Song Facts

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 22, 2022):
As the summertime weather approaches, our song fact this week centers on a 2007 hit song that was composed of a mash up of two 1970’s hits by two different artists – can you name that tune? The song is All Summer Long by Kid Rock. Rock decided he wanted to create a record that included two of his favorite songs – Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd and Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon. Taking the piano riff from Werewolves and the guitar riff from Sweet Home, Kid Rock wrote the tune and delayed its release as a single until the summer of 2007. All Summer Long, with key contributions from the mash up and lyrics about summer love and younger days, reached the top 40 on the charts in both rock and country categories – a true cross over hit, crossing decades and musical categories.
Come on out to see Decades perform All Summer Long over the summer, as well as many other hits across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 14, 2022):
This week’s song fact is focused on a top Motown hit released in 1966 by this numbered band, and went on to be their signature song. That record is Reach Out (I’ll Be There) by the Four Tops. The song is based on a simple premise of what women really want from men – to be there for them. Reach Out was written by the very successful Motown songwriting team of Holland Dozier Holland, responsible for over 50 Motown hits to reach the Top 20 on the charts. Reach Out (I’ll Be There) is fronted by the incredible Levi Stubbs on lead vocals, and was a massive hit for the group and their staple song to this day. Interesting side fact, the back up singers on Reach Out were Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent who later went on to form Dawn with Tony Orlando. 
Reach out to see Decades perform Reach Out (I’ll Be There) along with many other popular hits of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s 90’s and the new millennium – one Decade at a time!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 7, 2022):
What number one hit for this number two named band won the 2000 Grammy for song and record of the year? That tune is Beautiful Day by U2. Beautiful Day won the Grammy that year, and the album it appeared on, released after the cutoff date for the 2000 Grammy Awards, went on to win four more Grammys in 2001. Beautiful Day went straight to number one upon its release with a simple chord structure, driving rhythm, all supported by inspiring lyrics. The lyrical premise is centered around the fact that no matter how bad things can get, if you can find joy in what you have, it’s a Beautiful Day.
Wishing all the Mothers a very special Mother’s Day and hope you all have a Beautiful Day!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 1, 2022):
What 1979 new wave type hit for this group is one of their most popular songs and has been described by the band as a copping of ABBA’s Dancing Queen? That hit record is Dreaming by Blondie. Released as the first single off the band’s fourth album, Dreaming was a top forty hit on the charts. With a driving drum track, synth driven sound and dreamy story lyrics, Dreaming is still one of Blondie’s most popular tunes and a staple of their live set list, over forty years later. 
Check out Decades doing Dreaming and other new, new wave, old and old wave tunes of the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 24, 2022):
This week’s song fact pays tribute to last week’s artist, Elvis Presley. What 2010 number one hit is by a Hawaiian artist who started his career as a very young Elvis impersonator? The song is Just The Way You Are by the incredibly talented Bruno Mars. As his debut solo record, Just The Way You Are hit the top of the charts with a straight forward and beautifully simple love song. Did you know that Bruno started his career at six years old impersonating Elvis in his family’s musical act? Just The Way You Are was performed by Mars on Saturday Night Live in 2010 with Bruno dressed as Elvis, as a tribute to one of his idols. Additional fact, Just The Way You Are was also performed on SNL in 1978, but this was Billy Joel’s hit tune – also a big hit at the time.
Come on out Just The Way You Are and see Decades perform this and other hits of Bruno Mars and many other artists from today and reaching back into the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 15, 2022):
What 1969 number one hit was the last for this superstar, with the song being inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999? That song is Suspicious Minds by the King himself, Elvis Presley. Presley’s popularity was on the decline in late 60s when he decided to go back to Memphis to record. It was there he heard Suspicious Minds and decided immediately he wanted to record the tune. The song was cut at a recording session that started at 4am and wrapped at 7am, giving Elvis his last number one hit in a string of 18 number songs in his illustrious career. Suspicious Minds put Elvis back on the top of the charts and launched his Vegas era shows.
Swing on down and see Decades pay homage to Elvis and many other top artists across the Decades! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 10, 2022):
What number one song in 1986 provided this iconic band with its second number one hit and, years later, was voted the VH1 number one song of the 1980’s? That song is Livin’ on a Prayer by the New Jersey based Bon Jovi band. Livin’ on a Prayer became an instant hit selling nearly one million copies as a 45rpm single, and millions more in digital downloads through the years. With a unique talk box guitar intro, driving rhythm and a vocal hook for a chorus, Livin’ on a Prayer is considered Bon Jovi’s signature song, still performed by the band today, some four decades later.
Swing on down to see Decades play Livin’ on a Prayer and many other classics of the 1980’s and Decades

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 3, 2022):
This week’s song fact centers on a 1965 number #1 by the longest running band in rock history. That song is (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by the one and only Rolling Stones. Satisfaction was the Stones first original hit, shooting straight up to number one. The song was created off a guitar riff that Keith Richards came up with in the middle of the night, with the song being completed and recorded just five days later, and released within a matter of weeks. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction was the first of eight number one hits for The Rolling Stones and helped solidify them as rockstars very early in their career and still going strong six decades later!
See Decades doing (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction in addition to many other hits of that Decade and all Decades since!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (March 27, 2022):
Can you name the 1979 pop hit that reached #1, was most requested song of the year, sparked an increase in girls named after the tune and launched Weird Al Yankovic’s song parody career? That song is My Sharona by The Knack. The song was written by the band’s lead singer, Doug Fieger, about a young woman he had a crush on named Sharona. My Sharona not only propelled The Knack to success, but also created an increase in new born girls being named Sharona. As for Weird Al, he was a young DJ at the time and as the song was requested constantly, decided to do a song parody launching his career as well.
Come on out and check out Decades covering My Sharona as well as many little pretty ones from the Decades before and after!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (March 20, 2022):
What early rock ’n’ roll hit released in 1958 was used ten years later as part of a medley, making it a top ten hit in two decades? That song is Good Golly Miss Molly originally recorded by Little Richard. Richard released the tune in 1958 and it hit number 4 on the music charts, with other versions recorded and released over the next few years. But it was in 1966 that a Detroit band, led by Mitch Ryder, used the song in their Devil with a Blue Dress medley, making it a hit again, a decade later. Good Golly Miss Molly remains one of the more recognizable early rock hits in what was termed a jump blues style. 
Check hear Decades cover Good Golly Miss Molly and many other top and pop hits over the Decades! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (March 12, 2022):
In the spirit of the upcoming St Patrick’s Day holiday, this week’s song fact centers on a three chord ‘simple little ditty’ that was written and recorded by a local, Long Island based Irish-American musician who went on to embrace his heritage in the form of Irish citizenship. The hit tune is You’re So Beautiful and the talented musician behind it all is Pat McGuire. Recorded in 1997 this catchy tune about first love become a popular hit on the island and throughout the area, still resonating with audiences to this day. Pat McGuire would become an Irish citizen and move to the motherland in the early 2000’s.
Check out Decades performing You’re So Beautiful and other Irish influenced hits, with many other regions and nationalities well represented along the way! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (March 6, 2022):
What 2006 song, requisitioned for a Pixar film, was a remake of a 1992 hit by the original artist? That upbeat pop tune is Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts for the animated movie, Cars. Life is Highway was originally written and recorded by the Canadian born Tom Cochrane. Cochrane wrote the song as a way out of a funk he was in and it went on to become a huge hit in Canada and the US in the early 90’s. Life is a Highway continues in popularity, partly because of Cars and partly due to use in many car commercials over the years.
Come hear Decades perform Life is a Highway and other commercial hits of the past several Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (February 27, 2022):
What 1980 shattering hit was the first song on this famous artists’ new album telling the story of an individual confirming they have a reckless persona? That song is You May Be Right by Billy Joel. You May Be Right opens up with glass shattering, a nod to the album’s title, Glass Houses. Joel was making a statement about his critics as well as trying to write big rock anthems as he began to play more stadium shows at the time. You May Be Right is a staple at Billy Joel shows even today and listed as one of his favorite songs that he has written over a very successful career spanning six decades.
Come hear Decades play the craziest hits of the 1950’s through the 2010’s and into the next Decade!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (February 18, 2022): 
What 1970 hit song, about a wedding night gone wrong, was so popular it was recorded and released by four other artists that very same year? That smash hit is Band of Gold by Freda Payne. Although the meaning is still a bit unclear, the tune had a great groove, guitar and sitar driving riffs and a hook for the chorus driving the tune to certified gold record. Band of Gold has been covered over 30 times spanning the five decades since its original release. 
Come on out and see Decades cover Band of Gold and other gold records of the last seven Decades and counting!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (February 12, 2022): 
According to UK radio stations, what was the killer Song of the Decade from 2000 to 2010? That would be none other than Mr. Brightside by The Killers. Originally released on their debut album, Mr. Brightside was re-released a year later and thanks to a great guitar riff, driving rhythm and a sing along, hook laden chorus, the song was one of the decades most popular tunes. Fast forward to the next decade and we have Happy as the most played song of 2011 to 2020 – another hook you can’t get out of your head.
Check out Decades pumping out Mr. Brightside and top hits of the new millennium and all Decades past!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (February 5, 2022): 
What massive 1980 hit for this band from down under was also covered by two different female artists from up over? That hit is You Shook Me All Night Long, one of AC/DC’s most popular hits and one of their signature songs. The band’s first hit with new singer Brian Johnson, You Shook Me All Night Long has maintained its popularity over 40 years later. The song was such a big hit, it was also covered by Canadian artists Shania Twain and Celine Dion. 
Rock on over to see Decades knock out You Shook Me All Night Long and many other classic hits over the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (January 29, 2022): 
What came first, the twist or The Twist? After having seen teenagers doing the twist dance in Florida, songwriter Hank Ballard wrote and released The Twist in 1959. The song was rerecorded by Chubby Checker at the recommendation of Dick Clark. The Twist went on to hit number one in 1960 and furthered the dance craze known as the twist. Interesting alternate fact, The Twist has an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as Chubby Checker sang it in 2012, with a group estimated at 4,000 people doing the twist – the most people ‘twisting’ at once.
Twist it on up with Decades doing The Twist, Twist and Shout and other dance craze related tunes over the span of seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (January 22, 2022):
What famous record producer from the 1960s had a direct influence on one of The Beatles last albums, but a very indirect influence on one of their earliest hit songs? That producer was none other than Phil Spector. Spector produced The Beatles Let It Be album to very mixed reviews, McCartney disliked the ‘overproduction’ that Spector brought to the album. But the indirect influence was on Twist And Shout. Phil Spector produced one of the first recordings Twist And Shout with The Top Notes in 1961. The Isley Brothers recorded their version in 1962, which was the version The Beatles heard and took from an R&B vibe to a straight out rocker as the last song on their first album. The Top Notes version sounds noting like the Isley or Beatles versions but did help set the stage for a lasting, party tune that carries on in movies and shows through the decades.
Come shake it up with Decades performing Twist And Shout and many other covers and recovers through the last seventy years! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (January 15, 2022): 
This week’s song fact centers on basic theme throughout pop music, love. And not just any love, but good love. Recorded as a cover version of a song they heard on the radio, and despite the group not liking the recording, Good Lovin’ went on to be a number one hit for The Young Rascals in 1966. Although there were references in rock music to that point, there were no fewer than eight other hits songs with good loving in the title in the years to follow – some with the g, and some with the apostrophe. Good Lovin’ was The Young Rascals first of many hits and was covered by other artists through the 1980’s. But no other version matches the raw intensity of the Rascals version.
Come check out Decades cover of Good Lovin’ and many other hits with apostrophes, spanning seven Decades and counting!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (January 8, 2022): 
What totally crazy song was released on this Canadian singer-songwriter’s 1997 album, yet went on to win a Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy in 2000? That hit record is Man! I Feel Like a Woman by the multi-talented Shania Twain. The song was released on Twain’s Come on Over album in 1997, written as a message of encouragement for herself and has become an empowerment message for all women over the last few decades.
Come on over and hear Decades cover Man! I Feel Like a Woman and tunes with exclamation points and other classic punctuation from the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (January 2, 2022): 
Happy New Year – wishing you all the best for the year ahead!
Our song fact this week is around a 1967 Motown-groove type hit for the incomparable singer, Jackie Wilson, called (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher. Wilson heard this song and started recording it in a ballad like format but was encouraged to give it more pep and go with the syncopated rhythm and percussive sound of the backing track. Working off this advice, the vocal you hear on Higher and Higher was Wilson’s first try at the up tempo style – getting the perfect vibe in just one take and creating a #1 hit record upon its initial release.
Come see Decades perform hits tunes of all styles over the last seventy years – every one done in one take!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (December 26, 2021): 
For all celebrating, we hope you had a very Merry Christmas. And for those traveling, hope all went according to plan and you reached your destination in time. Our song fact this week is about a group that was traveling at Christmas and ended up stranded in London, with the city shut down for the holidays in the late 1970’s. This left the group with nothing to do and nowhere to go-oh. Those sentiments became the lyrics to a smash hit record for the punk band, The Ramones. The hit record was I Wanna Be Sedated, released in 1978, becoming one of The Ramones biggest hits.
Looking for somewhere to go-oh, come see Decades cover I Wanna Be Sedated and many other hits of the last several Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (December 19, 2021):
Over the decades, there have been many popular songs that unfortunately were the only hit for that group – terming the tune a one hit wonder. One example was a massive 1976 hit from a band called Wild Cherry that is still popular today, Play That Funky Music. With a funky bass vibe, disco type beat and sing along chorus, Play That Funky Music is a get your groove on party favorite and remains popular nearly fifty years later. So glad Wild Cherry was not a no hit wonder! 
Decades covers one hit, and multi hit, wonders of the last seventy years and counting!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (December 12, 2021): 
What 1980’s hit by a Detroit based group featured a pop punk guitar sound with a harmonica solo, something a bit unique for any pop based sound of the time? That hit record is What I Like About You by The Romantics, a well known pop song that comes slamming in with a slightly distorted guitar chord intro, same hand claps and crashing drums and vocals. What I Like About You is unique in its instrument choice where the band used a harmonica for the solo – something usually found on blues tunes and country rock ballads. This set the tone for some others 80’s hits featuring the harmonica from Karma Chameleon to synth driven harmonica sounds in What’s Love Got To Do With It and I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues, among others.
Come hear Decades cover pop, punk, with some harmonica thrown in, across Decades of great songs!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (December 5, 2021): 
This week’s song fact is centered on a massive hit tune that was composed quickly by all members of this power band with inspiration from some early rock and roll songs. That song is Rock And Roll recorded in 1971by Led Zeppelin. The song came about when drummer John Bonham launched into the drum pattern from Little Richard’s 1957 hit, Keep a Knockin’ during a recording session. Jimmy Page ripped into the guitar riff and lyrics were composed quickly, including a line referencing a 1958 hit Book of Love in ‘been a long time since the book of love”. Rock and Roll came together within hours and became one of Led Zeppelin’s signature tunes. Interesting side fact – the piano on Rock and Roll is played by the Stones piano player Ian Stewart who happened to be at the recording session for technical support and added the boogie-woogie piano parts to this classic hit.
Come and rock out with Decades, covering 1971’s Rock And Roll and rock and roll from the 50’s to the 20’s – and counting!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (November 28, 2021): 
Hope all had a pleasant Thanksgiving holiday. In keeping with the spirit of the most American of holidays, this week’s song fact centers on an ‘American’ song. What 1976 tune was not a hit for this band, but became popular over the next few decades, so much so that it ended up being one of their most popular songs? That tune is American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Although not an initial hit for the group but, do to intrigue, a unique opening, driving rhythm and message of pushing through for something better, American Girl remains a popular song over 45 years later.
Check out Decades version of American Girl and many American and other hits of the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (November 21, 2021):
What early 1960’s hit for The Contours on the Motown label references dance moves of the time and was featured in a 1980’s movie about dancing? That hit tune was Do You Love Me, first recorded and released in 1962. The Contours did not think Do You Love Me would be a hit as it sounded too much like Twist And Shout by the Isley Brothers, released that same year. The record went on to be a big hit for the group. Similar to Twist And Shout, Do You Love Me was recorded by one of the British Invasion Groups in 1964 – Do You Love Me by the Dave Clark Five and Twist And Shout by The Beatles. Do You Love Me had a massive resurgence in popularity in 1987 when it was featured in the film Dirty Dancing, a story set in the 1960’s.
Come on out and listen to Decades cover of Do You Love Me, as well as many other hits of the then and now – across all the Decades !

Decades Song Fact of the Week (November 14, 2021):
What 2002 summer hit was a favorite tune of a young Taylor Swift and the biggest hit for this uniquely named band? That hit record was The Middle by the band Jimmy Eat World. The Middle is a song about how to fit in, with a message to the young, and maybe not so young, to not worry about being the same as everyone else. Taylor Swift has publicly stated the song was one of her favorites and a comfort to her about not fitting in with various cliques at her high school. The song was the most popular song for Jimmy Eat World reaching the top five on the Hot 100 in the summer of 2002. A somewhat simple tune with a cool guitar intro leading to an explosive first verse, the song keeps a driving power punk pop groove throughout, delivering a positive affirming message for all!
Come on out and see Decades work their way through The Middle with some interesting beginnings and endings as well, with hits from the 50’s to the 20’s and every Decade in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (November 7, 2021):
This week’s song fact comes from a movie of the same name, by an artist that starred in 31 movies in his career, this one being one of the most critically acclaimed. That movie and #1 hit record is Jailhouse Rock by the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. The songwas written by the songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, famous for many other hits including Hound Dog, Young Blood, Poison Ivy and countless others. Jailhouse Rock was written for the movie and went on to become a massive hit for Elvis bolstered by the performance in the film, arguably one of the first and coolest music videos way back in 1957. So iconic in fact that it now has it’s own Lego set depicting the scene – too cool!
Check out Decades performing Jailhouse Rock and other pre and post music video hits spanning seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (October 31, 2021):
Happy Halloween to All. In keeping with the spirit of Halloween, our song fact this week is about a 1982 new wave song that sounds like a love song, but is centered on an apocalyptic event with lyrics focused on trying to save the human race. That tune is I Melt with You by Modern English, a song based on a world ending nuclear event with a literal message of becoming one in love. Although the song never charted higher than #72, it has stayed popular, possibly supported by the multiple uses of I Melt with You in commercials from Burger King and Taco Bell to M&Ms. 
Come on out and see Decades perform I Melt with You and many other hits of love, happiness and maybe even an apocalypse or two – all across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (October 24, 2021):
What 1971 song was the only top ten hit for this blues singer, provided the first big hit for the songwriter and provided the first big success for the songwriter of the B side of the 45rpm single? That song is the still popular Me and Bobby McGee. This classic tune was written by Kris Kristofferson, a songwriter struggling to find his first big hit. Although first recorded by Roger Miller, of King of the Road fame, as well as Kristofferson, it was the Janis Joplin version of the song that made it a hit, and the only top ten of her short career. The B side on the Me and Bobby MeGee single was a tune called Half Moon written by John Hall who went on to form the band Orleans, of Still the One. Hall also benefitted from the success of Me and Bobby McGee and was able to afford a house  with his co-writing wife based on the royalty payments. As a testament to the popularity of Me and Bobby McGee, Pink covers this song as well in her concerts.
Come hear Decades cover Me and Bobby McGee and other classic songs of the 70’s and well into the Decades of Pink and many others!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (October 17, 2021):
What 1990’s TV theme song became a major hit in what can only be described as a pre-internet viral movement? That song is I’ll Be There for You from the TV show Friends. I’ll Be There for You was recorded by a duo called The Rembrandts and, although not released as a single, it became very popular by radio DJs recording the tune and airing it regularly. I’ll Be There for You is a catchy pop tune, with a guitar hook intro and tight vocal harmonies, and a positive message of loyalty and support, making it one of the more popular TV theme songs in the history of television. 
Come hear Decades perform I’ll Be There for You along with many other theme songs of the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (October 13, 2021):
What 1980’s pop singer had a hit with a cover of an Italian pop song, and a second hit with another cover of an Italian tune? That singer was Laura Branigan and the hit song was Gloria. Originally recorded by Italian pop singer, Umberto Tozzi, Gloria was a hit across Europe. Laura Branigan took the song to new heights with her translated English language version and pop synth composition. Coincidently, Branigan’s next hit, Self Control, was also a cover of an Italian pop song and hit number four on the pop charts. Laura Branigan had a run of top hits in the 80’s, with Gloria being one of her most popular tunes.
Come see Decades cover Gloria and many other pop hits across all regions and Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (October 3, 2021):
What artist took a 1988 Bonnie Tyler record and worked with the song’s writers to alter the composition for what would be her signature song for the next 30 years and counting? That singer and performer is none other than the great Tina Turner. The song is Simply the Best, or simply known as The Best. Tyler recorded the song in 1988 which was a hit in the UK and not released as a single in the US. Tina Turner heard the tune and worked with the writers to add a bridge and modulate to a higher key at the end of the song and recorded her version the following year. The result – a top hit for Turner and a song she performs at all her concerts since its release. The song conveys the pure joy in finding who or what you love making that time Simply the Best. Interesting fact – the sax solo in Simply the Best is played by the very talented, multi-instrumental Edgar Winter of the Edgar Winter Band. 
Come on out and hear Decades perform Simply the Best by Tina Turner – and the best of many top artists across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (September 26, 2021):
get engaged? That summer hit was Rude by a band called Magic! Rude is a song about a man asking his girlfriend’s father for her hand in marriage. The title of the song comes from the father being rude to the young man and saying no, and the young man declaring they will proceed anyway as he “can’t live without her”. Rude joins a long list of hit songs about getting married from Chapel of Love in 1964 to Marry You in 2011, and many others in between.
Check out Decades covering Rude, and many other love songs across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (September 19, 2021):
What 1989 popular hit was inspired by a Hawaiian named disco in the group’s home town in Georgia? That tune is Love Shack written and performed by the B52s. The song was based, at least partially, on the Hawaiian Ha-Le club outside of Athens, Georgia, that the band would frequent. Love Shack became the biggest hit for the group and brought them to the attention of a much wider audience, ten years after they began recording. Love Shack is a party tune from start to finish with a solid drum and bass groove, a massive hook supported by a great horn section, tasty guitar licks and a party vibe throughout, all adding up to a top ten hit and popular tune over thirty years later.
Come party with Decades covering Love Shack, with many other love and party songs of the last few Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (September 12, 2021):
Today’s song fact centers on a mid-1960’s hit for a very young song writer who would go on to a multi-decade group and solo career. This song was released in 1966 by The Spencer Davis Group, written and sung by a 17-year old Steve Winwood. That tune is Gimme Some Lovin’ featuring not only Winwood’s writing and vocal, but his unique keyboard riffs as well. Winwood went on to great success with Traffic, Blind Faith and his solo hits in Higher Love and Roll With It among others. Gimme Some Lovin’ was the biggest hit for the Spencer Davis Group and covered by The Grateful Dead and The Blues Brothers, both very popular versions as well. 
Come see Decades perform hits by 17 year olds, about 17 year olds, and about 17 years old – as well as many other hits across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (September 4, 2021):
What 1960’s pop star had the biggest selling single in the UK in 1998 with a song that went on to become the biggest selling single in 1999? That song is Believe by Cher. Believe was a big hit in the UK and a slower burn in the US, becoming much more popular the year after its initial release. With a tight synth dance groove and synthesized vocals, Believe started out on the US record charts at #99 and, six months later hit #1. Believe put Cher in a distinct category of musicians having a long spin between #1 hits. In this case 25 years as Dark Lady hit #1 in 1974 and Believe reached the #1 spot in 1999 – an impressive career!
Come check out Decades covering Believe and many other #1 songs of the past several Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (August 28, 2021):
What 1988 hit is one of many songs to top the music charts with ‘miles’ noted in its title? That song is I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Scottish twins, The Proclaimers. Referencing the singers devotion to a woman, proclaiming his willingness to walk 500 miles, and 500 more if need be. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) was the group’s only hit in US, having been supported by appearances in movies, commercials and sporting events the world over. Other big pop rock hits with ‘miles’ in the title include A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton, 2000 Miles by The Pretenders, Eight Miles High by The Byrds and I Can See for Miles by The Who.
Come see Decades perform I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) as well as many other lengthy hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (August 22, 2021):
What 1956 hit was the only record in the US to have a number one song on both the A and the B side? That early rock tune is Hound Dog by the one and only Elvis Presley. Hound Dog was the A side with Don’t Be Cruel on the B side – both hitting number one on the charts. Hound Dog also has the distinction of having two guitar solos played by Elvis’ guitar player, Scotty Moore. The second solo has been a mystery for many guitar players to replicate over the last seventy years – but we will keep trying!
Come check out Decades covering Elvis hits Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock and Burning Love, as well as many artists hits before and after, covering every Decade!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (August 15, 2021):
What 2006 UK hit originally by The Zutons was re-recorded by another UK artist at the time resulting in a hit tune for both artists? That song is Valerie, made doubly famous by Amy Winehouse, with the song being released after her untimely death. Valerie features a great Motown type vibe, complete with horn riffs and killer vocals by the talented Winehouse. And where did the uptempo version of Valerie get its drum beat from? That beat comes from You Can’t Hurry Love by The Supremes – you can lay a good beat down, but you can’t keep a good beat down!
Come hear Decades pay tribute with Valerie and many others tributes of today while also reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (August 8, 2021):
What massive 70’s disco hit song came to be from the firing of the song’s co-creator by Motown records? Dino Fekaris, the co-writer of that hit, I Will Survive, was a successful songwriter for Motown records coming off a hit record, I Just Want to Celebrate by Rare Earth, and was fired by Motown shortly thereafter. I Will Survive was written as a testament to continuing on through difficult times and was recorded by Gloria Gaynor for Dino’s new record label. Did you know I Will Survive was the B-side to a tune called Substitute. Clearly the better song, radio DJ’s flipped the 45 and helped make I Will Survive an anthem for female empowerment, as well as a theme song for anyone overcoming adversity in their lives.
Come hear Decades version of I Will Survive and other tunes of empowerment and survival over these last seventy years!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (August 1, 2021):
Happy 40th Birthday to Music Television, MTV! Premiering on August 1, 1981, the music channel helped launch some of the most successful bands and singers of the decade. One great example is the Smith-Smyth-MTV combination resulting in top hit for the group Scandal. The song is Goodbye to You, written by the Scandal’s guitarist Zack Smith, sung by the band’s vocalist Patty Smyth and benefitting greatly from the video exposure on MTV. Did you know that the solo in Goodbye to You was performed by keyboardist Paul Schaffer from the David Letterman show and is based on the keyboard solo from Del Shannon’s Runaway?
Come see Decades performing Goodbye to You and many other hits of the MTV generation and beyond – one Decade at a time!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 25, 2021):
Who is the only American Songwriter to have one of his songs covered by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan and, although he did not write it, first recorded Elvis last top ten hit? That composer and performer is Arthur Alexander writing Anna, recorded by The Beatles, You Better Move On by The Stones and Sally Sue Brown recorded by Bob Dylan. Our song fact this week is centered on Burning Love, first recorded by Alexander, but re-recorded by the great Elvis Presley for a massive hit. Elvis had just separated from his wife at the time and was not inspired to do an upbeat rock n roll song, but was talked in to it and nailed the vocal in six takes. Burning Love was Elvis’ last top 10 hit, bringing him to 38 total top tens, with 18 of those hitting number one, earning him the nickname of The King of Rock N Roll!
Come hear Decades cover Burning Love, Jailhouse Rock and many other top tens and number ones of the last seventy years – one Decade at a time!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 18, 2021):
This week’s song facts centers on the Philadelphia soul sound of the seventies. And one of the most successful songwriting teams responsible for the Philly sound, Gamble and Huff. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff wrote hit songs such as Expressway to Your Heart, I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, If You Don’t Know Me By Now and When Will I See You Again for many different artists. But one of the groups they had tremendous success with, across more than twelve top hits, was the O’Jays. Possibly the most famous song being the inclusive and harmonious message of Love Train. Calling for peace and world unity in a time of turmoil and strife, Love Train was a message we could all get behind – and dance to as well – fitting even for today.
Come show some love with Decades, through Love Train and many other popular songs of love and harmony over the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 10, 2021):
Great songs never die – they just sometimes take a breather. No better example than When Will I Be Loved. This tune was written by Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers and released in 1960, becoming a hit for the duo. Some fifteen years later, Linda Ronstadt recorded a version of When Will I Be Loved that went to number 2 on the pop charts, and number one on the country & western charts. When Will I Be Loved was major summer hit in 1975, only surpassed by Captain and Tennilles’ Love Will Keep Us Together. The song was recorded by many other artists, but none with the success of Linda Ronstadt’s version. And 45 years later, in 2020, a digital download version of Ronstadt’s When Will I Be Loved was made available. In a little over a year since its release, it still sold 268,000 copies – just a little bit of a breather!
Come see Decades perform When Will I Be Loved and many other when and love songs over the past seventy years – one Decade at a time!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 2, 2021):
In keeping with the spirit of the Unites States Independence Day celebrations this weekend, this week’s song fact is centered on a tune released in July some twelve years ago and was the 22nd pop hit to break into the top 100 charts with USA in the title. That song is Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. Interesting fact: Party in the USA was co-written by Jessica Cornish, a British singer-songwriter. It was recorded by Cyrus for her debut EP and became a monster hit reaching #2 on the billboard charts for the, then, teenager singer.
Come see Decades perform Party in the USA as well as American Girl and other US and international hits of the last seven Decades !

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 26, 2021):
One of the biggest hits of 2014 was Walk the Moon’s Shut Up and Dance with Me. The song is referred to as new wave throwback due to the U2-type guitar intro and keyboard synth tones reminiscent of The Cars. Shut Up and Dance was written by the group’s vocalist and guitarist based on an experience in a club. Venting frustration over not being able to get a drink, their friend uttered the phrase Shut Up and Dance with Me – creating the idea for a hit tune. Shut Up and Dance was a monster hit for the band and has even been mashed up with Pink’s Raise Your Glass, another recent power pop, hook-laden record. 
Come see Decades perform Shut Up and Dance, along with Raise Your Glass and many other hits from the 50’s to the 20’s – and every Decades in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 19, 2021):
What 1970’s Motown hit was written by one of Motown’s biggest talents with a writing credit to his mother? Hint, the song was such a big hit it was covered by Elton John, Peter Frampton (with backing vocals by Mick Jagger) and even recorded by the California Raisins. That tune is Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours by the one and only Stevie Wonder. Wonder was twenty years old when he wrote and recorded Signed Sealed Delivered. Stevie credits his mother with coming up with the song’s title making this pop music’s biggest mother-son collaboration and producing a hit tune still popular 50 years later!
Come check out Decades perform Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours and delivering many other hits, pre-70’s and post 70’s, and  all through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 13, 2021):
What 1960’s hit song by a UK  based, Motown sounding group uses the name of a flower to symbolize unrequited love? That 1968 tune is Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations. Although very upbeat in tonality with bright horn parts, the tune is sung from the perspective of a man showing devotion to a woman who apparently does not feel the same way. A buttercup flower is known to symbolize friendship, and not love. Popular upon its release, Build Me Up Buttercup had a resurgence when it appeared in the 1998 comedy, Something About Mary. Could say it was the most appropriate tune as the movie is about suitors seeking Mary’s affection with no luck (no spoilers)
Come check out Decades covering Build Me Up Buttercup and many other unrequited and requited love songs of the past seventy years!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 6, 2021):
What 2003 hit owes a lot of credit to a 1970 tune with the exact same horn sound? That tune is Crazy in Love by the one and only Beyonce, the first single off her debut solo album. The song was composed by Rich Harrison and when he brought it to Beyonce she was not originally thrilled with the sound. She asked Harrison to put lyrics to it, which he wrote in two hours. Once hearing the complete tune, Beyonce decided to record it with a guest appearance by Jay-Z doing the rap parts. Oh, and what about that horn sound? The horns were sampled from a 1970 tune, Are You My Woman, by the Chi-lites, famous for Oh Girl and Have You Seen Her.
Come see Decades perform Crazy in Love and other crazy hits of the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 31, 2021): 
The beginning of rock n roll is often disputed as to the first rock song recorded. There are references made to Rocket 88 or Caldonia being the first rock recording with influences from jazz and big band with a boogie woogie vibe, creating a fresh new sound. One thing is clear, the first rock n roll record that charted number one based on store sales, dj plays and jukebox plays was 1955’s Rock Around the Clock from Bill Haley and the Comets. A monster hit of the time and featured in the movie Blackboard Jungle, solidified the sound and association with the teen generation of the time, making it a pivotal moment in a then new rock n roll music movement.
Come hear Decades play Rock Around the Clock and many hits of then and now, spanning over seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 23, 2021):
What 2016 hit song from a movie soundtrack is referred to as a modern disco song? That tune is Can’t Stop the Feeling from the soundtrack for the movie Trolls. Written and performed by Justin Timberlake, Can’t Stop the Feeling came to be as Timberlake saw the final cut of the movie and said it reminded him of disco. Realizing he needed a pop song that you can dance to, the disco vibe was more than fitting, resulting in a smash hit for a smash movie.
Come hear Decades cover disco type hits from today and back to the originals from the 1970’s, when it was all the rage!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 16, 2021):
What 1970’s song was so popular at the time that is was used by ABC television in the late ’70’s as a slogan and theme song to promote it’s shows? That tune is Still the One by Orleans. Still the One was written by John Hall and his wife Johanna. Story goes that some friends they knew were going through a divorce and asked Johanna to write a song about a couple staying together. Johanna wrote the lyrics and her husband John states the music came together in ten minutes, creating a 70’s classic still popular today. 
Come hear Decades cover Still the One and many other number ones from the 50’s through 20’s!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 9, 2021): 
As we celebrate Mother’s Day, today’s song fact is around a 1965 Motown hit. Although perceived to be a love song about one particular girl, the song’s writer stated this tune was written with all the women in the world in mind. That hit song is My Girl, written and produced by the great Smokey Robinson and performed by the fabulous Temptations. Covered by many artists from Otis Redding to the Rolling Stones, and bearing a sequel called My Guy, this #1 tune will always be the Temptations signature hit. To all the Moms who bring sunshine on a cloudy day, we express our gratitude and love.
Come see Decades perform My Girl and many other hits from the 60’s , 70’s, 80’s and today!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 2, 2021):
What 1975 Motown remake became an unexpected hit when it was released as a B side to a Neil Young penned tune? That hit song was Heat Wave by Linda Ronstadt. Ronstadt and her band would perform Heat Wave in their live shows and decided to record it for her 1975 album, Prisoner in Disguise. This was a re-recording of the original Motown release by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas from 1963. Released as the B side of the first single from the Linda’s album, the A side being the Neil Young composition Love is a Rose. Heat Wave would go on to become the bigger hit on that 45RPM single. Interesting note, aside from the bass, all the instruments on Heat Wave were performed by Linda’s bandmate, Andrew Gold. Gold had a hits of his own in Lonely Boy and Thank You for Being a Friend a few years later – a very talented musician and song writer.
Come hear Decades steamy version of Heat Wave as well as many other hot tunes from the 60’s, 70’s and all the way up to today’s top hits

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 25, 2021): 
What country pop record from 2013 took nearly four decades to complete and hit the top of the charts? That song is Wagon Wheel, also known as Rock Me Mama.The chorus of the song, the rock me mama part, was written by Bob Dylan in 1973 and never completed. Picked off a bootleg demo 25 years later, the Old Crow Medicine Show’s Ketch Secor wrote the verses and recorded the tune in full. A few years later, Darius Rucker, formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish, heard the tune and decided to cut his own version, reaching the top of the country and pop charts. Wagon Wheel – forty years in the making and, by all indications, a tune that will be popular and with us for the next four decades, and then some.
Come hear Decades perform Wagon Wheel along with many other old to new classics – playing the hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 18, 2021): 
What is the most upbeat and, arguably, the happiest sounding instrument used on a pop song? That is a question for many artists, striving to find just the right instrument, while looking for a different sound to support the vibe of their song. One unique sounding instrument used over the years, with a resurgence at the tail end of the 2000s, was the four string ukelele. In Jason Mraz’s I’m Yours,  Bruno Mars’ Just the Way You Are and Taylor Swift’s Love Story, the ukulele plays a key role in the sound of each of these hits tunes of the time. But one such song of the period, Train’s Hey Soul Sister, may not have been written without the ukelele. Pat Monahan of Train was collaborating on writing this song and couldn’t get the feel he wanted. When one of his fellow songwriters suggested a ukulele on the song, everything fell into place to create an upbeat, number one song across the globe.
Come check out Decades ‘uking’ their was through Hey Soul Sister and many other hits of the 2000’s, and reaching back though the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 11, 2021):
Our song fact this week is around a weird title for a song and equally weird name for a band. Chumbawamba released the song Tubthumping in the summer of 1997 with great success. If you’ve ever heard this record, you absolutely know the chorus – I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again. At last count, the singer notes he got knocked down 27 times. As we all know, it’s not how many times you get knocked down, as long as you get up again by that number plus one – it’s all just simple math!
Come hear Decades cover Tubthumping and get up for many new and old pop tunes – performing the hits of today and back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 3, 2021):
Coming off Saint Patrick’s Day holiday and celebrating Easter Sunday, our song fact this week centers on a spiritual pop song, Have I Told You Lately by Van Morrison. Interpreted by many as a standard love song, the tune has spiritual overtones which Morrison has acknowledged in much of his music. And for the Saint Patrick’s Day connection, Van Morrison is Irish and recorded a version with the famous Irish group, The Chieftains, which reached #5 on the music charts in 1995.
Bonus fact – although our set list does not go back this far, there is a song from the 1940s called Have I Told You Lately That I Love You – a completely different tune – recorded by both Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley.
Come check out Decades doing Irish-tinged pop tunes and many other hits of the past 70 years!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 28, 2021):
What hit song had sales bolstered by a TV show, with an alternate version supported by a film release some 35 years later? That tune is I’m a Believer written by Neil Diamond. Neil recorded his own version, but the recording by The Monkees in 1966, featured on their TV show, resulted in advance sales of over a million records – making it an instant gold record song. Fast forward to 2001, with Smash Mouth recording their version of I’m a Believer which was featured in the smash hit movie Shrek, making it another chart topper – over three decades later.
Come check out Decades performing I’m a Believer and many other recent, and not so recent, hits over the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 20, 2021):
What 1966 Motown hit was rerecorded at Motown by second group charting in 1970 and had another resurgence on the Dumb and Dumber soundtrack in 1994? That track is Get Ready, written by the one and only, William ‘Smokey’ Robinson. The song was written for Motown artists, The Temptations and was an R&B number one in 1966. A few years later, Motown recorded the song with a then new group, Rare Earth, and the tune exploded on the music charts hitting number in pop. Fast forward nearly twenty five years later and a new version of this classic song is released on the soundtrack for the comedy film, Dumb and Dumber. This latest version of Get Ready was recorded by the Scottish duo, The Proclaimers – most famous for their hit I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles). A good tune never truly dies, it is held deeply in our souls and simply reborn with each new version.
Come listen to Decades perform Get Ready and I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) as well as many other hits before and after – covering every pop music era, ten years at a time!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 14, 2021):
As we approach the Saint Patrick’s Day holiday, thought it only fitting to feature our song fact of the week on an eighties hit that references and ‘samples’ an old Irish ballad. This smash hit was written and recorded by a band that was seemingly named after an individual and his late night troupe. The song is Come on Eileen and the band was Dexys Mignight Runners. The Irish music influence is evidenced in the fact the song has no electronic keyboards or synths  – a rarity for a 1980’s hit – and in place uses traditional folk instruments including a banjo, accordion and fiddle. It also features an old Irish ballad in the bridge – taken from Too La Roo La Loo Ral, an early twentieth century Irish tune which hit #1 in 1913. The song was made more popular in the 1944 film Going My Way and sung by the great baritone singer Bing Crosby. As for the band, aye if you’d been paying attention, there is no apostrophe in the band name, therefore ‘Dexy’ is not a person – the name is a reference Dexedrine, the amphetamine.
Come check out Decades version of folk pop with Come On Eileen and many other hits from the 50’s to the 20’s and everything in between – a Decade at a time!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 7, 2021):
What 2008 food-themed, country-tinged number one tune was actually the second recording of the song by the same band? That would be Chicken Fried by the incomparable Zac Brown Band – ZBB to their fans. The band recorded the song in 2003 and then did another recording released in 2008. This patriotic country song is centered around gratitude for all the best things in life – not the least of which is our freedom and those that protect it. Chicken Fried went on to the number one spot on the record charts and a true cross over hit for the band. ZBB is known for their live performances of not only their own hits, but covering classics from many other groups and eras – a great band to catch live if you get the chance.
Come see Decades perform Chicken Fried and many other top hits that ZBB covers and well as many others – across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 28, 2021):
We have written in past song facts about the influence The Beatles have had on many musicians, but who would you say influenced The Beatles the most? One good indication can be found on the cover of the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album. An iconic album cover photo which features artists from writers, poets, comics, movie stars and musicians the band admired. Only two American musicians were included, Bob Dylan and Dion DiMucci. Dylan’s influence is obvious and no surprise, but for Dion to be included shows how ground breaking he was from early hits such as I Wonder Why, to his breakout solo hits in The Wanderer and Runaround Sue, each based on a local, street doo whop style and tales of young love from the jilted to the jilter. Dion was an influential rocker, both with The Belmonts and later The Del Satins, and helped set the tone for early rock music.
Come see Decades cover Dion hits in The Wanderer and Runaround Sue, as well as many great artists and tunes from the 50’s to the 20’s – and every Decade in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 21, 2021):
So what do Godspell, Pippin, Fame and Footloose have in common? Aside from all being top selling soundtrack albums, there is a deeper connection. A young performer named Dean Pitchford appeared on Broadway in both Godspell and Pippin and later jumped at a chance to write songs for 1980 film release of Fame. Coming off the success of Fame, Pitchford read a story about a small town in Oklahoma where there was a law against dancing, still on the books from the 1800’s. Seems the local teens successfully petitioned the city council to have the law rescinded so they could dance at their high school prom. Finding the story interesting, Dean wrote a film screenplay and brought on Kenny Loggins to write the Footloose theme song. The result was a successful film and score, with a soundtrack that knocked Michael Jackson’s Thriller off the #1 album spot. In the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, Pippin would qualify for a Bacon score of 2.
Check out Decades playing Footloose and other dance hits of the 80’s, as well as top songs from Decades before and after!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 14, 2021):
Thought it only fitting, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, that we feature a song about love by one of the most beloved groups in rock history – The Beatles. In a review of The Beatles catalog from their short career spanning 1962 to 1970, you will find most of their songs were centered on the theme of love. One early hit we enjoy playing is Can’t Buy Me Love, a straight out rocker with a sizzling hi hat and drumbeat, alternating driving bass, acoustic guitar, killer vocal and a concise tight guitar solo. George Harrison did an overdub of the guitar solo after the recording of the overall tracks and if you listen closely you can still hear parts of the original guitar solo underneath. Ever the musical pioneers, Can’t Buy Me Love is one of the first rock songs to feature the chorus to start the record. A classic, two minute pop song with great energy and a message of love.
Come see Decades rock and pop from The Beatles through the B52’s and on to Beyonce, with a bit of everything in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 6, 2021):
What 2010 hit song was actually off a Greatest Hits album, included as a new track? That tune is Raise Your Glass by the talented Pink. Deciding to release a greatest hits album on her own terms, after a decade of recording, Pink decided to add in new songs, both of which were massive hits – Raise Your Glass and Perfect. The practice of adding new songs on a greatest hits album is not unheard, with the first instance dating all the way back to the 1950’s with Johnny Mathis. Many hit songs came off greatest hits albums from Mathis to Paul Simon to The Cars and Tom Petty, as well as others. As a record label technique to appeal to those wanting the hits, as well as fans interested in new material, seems like the practice will remain into the future.
Come join Decades and Raise Your Glass to the Perfect Pink as well as many other greatest hit songs and artists across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 31, 2021):
What 60’s hit was responsible for 70’s and 80’s phrases such as sock it to me, taking care of business and props? That would be Respect by none other than the queen of soul herself, Aretha Franklin. Respect’s lyrics contain memorable lines such as give me my propers, sock it to me, take care TCB – all resulting in catch phrases and mantras for a wide variety of entertainers from Laugh In to Elvis Presley and through to 80’s hip hop.  Aretha decided to cover Otis Redding’s Respect, re-arranged it, added the song’s bridge, and played piano resulting in a top hit and making her one of music scene’s top female artists of the time – pure, undeniable talent!
Come hear Decades taking care of business with all due Respect – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 24, 2021): 
What former Blue Angel went solo, took a female empowerment tune and leveraged a wrestling pro in the song’s MTV video to become a break out star, with a global top ten hit? That would be none other than the talented Cindy Lauper with her first hit, Girls Just Want to Have Fun. Lauper recorded one album with her new wave rockabilly group, Blue Angel, but did not hits the charts until her debut solo album a few years later, propelled by this smash hit. The video for Girls Just Want to Have Fun, with wrestler Lou Albano playing her father, was an instant success and took full advantage of the new MTV music channel format. 
Another interesting fact on this synth-laden record – the bass was recorded by the multi-talented Eric Bazilian, who founded The Hooters, And We Danced, in the 80s and wrote One of Us in the 90’s, a monster hit for Joan Osborne. 
Come check out Decades having fun with top hits from the 50’s through the 20’s, and every Decade in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 17, 2021): 
Our song fact this week centers around one the biggest early hits for the Beatles in 1963 – I Saw Her Standing There. This 60’s type rocker about young love was released as the B-side to I Want to Hold Your Hand. I Saw Her Standing There would chart two more times over a twenty-five year period by two unlikely artists. In 1988, pop artist Tiffany recorded the tune for her debut album. But one of the most interesting releases was from a live concert recording at New York’s Madison Square Garden in 1974. This concert would be the last time that former Beatle John Lennon would perform in front of a live audience. Lennon joined his good friend Elton John as a guest artist and they ended the show with I Saw Her Standing There. The song was recorded and released, again as a B-side, to Elton John’s Philadelphia Freedom in 1975 – the only song to chart twice by two different Beatles. 
Chart you sights on seeing Decades perform I Saw Her Standing There and many other great A and B sides over the last seventy years!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 10, 2021): 
We could all use a little bit of Heaven at times in our lives. In the world of pop music, there have been five #1 hits with Heaven in the title. Starting with 1979’s Too Much Heaven by the Bee Gees to Inside Your Heaven by Carrie Underwood in 2004. But what Heavenly titled tune in 2012 also reached #1? That would be Locked Out of Heaven by the extremely talented Bruno Mars. Locked Out of Heaven is a mix of modern pop, rock and reggae touting the Heavenly feelings the singer has after being shown a new way to love. This smash hit charted in the top ten in over twenty countries around the world – a testament to love.
Check our website at Decades.live to hear a part of our version of Locked Out of Heaven and many other hits from the 50’s to the 20’s, along with every Decade in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 3, 2021): 
As we wrap up another year and fade on another decade, have been looking into a change in recording techniques over the years. Interesting to note that most popular songs starting in the early days of rock n roll use the technique of a fade out at the tail end of a song. There are many proposed reasons for this from technical to creative. Making the tune more radio friendly, allowing DJs to talk over the fade and introduce the next song, is one of the most likely reasons this technique became somewhat of a standard in pop songs. With today’s changes to the standard radio format, and the advent of the ‘skip’ culture, the fade out seems to have faded out as well. In a recent listen of the Top 10 songs of 2020, found only two that would qualify as a true fade out.
But what 1960’s pop hit was the first to use a fade in? That would be Eight Days a Week by The Beatles. The song fades in on a guitar riff building to a crash of energy and angst infused lyrics about love. The Beatles did record an earlier take with a vocal harmony by Paul McCartney and John Lennon that is pretty cool if you have not heard that – check it out. But it appears the group could not resist a bit more creativity and introduced one of the first recorded fade ins on a pop song.
Happy New Year to all and here’s hoping for a better 2021 with maybe less fade outs and who knows, maybe some more fade ins. 
Check out Decades version of Eight Days a Week while fading in and out of what is now eight Decades of pop hits!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 28, 2020): 
What early 2000’s song, with a killer guitar riff, was a slow burn in terms of popularity with two music videos filmed to promote the song – the first in New York and the second in Los Angeles? That smash tune is Mr. Brightside, the first hit for The Killers. The song was written and recorded as one of the first songs for their debut album. Originally released in 2003, the record became much more popular upon its re-release in 2004. With a great guitar riff, driving rhythm and intense passion, Mr. Brightside is one of the most downloaded songs on iTunes and has been voted as Song of the Decade in 2010 by UK radio stations.
Check out Decades cover Mr. Brightside and top hits of the new millennium and various Decades past!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 20, 2020):
What three chord simple little ditty was written and recorded by a local, Long Island based Irish-American musician who went on to embrace his heritage in the form of Irish citizenship? That tune is You’re So Beautiful and the talented musician behind it all is Pat McGuire. Recorded in 1997 and released on his album, Big Brown Sofa, this catchy tune about first love has become a popular hit on the island and throughout the area, still resonating with audiences to this day. Pat McGuire would become an Irish citizen and move to the motherland in the early 2000’s.
Check out Decades performing You’re So Beautiful and other Irish influenced hits from Come on Eileen to Brown Eyed Girl with many other regions and nationalities well represented along the way! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 13, 2020): 
Can you guess what early rock ’n’ roll record, released in 1957, charted on the pop, R&B and country charts at the same time? Hint, the song was recut by Dolly Parton for her 1979 album of the same name. That tune is Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis. Great Balls of Fire was recorded and released by Sun Records, home to Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, among many other greats of the day. Sun Records was a literal music factory of the early rock days, based in Memphis, Tennessee, and proclaiming themselves to be the place were rock ’n’ roll was born. With its piano intro, rolling rhythm and syncopated breaks, while featuring only bass, drums and piano, the song absolutely exhibits the energy of the rock ’n’ roll sound.
Check out Decades covering early to late hit tunes from Sun Records to Walk the Moon, with everything in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 6, 2020):
Can you name the 1965 Motown song that charted with five different versions over the years, was a sequel to an earlier hit, and is one of three songs by this group that were also recorded by The Rolling Stones? That massive Motown hit wad My Girl by The Temptations. Written by Smokey Robinson and his Miracles bandmate, Ronald White, the tune was the first big hit for The Temptations in the mid-60’s. The Temptations went on to have many other hits and an illustrious career as evidenced in a Broadway show about the group. My Girl was a chart hit with five versions featuring differing artists from the 1960’s through the 1980’s and remains on radio station playlists to this day with its catchy bass line opening, smooth vocal harmonies and heartfelt sentiment.
And about the prequel – Smokey wrote a hit song called My Guy that was recorded and released by the incomparable Mary Wells in 1964 and followed it up with My Girl later that year – not a bad year for Motown just as the British Invasion was heating up the competition. And a key part of that British Invasion took to the Motown sound as well. My Girl was one of three songs recorded by The Rolling Stones, along with Ain’t Too Proud to Beg and Just My Imagination. Influencers influencing each other!
Come check out Decades covering hit songs about guys and girls from Motown to the Stones, and everything in between over the last seventy years!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 29. 2020): 
What 2006 song, requisitioned for a Pixar film, was a remake of a 1992 hit by the original artist? That upbeat pop tune is Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts for the animated movie, Cars. Life is Highway was originally written and recorded by the Canadian born Tom Cochrane. Cochrane wrote the song as a way out of a funk he was in and it went on to become a huge hit in Canada and the US in the early 90’s. Life is a Highway continues in popularity, partly because of Cars and partly due to use in many car commercials over the years. 
Come hear Decades perform Life is a Highway and other commercial hits of the past several Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 22. 2020): 
What hit record, released in the summer of ’69, was derived from a Hank Williams tune and spurred a 70’s hit by Rick Nelson? That record is Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones. The song was written by Jagger and Richards at a time when they were looking to create a country style tune and based this one off of Honky Tonk Blues by Hank Williams. This recording is unique for several reasons, not only the open tuning Richards uses on guitar and the fact there is no bass in the verses, but also because it has one of the most prominent uses of a cowbell to open up the record. As for Rick Nelson, he recorded a version of Honky Tonk Women and tried to perform it live at a concert at Madison Square Garden and was booed off the stage. That prompted Nelson to write one of his biggest come back hits, Garden Party, as referenced in the lyrics, when I sang a song about a honky tonk, it was time to leave.
Come check out Decades version of Honky Tonk Women along with many other hits of the Nelson era, Stones era and the now era!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 14, 2020): 
What multi-cultural hit released in 1983 was so popular around the globe that it was performed at the 1984 closing ceremony for the Olympics in Los Angeles? That pop hit is All Night Long (All Night) by Lionel Richie. This was Richie’s forth solo hit and featured a calypso dance groove with language from the world over – Liming: Caribbean for getting together, Fiesta: Spanish for party and of course, Jambo: a Swahili word for Hello. What, you may ask, does Tom bo li de say de moi ya mean? That phrase was totally made up by Lionel Richie. All Night Long is pure joy and happiness, resonating the world over thanks in part to the MTV video and the party vibe with over 34 singers contributing to the party vocals on the record.
Come check out Decades versions of All Night Long, You Shook Me All Night Long along with many other party hits from the 50’s to the 20’s, and every Decade in between!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 8, 2020): 
What 1961 hit about a new dance craze by a local, Bronx-born singer, was a flop, with the flip side becoming one of his biggest hits? That artist was the incredibly talented Dion DiMucci, the dance song was call The Majestic, but the flip side was the Dion mega-hit, The Wanderer. The Majestic was released as a hopeful hit and the A side of the 45-rpm single. Thanks to local Radio DJs across the country, realizing the B Side was a better song, The Wanderer received more airplay and went on to be one of the biggest records of Dion’s career, along with I Wonder Why, Teenager in Love, Runaround Sue, Ruby Baby and Abraham, Martin and John. As a declaration of his impact in early rock music, Dion is one of only two rock artists, along with Bob Dylan, to be featured on the cover of The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover in 1967.
Side note, many believe The Wanderer was recorded by Dion and The Belmonts, as was the case with his earlier hits. The backing vocal group on The Wanderer was actually the Del-Satins – a great doo whop group that still perform to this day. 
Come hear Decades perform The Wanderer, as well as Runaround Sue and many other hits of the time, and the Decades that followed!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 2, 2020): 
What 1977 disco hit provides the ultimate depiction of 1970’s Brooklyn attitude from the street walk, to the hairstyle to the new music scene, not to mention the most unique way to eat two slices of pizza ever depicted on film? That mega hit was Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees, and the opening song and scene from Saturday Night Fever. The Bee Gees penned five hit songs for the film’s soundtrack, which went on to sell over 45 million copies – the second highest selling soundtrack album of all time. 
And what soundtrack sits at number one in terms of sales? That would be the 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard, with Whitney Houston supplying the phenomenal vocals and tunes, most famously I Will Always Love You
Come check out Decades doing some 70’s disco through 90’s pop with bookended decade tunes before and after!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 25, 2020): 
What 1967 pop hit remains the most downloaded tune, and has received the most radio play, of any song from the 60’s decade? That song is Brown Eyed Girl from Van Morrison. This was Morrison’s first hit after leaving the Irish band, Them. Brown Eyed Girl has become a pop staple for over 50 years, tapping into the emotions of nostalgia, young love and even singing itself – Sha La La La La La La La La La La Te Da!
Decades after its release there was criticism directed at the Counting Crows for ‘stealing’ Morrison’s Sha La La for their own record, Mr. Jones. A bit ridiculous when you consider Sha La La is a tune by Manfred Mann released in 1965, Sha La La La Le is a song recorded by the Small Faces in 1966 with many other examples since. Almost as preposterous as accusing Morrison of using I Love You in his 1989 mega hit Have I Told You Lately.
Come hear Decades versions of Brown Eyed Girl and Have I Told You Lately as well as many other Sha’s, La’s and love songs of the past seventy years and counting!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 18, 2020): 
What pop hit was used as the theme song for Dave’s World in the early 90’s, but sung by another artist? The song is the 1980 Billy Joel hit You May Be Right. This popular tune was used as the theme song for the TV show, but not sung by Billy Joel – it was re-recorded and sung by another local artist, Southside Johnny. You May Be Right on Joel’s album, Glass Houses, tells the story of an individual accused of being reckless, but only admitting to being crazy. 
Another Billy Joel song from two years earlier, My Life, was used in the TV show Bosom Buddies, the start of the career of the great Tom Hanks. My Life was also re-recorded for the show with another vocalist, Gary Bennett.
Come hear Decades play the craziest hits of the 1950’s through the 2010’s and into the next Decade!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 11, 2020):
What 1970 pop hit, about a young couple’s wedding night, was written by Motown’s most successful composers under a different name? That record was Band of Gold performed by Freda Payne and written by legendary Holland-Dozier-Holland along with Ron Dunbar.  The writing team was in a legal dispute with Motown records, as they had just branched out on their own. Not able to use the HDH name, the writing credits were attributed to Dunbar and Edythe Wayne. Band of Gold went one to become a smash hit that year. The tune was covered by several other female singers such as Belinda Carlisle and Bonnie Tyler, and continues to receive radio play and confuse listeners to this day. 
Added song fact – who played lead guitar on Band of Gold? That musician was Ray Parker Jr, who would go on to write the Ghostbusters theme song in the mid 1980’s.
Note – the backing band was the Funk Brothers referenced in our song fact on August 24, 2020 and uses a sitar as mentioned in our song fact on Jan 25, 2020
Come hear Decades perform Band of Gold and other confusing hits of the last several Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 4, 2020): 
What three word titled song in 1963 was actually a cover of a 1962 hit, itself a cover of a 1961 version by The Top Notes? That record was Twist and Shout by The Beatles. The Beatles recorded their version for the 1963 album Please Please Me. The group had heard the Isley Brothers version and arrangement, playing the song as a closer for their live shows. It was recorded as the last song for the album, after a long day in the studio, with a vocal delivery from John Lennon that can only be described as expressively raw. Twist and Shout was originally released by a group called The Top Notes out of Philadelphia. Although spirited, that version does not resemble the popular hit we know today, and loved in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off some two decades after its release. 
Come see Decades shake it up, and twist so fine, to the greatest songs of the last seven Decades and beyond!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 27, 2020): 
What country laden hit from 2017 about love being the greatest of riches was a cover from earlier in the decade? That song is none other than Millionaire by the mega-talented Chris Stapleton. Millionaire was written and recorded by Kevin Welch in 2002 and was a song Stapleton would sing around the house so much that he decided to cut a version of it himself, with his wife, Morgane, on harmony vocals. Millionaire centers on the basic concept that love is more precious than gold, and the only true valuable, making anyone with love to spare, truly a millionaire.
Come hear Decades perform the richest hits and gold records of the last few Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 20, 2020):
What mid-sixties hit, centered on a medical theme, was actually a cover tune for this ‘young’ band? That song was Good Lovin’, a number one hit recorded by the Young Rascals in 1966. The track was actually a remake of the same arrangement by a group called The Olympics a year earlier. Good Lovin’ centers around a visit to a doctor to see ‘what’s ailing me’ and the only prescription is …(no, not more cowbell), but Good Lovin’. This power pop hit features an intense beat with a driving guitar rhythm and superb B3 keyboard fills with an iconic keyboard solo. Oh, and who played keyboards on The Olympics version? – none other than the fifth Beatle himself – the great Billy Preston. 
Come hear Decades perform young, and not so young, hits about love, and not so love, over the past several Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 13, 2020): 
What song won a best female country vocal grammy in 2000, supported by a video that parodies a Robert Palmer video from 1985? That hit record is Man! I Feel Like a Woman by Canada’s own Eileen ‘Shania’ Twain. The song centers on female empowerment, visualized with a video of Shania surrounded by male musicians/models, a take off on Palmer’s Addicted to Love video from the 80’s. With a powerful combination of country, pop, fun and power, Twain has sold over 100 million records and stands as the best selling female country music artist of all time – totally crazy!
Come see Decades perform this and many other hits, with and without exclamation points, from the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 7, 2020): 
On this Labor Day, the song fact of the week centers on a song with a central theme of make a me work so hard. What 1988 pop hit about working so hard was written and performed by a UK based, two piece, synth pop band? That hit was A Little Respect by Erasure. Erasure was comprised of singer Andy Bell and keyboardist Vince Clarke, a founding member of Depeche Mode years earlier. Not to be confused with a one hit wonder band, Erasure has had over twenty four Top 40 hits over two decades and still tours to this day. The big question around this song is the lyric ‘making me work so hard’ or is it ‘make a me work so hard’ – it just might come down to what side of the pond you come from.
Come check out Decades pronunciation in A Little Respect and many other unique inflections over the past few Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 30, 2020): 
What 1976 number one song is considered the world’s first euro-pop disco hit? The would be the infamous Dancing Queen by the Swedish group ABBA. This tune was a number hit in the US and thirteen other countries, from Australia to Zimbabwe. Both inspired by George McCrae’s Rock Your Baby and inspiring Dreaming by Blondie a few years later, Dancing Queen is a pop favorite performed at parties, weddings and many other celebrations for over 40 years, and still in the mix for many DJs and Party Bands.
Come check out Decades performance of Dancing Queen and many other great dance hits of the past seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 23, 2020): 
What 1967 hit song was actually a ‘cover’ of a tune that was recorded by another group, but not yet released?  That song was (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me ) Higher and Higher, a hit recorded and released by the incomparable Jackie Wilson, with members of Motown’s Funk Brothers, in the summer of 1967. Higher and Higher was a smash hit for Wilson on the R&B and Pop charts of the day. The ‘original’ was recorded earlier that same year by a group called The Dells, but not released until 1968. Although very similar, the lyrics and construct of the two recordings is vastly different – both enjoyable and each have their place in the history of pop music.
Come check out Decades cover of a cover in Higher and Higher and other hits songs recorded by the Funk Brothers through Motown and other labels across the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 16, 2020):
What 1978 punk pop hit features a guitar solo composed of one single note played 65 times? That would be I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones. A tight packed 2 minute 29 second power punk tune based on an experience the band had the year before while touring. The group ended up in London right at Christmas time with the city shut down for the holidays, leaving them with nothing to do, nowhere to go-oh. As for that one note guitar solo – how punk is that?
When we all have something to do and somewhere to go-oh, come hear Decades cover Sedated and many other hits of the last several Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 10, 2020):
What 1976 #1 hit was performed by a band named after cough drops and took the group completely outside of their core sound?  The group was Wild Cherry, a hard rock band attempting to break through in the early 70’s that seized on the, then new, disco sound. After a request from an audience member to play some funky music, the group wrote and recorded their only hit, Play That Funky Music. The song takes it origin from an early disco hit of the time, Fire, by the Ohio Players. With a similar bass line and drum beat, Play That Funky Music became a massive hit for the group, but was their only real hit – another band to join the One Hit Wonder club.
Come check out Decades playing one hit wonders and many other hits throughout the last seven Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 2, 2020): 
What 1980’s pop group from Detroit were named for the date they formed, Valentine’s Day? That band is The Romantics with their most popular hit being the 80’s anthem, What I Like About You. The song was a minor hit for the band when first released in 1980, but became much more popular after appearing in a Bud Light commercial later in the decade. Interesting note, the licensing of the song for advertising was handled illegally by their manager without the group’s approval – a fortunate error resulting in an iconic pop hit known the world over.
Pop on down to like Decades cover of What I Like About You and many other hits you’ll like from the 50’s through to today!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 25, 2020):
What 1971 hit song was written in retaliation to critics reviews and credited to all four members of the band? That song is Rock And Roll by Led Zeppelin. In response to criticism after the release of Led Zeppelin III, the group recorded this tune for their next album to show they still knew how to rock. Plant, Page, Jones and Bonham all having writing credit on the song – an unusual feat for any group. 
Check out Decades rocking our way through Rock And Roll and rolling our way through many top hits before and after!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 20, 2020):
What 1970’s band had a hit song with the title repeated twenty nine times in a three minute, thirty second recording, that helped create the disco beat? That band is Redbone, a Native American group from California, and the song is Come and Get Your Love, an affirmation song about there being absolutely nothing wrong with the intended recipient of the singer’s affection. The band called the sound the King Kong Beat, regarded as one of the most important and influential drum beats in modern music, which helped set the basis for the disco sound.
Check out Decades hail it’s way through Come and Get Your Love and other hit love songs of the past seventy years!  

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 12, 2020): 
What punk pop band had a number one hit right at the start of the new millennium with a song about not fitting in? That would be none other than Jimmy Eat World and the song was The Middle. The tune was written after one of the band members received an email from a young fan who felt she did not fit in with the punk crowd at school. Noting the irony of punk being anti-establishment and therefore, you would think, more accepting of others, The Middle was composed. A two minute, forty second driving punk pop tune with an age-old message – just be yourself!
Decades drives through seventy years of punk pop, rock pop, country pop and doo wop – a little something for everyone!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (July 5, 2020):
Happy Fourth of July weekend! In keeping with the holiday, what song was recorded on the country’s bicentennial, July 4, 1976, and became a heartbreaker favorite over the last 40 years? That recording was American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. The song was not a chart hit for the band, but became so popular they opened their Live Aid set with American Girl in 1985. Unfortunately, it was the last song Tom and the group played live before his untimely passing in 2017. American Girl is instantly recognizable by the opening jangly guitar chords and is always a crowd pleaser.
Come see Decades jangle away with American Girl and other patriotic tinged tunes over the decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 27, 2020): 
What 1962 Motown hit about dancing was a one hit wonder two times over? That would be Do You Love Me by the Contours, no question mark but a subtitle – Now That I Can Dance. The song was a big hit for the group in 1962, and a bigger hit 25 years later when it was used in the 1987 film, Dirty Dancing. One of the coolest features in the original recording is the false ending/fade out at just over two minutes in and the sound picks up again for another few choruses before actually fading out. 
Come check Decades work, work Do You Love Me and other ‘false’ endings across the last several decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 21, 2020): 
In honor of the first day of Summer and Father’s Day, this week’s song fact centers on an upbeat and joyous love song of the 80’s. What song is featured in countless television commercials, feature films and a shower favorite of Philip J. Fry of Futurama? That tune is Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves. The song is about love, joy and of course, sunshine and used so much that it’s estimated the band received over $1M a year in royalties for a ten year period ending in 2010 – not bad for an upbeat pop tune.
Come hear Decades cover Walking on Sunshine and many other upbeat popular tunes of the last few decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 14, 2020):
What band had arguably their biggest hit with the first song featuring their new singer and co-writer? AC/DC released You Shook Me All Night Long, the first tune with their new singer, Brian Johnson, in 1980. The song was released on the album Back in Black and later appeared on another album, Who Made Who in 1986, making You Shook Me All Night Long one of AC/DC’s signature songs.
Come hear Decades perform You Shook Me All Night Long and other popular long and short songs over the decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (June 7, 2020): 
What song did Earnest Evans record in 1960 spurring a new dance craze and helping to close a generation gap? That early rock n roll song was The Twist recorded under the stage name, Chubby Checker. The Twist created a new dance – one that could be done by the older and younger generation providing for a shared experience in what was then a young person’s music scene. Did you know that the Chubby Checker stage name was a parody of another popular musician of the time, Fats Domino?  By replacing Chubby for Fats and Checker for Domino – a new star was formed.
Come ‘checker’ out Decades performing The Twist and many other dance hits before and after covering the last seven decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 31, 2020): 
What was the second single in music history to hit number one on the charts, released after the artist has passed away? The song is Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin, released just several months after her untimely passing. The song was written by Kris Kristofferson, partially inspired by a Fellini film, and made famous by one of the most soulful singers of her generation, the one and only Janice. Interesting note, the single’s B Side, Half Moon, was written by John Hall, who later went on to start the band Orleans with a monster 1970’s hit in Still the One.
Come check out Decades version of Me and Bobby McGee as well as Still the One and many other hits of the various decades. Drop us a note if you know the first number one hit by an artist after their passing. 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 24, 2020): 
In observance of Memorial Day, and being ever thankful to those that have protected our great country, the song fact this week centers on gratitude for some of the simpler things in the USA. What 1971 hit song about a specific part of the country, was written by songwriters who has never been there before? The song is Take Me Home (Country Roads), originally recorded by John Denver. Denver wrote the song with two friends, and not one of the group had ever been to West Virginia, the central location of the lyric. Country Roads was rerecorded in 2001 by a dutch group, Hermes House Band, amplifying the popularity of the song with some la la las and hey heys for added measure. 
Come check out Decades performing Country Roads and other country-tinged tunes of the last several decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 17, 2020):
What Canadian group, with a number one hit in 2014, shares its name with a number one hit song from 1980? The group is Magic!, releasing the reggae infused Rude. Thirty four years earlier, Magic was a number hit for Olivia Newton John, an artist from a bit further south of Canada.
Come check out Decades cover of Rude and other Canadian artists, along with many top hits of decades past!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 10, 2020):
Happy Mother’s Day – what better way to acknowledge Moms than with a song fact centered on a lovely tune about someone who is always there for you, right by your side.
What 1961 hit was recorded by an ex-Drifter, an ex-Beatle and a Heavyweight Champ? Stand By Me was a hit for Ben E. King after he left The Drifters. The song was also a radio hit for John Lennon in 1975. It’s the in-between here that is most unusual. In 1964, the song was recorded and released on a full length album by none other than boxer Mohammad Ali, who went on to record several other albums.
Drop us a line if you know the the name of the movie that the song was featured in, which resulted in a resurgence for the original recording by Ben E. King.
Decades covers the King hit as well as hits of The King and many other great pop rock singers of the last seventy years!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (May 4, 2020): 
What 1989 hit about a local disco type club was influenced by a similarly themed song of 1970? That would be Love Shack by the B52’s, a party style pop song about a local club, where it’s at. Did you know the song was partly influenced by a 1970 song by The Temptations called Psychedelic Shack. The Temptations song carried a very similar lyric line – Psychedelic Shack, that’s where it’s at. Of course, there were several other influences and creative elements in Love Shack, but another example of musical influences building on themselves. 
Come check out Decades perform hits of the B52’s, The Temptations and many great artists from the 50’s to today!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 30, 2020): 
What 1966 hit song, written and performed by a 17 year old, future pop star, featured the distinctive sound of the Hammond B3 organ? Gimme Some Lovin’ by the Spencer Davis Group was played and sung by a young Steve Winwood. The song was written and recorded in the same day and featured the Hammond B3 as a key component of the song’s sound. During the 1960’s, the B3 was so popular, it was even used in a hit by Frank Sinatra, That’s Life. The ‘B3 sound’ can be heard not only on dozens of hits of the 1960’s, but was utilized heavily into the 70’s with Deep Purple and Boston, the 80’s with Tom Petty and even recent hits by the likes of Brooks & Dunn. 
Come check out Decades covers of Gimme Some Lovin’, Good Lovin’ and other B3 type hits of the various decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 19, 2020):
What was the latest song to chart in the Top 100 with USA in the title in 2009? A bit of a trick question as there were two USA songs in the Top 100 that year – but the last one was Party in the USA by Miley Cyrus. Other hit USA- titled songs include Born in the USA by Springsteen and ROCK in the USA by Mellencamp in the 80’s, Surfin’ USA by the Beach Boys in the 60s and Chuck Berry’s Back in the USA in the 50’s. That doesn’t include songs with America in the title and a long list of state inspired songs – what’s your favorite?
Come hear Decades version of Party in the USA with other America centered tunes from every rock decade!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 13, 2020):
Auto-tune, a 1997 technology used to alter instrument and vocal notes to ensure they are on pitch, has been a recording technique used for decades in professional studios. What 1998 hit revealed it’s use to the public? Would you believe it’s Believe by Cher? Producers were going for a distorted effect on Cher’s vocals and used an auto-tune device that would become popular in the years to come by the likes of Kanye West and other rappers of the day. But, the first usage of auto-tune on a record is attributed to Kid Rock earlier that year, although not as big a hit or with as much discussion about this sound effect as with Believe – dubbing the technique the “Cher effect”.
Come hear Decades recreate the sounds and the hits of the last seven decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (April 5, 2020):
What set of twins had a huge international hit in the 1980’s and beyond? If you guessed the Thompson Twins with Hold Me Now, you might be interested to know that there were no Twins or Thompsons in that group. No, we are talking about I’m Gonna Be, better known by its subtitle, 500 Miles, by the Scottish twins, The Proclaimers. The song was released in 1988 and reached a peak on the US charts five years later in 1993, thanks in part to use in the film Benny and Joon and its sing along, call and response hook, Da Da Da Da, making this tune a party pop song for decades. Credit to The Proclaimers for breaking through the double-paned glass ceiling and paving the way for future twin-based musical groups in Nelson, Good Charlotte, The Veronicas and others.
Come hear Decades DaDaDaDa our way through I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) as well as many other Do’s and Da’s throughout the decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 29, 2020):
What early rock tune starts with two guitar chords with snare drum followed by two hits of the snare drum alone? This song became such a big hit, that the title of the movie it was featured in was changed to the song’s title. That song is Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley. The producers of the movie were so enamored by the song, the movie’s title was changed from Ghost of a Chance to Jailhouse Rock, a number one hit for Elvis in 1957. Elvis was so popular at the time that he had three of the top five biggest hits that year with All Shook Up and Teddy Bear.
If you’d like to hear another interesting story about Elvis’ popularity – send us an email and we’ll pass that along. Or come hear Decades pay tribute to a rock icon – as well as many other artists over the decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (March 22, 2020): 
What popular 1980’s hit was written by a Smith and sung by a Smyth? That would be Goodbye to You, written by Scandal guitarist Zach Smith and performed by the group’s lead singer, Patty Smyth. Goodbye to You, with it’s guitar hook, keyboard inflections and Smyth’s powerful vocals, helped propel Scandal’s first album to be one of the biggest selling of 1982 for Columbia Records. Did you know the song’s keyboard solo was actually recorded by Paul Shaffer, of Late Night fame, as a tribute to an earlier
rock n roll hit, Runaway, by Del Shannon.
Come hear Decades perform Goodbye to You as well as many other break up and stay together songs of the past few decades! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 15, 2020):
Throughout the history of popular rock music, there have been many examples of a B-sides of a single becoming more popular than the anticipated hit of the A-side. One of the earliest examples, would be that of Elvis Presley. Elvis was booked to do live shows in Las Vegas and one night, while checking out another music group on the Vegas strip, heard Hound Dog and decided to record it. The single was released as a B-side to the single, Don’t Be Cruel. Both tunes became very popular and hit #1 on the charts. Although in today’s digital age, we no longer have A and B-sides, there are many examples from all types of groups where we have unexpected hits from Bill Haley to Katy Perry.
Come hear Decades’ version of Hound Dog as well as other B-side and popular hits of the last seven decades and counting! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 8, 2020):
Who was the second musical performer to reach the Top 40 chart twice with two different recordings of the same song? That distinction goes to Amy Winehouse who in 2007, had a hit with Valerie – twice. The more popular version of the song was recorded by Mark Ronson on an album of cover tunes as it was originally written and recorded by The Zutons from Liverpool, England. Ronson had Amy do a guest vocal on the album and, as the recording session was nearly over, asked the band to do one more take on it with a You Cant Hurry Love type beat – two takes later and we have the R&B vibe and beautiful vocal performance that makes Valerie a smash hit and popular over a decade later.
By the way, the first group to have a hit twice with different versions of the same song? That would be The Proclaimers with I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) recorded twenty years apart. 
Come hear Decades perform Valerie and I’m Gonna Be, as well as many popular hits from the various decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Mar 1, 2020):
What song was the first (and last) to win a best disco song grammy? That would be I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Two other interesting facts about this 70’s female empowerment hit. First, the song was written by a former Motown composer who was fired from the company and, although concerned, realized he will be fine and ‘survive’ as a hit songwriter. Second, the song was originally released as a B-side to a tune called Substitute having been completed at the same recording session. Substitute did not break the Top 100 on the hit list at the time – but I Will Survive went on to be a smash hit for Gaynor and remains a popular song over the last forty years.
Come hear Decades cover I Will Survive and other female empowerment anthems throughout the last 70 years, one decade at a time!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 22, 2022):
What song was a number one hit in 1962 on the pop charts, reached number 7 on the country charts twenty years later in 1982, and then exploded as an international hit twenty years after that in 2002? That would be Hey Baby!, originally recorded and released by Bruce Channel in the 60’s. Anne Murray had a hit with her version in the 80’s, but it was the DJ Otzi version of the song which became the unofficial song of the FIFA World Cup in 2002 and brought the song  to an international audience. With a catchy hook, key change and group chorus the song is played at events and parties around the globe for the better part of the last twenty years. Are we do for another version in 2022? 
In the meantime, come hear Decades perform the most recent version of Hey Baby! along with other hits featuring Hey and Baby from the past six decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 14, 2020): 
In keeping with the spirit of Love on this Valentine’s Day, our song fact features a big hit for the O’Jays in 1973, Love Train. This song has timeless message of love and unity written and released during a time of great concern with the Vietnam War raging as well as other challenges and conflict around the world. The same sentiment holds true today – may we all find a way to come together (no we don’t currently do that song) and find peace and harmony.
Come hear Decades steam through Love Train as well as many other tunes about love – and various other human emotions!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 9, 2020):
One of the top hits from one of the biggest stars of the 1970s was When Will I Be Loved by Linda Ronstadt. The tune was released as the second single off her Heart Like a Wheel album and reached #2 on the charts. Do you know who wrote When Will I Be Loved and first recorded it? That would be the Everly Brothers. Written by Phil Everly and recorded in 1960, the song was a hit for the brothers at the time and exploded on the charts 15 years later through the talents of the incomparable Linda Ronstadt.
Come hear Decades cover the cover of When Will I Be Loved as well as other 70s hits – and every decade before and after!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Feb 2, 2020): 
Today’s song fact centers on the music influences of Shut Up and Dance. A pop hit for the Cincinnati Ohio based band, Walk the Moon, in the fall of 2014, the song was written based on the lead singer’s experience in a nightclub in California. When complaining about the time it takes to get a drink, a female friend he was with said – shut up and dance with me. The group utilized that phrase and constructed the song by listening to tunes from the pop rock era of the 70’s and 80’s from Hit Me With Your Best Shot by Pat Benatar to Just What I Needed by The Cars. Not only do you hear the sound of The Cars reflected in the keyboard solo, but also a distinctive guitar riff to open the record – reminiscent of the sound of U2’s The Edge. As further influence of this period in music, do you know where the band got its name? It was taken from a 1979 hit from The Police – Walking on the Moon.
Come hear Decades cover influencers from the 70s and 80s through to today’s influenced hits – and every decade in between! 

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 25, 2020):
The song fact this week centers around the traditional Indian stringed instrument, the sitar. Do you know when the sitar was first introduced on a recorded pop song? Credit for that goes to George Harrison of The Beatles for using a sitar on Norwegian Wood in 1966 – and several other tunes over the next few years. This started what was a boom for sitar on pop recordings by many other artists. By 1970, this fad was on the decline, partly because the instrument was so difficult to play. The invention of the electric sitar solved for that and created a resurgence of the sitar on pop records. One of the earliest pop tunes with an electric sitar was the classic hit by Stevie Wonder – Signed Sealed Delivered. The song opens up with a descending musical line with a distinctive sitar sound. Stevie also co-wrote It’s A Shame for the Spinners, released that same year, and featuring the same sitar sound. Electric sitar can be found on rock recordings through the years from the likes of Tom Petty, Van Halen and Metallica, to name a few.
Come hear Decades play the best of 70’s sitar sounds with Signed Sealed Deliver, Band of Gold, Come and Get Your Love and others across the decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 18, 2020):
What song was crowned worst song of 2016 by Time magazine yet won a Grammy the following year? That would be Can’t Stop the Feeling! from the animated film, Trolls. As the movie had a distinct 1970’s vibe, Justin Timberlake decided to write a disco-type tune for the soundtrack. Can’t Stop the Feeling! became one of the biggest and most danceable hits of the last decade. More evidence of the 70’s influence was demonstrated by Timberlake when he performed the tune at the Oscars that year and incorporated some of Bill Withers’ 1977 hit Lovely Day. Whether you like Lovely Day or just Cant Stop, come check out Decades paying tribute to what’s old, what’s new and what’s old that’s new again!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 12, 2020):
What was the last of the 40 top ten hits for Elvis Presley? The answer is the subject of this week’s song fact. Burning Love was released in the summer of 1972, five years before the untimely death of one of rock n roll’s legends and a true rock idol. Prior to this upbeat pop tune, Elvis was doing mostly ballads in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Burning Love hit #2 on the billboard charts. What song prevented Elvis’ record from reaching the number 1 spot? Coincidently, it was a tune by another early rocker from the 1950’s – Chuck Berry. Drop us note if you know the Berry song in question.
Come check out Decades doing early and late Elvis tunes – along with early and late hits of every decade!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Jan 4, 2020):
In the spirit of the New Year and Wishing All the Very Best for 2020, the song fact this week features a Good Cheer Wish to All – Mazel Tov! Featured several times in the Black Eyed Peas 2009 hit, I Gotta Feeling, this party anthem was the biggest selling and most downloaded single for the group. Did you know the song features a sample of the Police hit Every Breathe You Take in the chorus for the Woo Hoo’s? The first instance sounds like a direct sample and subsequent usage appears to have vocals layered on. Could it be the biggest appeal of the song is that it implies and eight day week – with two Saturdays – who wouldn’t celebrate that?
Come celebrate with Decades doing longer week songs in I Gotta Feeling and Eight Days a Week as well as many other hits of every day and Decade!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 29, 2019):
Our song fact this week is a pop tune from 1968, Build Me Up Buttercup, recorded by The Foundations. The tune was written by Mike D’Abo and Tony Macaulay. Did you know Mike D’Abo was lead singer of Manfred Mann, a band famous for hit covers? One of the unique aspects of this hit song it that it starts with the chorus and then proceeds to a verse – Why Do You Build Me Up – not the most conventional pop song format. An example of a more recent hit with that same format from just a few years back is Shut Up and Dance With Me. 
Come hear Decades do Chorus/Verse as well as Verse/Chorus with all types of hit songs from the 50’s to the soon to be 20’s.
Decades would like to wish all a very Happy and Joyous New Year – enjoy!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 22, 2019): 
As we approach the end of the year and the end of the decade, the song fact this week centers on one that is understatedly religious. Have I Told You Lately is a Van Morrison tune released in 1989. Although written in a love ballad form, did you know the song has been cited as being more a religious prayer than a love song? Morrison has never acknowledged this, nor denied it, simply saying religion is a broad concept and up to the individual. Whatever the original motivation and meaning, Have I Told You Lately is a beautiful sentiment and a great tune. 
Decades would like to wish all celebrating the holidays at this time of year a beautiful and joyous celebration – enjoy!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 15, 2019): 
In keeping with the announcement of Beyonce being named artist of the decade, this week’s song fact is about her hit tune, Crazy in Love. Crazy in Love was written by grammy award winning producer, Rich Harrison, who also played all the instruments with one notable exception. Ever wonder why the horns that kick off Crazy in Love sound familiar? That’s because the horns are sampled from a 1970 song by the Chi-Lites. The song was called Are You My Woman (Tell Me So) and, although not as big a hit for the Chi-lites as Oh Girl and Have You Seen Her, it was obviously good enough be a big part of a smash hit over 40 years later.
Decades covers Crazy in Love and many other crazy good songs of the last five Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 8, 2019):
Thought it only fitting that, on the anniversary of John Lennon’s death, we honor him with a song fact featuring a Beatles tune. Can’t Buy Me Love is a song written for A Hard Days Night movie soundtrack in 1964. The Beatles were under tremendous pressure to write hit songs for the movie and this particular one needed to be upbeat enough for an action scene where the group breaks out of the studio for some fun – mission accomplished. Did you know that the first few takes of Can’t Buy Me Love featured back up vocals by John and George. It was decided to leave them off the final version – but today you can still catch some Beatle tribute bands adding that in for a little extra flair to an already rocking tune.
Come hear Decades pay tribute to The Beatles as well as many top artists of today and previous Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Dec 1, 2019): 
One of the tunes acknowledged as the epitome of early rock n roll is Rock Around the Clock, with the most popular version of the song recorded by Bill Haley and the Comets in 1954. Although disputed as not being the first rock record, it has come to represent the days of early rock n roll music as indicated by its use in the movie Blackboard Jungle in 1955 as well as in American Graffiti in 1973 and in the first few seasons of the TV show Happy Days starting in 1974. Want to check out the influences of this early rock tune – take a listen to the verses of Hank Williams song Move it on Over – itself recorded in a more rocked out version by George Thorogood in 1978.
Come hear the band perform covers of covers and cover all Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 25, 2019):
As we approach the end of this decade, this week’s song fact is centered on the one just honored as Billboard’s Song of the Decade – Uptown Funk! A smash hit for Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, the tune is carried by a great groove, funky beat, killer horns and some of the most interesting rhyming lyrics in any popular song with our favorite being – Ride to Harlem, Hollywood, Jackson Mississippi, If we show up we gonna show out, Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy. Never before has peanut butter made its way into a hit song.
Come hear the group perform Uptown Funk! as well as several other funky hits of today and previous Decades – Don’t Believe Me, Just Watch!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 17, 2019):
The Monkees had a big hit with I’m a Believer in 1966 during their television show’s first season. Could you believe the song was written by Neil Diamond, with Diamond intending for it to be recorded by country singer Eddy Arnold? The song had a resurgence in 2001 when Smash Mouth recorded the song and it appeared in the first Shrek movie.
Check out Decades version of I’m a Believer as well as many other multi-generational hits — covering the hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 10, 2019):
Acknowledging the tail end of Election Week, this song fact is about a popular tune written and performed by a band heavy into politics. Chumbawamba released Tubthumping in the summer of 1997 with great success. The song is more commonly known by its chorus – I Get Knocked Down, But I Get Up Again. A tubthumper is a British expression for a politician. The song was written about the resilience of ordinary people. Interestingly, the band notes, this was their least political song, yet their biggest hit.
Come hear Decades cover Tubthumping as well as many other new and old pop tunes in a political-free environment – performing the hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Nov 3, 2019): 
In keeping with the spirit of Election Day, the song fact this week centers on a 70’s pop tune that became a bit political in the new millennium. Still the One is a classic pop tune released in 1976. A big hit for the New York based group Orleans, the song tells the story of a couple staying together in a period where divorce was on the rise. Fast forward to 2004 and, in his re-election bid, George W. Bush tried to use the song as his campaign theme. Still the One songwriter, John Hall, not only declined to let them use the song, he actually ran for congress in 2006 in his district and won – without relying on Still the One during his run. 
Come hear Decades perform Still the One as well as many other new and old pop tunes with no politics involved – the band performs the hits of today and reaches back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 27, 2019): 
Hey Soul Sister is a 2009 hit by the group Train. Released in this millennium, the song harkens back to the 1980’s in two significant ways. First off is the fact that Train’s lead singer, Pat Monahan, stated he was trying to write an INXS type tune, referencing the popular Australian 80’s band. The second 80’s influence is the songs lyric mentioning Mr. Mister on the radio – a group that was popular in that decade with hits such as Broken Wings and Kyrie. Another example of pop music influenced by its past. 
Come hear Decades cover Hey Soul Sister in addition to many other new and old classics – performing the hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 20, 2019):
Heatwave is a 1963 Motown song originally recorded by Martha and the Vandellas. Twelve years later, in 1975, Linda Ronstadt recorded and released her version of the tune. The story goes that Linda and her group were out of songs while playing a show at My Fathers Place in Long Island, New York. For their last encore, the group decided to do Heatwave on the spot and received such a positive response, they decided to record the song. Released as a B-side of a single, Radio DJs reacted more favorably to Heatwave over the A-side pushing the record to significant radio play and a big hit for Linda Ronstadt. Heatwave was also recorded by several other groups over the years including The Jam, Joan Osborne and The Who. 
Come hear Decades cover Ronstadt’s version of Heatwave along with many other new and old classics – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 13, 2019):
One song we have a challenging time putting in it’s proper decade and category is Wagon Wheel. Did you know the basic format and chorus of the song was written by Bob Dylan in 1973?
Dylan recorded a demo of the song and called it Rock Me Mama, but never finished it. A young Ketch Secor of a blue grass band called Old Crow Medicine Show heard the song from a bandmate who purchased it as a Dylan bootleg recording in the UK. Secor liked the chorus and wrote verses and the group released their version in 2004. A few years later, Darius Rucker, originally of Hootie and the Blowfish, heard the song at his daughter’s high school talent show, and decided then and there to record it. Lady Antebellum sing the harmonies with Rucker resulting in a resurgence of a ’40 year old’ song that hit #1 on the Country Charts. What started out as a Folk song, turned to Blue Grass and then to Country Pop – a long and winding journey resulting in the great tune we know today!
Come hear Decades cover Wagon Wheel along with many other new and old classics – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Oct 6, 2019):
Get Ready became a Motown hit in an interesting and round about way. First recorded by The Temptations, Get Ready was written by Smokey Robinson for the group. The song originally underperformed by Motown standards. When another group later signed to Motown, Rare Earth, recorded their version, the song was 21 minutes long and the entire second side of their album of the same name. It wasn’t until the Rare Earth version was cut down to three minutes that it became a radio hit, landing at #4 on the record charts. You might say third time’s a charm for this classic Motown song. 
Come hear Decades cover Get Ready in Rare Earth style (the three minute version) – along with many other new and old classics – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 29, 2019):
Song writing doesn’t get more genuine than this. Chicken Fried, written by Zac Brown, was originally released in 2005 and re-released in 2008. According to Brown, the song is about appreciating the simple things in life such as love, music, food and freedom, with gratitude for those that sacrifice to allow us these simple things. A heartfelt and relatable sentiment about the best life has to offer and how grateful we should be for each and every one.
Come hear Decades cover Chicken Fried along with many other new and old classics – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 22, 2019): 
Runaround Sue is a doo-wop style song released in 1961, written and performed by Dion DiMucci. The song tells the story of a disloyal lover. According to Dion, the song was not written about anyone in particular. 
Two years later, Dion married Susan Butterfield. Susan began telling people that Runaround Sue was about her. According to an article in 2009, Dion asked his wife ‘Why do you tell people that?’ Sue says, ‘They remember me.’ Dion and Susan are still married to this day.
Come hear Decades cover Runaround Sue and The Wanderer from Dion’s early career along with many other new and old classics – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 15, 2019): 
Who was Johnny Ray and why are so many musicians singing about him?
Johnny Ray was a popular singer in the 1950’s, noted by the great Tony Bennett as being an important precursor to rock n roll. Ray is mentioned in songs by Van Morrison, Billy Idol and Billy Joel. For example, in We Didn’t Start the Fire, Billy Joel speaks of Johnny in the song’s first line: Harry Truman, Doris Day, Red China, Johnny Ray – a nod to the time period in which Joel was born. One of the most popular Ray references comes from a well known song by Dexys Midnight Runners in Come On Eileen. Johnny is mentioned in the song’s first line – Poor Old Johnny Ray sounded sad upon the radio.
Come on Eileen is unlike many of the early eighties hits in that it has no synthesizers and in place uses traditional folk instruments including a banjo, accordion and fiddle. In addition, the song borrows a distinct bomp ba bomp, bomp ba bomp rhythm popular in songs of the 1960’s such as Concrete and Clay and It’s Not Unusual.
The last big influence is the use of Too-Ra-Loo-Ra lyric from an Irish-American song dating back to early twentieth century. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral was revived in popularity in the movie Going My Way performed by another great singer, Bing Crosby. The movie was released in 1944, a time period of many great crooners, potentially influencing a young Johnny Ray. 
Come hear Decades cover Come on Eileen along with many other new and old classics – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 8, 2019):
Thinking Out Loud, a tune from Ed Sheeran’s X album, was released in 2014. Sheeran noted this was written with influence from one of his idols as a young musician, Van Morrison, noting Van is a key figure in his music. The song has been referred to as classic blue eyed soul, a term first used in the 1960’s referring to the music of, among others, The Righteous Brothers and The Rascals. The Righteous Brothers even named one of their albums Some Blue Eyed Soul. A huge hit for Sheeran, Thinking Out Loud spent weeks on the charts at #2 behind Mark Ronson’s Uptown Funk and has since become a popular first dance wedding song.
Come hear Decades cover Thinking Out Loud as well as Ronson’s Uptown Funk, Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl and The Rascals Good Lovin, along with many other new and old classics – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Sept 1, 2019):
Footloose is the title song from the 1984 film of the same name. This classic party song is an upbeat tune written by Kenny Loggins and Dean Pitchford, who also wrote the screenplay to the film.
One interesting aspect is the use of names to drive the lyric lines in the chorus. Who were Louise, Jack, Marie and Milo? Well Marie was Pitchford’s mother and where the name concept started. Louise and Jack were convenient rhymes that worked well for the pull me off my knees and get back lines. Loggin’s chimed in with Milo – not someone he knew – but just seemed to like the syllable sounds for the come on come on let’s go lines. 
Come hear Decades cover Footloose as part out our 80’s music set – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 25, 2019):
Pink’s Raise Your Glass celebrates the first decade of the new millennium and is dedicated to all her supportive fans. A dance pop rock anthem with a relatable message, supported by a detailed and advanced sound production. The recording utilizes 35 tracks for percussion only. In addition there were 31 tracks used for other instruments and 21 tracks for lead and backing vocals. A total of 87 tracks in all – something only possible with modern recording techniques. Compare that to early rock and pop recordings, some of which used only two or four tracks and bounced previous takes together to add layers. Todays’ recording options allow for a much more layered and intricate sound in support of the message and emotion of a great song.
Come hear Decades cover Raise Your Glass – playing hits of today and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 18, 2019):
Aretha Franklin’s Respect is a classic hit, but did you know it is a cover of an Otis Redding song. Redding’s version contained all versus – no chorus or bridge. To create the bridge, Aretha took the sax solo from Sam & Dave’s hit When Something is Wrong with My Baby which was recorded the night before the Respect session. Aretha decided to cover Respect, arranged it, added the bridge, wrote the sock it to me lines and played piano – pure genius!
Come hear Decades version of Respect – playing current hits and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 11, 2019):
Bruno Mars’ Locked Out of Heaven is a song with several musical influences combining a bit of rock, pop and reggae. According to Mars, The Police were the real influence to write the tune, stating the vocal line is up there in Sting-ville. This was Bruno’s fourth number 1 single. 
Come hear Decades cover Locked Out of Heaven – playing current hits and reaching back through the Decades!

Decades Song Fact of the Week (Aug 4, 2019):
We are big fans of The Beatles and in digging into one of their early hits uncovered an influence from Chuck Berry. Seems the bass line from I Saw Her Standing There released in 1963 is taken from I’m Talking About You that Berry did in 1961. The greats inspire each other. 
Come hear Decades cover I Saw Her Standing There – playing current hits and reaching back through the Decades!