Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1998 Part One – Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston, Boyzone.

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

Here is my first selection of top 1998 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Celine Dion – My heart will go on

“My heart will go on” is from the soundtrack of the James Cameron film “Titanic” composed by James Horner and Will Jennings. “My Heart Will Go On” became a global hit, topping the charts in over twenty countries. It won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Song and dominated the Grammy awards, winning Record of the year, Song of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television. It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, and the Japanese Gold Disc Award for Song of the Year.

February 18th Andrea Bocelli makes his operatic debut as Rodolfo in “La bohème” at the Teatro Comunale in Cagliari 

Shania Twain – You’re still the one

“You’re still the one” was penned by Shania Twain and Robert John “Mutt” Lange, for the album “Come On Over.” It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks, becoming Twain’s first top-ten hit in the US. Although it never topped the chart, it is recognized as her most successful crossover single. The song peaked at #7 in her native home Canada, and internationally, it reached #1 in Australia for four weeks, #3 in Ireland, and the top 10 in the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the UK. It was nominated for four Grammy Awards and won two: Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance and was ranked #46 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ‘90s.

February 24th Elton John knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London

Now time for my first picks from 1998 and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston – When You Believe

“When You Believe” is a song from the 1998 DreamWorks musical animated feature The Prince of Egypt. It was written and composed by Stephen Schwartz. A pop single version of “When You Believe”, with additional music and lyrics by writer-producer Kenneth Edmonds, was also recorded for the film by American singers Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston for the film’s end credits and its soundtrack album. The song peaked at number 15 on the Hot 100 and number three on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart. Whitney Houston

March 9th Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment signs then unknown rapper Eminem

Boyzone – No Matter What

“No Matter What” is a song from the 1996 musical Whistle Down the Wind that was popularised by Irish boyband Boyzone in 1998 when they recorded it to tie in with the show’s first UK production. The song was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Jim Steinman, while Lloyd Webber, Steinman and Nigel Wright produced the track, with additional production by Franglen & Lupino. The song was also featured on the US edition of the soundtrack to the 1999 film Notting Hill, and was released to American radio on 10 May 1999. The song became their fourth number-one on the UK Singles Chart, with its three-week stay atop the chart making it Boyzone’s longest-running number-one single. In the UK, the song has sold 1.15 million copies and another 3 million worldwide.Boyzone

June 15th 32nd Music City News Country Awards: Neal McCoy, Lorrie Morgan & Billy Ray Cyrus win

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 90s: 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 1998 Part two – We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.