Song Lyric Sunday | “Nightshift” – Commodores

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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  Dawn/Noon/Dusk/Midnight/Nocturnal/Diurnal.

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Written as a tribute to soul/R&B singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, both of whom died in 1984, the Commodores released Nightshift on January 31, 1985.
It was the first and biggest hit by the group after Lionel Richie’s departure, peaking at number three on both the Billboard Hot 100 and UK Singles Chart, and rising to number one on the Hot Black Singles chart.
Although the band was against the label’s decision to release it as a single, it won a Grammy Award in 1985 for Best Vocal R&B Performance by a Duo/Group.
FUN FACTS:
  • The verse on Marvin Gaye mentions his song What’s Going On, while the verse on Jackie Wilson mentions his songs Baby Workout and (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher.
  • The songwriter Franne Golde was brought in to help with the lyrics. She had recently seen the 1982 movie Night Shift (starring Henry Winkler and Michael Keaton; directed by Ron Howard), which gave her the idea for the title.
  • On March 16, 1985, Nightshift went to #1 on the R&B chart, where it stayed for four weeks. The song it replaced, Missing You by Diana Ross, was also a tribute to Marvin Gaye. That one was written by former Commodore Lionel Richie.
  • A revised version of the song was dedicated to Michael Jackson in 2010.

 

Enjoy!

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Nightshift

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Song Lyric Sunday | “A Song for Mama” – Boyz II Men

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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  Mom/Mother/Flowers.

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A Song For Mama is an ode to mothers everywhere and to everything they do for their children. As Boyz II Men’s last hit of the 90s, it serves as a heartwarming end of a great run. The song reached number one on the US R&B Charts and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.

It was the theme song for the 1997 film Soul Food, which depicts how much power a mother can have in holding her family together.

 

Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!

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A Song for Mama

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Bleeding Love” – Leona Lewis

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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  “Hurt/Pain/Agony/Suffer.

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Bleeding Love is Leona Lewis’ first official single after winning the third season of The X Factor UK. It debuted at #1 on the UK Singles Chart and became the best-selling single of 2008 worldwide. It has reached #1 in 35 countries, making it the second song in history to do so after Elton John’s Candle In The Wind 1997.

The song is a mid-tempo ballad about opening oneself up to love after being jilted. Leona’s powerful and impressive vocals set it apart from being just another love song. Bleeding Love was critically acclaimed by most—others didn’t see what all the fuss was about. BBC America dubbed the single “dated,” comparing it to a “filler on some long-lost, late ‘90s Mariah Carey album.”

 

FUN FACTS:

  • The song was nominated for two Grammys—one for Record of the Year and one for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She lost the latter to fellow newcomer Adele, who won for her breakout hit Chasing Pavements.
  • Bleeding Love was named the 17th most successful song in the US from 2000–2009, on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.
  • Though Bleeding Love was the lead single from her debut album, it was Lewis’s official second single, and followed A Moment Like This.
  • Bleeding Love has charted on the UK Singles Chart in three different years: in 2007 it peaked at number one; 2008 at number 76; and 2009 at number 97.

There are two music videos for Bleeding Love. The first video (UK) is set in a mock apartment block and features six storylines about couples in different stages of relationships: “The video is extremely emotional and shows everything from first love and unbridled passion to heartbreak, loss and anger.”

Lewis filmed a second video (US) in New York City for the US release of “Bleeding Love”. The treatment for the video was written by Ryan Tedder, and centres on a story line involving Lewis arguing with her boyfriend, played by model Nicholas Lemons.

The international version of the music video was nominated for Best UK Video at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The US version was number one on the VH1 Year-End Top 40.

And you get both versions for Song Lyric Sunday!

Enjoy!

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Bleeding Love

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Boogie Oogie Oogie” – A Taste of Honey

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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  Boogie/Rock/Rolling Stone.

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Released in the summer of 1978,  Boogie Oogie Oogie was the debut single from the self-titled debut album of A Taste of Honey. The song became an extremely popular crossover disco song with lyrics urging listeners to “boogie oogie oogie till you just can’t boogie no more”.

Boogie Oogie Oogie topped the American pop, soul and disco charts, and eventually sold over two million copies, and has become one of the most recognizable songs from the disco era.

The band got the idea for this song when they played a show at a military base. It was a tough crowd, and the audience was not responding to their songs. Lead singer Hazel Payne admonished them from the stage: “If you’re thinking that you’re too cool to boogie, we’ve got news for you. Everyone here tonight must boogie and you are no exception to the rule.” Afterwards in her hotel room, bass player Janice Marie Johnson wrote down the line, thinking that it would be a good song lyric.

Johnson came up with the famous bass intro when she was warming up before the recording session, unaware that she was being recorded.

FUN FACTS:

  • Limited edition colored vinyl releases were issued in some nations. In Mexico, the record was red, and in France it was honey colored.
  • In the late 1990s, the song was used in a national U.S. campaign advertisement by Burger King.
  • The song was also used in a campaign for Rold Gold Pretzels (featuring the actor Jason Alexander) in the mid-1990s.
  • The group was awarded two platinum records for the single and album, and won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist at the 20th Grammys on February 15, 1979.

The video is a live performance from—don’t everybody get up and dance at once—SOLID GOLD! 😀

Enjoy!

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Boogie Oogie Oogie

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Hot Fun in the Summertime” – Sly & the Family Stone

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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  Seasons/Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall.

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Hot Fun in the Summertime is a 1969 song recorded by Sly and the Family Stone. The single was released in the wake of the band’s high-profile performance at Woodstock, which greatly expanded their fanbase. It peaked at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart and number 3 on the U.S. Billboard soul singles chart in autumn 1969.

FUN FACTS:

  • Rolling Stone ranked the song #247 on their list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”
  • Hot Fun in the Summertime is a dedication to the fun and games to be had during the summer.
  •  The song is ranked as the seventh biggest U.S. hit of 1969, and the 65th in Canada.
  • Hot Fun in the Summertime is known for its rare use of strings in a Sly and the Family Stone song.

Incredibly, there isn’t a decent live performance of this song to be found online, so I went with a static album cover.

Enjoy!

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Hot Fun in the Summertime

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Cool It Now” – New Edition

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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  Freeze/Cold/Ice.

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From the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, R&B boy band, New Edition  formed in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity in the 1980s. One of their early hits, 1984’s Cool It Now, the first single from their eponymous second album, New Edition, was the group’s first top 10 pop single, peaking at number four on the pop chart, and their second number one R&B hit.

FUN FACTS:

  • During the group’s first experience with fame in 1983, its members were Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe and Ralph Tresvant.
  • Brown was voted out of the group in 1985 (and went on to a successful solo career–and married mega-diva, Whitney Houston), and Johnny Gill was added.
  • The group line-up would change often over the next quarter century, with Brown returning–and leaving, and even Michael Bivins leaving for a short time before New Edition became a six-member group.
  • The group received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 23, 2017. On January 24, 2017, a three-part docuseries, The New Edition Story, premiered on BET about the group’s career and personal life. It was later announced that all six members will reunite to record another album and go on tour.

The video is typical 80s but cute because they are CHILDREN. Keep in mind these guys are now in their FIFTIES!

Enjoy!

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Cool It Now

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Song Lyric Sunday | “Through the Fire” – Chaka Khan

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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  Burn/Fire/Flame.

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Nothing says 70s like Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, and during the group’s heyday, Chaka was known as the Queen of Funk. Chaka recorded solo music while still a part of Rufus and left after their ninth studio album in 1983.

In 1984, Chaka released I Feel for You and it became a multi-million-selling smash in the U.S. and United Kingdom and helped to relaunch Khan’s career. I Feel for You topped not only the U.S. R&B and dance charts, but achieved great success on the U.S. pop chart and reached No. 1 in the U.K. The song reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1984 and remained on that chart for 26 weeks, well into 1985.

The album also contained the song which would place Chaka Khan on the Adult Contemporary chart… Through the Fire.

The David Foster-produced track was the third single from the album and written especially for Chaka Khan.

Foster revealed in his 2011 PBS Concert The Hit Man Returns that this was the only melody that he ever wrote with someone in mind and that the working title of the piece was actually called “Chaka” because he was very confident that Khan would perform the song.

FUN FACTS:

  • This romantic song is about someone who is so certain that she’s met the love of her life, she’s willing to put it through any test.
  • The music video was filmed at Los Angeles’ Union Station.

Enjoy!

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Through the Fire

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