In this fourth installment of "music for mothers", I decided to focus on the romantic music of the 70s which is neatly complied in one comprehensive collection. The folks at TL HQ are proud of all their endeavors. But it seems to be the ones that tug the heartstrings that get people talking the most. Love is the universal language.
Every drop of love has been squeezed into "Romancing The 70s", the runaway smash collection of love songs that keeps selling better than ice in July. At least, in the northern hemisphere. And a little bird from TL HQ tells me they're taking 15% off on it and the other collections we've been featuring on The Rewind this week. Let them know we told you about it.
So many classic love songs. In fact, artists in the 70s honed their craft on creating the ultimate love anthem. And "Romancing The 70s" has over 150 of them across 10 CDs. And, like most Time Life products, it comes in an exclusive, collector's box.
And the infomercial is hosted by this handsome devil.
Control yourself, ladies.
In 1970, Tony Orlando had retired from singing. He had two Top 40 hits in 1961 and a third in 1969 as the lead singer for the studio group Wind, but he didn't have any further success for the rest of the decade. He stopped singing entirely and took a job publishing music for April-Blackwood Music, a division of Columbia Records, instead.
The story goes that Tony discovered a song, "Candida", which he decided to pass on recording. After insistence by the producer, Hank Medress, that he dub his voice over the male vocals on the original track, the single was released on Bell Records as performed by Dawn. This way, if the record didn't succeed, he wouldn't be known as the lead vocalist.
The background singers were Sharon Greane, Jay Siegel, and Toni Wine, who co-wrote the song. After the single hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Tony decided to give a singing career another shot. They then recorded the follow-up song "Knock Three Times" with Linda November joining on background vocals.
I found that clip just surfing the YouTube continuum. Someone is either a very big Tony Orlando fan or has a lot of time (and talent) on their hands. I got a good giggle out of it.
Anyway, "Romancing The 70s" features all biggest love songs of the decade. One of my favorites is "Laughter In The Rain" by Neil Sedaka.
It doesn't get much better that that unless it's a song Neil wrote for another artist like "Love Will Keep Us Together" which was a #1 hit for Captain And Tennille. Here's a great clip of them with Neil performing the song.
And the original.
"Romancing The 70s" is 10 CDs of timeless classics from artists like Elton John, Dionne Warwick, John Denver, Glen Campbell, Bee Gees, Carly Simon, Chicago, Kenny Rogers and more. And no collection of love songs from the 70s would be complete with one of the greatest romantic hits of all time, "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John.
I still shed a little tear at the end of that. Pass the Kleenex, please.