Month: November 2022

Language need not be a barrier

This week in 1975 Fly Robin Fly by “Silver Convention” hit number 1 in America for the first of three weeks. The song was written with very few lyrics because the German group couldn’t speak English which made memorizing a page of lyrics in a language unfamiliar to them too difficult. The disco classic contains only six unique words. It simply repeats “fly, robin, fly” three times, with an ending of “up, up to the sky!” Initially the song was titled Run, Rabbit, Run, but the writers changed it moments before the recording took place.  Fly Robin Fly won the 1975 Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 29 November 2022

10NewDavid PaichWillibelongtoyou
9NewJohn WaiteAnything
86Richard MarxSame Heartbreak Different Day
74The Head and The HeartHurts (But it Goes Away)
65Rosa LinnSnap
59The Lightning SeedsEmily Smiles
47Simple MindsSolstice Kiss
21Parsons, Durbin & BonamassaGive ’em My Love
13KT TunstallPrivate Eyes

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Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead

The debut album, Ballad Of A Misspent Youth, by Nashville-based rockers “Tuk Smith & The Restless Hearts” was released this month. Talking about their new single, Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead, Tuk Smith said:

“I was channeling my favourite 70’s glam gods on this track, for sure. I woke up one morning with the phrase ‘…everybody loves you when you’re dead’ running through my head, so I sat down at the piano and the song kind of wrote itself. I had been struggling with the death of a friend and I was flooded with existential thoughts. It’s not necessarily a song about death per se, it’s a bit more layered with some social commentary thrown in there. Personally, I look at it as more a freedom song.”

Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead is new this week on RadiJohan.

Dirty Dancing Does It!

This week in 1987 the “Dirty Dancing” hit (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life went to number 1 in America while the “Swayze-lift” became a popular dance move. The song plays during the movie’s big finish when Jennifer Grey leaps into Patrick Swayze’s arms. The song also topped the charts in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands and South Africa and won a number of awards including the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Dermot Kenny wants to be kissed.

Irish singer-songwriter “Dermot Kennedy” has been described as a master storyteller who marries poignant lyrics about love’s intensity with an infectious, hook-laden melody that immediately draws the listener in. Dermot started playing guitar at age 10, and writing songs at age 14. His parents were very supportive. Dermot credits his father for frequently driving him into Dublin to perform at open mic nights when he was underage. His mother submitted an application for him to study classical music at “Maynooth” University where he spent three years. He released his debut album, Without Fear, in 2019. His new album, Sonder, is out now and the single, Kiss Me, is new this week on RadiJohan.

Who is “The White Buffalo?”

“The White Buffalo” is the stage name of American musician and singer-songwriter Jake Smith. He is a baritone from Oregon influenced by folk singers like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. A previous single by The White Buffalo, Problem Solution, featured on RadiJohan in 2020 and made it to number one on the RadiJohan Top 10. His eighth studio album, Year Of The Dark Horse is out now and has been described as his “most ambitious and well-rounded work to date.” The first single to be unveiled from the album, Not Today, is new this week on RadiJohan.

The Andrews Sisters – Swing and Boogie-Woogie Million Sellers.

Three young ladies, known as “The Andrews Sisters,” started their career as imitators of an earlier successful singing group, the “Boswell Sisters,” who were popular in the 1930s. The Andrews Sisters sang with various bands and for several radio broadcasts while they were struggling to establish a reputation during the mid-1930’s. A failed radio performance in 1937 turned out to be the sisters’ big break. Although they were fired soon after their first night on the program Saturday Night Swing Club, they were signed to a recording contract by a Decca Records executive who had heard the broadcast. On 24 November 1937 they recorded their first major hit, Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (To me, You are Beautiful). The song went on to become the first million-selling record by a female singing group. The sisters, Laverne, Maxene and Patricia, have sold an estimated 80 million records. In 1984 a dance/pop trio from The Netherlands, “The Star Sisters,” charted internationally when they recorded a medley imitating the Andrews Sisters.

RadiJohan Top 10 on 22 November 2022

103Ingrid AndressPain
9NewThe Lightning SeedsEmily Smiles
86SuedeShe Still Leads Me On
7NewSimple MindsSolstice Kiss
67Richard MarxSame Heartbreak Different Day
5NewRosa LinnSnap
41The Head and The HeartHurts (But it Goes Away)
35 KT TunstallPrivate Eyes
12Parsons, Durbin & BonamassaGive ’em My Love

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