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

The 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 … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – My Sharona by The Knack

At the end of the 1970s, a debut song became a pop anthem that is still beloved: My Sharona by The Knack. Written by band members Berton Averre and Doug Fieger, the song was written about Fieger’s girlfriend Sharona. Averre … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Ring My Bell by Anita Ward

A song that was intended as a song for an 11 year old became a disco hit of 1979: Ring My Bell by Anita Ward. Written by singer Frederick Knight, the song was intended for a teenybopper singer Stacy Lattisaw, … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – King Rocker by Generation X

For the punk crowd, this British band made a quick splash in the late 1970s with this single: King Rocker by Generation X. William Broad, John Towe and Tony James met forming the band Chelsea with John O’Hara, but soon … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Dance the Night Away by Van Halen

In the late 1970s, an Los Angeles rock band hit the charts with its first top 20 single: Dance the Night Away by Van Halen. Written during the recording sessions for Van Halen II, the song was inspired by Fleetwood … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Babe by Styx

At the end of the 1970s, a ballad was the song that captured the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts: Babe by Styx. Written by Dennis DeYoung, the song was a birthday gift to his wife Suzanne. He recorded … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – I Wanna Be Your Lover by Prince

The end of the 1970s was the beginning of a music career for Prince Nelson Rogers, with his first hit single I Wanna Be Your Lover. Working on the follow-up to his debut album, Prince released his second album For … Continue reading

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