Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1989 Part Two – Madonna, Gladys Knight, Bette Midler, Soul II Soul


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

Here is my second selection of top 1989 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Madonna – Like a prayer

“Like a Prayer,” acclaimed by music critics, was Madonna’s seventh number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 where it stayed for three consecutive weeks and topped the charts in many other countries, including Australia, Canada, Spain, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This song incorporated gospel music, with lyrics containing liturgical words carrying dual meanings of sexual innuendo and religion. Rolling Stone placed the song at #331 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”

June 13th Jerry Lee Lewis gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Gladys Knight – License to kill

“License to kill” was written by Narada Michael Walden, Jeffrey Cohen, and Walter Afanasieff for the James Bond film “License to Kill” starring Timothy Dalton, and became a top-ten hit in the United Kingdom, peaking at number six and was Gladys Knight’s last charting solo single there. The song did well in Europe, peaking at #1 on the Swedish Singles Chart for eight weeks and reaching the top five in seven other European countries. It also peaked at #79 on Canada’s RPM Top Singles chart.

July 28th Gloria Estefan releases her debut solo album “Cuts Both Ways”  

Here are my second picks from 1989

Bette Midler Wind Beneath My Wings

“Wind Beneath My Wings” (sometimes titled “The Wind Beneath My Wings” and “Hero”) is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley. The song was first recorded by Kamahl in 1982 for a country and western album he was recording. Roger Whittaker recorded the song, as well as Sheena Easton and Lee Greenwood. The song appeared shortly thereafter in charted versions by Colleen Hewett (1982), Lou Rawls (1983), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1983), and Gary Morris (1983). The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. RHINO

September 20th Musical “Miss Saigon,” premieres in London, created by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil

Soul II Soul – Back to Life

“Back to Life (However Do You Want Me)” is a song by British R&B band Soul II Soul. The song also features the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. It appears on a secondary version of their debut album Club Classics Vol. One (titled Keep On Movin’ in the United States) and was released as its second single on 29 May 1989. “Back to Life” is one of two songs on the album featuring British R&B singer Caron Wheeler and gained success in both North America and Europe, topping the charts in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and peaking at number four in the United States. SoulIISoulVEVO

November 28th Queen Latifah releases her debut hip hop album “All Hail the Queen” featuring single “Ladies First”

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 1990 Part one We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Summer Music Festival – Songs from the Movies…The Final Dances..


This is the final week of the Summer Music Festival and next week William Price King will be back for another season.

This week I am featuring some of the songs that were composed for films and became hits in their own right…these are some of those tracks that are still on my playlists today… something for every mood.

Flashdance – What a FeelingIrene Cara –  If you have not seen this film..Amazon  Uploaded by UnidiscMusic

Now the amazing Whitney Houston – The BodyGuard – I Will Always Love You.. uploaded by the official Whitney Houston channel.  Film available: Amazon

Another film favourite of mine with happy memories of the late 1970s .. Staying Alive – The Bee Gees for Saturday Night Fever..uploaded by JT Michaelson.       Film Available : Amazon..

And one of the most emotional moments in film history and a song that has been covered many times.. here is Bette Midler – The Wind Beneath My Wings – Beaches uploaded by TheWordInOtherWords  Film available: Amazon

I hope you have enjoyed today’s music festival and the others during the summer. Next week please tune in for William Price King and his new season.