This is Love – Paul Anka

Chart Position: 35

  • Written by Paul Anka
  • Produced by Gary Klein
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA

Purple Rain – Prince and the Revolution

Chart Position: 2

  • From the film Purple Rain which stars Prince
  • #143 on Rolling Stone magazines list of 500 greatest songs
  • Recorded live in concert
  • Written and produced by Prince
  • Guitar: Wendy Malvoin, Prince
  • Keyboards: Matt Fink, Lisa Coleman
  • Backing vocals: Wendy Malvoin, Lisa Coleman
  • Recorded in Minneapolis MN and Los Angeles CA
  • Guitarist Wendy Malvoin was 19 when this was recorded
  • Later recorded by Radio Riddler (2014), Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (2016)

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Better Be Good to Me – Tina Turner

Chart Position: 5

  • Won Best rock vocal performance- female Grammy award
  • Written by Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn and Holly Knight
  • Guitar: Jeff Beck, Hal Lindes
  • Keyboards: Alan Clarke
  • Saxophone: Mel Collins
  • Produced by John Carter
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Originally recorded by Spider (1981)

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High Energy – Evelyn Thomas

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Later recorded by Axwell (2002)
  • This is Evelyn Thomas’ biggest U.S. hit single

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham!

Chart Position: 1

  • #3 bestseller for 1985
  • Lead vocals: George Michael
  • Written by George Michael and Andrew Ridgley
  • Backing vocals: Andrew Ridgeley
  • Keyboards: George Michael
  • Produced by George Michael
  • Recorded in London U.K.
  • Later recorded by Starlite Orchestra and Singers (2000)

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Shangri-La – Steve Miller Band

Chart Position: NR

  • Written by Steve Miller and Tim Davis
  • Lead vocals: Steve Miller
  • Guitar: Steve Miller
  • Written by Steve Miller

The Last Time I Made Love – Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne

Chart Position: 40

  • Lead vocals: Joyce Kennedy and Jeffrey Osborne
  • Written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Jeff Barry
  • Produced by Jeffrey Osborne

The Horse – Cliff Nobles and Co.

Chart Position: 2

  • #21 bestseller for 1968
  • Written and produced by Jesse James
  • Guitar: Bobby Eli, Norman Harris
  • Recorded in Philadelphia PA
  • This was originally the ‘b’ side of ‘Love is All Right’ (1968) which is ‘The Horse’ music with lyrics sung by Cliff Nobles
  • Vocalist Cliff Nobles does not actually appear on this recording
  • Horns are by the group of musicians who later became MFSB
  • Later recorded by Ventures (1968)

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Turn On Your Love Light – Bill Black’s Combo

Chart Position: NR

  • Originally recorded by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland (1962)
  • Keyboards: Carl McVoy
  • Guitar: Reggie Young

Hang ‘Em High – Hugo Montenegro

Chart Position: NR

  • Adapted from the film Hang ’em High
  • Written by Dominic Frontiere
  • Produced by Joe Reisman
  • Recorded in Los Angeles CA
  • Later recorded by Booker T & the Mgs (1969)

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