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memories of the ’80s – Straight Up by Paula Abdul

Her debut album and her third single combined to push Paula Abdul into the spotlight with the song Straight Up. At the time Abdul was known as a choreographer and dancer for Janet Jackson, Duran Duran, George Michael and ZZ … Continue reading

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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 ’80s – Don’t Mean Nothing by Richard Marx

The debut of an LA-based singer/songwriter came with the hefty support of The Eagles: Don’t Mean Nothing by Richard Marx. Marx began his career in the early 1980s as a background singer and writing songs for other artists on Manhattan … 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 ’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 `80s – Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston

In the mid 1980s, a young singer kicked off her career with a debut album and a hot single: Saving All My Love for You by Whitney Houston. Signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records in 1983, Houston started working on her … Continue reading

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