Flashback: “The Devil Went Down To Georgia” by The Charlie Daniels Band

On Monday past, we lost Charlie Daniels – who died suddenly at the age of 81.

Easily, this song was Charlie’s biggest hit – going to #1 on the country charts and #3 on the Hot 100 in 1979.

Flashback: “Not Ready To Make Nice” by The Chicks

The s0-called “cancel culture” has hit the world of music as well. The country band Lady Antebellum recently changed the name of their group to “Lady A” – and the band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks have now become simply The Chicks as of yesterday.

This 2006 ballad crossed over and became a major hit – going to #4 on the weekly pop charts at one point. The song seems to speak of the negative feedback they received being critical of the then president, George W. Bush.

I can’t imagine they would be supporters of the current president, either.

Flashback: “Rolling In The Deep” by Adele

My rule for a song to be considered as Flashback eligible is that it had to have been released ten calendar years ago or more. “Rolling In The Deep” was released in late 2010, and went to the top of the Billboard charts in 2011. This will probably go down as Adele’s magnum opus – and was one of the better songs of the past decade.

Flashback: “Neutron Dance” by The Pointer Sisters

On Monday, Bonnie Pointer passed away – an early member of the Pointer Sisters musical ensemble that had a lot of hits on the US pop charts in the late 1970’s and most of the 1980’s.

Bonnie’s younger sisters scored this hit released in 1983 – with the song hitting #6 on the Billboard charts. It was also used in the first Beverly Hills Cop movie featuring Eddie Murphy.

Flashback: “Live Is Life” by Opus

One of those songs that pops into my head every now and then. If you watched the Winter Olympics over the years – this always seemed to be used at the hockey games.

It was a minor hit here in the US, going to #32 on the Billboard charts at one point in 1986.

Flashback: “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” by Nicki French

Back in 2015, I looked at the original version of this song – a #1 hit for Bonnie Tyler, and very likely the song that winds up being her magnum opus.

I first heard about the remake reading about it in the St. Petersburg Times in their “Weekend” section. Someone remade this song already? It wasn’t too long afterwards that I took a trip to the record store in Seminole and picked up Nicki French’s remake. I thought it was an odd choice to turn a memorable ballad into a disco song – but if you didn’t like one version of it, there were two other “mixes” that hit the radio airwaves 25 years ago right about now.

It didn’t do too badly on the charts – peaking at #2 in the late spring and early summer of 1995. I remember thinking this would likely lead to Bonnie releasing a new album in America within a year or so, and sure enough – she did exactly that in 1996 with an album called Free Spirit that caught little notice.