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Oh Boy (The Mood I’m In)

“Oh Boy (The Mood I’m In)” is a popular song written by Tony Romeo. It has been recorded by Diana Trask and Brotherhood of Man, among others.

The song was originally recorded by Australian artist Diana Trask in 1975. Trask had achieved much success on the Country scene in the US throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but it was this song which became her biggest hit and signature song.[1] The song reached number 10 in Australia in 1975.

In 1977, the song was recorded by UK pop group Brotherhood of Man. The group had won the Eurovision Song Contest the year before and were looking for their next big hit when their producer Tony Hiller came upon this song. Given a new pop slant, the song became a hit in Europe, including the UK where it peaked at #8 during a 12-week run.[2] It featured on their upcoming album Oh Boy!.

Lesser known versions include a Dutch translated “Ik mis hem zo” by Ann Christy and “Ik mis haar zo” by male duo Mama’s Jasje, also Dutch.

The song is about a woman whose partner/husband is no longer with her and she sadly walks the streets in an attempt to find him. Tony Romeo who wrote the song is best known for his 1970 hit “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family, which became a US No.1.[3]

Angelo (song)

“Angelo” is a song by British pop group Brotherhood of Man. Released as a single in June 1977, it became the group’s second UK number one hit.

Written by Tony Hiller, Lee Sheriden and Martin Lee and produced by Hiller, it was the band’s second UK number one single (after their Eurovision winner, Save Your Kisses for Me the previous year), spending a single week at the top in August 1977. The song remained on the UK Chart for 12 weeks – 10 of them in the Top Ten – and was the 9th biggest selling single of the year.[1] It was awarded a gold disc in August 1977 by the BPI.[2] The song also was a number one hit in Ireland, Japan and South Africa (for two weeks).[3][4][5][6] It featured on the group’s album Images, which was released later in the year.

Despite being one of the biggest selling singles of the decade, the song has often been criticised in its similarity to “Fernando” – an earlier single released by pop group ABBA, who were seen as Brotherhood of Man’s main competition in the UK. Member and co-writer Sheriden denies any attempts to ‘copy’, stating that they “were simply writing in the style of the day”. Other male member and co-writer, Lee also denies the allegation, but admits that “they were pretty close”.[7]

The song tells of a shepherd in Mexico who falls in love with a rich girl, but he is met with resistance from her family. Both aware that her family would never allow the union, they run away together and commit suicide.[8] According to co-writer Hiller, the lyrics were based on “Romeo and Juliet – the great love story. The idea was to create a modern day Romeo and Juliet romance”.[9] The song is a moderate 117 beats per minute, and played in C Minor with the vocal range: G3-C5.[10]

The song is sung by the two female members of the group, Sandra Stevens and Nicky Stevens, although Sandra sings the opening lines alone. “Angelo” was performed by the group at the Silver Jubilee Royal Variety Gala in November 1977 in front of Queen Elizabeth II.[11]

UK comedy group The Barron Knights parodied this song on their “Live in Trouble” single, a top ten hit in 1977.[12][1]

All by Myself

“All by Myself” is a power ballad by American artist Eric Carmen released in 1975. The verse is based on the second movement (Adagio sostenuto) of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. The chorus is borrowed from the song “Let’s Pretend”, which Carmen wrote and recorded with the Raspberries in 1972.[3]

The song was the first released on Carmen’s first solo LP after leaving the power pop group the Raspberries and was released as the first single in December 1975, to great acclaim. It reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 1 on Cash Box Top 100 Singles and number 3 in Canada. The single sold more than one million copies in the United States and was certified gold by the RIAA in April 1976.[4] “All By Myself” was Carmen’s first of eight U.S. Top 40 hits. In the UK, however, this was his only Top 40 success, peaking at number 12. In a 2006 poll for UK’s Five programme Britain’s Favourite Break-up Songs, Eric Carmen’s version of this song was voted seventeenth.

Carmen thought that Rachmaninoff’s music was in the public domain and no copyright existed on it. Subsequent to the release of the album, he was contacted by the Rachmaninoff estate and informed otherwise.[5] An agreement was reached in which the estate would receive 12 percent of the royalties from “All by Myself” as well as from “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again”, which was based on the third movement from Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.[6][7]

Carmen has stated that he also incorporated part of another melody into this song. The melody was taken from his previous hit with the Raspberries, “Let’s Pretend.”[8]

Carmen’s original version has spawned numerous cover versions by such artists as Rico J. Puno in 1976, Celine Dion in 1996, Frank Sinatra, Igudesman & Joo, Il Divo, and Only Men Aloud!.

On his second solo LP, Boats Against the Current, Carmen had a subsequent Top 40 hit entitled “She Did It” which was the antithesis of “All by Myself.” It is a happy answer to the loneliness and lovelessness described in this song and its equally melancholy follow-up, “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again.”

The Carmen version is used in the video introduction for Conan O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour”, when an obese and bearded version of the talk show host struggles to cope with losing his job as host of Tonight Show. The Carmen version is also featured in the second season’s episode 17 of the popular 1990s sitcom Friends (set on Joey & Chandler’s friendship), and a season 4 episode of the hit sitcom That ’70s Show. It was also featured in the film Under Wraps. The version is used also in the film I nuovi mostri directed by Dino Risi, with Ornella Muti and Yorgo Voyagis. In the Disney film Zootopia, a snippet is heard of it as the main character, Judy Hopps browses through one depressing song after another on her clock radio.

The song is very most popular in the Philippines as their signature single were released.

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