Sunday, July 31, 2011

Popular Artists, Bands, and Duets During My Childhood Era...70s & 80s! (70s - '86)



Air Supply

Al Green

Al Wilson

Alan O’Day


Amili Stewart

Andy Gibb

Andy Kim

Anita Ward

Anne Murray


B. J. Thomas

Bachman-Turner Overdrive



Barbra Streisand

Barry Manilow

Barry White

Bay City Rollers


Bee Gees

Bellamy Brothers


Bill Conti

Bill Withers

Billy Joel

Billy Ocean

Billy Paul

Billy Preston

Billy Swan


Blue Swede

Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods

Bon Jovi

Bonnie Tyler


Bruce Hornsby & The Range

Bryan Adams

C. W. McCall

Captain & Tennille

Carl Douglas

Carly Simon

Carole King



Charlie Rich





Christopher Cross

Chuck Berry


Culture Club

Cyndi Lauper

Daryl Hall & John Oates

David Bowie

David Soul


Debby Boone

Deniece Williams

Dexys Midnight Runners

Diana Ross

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie

Dionne & Friends

Dionne Warwicke & Spinners

Dire Straits

Dolly Parton

Don McLean

Donna Summer

Donny Osmond

Doobie Brothers

Duran Duran


Earth, Wind & Fire

Eddie Kendricks

Eddie Rabbitt

Edgar Winter Group

Edwin Star

Elton John

Elton John & Kiki Dee

Elton John Band


Eric Clapton




Fleetwood Mac


Four Seasons

Frankie Valli

Freddy Fender


George Harrison

George McCrae

Gilbert O’Sullivan

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Glen Campbell

Gloria Gaynor

Gordon Lightfoot

Grand Funk

Guess Who

Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds

Harry Chapin


Helen Reddy

Herb Alpert M.

Honey Cone

Hues Corporation

Huey Lewis & The News

Human League

Irene Cara

Isaac Hayes

J. Geils Band

Jackson 5

James Taylor

Jan Hammer

Janet Jackson

Janis Joplin

Jim Croce

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

John Cougar

John Denver

John Lennon

John Lennon with the Plastic Ono Nuclear Band

John Parr

John Sebastian

John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John

John Waite

Johnnie Taylor

Johnny Mathis/Deniece Williams

Johnny Nash

K. C. & The Sunshine Band

Kenny Loggins

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers with Dolly Parton

Kim Carnes

Kool & The Gang


Linda Ronstadt

Lionel Richie

Lipps, Inc.

Looking Glass

Love Unlimited Orchestra

Mac Davis


Manfred Mann’s Earth Band


Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.

Leo Sayer

Marvin Gaye

Mary MacGregor

Maureen McGovern



Men At Work

MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees

Michael Jackson

Michael Sembello

Minnie Riperton


Mr. Mister

Neil Diamond

Neil Sedaka

Neil Young

Nick Gilder



Ohio Players

Olivia Newton-John


Paper Lace

Partridge Family

Patti Austin & James Ingram

Patti LaBelle & Michael McDonald

Paul & Linda McCartney

Paul Anka

Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

Paul McCartney & Stevie Wonder

Paul McCartney & Wings

Paul Simon

Paul Young

Peaches & Herb

Pet Shop Boys

Peter Cetera with Amy Grant

Peter Gabriel

Phil Collins

Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin

Pink Floyd




Prince & The Revolution



Ray Parker Jr.

Ray Stevens

Ready For The World

REO Speedwagon

Rhythm Heritage

Rick Dees & His Cast Of Idiots

Rick Springfield

Ringo Starr

Robert John

Robert Palmer

Roberta Flack

Rod Stewart

Rolling Stones

Rose Royce

Rupert Holmes

Sammy Davis, Jr.

Shaun Cassidy

Sheena Easton

Shocking Blue

Silver Convention

Simon & Garfunkel

Simple Minds

Simply Red

Sly & The Family Stone

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Staple Singers

Staple Singers

Starland Vocal Band

Stars on 45


Steve Miller

Steve Miller Band

Steve Winwood

Stevie Wonder





Taste Of Honey

Tears For Fears


Terry Jacks

The Knack

Thelma Houston

Three Dog Night

Tina Turner

Toni Basil

Tony Orlando & Dawn


USA for Aftrica

Van Halen

Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony


Vicki Lawrence

Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band


Whitney Houston

Wild Cherry



Yvonne Elliman

Sunday, July 6, 2008

C's Continued...

Cheech & Chong have hit the charts with parodies of three very different songs: Brighter Slide Of Darkness' "Lone Jones," the Floaters' "Float On," and Bruce Springsteen's "Born In The U.S.A."

The Chordettes' two biggest hits have resurfaced in two of the biggest movie hits of the mid-80s. "Mr. Sandman," a No. 1 hit from 1954, appeared in Back To The Future, while "Lollipop," a No. 2 entry from 1958, was heard in Stand by Me.

Eric Clapton's highest-charting album was titled 461 Ocean Boulevard, which was the address of the Miami studio where the album was recorded. Julio Iglasias' highest-charting album was 1100 Bel Air Place, which was the address of the Bel Air home in which he lived while he was recording. Personally, we think these guys need to get out more.

Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne's "You're A Friend Of Mine" was a hit at the same time as Dionne & Friends' "That's What Friends Are For," and while Andrew Gold's "Thank You For Being A Friend" was heard every week as the theme for TV's "Golden Girls."

Jimmy Cliff's "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" was a new, original song, not a medley of "Wonderful World" and "Beautiful People." But that might not be a bad idea either.

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Captain & Tennille's "Love Will Keep Us Together" was a very big record, but there is no truth to the rumor that it inspired the Joy Division's rock classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

Belinda Carlisle led the Go-Go's to a spot in the history books in 1982, when their debut album, Beauty and the Beat, became the first album by a female rock band to hit No. 1.

Eric Carmen's first solo hit was the solem "All By Myself." His second was the forlorn "Never Gonna Fall In Love Again." Could this be the same Eric who had sung the Raspberries' classic "Go All The Way" with such optimism and abandon just four years earlier?

Johnny Cash recorded two live albums in prisons in the late 60s--Folsom and San Quentin--and both topped the two million sales mark. A third live album, recorded at the Grand Ole Opry, didn't sell nearly as well. There's just nothing like a captive audience.

Peter Cetera is one of seven artists to hit No. 1 as a soloist, as part of a duet, and as part of a group. The six others to have hit the top in all three configurations: Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Teen Idols...where are they now??

Daniel Baldwin - Actor

Actor Daniel Baldwin, 46, was arrested in Santa Monica, California on November 7, 2006, after allegedly stealing a friend's SUV. Police investigating the theft checked his hotel room and discovered illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia.
He was charged with drug possession and auto theft, but failed to show up for his court date on the theft charges. On February 6, 2007 an arrest warrant was issued for his failure to appear for his arraignment.

Charles Barkley - Philadelphia 76'ers Player

Basketball player Charles Barkley was arrested, but later acquitted, for disorderly conduct in December 1997, after breaking the nose of Joseph McCarthy in a Milwaukee bar.
This wasn't the first time he was arrested on assault charges. In July 1996, he was arrested after getting into an altercation at a dance bar in Cleveland. In October 1997, he was charged with aggravated battery and resisting arrest after throwing a man through a glass window at a dance bar in Orlando.

Jamal "Shyne" Barrow

Bad Boy recording artist Shyne sold more than 500,000 copies of his debut album before he was sent off to serve his 10-year prison sentence for his involvement in an altercation at Club New York on December 27, 1999.

Barrow was convicted of assault charges, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a gun. The Sean "P. Diddy" Combs protege is expected to serve eight years and seven months of his sentence

Mischa Barton - Actress

Mischa Barton, 22, was charged with DUI and possession of pot stemming from her December 27, 2007 arrest after she was stopped on a traffic violation in West Hollywood.

She was charged with driving under the influence, driving while having a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher, driving without a valid license and possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana.

Barton is an actress, best known for her role in "The O.C.," "Hexxx," "Virgin Territory" and "Closing the Ring."

Yasmine Bleeth - Baywatch Actress

In September 2001, Bleeth was arrested after she crashed her car into a median, failed a sobriety test, and police found cocaine in her car. She was sentenced to two years probation, 100 hours of community service, and she had to submit to drug tests.

Nick Bollea

Nick Bollea, 17, son of famed wrestler Hulk Hogan, was arrested on a dangerous driving charge on November 7, 2007, after driving 106 miles per hour on a Florida highway. According to officials, Bollea was in his father's Toyota Supra when he lost control of the car. The car flipped and then collided with a palm tree. He has had his driving license suspended for a year.

Josh Booty

Josh Booty, sportscaster and brother of USC quarterback John David Booty, was arrested in Orange County on Feb. 13, 2008, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Reportedly, once Booty was in jail he became uncooperative to the point where deputies used a taser to control him.

Christian Brando - Son of Marlon Brando

In May 1990, Brando was arrested for the murder of his mentally disturbed and pregnant sister's boyfriend. Earlier in the evening Brando and his sister Cheyenne had dinner together and she told Brando that her lover, Dag Drollet, was physically abusive to her. Later that evening Brando confronted Drollet, shot, and killed him. Brando pled guilty to voluntary manslaughter in a plea agreement and received a 10-year prison sentence.


Bananarama's "Venus" hit No. 1 in September, 1986, more than 16 years after Shocking Blue first took the song to the top of the chart. "Venus" is the fourth song in the rock era to hit No. 1 for two different artists, following "Go Away Little Girl" (Steve Lawrence, Donny Osmond), "The Loco-Motion" (Little Eva, Grand Funk), and "Please Mr. Postman" (Marvelettes, Carpenters).

Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" only reached No. 13 on the Hot 100, but it was probably the most significant single released in 1984. It launched the social consciousness movement which culminated in USA for Arfrica and the "Live Aide" concert.

Bangles' "Manic Monday," which peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in April, 1986, was kept out of the top spot by Prince & the Revolution's "Kiss." Prince wrote both songs, making him one of only five writers in the rock era to hold down the top two spots on the Hot 100 simultaneously. He followed Elvis Presley, Lennon & McCartney, the Bee Gees, and Jim Steinman.

Bobby Bare had one of the biggest hits of 1959 with "All American Boy," but no one knew. A label error listed Bill Parsons as the artist.

The Beach Boys' Beach Boys Concert album was the first live album by a contemporary pop or rock act to hit No. 1. It topped the chart in December, 1964.

The Beatles' single which logged more weeks onthe Hot 100 than any other was "Twist And Shout." The song spent 11 weeks on the chart in 1964, and 15 additional weeks in 1986. The runner-up is "Hey Jude," with 19 weeks.

Blondie's Autoamerican is one of only three albums in the 80s to generate two No. 1 singles without hitting No. 1 itself. The others: Starship's Knee Deep In The Hoopla and Peter Ceter's Solitude/Solitaire.

Pat Benatar's Crimes Of Pssion would probably have been a No. 1 album if John Lennon hadn't been murdered in December, 1980. "Passion" logged five weeks at No. 2 behind Lennon's Double Fantasy in January and February, 1981. But with nothing to block its path, Benatar's next album, Precious Time, hit No. 1 in August, 1981.

Brook Benton was the first artist to have a top-five hit in the 50s, 60s and 70s. He was abled to claim that distinciton when "Rainy Night In Georgia" cracked the top five in March, 1970.

Berlin was the second act to hit No. 1 to share the name of a foreign capital. The Kingston Trio, named after Kingston, Jamaica, was the first.

David Bowie has worked with a lot of diverse musicians over the years. He co-wrote his first No. 1 hit, "Fame," with John Lennon, and co-produced his second, "Let's Dance," with Nile Rodgers. He's also teamed for Top-40 hits with Queen and the Pat Metheny Group.

Laura Branigan's "Gloria" peaked at No. 2 in December, 1982, when the entire top five consisted of one-word titles. Lionel Richie's "Truly" was No. 1, Toni Basil's "Mickey" was No. 3, Daryl Hall & John Oates' "Maneater" was No. 4, and Neil Diamond's "Heartlight" was No. 5.

The Brothers Four were no more brothers than the Thompson Twins are twins. If truth-in-packaging regulations are ever applied to the music industry, watch out.

Brothers Johnson were the main beneficiaries of Quincy Jones' production talents in the mid-70s, before he went on to bigger and better things (Off The Wall and Thriller).

Jackson Browne's spiraling popularity in the 70s is reflected in the fact that each of his first six albums climbed higher on the chart than its predecessor. But after that there was nowhere to go but down: that sixth album, Hold Out, hit No. 1.

The Buckinghams' "Kind Of A Drag" did what the Royal Guardsmen's "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron," Aaron Neville's "Tell It Like It Is" and the Seekers' "Georgy Girl" all tried, but failed to do: It knocked the Monkees' monster hit "I'm A Believer" out of the No. 1 spot.