How to find the party?

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memories of the ’80s – Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston (album).jpgIn the mid 1980s, the self-titled debut of a powerful female voice was released: Whitney Houston.

Produced by several powerhouses including Jermaine Jackson, Michael Massir, Kashif and Narada Michael Walden, Houston had been signed to a record deal by Arista Records President Clive Davis when she was 19.

The first single released from the album was You Give Good Love at the same time as the album on February 14, 1985. The soulful ballad climbed the Billboard Hot Black Singles charts to number one, and then crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 where it hit number three.

Saving All My Love For You was the second single, and gained Houston more notice with this jazz-influenced single and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The song went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986.

The album would ultimately produce four hit songs, including How Will I Know and The Greatest Love of All, and become the first debut album by a female solo artist to have three number one singles.

With Greatest Love of All, this would be the first time since 1981 that an artist had a number one single and album on the Billboard charts at the same time.

Houston would perform Saving All My Love for You at the Grammys, and would be presented with her award by her cousin Dionne Warwick and Julian Lennon, overshadowing the controversy of not being nominated for Best New Artist in 1986.

Listen to Whitney perform Saving All My Love for You here.

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Not not art

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memories of the ’70s – Have You Never Been Mellow by Olivia Newton-John

Neverbeenmellow.jpgIn the mid 1970s a songstress topped the charts with her album Have You Never Been Mellow: by Australian singer Olivia Newton John.

Her sixth studio album, Newton-John recorded the album at Abbey Road Studios in London, with producer John Farrar.

Farrar wrote the title track, and it was released as a single January 21, 1975, a month before the album’s release by MCA Records.

Considered a country artist, Newton-John’s single hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the top of the Billboard Adult Contemporary list. This song was Newton-John’s second consecutive top of the charts hit, following her 1974 hit I Honestly Love You.

Have You Never Been Mellow peaked at number three on the Billboard Country list and outside the US was not released as a single, and was strictly a hit in America. HAVE YOU NEVER BEEN MELLOW.jpg

Certified gold in the USA, Newton-John received a Grammy nomination for Have You Never Been Mellow for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance – but didn’t win.

The song was the fourth single by Newton-John to be certified gold and her continued success led to the launch of her film career three years later with the film Grease.

Check Olivia Newton-John’s performance of the song here.

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At the corner…

in downtown Toronto:


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Good boy

As seen in Tel Aviv:

dog love


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memories of the ’80s – She’s Having A Baby

She'sbabyposter.jpgThe late 1980s brought this romantic comedy to the big screen: She’s Having A Baby.

Written and directed by John Hughes, the story focuses on the beginning of the marriage between Jake and Kristy, played by Kevin Bacon and Elizabeth McGovern.

The story begins with the duo getting married, moving to New Mexico for Jake to finish his master’s degree.

But he decides to quit and the twosome return to Chicago where Jake get a job in advertising.

Alec Baldwin plays Jake’s best friend, who reassures Jake about his life and marriage, although telling him he won’t know but he will be happy.

Jake is focused on himself, unsure about being a husband, and fantasizes about having an affair. He also then faces the reality that his wife has stopped taking birth control several months ago but hasn’t become pregnant, but its because of him.

As Jake begins to realize he’s been selfish and immature, he and Kristy face a difficult pregnancy and the stress of becoming parents.

Paramount Pictures released She’s Having A Baby on February 5, 1988, a rom-com with a twist from the well-established Hughes.

The critics didn’t love the film and it underperformed in the US upon release, despite strong performances by Bacon and McGovern.

The film did have a memorable soundtrack, including songs by XTC, Kate Bush, Kristy MacColl, Gene Loves Jezebel,  Love and Rockets and Everything but the Girl, with instrumental music by Stewart Copeland.

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