Music on Mondays (11-28-16)—My Maserati does 185

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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1978 was the first year where I had my own apartment and a good-paying job, and could buy whatever music I wanted, when I wanted. No having to wait for sales or hoping someone would give me an album for my birthday or Christmas.

In looking back at 1978 now, I don’t think it was one of the best years in the history of rock ‘n’ roll music. The Bee Gees might disagree with me….

I have 40 hours, 29 minutes, and 10 seconds of music from 1978. Many of my favorite artists released albums in 1978:

“Rarities” by The Beatles
“London Town” by Wings
“Street Action” by Bachman-Turner Overdrive
“Heavy Horses” by Jethro Tull
“But Seriously, Folks” by Joe Walsh
“Double Vision” by Foreigner
“Octave” by The Moody Blues
“Who Are You?” by The Who
“Skynyrd’s First & Last” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
“52nd Street” by Billy Joel
“Jazz” by Queen
“Minute By Minute” by The Doobie Brothers
“Never Say Die” by Black Sabbath

A few groups caught my attention with debut albums, follow-up albums, or albums in the very early years of their careers, and have become favorites of mine over the years: Quiet Riot, Rainbow, AC/DC, Foghat, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Dire Straits, The Cars, Whitesnake, Boston, Midnight Oil.

Two groups that I never really liked released albums that I did like: The Rolling Stones with “Some Girls” and The Police with “Outlandos d’Amour.”

By the slimmest of margins, I believe I would have to choose The Cars eponymous debut album as my favorite from 1978. There’s not a bad song on it, and I can sing all the songs, in order, while sitting on the beach.

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The list of #1 hits from 1978, according to the Billboard Hot 100 chart, looks like this:

Jan 7 – “How Deep Is Your Love” by the Bee Gees
Jan 14 – “Baby Come Back” by Player
Jan 21 – “Baby Come Back” by Player
Jan 28 – “Baby Come Back” by Player
Feb 4 – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees
Feb 11 – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees
Feb 18 – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees
Feb 25 – “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees
Mar 3 – “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” by Andy Gibb
Mar 10 – “(Love Is) Thicker Than Water” by Andy Gibb
Mar 17 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
Mar 24 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
Mar 31 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
Apr 7 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
Apr 14 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
Apr 21 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
Apr 28 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
May 5 – “Night Fever” by the Bee Gees
May 12 – “If I Can’t Have You” by Yvonne Elliman
May 19 – “With a Little Luck” by Wings
May 26 – “With a Little Luck” by Wings
Jun 2 – “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” by Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
Jun 9 – “You’re the One That I Want” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
Jun 16 – “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
Jun 23 – “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
Jun 30 – “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
Jul 7 – “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
Jul 14 – “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
Jul 21 – “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
Jul 28 – “Shadow Dancing” by Andy Gibb
Aug 4 – “Miss You” by the Rolling Stones
Aug 11 – “Three Times a Lady” by the Commodores
Aug 18 – “Three Times a Lady” by the Commodores
Aug 25 – “Grease” by Frankie Valli
Sep 1 – “Grease” by Frankie Valli
Sep 8 – “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey
Sep 15 – “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey
Sep 22 – “Boogie Oogie Oogie” by A Taste of Honey
Sep 29 – “Kiss You All Over” by Exile
Oct 6 – “Kiss You All Over” by Exile
Oct 13 – “Kiss You All Over” by Exile
Oct 20 – “Kiss You All Over” by Exile
Oct 27 – “Hot Child in the City” by Nick Gilder
Nov 3 – “You Needed Me” by Anne Murray
Nov 10 – “MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer
Nov 17 – “MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer
Nov 24 – “MacArthur Park” by Donna Summer
Dec 1 – “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
Dec 8 – “Le Freak” by Chic
Dec 15 – “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” by Barbra Streisand & Neil Diamond
Dec 22 – “Le Freak” by Chic
Dec 29 – “Le Freak” by Chic

22 of the 52 weeks were topped by people with the last name Gibb, and I spent a lot of time at the dance clubs dancing to their music.

Of the 1978 singles, I’m going to go with “Kiss You All Over” by Exile as my favorite.

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Probably my favorite song for 1978, single or album cut, is “Life’s Been Good To Me” by Joe Walsh. Just can’t stop singing it whenever I hear it.

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5 thoughts on “Music on Mondays (11-28-16)—My Maserati does 185

  1. http://www.salpa58.wordpress.com

    I like some of the songs but for me the fifties and sixties are my favorite time for Rock and Roll. I did have over a hundred 45’s but like an idiot I threw them away along with a bunch of 33 albums, all vinyl. I know, I know, I am 73 now and still kicking myself. :o)

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      In my 61 years of life I have never thrown anything away that I never wanted. I think I learned from my wise old grandmother’s semi-annual garage sales that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so I’ve always gone looking for that person who thinks my trash is treasure. Either that or I’ve just packed up everything and given it to the Salvation Army, Goodwill, the homeless shelter, etc. In today’s world, though, it’s easy to connect with others via craigslist and other similar sites.

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