This Is Halloween

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY: HALLOWEEN EDITION!! Today I’m throwing it back to the classic “This Is Halloween” by Danny Elfman from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Enjoy!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 12, 1993

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Think

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of Aretha Franklin, I’m tuning it back to “Think” (as featured in the 1980 film The Blue Brothers). Rest in Peace, Queen of Soul.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 2, 1968

TRIVIA: “Think” was released as single in 1968, from her Aretha Now album. The song reached No. 7 on Billboard Hot 100, becoming Franklin’s seventh top 10 hit in the United States. The song also reached number 1 on the magazine’s Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles, becoming her sixth single to top the chart. The song was written by Aretha and then husband Ted White. Franklin re-recorded the song in for the soundtrack of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers and in 1989 for the album Through the Storm. Pitchfork Media placed it at number 15 on its list of “The 200 Greatest Songs of the 1960s”.

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Rainbow Connection

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Today I’m in a muppet kind of mood… so I’m tuning it back to “Rainbow Connection” written by Paul Williams & Kenneth Ascher and performed by Kermit the Frog (Jim Henson).

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: June, 1979

TRIVIA: For the song that became “Rainbow Connection”, Jim Henson told them that the opening scene should feature Kermit the Frog by himself, singing and playing the banjo. Williams and Ascher wrote most of the song fairly quickly at Williams’ house, but got stuck trying to think of appropriate words for the part in the chorus that eventually became the phrase “the rainbow connection”; they were looking for a way to tie in the chorus to the song’s theme of rainbows. As they sat down for dinner with Williams’ then-wife, Kate Clinton, they explained to her their predicament of looking for a phrase that would provide “a rainbow connection”, then realized, in the course of explaining the problem to her, that the phrase “the rainbow connection” would itself be a good fit.

Williams and Ascher received Academy Award nominations for both the score of The Muppet Movie and for “Rainbow Connection”, which was nominated for Best Original Song.

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The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! A couple days ago Cher celebrated her 72nd Birthday! In honour of the dark lady, I’m tuning it back to her version of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”. Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: November 7, 1990

TRIVIA: Written and composed by Rudy Clark, it was first released as a single in 1963 by Merry Clayton that did not chart. The song was made a hit a year later when recorded by Betty Everett, who hit No. 1 on the Cashbox magazine R&B charts with it in 1964. Recorded by dozens of artists and groups around the world in the decades since, the song became an international hit once again when remade by Cher in 1990.

Cher’s remake was cut for the soundtrack of her 1990 film Mermaids in which it played under the closing credits, and the single’s U.S. release coincided with the November release of the film.

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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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Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! In honour of my 6-year wedding anniversary this weekend, I’m dedicating this week’s song to my incredible husband. I’m tuning it back 30 years to the 1987 hit “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: January 30, 1987

TRIVIA: Featured as the theme to the romantic comedy film Mannequin, it hit No. 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 on April 4, 1987 and reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks the following month and became the UK’s 2nd biggest selling single of 1987. The single became the first number one single by songwriter Diane Warren. At the time, it made Grace Slick (aged 47) the oldest woman to have a number one single in the United States though the record was later broken by Cher’s “Believe” in 1999 (aged 52).

The song also received an Academy Award nomination for “Best Original Song” at the 60th Academy Awards.

In a radio interview, co-writer Albert Hammond said that the idea for the song came from his impending marriage to his live-in girlfriend of seven years, after his divorce from his previous wife was finalized. He had said to Diane Warren, “It’s almost like they’ve stopped me from marrying this woman for seven years, and they haven’t succeeded. They’re not gonna stop me doing it.” The song has been considered “feel good” propelled by a strong synthesizer beat.

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Easy Street

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Last week, ANNIE (the 1982 version) was added to Netflix. I used to watch this movie all the time when I was a kid. So today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourite numbers (although there are SO many wonderful songs) “Easy Street” performed by Carol Burnett, Tim Curry, and Bernadette Peters.

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: May 17, 1982

TRIVIA: The first incarnation of the show-stopping “Easy Street” was literally performed in a street, with the three enthralling villains of the film, Hannigan, Rooster, and St. Clair, displaying their joyous greed against a backdrop of dozens of dancing street vendors. After it was shot, director John Huston decided it wasn’t intimate enough and, more importantly, the setting distracted from the three enormous personalities at the center of it. Tim Curry, Carol Burnett, and Bernadette Peters were more interesting to watch just by themselves than in a whole studio full of performers.

After primary shooting, Carol Burnett underwent surgery to correct her overbite and align her jaw. When she was called back to re-shoot “Easy Street,” she had a new face.  As quoted in the Chicago Tribune, she told her director about her concerns. “Mr. Huston,” she remembers saying, “Two months ago, when I went into the closet, I didn’t have a chin.” “Dear,” he responded, “just come out looking determined.”

BONUS VIDEO: Check out the behind-the-scenes video featuring the original version of “Easy Street”.

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Love Is All Around

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! The world is in need of more love and light these days… so I’m tuning it back to not one, but TWO songs with the same title… “Love Is All Around”. The first is the theme song from The Mary Tyler Moore Show (written and performed by Sonny Curtis). It was very sad to hear of Mary Tyler Moore’s passing last week and this is dedicated to her (note: some of the frames in the video have been altered due to copyright issues)…

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: September 19, 1970

The second song is “Love Is All Around” by The Troggs. I just love this song. I think I first heard the song in the 1998 movie “Get Real” (a british movie that helped me come to terms with my own sexuality). Enjoy!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: October 1967

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Good Morning

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! For the first TuneBack of 2017, I’m tuning it back to “Good Morning” from Singin’ in the Rain performed by Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly & Donald O’Connor. Debbie Reynolds was one of the Hollywood greats and it was incredibly sad to hear of her passing last week (just one day after the passing of her daughter, Carrie Fisher).

TRIVIA: Originally written for the 1939 film, Babes in Arms performed by Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney.

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We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)

Happy TUNEBACK TUESDAY!! Last week the beautiful and talented Tina Turner celebrated her 77th Birthday! Today I’m tuning it back to one of my favourites, “We Don’t Need Another Hero (Thunderdome)”. Happy Birthday, Tina!!!

ORIGINAL RELEASE DATE: July 8, 1985

TRIVIA: In 1986, the song received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

The music video received an MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Female Video.

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