Santa Baby

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! With just under 2 weeks until Christmas, it’s time to tune it back to a holiday classic. Today I’m tuning it back to “Santa Baby” by the simply marvellous Eartha Kitt. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 2, 1953

TRIVIA: “Santa Baby” was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City, in July 1953. The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record.

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Fox On The Run

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to the classic ’70s hit “Fox On The Run” by Sweet. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: March 1975

TRIVIA: The song appears in numerous films, including Dazed And ConfusedDetroit Rock CityWhen in RomeCatch .44, and The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard. Its inclusion in the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 led to the song reaching number one on the iTunes Rock Chart in late 2016.

Fuchs geh’ voran is a German cover version of the song with lyrics about a literal fox being chased by hunters to sell its fur. It was released as a single in 1975 by the German rock band Scorpions as The Hunters.

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I Think I Love You

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! In honour of David Cassidy (who passed away last week), I’m tuning it back to “I Think I Love You” by The Partridge Family.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: August 22, 1970

TRIVIA: The single was produced by Wes Farrell and issued on Bell Records a month before the debut of the network television musical sitcom The Partridge Family. During the show’s first season the song was featured on the show twice as it was climbing the actual Billboard charts.

The only cast members of the television show to actually sing on the recording of the song were David Cassidy and Shirley Jones. Background vocals on this, and all other Partridge Family recordings, were provided by veteran session singers: Ron Hicklin, John Bahler, Tom Bahler, and Jackie Ward.

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Proud Mary

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! This weekend Tina Turner will be celebrating her 78th Birthday! To honour the living legend, I’m tuning it back to “Proud Mary”. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 30, 1971

TRIVIA: Proud Mary was written by John Fogerty and first recorded by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival in January 1969. The line “Left a good job in the city” was written following Fogerty’s discharge from the National Guard, and the line “rollin’ on the river” was from a movie by Will Rogers.

BONUS VIDEO: Here’s CCR doing the original version of the song…

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Nights on Broadway

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! I’ve had the Bee Gees stuck in my head for the past few days (due to seeing my Dad’s tribute band, STAYIN’ ALIVE Canada, perform over the weekend in Vegas)… so today I’m tuning it back to “Nights on Broadway”. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 1975

TRIVIA: Producer Arif Mardin asked if one of the Bee Gees members could do some screaming during the main chorus to make the song more exciting. In response, Barry Gibb began singing higher and higher, eventually singing it in a falsetto that was unexpectedly powerful. He had never known he had such an ability and Barry’s falsetto became a trademark of the Bee Gees, although Maurice had been harmonizing in falsetto for years. Barry recalled in a May 2001 interview with Mojo magazine “Arif said to me, ‘Can you scream?’ I said, ‘under certain circumstances’. He said, ‘Can you scream in tune?’ I said, ‘well, I’ll try’ “.

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Believe

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Well… tomorrow I’m seeing Cher, live in concert!!! So in honour of this fantastic woman, I’m tuning it back to “Believe”. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 19, 1998

TRIVIA: Cher’s voice is altered by a pitch correction speed that is “set too fast for the audio that it is processing.” Producer Mark Taylor added the effect to Cher’s vocal simply as a kind of mischievous experiment. In interviews at the time, he claimed to be testing out his recently purchased DigiTech Talker. It later emerged that the effect was not created by a vocoder, but by using extreme (and then-unheard-of) settings on Antares Auto-Tune. Taylor said about the effect that “this was the most nerve-wracking part of the project, because I wasn’t sure what Cher would say when she heard what I’d done to her voice”, but that when she heard it she said, “It sounds great.” When her record company requested that the effect be removed, she responded, “Over my dead body!” After the massive success of the song, use of Auto-Tune became very popular and many other artists imitated this technique, and it would eventually become known as the “Cher effect”.

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Ghostbusters

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY: Halloween Edition!! Today I’m tuning it back to “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr.. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June 16, 1984

TRIVIA: When the theme song of Ghostbusters was released, Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker Jr. for plagiarism, stating that Parker’s song was too similar to Lewis’ “I Want a New Drug”. Lewis had been approached to compose the main theme song for the film, but had to decline because of his work on the soundtrack for Back to the FutureThe two parties settled out of court. Details of the settlement (specifically, that Columbia Pictures paid Lewis a settlement) remained confidential until 2001, when Lewis commented on the payment in an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music. Parker subsequently sued Lewis for breaching confidentiality.

It was nominated at the 57th Academy Awards for Best Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You”.

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Grace, Too

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Last Tuesday night, Canada lost an icon, a poet, and an incredible human being. Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip was our voice, and it hurts to have him taken from us. On a personal note, I grew up listening to this music a lot because my Dad has been the lead singer of a Tragically Hip tribute band since I was a kid. Whenever I hear a Hip song on the radio, I hear my Dad. So, I guess in a way, Gord Downie has always felt like he’s part of the family. This loss hits hard. I have many favourite songs by The Tragically Hip, so It’s hard to pick just one… but today I’m tuning it back to “Grace, Too”.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September, 1994

TRIVIA: During live performances, Gord Downie frequently replaced the opening line, “He said I’m fabulously rich” with “He said I’m Tragically Hip”, often to applause from the crowd.

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Borderline

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY! Today I’m tuning it back to “Borderline” by Madonna. I have to admit, I had never seen this music video until last week. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: February 15, 1984

TRIVIA: In 1982, Madonna was working with producer Reggie Lucas on her debut album. She had already composed three songs, when Lucas brought one of his own compositions to the project, calling it “Borderline”. However, after recording the song, Madonna was unhappy with the final version. According to her, Lucas used too many instruments and did not consider her ideas for the song. This led to a dispute between the two. After finishing the album, Lucas left the project without altering the songs to Madonna’s specifications. Hence, Madonna brought her then boyfriend John “Jellybean” Benitez to remix “Borderline” and two other recorded tracks. On hearing the final version, Seymour Stein, head of Sire Records declared, “I dared to believe this was going to be huge beyond belief, the biggest thing I’d ever had, after I heard ‘Borderline’… The passion that she put into that song, I thought, there’s no stopping this girl.”

“Borderline” was filmed on location in Los Angeles, California from January 30 to February 2, 1984 and was the first video that Madonna made with director Mary Lambert, who later also directed the videos “Like a Virgin”, “Material Girl”, “La Isla Bonita” and “Like a Prayer”.

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Don’t You Want Me

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite songs from the early ’80s… “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 27, 1981

TRIVIA: Originally conceived and recorded in the studio as a male solo, lead singer Philip Oakey was inspired by the film A Star Is Born and decided to turn the song into a conflicting duet with one of the band’s two teenage female vocalists. Susan Ann Sulley was then asked to take on the role.

In 1981 record company Virgin were becoming aware that the promotional music video was evolving into an important marketing tool, with MTV being launched that year. Because it was agreed that the video for “Open Your Heart” had looked “cheap and nasty”, Virgin commissioned a much more elaborate and expensive promotional video for “Don’t You Want Me”.

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