't give a whit about whether it rains in California. Of course, they should have noted the contradiction in the lyrics: It never rains in Southern California, but girl, don't they warn ya?…It pours….

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What Is Barracuda by Heart About?

29 May 2017 21:47


Song: Barracuda (1977)

Artist: Heart

Album: Little Queen

Writers: Ann Wilson, Micheal Derosier, Nancy Wilson, Roger Fisher

Barracuda is perhaps the song most identified with Heart. It is one of those songs that makes people think of Heart as a Led Zeppelin influenced hard rock band with legendary female vocals. Their angriest and edgiest song, it was released off the 1977 Little Queen album, reaching no. 11 on the charts….

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Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede: Who Did It First?

20 Apr 2017 18:42


Song: Hooked on a Feeling (1968)

Artist: B.J. Thomas

Album: On My Way (Sceptor)

Writer: Mark James

Hooked on a Feeling by Blue Swede is one of the popular tracks from the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy (some of them here). But, the arrangement, with its ooga-chaka ooga-chaka refrain, is quite a bit different than the original….

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Fire by Bruce Springsteen: Who Did it First?

15 Apr 2017 03:44


Song: Fire (1987)

Artist: Bruce Springsteen

Ablum: The Promise

Writer: Bruce Springsteen

I'm driving in my car, I turn on the radio…

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time when not everything the Boss did rose to the top of the heap. While clawing his way to the top and become the Boss of everything boss, some of his songs were made hits by other artists, much to Springsteen's frustration. We've already talked about one such instance with Manfred Mann's recording of Blinded by the Light, which Springsteen performed very differently. But another of his songs, before he even recorded it, became a hit by a more unlikely group, The Pointer Sisters, with their recording of Fire….

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You Dont Have to Be a Star to Be in My Show

12 Apr 2017 21:32


Song: You Don't Have to Be a Star (1976)

Artist: Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr.

Album: I Hope WE Get to Love in Time (ABC)

Writers: James Dean, John Glover

You Don't Have to Be a Star (To Be in My Show) was a number one hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in January 1977. It spent 26 weeks on the charts and earned the singers a Grammy Award. The single and the album went Gold….

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