I Wouldn’t Want To Be Like You by The Alan Parsons Project

In the late 1970s, disco ruled the airwaves.*  Some artists, such as the Bee Gees, made a full-blown dive into the genre., while others made occasional forays into the field.  And as the disco craze went on, even artists who many people might not have pictured doing so went and made disco records.  Remember disco hits from Cher, KISS, and others?  Well, if you don’t, that’s what this webpage is for.

With all that said, if you hadn’t previously heard today’s spotlighted hit, could you have pictured a song with a disco sound coming from the progressive rock group The Alan Parsons Project?

Yeah, me neither.  But it happened.  And it was glorious.

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’65 Love Affair by Paul Davis

Occasionally, an artist will have a hit single but not be happy with the song.  Sometimes, artists get tired of having to perform their biggest early hits after some time; occasionally, you might even read of an artist expressing disgust, or even hatred, toward one or more such songs.  It’s rarer, though, that an artist expresses disgust at the recording process so much that the hit single doesn’t appear on best-of compilations, but that appears to be what happened with the highest charting single of Paul Davis.

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Weekend by Wet Willie

In the minds of many people, some of the best music from the 1970s was Southern rock.  Best exemplified by groups such as The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the rock subgenre reached its zenith in that decade amid a bunch of other genres that sounded nothing like it (which perhaps helped its success).  Among the many, many bands that appeared in the 70s specializing in Southern rock was a band from Alabama called, for some reason, Wet Willie.

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I Want You by Savage Garden

Occasionally, a band or artist will have a single which becomes a fairly good-sized hit but which becomes a forgotten song because of other songs the band/artist has released which completely overshadow the single in question.    Even if a band is known for only a few songs, the huge hits can almost drive the songs that were just big from people’s minds.  That appears to be the case for the late 90s band Savage Garden.

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We Don’t Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard

Some artists have an amazing amount of chart success in their native country without having much of an impact in the United States music scene at all.  Others eventually do hit the charts in the USA, sometimes almost two decades after starting their music careers.  In that second category we find Cliff Richard.

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Missing by Everything But The Girl

Occasionally a band will spend years in relative obscurity and then, finally, suddenly break through with one big hit before settling back into the same obscurity from whence that band had come.  One such band, at least as far as the American music-buying public was concerned, was Everything But The Girl.

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Reelin’ and Rockin’ by Chuck Berry

Any history of rock and roll music has to include Chuck Berry.  One of the true pioneers of rock and roll, Mr. Berry started hitting the charts in 1955, right at the start of the rock era, and he achieved a level of fame that few people could reach.  Whether it was his being the only rock artist to have a song (“Johnny B. Goode”) on Voyager 1’s Golden Record* or having a very tongue-in-cheek origin story told in Back to the Future, Chuck Berry is one of those few rock stars who will likely never be forgotten.

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You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else by The Jones Girls

Yet another artist taken from us in April 2017 was Brenda Jones, one of the three sisters who made up The Jones Girls.  Unfortunately, Ms. Jones was struck and killed by an automobile while crossing the street on April 3 or 4 (depending on the source), while she had been in Wilmington, Delaware, visiting her daughter.

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Come Back by J. Geils Band

With the advent of April 2017 came yet another classic hits artist taken from us, as John “J.” Geils was found dead in his home at age 71 of what has been reported to be natural causes.  J. Geils, of course, was the namesake of what was called the J. Geils Blues Band before simply becoming the J. Geils Band in 1969.  (I suppose it was a catchier name for a band than its original name, Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels.)

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