Flashback: “Roundball Rock” by John Tesh

This wasn’t a hit for Mr. Tesh, but the song did make a bit of news recently with Fox Sports acquiring the rights to it for selected college basketball games, bringing the theme to a new generation of fans.


Flashback: “I Wanna Be With You (Everywhere You Go)” by Brook Benton

Here’s another one of those “What Was That Song?” mysteries from the recent holiday season – and a good place to start for 2019.

I was trying to think of who did the song most of the time it was on – and I kept thinking the performer was Tom Jones. A good guess on my part, but nope – Brook Benton performed it, a man no stranger to the pop charts in the ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s.

It looks like this was released in 1966 – but this particular song wasn’t a hit record back then, but worthy of a listen.

Flashback: “19” by Paul Hardcastle

With a new year with a “19” at the end of it nearly upon us – I thought this would be the perfect song to wrap 2018 up.

The song was a major hit in 1985 in most of Europe, going to #15 in the Billboard charts during the summer here in the United States. The documentary narrator is Peter Thomas, but perhaps more notably, the audio of news stories comes from the late ABC newsman Frank Reynolds – famous for his tense reactions to Ronald Reagan’s assassination attempt in 1981.

Flashback: “Let It Snow” by Dean Martin

I’m pretty sure this is the first time I’ve ever had a current Top 40 hit as a Flashback, but the holiday season (and how popular Christmas songs are this year on the Billboard charts) provided such an opportunity.

Recorded in 1959, the song is currently #32 on the Billboard charts as of this week (the week ending December 22, 2018 – though Billboard ordinarily publishes the chart positions the Wednesday prior). It’s the first Hot 100 song for Martin since 1969, ending over a 49-year gap, and his first Top 40 hit since 1967.

Merry Christmas, everybody. I’ll be back with a post on Christmas Eve day.

Flashback: “Let Me In” by The Sensations

The last couple of Sundays watching the NFL games on the FOX network, I’ve seen this Cadillac commercial that had this song I didn’t recognize. I tend to think I’m pretty good at songs from the post-Beatles era onward. If I heard a few notes of any song, I could reasonably tell you the title and artist relatively quickly.

But this commercial with the song with the “wee-oo” in it – that stumped me, and I’m lucky enough not get stumped that often. Turns out that this song was a #4 hit for The Sensations back in 1962, and was covered by Bonnie Raitt in 1973.

Flashback: “Hip Hop Hooray” by Naughty By Nature

A #8 hit on the Billboard charts for this hip-hop group back in 1993 – which somehow doesn’t seem all that long ago. I remember it from the NBA Live 2000 video game – a neat little song.