Flashback: “My Ding-A-Ling” by Chuck Berry

As many of you know, Chuck Berry passed this past Saturday at the age of 90. Any words I could use to eulogize him wouldn’t do him justice, but I’ll give it a shot. He fused R&B and rock and roll together, becoming the catalyst of many artists and groups who came into the business after him.

Berry’s biggest hit was this chart-topper novelty hit from the fall of 1972, recorded in a concert from Coventry, England.

Flashback: “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge

In honor of the passing of Toni Sledge this past Sunday, here’s a look back at Sister Sledge’s biggest hit, topping the charts in 1979.

I always think of a couple of things when I hear this song. First, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who won the World Series that year, adopting this song as their unofficial theme for that season.

Secondly, this seemed to be a theme song at weddings I’ve attended of relatives and friends. At weddings, this song is timeless. It doesn’t matter if it’s 1979, 1999, or 2017; it’s a perfect fit.

Give it a listen, and I’ll be back tomorrow with an aircheck.

Flashback: “Jump” by Van Halen

Thinking of this song today because the knee problems I’ve been having the past month and half are nearly over. This song was Van Halen’s biggest hit in the era where David Lee Roth was their lead singer, topping the charts 33 years ago this week in 1984.

God, the music was so much better back then, but that’s merely my opinion.

Flashback: “Chase” by Giorgio Moroder

If you’re a late night talk radio buff of a certain age, you’d recognize this tune instantly. Or a wrestling fan of the 1980’s, as there was once a tag team called the Midnight Express.

It was much more of a pop culture hit than it was on the pop charts, peaking at #33 in January of 1979 here in the United States. But, as I said, it got a lot of use in other forms of media.

I always thought it’d be the perfect for the start of an auto race, and I can’t imagine it’s hasn’t been done somewhere out there in the 38 years and change this song has been out.

Until tomorrow, bomp-bomp-bomp-bomp, bump-bump-bump-bump…