Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Here Comes the Sun" by The Beatles.

OK, more Fabdom: The winter of '68-'69 was a particularly tough one for George - he was arrested for possession of marijuana, had his tonsils out (should have waited 'til '81 and I could have done it for him!) and temporarily left The Beatles. After Epstein's death the four were forced to become more involved in business dealings, which George hated. When spring came he went to Clapton's home in Ewhurst, Surrey, borrowed one of his acoustics, capoed on the 7th fret, sat in the garden and penned his "Pastoral". A song about the relief and hope he felt being away from the past winter's tensions. One of two Harrison compositions on "Abbey Road". The guitar work is reminiscent of "Badge" and "If I Needed Someone". John did not participate as he was recovering from a car accident. One of the first pop songs to feature the Moog Synthesizer.

Yesterday's answer: "Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin. In my book, Zeppelin DEFINES Heavy Metal - that's where the genre was born and ended - no other metal act can touch them!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin.

OK, more 70's: John Paul Jones set out to write "a song that people couldn't 'groove' or dance to". Inspired by Muddy Waters' "Electric Mud" and by the call-and-response between the singer and the band in Fleetwood Mac's "Oh, Well" ('69) this heavy-metal classic peaked at #15 in '71 and is #294 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs Of All time. The title comes from a Labrador Retriever roaming around the recording studio and has nothing to do with the rest of the song. Jimmy Page's guitar work consists of 4 overdubbed Gibson Les Paul tracks. The high A towards the end is Robert Plant's highest note ever recorded (ouch!). Song? Group?

Yesterday's answer: "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows". My Dad used to love Perry Como. I grew up listening to him on the ol' Bogen Hi-Fi. Smooth, masculine voice.

"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows"

OK, let's go way back: Although this 1917 pop standard is attributed to Harry Carroll and Joseph McCarthy, the melody is based upon Frederic Chopin's 1834 "Fantasie Impromptu" in C-sharp minor Op. posth. 66. It debuted in 1918 on Broadway in "Oh, Look!". The biggest-charting version was by Charles W. Harrison in '18 followed by Perry Como's in '46.

Yesterday's answer: "Moonlight Serenade". Those saxes are SO smooth!

"Moonlight Serenade" by the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

OK, back to the 30's: Written in '39 by Glenn Miller and Mitchell Parish, this ballad about two lovers spending a romantic night together was an instant phenomenon and became Miller's signature tune. It peaked at #3 and remained in the charts for 15 weeks. Inducted in to the Grammy Hall of Fame in '91. The high-leading clarinet over the sax section playing in essence two different melodies developed into "The Glenn Miller Sound". It "evolved" from Miller's '35 "Now I Lay Me Down to Weep" through "Gone With The Dawn" and "The Wind In The Trees" to its final title in '39. Classic cover by Sinatra in '65. Archie and Edith danced to it during a '72 episode.

Yesterday's answer: "Not Fade Away". Love Brian Jones' harmonica! I'll never forget the Voodoo Lounge concert in Ames - they opened with "Not Fade Away".

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

"Not Fade Away"

OK back to the 50's: Credited to Charles Hardin and Norman Petty, this classic was recorded by Buddy Holly and The Crickets in New Mexico in '57 during the same session as "Everyday". Jerry Allison kept the Bo Diddley "hambone" beat on a cardboard box instead of his drum kit. This was THE last song Holly ever performed before his fatal plane crash. Although it never charted, it is #107 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Stones' '64 version was their 1st US single (#48) and their 1st Top 5 hit in the UK (#3). A staple of their early concerts, they revived it as the opening number for their Voodoo Lounge Tour.

Yesterday's answer: "Go Now!" by the Moody Blues. Passionate vocals! Curious how completely different the sound and the music were with Laine than with Hayward.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"Go Now!" by The Moody Blues.

OK, more 60's: The 2nd single and 1st hit for this Birmingham, UK beat band was a cover of a '62 Banks/Bennett composition first recorded by Bessie Banks. Her R&B version was produced by Lieber and Stoller, peaking at #40 on Cashbox R&B. Lead singer and guitarist Denny Laine picked this song for the band as he believed that it would suit pianist Mike Pinder's playing style. Heart-wrenching lyrics about a recent breakup. Laine continued performing the song as a member of Wings after leaving the band. Recorded in '64 and released in '65, it topped the charts in the UK and reached #10 in the US. Band? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "I Know There's Something Going On" by Anni-Frid ("Frida") Lyngstad.
"The Voice Of ABBA". Loved that song the first time I heard it.

Monday, January 24, 2011

"I Know There's Something Going On" by Frida (Anni-Frid Lyngstad).

OK, more 80's one-hit wonders: This Russ Ballard composition was the 1st and only hit for a Swedish songbird after the breakup of one of the best-selling groups in pop history. Produced by Phil Collins, he's also featured on drums and backup vocals. A woman convinced that her man is cheating on her. Recorded in '82, it was a huge worldwide hit topping the charts in many countries and peaking at #13 in the U.S. It sold 3.5 million copies. Wanting to distance herself from her former group's "typical pop sound", this was THE best-selling solo release of any of its members. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)" by Melanie Safka. When the rain finally abated the audience lit "a sea of candles", inspiring her to pen this classic. I never get tired of listening to the way she belts it out.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Lay Down (Candles In the Rain)" by Melanie.

OK, more 70's: As an "obscure amateur", this singer/songwriter had difficulties getting through backstage security before performing at Woodstock. As soon as she took the stage, a torrential rain fell upon the audience - despite that, she was warmly received. Shortly after that she wrote her first major hit (#6 Billboard; #3 Cashbox) based upon the emotions she felt facing such a multitude in a once-in-a-lifetime event. Backed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers ("Oh Happy day"), it captures and is a homage to the spirituality and magic of the moment. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Carrickfergus". What a great tune! I especially like Joan Baez's version.


OK, let's go way back: This Irish folk ballad was written in the macaronic form by 18th century Ulster poet Cathal Bui Mac Giolla Ghunna. Originally titled "Do Bhi Bean Uasal" ("There Was A Noblewoman {Lady}"), the original version was lighthearted, whereas the English translation is nostalgic and melancholic. The title refers to an ancient city NE of Belfast. A favorite of the Irish in Custer's 7th Cavalry. Played during John F. Kennedy, Jr's funeral in '99. Classic versions by Van Morrison, Paddy Reilly and Joan Baez. Recently re-popularized by Celtic Woman and Charlotte Church.

Yesterday's answer: "Whiskey River" by Johnny Bush. All that whiskey will do that to ya, especially so early in the morning! Gotta love ol' Willie!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

"Whiskey River" by Johnny Bush.

OK, a little Country: Nicknamed "The Country Caruso", this Texas singer/songwriter lost his singing voice to spasmodic dysphonia at the peak of his career. Royalty checks from his best-known song sustained him until he was finally diagnosed and treated. RCA's Jerry Bradley asked him point-blank to "write a hit". He was already well-known for "My Cup Runneth Over" and "You Gave Me A Mountain". He penned it on his tour bus, it became a Top 10 hit and Willie Nelson's signature song. Fortunately, he recovered "70%" of his voice and is still going strong. Songwriter? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon. "...walkin through the streets of Soho in the rain. He was lookin' for the place called Lee Ho Fooks, gonna get a big dish of beef chow mein... And his hair was perfect ...Ahhhooooo, Werewolves of London". I understand that the Chinese restaurant still exists. Great songwriting!
From Jeff Bluml: "Warren Z was the best. I couldn't wait for Paul Schaffer to take vacation or have to play with Blues Brothers gigs. W was the best guest host on Letterman. As far as I was concerned he should have just kept the Late Night Gig but that wasn't his thing. I'll never forget the night he walked out on stage with a huge foam cowboy hat, wool chaps and a star the size of Texas on his chest telling Dave in a southern drawl... "There's A New Sheriff In Town."

Friday, January 21, 2011

"Werewolves Of London" by Warren Zevon.

OK, more 70's one-hit wonders: Written at Phil Everly's request as a dance number(!), this Marinell/Wachtel/Zevon composition was Warren Zevon's only chart hit as a singer. Hilarious, offbeat lyrics - voted by BBC Radio 2 listeners as the "Greatest Opening Song Line" ever. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood provided instrumental and vocal backup for the recording. Peaked at #21 in '78, remaining in the charts for 6 weeks. Featured in the "Color Of Money" soundtrack ('86).

Yesterday's answer: "Denise" by Randy and The Rainbows. We gave our oldest daughter Lauren her middle name Denise after this song. My good friend Ricky DeAndino and I used to play it and sing it at the Phi Chi Medical Frat Wed. night parties when we were at Jeff.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Denise" by Randy and The Rainbows.

OK, more 60's one-hit wonders: This Maspeth, NY doo-wop group evolved from The Dialtones ('59) into a quintet featuring the Safuto brothers, the Zero brothers and Ken Arcipowski. Their one hit was a feel-good Neil Levenson composition dedicated to is childhood friend Denice Lefrak. It sold 3 million copies in '62/'63 and peaked at #10 on Billboard. Group? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Joy" by Apollo 100. Based upon J. S. Bach's "Jesu Joy Of Man's Desiring".

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

"Joy" by Apollo 100.

OK, more 70's one-hit wonders: The 10th section of J. S. Bach's Advent cantata "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" was the inspiration for this bouncy '72 #6 hit for a British studio-based instrumental ensemble. The melody line was actually copied from a '70 recording by the band Jigsaw. Part of the "Boogie Nights" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" soundtracks. Title? Group?

Yesterday's answer: "I'll Follow The Sun" bt The Beatles. The Macca/Lennon harmonies in the chorus have to be one of my all-time Beatles faves.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"I'll Follow The Sun" by The Beatles.

OK, more Fabness: A 16 year-old Macca wrote this downhearted ballad in '59 while looking out his window at 20 Frothlin Road in Liverpool recovering from the flu. First recorded in '60 by Paul, John, George and Stu Sutcliffe as The Quarrymen in Paul's bathroom for optimal sound. Unrequited love - a man, unappreciated by a woman, gives her an ultimatum. Recorded and released by The Beatles in '64, it is THE oldest song composed by a Beatle to be recorded during the band's lifetime. Ringo's "percussion" part is him slapping his knees.

Yesterday's answer: "409" by The Beach Boys. Still long for those innocent old days when guys sang about girls, surfing and fast cars - does that make me a dinosaur? Giddy up, giddy up=HORSEPOWER! Brian Wilson and Gary Usher were songwriting geeks - Dennis actually filled them in on the actual cars/girls/surfin' "details".

"409" by The Beach Boys.

OK, back to the 60's: Gary Usher and the Wilson brothers were driving from Hawthorne to L.A. in '62 looking for a part for his Chevy when the idea came to him to write a song about a bad-a** engine. The "muse" was a Chevy W-series V8 nicknamed "Turbo-Fire" with a single Carter 4-barrel carburetor delivering 360 hp. and featured on the Bel-Air Sport Coupe. They recorded it shortly thereafter during their 3rd session as a group - this was 14 year-old David Marks' first recording with The Beach Boys. Lead vocals by Mike Love. The engine noise was from Usher's Chevy 348 (the song title's predecessor) taped on Brian's Wollensak reel-to-reel in front of the Wilson home, prompting the neighbors to call the police. It peaked at #76 on Billboard.

Yesterday's answer: "C'est Si Bon" ("It's So Good"). Hard to think of "C'est Si Bon" ("It's So Good) and/or "La Vie En Rose" without thinking of Paris, oui, oui!

Monday, January 17, 2011

"C'est Si Bon" ("It's So Good").

OK, back to the 40's: This French pop classic was written in '47 by Betti and Homez with English lyrics by Jerry Seelen. First recorded by chanteuse Angele Durand. Joe Loss and His Orchestra released an instrumental version in '50. Danny Kaye also covered it that same year with subsequent versions by Louis Armstrong and Yves Montand. Popularized by Eartha Kitt (#11) and by Johnny Desmond (#25) in '54. Conway Twitty did a Country version in '60. Song? English title?

Yesterday's answer: "Kramer vs. Kramer" definitely put Vivaldi's "Concerto for Mandolin, Strings and Basso Continuo" RV 425 back on the map. He also wrote the more lugubrious "Concerto for TWO Mandolins, Strings and Organ" RV532.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Concerto for Mandolin, Strings and Basso Continuo" RV425 by Antonio Vivaldi.

OK, more Baroque: Nicknamed "Il Prete Rosso" (The Red Priest), this Venetian composer deeply influenced J. S. Bach, among many others. While greatly respected and well-received during his lifetime, his popularity steadily decreased until a robust revival during the mid to late 20th century. His only concerto for solo mandolin was featured in "The Cowboys" in 1972 and in "Kramer vs. Kramer" in 1979. It has been transcribed for guitar and lute. Composer? Solo mandolin concerto?

Yesterday's answer: "How Can I Be Sure" by The Young Rascals. My 2nd fave Rascals tune after "Baby, Let's Wait". I used to be able to hit Eddie's stratospheric notes towards the end of the song in my younger years. NOT NO MORE!!! Early presbylarynges perhaps?! I HATE it when that happens!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

"How Can I Be Sure?" by The Young Rascals.

OK, more 60's: This moving Cavaliere/Brigati romantic ballad was written and recorded by their group in '67 - their 4th US hit, peaking at #4. Their highest-charting single with Eddie Brigati on lead vocals. Doubts of one-sided love. The beautiful accordion accompaniment gives it a French cabaret feel. French chanteuse Nicoletta's version sold 2 million copies worldwide. David Cassidy topped the charts with it in the UK and took it to #25 in the US in '72. Song? Group?

Yesterday's answer: "Trumpet Voluntary" by Henry Purcell (not really!).

Yo, I should ask Henry for a refund! STILL a majestic piece even though he didn't write it.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

"Trumpet Voluntary" by Henry Purcell (not really!).

OK, back to the 1600's: This 17th century English organist and Baroque composer of sacred and laic music was strongly influenced by his French and Italian contemporaries. He is buried at Westminster Abbey next to the organ. Arguably "his" best-known piece, a popular wedding processional, was incorrectly attributed to him for many years. It was in fact written around 1700 by British composer Jeremiah Clarke as "The Prince Of Denmark's March". According to Pete Townsend his vocal and instrumental harmonies greatly influenced The Who's music. Wendy Carlos' Moog version of another one of his compositions served as the opening theme for Kubrik's "A Clockwork Orange" ('71). Composer? Best-known wedding processional NOT written by him?

Yesterday's answer: "Young Love".

"Young Love"

OK, back to the 50's: This Cartey/Joyner romantic ballad was first recorded in '56 by Ric Cartey and The Jiva-Tones. Three versions were released the following year: Tab Hunter and Sonny James topped the charts with theirs and The Crew-Cuts took it to #17. The Rolling Stones (!) covered it in '64 under "Bo & Peep" and Donny Osmond's '73 version topped the charts in the UK and peaked at #25 in the US.

Yesterday's answer: "Jungle Fever" by The Chakachas. I remember listening to "Jungle Fever" for the first time on the radio in '72 while at the U. of Puerto Rico and thinking, "What in the world was that and how was that allowed on the airwaves!?".

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

"Jungle Fever" by The Chakachas.

OK, more 70's one-hit wonders (naughty, naughty!): This Belgian group was formed in the late 50's during the Latin music craze and remained a studio-based ensemble throughout its existence. Their skilled and soulful Latin rhythms belied the fact that all the members were either Belgian or Dutch men except for lead singer Kari Kenton who was of Cuban extraction and Tito Puente's wife. Their one hit came in '72 with a Bill Ador disco composition featuring overtly sexual moaning, heavy breathing and language by Kenton with Ador in the background. RIAA Certified Gold Disc and peaked at #8 on Billboard's Hot 100. Featured on the "Boogie Nights" soundtrack. Group? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Viva La Compagnie (Vive L'Amour)". Growing up I learned it in Spanish from my Dad, "Unamonos todos en esta cancion, viva la compagnie, y el gozo llevemos en el corazon, viva la compagnie...". Always a staple around the campfire at BSA Camp Guajataka in P.R.

"Viva La Compagnie (Vive L'Amour)"

OK, let's go WAY back: Despite its French title, this public domain college/glee club/drinking/campfire/scouting song did NOT come from France. The author is unknown but it appears to be English from 1818. It shares its melody with 19th c. "Ireland Blocks The Way" and the Civil War Confederate tune "Chivalrous C.S.A." (1861). It also appears in "Carmina Collegensia" by H. R. Waite (1868) and the "Scottish Students' Song Book" (1892). Song? Alternate title?

Yesterday's answer: "One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head. He's an "almost" one-hit wonder as in '71 he hit the charts at #14 with his version of "Superstar" from the musical.

Monday, January 10, 2011

"One Night In Bangkok" by Murray Head.

OK, more 80's "quasi" one-hit wonders: This artist's "almost" one hit came in '84 with an Ulvaeus/Andersson/Rice composition originally written for "Chess", a concept album and musical. It compares the decadent nightlife of an Asian capital with a game of chess. The rap very appropriately mentions "King" Yul Brynner. Anders Glenmark provides the chorus. Intricate Jethro Tull-esque flute solo. #1 in 4 countries, #3 US & Canada and #12 UK. Last show tune to chart in the Top 5. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: Cirino and The Bowties. Teddy Randazzo was a much better singer - I'm glad he also recorded their songs.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Cirino and The Bowties.

OK, more 50's: Del Serino Colacrai was born in Brooklyn and and was a childhood friend of Teddy Randazzo. They co-wrote several songs for Randazzo's ensemble The Three Chuckles. He then formed his own doo-wop quartet mostly featuring his compositions. Their "(My)Rosemarie" was recorded by both groups. In '56 they were picked up by and toured with Alan Freed, appearing in his movie "Rock, Rock, Rock" singing "Ever Since I Can Remember". Group?

Yesterday's answer: 1.) Jimmy Cavallo and The House Rockers (Houserockers) 2. First all-white band to play the Apollo Theater 3. "Go Johnny Go". The talent lineup in "Rock, Rock, Rock" is incredible!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Jimmy Cavallo and The Houserockers (House Rockers).

OK, more 50's: This Syracuse, NY native cut his teeth on the tenor sax while in the Navy sitting in with black blues players in D.C. and North Carolina. After his discharge he assembled a quartet - one of the first white R&B groups. His subsequent band played the opening tune on Alan Freed's movie "Rock, Rock,Rock" and during the promotion tour in '56 they made history. They appeared in another movie in '59. Band? Historic event? '59 movie?

Yesterday's answer: "Yeh-Yeh" by Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames. Their other big hit was Murray/Callander's "The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde" in '68 which topped the UK charts and peaked at #7 in the US.


OK Mark, just for you: 1.) Before adopting their geeky keyboardist's name as their own (born Michael Lubowitz), what was this British Invasion blues/beatnik-edged pop band's original name? 2.) Name their 1st Top 5 hit in the UK. 3.) When Tom McGuinness switched from bass to guitar, who filled in for him temporarily on bass? 4.) After leaving the band in '66, the original singer starred in a movie in '67 - name it. 5.) Name their last #1 UK hit before splitting in '69.

Answers: 1.) Mann-Hugg Blues Brothers. 2.) "5-4-3-2-1" (theme to UK TV's 'Ready, Set, Go!')
3.) Jack Bruce. 4.) "Privilege" (Paul Jones) 5.) Dylan's "The Mighty Quinn".

Thursday, January 6, 2011

"Yeh Yeh" by Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames.

OK, more 60's: Born Clive Powell, this British singer/keyboardist/guitarist started out with The Dominoes at age 15. He joined Billy Fury's backup band at 17 until Fury let them go to pursue a solo career. He then became the band's front man - at one point a young Cat Stevens sat in with them. In '65 they released a cover of a Grant/Patrick/Hendricks Latin soul number originally performed by Mongo Santamaria in '63. Their version topped the UK charts in '65 dethroning The Beatles, earning them a Gold Record and peaking at #21 in the U.S. Band? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Yellow River" by Christie. Written by Jeff Christie, The Tremeloes rejected it in favor of another tune that barely charted - I bet they were thrilled!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

"Yellow River" by Christie.

OK, more 70's one-hit wonders: This eponymous British band's only hit came in '70 with a catchy tune penned by its leader and lead singer. It was originally recorded by The Tremeloes but they decided not to release it so the producer took the vocals off the master and added this band's voices. A young soldier has finished his tour of duty in Vietnam and is looking forward to returning home. #1 in the UK and 25 other countries; #23 on Billboard's Hot 100. CBS Records' biggest-selling song in '70. Covered by REM and Sir Elton John. Band? Hit?

Yesterday's answer: "Duncan" by Paul Simon. A testament to the songwriting genius that is Paul Simon. Can you imagine taking a class from him?! After "American Tune" this has to be my fave Simon solo tune.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"Duncan" by Paul Simon.

OK, back to the 70's: After splitting with Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon taught songwriting at NYU. Among his students were Maggie and Terre Roche and Melissa Manchester. It took him 2 1/2 years to release his first solo album "Paul Simon" in 1972. The 2nd cut is a poignant minor-chord coming of age ballad about a fisherman's son. Between the verses we hear flute, charango and percussion interludes by Los Incas, an Andean group also featured in "El Condor Pasa". It peaked at #52 on the Pop charts in '72.

Yesterday's answer: "The Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson). I LOVE that tune - still chokes me up every time I hear it. Interestingly, even though Kermit is a "one-hit wonder", Jim Henson isn't, as he had another hit as Ernie in '70 with "Rubber Duckie" (#16 on Billboard).

Monday, January 3, 2011

"The Rainbow Connection" by Kermit the Frog.

OK, more one-hit wonders: This "artist's" only hit came in November, 1979 with a Paul Williams/Kenneth Ascher composition, peaking at #25 on Billboard's Hot 100 and staying in the Top 40 for 7 weeks. Oscar and Golden Globe nominated. AFI's 74th Greatest Movie Song of All Time. KILLER duet with Debbie Harry on the "artist's" show in '81. Covered by many, including Willie Nelson who is often mistakenly credited as its composer. "Artist"? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Dies Irae" ("Day Of Wrath"). One of my most cherished musical memories is singing Mozart's "Requiem" as part of my med school's choir backed by members of the Philadelphia Symphony Orch. POWERFUL!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

"Dies Irae" ("Day Of Wrath")

OK, back to gloom and doom: This famous 13th century trochaic Latin hymn was originally attributed to Thomas de Celano but, amid controversy, it is now believed to have been written by an unknown Franciscan monk. A reflection upon the Final Judgement, it was inspired by Zephaniah 1:15-16 and by Unetanneh Tokef in the Jewish liturgy. It constitutes the core of Requiem Masses by Mozart, Verdi, Berlioz and Stravinsky, among others. The last two stanzas, "Lacrimosa" and "Pie Jesu" are perhaps the best known. Used by Kubrik in "A Clockwork Orange" and "The Shining".

Yesterday's answer: "Hey Leroy your Mama's Calling You" by Jimmy Castor. Don't ask me why but that tune was pretty popular in P.R. when it came out in '66. Must have been the Latin rhythm.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

"Hey Leroy, Your Mama's Calling You" by Jimmy Castor.

OK, back to the 60's (a toughie!): This NYC native started his career as a doo-wop singer and in time replaced Frankie Lymon when he left The Teenagers in '57. He took up the sax in '60. His one solo hit came in '66 with a latin/soul/jazz-influenced number. He eventually became the undisputed master of novelty disco-funk with "Troglodyte" in '72 and "The Bertha Butt Boogie" in '75. Artist? Hit?

Yesterday's answer: "Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" by Glenn Medeiros.

"Nothing's Gonna Change My Love For You" by Glenn Medeiros.

OK, more 80's one-hit wonders: This Hawaiian singer/songwriter of Portuguese extraction is strictly considered to be an "80's one-hit wonder" as a soloist even though he topped the charts in '90 with "She Ain't Worth It", a duet with Bobby Brown. His solo hit was a Goffin/Masser composition originally recorded by George Benson in '84. At seventeen he won a local talent competition with his version of the song which he recorded on a small indie label, catching the attention of mainland DJ's. Peaked at #12 US in '87-'88 and topped the charts in the UK. He also recorded it in Spanish even though it was Argentinian Sergio Denis' cover that became extremely popular in Latin America. His two children are named Chord and Lyric (?!) Singer? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Smoke From A Distant Fire" by the Sanford-Townsend Band. Always liked the vocals.