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Los Pasteles Verdes - El Reloj del album Antologia

Los Pasteles Verdes - El Reloj del album Antologia



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El grupo musical Los Pasteles Verdes fue creado en 1970 por el cantante chiquitín, también conocido Daniel "El Pitufo" en la ciudad Puerto de Chimbote en Perú, integrado originalmente por 7 jóvenes estudiantes de la Gran Unidad Escolar San Pedro (GUE). En su carrera musical, la banda ha logrado gran reconocimiento tanto nacional como internacional, plasmado en su gran cantidad de admiradores y premios, reconocimientos, giras y discos de oro que tienen en su haber.

Su formación original estaba constituida por: Aldo Guibovich (Cantante), Hugo Acuña (Guitarra), César Acuña (Teclados), Miguel Moreno (Bajo), Ernesto Pozo (batería), Raúl Padilla (Percusiones) Y Germán Lagos (Cantante Tropical), todos ellos estudiantes del colegio San Pedro, institución dentro de la cual la banda da sus primeros pasos, convirtiéndose así en una sensación entre compañeros de colegio y allegados a los integrantes de la banda. Ya asentados como banda musical y tras numerosas presentaciones menores en fiestas y festivales, el 13 de octubre de 1973 los Directivos de INFOPESA, la empresa discográfica de mayor proyección en el Perú en esos tiempos, les da la oportunidad de grabar dos temas, uno tropical "Puertos Queridos" Lado "A" interpretado por Germán Laos y el otro romántico "Angelitos Negros" lado "B" interpretado por Aldo Guibovich. Para sorpresa de todos, la dirección de la radio decidió promocionar Angelitos Negros" lado "B", llegando este a convertirse en un éxito a nivel Nacional.

La gran repercusión de este primer disco fue un catalizador para que fueran citados por la discográfica para completar el que sería su primer LP, con temas como "El Reloj", "Recuerdos de una noche" y "El presidiario" con los que reafirmaron su éxito total.

Su primer éxito Romántico fue: "Angelitos Negros", su primer Disco de Oro lo recibieron por las altas ventas obtenidas de "El Reloj" del autor mexicano Roberto Cantoral. Su segundo Disco de Oro por el álbum "Recuerdos de Una Noche" de la autoría del cantautor chimbotano Fernando Arias.

En 1975, el primer éxito reconocido en México y Estados Unidos de esta agrupación fue: "Esclavo y Amo" del Jalisciense José Vaca Flores, que fuera grabado originalmente por Javier Solís, cuyos arreglos en balada moderna les otorgó múltiples premiaciones en su primer gira a México y Estados Unidos en 1976, siendo denominados por las Revistas: Billboard y Cash Box como "Los Románticos de América". En 1977, "Aldo y Los Pasteles Verdes" graban bajo la Licencia de INFOPESA, el tema que les abre las puertas de la fama a nivel Mundial: "Hipocresía", el cual llegó al primer puesto de varios rankings Internacionales; continuando con otro éxito de ese mismo LP: "Mi amor imposible".

Actualmente, Aldo Guibovich radica en México con su Grupo "Aldo y Los Pasteles Verdes" y continúa realizando exitosas presentaciones en los diferentes países en donde es contratado y Hugo Acuña radica en Estados Unidos y continúa trabajando exitosamente con su Grupo "Los Pasteles Verdes de Chimbote, Perú" al lado de sus hijos y el Cantante Kike Gámez.

Como consecuencia de la enorme popularidad alcanzada por el Grupo Peruano "Los Pasteles Verdes", éstos han sido imitados en diferentes Países de América Latina: Argentina, Chile, Estados Unidos, Venezuela, Perú y México por lo que el nombre Artístico "Los Pasteles Verdes" ahora es una Reserva de Derechos y Marca Registrada por los Fundadores e iniciadores de dicho Grupo Musical, en diversos Países de Latinoamérica.

Shaun Cassidy - Da Doo Ron Ron from the album Shaun Cassidy (1977)

Shaun Cassidy - Da Doo Ron Ron from the album Shaun Cassidy (1977)



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"Da Doo Ron Ron" is a song written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector. It first became a popular top five hit single for the American girl group the Crystals in 1963. American teen idol Shaun Cassidy covered the song in 1977 and his version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. There have also been many other cover versions of this song, including a version by the Raindrops, which featured the original songwriters of "Da Doo Ron Ron" Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich.

"Da Doo Ron Ron" was covered in 1977 by teen idol Shaun Cassidy on his first solo LP, Shaun Cassidy, launching his career. His version was produced by Michael Lloyd and issued on Warner. It peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. (The words were changed slightly to make it a boy-girl song, after The Searchers' cover version.) The song was his first of three consecutive Top 10 U.S. hits. Cassidy's cover of "Da Doo Ron Ron" spent 22 weeks on the chart. It became a gold record, as did all of Cassidy's first three single releases.

Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good from the album Feels So Good (1977)

Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good from the album Feels So Good (1977)



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"Feels So Good" is the title of a 1978 instrumental by the American flugelhorn player Chuck Mangione. It was both written and produced by Mangione and is the title track from his 1977 album.

The album version of "Feels So Good" runs almost ten minutes, but an edit trimming the piece to 3 minutes 28 seconds was released as a single in early 1978. The single reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June of that year after spending a week atop the Billboard easy listening chart in May. The recording was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the ceremony held in 1979, losing out to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are". Mangione re-recorded the tune (as a slow ballad, and with lyrics sung by Don Potter) for his 1982 album 70 Miles Young.

Elton John and Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart from the album Elton John's Greatest Hits, Volume II (1977)

Elton John and Kiki Dee - Don't Go Breaking My Heart from the album Elton John's Greatest Hits, Volume II (1977)



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"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" is a duet by Elton John and Kiki Dee. It was written by Elton John with Bernie Taupin under the pseudonyms "Ann Orson" and "Carte Blanche" (a pun on the expression "an horse and cart, blanche"), respectively, and intended as an affectionate pastiche of the Motown style, notably the various duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and singers such as Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston. It is not to be confused with the Burt Bacharach/Hal David song of the same title recorded in 1965 by Dionne Warwick for the album Here I Am.

John and Taupin originally intended to record the song with Dusty Springfield, but ultimately withdrew the offer; Dusty's partner Sue Cameron later said this was because she was too ill at the time.

"Don't Go Breaking My Heart" was the first No. 1 single in the UK for both John and Kiki Dee, topping the chart for six weeks in mid 1976. John would not enjoy a solo British chart-topper until "Sacrifice" in 1990. It also became his sixth No. 1 single in the US, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks and spent one week on the Easy Listening chart. Billboard ranked it as the No. 2 song for 1976. In the U.S. it was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. After this duet with Dee, John failed to have another #1 single, without sharing the top song with other credited artists, until his 1997 smash Candle In The Wind 1997. This 21-year "Kiki jinx" included two intervening #1 hits in America for John: "That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne & Friends in 1986; and, a 1992 re-make of John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" with George Michael credited as a duet.

Threshold / Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band from the album Book of Dreams (1977)

Threshold / Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band from the album Book of Dreams (1977)



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"Jet Airliner" is a song composed by Paul Pena and popularized by the Steve Miller Band.

Pena wrote and recorded the song in 1973 for his New Train album. However, due to conflicts between him and his label, New Train was not released until 2000. Miller decided to record "Jet Airliner" for his band's Book of Dreams album in 1977 after hearing the unreleased album via Ben Sidran, who produced it, and who was formerly in Miller's band. The Steve Miller band version has lyrics that are slightly different from the Pena original. It was concurrently released as a single, and reached #8 on the Billboard chart. In Canada, the song spent two weeks at #3.

On classic rock radio, "Jet Airliner" is generally played in tandem with "Threshold", the all-synthesizer instrumental that precedes it on Book of Dreams and Miller's Greatest Hits 1974–78 compilation.

The song's main guitar riff as played by Miller is reminiscent of (but not identical to) one used by Eric Clapton in Cream's version of Robert Johnson's song "Cross Road Blues" (from Cream's 1968 album Wheels of Fire). Miller's performance of the main riff is in turn slightly different from Pena's original, which has a more funky edge to it. The song is also notable for an early reference to the catchphrase "keep on keepin' on," also found in the Bob Dylan songs "Tangled Up in Blue" and "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere."

Kenny Rogers - Lucille from the album Kenny Rogers (1977)

Kenny Rogers - Lucille from the album Kenny Rogers (1977)



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"Lucille" is a song written by Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in January 1977 as the second and final single from the album Kenny Rogers. The song is about a man in a bar who meets a woman who has left her husband. It became Rogers' first major hit as a solo artist after leaving the successful country/rock group The First Edition the previous year. An international hit, it reached number 1 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. Overseas, "Lucille" reached the top of the UK Singles Chart in June 1977, the first of Rogers' two number one singles there.

Ronnie Milsap - It Was Almost Like A Song on Only One Love album (1977)

Ronnie Milsap - It Was Almost Like A Song on Only One Love album (1977)




"It Was Almost Like a Song" is a song written by Hal David and Archie Jordan, and recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in May 1977 as the first single and title track from the album It Was Almost Like a Song. It became one of the greatest hits of his recording career upon its release in 1977.

In July 1977, "It Was Almost Like a Song" was Milsap's eighth No. 1 song on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Songs chart. The song also became his first Billboard Hot 100 chart entry, peaking No. 16. and also on Billboard's Hot Adult Contemporary Singles chart, where it peaked at No. 7.

Styx - Come Sail Away - from the album The Grand Illusion (1977)

Styx - Come Sail Away - from the album The Grand Illusion (1977)





"Come Sail Away" is a song by American progressive rock group Styx, featured on the band's seventh album The Grand Illusion (1977). Upon its release as the lead single from the album, "Come Sail Away" charted at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, and helped The Grand Illusion achieve multi-platinum sales in 1978. It is one of the biggest hits of Styx's career.

Guitarist/vocalist Tommy Shaw from Styx performs at the Auditorium on December 30, 1977. This was the final show of the band's Grand Illusion Tour. Released six months earlier, the album generated two hit singles, "Come Sail Away" and "Fooling Yourself," while going on to sell three million copies. (Photograph by Dennis Felber.)

Linda Ronstadt - Blue Bayou - on Simple Dreams (1977)

Linda Ronstadt - Blue Bayou - on Simple Dreams (1977)
"Blue Bayou" is the title of a song written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. It was originally sung and recorded by Orbison who had an international hit with his version in 1963. It later became Linda Ronstadt's signature song, who scored a charting hit with her cover of "Blue Bayou" in 1977. The song has since been recorded by many other artists over the years.

Linda Ronstadt took the song to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in late 1977 — where it held for four weeks — as well as #2 Country and #3 Easy Listening. It also reached #2 — for four weeks — on the Cash Box Top 100 chart.

The single was RIAA certified Gold (for sales of over 1 million US copies) in January 1978. It was the first of Ronstadt's three Gold singles. Don Henley of the Eagles sang backup on the recording. "Blue Bayou" was later certified Platinum (for over 2 million copies sold in the United States). It was a worldwide smash and was also popular in a Spanish-language version called "Lago Azul".

Ronstadt later performed the song on an episode of The Muppet Show.

Because of this song, Dickson's Baseball Dictionary records that a "Linda Ronstadt" is a synonym for a fastball, a pitch that "blew by you." That phrase was coined by Mets broadcaster Tim McCarver during a Mets telecast in the '80s.



Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy on Rhino Hi-Five: Andrew Gold Album (1977)

Andrew Gold - Lonely Boy on Rhino Hi-Five: Andrew Gold Album (1977)
"Lonely Boy" is an international hit song from 1977, written and recorded by Andrew Gold in 1976 for his album What's Wrong with This Picture? It peaked at number seven in both Canada and the United States, and number 11 in the United Kingdom. While "Lonely Boy" would be Gold's biggest U.S. hit, his "Never Let Her Slip Away" achieved greater success in the U.K.

The second verse of the song features backing vocals provided by Linda Ronstadt (for whom Gold had previously worked as a producer and backing musician).

The song follows the life of a child who feels neglected by his parents after the birth of a younger sister. Many assume this song to be autobiographical, yet Gold denied the implication, despite great similarities between the lyrics and his life. Regarding the verses' first lines: "He was born on a summer day in 1951" matches Andrew's August 2, 1951 birthday, "In the summer of '53 his mother/Brought him a sister" matches his sister Martha's July 22, 1953 birthday, and "He left home on a winter day, 1969" may well match the formation of Bryndle, of which Andrew was a member, in 1969.

The strongly syncopated song was also released as an edited single, eliminating the vocal bridge and shortening the instrumental finale.

The song was featured in a number of films including Boogie Nights (1997) and The Waterboy (1998).

In February 2000, the Foo Fighters recorded a cover of the song to be used as a B-side for an upcoming single off their 1999 album There Is Nothing Left to Lose; however, it wasn't used as a B-side as planned.

In 2007, the song was covered separately by the bands Farrah and Lazlo Bane.

In 2013, rock band The Almost covered this song for their album Fear Inside Our Bones.



Johnny Rivers - Swayin To The Music (Slow Dancin) - on Secret Agent Man - The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006 (1977)

Johnny Rivers - Swayin To The Music (Slow Dancin) - on Secret Agent Man - The Ultimate Johnny Rivers Anthology 1964-2006 (1977)
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Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin') or Slow Dancin' (Swayin' to the Music) is a 1977 hit single by Johnny Rivers. It was his last Top 40 hit in the United States, and became his second Gold record.

"Swayin' to the Music" describes a young man slow dancing in the middle of the night with his girlfriend. Nothing is needed to be done or needs to come at the moment. The man tells his girlfriend that he wouldn't want to be anywhere else or be with anyone else.

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pop rock qualities
folk influences
a subtle use of vocal harmony
major key tonality
electric pianos
acoustic rhythm guitars
subtle use of strings

James Taylor - Handy Man - on James Taylor Greatest Hits Volume 2 Album (1977)

James Taylor - Handy Man - on James Taylor Greatest Hits Volume 2 Album (1977)
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"Handy Man" is a rock and roll song written by singer Jimmy Jones and songwriter Otis Blackwell. Recordings by Del Shannon and also The Sparks Of Rhythm list Charles Merenstein as a co-writer as does BMI. The Sparks Of Rhythm version on the Apollo 541 single version released in 1959 credits Andrew Barksdale and Merenstein as writers omitting Jimmy Jones. The song is noted for Jone's singing "Comma, Comma Comma Comma" lyrics, which is heard at the beginning as well as in the Coda of the song, before the song's fade.

It was originally recorded by The Sparks Of Rhythm, a group Jones had been a member of when he wrote it, although he was not with them when they recorded it. That version was in a minor key, and had a completely different melody. When Jimmy Jones recorded it, the song was changed to a major key, with a completely different melody, which has become the version that is generally known today. In 1959, Jones recorded the song himself, in a version which had been reworked by Blackwell, who also produced the session. The song featured a whistler, who is heard throughout the lyrics. "Handy Man" went to number three on the R&B charts and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960, becoming a million seller. The song was a hit again in 1964, hitting at Number 22, for Del Shannon, and again for James Taylor, whose slow version was a hit in 1977.

Measured in terms of popularity on any chart, Taylor's version of the song was the most successful. It hit #2 on the Cash Box Top 100 chart and reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It hit #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart and was knocked out of the pole position by his then wife Carly Simon. Taylor's version also earned him his second Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Taylor's version featured Leah Kunkel, the ex-wife of Russ Kunkel, as backup singer, singing the "Comma Comma" sections in harmony, which is heard after the first time the whole lyrics is sung, as well as in the Coda of the song.

Allmusic critic Jason Elias compares Jones' original with Taylor's version stating that "where Jones’s version was chipper and a little obnoxious," Taylor's version "is so laid back it’s almost somnolent." Elias notes that Taylor's slowed down version has the benefit of allowing him to shade the words in new ways. Elias also praises Taylor's guitar playing.

Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right - from the album Couldn't Get It Right (1977)

Climax Blues Band - Couldn't Get It Right - from the album Couldn't Get It Right (1977)
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"Couldn't Get It Right" is a 1976 song by the Climax Blues Band. The song was written after the band's label told them that their 1976 album Gold Plated lacked a standout track and asked them to "try and write a hit". They then wrote it, in the words of its bassist Derek Holt, "from absolutely nowhere" and it hit #10 on the UK Singles Chart. Later on that year, the song was picked up by Sire Records and the following year it made #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later that year, the song was ranked #32 on Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1977.

Electric Light Orchestra - Turn To Stone - on Burning Bright Album (1977)

Electric Light Orchestra - Turn To Stone - on Burning Bright Album (1978)
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"Turn to Stone" is a 1977 song by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).

The song is the opening track to the double album Out of the Blue. It was the first song released as a single from the LP. The single reached No. 18 in the United Kingdom charts and spent twelve weeks on the chart. Out of four singles from the album, "Turn to Stone" was the only song not to reach the top ten in the United Kingdom singles charts. The song reached No. 13 in the United States and number one in Canada in early 1978.

The song was composed in Switzerland during Jeff Lynne's two week writing marathon for his double album. Lynne played the Moog bassline of the song.

On 4 November 2008, Lynne was awarded a BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc) Million-Air certificate for "Turn to Stone" for having one million airplays.

Meco - Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - On The Best Of Meco Album (1977)

Meco - Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band - On The Best Of Meco Album (1977)
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"Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band" is a disco single recorded by Meco, taken from the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1977, holding on to the spot for two weeks and peaked at no. 7 on the UK Singles Chart, remaining in the charts for nine weeks. To date it is the biggest-selling instrumental single in the history of recorded music, having sold two million units, being the only one ever to be certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

In the late 1970s CBS Sports used the song as opening music for its NFL coverage.

Santa Esmeralda - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (1977)

Santa Esmeralda - Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (1977)
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"Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is a song written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus for the jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone, who first recorded it in 1964. "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" has been covered by many artists, including a 1965 blues rock hit by The Animals. A 1977 four-on-the-floor disco rearrangement by disco group Santa Esmeralda was also a hit. In September 2015, a cover of the song appeared on Lana Del Rey's fourth studio album Honeymoon.

A disco version of the song by the disco group Santa Esmeralda, which took The Animals' arrangement and added some disco, flamenco, salsa, and other Latin rhythm and ornamentation elements to it, also became a hit in the late 1970s. First released in summer 1977 as a 16-minute epic, that took up an entire side of their Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood album, it was picked up for more worldwide distribution by the label of the time, Casablanca Records. A 12-inch club remix was extremely popular, hitting number one on the U.S. Billboard Club Play Singles chart and in some European countries as well. The single peaked at number four on the Hot Dance/Disco-Club Play chart.[9] Released as a pop single late in the year, it did well as well, reaching number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 by early 1978. NBC Sports would use the song frequently in the years following its release, especially during their coverage of the World Series.

Santa Esmeralda's "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" was used as the opening theme of the 1980 pilot for the U.S. game show Bullseye, after which a sound-alike was used in regular episodes. This version of the song was also used on German ARD soccer television show Sportschau from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, in the introduction for the "goal of the month" segment. Santa Esmeralda's rendition is featured in the 1992 film American Me and the 2001 English comedy Blow Dry. It became widely popular with a later generation after its inclusion in the 2003 Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill: Volume 1, where its instrumental passage plays over the duel between The Bride and O-Ren Ishii, and the accompanying Kill Bill Vol. 1 Original Soundtrack, where it is incorporated in a full vocal form that runs over ten minutes. A rendition appears in the trailer for the 2005 film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, as well as the 2008 Korean "ramyun western" film The Good, the Bad, the Weird, played in the chasing sequence in the Manchurian desert.

Crystal Gayle - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - On Crystal Gayle: The Hits Album (1977)

Crystal Gayle - Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - On Crystal Gayle: The Hits Album (1977)
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"Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" is a song written by Richard Leigh, and recorded by American country music singer Crystal Gayle. It was released in March 1977 as the first single from Gayle's album We Must Believe in Magic. Despite the title, Gayle herself has blue eyes.

The song became a worldwide hit single. In the United States, it topped the Billboard country music chart and was Gayle's first, (and biggest), crossover pop hit, reaching number 1 on the Cashbox Top 100 for two weeks, and number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks, behind Debby Boone's smash hit, "You Light Up My Life". The album received Platinum status, the first by a female country singer. The song became Gayle's signature piece throughout her career. In 1978, the song won Gayle a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance. In 1999, the song was recognized by ASCAP as one of the ten most-performed songs of the 20th century. The song has a jazzy feel to it when compared to many other country songs of that era. Gayle had many more hit singles for the next ten years, such as "Talking in Your Sleep", "Half the Way" "You and I" (a duet with Eddie Rabbitt) and "I'll Get Over You", but none have achieved the same level of success as "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue".

Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky") On Blockbuster Movie Hits Album (1977)

Bill Conti - Gonna Fly Now (Theme From "Rocky") On Blockbuster Movie Hits Album (1977)
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"Gonna Fly Now", also known as "Theme from Rocky," is the theme song from the movie Rocky, composed by Bill Conti with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, and performed by DeEtta Little (the sister of actor Cleavon Little) and Nelson Pigford. Released in February 1977 with the movie Rocky, the song became part of American popular culture after main character Rocky Balboa as part of his daily training regimen runs up the 72 stone steps leading to the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia and raises his arms in a victory pose, while the song plays. The song was written in Philadelphia. The song is also often played at sporting events, especially at sporting events in the city of Philadelphia or featuring sports teams from there.

The song (whose lyrics are only 30 words long) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song in the 49th Academy Awards. The version of the song from the movie, performed by Conti with an orchestra, hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1977, while a version by jazz trumpeter Maynard Ferguson hit the top 30. Disco versions by Rhythm Heritage and Current were on the chart at the same time (Conti's own version reveals some early disco influence in the orchestration). Billboard ranked Conti's version as the No. 21 song of 1977. Conti's single was certified Gold by the RIAA, for shipments exceeding one million in the United States. The American Film Institute placed it 58th on its AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs list. Due to its charting success, in a rarity for a movie soundtrack, "Gonna Fly Now" is on the regular playlist on '70s on 7 on Sirius XM Radio.

Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke (1977)

Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke (1977)
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"Sir Duke" is a song composed and performed by Stevie Wonder, from his 1976 album Songs in the Key of Life. Released as a single in 1977, the track topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Black Singles charts, and reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, his joint biggest hit there at the time. Billboard ranked it as the No. 18 song of 1977.

The song was written in tribute to Duke Ellington, the influential jazz legend who had died in 1974. The lyrics also refer to Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

Wonder re-recorded the song for the 1995 live album Natural Wonder.

The Emotions - Best Of My Love (1977)

The Emotions - Best Of My Love (1977)
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"Best of My Love" is a disco song by the band The Emotions released as a single from their album Rejoice (1977). The song was composed by Maurice White and Al McKay of Earth, Wind & Fire. Earth, Wind & Fire would later team up with the Emotions for the 1979 hit "Boogie Wonderland". "Best of My Love" won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal and also won an American Music Award for Favourite Soul/R&B Single.

The song was listed at #87 on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs. and it was the third biggest Pop song of 1977 and the fifth biggest R&B song of 1977. "Best of My Love" has been certified platinum in the US by the (RIAA) and silver in the UK by the British Phonographic Industry. Recent reviews have been largely positive, and the song continues to appear on "Best of the '70s" lists.