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FlinterFile: Heart- Magic Man

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The sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, who formed Heart, released their first top 10 hit in 1976. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band- Night Moves

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Inspired by the movie American Graffiti, Bob Seger wrote his story. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: David Soul- Don’t Give Up On Us

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David Soul was a singer, but he wasn’t very successful in the early seventies. Because the success didn’t come, he became an actor, playing Hutch in Starsky & Hutch. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Aretha Franklin- Look Into Your Heart

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In 1976, the movie Sparkle was released. Irene Cara starred in the movie, in which music played an important role. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Boz Scaggs- Lido Shuffle

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In 1976, Boz Scaggs recorded a variation on Fats Domino. He had been busy for some time with a shuffle, which was sung by Fats Domino, The Fat Man. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Elton John & Kiki Dee- Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

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In 1976, Elton John and Kiki Dee recorded a duet. They both loved the duets on the Motown label, but at the time, there hadn’t been one for some time, so they made one themselves. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: The Ritchie Family- The Best Disco In Town

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In 1976, soul changed into disco. Ritchie Rome, a producer, was helping the Philadelphia music scene to change to disco. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Vicki Sue Robinson- Turn The Beat Around

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In 1976, Vicki Sue Robinson released her only hit. Before recording the song, she performed on Broadway. She started in Hair, and later she performed in Jesus Christ Superstar. She also sung background vocals in Fame and sung for several commercials. This song was her only real hit, a disco song which was written by two keyboard session players. In the song, the music that is played is described, and the title, Turn The Beat Around, means to play a drum pattern again.  Gloria Gaynor later covered the song. The original charted at number 10 in the US. Enjoy

Vicki Sue Robinson- Turn The Beat Around

FlinterFile: Starland Vocal Band- Afternoon Delight

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In 1976, the Starland Vocal Band had its only hit. The band, made up from two couples, namely Margot Chapman and Jon Carroll, together with Taffy and Bill Danoff. The last two had already released some albums, and sang back-up vocals on Take Me Home Country Roads from John Denver. The song is said to be named after a appetizer menu in Washington DC, but can also be interpreted in a sexual way. The songwriting was not easy: it took six months to write the song. The result was a number 1 hit in the US, number 18 in the UK. After the hit, they released no other songs. Enjoy

Starland Vocal Band- Afternoon Delight

Song of the day: Thelma Houston- Don’t Leave Me This Way

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In 1976, Thelma Houston released a cover of Don’t Leave Me This Way. The original song was recorded in 1975 by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes as an album track. However, it did reach the charts in the US, number 3 on the disco chart. Motown had thought of Diana Ross covering the song, but eventually gave it to Thelma Houston. It made it to number 1 in the US soul, club and normal chart. In the UK, it made it to number 13. In the eighties, the Communards also recorded the song, reaching number 1 in the UK. Enjoy

Thelma Houston- Don’t Leave Me This Way