I’m sure it happens to everyone: I had no idea what to do today. Don’t ask why, I couldn’t tell you. So I decided to play Random Jukebox and let YouTube pick songs for me. A lot of these are songs I play a lot; I guess YouTube knows me pretty well by now.
- Procol Harum, “Whiter Shade of Pale This song was, for many of us, our introduction to Procol Harum. It came out in 1967 during the Summer of Love here in the US and made it to #5 on the Hot 100 despite having very little promotion.
- The Marmalade, “Reflections Of My Life” Came out in late 1969 and reached #10. 1970 was a year of reflection for me, so it was appropriate.
- Carpenters, “Close To You” The first time we heard Karen Carpenter, and of course, being 14, we hated it. The rest of the world didn’t think like us, much to our chagrin, making it an international #1 hit. It took a while, but I learned to admire the songwriting of Burt Bacharach and Hal David and to fully appreciate one of the more beautiful voices in the world of pop music.
- Chicago, “Hard To Say I’m Sorry” Peter Cetera was becoming the face and voice of Chicago (the band) in 1982, four years after the tragic death of Terry Kath. He wrote this and sings lead on it, and it reached #1 on the Hot 100 for two weeks in 1982. It was nominated for the Grammy for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
- Christopher Cross, “Sailing” It’s a real shame that Christopher Cross dropped out of the public eye so quickly (a real-life case of “video killed the radio star”), because he wrote and performed so many great songs and had a good voice. This was a #1 song in the US and Canada in 1980.
- Litle River Band, “Reminiscing” A real favorite of mine during my 3rd shift days. This song was especially popular in the US in 1978-79, reaching #3 on the Hot 100 and #10 on the AC chart.
- Starbuck, “Moonlight Feels Right” Another song that I just can’t get enough of. It reached #3 on the Hot 100, #2 on the Cash Box chart, and #1 on the Record World chart in 1976. The late Bo Wagner plays an iconic marimba solo on this. Lead singer and songwriter Bruce Blackman reprised the song in 2014 and breathed new life into it.
- Ozark Mountain Devils, “Jackie Blue” The Devils had an earlier hit with “If You Wanna Get To Heaven” in 1974, but they had an even bigger hit with this in 1975, when it reached #3 on the Hot 100 and spent two weeks at #1 over at Cash Box. The two songs are totally different.
- Firefall, “Strange Way” This was Firefall’s third Top 20 hit, from their 1978 Elan album. Like its previous single, 1977’s “Just Remember I Love You,” it reached #11.
- Atlanta Rhythm Section, “Imaginary Lover” Members of the Candymen and Classics IV got together in 1970 and became the house band for Studio One recording studio in Atlanta. By 1974, they were known as the Atlanta Rhythm Section and recorded their first album for Decca Records, although they didn’t find chart success until late 1977 with “So Into You.” “Imaginary Lover” was their second Top 10 hit, reaching #7 in 1978.
And that, at long last, is Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 29, 2019.