Monthly Archives: August 2012

Glen Campbell – Southern Nights

First Hit #1: April 30, 1972 I’ll admit that I don’t quite understand the American south. This isn’t an insult to the region, which I have yet to visit and thus am not qualified to judge. Nor is it an … Continue reading

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Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way

First Hit #1: April 23, 1977 Through the first verse, I wondered why this was going in a disco direction. Thelma Houston was trying to do a heartfelt vocal performance, and there was this distracting beat underneath it which seemed … Continue reading

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David Soul – Don’t Give Up On Us

First Hit #1: April 16, 1977 I don’t know why television stars want to be music stars. It sometimes works, of course, but you usually get David Hassellhoffs or Joey Lawrences, minor hits, major embarrassment, and potentially a way to … Continue reading

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Abba – Dancing Queen

First Hit #1: March 26, 1977 Sweden is known for many things, and one of those things is bubblegum pop music. The Eurovision song contest leans heavily on Swedish popsmiths and perky blonde ladies will show up every few years … Continue reading

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Hall and Oates – Rich Girl

First Hit #1: March 26, 1977 Hall and Oates have a bit of fun with this, a song about someone so wealthy they can be insane. While apparently about a rich boy – though sung about a girl because it … Continue reading

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Barbra Streisand – Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star is Born)

First Hit #1: March 5, 1977 Evergreen is fine. It’s a love song that’s a bit silly and cutesy, but otherwise not something that should be regarded as particularly controversial. Streisand is an okay singer, she’s singing lyrics that are … Continue reading

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Eagles – New Kid In Town

First Hit #1: February 26, 1977 At some points, this seems to be a song about being the Eagles, a track about being a fresh face with big expectations riding on your success. Then it kind of just becomes about … Continue reading

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