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Thursday Night Music Byte

Bonnie Tyler

Bonnie Tyler (born as Gaynor Hopkins, 8 June 1951) is a British singer, most notable for her worldwide hits in the 1970s and 80s including “It’s a Heartache” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart”.

In 1976, Tyler was spotted in “The Townsman Club” in Swansea by the songwriting and producing team of Ronnie Scott and Steve Wolfe; who became Tyler’s managers, songwriters and producers.

Following the Top 10 success of her 1976 song “Lost in France”, Tyler released her first album in 1977 entitled The World Starts Tonight. A further single from the album, “More Than a Lover”, made the UK Top 30, and the follow-up single, “Heaven”, reached the Top 30 in Germany.

In 1977, Tyler was diagnosed with nodules on her vocal cords that were so severe that she needed to undergo surgery to remove them. After the surgery, she was ordered not to speak for several weeks to aid the healing process, but she broke her doctor’s orders. This caused her voice to take on a raspy quality. At first, this made her believe that her singing career was ruined, but to her surprise, her next single, “It’s a Heartache”, made her an international star. The song reached #4 in the UK, #3 in the US, #2 in Germany, and topped the charts in several countries (including France and Australia). Tyler’s second album, Natural Force, was also retitled It’s a Heartache for the U.S. market and certified Gold there.

Though further global success was elusive during this era, Tyler did have some regional hits: “Here Am I” made the German Top 20 in spring of 1978; “My Guns Are Loaded” peaked at number 3 in France in 1979; and she scored a minor UK Top 40 hit with “Married Men” in summer 1979 (the theme to the film The World Is Full of Married Men). Tyler released the albums Diamond Cut in 1979 and Goodbye to the Island in 1981. The track “Sitting on the Edge of the Ocean” was the Grand Prix winner of the 1979 Yamaha World Song Festival held in Tokyo.

Her next album, Faster Than the Speed of Night, was released in Spring 1983 and included the power-ballad “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, which was written by Steinman. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching No. 1 in the UK, France, Australia, and in the United States where it remained at the top for four weeks. Faster Than the Speed of Night entered the UK album chart at number 1, and also became a Top Five bestseller in the US and Australia. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” also brought Tyler a nomination for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 1984, she performed the track at the Grammy Awards, and received another Grammy nomination as Best Rock Female Vocalist for “Here She Comes”, a song that was part of the soundtrack for the 1984 restoration of the film Metropolis. She also released the singles “A Rockin’ Good Way”, a duet with fellow Welsh artist Shakin’ Stevens, which made #5 in the UK, and “Holding Out for a Hero”, for the Footloose soundtrack, which made the U.S. Top 40 and later peaked at number 2 in UK in the summer of 1985. “Holding Out For A Hero” (written by Steinman and Dean Pitchford) was also used as the main theme for the 1984 US television series Cover Up, though the version heard on the TV series was not Tyler’s original but performed by a Tyler sound-alike.

The following albums Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire (1986), and Hide Your Heart (1988), both failed to continue the global success of Faster Than The Speed Of Night, but achieved some success in France, Switzerland, Scandinavia, South Africa, Australia and other countries. One of the single releases, “If You Were A Woman (And I Was A Man)”, became another Top 10 hit in France in 1986 and was certified Silver. In 1987, Tyler recorded the song “Sem limites pra sonhar/Reaching for the Infinite Heart” with the Brazilian singer Fábio Junior. The same year, she sang the title song for Mike Oldfield’s album Islands. Tyler also sang with Cher for the song “Perfection” on Cher’s self-titled 1987 album, and “Emotional Fire” on Cher’s 1989 album Heart Of Stone.

Please enjoy this video clip of Bonnie Tyler performing ” It’s A Heartache” in 1977.

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Today Is Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off’s First Birthday!!!

What began as a fun little pastime has blossomed into a year’s worth of blogging. In December of 2008 yours truly was recovering from knee surgery and as a means to fight the boredom of the passive motion machine, I  started perusing the comment sections of various blogs that I happened upon. Soon thereafter, I too began leaving comments of a political nature. Then, to have some fun, I began to post a few political song parodies based upon 1960’s and 1970’s television theme songs. Eventually I began to spend most of my time on a blog known as The Mudflats because I enjoyed the numerous posts about Sarah Palin.

By the early Spring  my comments were solely of the musical kind. To be honest however, my frequent postings seemed to annoy a number of The Mudflats‘ readers who desired more prose than poems. At that point the Mudflats‘ administrator suggested that I start a blog of my own (probably to get rid of me). The idea sounded great but impossible for this computer challenged scribe. I did not even know what the word blog meant (by the way, I still don’t). Thankfully, the friendly neighborhood Mudflats administrator held my hand and walked me through the process of creating what you are reading today. I remain forever thankful.

Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off debuted on May 13, 2009. Nobody noticed. Little by little however, the readership increased. the increasing traffic encouraged me to carry on. The task was made easier by Sarah Palin’s ever escalating shenanigans over last Summer and Fall. Palin and her crazy family were simply spoon-feeding material to comment upon. In fact, she provided so much material that I ran out of television theme songs. Consequently, I was forced to venture into the world of popular music for the song parodies. Although the pop music world seemed to unveil a limitless number of songs it also made the task of parody more difficult. You see, pop songs are a lot longer and have way more lyrics than television theme songs. Somehow we persevered and here we are today celebrating our first birthday.

I thank each and every one of you for stopping by over the last 12 months. I would especially like to thank those that leave a comment now and again. Those comments provide a sense of worthiness as well as new material for later posts. Once again, I thank all of you.

Today’s song parody is autobiographical in nature and explains the purpose of this blog.

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with the song parody.

I Write The Songs song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-fev20voMc

I WRITE THE SONGS

(sung to the Barry Manilow song “I Write The Songs”)

I sling the jive whenever,
I sit down and scribble a song
I put the words and Republicans together
I love music,
And I love these songs

I write the songs that I hope you folks sing
I write the songs to dethrone G.O.P. kings
I write the songs that expose all their lies
I write the songs, I write the songs

I’m from a state that’s deep blue,
And we make a damned good lobster roll
No, there aren’t many right wing guys
There’s some but then, all of them are very old

I write the songs that attack the right wing
I write the songs that I hope linger and sting
I write the songs that prompt Glenn Beck to cry
I write the songs, I write the songs

Oh, I’ll take a hostile stance
When Limbaugh begins to rave and rant
And I’ll lead you to a poll, he can’t disprove
Palin has no heart,
So, I will tear her life apart
Hannity, Coulter too,
Also, too, O’Reilly
None of them can hide from me !!!

I write the songs about Mark Sanford’s flings
I write the songs about Larry Craig’s stings
I write the songs about Mark Foley’s guys
I write the songs, I write the songs

I write the songs about Joe Wilson’s slings
I write the songs of Vitter’s diapery things
I write the songs about all of those guys
I write the songs, I write the songs

I love music, so I write these songs