Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1988 Part Two – Tracy Chapman, Phil Collins, Kylie Minogue, Enya

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2022.

Here is my second selection of top 1988 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

“Fast Car,” written by Tracy Chapman, was the lead single from her self-titled debut studio album. Her appearance on the “Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute” was the catalyst for the song becoming a Top-ten hit in the US, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the UK it reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart. The song enjoyed worldwide success. “Fast Car” received two Grammy nominations for “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year,” as well as an MTV Video Music Award nomination for “Best Female Video” in 1989. Rolling Stone ranked the song #167 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It is the highest ranking song performed and solely written by a female artist.

June 11th Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert includes Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder, Tracy Chapman, Hugh Masekela & Miriam Makeba, Youssou N’Dour, Peter Gabriel, Al Green, Joan Armatrading; Jessye Norman, and The Eurythmics at Wembley Stadium, London; broadcast to 67 countries with estimated audience of 600 million

Phil Collins – Groovy kind of love

Phil Collins’ “Groovy kind of love” reached #1 on both the US and UK charts, becoming Collins’ only single to top the charts in both countries; it was his last #1 single in the UK. It also reached #1 on the US Adult Contemporary chart. This version was originally released on “Buster: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack,” from the British film in 1988. The song earned Collins a Grammy Award nomination for “Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male” in 1989. The TV series “New Girl” featured this version in the episodes “Wedding” (2011) and “The Curse of the Pirate Bride” (2018).

July 13th Sting performs his 1st Rain Forest benefit at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 

Here are my second picks from 1988

Kylie Minogue – The Loco-Motion

“The Loco-Motion” is a 1962 pop song written by American songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King. “The Loco-Motion” was originally written for Dee Dee Sharp, but Sharp turned the song down. The song is notable for appearing in the American Top 3 thrice, each time in a different decade: in 1962 by the American pop singer Little Eva (U.S. No. 1); in 1974 by the American band Grand Funk Railroad (also U.S. No. 1);and finally in 1988 by the Australian singer Kylie Minogue(U.S. No. 3). PWL

October 17th Traveling Wilburys release debut album “Volume 1”, featuring the single “Handle With Care”; pseudonymous band members include Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty 

Enya – Orinoco Flow

“Orinoco Flow”, also released as “Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)”, is a song by Irish singer-songwriter Enya from her second studio album, Watermark (1988). The song was released on 3 October 1988 by WEA Records in the United Kingdom and by Geffen Records in the United States the following year. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for three weeks and received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Music Video and Best New Age Performance at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards. enyatv

October 22nd Elton John sells out Madison Square Garden, NYC, for a record 26th time 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 80s: 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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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 1989 Part One We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

62 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1988 Part Two – Tracy Chapman, Phil Collins, Kylie Minogue, Enya

  1. “Fast Car” and “Orinoco Flow” are the memorable ones from this selection. I saw Tracy Chapman on TV performing “Fast Car” more tha twenty years after the song came out. It was even more powerful than the original.

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  2. I liked Fast Car a lot when it came out. A bit different than my usual preference toward rock, but something about the singer’s plight always moved me.

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  3. I think I needed my sewing needle today!
    A thoughtful and relaxing selection of songs today.
    Dreamy. Loved the Fast Carand Phil Collins Groovy lind of love.
    Kylie was a favourite dance at the playgroup party so today the only one I could dance and not smooch.
    Fast Cars and sailing boats.
    Loved them all but Enya stood out for me today.
    I always played her cassette albums in class whenever we were doing sewing lessons. something calm and thoughtful. It’s a while since I played Enya! (Even my husband in passing commented on that!
    Thank you for the chilled start.
    Off to shake about with some zumba moves now before I dream off

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  4. I love three out of four of these – perhaps no surprise that the odd one out is Kylie. Our older daughter was three when Kylie’s career took off, and we had to buy her the album. I bought it in the large HMV store in Oxford Street, along with several of my own choice. The shop assistant flicked through them, held up the Kylie CD and asked ‘are you sure you want this one, sir?’ 😊

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  5. There are several songs that I’ve preferred in a slower format and Groovy Kind of Love is one of them. It was great to see it here along with another favourite – Enya. I’m off to listen to Orinoco Flow again! Many thanks!

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  6. Wow, you must read my mind. I was just writing Groovy Kind of Love when this popped up. My favourite version is the original which I purchased as a youngster in the 1960s by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders. I do like Phil’s version but my love of the track has to be with the one I have on vinyl. Thanks for the memories, William and Sally. Tripping back to the 1960s is always such a delight. xx Tweeting.

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