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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 ’80s – Need You Tonight by INXS

For an Australian band, their sixth studio album had the song that became their hit around the world: Need You Tonight by INXS. After four albums, INXS had recorded and promoted Listen Like Thieves, gaining more fans beyond Australia and … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Baby Come Back by Player

The late 1970s saw the creation of a band who garnered a number one hit with the soft rock ballad Baby Come Back. Player was formed in Los Angeles out of the ashes of two other bands – Skyband and … Continue reading

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memories of the ’80s – You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC

For hard rock lovers, AC/DC was hitting its peak, but despite a tragedy, emerged into the 1980s with a new lead singer and a hot track: You Shook Me All Night Long. Finding success with their previous album Highway to … 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 ’80s – US Festival

In the early 1980s, a music festival launched in 1982 to celebrate community and technology: the US Festival. Created by Apple II founder Steve Wozniak and promoter Bill Graham, the US Festival held its inaugural edition on Labour Day weekend … Continue reading

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memories of the ’70s – Summer Jam at Watkins Glen

In the early 1970s, fans of three major bands descended on New York State to experience the Summer Jam at Watkins Glen. Produced by Shelly Finkel and Jim Koplik, the Summer Jam featured three major bands of the era: The … Continue reading

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