memories of the ’70s – Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond

Goawaylittlegirl.jpgThe beginning of the 1970s brought many teeny bop songs to the top of the charts, including this uber-sweet ballad Go Away Little Girl by Donny Osmond.

Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, this song, about a young man not wanting to see a young woman because she would tempt him to kiss her, had been at the top of the charts song twice before Osmond.

In 1963, Steve Lawrence performed the song, and hit number one on the Billboard charts, while in the UK, singer Mark Wynter got to number six on the UK charts. In 1966, The Happenings also covered the song, going to number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Osmond released his second studio album in 1971, To You with Love, Donny, with Go Away Little Girl as the first single.

The bubblegum, sickly sweet, ballad may not have been palatable to the majority of adult music fans, but in 1971, young girls swooned for the 14 year old Osmond and his songs that were heavily requested on mainstream radio.

Hitting the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1971, Osmond’s version of the song was also certified gold in October 1971.

Go Away Little Girl became the first song to hit the Billboard Hot 100 twice by two different artists, and there has only been nine songs to date to have achieved that status.

 

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memories of the ’80s – Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins

Phil Collins AnotherDayInParadise.jpgThe end of the 1980s brought another successful song to the charts for Phil Collins with Another Day in Paradise from his fourth studio album ...But Seriously.

Written and performed by Collins, the song was a more soulful ballad, and a departure from the up tempo pop that was characteristic of his previous album No Jacket Required.

The soft rock song was about homelessness and how its easy to ignore it, and how it can happen to anyone. Collins sang the single from a third person’s perspective

Released on October 23, 1989, the song was the first single release from …But Seriously and struck a chord with listeners.┬áDespite the success of the song, critics panned the song and there were many critics of the subject matter.

The song was the last number one single of the 1980s and the first number one single of the 1990s, as well as Collins’ seventh number one hit single, and a hit worldwide.

The song was nominated and won the Best British Single at the Brit Awards in 1990 and the Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1991. Collins performed the song live at the awards with David Crosby.

This was Collins last number one single to date.

 

 

 

 

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memories of the ’70s – Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders

Image result for brass in pocket singleThe end of the 1970s was the debut of a band that would create a lasting rock classic: Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders.

Written by Chrissie Hynde and James Honeyman-Scott, two of the four members of The Pretenders and was a song from a young woman’s point of view on having her first sexual encounter and being in control of the situation.

The song was the third single released from the band’s self-titled debut album on Sire/Warner Bros in November 1979. Initially Hynde didn’t want the song released as a single, but relented after the label decided it would make a strong release.

Previous singles Stop Your Sobbing (written by The Kinks Ray Davies) and Kid had made the top 40, but it was Brass in Pocket that nabbed the band its first number one single and the first number one song of 1980 on the UK Singles charts.

The song did well in Canada, Europe and Australia but didn’t hit number on the US Billboard charts. The album debuted at number one in the UK and stayed there for four weeks as well as was eventually certified platinum.

The popular song was ranked as 89 on the VH1 100 Greatest songs of the 1980s.

 

 

 

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