I was remembering, the other night, some of the music I listened to in high school that wasn’t straight-up rock and roll. I thought I’d offer a few of these for your listening pleasure.
Barry Manilow, singer, songwriter, jingle-writer, performer — I liked a lot of his music when I was in high school. One of my favorites, from 1978’s Even Now album, was and is Copacabana:
I loved Electric Light Orchestra then, as I still do. They had dozens of great songs during my years at Morse High. Their platinum album, Out of the Blue, includes so many hits: Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Turn to Stone, and Telephone Line, to name a few. But today I’m playing Rockaria, from A New World Record.
Leo Sayer sang When I Need You, a 1977 single and a beautiful love song, written by Alfred Hammond and Carole Bayer Sager. Sayer broke a streak of #2 songs with this one, which went to #1 in the UK, and on the Billboard Hot 100.