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memories of the ’80s – Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley

The number one song of summer 1987 still gets regular airplay (in a different form) thanks to an internet meme of the 21st century: Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley. The first single released from Astley’s debut recording … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – (They Long to Be) Close To You by The Carpenters

Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, this song became a hit thanks to The Carpenters: (They Long to Be) Close To You. First recorded and released by actor/singer Richard Chamberlain in 1963, Bacharach fave Dionne Warwick also recorded the song … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – Alone by Heart

In the late 1980s, Seattle-based band Heart released a power ballad that captured the top of the charts: Alone. Written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kay, the song was initially released on their 1983 album, Taking a Cool Look. In … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Gonna Fly Now (Rocky theme song)

For the summer of 1977, radio listeners were all about the theme song from the film Rocky: Gonna Fly Now. Composed by Bill Conti, with lyrics by Carol Connors and Ayn Robbins, the song was chosen as the theme song … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – She Drives Me Crazy by Fine Young Cannibals

Brit pop band Fine Young Cannibals kicked off 1989 with a hot single that would become one of their signature songs: She Drives Me Crazy. The band had released their second album in October 1988, The Raw & the Cooked, … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – With or Without You by U2

The sounds of the late 1980s was dominated by U2’s fifth studio album, The Joshua Tree, and by its lead single: With or Without You. Released on March 16, 1987, the troubled love song was developed by the band from … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac

For the late 1970s, this band’s album Rumours became one of the most-played, and was kicked off with the single Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. Getting together in 1976 to work on their album, the band convened in … Continue reading

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