This week it’s Trinidadian British singer Billy Ocean who had a number of hits in the 70s and 80s. He is still producing music and touring today. Oh and of course I wasn’t inspired this week by a certain sitcom 😉 😉
Ocean had 12 top 40 hits including 6 top tens and a number one.
“Red Light Spells Danger” reached number 2 in 1977
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“Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)” reached number 6 in 1984. My favourite song of his.
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This week it’s British R&B pop band Imagination. This male trio, of Leee John, Errol Kennedy and Ashley Ingram, were successful in the early 80s having nine top 40 hits including three top 10 hits. They were also successful worldwide, and had four platinum, nine gold and a dozen silver discs.
Their music style was sultry, slow beat disco songs, often with piano solo breaks, and characterised by lead singer Leee John’s high falsetto voice. They dressed exotically too, favouring white and gold colours, but with clothing at an absolute minimum, they appeared in a variety of outlandish outfits such as Roman gladiator or slave wear! Whatever their strange garb, they certainly made some great pop songs!
“Just An Illusion” reached number 2 in 1982 and was their biggest hit. It is a perfect pop song and was sadly denied the top spot by the awful one hit wonder “Seven Tears” by the Goombay Dance Band.
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“In the Heat of the Night” reached number 22 in 1982. One of my favourite songs of theirs and deserved a higher chart placing. The public tended to favour their more up tempo numbers.
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This week it’s two hip hop R&B style tracks from the 00s, with serious attitude! They could almost be responses to each other!
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“What About Us?” (Boogiesoul remix) by Brandy from 2002
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“Here I Go Again” by Mario from 2005
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This week we have two lesser known tracks from two of the most famous pop stars ever.
“Secret” by Madonna from her underrated 1994 album “Bedtime Stories”. This was a more downbeat R&B style album, and sandwiched between its high profile predecessor “Erotica” and the massively successful and change of sound “Ray of Light”, it tends to be overlooked.
It is a forgotten gem and this was the first single from it.
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Next to the late Michael Jackson.
“Liberian Girl” was the ninth (yes, ninth!) and final single taken from his 1987 album “Bad” and released in 1989! As a result it is not maybe as well known as some its other album mates such as the title track “Bad” and others such as “Smooth Criminal”, “Dirty Diana” and “Man in the Mirror”. However, this is a beautiful song and Jackson’s voice has never sounded better in it. A personal favourite of mine of his.
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This week it’s two very cool jazz/RnB tracks from 1985
First up it’s “Hangin’ On A String (Contemplating)” by Loose Ends
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Next it’s “The Sweetest Taboo” by Sade
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