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FlinterFile: America- California Dreamin’

The movie California Dreaming was released in 1979. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: Electric Light Orchestra- All Over The World

The movie Xanadu was released in 1980. Read the rest of this entry

FlinterFile: B.J. Thomas- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

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In 1969, Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote a song for a movie. They gave it to Ray Stevens, who turned it down, and Bob Dylan, who did the same. At the time, Dionne Warwick was recording songs on the same label as B.J. Thomas. She took one of his tapes and gave it to Bacharach, who then offered him the song. He recorded it when he just had been ill, which made his voice sound raspy. A few weeks later he recorded the single version. The raspy version was good for the movie, the other version (made from three different takes) was good for the number 1 position in the US. Enjoy

B.J. Thomas- Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Song of the day: Frank Stallone- Far From Over

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In 1983, Saturday Night Fever got a sequel. John Travolta and Sylvester Stallone were the stars in the movie, which, well, flopped. The younger brother of Sylvester Stallone grabbed a guitar (as you can see) and sang one of the songs in the movie, which did become a big hit: number 10 in the US. Enjoy

Frank Stallone- Far From Over

Song of the day: Sheena Easton- For Your Eyes Only

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In 1981, the soundtrack of the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only was released. It would be number 4 in the US and number 8 in the UK. Actually, Blondie also wanted to make the theme song, but this song was not good enough for the producers. Bill Conti and Mike Leeson wrote this song, with singers like Dusty Springfield or Donna Summer in mind to sing it. United Artists suggested Sheena Easton, a rising star. Conti wasn’t convinced, but decided to have a talk. In the end, she sung it! Enjoy

Sheena Easton- For Your Eyes Only

Song of the day: Giorgio Moroder- Chase

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Giorgio Moroder was the man behind the success of Donna Summer, especially for composing the music for I Feel Love. Because of this success, Alan Parker asked Giorgio Moroder to compose music for his movie Midnight Express. Moroder did so and made the piece Chase, which is an electronic instrumental music piece. It would be a number 33 hit in the US, and later, in a remixed version, even a number 1 in the club chart. Enjoy

Giorgio Moroder- Chase

Song of the day: Europe- Rock The Night

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This song was written in 1984, by Joey Tempest, the singer of Europe. The band already performed the song during the concert tour of Wings of Tomorrow, the song itself was released on the album The Final Countdown in 1986. The year before it was already featured on the soundtrack of On the Loose. The song made it to number 12 in the UK and number 30 in the US. Enjoy

Europe- Rock The Night

Song of the day: Tom Cochrane- Life Is A Highway

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In 1991, Tom Cochrane released his album Mad Mad World. On this album, one song became a hit. Number one in Canada and number 6 in the US, it would be Tom’s best known song. The song would later be used in a cover version on the soundtrack of the movie Cars. This version would make it to number 7 in the US. Enjoy

Tom Cochrane- Life Is A Highway

Song of the day: Ben E. King- Stand By Me

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This song was written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and released in 1961 by Ben E. King. The song was inspired by the religious Lord Stand By Me. Ben E. King actually wrote it for the Drifters, who never recorded it. Ben E. King recorded the song after Spanish Harlem, and a hit was born. A number 1 in the US and a number 27 in the UK, which would also become number 1 after the re-release due to a commercial. Enjoy

Ben E. King- Stand By Me

Song of the day: Gerry & the Pacemakers- Ferry Cross The Mersey

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A sixties song, released in 1964! The song was written by Gerry Marsden, the Gerry from the band. It was a hit in both the UK and the US, respectively number 8 and number 6. It actually was a soundtrack song, from the movie with the same name. The Mersey is a river, which flows through Liverpool. The band was from Liverpool, and that was not the only thing that’s the same as the Beatles. They shared their manager (Brian Epstein) and their producer (George Martin), too. Enjoy

Gerry & The Pacemakers- Ferry Cross The Mersey