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memories of the ’70s – Catch a Fire by The Wailers

The early 1970s solidified the sounds of Jamaica with the reggae album Catch a Fire by The Wailers. The first album issued by Chris Blackwell’s Island Records, this was The Wailers fifth studio album, with songs written by Peter Tosh … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – The Game by Queen

In the year 1980, a Brit band made its eighth studio album and hit the top of the album charts: The Game by Queen. Recorded in summer 1979 and in the first months of 1980 in Munich, Germany, the album … 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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DJ Black Coffee

A billboard spotted in Soweto, South Africa celebrating a local DJ:

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memories of the ’70s – Fame by David Bowie

Flasback to the 1975, and the number one song on Billboard’s Hot 100 this week – Fame by David Bowie. Recorded at New York City’s Electric Lady Studios, the song was co-written with John Lennon and Bowie’s regular collaborator Carlos … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Shining Star by Earth, Wind & Fire

For funk band Earth, Wind & Fire, 1975 brought them their first number one single, the memorable Shining Star. Written by band members Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey, the song was written for the CBS album That’s the Way … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – You Light Up My Life

Music can evoke a powerful memory – a reminder of being with friends, a special dance or for me, a new purchase in the house. When Debby Boone’s You Light Up My Life became a radio staple, I was the … Continue reading

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