Tag Archives: 1979

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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memories of the ’70s – Skatetown USA

Trying to capitalize on pop culture trends, William Levy and Lorin Dreyfuss created a film to lure the roller skating fans to the big screen with Skatetown USA. Written by Nick Castle, who was also an actor best known for … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Off the Wall by Michael Jackson

In summer 1979, Michael Jackson made his fifth studio album, and started the next part of his solo career with Epic Records and the release of Off The Wall. Jackson had left his previous label Motown, and had finished making … Continue reading

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