Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1950s – Doris Day, Elvis Presley, The Four Aces and Paul Anka


Welcome to our show and whilst there have been some great songs since 2005, we felt that hits from the 40s and 50s deserved a showcase from now to the end of the year… we hope you will enjoy our music memories and some of the news events of the decade.

Here is my next selection of top 1950s chart hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Doris Day – Que Sera, Sera

“Que sera, sera “ composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, is from the 1956 Alfred Hitchcock film “The Man Who Knew Too Much” starring James Stewart and Doris Day. Released on Columbia Records, the song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on the UK Singles Chart. “Que sera, sera”, won the Academy Award for Best Original Song and became known as Doris Day’s signature song. In 2004 it finished at #48 in AFI’s 100 Years . . . 100 Songs survey of the top songs in American cinema.

February 25th 1957 Buddy Holly & Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day” 

Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock 

“Jailhouse Rock”, released by RCA in 1957, was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stroller for the film bearing the same name. It peaked at #1 in the US for seven weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, #1 on their Country and R&B charts, #1 in the UK for three weeks, and the top 10 in several other countries. In November, 2016 it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

July 6th 1957 John Lennon (16) & Paul McCartney (15) meet for 1st time as Lennon’s rock group Quarrymen perform at St. Peter’s, Woolton’s Parish Church in Liverpool

Now time for my next picks from the 1950s all tunes that I remember from my childhood from cartoons, films and my parents records.

The Four Aces – Love is a Many-Spendored Thing

“Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing” is a popular song with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Paul Francis Webster. The song was publicized first in the movie, Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955), winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
The best-selling version of the song was recorded by The Four Aces backed by the Jack Pleis Orchestra and issued by Decca Records. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, and number one on both Billboard and Cash Box in 1955

January 10th 1958 Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fire” reaches #1 on the UK pop charts 

Paul Anka – Diana

“Diana” is a song written and first performed by Paul Anka, who recorded it in May 1957 at Don Costa’s studio in New York City. The song reached number 1 (for two weeks) on the Billboard “R&B Best Sellers In Stores” chart and has reportedly sold over nine million copies. “Diana” also hit number one on the R&B Best Sellers chart.number 1 on the UK’s New Musical Express chart, staying there for nine weeks and sold 1.25 million copies in the UK.

June 24th 1958 Nina Simone releases her debut jazz album “Little Girl Blue” 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 1940s and 1950s: 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

Thanks for tuning in and as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1950s – Bill Haley, The Platters, Frankie Lane and Pattie Page


Welcome to our show and whilst there have been some great songs since 2005, we felt that hits from the 40s and 50s deserved a showcase from now to the end of the year… we hope you will enjoy our music memories and some of the news events of the decade.

Here is my next selection of top 1950s chart hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Bill Haley and His Comets – Rock Around the Clock

“Rock around the clock”, composed in the 12-bar blues format by Max C. Freedman and James E. Myers for Decca Records, was the first rock and roll record to reach #1 on the US pop charts. It remained at #1 for two months and peaked at #3 on the R&B chart. It also performed well in the UK. Bill Haley’s recording became an anthem for young rebels in the 1950s, particularly after it was included in the 1955 film “Blackboard Jungle”. The song is ranked #159 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

October 15th 1955 Buddy Holley opens for Bill Haley & His Comets in Lubbeck, Texas, and impresses Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, leading to a recording contract with a misspelling that creates “Buddy Holly” 

The Platters – Only You

“Only you”, composed by Buck Ram, was recorded by The Platters in 1955 on Mercury Records, with lead vocals by Tony Williams. The song held strong in the number 1 position on the Billboard R&B chart for seven weeks, and peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it remained for 30 weeks. The Platters were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

December 29th 1955 Barbra Streisand’s 1st recording “You’ll Never Know” at age thirteen

Now time for my next picks from the 1950s all tunes that I remember from my childhood from cartoons, films and my parents records.

Frankie Lane – Do Not Forsake Me

“The Ballad of High Noon” (also known simply as “High Noon”, or by its opening lyric and better known title, “Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin’”) is a popular song published in 1952, with music by Dimitri Tiomkin and lyrics by Ned Washington. It is the theme song of the 1952 multiple Academy Award-winning movie High Noon. It was awarded the 1952 Academy Award for Best Original Song. The cover of the song by Frankie Lane reached #13 in the charts in 1952

January 8th 1956 Elvis Presley’s “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog” single goes #1 and stays #1 for a record 11 weeks (for a single)

Pattie Page – How Much is That Doggy in the Window

“(How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window?” is a popular novelty song. It was written by Bob Merrill, and first published on September 25, 1952 as “The Doggie in the Window”. On January 27, 1953, it was published in New York as “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?”. The best-known version of the song was the original, recorded by Patti Page on December 18, 1952, and it reached No. 1 on both the Billboard and Cash Box charts in 1953, and sold over two million copies. Crinale819

November 5th 1956 “The Nat King Cole Show” debuts on NBC, the first variety program to be hosted by an African-American 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 1940s and 1950s: 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

Thanks for tuning in and as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1950s – Nat King Cole, Big Joe Turner, Mel Blanc, Vera Lynn


Welcome to our show and whilst there have been some great songs since 2005, we felt that hits from the 40s and 50s deserved a showcase from now to the end of the year… we hope you will enjoy our music memories and some of the news events of the decade.

Here is my first selection of top 1950s chart hits which I hope you will enjoy.

Nat King Cole – Mona Lisa

“Mona Lisa” was composed by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston for the 1950 Paramount Pictures film “Captain Carey, U.S.A”. and won the Oscar Award for Best Original Song. Mona Lisa spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard’s singles chart in 1950 and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992.

December 30th 1950 “Tennessee Waltz” sung by Patti Page hits #1 on the Billboard Pop Chart (stays for 9 weeks) 

Big Joe Turner – Shake, Rattle & Roll

“Shake, Rattle & Roll” was composed in 1954 by Jesse Stone for Big Joe Turner, a blues shouter whose career had begun in Kansas City before WWII. The song was recorded in New York City for Atlantic Records where Stone, record-label executives Jerry Wexler, and Ahmet Ertegun improvised the shouting chorus in the background. The tune peaked at #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart and # 22 on Billboard’s singles chart. Big Joe Turner’s recording of this song is ranked #127 on Rolling Stone magazine list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

March 29th 1951 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical “The King and I”, based on the novel “Anna and the King of Siam”, opens at St James Theater, NYC; runs for1 246 performances, winning 5 Tony Awards; Star Yul Brynner would lead the cast of the 1956 film version, and play the role over 4,200 times 

Now time for my next picks from the 1950s all tunes that I remember from my childhood from cartoons, films and my parents records.

Tweety Pie :::: I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat …( Mel Blanc).

“I Taut I Taw A Puddy-Tat” is a novelty song composed and written by Alan Livingston, Billy May and Warren Foster. It was sung by Mel Blanc, who provided the voice of the bird, Tweety and of his nemesis Sylvester. The lyrics depict the basic formula of the Tweety-Sylvester cartoons released by Warner Bros. throughout the late 1940s into the early 1960s: “I Taut I Taw A Puddy-Tat” reached No. 9 on the Billboard pop chart during a seven-week chart run in February and March 1951, and sold more than two million records

March 27th 1952 “Singin’ in the Rain”, musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC 

Vera Lynn “Auf Wiedersehen”,

“Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart”, is a song written by German composer Eberhard Storch around 1950. Storch wrote the song in the hospital for his wife Maria as he was ill for a long time. The English language lyrics were written by John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons. The best-known version of the song was recorded by English singer Vera Lynn. The story goes that Vera was on holiday in Switzerland and heard people singing the song in beer parlours, and when she got back she felt she had to record it, so found the music and had lyrics written.

April 12th 1954 Bill Haley and the Comets record “Rock Around Clock” 

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 1940s and 1950s: 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

Thanks for tuning in and as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1940s – The Andrew Sisters, Woodie Guthrie, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington


Welcome to our show and whilst there has been some great music since 2005, we felt that hits from the 40s and 50s deserved a showcase from now to the end of the year and we hope you will enjoy.

Here is my first selection of top 1940s hits which I hope you will enjoy.

The Andrew Sisters – Rhumboogie

The Andrews Sisters (Laverne, Maxena, and Patricia) were a highly successful singing group of the swing and boogie-woogie eras. Throughout their career they sold well over 75 million records. “Rhumboogie” is from the 1940 film “Argentine Nights” directed by Albert S. Rowell, produced by Universal Pictures and starring The Andrew Sisters, The Ritz Brothers, and George Reeves.

News Event – April 28th 1940 Glenn Miller records “Pennsylvania 6-5000”

Woodie Guthrie – This land is your land

Folk singer Woodie Guthrie wrote “This land is your land” in 1940 as a critical response to Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” which he thought was too patriotic and too cut off from the hard-knock life many Americans were facing during the Great Depression. The song reflected not only Guthrie’s support for the common folk, but also expressed his deep love for his country while driving home the populist sentiment that the nation belonged to all the people, not merely the rich and powerful. In 2002, “This Land Is Your Land” was one of 50 recordings chosen that year by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.

News event – July 20th 1940 Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey)

Now time for my first picks from the 1940s all tunes that were played in our home by my parents who were wonderful dancers and fans of the old musicals.

Artie Shaw – Frenesi

“Frenesí” is a musical piece originally composed by Alberto Domínguez Borrás for the marimba, and adapted as a jazz standard by Leonard Whitcup and others.
A hit version recorded by Artie Shaw and His Orchestra (with an arrangement by William Grant Still) reached number one on the Billboard pop chart on December 21, 1940, staying for 13 weeks, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982

News Event: November 13th 1940 Walt Disney’s animated film “Fantasia”, starring Leopold Stokowski, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mickey Mouse, and ballet dancing hippopotamuses, premieres at the Broadway Theatre, New York City

Duke Ellington – Take the A Train

“Take the ‘A’ Train” is a jazz standard by Billy Strayhorn that was the signature tune of the Duke Ellington orchestra. Composed in 1939, after Ellington offered Strayhorn a job in his organization and gave him money to travel from Pittsburgh to New York City. Ellington wrote directions for Strayhorn to get to his house by subway, directions that began, “Take the A Train”.  Although Strayhorn said he wrote lyrics for it, the recorded first lyrics were composed by, or for, the Delta Rhythm Boys.

The lyrics used by the Ellington band were added by Joya Sherrill, who was 20 at the time (1944). She made up the words at her home in Detroit, while the song played on the radio. Her father, a noted Detroit activist, set up a meeting with Ellington. Owing to Joya’s remarkable poise and singing ability and her unique take on the song, Ellington hired her as a vocalist and adopted her lyrics.

News Event: February 15th 1941 Greek-American singer Maria Callas makes her professional opera debut as Beatrice, in Franz von Suppé’s “Boccaccio” at the Olympia Theatre in Athens, Greece

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 1940s and 1950ss: 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

Thanks for tuning in and 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 1981 Part Two- Kim Carnes, Grover Washington and Bill Withers, Queen/David Bowie, Bucks Fizz


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 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 1982 Part One. 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 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.

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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.

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.