Along the way…

As seen in Edinburgh…

along the way

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memories of the ’80s – Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes

Kim Carnes BDE.jpgA song written in the 1970s became a hit of the 1980s: Bette Davis Eyes by Kim Carnes.

Written and composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon, the song was originally performed by DeShannon for her album New Arrangement in 1974.

Carnes chose the song for her album Mistaken Identity, her sixth studio album, and her most successful. The single was released in March by EMI America, and climbed the Billboard charts, hitting number one in May 1981.

The single spent 26 weeks on the chart, and had nine weeks as the number song on the Billboard Hot 100.

At the end of the year, Billboard chose the song as the overall number one song of 1981, the song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and was certified platinum.

Carnes went on a stadium tour for Mistaken Identity on the strength of the hit single and consequent singles and won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Record of the Year for Bette Davis Eyes.



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The power of eyes…

As seen in Dundee, Scotland:


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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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Scottish request

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The artist

As seen in Valparaiso:


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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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