Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1986 Part Two – Peter Gabriel, Billy Ocean, The Bangles, Lionel Richie


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

Here is my second selection of top 1986 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer

“Sledgehammer” was released as the lead single from the album “So,” produced by Peter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois. It topped the charts in Canada and the US, and reached #4 in the UK. It was Gabriel’s biggest hit in North America and ties with “Games Without Frontiers” as his biggest hit in the UK. The song’s music video won a record nine MTV Video Music Awards and Best British Video. “Sledgehammer” garnered three Grammy nominations for Peter Gabriel for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance,” “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year.” In a 2005 poll conducted by Channel 4, the music video was ranked second on their list of the 100 Greatest Pop Videos.

August 25th Warner Bros. releases Paul Simon’s seventh solo album “Graceland”, a blend of pop, African, zydeco, and rock music; wins Grammy for album of the year, 1987 and sells over 16 million copies 

Billy Ocean – When the going gets tough

“When the going gets tough,” penned by Wayne Brathwaite, Barry Eastmond, Mutt Lange, and Billy Ocean, was used as the theme song for the Michael Douglas film “The Jewel of the Nile.” Aided by a video featuring Douglas and co-stars Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito as lip-syncing back up singers and with DeVito miming the saxophone solo, the song became a major international hit reaching #1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks and number two on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

October 9th Stage musical “Phantom of the Opera” premieres in London, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and starring Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman; runs for 13,629 performances 

Here are my second picks from 1986.

The Bangles – Manic Monday

“Manic Monday” is a song by the American pop rock band the Bangles, and the first single released from their second studio album, Different Light (1986). It was written by American musician Prince using the pseudonym “Christopher” and was originally intended for the group Apollonia 6 in 1984. It became the Bangles’ first hit, reaching No. 2 in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as in Austria, Canada, Germany, and Ireland, and peaked within the Top 5 in Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland. TheBanglesMusic

November 10th Columbia Records releases Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band “Live/1975-85”, a 5 LP box set of concert recordings 

Lionel Ritchie Dancing on the Ceiling

“Dancing on the Ceiling” is a song by American recording artist Lionel Richie. It was written by Richie, Mike Frenchik, and Carlos Rios for his third studio album of the same name (1986), Released as the album’s leading single, it became a worldwide hit, reaching the top five in Sweden and Belgium as well as peaking on the top spot on the national singles chart in Norway. It peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1986. lionelrichie

December 27th “Les Miserables” opens at Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.

 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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1987 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Weekly Round Up – 10th – 16th January 2022 – Hits 1980s, Nat King Cole, Short stories, Podcast, Health, Reviews, Humour


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed during the week.

I hope that wherever you live you are also seeing a drop in cases this week.. good news on both the UK and Irish front. Fingers crossed it bodes well for my trip to the UK at the end of February for my eldest sister’s 80th.. a chance to see family again after over two years.

Some sunshine this week and with the slightly longer days it certainly makes a difference. I actually wrapped up and sat outside for an hour which was just what I needed to boost my spirits….

Thanks to William Price King who is now with us Tuesdays for The Breakfast Show and on Friday’s with his music column.. delighted that they are both being enjoyed and thanks for your comments.

This coming week Debby Gies will be sharing some winter sunshine breaks along with an current advisory travel links, although most places seem to be open.

Carol Taylor will be joining me on Wednesday for another Cook from Scratch to prevent deficiency… and this week a look at Vitamin B1.

Although not with us this last week with their contributions on the blog, Debby and Carol have been busy as always with their own posts.

Debby Gies responded to the challenge set by D.Wallace Peach with a great poem that sums up the state of our TBR’s perfectly: Writing Challenge – The TBR Pile | Myths of the Mirror – The challenge runs to 23rd January so you might like to pay tribute to your TBR too..

Carol Taylor was the guest of Rebecca Budd this week talking about her life, dreams and of course a celebration of food.. head over to enjoy: Tea, Toast and Trivia Carol Taylor and Rebecca Budd

You can also find all of Carol’s posts in her weekly round up:  Monday Musings, Health, Ezekiel Bread, Stale Bread and Saturday Snippets,

Please don’t forget to let me know if you have a new books coming out soon either on pre-order or available on Amazon. Very happy to do a promotion… email me on sally.cronin@moyhill.com with the link.  If I need anything else I will let you know.

Thank you very much for your support this week and I do love to hear from you when you visit.. it makes my day.

On with the show….

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1986 Part One – Dionne Warwick, Lionel Ritchie, Simply Red, Robert Palmer

Jazz Icons – Nat King Cole – 1940s

Smorgasbord Podcast – Tales from The Garden – The Guardians

Connections – Long Lost Love

Winning Streak.. The Scratch Card

Thriller – The Hurler by Jack Talbot

The Gentle Detox – Part Two – Eat food your body recognises…and can work with!

#Moonshine #WWII -Novella – Father by Allan Hudson

Personal Recommendations – #Fantasy D.Wallace Peach, #Memoirs #Nonfiction D.G. Kaye, #Thriller #Paranormal John W. Howell

– #Dystopian #Thrillers Terry Tyler, #Poetry Colleen M. Chesebro, #Memoir #Teaching Pete Springer

#Writersblock Alison Williams, #New Carol Taylor, #Books2021 Jan Sikes, #Topposts Jacqui Murray, #Snow Jennie Fitzkee

The Senior Team pass the the funnies along – Showers and Mirror Images

 

Enjoy your week ahead and stay safe.. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1986 Part One – Dionne Warwick, Lionel Ritchie, Simply Red, Robert Palmer


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

 Here is my first selection of top 1986 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Dionne Warwick and Friends – That’s what friends are for

“That’s what friends are for” was written by Burt Bacharach and Carole Bayer Sager and originally recorded by Rod Stewart for the soundtrack of the film “Night Shift.” This song is better known for the 1985 cover version by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, and Elton John, billed as “Dionne and Friends.” It was released as a charity single for AIDS research and prevention and was a massive hit worldwide, becoming the #1 single of 1986 in the US and winning the Grammy Awards for “Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals” and “Song of the Year.”

January 23rd Inaugural class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Chuck Berry; James Brown; Ray Charles; Sam Cooke; Fats Domino; The Everly Brothers; Buddy Holly;. Jerry Lee Lewis; Elvis Presley; Little Richard; Robert Johnson; Jimmie Rodgers; Jimmy Yancey; Alan Freed; John Hammond; and Sam Phillips

Lionel Richie –  Say you, say me  

“Say you, say me” was written by Lionel Richie for the film “White Nights,” starring Mikhaïl Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines. The song peaked at #1 in the US for two weeks on Billboard’s R&B chart, and for four weeks on the Hot 100 chart. It became Richie’s ninth number-one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song was hugely successful in South Africa, attaining the #1 spot and remaining there for a total of 30 weeks. It eventually became the #1 single of 1986 on that country’s year-end Springbok charts. The track won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for “Best Original Song.”

March 29th Beatle records officially go on sale in Russia 

Now time for my first picks from 1986 which are still on my playlist today.

Simply Red – Holding Back the Years

“Holding Back the Years” is the seventh track on Simply Red’s debut studio album Picture Book (1985). It remains their most successful single, having reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the UK Singles Chart. It is one of two Simply Red songs (the other being their cover of “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”) to reach number one in the US. The song was nominated in the category of Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 29th Annual Grammy Awards. Simply Red

June 15th Amnesty International “Conspiracy of Hope” tour concludes with megaconcert at Giants Stadium in Rutherford, New Jersey; participants include: U2; Sting; Bryan Adams; Peter Gabriel; Lou Reed; Neville Brothers; Joan Baez; Joan Armatrading; Joni Mitchell; The Police; Jackson Browne; Yoko Ono; Miles Davis; Peter, Paul & AMry; and The Hooters 

Robert Palmer – Addicted to Love

“Addicted to Love” is a song by English rock singer Robert Palmer released in 1986. It is the third song on Palmer’s 1985 album Riptide and was released as its second single. The single version is a shorter edit of the full-length album version. The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending 8 February 1986. The song ended up topping the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the Billboard Top Rock Tracks chart. It also reached number one in Australia and number five on the UK Singles Chart. Robert Palmer

July 4th Farm Aid II benefit concert held in Manor, Texas; performers include Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Waylon Jennings, Bob Dylan, The Beach Boys, Nicolette Larson, Los Lobos, and Steve Earle 

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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1986 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1985 Part Two – Tears for Fears, USA for Africa, Jennifer Rush, Katrina & The Waves


Happy New Year and delighted to being with you in 2022 with the second part of our chart hits from 1985.

 

Here is my first selection of top 1985 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

News Event: August 10th Michael Jackson buys ATV Music (including publishing rights to the Beatles song catalog) for $47.5 million

Tears for Fears  –  Everybody wants to rule the world

“Everybody wants to rule the world” was a song that expressed the desire humans have for control and power, centering on corruption. It became the group’s signature song. The song hit #1 in the US, Canada, and New Zealand while peaking at #2 in the UK, Ireland, and Australia and won “Best Single” at the Brit Awards. The song was banned for broadcast by the BBC for the duration of the first Gulf War due to its political themes.

News Event: September 22nd First Farm Aid concert held, organized by Willie Nelson, Neil Young and John Mellencamp; performers included Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Hoyt Axton, Joni Mitchell, RIckie Lee Jones,and Emmylou Harris

USA for Africa  –  We are the world

“We are the world,” a charity single written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was recorded by the supergroup “USA for Africa” and produced by Quincy Jones. It is the eighth bestselling single of all time. “We are the world” won three Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, and raised over $63 million for humanitarian aid for Africa, (equivalent to $147 million today).

News Event:  October 8th Little Richard seriously injured in a car accident

Now time for my second picks from 1985 and two songs that hold a special place in my music archives.

Jennifer Rush – The Power of Love

“The Power of Love” is a song co-written and originally recorded by American singer Jennifer Rush in 1984. Recorded in Frankfurt, Germany (where Rush is based) and released in West Germany without much success in late 1984, Rush’s original version reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in October 1985 and subsequently became the biggest-selling single of the year in the UK as Rush became the first female artist ever to have a million-selling single in the UK—it became the ninth best-selling single of the decade. It also topped the charts in several other European countries, as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Jennifer Rush

News Event:  December 4th “Les Miserables” opens at Palace Theatre, London

Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine

“Walking on Sunshine” is a song written by Kimberley Rew for Katrina and the Waves’ 1983 eponymous debut full-length album. The re-recorded version was at first released on the band’s 1985 self-titled album as the album’s second single and reached No. 4 in Australia, No. 9 in the United States, and No. 8 in the United Kingdom. It was the Waves’ first US top 40 hit, and their biggest success in the United Kingdom until “Love Shine a Light” (1997).  KatrinaTheWavesVEVO

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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1986 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – December 26th – January 2nd 2022 – New Schedule, Starship, NY Party, Shortstories, Reviews, Bloggers and Funnies


Welcome to the round up of posts bridging the gap between 2021 and 2022…

Happy New Year and wishing us all a healthy, wealthy and love filled year whatever life and opportunistic pathogens throw at us.

We had a quiet Christmas and New Year with plenty of movies, good food and the occasional glass of cheer. As with most countries there has been an avalanche of cases here topping 23,000 yesterday, which for a country with only 5 million people.. is high. Thankfully the trend of deaths associated with Omicron is lower than previous variants and there is evidence from other countries such as South Africa that it comes in fast and furious and then burns itself out… Fingers crossed it is its last attempt to infect the world and we see a more positive outcome in 2022.

We have not made resolutions for many years but we have made plans. To redecorate the house and put in the market by the summer. Find a new home further down the south east coast of Ireland, possibly between Wexford and Waterford. And once moved it would be good to be able to travel a little before coming back to settle down with a new fur baby.

Flexibility and adaptability have to be built in to those plans, but that is something we are prepared for.  And there is also time allocated for me to finish some of my writing projects and read more books in 2022.

As always I have had help this week between Christmas and New Year by much appreciated friends and collaborators – William Price King, Debby Gies and Malcolm Allen.

In 2022 William and I will continue with The Breakfast Show on Tuesdays… and I am also sharing updated posts from William’s two series – Jazz Icons and Music Greats on Fridays over the year.

D.G. Kaye’s Travel Column Rewind begins tomorrow morning with updates on travel restrictions for all the countries featured, which are open for tourism.

Carol Taylor and I will reshare the posts Cook from Scratch to prevent Deficiency from this Wednesday.

The Health Column returns on Thursday with the series The Gentle Detox to get you into 2022 in good shape.

The new Smorgasbord Bookshelf kicks off with two new releases during the week and the new series of Meet the Authors begins on the 10th.

There will be afternoon videos, some funnies, short stories and a blogger daily.

I hope you will enjoy the new schedule and join us when you have the time. As always I am so appreciative of your support

On with the show

Chart Hits 1985 Part One – Sade, Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & The News, Jefferson Starship

appy New Year 2022 – Music to get the party started – hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin – Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, ABBA, Swing

Short Story – Technology – The Weekly Shop

Short Story – Technology – DNA

The new Smorgasbord Bookshelf of personally recommended authors and their books

#NorthernIreland #Thriller #Romance – Stones Corner Turmoil by Jane Buckley

#Children’s – Amazing Matilda: A Monarch’s Tale by Bette A. Stevens

#Contemporary Anne Goodwin, #Romance Jan Sikes, #Romance Staci Troilo, #Shortstories Mae Clair, #Thriller Jane Buckley

#Funnies The Story Reading Ape, #Bookreviews Terry Tyler, #Christmas Carol Taylor, #Donation Jennie Fitzkee, #Videos D. G. Kaye, #Farewell to a friend.

January 2nd 2022 – #Pinenuts Carol Taylor, #Reviews Gwen Plano, Colleen Chesebro, Jan Sikes, #Spotlight C.S. Boyack

Head over to find out more about the health benefits of laughter and some funnies to get you started: Laughter the best Medicine 2022

December 28th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin – Balance and Remote Controls…

December 30th 2021 – Malcolm Allen Rewind – E-Reader and Pole Dancing

 

Thanks for joining me during this week of fesitivites and wishing you a very healthy, happy and wealthy 2022….

The Breakfast Show – Happy New Year 2022 – Music to get the party started – hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin – Nancy Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald, ABBA, Swing


Welcome to the New Year’s party… as we say goodbye to 2021… and welcome 2022..

I think it is fair to say that after 2020, the expectation for 2021 was that it could only get better… In some respects there have been some good things to celebrate this year, but here we are again with a new variant, and headlines promising doom and gloom.

Billions of us have been vaccinated, and boosted but many millions remain without this preventative measure, and it appears that Covid is going to be with us for at least the  foreseeable future in one form or another.

However, today as we watch the New Year celebrations around the world unfold across social media, we thought we would share some music and our good wishes for a Happy New Year and 2022.

To kick off the music, William Price King shares an iconic song that has been ushering in the new year for over seventy years.

Nancy Wilson – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” was written in 1947 by Frank Loesser and unusually for the time was not associated with a movie or musical. Frank Loesser was well known for his lyrics for Guys and Dolls and his Oscar winning song Baby, It’s Cold Outside.

In December 1949 the song reached No 9 in the charts for The Orioles. It has been a hit for many artists in the last 65 years including Lena Horne, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Harry Connick Jr, Barbra Streisand and Diana Krall.

This lovely version is by Nancy Wilson.

 For many Christmas and New Year comes with snow and the next song is a celebration of the fun to be had

Ella Fitzgerald – Sleigh Ride

“Sleigh Ride” was composed by Leroy Anderson as a light orchestral piece and was inspired by a particularly hot heat wave in July of 1946. By the time Leroy had finished the work it was in fact winter of 1948. The lyrics for the song were written in 1950 by Mitchell Parish.

Leroy Anderson recorded his own version in 1950 for Decca and it continued to be popular through the early part of the 50s.There were a number of versions that benefited from the addition of sound effects such as the clopping of horses hooves and even the sound of a horse whinnying.

There have been some notable versions of the song released over the years of this Christmas song including Johnny Mathis in 1958 and The Ronettes in 1963.

According to ASCAP, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Sleigh Ride consistently ranks in the top 10 list of most performed songs during the Christmas season worldwide.

Here is a wonderful version by the incomparable Miss Ella FitzgeraldAmazon

Time for my selections for the party.. and the first is a song by ABBA – Happy New Year

“Happy New Year” is a song by Swedish group ABBA from their 1980 album Super Trouper. The lead vocals are by Agnetha Fältskog.  As a single, the English version originally had a only very limited release in December 1980.

The Spanish-language version of the song, “Felicidad” was released in 1980 in Spanish-language territories.The single reportedly charted in the top 5 in Argentina and was included on the South American versions of the Super Trouper album

In 1999, the English version of the song was re-released for the new millennium, and charted at no. 27 in Sweden, no. 15 in the Netherlands and no. 75 in Germany. In 2008, it was released again in several countries, and charted at no. 4 in Sweden, no. 11 in Norway and no. 25 in Denmark. ABBA 

And for my second choice… some swing and wonderful dancers to get you in the mood to take to the floor…thanks to Tallinn Swing 

 

We both wish you a wonderful New Year’s Eve and 2022 and hope you will tune in on Tuesday January 4th for chart hits 1985 part two..William and Sally.

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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1985 Part One – Sade, Whitney Houston, Huey Lewis & The News, Jefferson Starship


We hope you enjoyed your Christmas and if you are planning a party for New Year perhaps this week’s selection of hits from 1985 might make it on to your playlist.

 Here is my first selection of top 1985 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

New Event: January 28th Charity single “We Are the World” is recorded by supergroup USA for Africa (Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, and other pop stars)

Sade  –  Smooth Operator 

“Smooth Operator,” a smooth jazz piece from Sade’s debut album “Diamond Life,” was their first top-10 entry in the US, peaking at #5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 where it spent 13 weeks in the top 40, and also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for two weeks. It was the English band’s third single in the UK where it peaked at #19 on the UK Singles chart. “Smooth Operator” was nominated for the “MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist,” and the “MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video.” The song is about a fashionable con-man who is popular with women, and breaks many hearts in high class social circles.

News Event: February 14th “Whitney Houston” debut album by Whitney Houston is released (Grammy Award Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female 1986, Billboard Album of Year 1986)

Whitney Houston –  Saving all my love for you

“Saving all my love for you” was penned by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin and was Whitney’s first song to top the Billboard Hot 100. It also peaked at #1 in both the UK and Ireland and became a major hit worldwide. Houston won the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance and the American Music Award for Favorite R&B/Soul Video with this song

News Event: May 8th 20th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alabama, George Strait, and Reba McEntire win

Now time for my first picks from 1985 and tracks that have stood the test of time.

Huey Lewis & The News – The Power of Love

“The Power of Love” is a 1985 single by Huey Lewis and the News, written for and featured in the 1985 blockbuster film Back to the Future. The song became the band’s first number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and their second number-one hit on the U.S. It was a top ten hit on the Official UK Singles Chart. The song is included alongside “Back in Time” on the film’s soundtrack.  hueylewisofficial

News Event: July 13th “Live Aid” concerts held at both Wembley Stadium (London) and John F. Kennedy Stadium (Philadelphia) raises over $70 million for African famine relief

Jefferson Starship – We Built this City

“We Built This City” is a 1985 song by American rock band Starship. It was released as their debut single on their album Knee Deep in the Hoopla. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, “We Built This City” topped the charts in Australia and Canada, peaked inside the top ten of the charts in Germany, the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland, the top twenty of the charts in Belgium, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, and the top thirty of the charts in Austria and the Netherlands. Not all the critics were fans, but I like the song and still play today. Starship

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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1985 Part Two. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Christmas Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Music to get you into the festive spirit


Welcome to the Christmas Breakfast Show which we hope you will enjoy. William Price King has selected three of his favourite festive tracks, and I have chosen three of mine.

Thank you for joining us today and I hope your preparations are going well for Christmas Day.. here are three festive songs I hope you will enjoy.

Jingle bells  –  Ella Fitzgerald 

“Jingle bells” was written by James Lord Pierpont and published under the title “The one horse open sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. Supposedly, it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir, or as a drinking song but became associated with Christmas music in the 1860s and 1870s. It was initially featured in a variety of parlor song and college anthologies in the 1880s and was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder.

Carol of the bells  –  The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

This Carol was written in 1914 by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky, and is based on the Ukrainian folk chant “Shchedryk.” It has been performed in many genres: classical, jazz, country, metal, rock, pop, and rap, and has been featured in films, television shows, and parodies

Nat King Cole  –  The Christmas Song 

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire as it is commonly called, or Merry Christmas to You, as it was originally subtitled) was penned by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells in 1945. According to Tormé, the song was written in July during a blistering hot summer in an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool.” The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song in June 1946, and this version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974

Now time for my selection and I hope you will be dancing and singing along to the songs.

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

“All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a Christmas song by American singer Mariah Carey. She co-wrote and co-produced it with Walter Afanasieff for her fourth studio album and first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994). Columbia Records released it as the lead single from the album on October 29, 1994.

It is Carey’s biggest international success, topping the charts in twenty-six countries including Australia, Canada, France and Germany. In 2019, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, 25 years after its original release, thus breaking several records, including the longest trip to number one. The following year, it also topped the charts in the United Kingdom for the first time, spending a record 69 weeks in its top 40 prior to reaching number one. Mariah Carey 

Leona Lewis – Just One More Sleep

“One More Sleep” is a song recorded by British singer Leona Lewis for her first Christmas album and fourth studio album, Christmas, with Love (2013). It was written by Lewis in collaboration with Richard “Biff” Stannard, Iain James, Jez Ashurst and Bradford Ellis, and produced by Richard “Biff” Stannard. It was released in the United States on 5 November, in Ireland and the United Kingdom on 29 November and many parts of Europe on 2 December. “One More Sleep” is recognised as one of the biggest recent Christmas songs in the UK according to the Official Charts Company. leonalewis 

Johnny Mathis – It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song was originally titled “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”. The song has been recorded by many artists, but was a hit for Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra and Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played. This version by Johnny Mathis is one of my favourites.

Additional sources: Wikipedia 

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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

We hope you will tune in next Tuesday for the first part of hits from 1985 as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Round Up – 11th – 18th December 2021 – Chart Hits, Christmas Book Fair, Book Reviews, 12 Days of Christmas and Funnies.


Welcome to the round up of posts you might have missed this week on Smorgasbord.

I find it hard to believe that it is Christmas next Saturday and as expected a lot of confusion and new restrictions to navigate before the big day. It looks like at the moment, despite some tweaks to the policies in place families can still have Christmas together here in Ireland, but the signs are that it will be a lockdown in the New Year as a result.

The scientists are warily predicting that this is Covid’s last wave as it burns itself out, and we can only fevently hope that is the case and 2022 will prove them right.

In the meantime.. I hope you will enjoy some of the Christmas celebrations during the week.

Thanks to William Price King, Debby Gies and Carol Taylor for aiding and abetting the shenanigans… and to you for dropping in and joining in with the festivities.

On with the show…

The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1984 Part Two – Cyndi Lauper , Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins-

#Christmas #Family – Mountain Laurel Christmas by Jan Sikes

Cook From Scratch Rewind – Sally Cronin and Carol Taylor – #Turkey – Perfectly Roasted

– What about us? – Christmas treats for pets and homecooked dinners

#Review Olga Nunez Miret, #Roundup Carol Taylor, #Funnies Story Reading Ape, #Interview Rebecca Budd and Debby Gies, #Family Pete Springer

The First Day of Christmas with guests Mary Smith, Jacquie Biggar #Food Carol Taylor – Mince Pies and Egg Nog

The Second Day of Christmas with guests Darlene Foster, Miriam Hurdle #Food from Carol Taylor, Christmas Pudding and Margaritas

The Third Day of Christmas with guests – Jennie Fitzkee, Lisa Thomson #Food Carol Taylor, Camembert Puffs and Mulled Wine

The Fourth Day of Christmas with guests Norah Colvin, Amy Reade #Food Carol Taylor, Carrot Soup and Champagne

The Fifth Day of Christmas with guests – D.G. Kaye, Lizzie Chantree, Joy Lennick, #Food Carol Taylor, Bread sauce and Snowballs

The Sixth Day of Christmas with guests William Price King, Annette Rochelle Aben, Jan Sikes, #Food Carol Taylor, Ricotta, Blackberry and Walnut Toasts and Cranberry Cocktail

Books by Sally Cronin – Free Book Give Away

#Shortstories – #Canada M. L. Holton, #Crime Jane Risdon, #Multigenre Jean Wilson and Joy Lennick, #Flash Sarah Brentyn, #Suspense Audrey Driscoll

#Children’s – #Seadog Patricia Furstenberg, #Ghosts Emily-Jane Hills Orford, #Environment Kathleen Jae, #Poetry Victoria Zigler

#Mystery #Thrillers – Mary Anne Edwards, D.L.Finn, Joan Hall, Daniel Kemp

#Children’s – #History Barbara Ann Mojica, #Mystery Elizabeth Merry, #GuineaPigs Jemima Pett

Drama Mary Crowley, #Thriller Gwen Plano, #Poetry Miriam Hurdle, #Gothic #Supernatural Adele Marie Park

#Fantasy Charles E. Yallowitz, Lorinda J. Taylor, #Shortstories J. E. Spina, #History #Communism Mark Lee Myers

#TimeTravel Rob Shackleford, #Historical, #Spiritual K. Lewis Adair, #ComingofAge Nancy Blodgett Klein

December 14th 2021 – Hosts Debby Gies and Sally Cronin- Blame Game and Optimism vs. Pessimism..

December 14th 2021 – Santa Shenanigans and Festive Mishaps Part Two

 

Thank you for dropping in today and I hope you have enjoyed.. please join me again next week for some more fun and games. Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1984 Part Two – Cyndi Lauper , Tina Turner, Lionel Richie, Kenny Loggins-


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 second selection of top 1984 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

News Event: June 4th Columbia Records releases “Born in the USA”, the 7th studio album by Bruce Springsteen; His biggest commercial success topped the charts in 11 countries and sold over 30 million copies, worldwide

Cyndi Lauper  –  Time after time

“Time after time,” composed by Cyndi Lauper and Ron Hyman, was Lauper’s first #1 hit in the US. It peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart and reached #3 in Australia. It entered the Rolling Stone and MTV’s “100 Greatest Pop Songs” at #66 and VH1’s “100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years” and “100 Greatest Songs of the 80s” lists, at #22 and #19 respectively. “Time After Time” was also nominated for a Grammy Award for “Song of the Year

News Event:  June 25th Prince releases his “Purple Rain” album

Tina Turner  –  What’s love got to do with it 

“What’s love got to do with it,” Turner’s most successful single, was from the album “Private Dancer.”  It was her first and only #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100. At the time, she was 44, and became the oldest solo female artist to top the Hot 100 chart. The song received three Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Performance. The song’s title, in 1993, was used as the title for the biographical film of her life. In 2012, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, giving Turner her third Grammy Hall of Fame Award.  Rolling Stone ranked the song at #309 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The song also ranked #38 on the Songs of the Century list.

News Event: September 1st “What’s Love Got to Do With It” single tops the charts, giving Tina Turner her 1st #1 as a solo artist

Now time for my second picks from 1984 and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Lionel Richie – Hello

“Hello” is a song by Lionel Richie. Taken as the third single from his second solo album Can’t Slow Down (1983), the song was released in 1984 and reached number one on three Billboard music charts: the pop chart (for two weeks), the R&B chart (for three weeks), and the adult contemporary chart (for six weeks). The song also went to number one in the UK Singles Chart for six weeks. acidburn950

News Event: December 3rd “Do They Know It’s Christmas” single written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and sung by Band Aid is released in the UK

Kenny Loggins – Footloose

“Footloose” is a song co-written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins. It was released in January 1984 as the first of two singles by Loggins from the 1984 film of the same name (the other one being “I’m Free (Heaven Helps the Man)”). The song spent three weeks at number one, March 31—April 14, 1984 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and was the first of two number-one hits from the film. Billboard ranked it at the No. 4 song for 1984. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 1985 ceremony, losing to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” from The Woman in Red. Kenny Loggins

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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

Next week 1985 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.