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    "Touch Me When We're Dancing" is a song written by Terry Skinner, J. L. Wallace and Ken Bell. Skinner and Wallace headed the Muscle Shoals, Alabama session group Bama, who first recorded this song and released it as a single in 1979 reaching the Billboard Easy Listening chart at number 42 and ranking on the Billboard bubbling under the Hot 100 chart. The song was later recorded by The Carpenters in 1981 on their Made in America album, in 1984 it was recorded by country music artists Mickey Gilley and Charly McClain on their 1984 duet album It Takes Believers (but never released it as a single) and in 1986 by the country music group Alabama.


    Alabama - Touch Me When We're Dancing



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    "Devil Woman" is a 1976 hit single for Cliff Richard from his album I'm Nearly Famous.
    "Devil Woman" was written by Terry Britten and Christine Holmes (singer of the Family Dogg) and also recorded by Holmes under the name "Kristine".
    A No. 9 UK hit in June 1976, "Devil Woman" became Richard's first single to reach the Top 20 in the US, reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, which was Richard's highest peaking single. "Devil Woman" is the third biggest-selling Cliff Richard single with over two million copies sold worldwide. It was certified Gold by the RIAA in the US and the CRIA in Canada.
    The song is told from the point of a view of a man jinxed from an encounter with a stray cat with evil eyes, and his discovery that the psychic medium (a Gypsy woman) whose help he sought to break the curse was the one responsible for the curse in the first place.
    The song is heavily guitar-driven, with soft-distortion lines doubling the melody in the chorus and long, high, sustained single notes providing atmosphere over the verses. A Rhodes electric piano, bass guitar, drums and percussion are the only other instruments.
    The musicians featured on the Cliff Richard recording are Terry Britten on guitar, Alan Tarney on bass, Clem Cattini on drums, Graham Todd on keyboards, and Tony Rivers, John Perry and A. Harding on backing vocals, with string arrangements by Richard Hewson.

    CLIFF RICHARD - Devil Woman



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    Leif Garrett - I Was Made For Dancing



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    "Tonight, I Celebrate My Love" is a song written by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser recorded as a duet single by Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack and released in 1983. It became a big hit for both singers, peaking at number sixteen on the Billboard Hot 100, number five on the Hot Black Singles chart, and number four on the Adult Contemporary chart. In the UK, the song peaked at number two in September 1983. In addition to becoming the biggest British hit for both Bryson and Flack, the song boosted the careers of both stars and brought them both a return to prominence. Capitol Records' Bob Hart asked Martin Pitts to Direct the official video through One Heart Productions. The video was a performance with the original band in the background at the Capitol studios on Vine Street in Hollywood.
    The Telegraph listed the song as one of the 50 best love songs of the 1980s, writing "Mmm! Dig those tinkly Eighties keyboards. Almost tasteful, considering its schlockbusting potential." The song is, according to The Telegraph, Roberta Flack's favourite song from the 80's. The Monthly describes it as a "big romantic ballad"

    Roberta Flack And Peabo Bryson - Tonight I Celebrate My Love


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    Please Don't Go - KC The Sunshine Band


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    "Too Late for Goodbyes" is the first single (second in the U.S.) from Julian Lennon's 1984 album Valotte. It featured the harmonica of Jean "Toots" Thielemans, and it was a top-ten hit in the UK and U.S., reaching No. 6 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1984, and No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in late March 1985. B-side "Big Mama" has been described by Lennon as "semi-hard rock".
    "Too Late for Goodbyes" peaked at No. 1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart in 1985, spending two weeks at the top of this chart. The music video for the song was directed by Sam Peckinpah, and produced by Martin Lewis. To date, it is the most successful song of Lennon's singing career.

    Julian Lennon- Too Late For Goodbyes


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    "Cars" is a 1979 song by British artist Gary Numan, released as a single from the album The Pleasure Principle. It reached the top of the charts in several countries, and today is considered a new wave staple. In the UK charts, it reached number 1 in 1979, and in 1980 hit number 1 in Canada two weeks running on the RPM national singles chart and rose to number 9 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Though Numan had a string of hits in the UK, "Cars" was his only song in the US Hot 100. It debuted on the American Top 40 on 29 March 1980 and spent a total of 17 weeks in the AT40, peaking at #9. "Cars" was released under the 'Atco' label, with the catalogue number of 7211.
    The song was the first release credited solely to Gary Numan after he dropped the band name Tubeway Army, under which name he had released four singles and two LPs, including the number one UK hit "Are 'Friends' Electric?", and its parent album, Replicas. Musically, the new song was somewhat lighter and more pop-oriented than its predecessors, Numan later conceding that he had chart success in mind: "This was the first time I had written a song with the intention of 'maybe it could be a hit single'; I was writing this before 'Are "Friends" Electric?' happened.

    Gary Numan ♫ Cars


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    I'm not a 70s or 80s baby but I prefer their music. The likes of Bread, BeeGees, ABBA, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, etc. for me are feel good music worthy of listening to especially when you're having a bad day.

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    "You've Got a Friend" is a 1971 song written by Carole King. It was first recorded by King, and included in her album Tapestry. Another well-known version is by James Taylor from his album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. His was released as a single in 1971 reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 4 on the UK Singles Chart. The two versions were recorded simultaneously in 1971 with shared musicians.
    "You've Got a Friend" won Grammy Awards both for Taylor (Best Male Pop Vocal Performance) and King (Song of the Year). Dozens of other artists have recorded the song over the years, including Dusty Springfield, Michael Jackson, Anne Murray and Donny Hathaway.

    James Taylor - You've Got A Friend




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    Michael Jackson - You've Got a Friend


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    "Wild, Wild West" is a song by The Escape Club from their similarly named debut album, Wild Wild West. The single hit the charts in late 1988 eventually reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 the week of November 12, 1988, making The Escape Club the only British artist to have a No. 1 hit in America while never charting in the UK.
    In 1989, Wally Wingert parodied it on the Dr. Demento radio show as "Adam West," in response to the casting of Michael Keaton as the title character for that year's Batman film.

    The Escape Club - Wild Wild West




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    "Three Times in Love" is a song written by Tommy James and Ron Serota and performed by James. The song was James' first Top 40 hit in eight years. The song reached #1 on the adult contemporary chart, #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, #64 in Canada, and #93 on the U.S. country chart in 1980. It was featured on his 1979 album, Three Times in Love.

    Tommy James -Three Times In Love


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    Desert Moon is the debut solo album from former Styx keyboard player/singer/songwriter Dennis DeYoung. It was released in 1984 by A&M Records.
    The album reached No. 24 on the Billboard 200 album charts in the fall of 1984. and was certified Gold in Canada. The album's biggest hit was its title cut which hit No. 10 on the Billboard singles chart. The album's second single "Don't Wait for Heroes" reached No. 83 and got MTV play.

    Dennis DeYoung - Desert Moon


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    Jefferson Starship is an American rock band formed in the early 1970s by several members of the former psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane. The band has undergone several major changes in personnel and genres through the years while retaining the same Jefferson Starship name.
    The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner until his 2016 death, more closely resembles its original mix of psychedelic and electric folk music from the early-mid 1970s, rather than the pop-driven tunes it was widely known for from the late 1970s to mid-1980s. It is not to be confused with Starship, a spin-off of the group featuring former co-lead singer Mickey Thomas that also periodically tours.

    Jefferson Starship - Runaway


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    "I Love You" is a song recorded by the Climax Blues Band in 1980. It was their second-biggest hit (after 1976's "Couldn't Get It Right"), entering the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1981, peaking at #12 in June, and spending 27 weeks on the chart. It ended up being the 20th biggest hit of 1981. On the Cash Box Top 100, "I Love You" peaked for two weeks at number 9. The song also reached #20 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song was featured on their 1980 album, Flying the Flag.

    Climax Blues Band - I love you

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    "Look What You've Done to Me" is a 1980 song recorded by Boz Scaggs, composed by Scaggs and David Foster for the movie Urban Cowboy. It reached #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in November, #13 on the Cash Box Top 100, and went to #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The song reached #30 in Canada.
    The song, reflecting on a broken romance (as depicted in Urban Cowboy), features the Eagles on background vocals and instrumentation by Don Felder on guitar and members of Toto and David Foster on keyboards. Two versions of the song were released. The most widely available version of the song (as released on Scaggs greatest hits compilations) places more emphasis on the Eagles' background vocals, plus additional background vocal stylings by Scaggs towards the end of the song. The version as heard in the Urban Cowboy film (as well as its soundtrack) replaces the Eagles' vocals with a female chorus.
    According to comments made by both Scaggs and Foster on the television special (and subsequent DVD) Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, the song was written and recorded in one night after the studio called asking the duo to write a song for the scene, informing them the scene was to be filmed the following day, and the track needed to be on a courier plane the following morning.
    David Foster provided a bit more of the backstory on the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Season 3, Episode 3, titled "Don't Sing For Your Supper", as his wife Yolanda is a castmember. Foster said that Scaggs wasn't happy with any of the music he played that evening until the night was almost over. When Foster played the intro chords that became the trademark beginning of the song, Scaggs said, "That's it".

    Look What You've Done to Me - Boz Scaggs




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    Blow Away - George Harrison


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    "Run Runaway" is a song by the British rock band Slade, released in 1984 as the third single from the band's eleventh studio album The Amazing Kamikaze Syndrome, and the lead single from the album's US counterpart Keep Your Hands Off My Power Supply. The song was written by lead vocalist Noddy Holder and bassist Jim Lea, and produced by John Punter. It reached No. 7 in the UK and was also the band's breakthrough hit in America, where it reached No. 20.

    Slade - Run Runaway


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    "Lonely Boy" is an international hit song from 1977, written and recorded by Andrew Gold in 1976 for his album What's Wrong with This Picture? It spent five months on the American charts, peaking at number seven in both Canada and the United States, and number 11 in the United Kingdom. While "Lonely Boy" would be Gold's biggest U.S. hit, his "Never Let Her Slip Away" achieved greater success in the U.K.
    The second verse of the song features backing vocals provided by Linda Ronstadt, Gold had previously worked with Ronstadt as a producer and backing musician.
    The song follows the life of a child who feels neglected by his parents after the birth of a younger sister. Many assume this song to be autobiographical, yet Gold denied the implication, despite great similarities between the lyrics and his life. Regarding the verses' first lines: "He was born on a summer day in 1951" matches Andrew's August 2, 1951 birthday, "In the summer of '53 his mother/Brought him a sister" matches his sister Martha's July 22, 1953 birthday, and "He left home on a winter day, 1969" may well match the formation of Bryndle, of which Andrew was a member, in 1969.
    The song was also released as an edited single, eliminating the vocal bridge and shortening the instrumental finale.
    The song was featured in a number of films including Boogie Nights (1997), The Waterboy (1998), and The Nice Guys (2016).
    In 1982 Italian singer Ron covered the song adding Italian language lyrics, releasing it as Cosa farň in his album Guarda chi si vede.
    In 1997 country music band Blackhawk recorded a cover for their third studio album Love & Gravity.
    In February 2000, the Foo Fighters recorded a cover of the song to be used as a B-side for an upcoming single off their 1999 album There Is Nothing Left to Lose; however, it wasn't used as a B-side as planned.
    In 2007, the song was covered separately by the bands Farrah and Lazlo Bane.
    In 2013, rock band The Almost covered this song for their album Fear Inside Our Bones.
    British-American band The Hoosiers often cover this song when they perform live.

    Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold


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    Andrew Maurice Gold (August 2, 1951 – June 3, 2011) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and arranger. His works include the US Top 10 single "Lonely Boy" (1977), as well as "Thank You for Being a Friend" (1978) and the UK Top Five hit "Never Let Her Slip Away" (1978). He had further international chart success in the 1980s as the lead singer of Wax, a collaboration with English musician and songwriter Graham Gouldman.
    Gold was a multi-instrumentalist who played guitar, bass, keyboards, accordion, synthesizer, harmonica, saxophone, flute, drums and percussion, and more arcane musical instruments such as ukulele, musette, and harmonium. He was also a producer, sound engineer, film composer, session musician, actor, and painter.
    Gold played and recorded with artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Paul McCartney, Don Henley, James Taylor, Brian Wilson, Roy Orbison, Ringo Starr, Carly Simon, John Waite, Roxy Music, Jennifer Warnes, Stephen Bishop, America, Nicolette Larson, Maria Muldaur, Neil Diamond, Barbi Benton, Eric Carmen, Juice Newton, Leo Sayer, Freddie Mercury, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Karla Bonoff, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, Cher, Jesse McCartney and J. D. Souther.
    Gold was married to Leslie Kogan. His first marriage was to Vanessa Gold, with whom he had three daughters, Emily, Victoria, and Olivia.
    Although Gold put personal references in the lyrics to "Lonely Boy" (including his year of birth), he admitted in an interview that it was not autobiographical: "Maybe it was a mistake to do that, but I simply put in those details because it was convenient. I hadn't been a lonely boy at all — I'd had a very happy childhood."
    In 1990, Gold and four of his family members competed on the game show Family Feud.
    On June 3, 2011, Gold died in his sleep from heart failure at age 59 in Los Angeles.

    Andrew Gold - Never let her slip away





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