When I first deal with Spotify, I couldn’t stand it. The more I use it, the better I like it. Funny how that works sometimes. Anyway, I decided to choose a random song, in this case Pablo Cruise’s “Love Will Find A Way,” and let Spotify build a playlist around it. Realizing that Spotify demands that you be a subscriber to listen to one of their playlists, I then built a YouTube playlist with the ten songs in it. Hope you like it!
- Pablo Cruise, “Love Will Find A Way” I never realized these guys were from San Francisco. Anyway, they released 8 studio albums and had 5 singles that reached the Top 25. This came out in 1978 and reached #6 in the US, #5 in Canada, and #8 in Australia.
- America, “You Can Do Magic” Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek, and Gerry Beckley formed America in London while their fathers were stationed there by the US Air Force. They were a big commercial success in the early and mid ’70’s, before Dan Peek left the group in 1977. This was their one successful single after then, released in 1982; it reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the AC chart. Bunnell and Beckley now ply their trade on ’70’s cruises, while Peek died in 2011.
- Steely Dan, “Hey Nineteen” From their 1980 album Gaucho, this reached #10 in the US and #5 in Canada. Dennis Fagen and Walter Becker then took a 20-year hiatus.
- Ambrosia, “Biggest Part Of Me” This Southern California band formed in 1970 and had five Top 40 singles between 1975 and 1980, with “How Much I Feel” and this song reaching the Top 5.
- The Cars, “My Best Friend’s Girl” The Cars emerged from the late ’70’s “new wave,” and while they didn’t have much chart success, their music was a staple of the FM dial. This is from their eponymous 1978 debut and reached #35 that year.
- Robbie Dupree, “Hot Rod Hearts” This was the follow-up single to “Steal Away” in 1980. It reached #15 and earned him a Grammy nomination in 1981 for Best New Artist, which he lost to Christopher Cross. He’s making the rounds with other “yacht rock” acts, including the 2013 “Sail Rock” tour with Cross and others, and the 2018 “Rock The Yacht” cruise with John Ford Coley.
- Chicago, “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” Interesting that this song made it to this list, as it’s older than nearly all the other songs, having appeared on Chicago’s debut album in 1969, but that’s OK. This is the full album track, complete with a couple of minutes of free-form piano at the beginning.
- Loggins & Messina, “House At Pooh Corner” From their 1971 album Sittin’ In, so named because it started out as a Kenny Loggins album, but Jim Messina, who was producing it, joined Kenny on several of the tracks, and before they knew what was happening Loggins & Messina was born.
- The Doobie Brothers, “Minute By Minute” In 1975, when Steely Dan decided to focus on studio work, Michael McDonald and Jeff “Skunk” Baxter joined the Doobies, who had lost guitarist and lead singer Tom Johnston, and transformed the band’s sound. This was the title track from their 1978 album, the second single from the album, which reached #14.
- Pablo Cruise, “Whatcha Gonna Do?” And we come full circle with this, from 1977, their first single from the 1977 album A Place In The Sun. It reached #6 in the US and #1 in Canada.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for August 26, 2019.