Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1980 Part One – Christopher Cross, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Queen


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 first selection of top 1980 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

News Events: January 18th Pink Floyd’s album The Wall hits #1

Christopher Cross  –  Ride like the wind

“Ride Like the Wind” was Christopher Cross’ debut single from his Grammy-winning first album. It reached #2 on the US charts and remained there for four consecutive weeks. The song tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico, and told from a first-person point of view. It describes how a convicted murderer has to ‘ride like the wind’ to reach ‘the border of Mexico.’

News Event: February 27th 22nd Grammy Awards: Song of the Year Kenny Loggins’ “What a Fool Believes” Best Album Billy Joel’s “52nd Street

Dionne Warwick – Déjà vu 

“Déjà vu,” written by Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson was from the album “Dionne” and produced by Barry Manilow. Warwick won a Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for this song. “Déjà vu” peaked at #15 on Billboard’s Hot 100, #25 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart while enjoying success worldwide.

News Event: April 19th 25th Eurovision Song Contest: Johnny Logan for Ireland wins singing “What’s Another Year” in The Hague

Now time for my first picks from 1980 which would prove to be a spectacular year and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Diana Ross: Upside Down

“Upside Down” is a song written and produced by Chic members Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. It was recorded by American singer Diana Ross. The song was issued from Motown as the lead single in 1980, from her eleventh studio album, Diana. “Upside Down” hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco and Soul charts. The single was released a full four weeks after the album was released. It held down the number one spot for four weeks. It was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland, while reaching number five in Canada. It also rose to number two on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since “I’m Still Waiting” in 1971 – ALL NIGHT LONG

News Event: May 23rd 33rd Cannes Film Festival: “All That Jazz” directed by Bob Fosse and “Kagemusha” directed by Akira Kurosawa jointly awarded the Palme d’Or

Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love

“Crazy Little Thing Called Love” is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by Freddie Mercury in 1979, the track is included on their 1980 album The Game, and also appears on the band’s compilation album, Greatest Hits in 1981. The song peaked at number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1979, and became the group’s first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US in 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks.It topped the Australian ARIA Charts for seven weeks Queen Official

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: 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 1980 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 1978 – Part One – Billy Joel, The Commodores, Bee Gees, Queen


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 1970s.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1978 hits which I hope you will enjoy.

News Event:  January 16th 5th American Music Awards: Stevie Wonder, Fleetwood Mac & Conway Twitty

Billy Joel – Just the Way You Are

“Just the Way You Are” won two Grammy Awards: Record of the Year, and Song of the Year. It was Billy Joel’s first Top 10 hit in the US and his first top 20 single in the UK, and topped the Billboard Easy Listening Chart for an entire month. It was certified gold by the RIAA.

News Event: January 21st Bee Gees’ album “Saturday Night Fever” goes #1 for 24 weeks

The Commodores – Three times a Lady

“ Three times a Lady,” written by lead singer Lionel Richie, is from the Commodores’ album “Natural High.” It was their first #1 hit in the US, Canada, Australia, and the UK, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards: Song of the Year, and Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group, or Chorus. It won a 1979 American Music Award and a People’s Choice Award.

News Event: February 23rd 20th Grammy Awards: Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac, Debbie Boone wins

Now time for my first picks from 1978 and I hope you will enjoy my selection.

Bee Gees – Staying Alive

“Stayin’ Alive” is a song written and performed by the Bee Gees from the Saturday Night Fever motion picture soundtrack. The song was released in December 1977 as the second single from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. It moved to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in February, where it would stay for four weeks.  In the United Kingdom, “Stayin’ Alive” was not as popular as it was in the United States, but was still a huge hit, topping out at number four. beegees  

News Event: April 12th 13th Academy of Country Music Awards: Kenny Rogers and Crystal Gayle win

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks. After Mercury’s death, it topped the charts for another five weeks, eventually becoming the UK’s third best-selling single of all time. In the US, the song peaked at #2 after being used in the film “Wayne’s World” (1992). In 2018, the release of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” brought the song renewed popularity and chart success worldwide. Queen Official

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: 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 1978 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 1976 – Part One – Barry Manilow, Paul Simon, Queen, Chicago.


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 1970s.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1976 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.

News Event:  January 16th “Donny & Marie” [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Barry Manilow – I Write the Songs

“I Write the Songs,” written by Bruce Johnston, was one of Barry Manilow’s biggest hits. It peaked at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary charts. Billboard ranked it as the #13 song of 1976. In the UK the song peaked at #11 and in Canada #3. It won a Grammy Award for Song of the Year and was nominated for Record of the year in 1977.

News Event: January 17th “I Write the Songs” by Barry Manilow hits #1

Paul Simon – 50 Ways to leave your lover

“50 Ways to leave your lover,” penned by Paul Simon (a humorous approach to his divorce from his first wife), is from the best-selling album “Still Crazy After All These Years” and is Simon’s sole #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was a Top 20 hit around the world.

News Event: February 28th 18th Grammy Awards: “Love Will Keep Us Together” Record of the Year, Natalie Cole 1st African American to win Best New Artist

Now time for my first picks from 1976 and I hope you will enjoy my selection

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band’s 1975 album A Night at the Opera. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks and had sold more than a million copies by the end of January 1976. It also topped the charts in countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and the Netherlands, and sold over six million copies sold worldwide.

News Event: April 3rd 21st Eurovision Song Contest: Brotherhood of Man for United Kingdom wins singing “Save Your Kisses for Me” in The Hague

Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

“If You Leave Me Now” is a song by the American rock group Chicago, from their album Chicago X. It was written and sung by bass player Peter Cetera and released as a single on July 31, 1976.The single topped the Billboard Hot 100 on October 23, 1976, and stayed there for two weeks, making it the first number one hit for the group as well as hitting number one on the Easy Listening charts “If You Leave Me Now” was also Chicago’s biggest hit internationally. In the UK it maintained the number one position for three weeks. It was one of five “non-disco” songs to make it to number one in the US in a nine-month period of 1976.

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: 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 1976 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 1975 Part Two – Minnie Riperton, Queen, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen


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 1970s.

Welcome to our show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my second selection of top 1975 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.

News Event:  May 26th “Rhinestone Cowboy” single released by Glen Campbell (Billboard Song of the Year 1975

Minnie Riperton – Lovin’ You –

“Lovin’ You” was written by Minnie Riperton and Richard Rudolph.
The song peaked at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the R&B chart, and #2 on the UK Singles chart. In the US, it ranked #13 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1975. “Lovin’ You” was ranked #46 on Billboard’s Top 50 Love Songs of All Time.

News Event: July 5th At Knebworth Festival in England, Pink Floyd debut their album “Wish You Were Here” with pyrotechnics and an exploding plane which flies into the stage

Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody

“Bohemian Rhapsody,” written by lead singer Freddie Mercury, topped the UK Singles Chart for nine weeks. After Mercury’s death, it topped the charts for another five weeks, eventually becoming the UK’s third best-selling single of all time. In the US, the song peaked at #2 after being used in the film “Wayne’s World” (1992). In 2018, the release of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody” brought the song renewed popularity and chart success worldwide.Queen Official

New Event: October 31st Bob Geldof’s first appearance with The Boomtown Rats

Now time for my second top chart picks from 1975 and I hope you will enjoy my selection

The Eagles – One of These Nights

“One of These Nights” is the fourth studio album by the Eagles, released in 1975. In July that year, the record became the Eagles’ first number one album on Billboard’s album chart, yielding three Top 10 singles: “One of These Nights”, “Lyin’ Eyes” and “Take It to the Limit”. Its title song is the group’s second number one single on the Billboard Hot 100. The album sold four million copies and was nominated for Grammy Album of the Year.

News Event: November 6th First performance by punk band The Sex Pistols at St Martins College, London

Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run

“Born to Run” is a song by American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, and the title song of his album Born to Run. Upon its release, music critic Robert Christgau took note of its wall of sound influence and called it “the fulfillment of everything ‘Be My Baby’ was about and lots more”.

“Born to Run” was Springsteen’s first worldwide single release, although it achieved little initial success outside of the United States. Within the U.S. it received extensive airplay on progressive or album-oriented rock radio stations and the single was Springsteen’s first top 40 hit, reaching number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song ranked number 21 on the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the highest entry for a song by Springsteen, and is included in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Bruce Springsteen

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 70s: 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 1976 Part One. We hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgsbord Music Column Archive – Get your rock ‘n’ roll boots on with my top five picks by Sally Cronin


If you, like me, have enjoyed the luxury of indulging over the last few days, you might like to get up and get some exercise to these five favourite rock tracks of mine. They are on my playlist and when I am in the kitchen preparing meals I try to do so to the beat… you just have to watch you fingers when chopping the carrots….

I have hundreds of rock songs in the music folders and on tapes, vinyl and CD… and it was tough to just pick five tracks to share with you..

If I had to choose my top bands then Status Quo would definitely be on the list…here is Caroline…I dare you not to tap your feet… uploaded by Mahogany Records

Buy Status Quo:Amazon

Then of course there has to be Queen with a song that gave hope to all well endowed girls in a time of skinny models….  Fat Bottomed Girls…uploaded by  Queen Official

Buy music by Queen: Amazon

Two amazing artists getting together with Tearing us Apart.. Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.. fabulous…I have this on repeat….uploaded by hifi metallic

Buy music by Tina Turner: Amazon    Buy Music by Eric Clapton: Amazon

There would not be a top five without Bruce SpringsteenDancing in the Dark uploaded by Bruce Springsteen

Buy music by Bruce Springsteen: Amazon

And to finish this very short selection of my top picks… Creedence Clearwater Revival with Bad Moon Rising…uploaded by DRIVERATOMIC

Buy music by CCR: Amazon

Thank you for tuning in and I hope it has got your heart pumping and your feet tapping

New for 2021 – The Breakfast Show with hosts William Price King and Sally Cronin every Tuesday.

Each week throughout the year,  William and I will select two top ten hits from the years 1960 to 1985. We will also share the top headlines in the music industry for those years and we will be inviting guests to join us to share their favourite music from that era.

The first Breakfast Show is next Tuesday January 5th and we hope you will tune in.. thanks William and Sally… Happy New Year..

 

Smorgasbord Summer Music Festival – Get your rock ‘n’ roll boots on with my top five picks..


This week it is time go get your feet tapping and take to the floor for some serious rock ‘n’ roll…I have hundreds of rock songs in the music folders and on tapes, vinyl and CD… and it was tough to just pick five tracks to share with you..

If I had to choose my top bands then Status Quo would definitely be on the list…here is Caroline…I dare you not to tap your feet… uploaded by Mahogany Records

Buy Status Quo:Amazon

Then of course there has to be Queen with a song that gave hope to all well endowed girls in a time of skinny models….  Fat Bottomed Girls…uploaded by  Queen Official

Buy music by Queen: Amazon

Two amazing artists getting together with Tearing us Apart.. Eric Clapton and Tina Turner.. fabulous…I have this on repeat….uploaded by hifi metallic

Buy music by Tina Turner: Amazon    Buy Music by Eric Clapton: Amazon

There would not be a top five without Bruce Springsteen Dancing in the Dark uploaded by Bruce Springsteen

Buy music by Bruce Springsteen: Amazon

And to finish this very short selection of my top picks… Creedence Clearwater Revival with Bad Moon Rising…uploaded by DRIVERATOMIC

Buy music by CCR: Amazon

Thank you for tuning in and I hope it has got your heart pumping and your feet tapping… next week a little more classical…..

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column – 1991 – Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and Bohemian Rhapsody


Doesn’t time fly by when you are enjoying yourself? It only seems like yesterday that I wrote the first post in this series for the year 1962 when I was nine and in love with Nat King Cole and Richard Chamberlain. Twenty-nine years later I was still listening to Nat King Cole and re-watching Shogun and The Thorn Birds which had pride of place in my VHS collection.

At the end of 1990 after six months working as Advertising Sales Manager for the holiday brochure subsidiary of the newspaper I had moved over from, I decided that cold calling to hotels and seaside B&BS was not perhaps the direction I wanted my career to go in. It had been a great three years but my hours were long and so were David’s and something had to give.

I decided to work for myself and I began to offer my services to start ups in our local area that needed someone to look at their marketing and promotion. At the same time I signed up for Echoes L’Arome and for the next 15 months I held perfume parties locally and built up a network of about five agents who did likewise. We lived in South Woodford and my patch was the Walthamstow area and for a time things went well. I smelt nice that is for certain.

In essence it was a pyramid business with everyone getting their percentage and I got into it at the wrong end of the business. The market was actually pretty saturated in the London area and I ended up going further and further afield to build my network. On one occasion I was in a tower block in East London when I was confronted with a handful of gentlemen who felt the need to interfere in my business. Luckily I am endowed with a fluency in Anglo-Saxon and they were rather taken aback that this ‘posh bird’ could out do them in that department. Their obvious bemusement gave me time to slip off down the stairs to my car but my enthusiasm was waning and by Christmas after a few good parties I decided to go back to work. 1992 thankfully proved to be a much better year for me and more about that next week.

In the meantime, whilst I ended my tenure with L’Arome I was left with a sample box of perfumes that were actually great quality and I continued to sample for a number of years.

We did not have the time nor the cash to go far in 1991 but we had some good parties at the house and I listened to music in the car as I navigated my way around North London without the aid of a Satnav and with a trusty A-Z.

Time for the music of 1991 and there were several hits that year that have stood the test of time and included Bryan AdamsEverything I Do I Do It For You. Cher The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss), Right Said Fred I’m Too Sexy, Jason DonovanAny Dream Will Do, Vic Reeves & The Wonder StuffDizzy, Michael Jackson Black or White, The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go, George Michael and Elton JohnDon’t Let The Sun Go Down on Me, Diana Ross When You Tell Me That You Love Me, QueenBohemian Rhapsody, Beverley CravenPromise Me (One of my party pieces). And the unforgettable Monty Python’s Flying Circus with the most played funeral song! Always Look On The Bright Side of Life! A we head into Thanksgiving for those of you in the United States and as we in the UK move into Brexit… perhaps we do need to look on the bright side of life!  But also to celebrate the release of the movie.. Bohemian Rhapsody as well.

Here is Always Look on the Bright Side of Life… and you can buy it HERE

And here is the link to buy the original soundtrack from the new movie – Bohemian Rhapsody HERE

Here is the original sung by Freddie Mercury.

Thank you for dropping in and if you have a favourite track that you would like me to play at the end of the post next week..please leave the song title and artist in the comments. thanks Sally

Sally’s Drive Time Play List #Music to get the weekend started – 1979 – Queen and Dr. Hook


Welcome to the music that populates my iPod from the olden days to the present.. Some songs stay in your mind and heart for a lifetime and I only have to listen to a track and it brings back memories very clearly.

Each summer I have held a virtual summer party and this year it will be going on all over a weekend in August.  I will be playing your requests with a link to your blog…. dance tracks, romantic end of the evening ballads let me have the title and artist and I will do the rest.

It is now 1979 and I am working as assistant manager at a hotel in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park.

In the spring of 1979 a number of events took place that made me realise that I needed to put a little more distance between me and my past. I gave my notice in at the school at half-term in February and began buying The Lady Magazine again weekly. After all I had found one great job in its classifieds and hopefully I would find another.

I was sad to leave the school, the teachers and the pupils as it had been a wonderful 15 months where I had regained my self-confidence. I had travelled to foreign countries and other parts of Britain but never really gone far on my own. Perhaps time to rectify that.

I applied for a number of positions in the hotel industry and one in particular caught my eye. Gothic mansion, three star hotel in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. I had to send my details, experience and a photograph with details of when I could start before the season began at Easter.

A week later I received a phone call from the then manager who asked a few questions and I later found out; checking my speaking voice out. A few days later I received an acceptance letter with travel instructions to reach the hotel the day after the school broke up for the Easter Holidays.

In those days of course there was no Internet and heading off to the depth of Wales was equivalent of running off to Panama. Or so my parents thought when I told them!

With two suitcases and a sense of trepidation I boarded the train from East Sussex and connected in London for a train to Wales.

You can read some of my adventures in these posts.

Hotel Receptionist, Ghostly arrival and quick promotion

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Hotel Assistant Manager, Swashbuckle and Romance.

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In the meantime the music of 1979 continued to be a little mixed as to style and the top hits of the year included Art Garfunkel with Bright Eyes from the film Watership Down, Cliff Richard with We Don’t Talk Anymore, one song that I played continuously by Dr. Hook, When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman.

The Boomtown Rats mirrored most people’s opinion with I Don’t Like Mondays and Ian Dury and the Blockheads with one of the best pickup lines of the decade. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick!

Since I could dance all night and Queen are up there with Status Quo for me for those years….. Here is Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Buy music by Queen: Queen at Amazon

And here is Dr. Hook with When You Are In Love with A Beautiful Woman

Buy Music by Dr. Hook: Dr. Hook on Amazon

I hope you have enjoyed today’s selection of music that I love and please do not forget if you would like your favourite music played at the summer party coming up in August… put the title and the artist in the comments…

William Price King in concert – The Show Must Go On by Brian May and Queen


This poignant song by Queen and largely written by Brian May, is one that the band’s following will always associate with the loss of Freddy Mercury. It was the final track on their 1991 album Innuendo and refers to the efforts Freddy made to perform in the last weeks of his life as he struggled with the complications caused by AIDS. He was very ill when he recorded the song and there were doubts as to whether he could perform. The song was released as a single six weeks before he died and was in the charts twice.. Once again after his death. It was first played live in 1992 for The Freddy Mercury Tribute Concert with Elton John singing lead vocals.  The Show Must Go On…..appropriate indeed.

Here is William Price King with his beautiful version of this track that means so much to Queen fans around the world.

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Earlier this week William wrote and article for a music blog that you might find very interesting as Jazz fans. http://blog.penweb.org/william-price-king/   The Art of Jazz Singing is a fascinating look at the complexities of this style of music.

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the last 30 years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His debut jazz album is called ‘Home,’ a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area. His album ‘Home’ is available to download and more details in the Buy Music for Christmas.

LINKS
Links to website – http://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitter – @wpkofficial
Regular Venue – http://cave-wilson.com/
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

You can find William’s performances that we feature each Wednesday in the following link
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king-in-concert/

And the previous posts on the life and music of Nat King Cole, Mel Torme and Ella Fitzgerals here..
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/william-price-king/