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Subject: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: whistledog on 11/13/06 at 2:14 am

Inspired by a post Abix made about a Time Life collection, how's about a thread devoted to all those great Soft Rock hits of the 70s and early 80s.  What are some of your favourites?

Probably my all-time favourite (and hardest ever to find) is the group Nielsen/Pearson (Reed Nielsen and Mark Pearson).  They had two hits in 1980-81:  "If You Should Sail" (US #38) and a cover of "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" (US #56).  I found a YouTube Video of them singing "If You Should Sail" on Solid Gold.  Totally awesome!

I will post more later.  I should compile some clips of good ones that have been long forgotten.  There's alot of great ones out there that should not be forgotten 8)


Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Abix on 11/13/06 at 1:27 pm

My goodness, there's so many out there..

1. Paul Davis- Sweet Life
2. Paul Davis- I Go Crazy
3. Michael Johnson - Bluer than Blue
4. The Commodores- Sail On
5. The Commodores- Oh No
6. Gino Vanelli- I Just Wanna Stop
7. Ambrosia - How Much I Feel
8. Player- Baby Come Back
9. Doobie Brothers- What A Fool Believes
10. Poco- Heart Of The Night
11. Poco - Crazy Love
12. Benny Mardones- Into The Night
13. Robbie Dupree- Hot Rod Hearts

I'll stop there for now.. but those were just a few that I jotted down from that commercial that I just LOVED.

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Tia on 11/13/06 at 1:33 pm

i heard "open arms" by journey recently... heck, i think it was at the local baja fresh where they're always playing groovy stuff.

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: CeramicsFanatic on 11/13/06 at 1:51 pm


My goodness, there's so many out there..

1. Paul Davis- Sweet Life
2. Paul Davis- I Go Crazy
3. Michael Johnson - Bluer than Blue
4. The Commodores- Sail On
5. The Commodores- Oh No
6. Gino Vanelli- I Just Wanna Stop
7. Ambrosia - How Much I Feel
8. Player- Baby Come Back
9. Doobie Brothers- What A Fool Believes
10. Poco- Heart Of The Night
11. Poco - Crazy Love
12. Benny Mardones- Into The Night
13. Robbie Dupree- Hot Rod Hearts

I'll stop there for now.. but those were just a few that I jotted down from that commercial that I just LOVED.


Oh wow!  You just named a bunch of songs that I love!  8)

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: spaceace on 11/13/06 at 1:58 pm


My goodness, there's so many out there..

1. Paul Davis- Sweet Life
2. Paul Davis- I Go Crazy
3. Michael Johnson - Bluer than Blue
4. The Commodores- Sail On
5. The Commodores- Oh No
6. Gino Vanelli- I Just Wanna Stop
7. Ambrosia - How Much I Feel
8. Player- Baby Come Back
9. Doobie Brothers- What A Fool Believes
10. Poco- Heart Of The Night
11. Poco - Crazy Love
12. Benny Mardones- Into The Night
13. Robbie Dupree- Hot Rod Hearts

I'll stop there for now.. but those were just a few that I jotted down from that commercial that I just LOVED.

Wonderful list!  I have a Paul Davis CD. 

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Sister Morphine on 11/13/06 at 2:53 pm

Ambrosia - How Much I Feel
Gino Vanelli - I Just Wanna Stop
The Commodores - Easy
Benny Mardones - Into The Night
Air Supply - The Air That I Breathe
Doobie Brothers - What A Fool Believes
Seals and Croft - Summer Breeze
Hall & Oates - Sara Smile
Michael Martin Murphey - Wildfire
Bread - Make It With You
Stephen Bishop - It Might Be You
Ace - How Long
Elvin Bishop - Fooled Around And Fell In Love

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Marty McFly on 11/13/06 at 8:25 pm

Yeah, there was alot of good soft rock from the period when The Seventies was turning into The Eighties - like 1978 to early 1983. Most of it was country-influenced, singer-songwriter or AOR ballads.

"Against the Wind" by Bob Seger
* "Into the Night" by Benny Mardones
"Never Be the Same" by Christopher Cross
"Endless Love" by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross
"Only the Lonely" by The Motels
"Open Arms" by Journey
"Lonesome Loser" by Little River Band
"Cool Night" by Paul Davis
"Kiss On My List" by Hall and Oates
"We Don't Talk Anymore" by Cliff Richard
"The One You Love" by Glenn Frey
"Don't Talk to Strangers" by Rick Springfield
"Waiting for a Girl Like You" by Foreigner
"Look What You've Done to Me" by Boz Scaggs

* I was surprised "Into the Night" came out in 1980. I think it's on more common ground with the polished soft rock of the late '80s like Steve Winwood.


Those songs are pretty much all cheese, but I like 'em. ;D

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: KKay on 11/13/06 at 9:04 pm

Keep on loving you by Reo speedwagon.
That album, High Infidelity was #1 for about 24 weeks...maybe more I think

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: whistledog on 11/13/06 at 10:16 pm

All excellent picks everyone :)

Here's a detailed list of a whole bunch (not already mentioned) that I listen to quite frequently.  Some of these went un-noticed in Canada, and vice versa for America, but each and every one of these songs are just excellent

"Steal Away" - Robbie Dupree
"Janine" - Trooper
"Fine State of Affairs" - Burton Cummings
"Young and Restless" - Prism
"How Do I Survive" - Amy Holland
"Leaving LA" - Deliverance
"Winning" - Santana
"Breaking Away" - Balance
"Does A Fool Ever Learn" - Eddie Schwartz
"Love You Like I Never Loved Before" - John O'Banion
"Steal the Night" - Stevie Woods
"Don't Give it Up" - Robbie Patton
"Hold On" - Ian Thomas
"You Could Take My Heart Away" - Silver Condor
"More Than Just the Two of Us" - Sneaker
"I Want You, I Need You - Chris Christian
"The Love of A Woman" - Klaatu
"Night Fades Away" - Nils Lofgren
"Falling in Love Again" - Michael Stanley Band
"Talking Out of Turn" - The Moody Blues
"Hold On" - Santana
"Letting Go" - Straight Lines
"You Don't Want Me Anymore" - Steel Breeze
"Goin' Down" - Greg Guidry
"All Our Tomorrows" - Eddie Schwartz
"Boys of Autumn" - David Roberts
"I Believe" - Chilliwack
"Just Can't Win 'Em All" - Stevie Woods
"Don't Turn Me Away" - 10cc
"Over the Line" - Eddie Schwartz
"Put it in A Magazine" - Sonny Charles
"Turn on Your Radar" - Prism
"Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" - Chris Christian and Amy Holland
"Baby I Lied" - Deborah Allen
"Smiling Islands" - Robbie Patton and Stevie Nicks
"When I'm With You" - Sheriff

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: woops on 11/13/06 at 10:42 pm

I like some Hall & Oates like "Private Eyes", "Maneater", "Rich Girl", "Out Of Touch", and "Method of Modern Love"


REO Speedwagon "Keep On Loving You" is also good

Styx "Too Much Time On My Hand" and "Lady"  8)


Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/14/06 at 12:01 am

Lonely Boy by Andrew Gold
Hello, It's me by Todd Rundgren
So into you by Atlanta Rhytm Section
I'm Not In Love - 10cc 
Leader of the band by Dan Fogelberg
99 - Toto 
I won't hold you back - Toto
Everytime I Think Of You - The Babys
We're All Alone -  Rita Coolidge
Suddenly by Olivia Newton John and  cliff richard
Magic by Pilot
Please come to Boston by Dave Loggins
Amie by Pure Prairie League
Her Town Too by James Taylor and J.D Souther
Imaginary Lover  - Atlanta Rhythm Section
Reminiscing - Little River Band
Strange Way by Firefall
Look What Your've Done To me - Boz Scaggs
Brandy (You're a fine girl) - Looking Glass
Shannon - Henry Gross
Sad Eyes - Robert John
Sealed with a kiss - Seals and Croft
Really Love to see you tonight - England Dan and John Ford Coley
Climax - Precious and Few
A Little bit more - Dr. Hook
Sky High -- Jigsaw

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: zcrito on 11/15/06 at 7:27 pm

Maybe that's what the world needs today -- Soft Rock!

It was a kinder and gentler place in this world when SR was on the radio.
:)



Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Tia on 11/15/06 at 10:47 pm

pink floyd and yes don't necessarily count as soft rock but not because they're not soft. i agree, it was a better world when there was a wider array of musical moods to choose from in terms of popular music.

well, it was sorta a better world.

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: bookmistress4ever on 11/16/06 at 4:48 am

Surprisingly, "Into the Night" by Benny Mardones was one of those weird songs that caught on twice in popularity.  First time in 1980, then had a second revival in the charts in 1989.  I liked it both times.  I had the song on a 33 1/3 rpm record album I got as a child in 1981 or so.  Another song I can think of off the top of my head that had success twice in the charts (with some time between re-releases) was "Send me an angel" by Real Life.

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Abix on 11/16/06 at 6:19 am

If You Leave Me Now- Chicago
Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad- Meatloaf
Hard To Say I'm Sorry- Chicago
The Air That I Breathe- The Hollies
Laughter In The Rain- Neil Sedaka
Seasons In The Sun- Terry Jacks
I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song-Jim Croce
Taxi- Harry Chapin
She's Gone- Hall & Oates
Kiss And Say Goodbye- The Manhattans
You Needed Me- Anne Murray
I Will Always Love You- Dolly Parton (for the record, I love her version better than Whitney's version)

actually I know some of these are EARLY 70's but I still love them.

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Claybricks on 06/07/09 at 12:47 am

Chicago - No Tell Lover {1978}

http://www.imeem.com/jukeboxmusic61/music/PKXWB_4w/chicago-no-tell-lover-remastered-lp-version/



Dan

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: coqueta83 on 06/07/09 at 7:34 pm

Some of my soft rock faves -

Robbie Dupree - Steal Away
Paul Davis - "I Go Crazy" and "Cool Night"
Dan Hill - Sometimes When We Touch
Marty Balin - Hearts
Air Supply - "All Out of Love" and "Even the Nights Are Better"
Olivia Newton-John - Magic
Dan Fogelberg - "Longer" and "Leader of the Band"
Little River Band - "Reminiscing" and "The Night Owls"

...and many others!  :)

Subject: Re: Soft Rock Hits of the Late 70s / Early 80s

Written By: Claybricks on 07/11/09 at 9:58 am

David Gates - Playin' On My Guitar {1975}

http://www.videosjam.com/d/david-gates/videos/playin-on-my-guitar.html



Dan

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