Today in Music History, March 21

28 years ago a lot us were aboard the REO Speedwagon and enjoying the view from atop the charts with their hit – the power ballad – ” I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore ”

It was the group’s second number-one hit on the U.S. charts after 1981’s “Keep on Loving You“.

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Life’s Lessons from my PEZ Collection, Lesson 22

It is okay to be a big hearted idealist with a quirky streak like Vanessa Bloome!

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Today in Music History, March 20

23 years ago, March 20, 1990, Canadian singer/songwriter Allanah Myles was atop the U.S. singles charts with “Black Velvet.”

The song is  a commemorative story about Elvis Presley. The first verse discusses the beginning of Elvis’s life, the second talks about the height of his career, including a refererence to the Elvis hit; Love Me Tender. 

The song’s title references Elvis’ hair but also the many images made of The King on black velvet cloth which are sold in Memphis.   It is has won awards for an incredible number of radio air plays. By 2005 it had already achieved more than four million radio plays.

Here is the original music video

Here is Allanah Myles performing the tune in concert in 1989.

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Life’s Lessons from my PEZ Collection, Lesson 21

100_1336If you will be out in the sun a lot, WEAR A HAT!

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Today in Music History, March 19

27 years ago today, HEART  was atop the U.S. singles charts with “These Dreams.”  Released in 1986,  from their 1985 self titled album, it was the first song by the band to become a number one hit

The tune was written by Martin Page and Bernie Taupin,  who were at the time were under contract to  Columbia Records.   Columbia offered the song to Stevie Nicks, who expressed no interest in recording it.    Heart had just recently signed with Capitol Records.  While the band had previously recorded their own material, they were impressed by “These Dreams” and agreed to use it on their upcoming album.

This was the first HEART single with Nancy Wilson on lead vocal. Do you know what was unique about the recording of her vocal track?

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Life’s Lessons from my PEZ Collection, Lesson 20

100_1216Don’t accept a forced retirement!

Bob Parr a/k/a  Mr. Incredible did not!

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The Death of T-Mobile has been greatly exaggerated

Equipment aside, their speed,  according to this article, might be just enough to beat back the death rumors.

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