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In 1977 the group L.T.D., (Love Togetherness and Devotion, recorded Back in love which made it to number one on the R&B charts where it stayed for two weeks and became a gold record. The song was also number four on Billboards hot 100 singles. Back in Love was written by Len Ron Hanks and Zane Grey, with Jeffrey Osborne singing lead. This song became the dance anthem that summer in my neck of the woods and more than likely all across the nation, and holds a special meaning for me. Every party that I attended for about a year played Back in love at least once and everybody would get on the floor.
Oh what a night it was, New Years Eve 1975 and about 15 minutes before midnight. I had no idea my life was about to change, and that Frankie Valli's current hit would be a part of the process. December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" is actually a song by the group the Four Seasons, with Frankie Valli as their leader. This recording was written by Bob Gaudio, the original keyboardist for the group and his future wife Judy Parker. The song featured drummer Gerry Polci on lead vocals, with Valli singing backing vocals and the bridge sections. Don Ciccone the former lead singer of The Critters played base and sang the falsetto part of "And I felt a rush like a rolling ball of thunder, spinning my head around and taking my body under." December 63 reached number one in both the UK and the United States. I recall that during my senior year in high school there was a barn dance in the gym, complete with bales of hay. Just as I walked in and sat down December 63 began to play. I'm not certain, but this may have been my first time hearing it and I loved it right away. According to Wikepedia, this was the last hit for the Four Seasons as a group, but as a solo artist, Frankie Valli had another record breaker with Grease.
One of my all time favorite songs is Atomic Dog by George Clinton. I truly get a kick out of the recent Etrade commercial where this funk hit is utilized. Even my 8 year old grandson stops what he is doing to watch the canines being pampered aboard the yacht. In my opinion, whoever came up with this advertisement is a genius. No matter where I am, when I hear Atomic Dog it makes me want to dance. The beat causes me to feel as if I am in my twenties again which is how old I was when this song was a hit. George Clinton's brand of funk remains relative in this changing world where artists like Snoop Dog admit sampling his material. Atomic Dog is special to me not just because of the dance beat but also the video which was made during the hey day of MTV. This is when music video's were fun and original. I especially love how George Clinton mixed animation with the live dancers. Atomic Dog was a favorite of my brother Bill Jones, who drowned on Father's Day 1993.
Spoilers from Soap Dirt are revealing that life in Port Charles is about to take a turn for the worst. Things had been pretty quiet and Sonny seemed to be focusing on his coffee business but all of that is about to change. Someone is targeting the Corinthos family and Detective Taggert has returned to town at Jordan’s request, mob activity is about to increase and things will escalate to the point where Laura will be shot during a turf war. The big question will be which of Sonny’s enemies is put to get him. Julian Jerome is no longer active in the business so viewers will be watching intently to figure out who is trying to stir things up.