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Subject: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/17/13 at 6:36 pm

Thought I'd open this one with a bunch of non Top 40 hits ...


Fotomaker - Where Have you Been All My Life
This band was a supergroup formed by Gene Cornish and Dino Danelli of The Young Rascals and also featured Wally Bryson of The Raspberries
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NaXDHId1KQ

Allan Clarke - (I Will Be Your) Shadow in the Street
The lead singer for The Hollies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cF1ln5YBsy8


My favourite song of the 70s ...

Teaze - Sweet Misery
This was the only chart single for Teaze, yet they released 5 albums, plus 1 live album and a greatest hits package
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3TObVQBPz4




Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/17/13 at 6:46 pm



My favourite song of the 70s ...

Teaze - Sweet Misery



That was such a good song.

And this is one of my favorites songs ever.  8)

Jackson Browne ~ Running on Empty

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq25ZJwZJzU

Always gives me chills when I hear it. So meaningful.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/18/13 at 6:22 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyBa862AxaE

This here is: Brick-Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/18/13 at 12:56 pm

2 outstanding slow songs which were on the charts in 1978. Really enjoyed dancing to both around this time.

LeBlanc & Carr ~ Falling

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJvo7umxc0w

Commodores ~ Three times a lady

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjfq0Fr85Yg

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/18/13 at 1:43 pm


Commodores ~ Three times a lady


Quite possibly the song that unfairly labelled the group as 'ballad specialists' (see also Chicago's 'If You Leave Me Now')

Three rather 'contrasting' efforts that hit the British charts that year...

An unique occurrence - Belgian punk rock! That's not his voice on the record, sadly...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVDfmn_TMkI


From the continent (where else?!) - this spent six gut-wrenching weeks at #2 (and what a huge pile of #2 it was!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWbMikrZ91U


Now, this is more like it! But as we preferred Belgian punk rockers and little blue creatures, it didn't stand much chance of being a big hit!
It lived up to it's title - just stumbled into our Top 40...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLPSLYbJT_0


Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/18/13 at 1:53 pm


Quite possibly the song that unfairly labelled the group as 'ballad specialists' (see also Chicago's 'If You Leave Me Now')

Three rather 'contrasting' efforts that hit the British charts that year...

An unique occurrence - Belgian punk rock! That's not his voice on the record, sadly...



This song by Plastic Bertrand was popular in Quebec, coz it was in French.




Now, this is more like it! But as we preferred Belgian punk rockers and little blue creatures, it didn't stand much chance of being a big hit!
It lived up to it's title - just stumbled into our Top 40...



Suzi was popular and had success on the charts in UK and Australia, but "Stumblin in" is the only song of hers that hit the top 40 in America. She is more known in America as "Leather Tuscadero" than her singing career.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/18/13 at 5:19 pm


Plastic Bertrand - Ca Plane Pour Moi


Always liked that one.  To this day, whenever I hear it, I think of the 1985 film National Lampoon's European Vacation.  That was his only hit single in North America, however he was quite popular in Quebec.  I seem to remember another hit he had in the late 70s about a telephone. 


LeBlanc & Carr ~ Falling


This song is fantastic.  I really love it

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/18/13 at 5:37 pm

Yes.  I am posting 2 songs ...bordering on the genre of disco

Bee Gees ~ More Than a Woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQPBk0RD8d0

And younger brother Andy...

Andy Gibb ~ An Everlasting Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNr6U1AGSjI

There are few disco songs I like. These two I like very much. Yes..I admit..I like these two songs. (But please don't tell anyone  :D)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/18/13 at 5:44 pm

Here is one that dates back 4 years earlier:  In 1974, Canadian singer/pianist Frank Mills released an instrumental titled Music Box Dancer, but it failed to become a hit.  In 1978, his record label sent out a single to easy listening radio stations that had Music Box Dancer as the B-Side.  One copy mistakenly was sent to a pop station, and the DJ liked the B-Side so much, he added it to his playlist as if it was an A Side and it became such a big hit in Canada, that his record label in the US decided to release it as a single and in 1979, it reached the US Top 40

Frank Mills - Music Box Dancer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV-si9EiUDI

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/18/13 at 7:13 pm


2 outstanding slow songs which were on the charts in 1978. Really enjoyed dancing to both around this time.

LeBlanc & Carr ~ Falling



Commodores ~ Three times a lady




one of my favorites by Lionel Richie.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/18/13 at 7:16 pm

Bee Gees ~ More Than a Woman

one of their best songs from The Saturday Night Fever album.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/18/13 at 7:22 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpqlpm39nqk

Eruption-I Can't Stand The Rain

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/19/13 at 4:30 am


Yes.  I am posting 2 songs ...bordering on the genre of disco


Gasp!  *faints*

Bee Gees ~ More Than a Woman

In Britain, the cover by The Tavares took the honours, although both tracks were on the SNF soundtrack album, which was a bit of a cop-out...

Andy Gibb ~ An Everlasting Love

Huge almost everywhere, but this was his only notable hit here...


In 1974, Canadian singer/pianist Frank Mills released an instrumental titled Music Box Dancer, but it failed to become a hit.  In 1978, his record label sent out a single to easy listening radio stations that had Music Box Dancer as the B-Side.


Unlike this fella, whose massive hit never troubled our chart, despite being on catalogue for years and (to my knowledge) re-released on three occasions! Very popular on our easy listening stations, it also served as the theme tune to, of all things, a golfing programme on TV!

Although she'd been signed to EMI for nearly two years by 1978, this young lady suddenly appeared out of nowhere...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1pMMIe4hb4

Incredibly (especially in this day and age), she continues to keep her private life very private. Rumours went around that she would be performing at the London Olympics opening ceremony, so it was a bit of a disappointment when she didn't...

She was born and bred not a mile from where I live, so that's my local interest covered!

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/19/13 at 7:44 am


Debby Boone- You Light Up My Life


This one was 1977. Such a huge hit. Even my parents tolerated this one.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/19/13 at 8:16 am


Such a huge hit. Even my parents tolerated this one.


In a rare moment of sanity, we completely ignored it!  :)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/19/13 at 8:46 am


In a rare moment of sanity, we completely ignored it!  :)


why Paul?

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/19/13 at 10:23 am


why Paul?


Why? It was one of those songs that simply made you want to hurl...violently!

(The same effect can be had from Morris Albert's 'Feelings' and Bobby Goldsboro's 'Honey'...bleh!  :P)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Henk on 11/19/13 at 1:56 pm



From the continent (where else?!) - this spent six gut-wrenching weeks at #2 (and what a huge pile of #2 it was!)



Let me narrow that down for you... Father Abraham is Dutch. ;)

The novelty song spent 7 weeks at #1 over here - but then again, we're not exactly known for our refined taste in music. ;D

Father Abraham (real name: Pierre Kartner) has scored a staggering 45 Top 40 hits in just under 30 years (1969 - 1998). He's not scored any hits since (for which we are eternally grateful).
Most of his songs were semi-serious carnival songs (a genre that I think is typically Dutch), although admittedly he did pen one or two quite tolerable ditties in his days. I believe I've mentioned The Red Rose Cafe once or twice before.

On the other hand, he was also responsible for our 2010 ESC entry... ::)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/19/13 at 3:18 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJJQpSzDgC0

Exile- Kiss You All Over

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/19/13 at 3:20 pm


Why? It was one of those songs that simply made you want to hurl...violently!

(The same effect can be had from Morris Albert's 'Feelings' and Bobby Goldsboro's 'Honey'...bleh!  :P)


I guess it was a dull song.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/19/13 at 3:22 pm

Two songs from a huge movie in 1978. "Grease" is probably my favorite musical ever. Huge film, very popular songs.  8)

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John ~ Summer Nights (Grease)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucU5c9ilIIc

Frankie Valli ~ Grease

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYJgOt0RQfQ

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/19/13 at 3:27 pm


Let me narrow that down for you... Father Abraham is Dutch. ;)


I knew that! Just thought your fair country would have preferred the anonymity!  ;)

Father Abraham (real name: Pierre Kartner) has scored a staggering 45 Top 40 hits in just under 30 years (1969 - 1998). He's not scored any hits since (for which we are eternally grateful).

Funny, but not so long ago, I was under the impression he had passed away...obviously not so!

Another first in the British charts that year...a big hit from a South African all-girl band (possibly the first AND last!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtVOhqarpVo

(Originally done by the Righteous Brothers, don'cha know?)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/19/13 at 4:05 pm


Two songs from a huge movie in 1978. "Grease" is probably my favorite musical ever. Huge film, very popular songs.  8)

John Travolta & Olivia Newton John ~ Summer Nights (Grease)


Frankie Valli ~ Grease




They play Grease And Summer Nights all the time on the oldies stations, I love it.  :)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/19/13 at 8:38 pm


Kate Bush - Wuthering Heights

She was born and bred not a mile from where I live, so that's my local interest covered!


That's cool.  She had good songs.  Shame she never matched her UK success in North America.  Though Wuthering Heights was not a hit here in North America*, the album The Kick Inside in which it appeared peaked at #95 in Canada, eventually selling Platinum (100,000 copies)

* Wuthering Heights did peak at #8 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Chart (US #108)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/19/13 at 8:41 pm


Father Abraham (real name: Pierre Kartner) has scored a staggering 45 Top 40 hits in just under 30 years (1969 - 1998). He's not scored any hits since (for which we are eternally grateful).


45 Top 40 hits.  Holy smokes :o
I used have Father Abraham in Smurfland on cassette.  I found it at a flea market back in the 90s.  When I put it into my player, the tape snapped.  I don't know if that was a good or bad thing lol

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/20/13 at 6:24 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiPuS8PR_xw

Chris Rea- Fool (If You Think It's Over)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/20/13 at 11:01 pm

In 1977, Steve Perry became the lead singer for Journey.  This was his debut in 1978 ...

Journey - Wheel in the Sky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxGEVIvSFeY



Here is a track by Daryl Hall and John Oates that you don't hear much of these days ...

Daryl Hall and John Oates - It's A Laugh
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqQixDj3-KE



Time for a minor hit (and also one hit wonder), because well as you know, I love the non Top 40s very much ...

Continental Miniatures - Stay Awhile
Cover of a Dusty Springfield song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTeKk8aGYXo

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/21/13 at 5:38 am


Here is a track by Daryl Hall and John Oates that you don't hear much of these days ...

Daryl Hall and John Oates - It's A Laugh


Wonder how many people thought this was Hall & Oates?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hn-enjcgV1o

A bit of power-pop that graced our chart that year - not their biggest hit, but their best one...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBhcxhTFhlg

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/21/13 at 7:13 am

Journey - Wheel in the Sky



I love this Journey song.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/21/13 at 7:15 am

Wonder how many people thought this was Hall & Oates?

Nah, different sound and beat.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/21/13 at 7:19 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86cYLqRjBRo

Jimmy Bo Horne- Dance Across The Floor

he also had hits such as  'Spank", "Is It In"?, "You Get Me Hot".

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/21/13 at 8:55 am


Player - Baby Come Back

Motors - Forget About You


That does bear a resemblance to H&O. 

Love that Motors song.  They were one hit wonders over here with Love and Loneliness a few years later.  Shame they never caught on over here.  One of the members of that band was Bram Tchaikovsky, who went on to have a hit of his own the next year (see 1979)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/21/13 at 9:07 am


he also had hits such as  'Spank", "Is It In"?, "You Get Me Hot".


Only you could enlighten us with that, Howard!  :o

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Henk on 11/21/13 at 1:13 pm


Wonder how many people thought this was Hall & Oates?


Player... nearly forgot about them! The song was originally released in 1977, but it didn't make the charts until February of 1978 over here.
Not sure if this is common knowledge or not, but one of the band members was Ronn Moss (a.k.a. Ridge Forrester on The Bold And The Beautiful).



A bit of power-pop that graced our chart that year - not their biggest hit, but their best one...



Their only chart appearance over here was Airport, as you might've guessed.
Come to think of it...that was 1978 as well!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU5buMgojTo

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Henk on 11/21/13 at 1:24 pm


Jimmy Bo Horne- Dance Across The Floor


As Jason has already pointed out before, the song was produced by Harry Wayne Casey (KC, of KC & The Sunshine Band). It's him singing on the record, not Jimmy.
Nevertheless, a catchy tune that fared well in our charts!


he also had hits such as  'Spank", "Is It In"?, "You Get Me Hot".


In 1982, Brooklyn Express released a track called "Sixty Nine" - basically a remix of Spank, but without the vocals.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Henk on 11/21/13 at 1:52 pm

Nick Lowe - I Love The Sound Of Breaking Glass

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80A26-uo-CA

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/21/13 at 2:02 pm


Only you could enlighten us with that, Howard!  :o


But it's true, those were his hits, if you want to do so, look him up.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/21/13 at 2:07 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ_3G4xqSDQ

Little River Band-Reminiscing

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Henk on 11/21/13 at 2:24 pm

And now for something completely different... this was recorded in 1976, a #2 hit in UK in 1977, but it didn't make our charts until 1978...



The Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band - The Floral Dance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysc5sXpFQlA

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Henk on 11/21/13 at 2:36 pm

Two gems from the disco vault... ::) Just to prove music really WAS better when we were younger! ;D

La Bionda - One For You, One For Me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQiYe_w78uA


Michael Zager Band - Let's All Chant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d38_maHOoIk

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/21/13 at 3:17 pm

Oh yeah!  Michael Zager Band.  I never get tired of that one.  Still enjoy it!

That Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band one is quite catchy. 

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/21/13 at 3:23 pm


Oh yeah!  Michael Zager Band.  I never get tired of that one.  Still enjoy it!

That Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band one is quite catchy.


I love the beginning of Let's All Chant.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/21/13 at 4:31 pm


Wonder how many people thought this was Hall & Oates?




Really good song. I preferred "Baby come back" by Player to any "Hall and Oates" song. 



Little River Band-Reminiscing


Good song, Howard.

Here's a Genesis song from 1978. From their album "And then there were 3". Peter Gabriel left in 1974 and Steve Hackett left the band before this album. The 3 who were left (Phil Collins, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford) made us Genesis when they were more commercially successful in the 1980s, even if their material did not compare to the great stuff they put out in the early 70s.

Genesis ~ Deep In The Motherlode

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqfYYrr-Zt4

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: loki 13 on 11/21/13 at 8:01 pm

1978, a year of last.

Last album from Black Sabbath with Ozzy...

Never Say Die:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICI0jX68YsE

Last album from Emerson Lake & Palmer. I like this album but it is obvious it was only released to fulfill
a contractual obligation...

Love Beach:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-cM1ab-i4h4

Yes, both these bands reunited but they were never the same.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/22/13 at 6:03 am


The Brighouse & Rastrick Brass Band - The Floral Dance


Quite amazing sometimes how much of our crud comes floating across the sea to you... ;)

Like them Smurfs, this spent another agonising six weeks at #2 (I've already done that joke!) held at bay by Wings 'Mull Of Kintyre' (which was probably even worse, thinking about it!)

This really only charted due to excessive airplay by Eurovision's favourite commentator, Sir Terence of Wogan - and even he got in on the act, releasing a 'vocal' version which also charted! (Sigh!)


La Bionda - One For You, One For Me


This charted here as well (#54), but most of the sales went to bloody Jonathan King, who promoted this while wearing a very silly multi-coloured afro wig!

Anyway...

Biggest-selling singles act in Britain that year? This lot - a full decade before Milli Vanilli!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sX39TeogB94

Interesting-ish story to this - the A side, 'Rivers Of Babylon' had already charted, hit #1 and was sliding down the chart, when suddenly someone flipped the record over and back up the chart it went! It's quite possible that some people bought the same record twice, not realising this!

To this day, it remains one of the biggest selling British records ever!

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/22/13 at 2:20 pm




Anyway...

Biggest-selling singles act in Britain that year? This lot -

Interesting-ish story to this - the A side, 'Rivers Of Babylon' had already charted, hit #1 and was sliding down the chart, when suddenly someone flipped the record over and back up the chart it went! It's quite possible that some people bought the same record twice, not realising this!

To this day, it remains one of the biggest selling British records ever!


My wife loves "Brown girl in the ring". She heard it in HK when she lived there. Boney M were more popular there (in Hong Kong)  than here (in Canada). It's a good song.

Here's another one I liked from 1978

Walter Egan - Magnet And Steel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ar5GaTC440M

with Stevie Nicks doing background vocals.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/22/13 at 3:20 pm


Quite amazing sometimes how much of our crud comes floating across the sea to you... ;)

Like them Smurfs, this spent another agonising six weeks at #2 (I've already done that joke!) held at bay by Wings 'Mull Of Kintyre' (which was probably even worse, thinking about it!)

This really only charted due to excessive airplay by Eurovision's favourite commentator, Sir Terence of Wogan - and even he got in on the act, releasing a 'vocal' version which also charted! (Sigh!)

This charted here as well (#54), but most of the sales went to bloody Jonathan King, who promoted this while wearing a very silly multi-coloured afro wig!

Anyway...

Biggest-selling singles act in Britain that year? This lot - a full decade before Milli Vanilli!



Interesting-ish story to this - the A side, 'Rivers Of Babylon' had already charted, hit #1 and was sliding down the chart, when suddenly someone flipped the record over and back up the chart it went! It's quite possible that some people bought the same record twice, not realising this!

To this day, it remains one of the biggest selling British records ever!


I love Boney M's music, It's like they create history songs whenever you listen to it.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/22/13 at 3:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXi8Hphq1nI

Voyage- From East To West

and this disco group was all French, they lasted up until 1982 then disbanded.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/22/13 at 8:47 pm


Boney M - Brown Girl in the Ring


Always loved that song.  Here in Canada, that was also the B Side to Rivers of Babylon, but whereas Rivers reached #6 here, Brown Girl .. reached #47.  I still sometimes hear it on the radio. 

Speaking of Boney M, with Christmas just around the corner, we mustn't forget this well loved classic ...

Boney M - Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxm1FlLSfe4



Here's a Four Tops cover that was popular in '78 ...

KC and the Sunshine Band - It's the Same Old Song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6HnYGVto-o

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 11/23/13 at 3:17 am

Years before Prince began putting numbers in his song titles, Hot Chocolate were doing it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-GkwIRbLw8

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/23/13 at 3:22 pm

Boney M - Mary's Boy Child / Oh My Lord

This is a good song but why did it peak so low in The U.S? ???

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/23/13 at 3:25 pm


Years before Prince began putting numbers in his song titles, Hot Chocolate were doing it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-GkwIRbLw8


This is my second favorite next to "You Sexy Thing".

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/23/13 at 3:31 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5NwBX5DyL0

Chuck Mangione- Feels So Good

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 11/23/13 at 6:12 pm


This is a good song but why did it peak so low in The U.S? ???


In the Catalogue of hits by Boney M, they had 4 chart hits in the US, and the only one to see the Top 40 was Rivers of Babylon.  In Canada, they had 7 chart hits, and the only one that did NOT see the Top 40 was Brown Girl in the Ring

I don't know what the US didn't see in those songs, but what ever it was, us Canadians sure enjoyed it

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: loki 13 on 11/23/13 at 7:07 pm

I often said that the 80's killed music. New bands in the 80's sucked and the great bands of the 70's
sucked just as much. 1978 proved to be the transition year, this is the year that great bands made
their transition into suckdom. Though not all the albums were bad in their own right but you can hear
the the difference in their music. Some examples would be:

Tormato...Yes:  The last of Yes as we knew them.
And Then There Were Three...Genesis: An okay album, Duke was okay as well but you can hear their transition to Pop.
Some Girls... The Rolling Stones: As great as they were this and all albums to follow were sub par.
A La Carte...Triumvirat: Like Love Beach, I like this one but it is not the Triumvirat I was used to. It was too poppy.
Hemispheres...Rush: Though they would have songs I would like, this was the last of the great albums.
Jazz...Queen: Ugh and an ugh for all that followed

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/23/13 at 7:19 pm


I often said that the 80's killed music. New bands in the 80's sucked and the great bands of the 70's
sucked just as much. 1978 proved to be the transition year, this is the year that great bands made
their transition into suckdom. Though not all the albums were bad in their own right but you can hear
the the difference in their music. Some examples would be:

Tormato...Yes:  The last of Yes as we knew them.
And Then There Were Three...Genesis: An okay album, Duke was okay as well but you can hear their transition to Pop.
Some Girls... The Rolling Stones: As great as they were this and all albums to follow were sub par.
A La Carte...Triumvirat: Like Love Beach, I like this one but it is not the Triumvirat I was used to. It was too poppy.
Hemispheres...Rush: Though they would have songs I would like, this was the last of the great albums.
Jazz...Queen: Ugh and an ugh for all that followed


I more or less agree with your analysis.  I agree with Yes, Genesis, and Queen. I disagree with the Stones, only in that I thought Tattoo You was good, but Emotional Rescue and all others were not.
For Rush, they changed their style. Their early 80s stuff was still good, but different from a prog rock masterpiece like 2112, Caress of steel and Hemispheres.

A year later saw the last great albums by the Eagles (Long Run) and Floyd (The Wall)
It was the end of an era, really. The great music we new...was now gone.  :-\\

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: loki 13 on 11/23/13 at 7:59 pm


I more or less agree with your analysis.  I agree with Yes, Genesis, and Queen. I disagree with the Stones, only in that I thought Tattoo You was good, but Emotional Rescue and all others were not.
For Rush, they changed their style. Their early 80s stuff was still good, but different from a prog rock masterpiece like 2112, Caress of steel and Hemispheres.

A year later saw the last great albums by the Eagles (Long Run) and Floyd (The Wall)
It was the end of an era, really. The great music we new...was now gone.  :-\\


For me it seemed like the Stones were trying to cash in on the disco craze, it just wasn't my cup o' tea. Like Rush,
there were a few songs I like just not the albums. As you well know, I am a Prog Rock, concept album fanatic. I
listen to albums and for me the Stones failed me after '78.

The Wall, for me, was the last of the great Floyd albums and even that album has it's down moments, I rarely listen to
side 1 or 2 but 3 and 4 are great.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/24/13 at 3:10 pm


In the Catalogue of hits by Boney M, they had 4 chart hits in the US, and the only one to see the Top 40 was Rivers of Babylon.  In Canada, they had 7 chart hits, and the only one that did NOT see the Top 40 was Brown Girl in the Ring

I don't know what the US didn't see in those songs, but what ever it was, us Canadians sure enjoyed it


I enjoyed some of Boney M's hits such as Rasputin, Daddy Cool & Sunny.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/24/13 at 3:19 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ukAg4BuUFg

Eumir Deodato- Whistle Bump

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 11/25/13 at 7:17 am


For me it seemed like the Stones were trying to cash in on the disco craze, it just wasn't my cup o' tea.


Me neither.


As you well know, I am a Prog Rock, concept album fanatic. I
listen to albums and for me the Stones failed me after '78.

The Wall, for me, was the last of the great Floyd albums and even that album has it's down moments, I rarely listen to
side 1 or 2 but 3 and 4 are great.

I understand your love for Prog Rock and concept albums, I'ts what I like too. I love prog rock.
For my Sides 1, 3 and 4 of The Wall were great, I could do without side 2.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 11/25/13 at 7:34 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H0BD2eWIww

Donna Summer- MacArthur Park

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 12/01/13 at 12:22 pm

Joe Walsh ~ Life's Been Good

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=063LYBBlR3c

This is the single version. I love the lyrics to this one.

"I go to parties sometimes until four
It's hard to leave when you can't find the door

It's tough to handle this fortune and fame
Everybody's so different, I haven't changed"

;D

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: loki 13 on 12/01/13 at 1:05 pm


Joe Walsh ~ Life's Been Good


I know this video belongs in 1977 but it is a little known fact. Joe Walsh collaborated with Carl Palmer
on Palmer's side of Works Vol. I on the song L.A. Nights. He plays lead guitar, slide guitar and scat vocals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_oZ6Vr4Bdo

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/01/13 at 3:45 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIw09oqsYo

Gerry Rafferty-Baker Street

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: gibbo on 12/20/13 at 4:32 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSIw09oqsYo

Gerry Rafferty-Baker Street


One of the best songs of that decade.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: gibbo on 12/20/13 at 4:34 am

A disco song that actually got me up to dance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=god7hAPv8f0

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 12/20/13 at 1:33 pm

The legendary Pre-Fab Four!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54KBPA20b9Q

A 'mockumentary' which, I need not remind anyone, is simply essential viewing!

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/20/13 at 3:49 pm


Two of the disco songs that actually got me up to dance.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs069dndIYk


always a fun song to listen to.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/20/13 at 3:51 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Bu-S1Tpkg8

Heatwave- Groove Line

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: gibbo on 12/20/13 at 10:23 pm

Another disco beat song from that year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gs069dndIYk

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 12/21/13 at 6:34 am


The legendary Pre-Fab Four!

A 'mockumentary' which, I need not remind anyone, is simply essential viewing!


I like the Rutles, like them a lot. I've memorized the words to most of their songs. Neil Innes wrote some great tunes.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/21/13 at 3:35 pm


Another disco beat song from that year.




This EWF song is great, always enjoy it. :)

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 12/21/13 at 3:38 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWZkxYamLUs

Rick James - You and I

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: AmericanGirl on 01/03/14 at 10:37 am

Funk, '78 style

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO-8mtEI5Js

(I spent a bit of dance floor time to this one  ::) )

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/03/14 at 3:31 pm


Funk, '78 style

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cO-8mtEI5Js

(I spent a bit of dance floor time to this one  ::) )


so funky.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/03/14 at 3:35 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0iS-bEWsQA

raydio - jack and jill

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/08/14 at 7:17 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gC24OoIwwg

One Chain (Don't Make No Prison) ~ Santana

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Tia on 01/09/14 at 3:55 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eEIOE0J3oIM

I've been preoccupied with this one lately. One of those you hear from a random source and remember you were once obsessed with it, and then forgot that you were obsessed.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/10/14 at 3:41 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI7NDDQLvbo

Steely Dan - Peg

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Tia on 01/12/14 at 7:42 am


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI7NDDQLvbo

Steely Dan - Peg
love this tune. can you imagine a song this sophisticated making the charts today?

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 01/12/14 at 1:58 pm

A nice Canadian song from 1978

April Wine ~ Rock N' Roll Is A Vicious Game

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCi8o70szM0

April Wine is one of my favorite Canadian bands.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/12/14 at 3:06 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrkr9Ipj1XA

Ready to take a chance again- Barry Manilow

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 01/14/14 at 6:35 pm

Sweet - Love Is Like Oxygen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ep0E1I-oJuk

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/15/14 at 6:37 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9sbA2gnWHI

Pablo Cruise - Love Will Find A Way

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: AmericanGirl on 01/15/14 at 10:40 pm

How 'bout some Billy Joel  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Z6Yi_tlhs

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/16/14 at 7:09 am


How 'bout some Billy Joel  :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8Z6Yi_tlhs


love this song.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/16/14 at 7:12 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FxZwZ31vNc

Chicago Alive Again

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: nally on 01/16/14 at 6:57 pm

How about some early new-wave stuff...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cYMejGMBv1o
Elvis Costello with "Pump It Up"

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/17/14 at 3:11 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Z2CYc-WmtE&feature=kp

Evelyn Champagne King - I Don't Know If It's Right

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 01/18/14 at 4:50 pm


How about some early new-wave stuff...


Elvis Costello with "Pump It Up"


I always liked the song & the video. One of first videos I can remember back in the late 1970s

The Police ~ Born in the 50's

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRS3cL0fdZ8

The Police's first album just blew me away.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: whistledog on 01/19/14 at 8:28 pm

^  That one was from 1975


Here's a rock classic that I still here on the radio sometimes ...

Trooper - Round Round We Go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qczA3hJL7EQ

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: warped on 01/20/14 at 5:58 am


^  That one was from 1975


Here's a rock classic that I still here on the radio sometimes ...

Trooper - Round Round We Go



This is a super song and one of their best. Trooper was a popular Canadian band in the late 1970s.  A song popular around the same time (fall of 1978)

Rita Coolidge ~ You

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQJVtXZkm_g

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 01/20/14 at 6:39 am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mkTg1Cyun4

samantha sang - emotion

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 05/11/14 at 1:15 am

My dad liked this song, but I don't think it was a romantic sympathy, I think it was for the line "love them 'til your arms break," and he had the emotional maturity of a 13-year-old.  But I liked it too.  One of the first sad pop songs I really liked a lot.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPOy7TPjfkE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mra-AaweE-c

Sometimes the live version does better than the studio --

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wyL1NtMVPo

Must have some Serge...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1MVyenU78w

Und der Kraftwerk

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXorsS2bsYg

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 05/11/14 at 7:02 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHU-x6HVGqg

Teddy Pendergrass- Only You

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 06/20/14 at 10:28 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkonCrapftA

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: robby76 on 06/21/14 at 4:43 am

A lot of the Bee Gees / Andy Gibb / Grease stuff has already been posted so I'm gonna go with this funky one by George Benson!

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Paul on 06/21/14 at 6:25 am


A lot of the Bee Gees / Andy Gibb / Grease stuff has already been posted so I'm gonna go with this funky one by George Benson!


Fine stuff just before he hit big-time paydirt...

Now, as we've just been knocked out with a huge whimper, let's go back to a World Cup that we 'did'nae qualify' for!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcE86JmIN3E

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 06/21/14 at 3:09 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTaydm8wGR0&feature=kp

Donna Summer-Heaven Knows

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/30/15 at 4:02 am

"The Gambler" is a song written by Don Schlitz and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in November 1978 as the title track from his album The Gambler which won him the Grammy award for best male country vocal performance in 1980.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: nally on 02/09/15 at 12:08 am

Nicolette Larson, "Lotta Love"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EERTY563_Zk

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/15 at 2:30 pm

"'The Bad Old Days" was the British entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978, performed in English by Co-Co. The song, written by Stephanie de Sykes and Stuart Slater. At the close of voting, it had received 61 points, placing 11th in a field of 20.  The single reached No.13 in the UK during a seven week chart run. The song entered the UK singles chart at no.39 for the week the contest was staged. In the following week, it rose rapidly to no.16. Its eventual peak of 13 occurred three weeks after their failure in the contest. It was to be the group's only hit.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/24/15 at 12:26 pm

"Thank You for Being a Friend" is a song written by Andrew Gold, who recorded it for his third album, All This and Heaven Too. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. It also spent two weeks at number 11 on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100, ranking it as the 98th biggest hit of 1978. In Canada, the song peaked at number seven.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 06/24/15 at 2:13 pm


"Thank You for Being a Friend" is a song written by Andrew Gold, who recorded it for his third album, All This and Heaven Too. The song reached number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1978. It also spent two weeks at number 11 on the U.S. Cash Box Top 100, ranking it as the 98th biggest hit of 1978. In Canada, the song peaked at number seven.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WazVExZGr08
Cynthia Fee's version

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/24/15 at 2:32 pm


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WazVExZGr08
Cynthia Fee's version
The song was famously later re-recorded by Cynthia Fee to serve as the theme song for the NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, and recorded again for the series' CBS spin-off The Golden Palace.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/26/15 at 10:58 am

"I Will Survive" is a hit song first performed by American singer Gloria Gaynor, released in October 1978. It was written by Freddie Perren and Dino Fekaris. A top-selling song after its initial release, it has remained a popular disco anthem, as well as being certified double platinum by the RIAA. The song's lyrics describe the narrator's discovery of personal strength following an initially devastating breakup, delivered with increasing confidence and backed by a stirring instrumental accompaniment. It is one of the most famous disco songs of all time and remains Gaynor's biggest hit. It received heavy airplay in 1979, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart on consecutive weeks. The song is also frequently recalled as a symbol of female strength and as a gay anthem.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: AL-B Mk. III on 07/08/15 at 2:32 am

Something a bit obscure I heard today on the XM, but holy crap do I love it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QFyGuuJJfKU

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: nally on 07/10/15 at 1:44 pm

Heart, "Straight On":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcEFPgNftPc

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/27/15 at 10:43 am

"Annie's Song" is a folk rock country song written by singer-songwriter John Denver. An instrumental version became flutist James Galway's only major British hit in 1978.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: robby76 on 07/27/15 at 11:15 am


"Annie's Song" is a folk rock country song written by singer-songwriter John Denver. An instrumental version became flutist James Galway's only major British hit in 1978.

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Benny Hill did a funny spoof of James Galway.

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 07/27/15 at 1:31 pm


Benny Hill did a funny spoof of James Galway.
Sadly, not on YouTube!

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: AmericanGirl on 07/27/15 at 9:02 pm

I always liked this one - Jay Ferguson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEKZJp-x-Dc

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 09/22/15 at 12:20 pm

"Talking in Your Sleep" is a song written by Roger Cook and Bobby Wood, and recorded by American country music artist Crystal Gayle. It was released in January 1978 as the first single from the album When I Dream. The song became a hit on both the country and pop charts in 1978. It peaked at number one on the US Country chart, number eighteen on the US Pop chart and number three at the US Adult Contemporary chart.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 01/31/16 at 6:11 am

In respect to Sir Terry Wogan who has died today.

"The Floral Dance" is a popular English song describing the annual Furry Dance in Helston, Cornwall. The music and lyric were written in 1911 by Kate Emily Barkley ("Katie") Moss (1881-1947) who was a professional violinist, pianist and concert singer. In 1978, Terry Wogan recorded a version which reached #21 in the UK Charts.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/16 at 3:27 pm

"Hopelessly Devoted to You", is a song written by John Farrar. It was originally performed by Olivia Newton-John in the film version of Grease (1978). The song received an Oscar nomination as Best Original Song, losing to "Last Dance" from Thank God It's Friday at the 51st Academy Awards.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/03/16 at 4:08 pm

"You're the One That I Want" is a song written by John Farrar for the 1978 film version of the musical Grease. It was performed by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. It is one of the best-selling singles of all time, having sold over 3 million copies among the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France alone, with estimates of more than 15 million copies sold overall.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Cherie70 on 02/08/16 at 7:49 pm

Paul McCartney & Wings
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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/10/16 at 9:24 am


Paul McCartney & Wings
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I cannot play this video, it is unavailable, done to copyright reasons. Which song is it?

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/13/16 at 1:01 pm

"Sultans of Swing" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits from their eponymous debut album, which band frontman Mark Knopfler wrote and composed. Although it was first released in 1978, it was its 1979 re-release that caused it to become a hit in both the UK and U.S.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Howard on 02/14/16 at 2:24 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-Yi762sQTo
Gerry Rafferty- Baker Street

Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 02/23/16 at 1:41 pm

"Anak" (Filipino for child or more accurately my son or my daughter) is a Tagalog song written by Filipino folk-singer Freddie Aguilar. It was a finalist for the inaugural 1977 Metropop Song Festival held in Manila. Release as a record in 1978, it became an international hit, and was translated into 26 languages. The lyrics speak of Filipino family values.

Tagalog version
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English version
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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/09/16 at 2:31 pm

"Teenage Kicks" is the debut single by Northern Irish punk rock/new wave band The Undertones. Written by the band's principal songwriter, John O'Neill, the song was recorded on 16 June 1978 and initially released that September upon independent Belfast record label Good Vibrations, before the band—at the time unobligated to any record label—signed to Sire Records on 2 October 1978.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 03/13/16 at 10:23 am

"Reunited" was a hit song for R&B vocal duo Peaches & Herb. As the second single release from their 1978 album, 2 Hot, the song was a huge crossover smash, topping both the pop and soul charts. It spent four weeks at number one on both the R&B singles chart and the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in 1979 and sold over 2 million copies. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1979.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: Philip Eno on 06/04/16 at 12:14 pm

"Grease (is the Word)" is a song written by Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli. "Grease" is the title song for the musical motion picture Grease (1978), which was based on the stage play of the same name. It was featured twice on the film's soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track.

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Subject: Re: 1978: The Year in Music

Written By: robby76 on 06/04/16 at 9:13 pm


"Grease (is the Word)" is a song written by Barry Gibb and performed by Frankie Valli. "Grease" is the title song for the musical motion picture Grease (1978), which was based on the stage play of the same name. It was featured twice on the film's soundtrack, as the first track and reprised as the final track.

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The animated intro to Grease always reminds me of my (very) early childhood. That was the scene I remembered the most for some reason.

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