Electrified Hand Holding: British Invasion

by Kevin Burton    The song that launched the British Invasion was released on this date 59 years ago.    “I Want To Hold Your Hand” holds up to this day, but to get the full impact of it you’d have to hear it with ears attuned to the sounds of 1963.    God bless …

“Free Man In Paris” Peaked At Number 22

by Kevin Burton    Oh my goodness how did I ever miss this one?    Earlier this year to mark the year 2022 I did a series of posts about songs that peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100.    It turns out one of my all-time favorite songs, “Free Man in Paris,” …

Fruit Of The Spirit: Biblical Gentleness

by Kevin Burton    One of the most unfortunate rhymes is meek rhyming with weak. Those two words are much closer to opposites than to synonyms.    This is the eighth in a series on the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23. We’re looking at those characteristics that will become more evident in a …

The Infectious Rhythm Of A Disco Classic

by Kevin Burton    For those rock and rollers who hate disco, one song makes me wonder.    I have always wondered what that group thinks of “Turn The Beat Around” by Vicki Sue Robinson.    Robinson was born on this date in 1954.  She was only 45 when she died of cancer in 2000.  …

Singer Gladys Knight Turns 78

by Kevin Burton    Happy 78th birthday to gospel singer Gladys Knight, and all aboard that midnight train!    I think we’ve all taken that midnight train. It’s the one you ride when you are forced to leave cherished dreams behind and build a new life.    The song “Midnight Train To Georgia” hit number …

More Songs That Peaked At Number 22

by Kevin Burton    Yes you do know the song “But It’s Alright” by J.J. Jackson, but maybe not by its title.    If I mention that Huey Lewis and the News did a just about carbon copy of the song in 1994, that might help your recognition.    (No I’m not talking about “It’s …

Brother Neil’s Travelling Controversy

by Kevin Burton    Hard feelings and Neil Diamond songs usually don’t go together as far as I know. But we have two examples of such today.    Diamond is the latest artist to be featured in our 2022 look at songs that peaked at number 22 on the American chart.     The songs “Brother …