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 seond selection of top 1981 hits which I hope you will enjoy.
News Event: May 11th Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical “Cats” (based on poetry by T. S. Eliot) directed by Trevor Nunn first premieres in the West End, London
Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes
“Bette Davis Eyes” was written and composed by Donna Weiss and Jackie DeShannon. Kim Carnes’ version of this song spent nine non-consecutive weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100 and became Billboard’s biggest hit of the year. It peaked at #2 in Canada and #10 in the UK and won the Grammy Awards for “Song of the Year” and “Record of the Year.” It also ranked at #12 on Billboard’s list of the Top 100 songs in the first 50 years of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
News Event: May 21st Reggae musician Bob Marley receives a Jamaican state funeral
Grover Washington and Bill Withers
“Just the Two of Us” was composed by Bill Withers, William Salter, and Ralph MacDonald and was originally released on Grover Washington’s album “Winelight.” It peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100, remaining there for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song. Bill Withers released an edited version of the song in his compilation “Bill Withers’ Greatest Hits.”
News Events: August 1st “Endless Love” single released by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie (Billboard Song of the Year 1981, Billboard Greatest Song Duet of All-Time)
Now time for my second picks from 1981 which would prove to be a spectacular year and I hope you will enjoy my selection.
Queen and David Bowie – Under Pressure
“Under Pressure” is a song by the British rock band Queen and singer David Bowie. Originally released as a single in October 1981, it was later included on Queen’s 1982 album Hot Space. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Queen’s second number-one hit in their home country and Bowie’s third, and also charted in the top 10 in more than ten countries. QueenHouse85
News Event: December 30th “That Girl” single released by Stevie Wonder (Billboard Song of the Year 1982)
Bucks Fizz – Making Your Mind Up
“Making Your Mind Up” is a song by the British pop group Bucks Fizz. It was the winner of the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest and was composed by Andy Hill and John Danter. Released in March 1981, it was Bucks Fizz’s debut single, the group having been formed just two months earlier. Following its win in the contest, the song reached No. 1 in the UK and several other countries, eventually selling in excess of four million copies. It launched the career of the group, who went on to become one of the biggest selling acts of the 1980s and featured on their debut, self-titled album. BucksFizzVEVO
Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: Playback FM – Wikipedia
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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 1982 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.