Song Lyric Sunday | “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Songs that reference another group.

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We Belong Together was the second release from The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey’s 2005 album many considered her comeback after several tumultuous years which included a disastrous movie and mental health issues.

We Belong Together broke several records in the United States and became Carey’s sixteenth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. After staying at number one for fourteen non-consecutive weeks, the song became the second longest running number one song in US chart history, behind Carey’s 1996 collaboration with Boyz II Men, One Sweet Day.

In the ballad, Carey mentions the music of two R & B legends, Bobby Womack and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

FUN FACTS:

  • Billboard listed it as the “song of the decade” and the ninth most popular song of all time. Besides its chart success, the song broke several airplay records, and according to Nielsen BDS, gathered both the largest one-day and one-week audiences in history.
  • During the week of September 25, 2005, Carey set another record, becoming the first female to occupy the first two spots atop the Hot 100, as We Belong Together remained at number one, and her next single, Shake It Off moved into the number two spot.
  • On the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end Chart of 2005, the song was declared the number one song, a career first for Carey.
  • Billboard listed We Belong Together ninth on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs and was declared the most popular song of the 2000s decade by Billboard.

Enjoy!

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We Belong Together

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Song Lyric Sunday | “The Last Ten Years” – Kenny Rogers

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Songs that includes somebody famous in it.

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From his 2006 album, Water and Bridges, Kenny Rogers’ The Last 10 Years chronicles life on the planet, milestones achieved, hardships and tragedies… and the lives lost by those who’d made their mark in history and our hearts.

Though I”m still not over the cosmetic surgery that forever changed his appearance, that voice is still classic Kenny.

FUN FACTS:

  • Kenny Rogers has recorded 65 albums and sold over 165 million records.
  • On January 28, 1985, Rogers was one of the 45 artists who recorded the worldwide charity song We Are the World to support hunger victims in Africa.
  • He has charted more than 60 top 40 hit singles (including two number ones—Lady and Islands in the Stream).
  • As an entrepreneur, he collaborated with former Kentucky Fried Chicken CEO John Y. Brown Jr. in 1991 to start up the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters.

Enjoy!

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The Last 10 Years

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Don’t Give Up On Us” – David Soul

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Songs from/connected to television shows.

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My selections this week aren’t from television shows, but they are connected to one.

Originally a Movie of the Week entry, Starsky and Hutch aired from 1975-1979. The cop-drama paired the streetwise New Yorker, David Starsky (played by Paul Michael Glaser) with the more wholesome, Minnesota transplant, Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (played by David Soul), as LAPD detectives fighting crime with never a hair out of place!

Riding high on the success of playing in the hit TV show, Soul returned to one of his early career choices as a singer. His debut, Don’t Give Up on Us was a worldwide smash, spending four weeks at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in January and February 1977, and a single week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1977. In addition, the song spent one week at No. 1 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart.

FUN FACTS:

  • Don’t Give Up on Us was rated No. 93 in VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders because, despite having more hits in the UK, Soul was never again able to reach the top forty in the US.
  • In September 2004, Soul became a British citizen, while retaining his U.S. citizenship.
  • The crime-fighting duo’s vehicle of choice was Starsky’s two-door Ford Gran Torino, which was bright red, with a large white vector stripe on both sides. Approximately four different cars were used for filming.
  • .Forty years after its television run Starsky and Hutch continues to enjoy world-wide success as a syndication favorite.
  • Soul hasn’t recorded since the 90s, but frequently acts on the British stage.

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Don’t Give Up On Us

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Home” – Stephanie Mills

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Songs from movies.

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Technically, my SLS choice originated in a Broadway musical.

Home was sung by then relatively unknown artist, Stephanie Mills, in The Wiz, William F. Brown’s retelling of L. Frank Baum’s classic 1900 children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, with an all-black cast in 1975.

However, the stage play was made into a big budget movie three years later and Diana Ross sang (and killed) Mills’ signature song.

While Home is a favorite of mine, it’s special to me because it was my baby brother’s favorite song. I mean he REALLY loved the song… so much so, that when he passed away from AIDS-related complications in 1993, the song was played during his memorial service, and a line from the song, “When I think of home,” was placed on his headstone, per his wishes.

Keith's Headstone

Mills performs the song in the official video after releasing Home on her 1989 album of the same name.

FUN FACTS:

  • Mills’ 1989 release of Home went all the way to number one on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart.
  • Whitney Houston made her world debut on The Merv Griffin Show on April 29, 1983 performing Home.
  • The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical
  • .Motown Productions acquired the film rights to The Wiz in 1977, and signed Stephanie Mills in anticipation of having her star as Dorothy in the film adaptation. Motown singer and actress Diana Ross asked Motown CEO Berry Gordy to cast her instead, but he declined, feeling that the then-33-year-old Ross was far too old for the part. However, she contacted Rob Cohen of Universal Pictures, who offered to have them finance the film if she were to play Dorothy, at which point he acquiesced.
  • The film was a critical and commercial failure, performing poorly at the box office and severely panned by critics, who branded the casting of Ross instead of Mills as Dorothy a disastrous blunder.

Enjoy!

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Home

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Ring My Bell” – Anita Ward

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “Wedding/Marry/Diamond/Ring/Cake.

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Disco anyone? 😀 😀 😀

I went in a different direction for ring just to post this 1979 hit…Ring My Bell.

The song was originally written for then eleven-year-old Stacy Lattisaw, as a teenybopper song about kids talking on the telephone. When Lattisaw signed with a different label, Anita Ward was asked to sing it instead, and it became her only major hit.

Ward’s single hit number one on the disco charts. Ring My Bell went to number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Soul Singles chart. It also reached number one on the UK Singles Chart and garnered Ward a nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance at the 1980 Grammy Awards.

Enjoy!

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Ring My Bell

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Mystery Lady” – Billy Ocean

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Haunted/Magic/Mystery/Supernatural/Trick.

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I get to use another Billy Ocean song! 😀

Mystery Lady appeared on Ocean’s fifth studio album, Suddenly. Already a success in the UK, the album expanded Billy’s appeal to the U.S. because of another single on the album, Caribbean Queen.

Co-written by Ocean, Keith Diamond and James Woodley, Mystery Lady reached #24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #10 on the U.S. R&B charts.

Enjoy!

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Mystery Lady

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Song Lyric Sunday | “I Will Be” – Wynonna Judd

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  Rat/Ox/Tiger/Rabbit/Dragon/Snake/Horse/Sheep/Monkey/Rooster/Dog/Pig.

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I first heard I Will Be by Wynonna Judd on an episode of Army Wives almost ten years ago. She sang it during a “live” USO performance. The anthem-like song about self-awareness stuck with me and sits on several of my playlists still today.

I chose it for this week’s challenge because of the second line of the second verse: Never cross the open field for the one snake in the grass.

It’s a great song and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Fun Facts:

  • I Will Be appears on Wynonna’s 2003 album What the World Needs Now is Love.
  • The song was not released as a single.
  • I Will Be was originally recorded by country singer Lila McCann in 1999 and appears on her album, Something in the Air.

Enjoy!

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I Will Be

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