Tribute

A nod to Klimt in Dublin:

Klimt tribute

 

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Alley inspiration

Out of a Dublin alley:

alley art

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Rest in peace…

As seen in Dublin…

rest in peace

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Letters

As seen in Dublin:

M letters

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memories of the ’80s – Please Don’t Go by KC and The Sunshine Band

Image result for please don't go kc and the sunshine bandThe beginning of the 1980s was kicked off on the charts by a ballad – Please Don’t Go by KC and The Sunshine Band.

The song was from the sixth studio album from the band, Do You Wanna Go Party, which was released in June 1979 by TK, described as a combination of funk and disco songs.

Written and produced by by lead singer Harry Wayne Casey aka KC and band member Richard Finch, the song is a plea to a girlfriend to not leave.

Released in July 1979, the song was the second single from the album and had a slow rise on the Billboard Hot 100, making the top spot in the first week of January 1980.

The first number one single of the 1980s, Please Don’t Go held the spot for one week – and the rumour was that when it left the top spot, Harry Wayne Casey decided to pursue a solo career, after many disagreements with his songwriting partner Finch.

The song did reasonably well on European music charts, but was always a favourite of American radio.

 

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Stare

As seen in Dublin:

angry eyes

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memories of the ’70s – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head by B.J. Thomas

Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head.jpgTo kick off the 1970s, the first number one song of the year (and decade) was a song from a film: Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head by B.J. Thomas.

Written and produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, the song was recorded specifically for the soundtrack of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a film starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman.

First offered to Ray Stevens and then to Bob Dylan, who both said no, the song was recorded by B.J. Thomas, who on the seventh take, got it the way Bacharach and David wanted it for the film.

Released in October 1969, two months before the film’s release in December, the song was a slow climber on the Billboard charts, with mainstream radio reluctant to play the song. But it got a big push when the film finally debuted in the movie theatres, which sparked sales of the album.

Hitting number one in early January 1970, the song was nominated for Best Original Song and Best Original Score at the Academy Awards and won both.

Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head spent four weeks at the top spot of the Billboard charts and by March 1970, had sold two million copies of the album.

The song’s success led it to be chosen for the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

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