Monthly Archives: December 2012

Yes – Owner of a Lonely Heart

First Hit #1: January 21, 1984 We end one year, and begin another, with Owner of a Lonely Heart. I’m not sure if Yes was ever big in my house, and I’m actually pretty sure it wasn’t, but this still … Continue reading

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Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson – Say Say Say

First Hit #1: December 10, 1983 In the documentary DiG, Dandy Warhol’s frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor uttered the infamous line “I sneeze and hits come out.” Turns out that wasn’t really the case for Mr. Taylor-Taylor, but for the two men … Continue reading

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Lionel Richie – All Night Long (All Night)

First Hit #1: November 12, 1983 Noted ballad expert Lionel Richie decided at some point in 1983 that it was time to let loose and dance. He got his best African-influenced percussion, pumped up the tempo a bit, wrote his … Continue reading

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Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Islands in the Stream

First Hit #1: December 29, 1983 I’ve said before that I believe Dolly Parton is a very intelligent woman, because of the way she has shaped her career and the way she knows her audience. Kenny Rogers is a smart … Continue reading

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Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse of the Heart

First Hit #1: October 1, 1983 I mentioned how Phil Ramone produced two songs that sound completely different yesterday. I bring it up again because now we have Jim Steinman, who doesn’t do that. You can instantly tell a Steinman-penned … Continue reading

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Billy Joel – Tell Her About It

First Hit #1: September 24, 1983 Tell Her About It was produced by Phil Ramone, who also produced Maniac. I mention that because these are two songs that could not be more different. Maniac was contemporary dance and film music, … Continue reading

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Michael Sembello – Maniac

First Hit #1: September 10, 1983 Merry Christmas, and for your present here’s some more Flashdance! I’ve confessed before that I’ve never actually seen the movie, but with the hits from the soundtrack, do I need to? We’ve had Irene … Continue reading

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