Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1980 Part One – Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Queen

Each week William and I select two top hits from the charts in the US and UK starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time. We are now in the 1980s.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1980 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

News Events: January 18th Pink Floyd’s album The Wall hits #1

Christopher Cross  –  Ride like the wind

“Ride Like the Wind” was Christopher Cross’ debut single from his Grammy-winning first album. It reached #2 on the US charts and remained there for four consecutive weeks. The song tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico, and told from a first-person point of view. It describes how a convicted murderer has to ‘ride like the wind’ to reach ‘the border of Mexico.’

News Event: February 27th 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year Kenny Loggins’ “What a Fool Believes” Best Album Billy Joel’s “52nd Street

Dionne Warwick – Déjà vu 

“Déjà vu,” written by Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson was from the album “Dionne” and produced by Barry Manilow. Warwick won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for this song. “Déjà vu” peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart while enjoying success worldwide.

News Event: April 19th 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “What’s Another Year” in The Hague

Now time for my first picks from 1980 which would prove to be a spectacular year and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Diana Ross: Upside Down

“Upside Down” is a song written and produced by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. It was recorded by American singer Diana Ross. The song was issued from Motown as the lead single in 1980, from her eleventh studio album, Diana. “Upside Down” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco and Soul charts. The single was released a full four weeks after the album was released. It held down the number one spot for four weeks. It was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, while reaching number five in Canada. It also rose to number two on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since “I’m Still Waiting” in 1971 – ALL NIGHT LONG

News Event: May 23rd 33rd Cannes Film Festival: “All That Jazz” directed by Bob Fosse and “Kagemusha” directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track is included on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits in 1981. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and became the group’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks.It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks Queen Official

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FMWikipedia

Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

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Regular Venue – Cave Wilson

Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.

She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.

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Next week 1980 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

68 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1980 Part One – Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Queen

  1. You win hands down this week Sally. For once I didn’t care for William’s choices neither of which I’d heard before. I would normally like Dionne Warwick but not this time. Diana Ross was by then an established star and this record didn’t let her down.

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  2. How funny! The Christopher Cross album is playing on vinyl in the background as I opened this post. All memorable songs, but I think I like Ride Like the Wind best. It’s curious how he didn’t have that much commercial success after this album.

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  3. I’d not heard the Dionne Warwick one before – I’m guessing it wasn’t a hit here, during her long fallow spell before Heartbreaker. She didn’t have many hits here, really. An obvious winner for me among these: Queen are a long time favourite of mine. Thanks for another good selection 😊

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  4. I always love me some Freddie for sure Sal! And interesting song pick William – Ride like the Wind. That was quite a popular song and I never realized the lyrics before. All I know is, I’m no criminal, but I can’t wait to Ride Like The Wind to the border of Mexico, lol. Great picks! ❤ xx


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