Drivin’ my Life Away – Eddie Rabbitt (1980)
This American singer-songwriter first found success writing songs for Elvis Presley in the late 60’s. His own career in country music took off in the 70’s, and the 80’s saw him cross-over to the pop charts. By the mid-80’s, he returned to his country roots, where he saw solid success into the 90’s. Rabbitt released his last album, a collection of children’s songs, in 1998. He died a month later from lung cancer.
It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty (1958)
Genre: Country / Rockabilly
Origin: Friars Point > Mississippi > US
Tidbit: Born Harold Jenkins, Twitty started his career as a rock musician in the mold of Elvis Presley. But he switched to country music in 1965, where he saw much greater success. He scored 55 #1 US country hits and was inducted into the Country Music and Rockabilly Halls of Fame.
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley (1969)
Genre: Rock & roll / R&B / Rockabilly
Origin: Tupelo > Mississippi > US
Tidbit: Presley was derided with the nickname “Elvis the Pelvis” because he dared to rotate his hips while performing. He’s been inducted into the Rock & Roll, Country, Gospel, and Rockabilly Halls of Fame.
Fire – Pointer Sisters (1978)
This was the first Pointer Sisters song I recall hearing growing up, so I assumed they were always a soul/R&B act. Unbeknown to me, they had brief popularity on the country charts and in 1974, were the first black female singers to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. They also won a 1975 Grammy for Best Country Performance. Who knew?!? This song was written by Bruce Springsteen and was intended originally for Elvis Presley, but the Pointers achieved its greatest success. While they reached their peak in the 80’s and released their last studio album in 1993, they experienced a resurgence in popularity in Europe in the past decade. June Pointer died in 2006 from lung cancer, but Ruth & Anita continued to perform. Last year, Bonnie Pointer, who left the group in 1978 for a solo career and had been estranged from her sisters, reunited with them for several performances. The trio consisting of Ruth & Anita, plus Ruth’s granddaughter Sadako Johnson, are currently on a worldwide tour.
Posted in 1970's, Pop soul, Rhythm & blues (R&B), Whatever Happened To?
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