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Saturday, May 19, 2012

RIP - DONNA SUMMER

What a year it has been so far for losing musical icons! As you probably already heard, we lost The Queen Of Disco a couple of days ago after a long battle with cancer.

Donna's heyday was of course during the 70's, but she showed her prowess by hitting during the robotic dance/new wave era that bands such as Midnight Star had helped pave, the '83 neo-disco movement, and the late 80's Stock Aitken Waterman dance pop era that had made Kylie Minogue and Rick Astley stars. She had even managed to land a top 20 album as late as 2008.

The Retro Attic - Rare 50s To 80s Oldies will be paying tribute to her during this coming week by playing a couple of triple plays at random times. So keep your ears here "on the radio" for some of her selections that you don't hear every day(keeping in line with what you would expect from us)!

Many thanks go out to Donna for all of the great musical memories she provided us. Heaven knows it's very lucky to have her now!


Friday, May 11, 2012

HAMILTON, JOE FRANK & REYNOLDS - Winners And Losers - 1975 - #21

Remember these guys? This soft rock outfit featured former members of the 60's instrumental act The T-Bones("No Matter What Shape" and "Sippin' 'N Chippin'") and the late 60's group Shango(the quasi calypso/reggae hit "Day After Day It's Slippin' Away," which is currently in our rotation).

The average 70's music fan knows that Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds had two top 40 smashes during the first half of the decade: "Don't Pull Your Love(which apparently The Grass Roots turned down, then ended up recording a similar-sounding hit in "Two Divided By Love")" and the #1 swooner "Fallin' In Love." Any oldies station worth their weight in gold is still playing these on a fairly regular basis.

But how many of you remember this song, which also hit top 40? This was one of those numbers where I heard it several times as a kid, but I lost track of it as the years went by. I always had a certain line from it stuck in my head("You know it's that....wayyyyyyy"), and it wasn't until the last 10 years that I stumbled across the song once again(I purchased the 2nd pressing of The Playboy Years disc with the improved sound quality). I felt stupid; I should have recognized that deep voice!

At this point they should have been called Hamilton, Joe Frank & Dennison(Tommy Reynolds had left 3 years earlier and was replaced by Alan Dennison), but the record company was worried that too much time had passed; therefore, they insisted that the established hit-making name should stick around for a while longer. By the time the group name changed, disco music had an even stronger grip on the American public, so subsequent singles were only minor charters.

Live footage on them is hard to find, so I was delighted to find this(live vocals - good enough!). Enjoy this clip and keep your ears open for this song and their '71 mid-charter "Annabella" in our rotation! And speaking of The T-Bones, they will be spinning soon!