Disc 4 of 5. These songs charted between July 1980 through February 1981 (my first semester of high school.) Not many good tracks here.
- One In A Million You - Larry Graham, released April 1980, Pop #9, R&B #1. Previously reviewed here. Here's what I said then: "I loved this song back in the summer of 1980 and it's great to hear it again. Graham was the bass player for Sly And The Family Stone and has a great voice that has similarities to Barry White. When I was 13 years old and trying desperately to figure out how to woo women, I would imagine myself singing One In A Million You to a girl in attempts to gain favor. I never tried it for reals, but I think it might have worked except for the fact that, at the time, I couldn't sing as low as Larry Graham."
- Jesse - Carly Simon, released July 1980, Pop #11. Carly has never been one of my favorites and this song isn't very good. It tries to be a lusty, seductive thing yet it has a children's sing-along chorus at the end? During my freshman year in high school, I was in drama class and was subjected to a classmate named Melissa earnestly lip-synching to this song for a "record pantomime" grade. It was so bad I clearly remember it 32 years later.
- Hot Rod Hearts - Robbie Dupree, released July 1980, Pop #15. 1980 was a good time to be a yacht rocker. I always group Dupree with with fellow soft rock artist Michael Johnson, but this could just as easily be a Michael McDonald chart. I prefer his earlier hit, Steal Away (on volume 3 of this series), but this is still mighty smooth.
- Theme From The Dukes Of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys) - Waylon Jennings, released August 1980, Pop #21, Country #1. I have a love/hate relationship with this one. It's familiar and I sing along with it, but more than a little too country for my tastes. What I want to remember about that TV show isn't the theme, but its continuing contribution to fashion: Daisy Dukes.
- How Do I Survive - Amy Holland, released June 1980, Pop #22. I don't remember this disco-ish tune from '80. Holland sounds a lot like Sheena Easton. Michael McDonald was behind this release and his hand is all over it - even the sax solo sounds like it was ripped from One Step Closer. Holland and McDonald eventually married.
- Sequel - Harry Chapin, released October 1980, Pop #23. Another one I don't remember. At almost seven minutes, this one is hard to take. I've never liked any of Chapin's work and I don't like his voice, so this song isn't doing anything to change my opinion of his musical work. His humanitarian work, on the other hand, demands my respect.
- Lookin' For Love - Johnny Lee, released June 1980, Pop #5, Country #1. As you can imagine, Urban Cowboy was huge in Houston and this song was probably played on every station in the Houston market at one time or another. I know all the words, but that doesn't mean I like it. This is so far from what I normally play, my oldest son just asked me what I was listening to.
- Empire Strikes Back (Medley: Darth Vader/Yoda's Theme) - Meco, released June 1980, Pop #18. Sci-fi disco? Oh, lawd, why? What might have been a good idea in 1977 had tarnished badly by 1980.
- King Of The Hill - Rick Pinette & Oak, released February 1980, Pop #36. I remember this one. It's an unfortunate melodramatic marriage of the styles of Barry Manilow and Styx. Let that sink in for a second.
- I'm Happy That Love Has Found You - Jimmy Hall, released September 1980, Pop #27. The disc makes a mild comeback with this soul-tinged southern shuffle. Another Michael McDonald sighting? That sure sounds like him on background vocals. I don't remember this one, but I probably would have liked it back in 1980. It saves the second half of this disc, for sure.
- Killin' Time - Fred Knoblock & Susan Anton, released November 1980, Pop #28. Not my kind of ballad. Even though I have strange fondness for Knoblock's earlier hit (Why Not Me, on volume 3 of this series), I don't like this plodding waltz. For an actress/model, Anton isn't a bad vocalist.
- I Believe In You - Don Williams, released August 1980, Pop #24, Country #1. Even when this was popular, I thought it was just boring country pablum. An annoying earworm - I wish I had written it.
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