Showing posts with label 1979. Show all posts
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Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love on Time & Again: The Anthology, Pt. 2 (1979)

Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love on Time & Again: The Anthology, Pt. 2
"What You Won't Do for Love" is a blue-eyed soul-styled single written by Bobby Caldwell with Alfons Kettner, which Caldwell recorded for his eponymous debut album, released in 1978 by domestically Clouds Records by internationally TK Records.

The song would become Caldwell's most successful single and also his signature song reaching number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 6 on the Hot Selling Soul Singles chart, and number 10 on the Easy Listening chart.

According to the broadcast of American Top 40 for the week ending February 3, 1979, the week in which the song debuted at #38 on the Top 40, a heart-shaped pressing of the single was the most expensive single up to that point. The heart-shaped single was originally released as a promotional item only, but public demand led to 50,000 copies being pressed in time for Valentine's Day 1979 with a retail price of $7.98—about the price of a full LP album at the time. The single was also available on standard round vinyl as well.



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Billy Joel - My Life on Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2 1973-1985 (1979)

Billy Joel - My Life on Greatest Hits, Vols. 1 & 2
"My Life" is a song by Billy Joel that first appeared on his 1978 album 52nd Street. A single version was released in the fall of 1978 and reached #2 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Early the next year it peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“My Life” tells the story of an old friend who has evidently decided to follow Billy Joel’s example, put everything on the line, and move to the West Coast in search of his dreams. Although somewhat cynical about his friend’s chances, Joel still supports his right to determine his own future without pressure from family or cultural expectations. He favors the idea that everyone should have an opportunity to try and should have the courage to somehow make their dreams come true.



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John Stewart - Gold on Airdream Believer (1979)

John Stewart - Gold on Airdream Believer (1979)
A former member of the Kingston Trio and author of such songs as “Daydream Believer” (among many others), John Stewart was a music industry veteran who released a ton of albums and wrote many songs for artists like Anne Murray and Joan Baez. As a solo recording artist, he met with only limited success. "Gold" was his only top-ten hit featured a huge assist from a couple members of Fleetwood Mac (one of the biggest bands in the world at the time), including Stevie Nicks’s distinctive harmony vocals.

Gold” peaked at number five in 1979.



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M - Pop Muzik on New York • London • Paris • Munich (1979)

"Pop Muzik" is a 1979 song by M, a project by English musician Robin Scott, from the debut album New York • London • Paris • Munich.

The single, first released in the UK in early 1979, was bolstered by a music video (directed by Brian Grant) that was well received by critics. The clip featured Scott as a DJ singing into a microphone from behind an exaggerated turntable setup, at times flanked by two female models who sang and danced in a robotic manner. The video also featured Brigit Novik, Scott's partner at the time, who provided the backup vocals for the track.



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The song was initially recorded in R&B and funk styles before a friend of Scott suggested using synthesisers. He describes the genesis of "Pop Muzik" this way:

I was looking to make a fusion of various styles which somehow would summarise the last 25 years of pop music. It was a deliberate point I was trying to make. Whereas rock and roll had created a generation gap, disco was bringing people together on an enormous scale. That's why I really wanted to make a simple, bland statement, which was, 'All we're talking about basically (is) pop music.'

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Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 on The Wall (1979)

Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall, Part 2 on The Wall
"Another Brick in the Wall" is the title of three songs set to variations of the same basic theme, on Pink Floyd's 1979 rock opera, The Wall, subtitled Part 1 (working title "Reminiscing"), Part 2 (working title "Education"), and Part 3 (working title "Drugs"). All parts were written by Pink Floyd's bassist, Roger Waters.

Part 2 is a protest song against rigid schooling in general and boarding schools in the UK in particular. It was also released as a single and provided the band's only number-one hit in the United Kingdom, the United States, West Germany and many other countries. In addition, in the US, along with the tracks, "Run Like Hell", and "Don't Leave Me Now", "Another Brick in the Wall" reached number fifty-seven on the disco chart.



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In the UK, Part 2 was Pink Floyd's first single since 1968's "Point Me at the Sky"; the song was also the final number-one single of the 1970s. For Part 2, Pink Floyd received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group and lost to Bob Seger's "Against the Wind". In addition, Part 2 was number 375 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". The single sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

That single, as well as the album The Wall, were banned in South Africa in 1980 after the song was adopted by supporters of a nationwide school boycott protesting racial inequities in education under the apartheid regime.

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Fleetwood Mac - Sara on Tusk (1979)

Fleetwood Mac - Sara on Tusk (1979)
"Sara" is a song written by singer-songwriter Stevie Nicks by British-American pop/rock band Fleetwood Mac as a single from the 1979 Tusk double LP. The album version is 6:22 minutes and the edited version is 4:41 minutes. The song peaked at No. 7 in the US for three weeks, No. 37 in the UK for two weeks, No. 11 in Australia and No. 12 in Canada. Its success has led to it being included in various later best-of albums such as 2002's The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac.



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The Commodores - Still on Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992 (1979)

The Commodores - Still on Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1972-1992
"Still" is a song by the soul music group the Commodores. It was released as a single on Motown Records with "Such a Woman" as the B-side. The song appears on their hit album Midnight Magic. It is one of the group's most popular singles, the song is also notable for being their last R&B #1 before Lionel Richie went solo.

The song reached the top of both the pop and R&B charts. It reached number one in the United States in 1979. It also reached #4 in the UK Singles Charts.



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Supertramp - Take The Long Way Home on Breakfast In America (1979)

"Take the Long Way Home" is the fourth single and sixth track of Supertramp's 1979 album Breakfast in America. It was the last song written for the album, being penned during the nine-month recording cycle. According to its composer Roger Hodgson, the song deals with how the desire to go home can go both ways: "I'm talking about not wanting to go home to the wife, take the long way home to the wife because she treats you like part of the furniture, but there's a deeper level to the song, too. I really believe we all want to find our home, find that place in us where we feel at home, and to me, home is in the heart and that is really, when we are in touch with our heart and we're living our life from our heart, then we do feel like we found our home." It reached number 10 on the U.S. charts.



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Donna Summer - Dim All The Lights on On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II (1979)

Donna Summer - Dim All The Lights on On The Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II
"Dim All the Lights" is a song by American recording artist Donna Summer that bowed at #70 on 25 August 1979 and peaked at #2 on 10–17 November 1979 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was blocked from becoming the third number one hit from the album by "Heartache Tonight" by the Eagles the first week and "Still" by Commodores the next week. Taken from her Bad Girls album and produced by her longtime collaborator Giorgio Moroder with Pete Bellotte, the track combines Summer's trademark disco beats with a more soulful pop sound. This was the third Hot 100 top two single from the album and her sixth consecutive Hot 100 top five single.



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Summer had released "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" and, later, the "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)" duet with Barbra Streisand, all of which reached position 1. "Dim All the Lights" was another massive hit for her, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number 29 on the UK Singles Chart. Like "Hot Stuff" and "Bad Girls" before, "Dim All The Lights" and "No More Tears" were simultaneously in the top three, but missed having the top two positions, on the Hot 100.

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The Babys - Everytime I Think Of You on Millennium 1975 - 1979 (1979)

The Babys - Everytime I Think Of You on Millennium 1975 - 1979
"Every Time I Think of You" is a song written by Jack Conrad and Ray Kennedy. It was a worldwide hit single for The Babys in 1979.

Released as the lead single from the Head First album in January 1979, "Every Time I Think of You" ascended to a Billboard Hot 100 peak of number 13 that April. The Babys' previous Top 40 hit "Isn't It Time" had also peaked at number 13; like "Isn't It Time" – which was also a Jack Conrad/Ray Kennedy composition – "Every Time I Think of You" augmented the vocal of Babys' frontman John Waite with prominent female vocals: whereas "Isn't It Time" had featured a female chorale, "Every Time I Think of You" featured a vocal solo by Myrna Matthews, Pat Henderson and Marti McCall although Annie Bertucci features on video clips as the sole backup vocalist. Jimmie Haskell arranged and conducted the string section heard on the track.



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"Every Time I Think of You" rose as high as number 8 on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles chart. "Isn't It Time" also peaked at number 8 on Cash Box in December 1977. "Every Time I Think of You" afforded the Babys a hit in Australia, Canada and the Netherlands, with respective peaks of number 6, number 8 and number 11; the track also reached number 41 in New Zealand.

The track which had served as B-side to "Every Time I Think of You": "Head First", was issued as the A-side of the Babys' next single with another track from the Head First album: "California", as B-side. The "Head First" single peaked at number 77 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Babys would have a third and final Top 40 charting in 1980 with "Back on My Feet Again" (number 33).

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Olivia Newton-John - A Little More Love on Gold: Olivia Newton-John (1979)

Olivia Newton-John - A Little More Love
"A Little More Love" was the lead single by Australian singer Olivia Newton-John from her 1978 album Totally Hot. It was a worldwide Top 10 hit single, peaking at #4 in the UK and #3 in the US. In Canada, it spent three weeks at #2 during February and March 1979, and was the seventh biggest Canadian hit of that year.

In the US, Billboard magazine ranked "A Little More Love" as the 17th most popular song of 1979, and Cash Box ranked it as 23rd for the year, where it had peaked at #4.



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Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio - You Can't Change That on You Can't Change That (1979)

Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio - You Can't Change That
"You Can't Change That" is a song by Raydio from their album Rock On. Released as a single in 1979, it reached number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and number three on the R&B chart.



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The Pointer Sisters - Fire on Fire - The Very Best Of (1979)

The Pointer Sisters - Fire on Fire - The Very Best Of
"Fire" is a song written by Bruce Springsteen in 1977 which had its highest profile as a 1978 single release by the Pointer Sisters.

The inaugural single by the Pointer Sisters as the trio of Anita, June and Ruth Pointer, "Fire" was recorded for the group's November 1978 album release Energy. The lead vocal on the track was by Anita Pointer: on hearing the song's demo, which featured a deep Elvis Presley-type vocal, Anita Pointer had told producer Richard Perry: "It's too low for me: I guess you want Ruthie to sing it" to which Perry replied: "No - I want you to sing it."  Knight Ridder music critic Christine Arnold cited "Fire" as Energy 's highlight": Arnold - "Springsteen has created a song that might well have been done by the Ronettes in the '60s, and the Pointers inherit and develop the legacy nicely. Lyrically it's a simple song, but one that captures the indecision of a woman who wants and does not want a man all at the same time. And when the Pointers sing fire it's enough to sear your turntable."



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Little River Band - Lonesome Loser on Greatest Hits (1979)

Little River Band - Lonesome Loser on Greatest Hits
First Under the Wire is the fifth album by Australian group, Little River Band, which was released in July 1979 by Capitol Records. It peaked at No. 2 on the Australian Kent Music Report Albums Chart. It was the band's only United States top ten album and was certified platinum status according to RIAA. The album included two top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits in "Lonesome Loser" and "Cool Change".



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Barry Manilow - Somewhere In The Night on Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs (1979)

Barry Manilow - Somewhere In The Night on Beautiful Ballads & Love Songs
"Somewhere in the Night" is a ballad written by Richard Kerr and lyricist Will Jennings which was a US Top 20 hit for both Helen Reddy and Barry Manilow.

Barry Manilow, whose breakout hit "Mandy" had been written by Scott English and Richard Kerr who had later reached #1 with the Kerr/Jennings composition "Looks Like We Made It", recorded "Somewhere in the Night" for his 1978 album Even Now. In July 1978 Manilow's version of "Somewhere in the Night" was issued as the flip of Manilow's single "Copacabana" for its release in the UK where both sides of the single received airplay although the single only reached a UK chart peak of #42. In December 1978 "Somewhere in the Night" became the fourth track from Even Now to be given single release in the US, reaching #9 on Billboard's Hot 100 in early-1979: Manilow's follow-up single would also have a Hot 100 peak of #9 after which Manilow would return to the US Top Ten for one final time with "I Made It Through the Rain" - #10 in 1980.



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Chic - I Want Your Love on C'est Chic (1979)

Chic - I Want Your Love on C'est Chic
"I Want Your Love" is a song by American band Chic from their second album C'est Chic (1978). Featuring a solo lead vocal by Alfa Anderson, the song went on to become a very successful follow-up to their iconic "Le Freak".

In the United States, "I Want Your Love" peaked at #7 (#5 soul) on the Billboard pop chart in May 1979. The song remained on the charts for 19 weeks. In United Kingdom the song reached #4 (the highest position of any Chic singles) and spent 11 weeks on the charts.



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Dionne Warwick - I'll Never Love This Way Again on Dionne (1979)

Dionne Warwick - I'll Never Love This Way Again
"I'll Never Love This Way Again" is a Grammy Award-winning, Gold-certified 1979 hit recorded by American singer Dionne Warwick. The song was composed by Richard Kerr (music) and Will Jennings (lyrics) and produced by Arista labelmate Barry Manilow. The hit song was recorded for Warwick's first Arista label album titled Dionne (1979).



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The song was Warwick's first single release on Arista after an unsuccessful tenure at Warner Bros. Records. The song brought Warwick renewed popularity when it reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #13 on the Billboard R&B Chart. In Canada, "I'll Never Love This Way Again" peaked at #6. The song won Warwick a 1980 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The tune was certified by the RIAA as Gold for sales of over 1 million copies and helped her Arista debut album, Dionne, be certified by the RIAA as Platinum for album sales of over 1 million copies.

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Andy Gibb - (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away on 20th Century Masters - The Best Of Andy Gibb (1979)

Andy Gibb - (Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away WLCY Radio Hits
"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" is a song penned by Barry Gibb and Blue Weaver and recorded by the Bee Gees in 1977 on the Saturday Night Fever sessions but was not released until Bee Gees Greatest (1979). It was released as a single by Andy Gibb on his version from his second studio album Shadow Dancing.



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"(Our Love) Don't Throw It All Away" was released as the third single from Andy Gibb's Shadow Dancing album, but only in the United States, in September 1978. The song was also his fifth single to reach the US Top 10; the single reached #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart. When Andy Gibb was going to record it, Barry reworked on the song adding the middle eight that was not on the original Bee Gees' version, as Blue Weaver recalls, "When Andy actually went to record it, Barry listened to it [the original version] again and thought, 'Oh, it's not finished', so Barry wrote the whole of the middle-eight.

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Elton John - Mama Can't Buy You Love on Greatest Hits 1976-1986 (1979)

Elton John - Mama Can't Buy You Love
"Mama Can't Buy You Love" is a hit single for British singer/songwriter Elton John from the EP The Thom Bell Sessions. The song was written by LeRoy Bell and Casey James (of Bell and James fame). Bowing at number 69 on the Hot 100 on 9 June 1979, the track became John's first US top ten hit in almost three years when it peaked at number 9 on 25 August 1979. "Mama Can't Buy You Love" also spent one week at number 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the US, it was certified gold on 17 August 1979 by the RIAA.



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The chord structure of the opening instrumental of "Mama Can't Buy You Love" bears a strong resemblance to the chord structure of the opening instrumental of Ronnie Dyson's "One Man Band (Plays All Alone)" (after the site's short instrumental section). According to the Hot 100, Thom Bell produced both records.

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Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland on I Am (1979)

Earth, Wind & Fire - Boogie Wonderland
"Boogie Wonderland" is a song by American R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire, featuring The Emotions. Released as a single on March 20, 1979 by The American Record Company and Columbia Records, The song was certified Gold by the RIAA on May 29, 1979. "Boogie Wonderland" was written by Allee Willis and Jon Lind, and recorded by Earth, Wind & Fire. It was included on the album I Am. It is regarded as a classic of the disco era, peaking at number 14 on the disco chart. On other US charts, "Boogie Wonderland" peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot Soul Singles chart.



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