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HS Days One-Hit Wonders #4M & Grateful for ALL Things Quote #Sparks

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Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! I’m taking life easy in Blogosphere. The holidays are fast approaching and instead of getting stressed about this or that, I’m just going with the flow. Our mewsic theme this week is “One-Hit Wonders from Your High School Days” submitted by today’s Spotlight Dancer, Vandy J from The Testosterone Three and Me. Very cool theme I might say, not that I’m doing a series on this subject or anything. 😉

I graduated in 1980, so my high school years spanned the late 70s. This is currently the decade I’m working on with my #1 One-Hit Wonders series, so I thought I’d pick those one-hit wonders that were a little less known to me, such as my opening song “It Must Be Love” by Alton McClain & Destiny peaking #32 on June 9, 1979 which coincidentally is our wedding date. Yeah, I was a child bride and you can read a little more about it here. Now, stroll down memory lane with my high school years one-hit wonders playlist!

 

  1. Summer 1976, “Save Your Kisses For Me” Brotherhood of Man, peaked #27
  2. Fall 1977 “Smoke From a Distant Fire” Sanford Townsend Band, peaked #9
  3. Summer 1978 “Dance Across the Floor” Jimmy Bo Horne, peaked #38
  4. Summer 1980 “New Romance” Spider, peaked #39

Some of these one-hit wonders I remember but most I can’t say for sure, except for the #9 charting song. Okay, it’s your turn, what mewsic moves you today?

 

I invite you to hit the dance floor with my dance partners XmasDolly, Stacy,  & Colette!



This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!

 

 

 

I invite you hop over to McGuffy’s Reader for more “Sparks” of inspiraiton/encouragement. Let’s make the world a better place, one person at a time beginning with #1! 😉

I pulled together a playlist of Contemporary Christian and Country Artists with songs about blessings/gratitude prior to knowing today’s mewsic theme and instead of ditching it, I decided to share it in this segment. Hey, what can I say, I love mewsic!  This is the season of reflection and a time to express gratitude for everything in you life no matter how small or how difficult because we have it better than most. We just need to open our eyes to receive the blessings in all shapes

 

  1. “We Are Blessed” All Sons & Daughters
  2. “I Could Not Ask For More” Sara Evans
  3. “Blessings” Laura Story
  4. “It’s a Great Day to be Alive” Travis Tritt
  5. “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” Matt Redman
  6. “But For The Grace of God” Keith Urban
  7. “Good Good Father” Chris Tomlin
  8. “Live Like You Were Dying” Tim McGraw

 

I’m chillaxing in Blogosphere with the upcoming holidays. There’s no need to add stress to one’s life. This is a season of blessings and good cheer, so enjoy it – live in the moment! Keep those tunes playing, your body swaying, and I’ll see ya around the cyber block soon! X💋X💋, Cathy

 

 

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#1 One-Hit Wonders from 1970-1974 #4M

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Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! This is “freebie week” which means there is NO THEME and it’s your choice to share whatever mewsic moves you!  Today, I’m picking up again my “One-hit Wonders” series with these #1 charting classics from 1970-1974!

 

  1. “Venus” – Shocking Blue (1970) Dutch musician, background vocalist, and songwriter, Bobbie Van Leeuwen wrote this classic one-hit wonder that went #1 in nine countries by Dutch band, Shocking Blue, and it returned to the top of the chart in 1986 by the all-girl group, Bananarama.
  2. “Me and Bobby McGee” – Janis Joplin (1971) Kris Kristofferson & Fred Foster penned this song and first performed by Roger Miller. Several artist recorded the song but it Joplin’s cover that topped the chart, making it her only #1 hit. Interesting, she recorded this song for her Pearl album two days before her death in 1970.
  3. “Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey” – Paul & Linda McCartney (1971) The husband/wife duo stitched together several unfinished songs making this McCartney’s first post-Beatles’ #1 hit. It’s said this song’s interpretation is an apology to McCartney’s Uncle Albert’s generation from his generation with mixed depression over the Beatles’ breakup. The song is particular noted for its thunder and rain sounds, telephone effects added to the vocals, chirping birds and seashore wind.
  4. “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” – Vicki Lawrence (1973) Bobby Russell wrote this southern gothic song. The spine-tingling tale of a man wrongly accused of murdering his wife and lover told by the real killer the man’s baby sister. Bobby was married to Vicki when he penned the song. He  didn’t like it and had no intentions of recording it but Lawrence felt different, deciding to recorded it for her album with the same name and the rest is history.
  5. “Brother Louie” – Stories (1973) is a song about an interracial affair written by UK Hot Chocolate band members Errol Brown & originally recorded by the group which did well but six months later Stories covered the song taking it to #1 in the USA and Canada.
  6. “Seasons in the Sun” – Terry Jacks (1974) Jacks’ song is an English-translation of “Le Meribond” written by Belgian singer/songwriter, Jacques Brell. Originally the song was written as a farewell from a dying husband to his wife but Jacks’ rendition in version one he sings to a trusted friend he’s known since childhood, the second version he down plays the regret and the 3rd he bids goodbye to his little daughter.  This song stayed at #1 for three weeks and remained in the top 40 six months after it’s release.
  7. TSOP (The Sounds of Philadelphia) – MFSB (1974) is an instrumental piece depicting Philadelphia soul by Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers featuring vocalists, The Three Degrees. It became Soul Train’s theme  and the first TV show song to reach #1. Don Cornelius expressed regret for making a stink about not allowing MFSB original reference in the song to the Soul Train.
  8. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace (1974) The Valentine’s Day massacre where Capone’s men killed several members of the Bugs Moran gang (no police involvement) inspired the songwriters Paper Lace band members, Peter Callender and Mitch Murray spinning a fictitious blood bath between mobsters and coppers with the anxious await of news for a mother about her husband’s fate, a Chicago policeman.
  9. “I Can Help” – Billy Swan (1974) Usually one-hit wonder artists don’t have little success outside their one time hit but that’s not the case with Swan. I Can Help is consider his biggest hit but what made so special is that it’s crossover smash hit Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Country Singles charts. It peaked at #1 on several international charts as well.
  10. “Kung Fu Fighting” – Carol Douglas (1974) This one-hit wonder is a case of another song needed for side B (I Want To Give YOu My Everything) and not taken seriously; recording it in the last ten minutes of a three-hour recording session in only two takes but after Robin Blanchflower of Pye Records heard it, insisted “Kung Fu Fighting” be the A-side. Sales and radio play time were slow in the first five weeks but then gained momentum going on to be one of the best-selling singles of all times with more than 11M record sales worldwide.

I like to fit in at least one post in this series each month but honestly I don’t believe there’s a snowball chance in heck that, that will happen,  so I will resume with in January with more #1 One-Hit Wonders!

Are you ready to groove?  My partners XmasDolly, Stacy, &  Colette are ready to boogie with you and you’re invited to step out on the dance floor with us now!




This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!

 

 

What mewsic moves you today? ?

 

I invite you hop over to McGuffy’s Reader for more “Sparks” of inspiration/encouragement. Let’s make the world a better place, one person at a time beginning with #1! 😉

I can honestly say I have a happy heart because I am thankful for everything in my life, the good and the not-so good.  Every experience is meant to shape me into the person God wants me to be and it’s truly up to me to use these moments to grow from and to enrich another person’s life. Do you have a thankful heart? What are you thankful for today?

Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying, I’ll see ya around the cyber block!

 

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A not-so Spooky Halloween

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Good morning, Ghouls and Boos! What a spooktacular way to begin the week to find your haunting around my blog! Are you ready to rattle your bones?  Our theme this week is “Halloween” but we’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and we invite you step on the dance floor with  XmasDolly, Colette, and little ole me!

Alice Cooper does creepy VERY well. He’s an entertainer and his fans want a show. Let me say I am not an authority on heavy rock bands. Today’s inspiration is a spin-off of a broader idea but for now I’m going to share some ballads, a few I know but most are new-to-me in this A Not-So-Spooky Alice playlist. Enjoy the mewsic!

 

  1. Only Women Bleed” from Welcome To My Nightmare album comes one of Cooper’s biggest hits, ranking #1 (Canadian charts) and #12 in the US in 1975. Like many, I thought the song was about a woman’s menstral cycle but it’s actually is about a woman in an abusive marriage. I’m not sure what spurred Cooper and Wagner to write the ballad. I can only hope it was bring more awarness to domestic violence. Regardless the reasons or what the song is about, I think the melody is gentle.
  2. You and Me” Cooper’s lead single from his 1977 album, Lace and Whiskey reaching #9 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #8 on Cash Box Top 100 that summer. Cooper’s song did better in Canada (#3) and Australia (#2 ) making his song this the 13th biggest hit of ’77.
  3. It’s Me” from Cooper’s 1994 The Last Temptation album; reaching #34 in the UK.
  4. Only My Heart Talkin’” this power ballad is from Cooper’s 1989 album Trash. The song charted #89 in the US but peaked on the Australia’s chart at #47
  5. Burning Our Bed” is from Hey Stoopid 1991 album. The lyrics tell of guy who’s heart belongs to a lying woman but severes ties, burning bridges, calling it quits with their relationship
  6. How You Gonna See Me Now” Cooper co-wrote with Bernie Taupin (yeah, Elton’s co-lyrists) and Dick Wagner released from his 1979 album, From the Inside, charting #12 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This song tells the story of man anxious to get back with a lost loved now changed but worried how will she see him?
  7. Be With You Awhile” from 2003 album, The Eyes of Alice Cooper speaks of a man who wants to be with his gal doing the smallest or silliest things just so he can be with her.

 

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!



 

Are you a fan of heavy metal rock bands?

What ballads come to mind when you think of this genre?

Do you think some heavy metal groups are truly evil or is all an act?

What mewsic moves you today?

 

I invite you hop over to McGuffy’s Reader for more “Sparks” of inspiraiton/encouragement. Let’s make the world a better place, one person at a time beginning with #1! 😉

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Me: What do mummies like listening to on Halloween?
You: I don’t know.
Me: Wrap music!

If you liked the joke, you’ll find more Halloween jokes, here.

 

 

Okay, you’re next…make me laugh and what do you expect other than a joke about mewsic?  Keep those tunes playing and your body swaying, I’ll see ya around the cyber block and don’t forget to join me tomorrow for Cathy Chats!

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Take a Little Ride with the #4M crew #music

 

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s fabulous to see you! Are you ready to groove to some mewsic?  Our theme this week is songs about  “Vehicles – Cars or Trucks or Boats” but we’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and we invite you step on the dance floor with  XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette, and little ole me!

 

Our car (2003) is reliable and getting really old but don’t tell her that! She’s a Toyota need I say more? While I’d love to have a new car, I’ve always secretly or not so wanted a truck. You know there’s so much you can do with a truck. Hayrides or making-out camping in the truck bed, off-road drivin’, haulin’ large stuff home or movin’  into a new place (that’s what I’m talkin’ ’bout!). There’s somethin’ ’bout a truck!

 

 

If I had a truck ole yeah, I could do all the things above and more!

 

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!



 

 

Do you have a truck?

Would you like a truck?

What would you do with a truck?

Have you camped in the bed of a truck?

What mewsic moves you today? ?

I’m joining my pal, Annie, for another edition of “Sparks” and this is what she says about her new meme series…

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!

 

Last week was hard. I found out something I didn’t like, so I dedicate today’s encouragement to those dealing with a painful life.

 

At the present I have somethings up in the air. I don’t know how things will play out, so if I’m slow to dance with you then know I will stop by to boogie with you soon! Also with things up in the air I’m not sure if tomorrow’s post will make it. If you don’t see one then, life has taken precedent and blogging is on hold temporarily.  You can always join my email subscription to get the latest “Curious as the Cathy” mews straight to your inbox. Have a tunetastic day!

X💋X💋, Cathy

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Concluding the 60s with 8 #1 One-Hit Wonders (1966-’69)

Good morning, Kittens and Dawgs! It’s fabulous to see you! Are you ready to groove to some mewsic?  Our theme this week is “your choice” but we’re not finicky if you have tunes to share then we’re ready to boogie with you and we invite you step on the dance floor with  XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me!

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Thank you!



 

Last month I shared two posts in this series 1960 and 1961-’65. Today, I’m concluding the 60s decade with 8 #1 One-Hit Wonders.

 

 

“Winchester Cathedral”, song composure Geoph Stephens formed the British novelty group, New Vaudeville Band, released by Fontana Records October 1966. It climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on   December 3rd. A week later it was replaced with the Beach Boys, “Good Bibrations” rebounding two weeks later to knock The Monkees  “I’m a Believer” off.

There were no #1 one-hit wonders in 1967 but the following year cranked out five of them beginning on January 20, 1968 with John Fred and His Playboy Band with “Judy in Disguise” written by John and fellow band member Andrew Bernard. The inspiration came from John’s misinterpretation of the Beatles song, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” in which he thought the Beatles were singing “Lucy in disguise…”. Let me just say…John wasn’t alone. I thought THIS for YEARS!

“Green Tambourine” was written and composed by Paul Leka and Shelley Pinz. The story behind the song is about a street performer begging for money in turn playing his green tambourine. The Ohio-based group The Lemon Ripers recorded and released this song late 1967 and became the first bubblegum pop song to top the chart February 3, 1968, selling over a million copies and staying at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 13-weeks.

I shared the next song “Love Is Blue” in a recent 4M post but I didn’t know until now that Paul Mauriat & His Orchestra song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart February 10, 1968 and stayed for five weeks nor did I know it was a One-Hit Wonder.

Philemon Hou composed the instrumental “Grazing In the Grass” and recorded by south Africian trumpeter Hugh Maskela in March 1968.  Four months later on July 20th the jazz piece spiked the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #1. It coincidentally became the 18th biggest hit of the year. The following year, The Friends of Distinction, recorded a lyrical cover to top the R&B Top Ten charts.

To this day, I swear that I saw Jeannie C. Riley in a southwestern Virginia radio station when I was a little girl.  It was about the time the next one-hit wonder “Harper Valley PTA” hit the airwaves when a very pretty, blonde woman wearing a short dress walked passed me. I’m not sure if Riley did that sort of thing or not but I told everyone that I saw her.  American country songwriter, Tom T. Hall penned the lyrics to this one-hit wonder which became a global sensation with Jeannie C. Riley’s vocals.  Her single sold over six million copies and Riley became the first woman to top the Billboard Hot 100 (Sept. 21, 1968) and US Hot Country Singles (Sept. 28 – Oct. 12) chart with the same song. An achievement not repeated until Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5” in 1981.

I thought it interesting that American folk songwriters/singers, Zager & Evan, picked up on Americans’ technology addiction in the 60s. Thinking about such technology now is like remembering when dinosaurs roamed the earth but in their one-hit wonder “In the Year 2525” resonate a certain truth with its lyrics.  We are a people doomed by our own hands with our fascination and strong need for more and more technology at our finger tips constantly. In the US, this song topped two charts Billboard Hot 100 (Jul. 12, 1969)  for 6-weeks and US Easy Listening Singles (Aug. 16, ’69) for 2-weeks. I didn’t know what the words meant when I was 8 but it certainly filled me with gloomy sense which made me not care a great deal about the song. Hey, I’m a happy person!

“Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” recorded by Steam, a once fictious group, made up by songwriters  Paul Leka, Gary DeCarlo and Dale Fraschuer became a Billboard Hot 100 hit on December 6th. This song gained popularity with sport fans after the Chicago White Sox organist played the tune every time a Sox slugger knocked out the opposition pitcher and the chorus is still often chanted today.

This concludes the 60s decade, song selections for these series harvested from Wikipedia. I proudly supported Wikipedia with a small one-time donation to help keep them going. I will continue with this series in November with the 70s and if you’d like to stay connected with the latest mews on Curious as a Cathy,  then I invite you to join my email subscription service to get instant notification when I add new posts.

What’s your favorite one-hit wonder from the 60s?

 

Please tell your friends to join us on the dance floor each week and I’ll see ya around the cyber-block.

 

I’m joining my pal, Annie, for another edition of “Sparks” and this is what she says about her new meme series…

I believe we are meant to be lights in this world. If we allow our light to shine, we can see where we are going. It is then that we can begin to truly see each other clearly. Together, we can light up the entire world!

Our world needs more light and goodness. A found a quote that’s purrfect, wonderfully encouraging and inspiring that I decided to use on one of my photo-art creations to share my “Sparks” with you!

 

I shared the original, as well as my Brushstroke creation here with my Skywatch Friday buds. The warmth of the sunlight makes ones troubles melt away with a sense of calm washing over one’s entire soul. Can you feel?

 

One more thing before I hop off, I’d like to ask y’all to vote in yesterday’s Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree #BoTB showdown. I’m outta here for now, keep those tunes playing and your body swaying. I’ll see you tomorrow for Cathy Chats. 😉

Have a tunetastic day!

 

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