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Le Freak

“Le Freak” is a song by the band Chic. It was the band’s third single and first Billboard Hot 100 and soul music number-one song.[2][3] Along with the tracks, “I Want Your Love” and “Chic Cheer”, “Le Freak” scored number one on the disco charts for seven weeks.[4]

The single achieved sales of seven million[5] and also scored number seven in the UK singles chart.

Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1979.[6] The song was ranked number 21 on Billboard magazine’s top 100 songs of the first 55 years of the “Hot 100” chart.[7]

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” is a song that hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. It is a song about two lovers who have drifted apart while they “go through the motions” and heartache of life together.

The song was written by Neil Diamond with Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman for the ill-fated TV show All That Glitters.[1] The song was intended to be the theme song, but Norman Lear changed the concept of the show and the song was no longer appropriate. Diamond then expanded the track from 45 seconds to 3:17, adding instrumental sections and an additional verse. The Bergmans contributed to the song’s lyrics.[2]

In 1977, Diamond released the album I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight, which included the track “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” as a solo performance. Early in 1978, Barbra Streisand covered the song on her album Songbird.

The roots of the duet version, as chronicled in myriad Streisand and Diamond biographies as well as Streisand’s Just for the Record box set, revolve around WAKY-AM/Louisville KY program director, Gary Guthrie, who spliced the two solo tracks together as a going away present to his wife, whom he had just divorced. As the real life fairytale behind the song unfolded, it triggered a media buzz worldwide from Good Morning America and People magazine to the BBC. Interest in the duet caused such a clamor on the retail level that Columbia Records was compelled to bring Streisand and Diamond into the studio to record an “official” version in October 1978. The song reached number one on the Hot 100 chart for two non-consecutive weeks in December 1978, producing the third number-one hit for both singers.[3]

Acknowledgment and gratitude for Guthrie came from CBS with a Gold record plaque, flowers from Diamond and a telegram from Streisand. The duo performed the song at the 1980 Grammy Awards show, a performance released on the 1994 album Grammy’s Greatest Moments Volume I.[4] The song peaked #17 in the Spain Top 40 Radio.[5]

Chicago’s WGN radio personality Roy Leonard and producer Peter Marino are also credited for coming up with the idea to create this duet. Leonard and Marino had put the separately recorded versions together and played them on the air.[6][7]

Radio personalities Jack Hood and Gene Kruszewski of WJR-AM/Detroit also cut a duet version of the song which was a local and regional hit and helped escalate the song’s novelty. Columbia Records granted gold records to Hood and Kruszewski in recognition of their efforts.

Diamond and Streisand had planned to star in a motion picture based on the song, but such plans were canceled when Diamond starred in a remake of The Jazz Singer.

MacArthur Park (song)

“MacArthur Park” is a song written and composed by Jimmy Webb. Richard Harris was the first to record the song in 1968: his version peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number four on the UK Singles Chart. “MacArthur Park” was subsequently covered by numerous artists, including a hit version in 1969 by country music singer Waylon Jennings. Among the best-known covers is Donna Summer’s disco arrangement from 1978 which topped the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Although it was a commercial success several times after its initial release, “MacArthur Park” has been called the worst song ever written.[2] Its flowery lyrics and metaphors (most famously, lost love being likened to a cake left out in the rain) have been described as “polarizing” and “loopy.”[1] Webb commented: “Those lyrics were all very real to me: there was nothing psychedelic about it to me. The cake, it was an available object. It was what I saw in the park at the birthday parties.”[1]

You Needed Me

“You Needed Me” is a song written by Randy Goodrum, who describes it as being about “unconditional undeserved love.”[2] It was a number one hit single in the United States in 1978 for Canadian singer Anne Murray. In 1999, Irish pop band Boyzone recorded a hit cover of the song that hit number one in the UK Singles Chart.

“You Needed Me” was first recorded by singer Anne Murray in 1978. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and revitalized her career after several years of declining popularity as it became her first Top 40 US single since her 1974 remake of The Beatles’ “You Won’t See Me”. The song, included on her 1978 album Let’s Keep It That Way, was also a top-five country single and won Song of the Year at the Academy of Country Music awards, and is her most successful single in the United Kingdom where it made the top 30. Murray is quoted in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson as saying she wasn’t surprised by the song’s success, as she knew from the start the song would be a hit because she broke down in tears the first time she tried to sing it.

Although the song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (and is her only song to top that chart), it never topped the two Billboard charts where Murray has had the most success — Country and Adult Contemporary. However, it spent a then-record 36 weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart, a record for chart longevity that stood until 1995.

The song earned Murray the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 21st Grammy Awards,[3] the first to be awarded to a Canadian artist.
Anne Murray re-recorded the song with Shania Twain for Murray’s 2007 album Duets: Friends & Legends.

The song was featured in an ongoing storyline on the CBS soap Guiding Light in 1980-81, as a theme song for the characters Kelly Nelson and Morgan Richards. In 2013, the song was performed by Seth MacFarlane in character as Stewie Griffin on the Family Guy episode “Chris Cross”, in which Anne Murray herself guest-starred.

Hot Child in the City

“Hot Child in the City” is a song by English-Canadian musician Nick Gilder. It was released in June 1978 as a single from the album City Nights. It went to number one both in Canada (October 14, 1978) and in the United States (October 28, 1978). It was not his first number one single: as the lead singer of the glam rock band Sweeney Todd, he had hit #1 in Canada on June 26, 1976 (in the RPM listing) with the single “Roxy Roller”, which remained at the top for three weeks.[1][2][3] He won 2 Juno Awards in Canada and a People’s Choice Award in the US. According to The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits it held the record for taking the longest amount of time to reach number one. The song became a platinum record.

Kiss You All Over

“Kiss You All Over” is a 1978 song performed by the group Exile. It was written by Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn. It was included on the band’s album Mixed Emotions, and it featured Jimmy Stokley and guitarist JP Pennington on lead vocals. It was a number one single in the United States, but proved to be Exile’s only big hit in the pop rock market. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1978. In the United Kingdom, the song was released on Mickie Most’s RAK Records, and it peaked at number 6 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] In this song, a string synthesizer is used.

Lead vocalist on the song Stokley was ousted from the band in 1979, his health declining thereafter until he died at the age of 41 in 1985. The band moved into country music following the synth-pop success of “Kiss You All Over” and the 1979 follow-on hit “You Thrill Me” (reaching #40 (UK no. 67)) and “How Could This Go Wrong”, #88 on the charts. “Take Me Down” peaked at #3 on the Euro Hit 40 in the mid-1980s.[citation needed]

Boogie Oogie Oogie

“Boogie Oogie Oogie” is a song by American R&B band A Taste of Honey from their 1978 self-titled debut album. Released as their debut single in the summer of 1978, the song became an extremely popular “crossover” disco song. The lyrics urge listeners to “boogie oogie oogie till you just can’t boogie no more”.

It topped the U.S. pop, soul, and disco chart, and it eventually sold over two million copies and has become one of the most recognizable songs from the disco era.

Grease (song)

“Grease” is a song written by Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli. “Grease” is the title song for the 1978 musical motion picture Grease, which was based on the stage play of the same name. It was featured twice on the film’s soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track.

Barry Gibb wrote a title song to order for the Robert Stigwood film of the stage musical Grease.[1] Since it is heard only in the animated opening credits, it did not need to be recorded before filming. The song was recorded shortly after filming for the 1978 musical film Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which was probably when Gibb invited Peter Frampton to the session. Frampton plays guitar on the recording, while Gibb himself provides backing vocals. The other musicians were some of those from the Andy Gibb album that was being made around the same time.[2]

Valli is known for his powerful falsetto voice, but on this track he does not sing in his upper range. The film director Randal Kleiser did not like “Grease” and the new song “You’re The One That I Want” because they did not fit the ’50s style musically or lyrically.[2] It became a No. 1 single in the United States in 1978 and also reached No. 40 on the R&B charts in the same year.[3]

The Bee Gees later performed the song in their tour One Night Only in 1997 until 1999, and captured on their live offering One Night Only.

Three Times a Lady

“Three Times a Lady” is a song by American soul group the Commodores, from their 1978 album Natural High. It was produced by James Anthony Carmichael and the Commodores. It was also the only Motown song to reach the Top 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 that year and the Commodores’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one hit, topping the chart for two weeks on August 12, 1978 and also went to number one the soul chart for two weeks.[1] The song spent three weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart.[2]

The song also reached #1 on the Canadian RPM Singles Chart for four weeks, and was one of only a few Motown singles to reach the top spot in the UK Singles Chart, staying there for five weeks.[3] The song was also successful in Ireland, staying at #1 in the charts for three consecutive weeks. It was #1 in Australia for five weeks, and reached #2 in New Zealand.

The original Commodores’ version of the song was included as the final track on Lionel Richie’s greatest hits compilation album Back To Front, released in 1992.

In an appearance on The Early Show on June 12, 2009, Lionel Richie said he was inspired to write the song because of a comment his father made about his mother. His father said to his mother “I love you. I want you. I need you. Forever” hence the three times a lady.[4]

Miss You (The Rolling Stones song)

“Miss You” is a song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. It was released as a single by The Rolling Stones on Rolling Stones Records in May 1978, one month in advance of their album Some Girls, and peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. An extended version, called the “Special Disco Version”, was released as the band’s first dance remix on a 12-inch single.

“Miss You” was written by Mick Jagger jamming with keyboardist Billy Preston during rehearsals for the March 1977 El Mocambo club gigs, recordings from which appeared on side three of double live album Love You Live (1977). Keith Richards is credited as co-writer as was the case for all Rolling Stones originals written by either partner or in tandem.

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