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FlinterFile: Kenny Loggins- Easy Driver

Kenny Loggins released his second solo album, Nightwatch, in 1978. Read the rest of this entry

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FlinterFile: David Lee Roth- California Girls

David Lee Roth released his first solo single in 1984. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Ellen Foley- We Belong To The Night

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Ellen Foley had become famous as the female singer in the song Paradise By The Dashboard Light by Meat Loaf. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Booker Newbury III- Love Town

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Booker Newberry III started his solo career in 1983. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Jay Ferguson- Thunder Island

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In 1978, Jay Ferguson released his best known record. In the sixties, he was a member of Spirit and after that of Jo Jo Gunne. In 1976 he went solo, this song came from the second solo album he made. Though he is sometimes referred to as one hit wonder, he had another hit, Shakedown Cruise, in the year after. When this song came in the charts, Thunder Island also returned. The highest chart position in the US was number 9! Enjoy

Jay Ferguson- Thunder Island

FlinterFile: Donald Fagen- I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)

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In 1982, Donald Fagen released the first single from his first solo album, on which it is the first song. Donald Fagen was one of the leaders of Steely Dan, where he (co-)wrote Rikki Don’t Lose That Number and Reeling In The Years, among others. The title of his first solo single, I.G.Y., refers to the International Geophysical Year, which was from July 1957 to December 1958. Donald Fagen thought of the people in that year, and wrote about their positive view on the future. It peaked on number 26 in the US, and was even nominated for the Grammy for the song of the year (though not winning it, the winner was Always On My Mind, performed by Willie Nelson). Enjoy

Donald Fagen- I.G.Y. (What A Beautiful World)

Song of the day: Jenny Burton- Bad Habits

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In 1985, Jenny Burton released her second solo album. The year before, she had had some top 20 hits with her first solo singles, but now she had a number 1 hit in the US dance chart with the song Bad Habits. After this song, she released one other dance single, which did not chart that high, and the last years she has been releasing gospel albums. Enjoy

Jenny Burton- Bad Habits

Song of the day: Gary Brooker- No More Fear Of Flying

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In 1979, the founder of Procol Harum released his third solo single. It was a single from the album of the same name. It was not a big hit, only in the Netherlands it was number 21. Enjoy the beautiful

Gary Brooker- No More Fear Of Flying

Song of the day: Roger Daltrey- Giving It All Away

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In 1973, Roger Daltrey released his first solo single. Leo Sayer (who had not yet scored a hit) and David Courtney wrote the song. Leo Sayer later recorded the song for his own album. The first line of the song soon became a bit weird, as the Who had not paid money for the damage they caused in a hotel room. The song became Daltrey’s biggest solo hit in the UK, number 5. Enjoy

Roger Daltrey- Giving It All Away

Song of the day: Gwen Stefani- The Sweet Escape

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In 2006, Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) and Akon worked together. It took some time before they got together, as Gwen Stefani was encouraged by more people to work with Akon. Akon had already listened to the older work from Gwen Stefani, and found out the sound of No Doubt was not in her solo work. He made a beat which was like her older work. However, when the song had to be recorded, she was busy with her baby and wanted to skip it. Her manager made her record the song and finally the song was done. The result was not bad: number 2 in both the UK and the US. Enjoy

Gwen Stefani- Sweet Escape

Song of the day: Boz Scaggs- What Can I Say

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In 1977, Boz Scaggs brought some songs to the hit parades. One of them was What Can I Say, which hit number 10 in the UK and number 42 in the US. Before recording this song, Boz had played in bands like Mother Earth and the Steve Miller Band (he knew Steve Miller from college). Because he was so good in the Steve Miller Band, he got a contract on Atlantic Records, and later Columbia Records, recorded several albums without success. When meeting the basis for what later would be Toto, he knew to score some hits, like the song of the day. Enjoy

Boz Scaggs- What Can I Say

Song of the day: Sting- Love Is The Seventh Wave

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In 1985, Sting released his first solo album, The Dream Of The Blue Turtles. The first single of the album was If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, and this was the second single. It describes how love conquers all of the other problems. The end of the song refers to Every Breath You Take, by the Police. This contrasts, because it’s about the dark side of love… Enjoy

Sting- Love Is The Seventh Wave

Song of the day: Jackie Wilson- Reet Petite

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Jackie Wilson originally was a member of the Dominoes. He left the band and went solo. In 1957, he recorded his first solo-song, written by Berry Gordy and the cousin of Jackie Wilson. The title was stolen from Louis Jordan, who had a song called Reet, Petite and Gone. The song made it to number 6 in the UK and number 62 in the US. The money was used by Berry Gordy, who fund Motown with it… Three years after Jackie Wilson died, the song became a hit again because of a clay-animation. It now even made number 1 in the UK! Enjoy

Jackie Wilson- Reet Petite

Song of the day: Fleetwood Mac- Little Lies

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In 1987, Fleetwood Mac got back together. They had been working on solo projects for four years, but now they were back together. Read the rest of this entry