Tony Orlando By Himself

Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis (born April 3, 1944), better known as Tony Orlando, is an American show business professional, best known as the lead singer of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the early 1970s (which I’ve posted about before, check it out using the tags at the bottom!).

At an early age Tony was promoted to a vice-president position at CBS Records, where he was in charge of the April-Blackwood Music division. He sang under the name “Dawn” in the 1970s, and when the songs became hits, he went on tour and the group became “Tony Orlando and Dawn”. The group hosted a variety program, “The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show” on CBS from 1974-76, and then broke up in 1978. Orlando then continued as a solo singer, performing in Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri.


Side One

Lonely Tomorrows

Side Two

Halfway to Paradise

The Queen of R&B

Toni Michele Braxton (born October 7, 1967) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, pianist, musician, record producer, actress, television personality, and philanthropist. Rising to fame in the beginning of the 1990s, she quickly established herself as an R&B icon and became one of the best-selling female artists of the 1990s decade. She earned the honorific titles such as the “Queen of R&B” and is recognized as one of the most outstanding voices of her generation.

Throughout her career, Braxton has sold over 66 million records, including 40 million albums, worldwide. She has won six Grammy Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and several other awards. Aside from her success in music, Braxton has become a television personality, being involved in the 7th season of the reality show Dancing with the Stars and in a reality series entitled Braxton Family Values, starring Braxton and her sisters, since 2011. On September 18, 2011, Braxton was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.


Side One

You Mean the World to Me

Side Two

Seven Whole Days (Live Version)

Tracie Spencer

Tracie Monique Spencer (born July 12, 1976 in Waterloo, Iowa) is an American R&B and pop singer-songwriter, actress, and model.

She began singing by the age of three and modeling in pageant competitions at age five. Tracie performed, produced and directed her first music videos before she was ten years of age. This led to her competing on Star Search, the 1980s CBS televised talent competition and winning. As a result, she became the youngest female artist to sign a record deal with a major label, Capitol Records. Her self-titled debut album was released on January 16, 1988.


Side One

Symptoms of True Love

Side Two

Symptoms of True Love (A Capella)

Girls Nite Out On A Sunday?

Tyler Collins (born October 29, 1965) an American R&B singer. Her 1990 single “Girls Nite Out” topped out at #8 on the Billboard’s R&B charts, as well as #6 on its Pop charts. In 1991, Collins appeared on singer Tevin Campbell’s 1991 debut T.E.V.I.N. on the song “Lil’ Brother”. She also appeared in the music video for the single “Goodbye”.

Apart from her singing career, Collins has also appeared in several TV shows such as her role as Cinderella on a first-season episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with Will Smith. She also appeared several movies.


Side One

Girls Nite Out

Side Two

Girls Nite Out (Soul IV Edit)

Vanessa L. Williams

Who doesn’t remember “The Right Stuff”?!? I mean COME ON! I shouldn’t since I was two when it came out but I do. Of course, if you’re a youngin’ you probably remember her more for the later works for Disney and her TV shows.

Vanessa Lynn Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress, producer and former fashion model. In 1983, she became the first African-American woman crowned Miss America. She relinquished her title early due to scandal however. Williams rebounded by launching a career as an entertainer, earning multiple Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award nominations. She is arguably the most successful Miss America winner in the field of entertainment.

Williams released her debut album The Right Stuff in 1988, which spawned the hits “The Right Stuff” and “Dreamin'”. Her second album, The Comfort Zone included the number-one hit “Save the Best for Last”. In 1994 she debuted on Broadway in the musical Kiss of the Spider Woman. The next year, she recorded “Colors of the Wind”, which won the Best Original Song Oscar from the Disney animated feature film Pocahontas. In 2009, Williams released her eighth studio album, The Real Thing.

Williams’s first major film role was as the female lead in the film Eraser in 1996. She also starred in the movies Soul Food, Dance with Me, Shaft and the Hannah Montana movie with Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus. Early TV show appearances included SNL and The Fresh Prince with Will Smith. From 2006 to 2010, she co-starred on the TV show Ugly Betty, for which she received three Emmy Awards nominations. From 2010 to 2012, she starred in Desperate Housewives as Renee Perry.


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Side Two

The Right Stuff


Side One

Running Back to You

Side Two

Better Off Now


Side One

Just for Tonight

Side Two

Just for Tonight


Side One

Save the Best for Last

Side Two

Freedom Dance (Get Free)


Hmmm. Did my dad get this because of my mom? My mom’s father was Greek (please don’t ask me to spell her maiden name, she yells when I call to make sure I got the Os and Us in the correct order) and so that side of the family is like My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Well, minus the Windex.

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (Greek: Ευάγγελος Οδυσσέας Παπαθανασίου; born 29 March 1943), professionally known as Vangelis, is a Greek composer of electronic, progressive, ambient, jazz, pop rock, and orchestral music. He is best known for his Academy Award–winning score for the film Chariots of Fire, composing scores for the films Antarctica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest of Paradise, and Alexander, and the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. His work has continued through to this day, working on music for events like the 2001 Mars Odessey and the 2002 World Cup.

In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single, Titles, also reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners’ medal presentation ceremonies. In 2012, Vangelis re-tooled and added new pieces to the Chariots of Fire soundtrack, for use in Chariots of Fire, the 2012 stage adaptation of the 1981 film of the same title.

Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 52 albums, Vangelis is the world’s most celebrated creator of electronic music.


Side One

Chariots of Fire – Titles

Side Two

Eric’s Theme

Vicki Lawrence

I had a bit of an a-ha moment when entering this one. I totally know who she is as an actress, but never actually knew her name! After college, I worked at a daycare. I use that term loosely, it was in a home and I was unlicensed, just a glorified baby sitter. The woman who owned the home’s bratty daughter would stay home and watch Hannah Montana on repeat. Four inches from the TV. Loudly. The only tolerable moments were when they had adult guest stars that could actually act, like Vicki Lawrence.

Vicki Lawrence (born March 26, 1949) is an American actress, comedienne and singer. As a singer she recorded “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” that made #1 on the US chart as well as in Canada.

She is best known for her co-starring role on The Carol Burnett Show and as Thelma Harper/Mama which was the main character on its spin-off show, Mama’s Family. She has multiple Emmy Award nominations, winning one in 1976. She is also a multiple Golden Globe nominee, all for The Carol Burnett Show.

She has made multiple appearances in TV shows such as Laverne and Shirley, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Roseanne, Diagnosis Murder and Yes, Dear. She most recently played Mamaw in Hannah Montana (yeah, you know with Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus).


Side One

The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia

Side Two

Dime a Dance


Waylon Arnold Jennings (June 15, 1937 – February 13, 2002) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor.

In 1958, Buddy Holly arranged Jennings’s first recording session, of “Jole Blon” and “When Sin Stops (Love Begins).” While on tour during the “Winter Dance Party Tour,” in Clear Lake, Iowa, Holly chartered a plane to arrive at the next venue. Jennings gave up his seat in the plane. The flight crashed, on the day later known as The Day the Music Died.

Following the accident, Jennings worked as a D.J. in Coolidge, Arizona, and Phoenix. He also formed a rockabilly club band, The Waylors.


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People Up in Texas

Like a Virgin Surgeon

As I mentioned, there were two Weird Al songs that were my favorites growing up. Beat It was the first and Like a Surgeon is the second! It’s funny, my dad wouldn’t let me watch Madonna’s videos because they were so risqué, but I could watch Weird Al’s parodies of them.


“Like a Virgin” is a song by Madonna from her second album of the same name. It was released on November 6, 1984 by Sire Records, as the first single from the album. “Like a Virgin” received positive reviews from contemporary as well as old critics, who frequently called it as one of the defining songs for Madonna. It became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100.

The music video portrayed Madonna sailing down the riverways of Venice in a gondola, as well as roaming around a palace wearing a white wedding dress. With the video, scholars noted Madonna’s portrayal of a sexually independent woman, the symbolism of the appearance of a man with lion’s mask to that of Saint Mark, and compared the eroticism of the video to the vitality of the city of Venice.


The music video for Weird Al’s “Like a Surgeon” takes place in a hospital. Several features of “Like a Virgin”‘s promotional video – famously set in Venice – are mimicked: shots of Yankovic singing on a moving gurney are substituted for footage of Madonna on a canal boat, and both videos feature a lion at the beginning. The video also includes the famous PA announcement, “Paging Dr. Howard , Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard” at the beginning.


Side One

Like a Surgeon

Side Two

Slime Creatures from Outer Space

Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band

When entering this album, I went about my usual Wikipedia routine for info and about two seconds in, screamed in excitement. I’m a TV addict and Seth MacFarlane’s shows are some of my Sunday night regulars!

Walter Anthony Murphy, Jr. (born December 19, 1952) is an American composer, arranger, pianist, musician, and songwriter. He rose to fame with the hit instrumental “A Fifth of Beethoven”, a disco adaptation of passages from the first movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, in 1976, when disco was rising in popularity.

In a career spanning nearly four decades, Murphy has written music for numerous films and TV shows, including Stingray, Wiseguy, Hunter, The Commish, Profit, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Channel Umptee-3, Changing Hearts, Looney Tunes, and Foodfight!. He has had a long association with Seth MacFarlane, composing the music for his films and TV shows such as Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, American Dad!, and Ted.


Side One

A Fifth of Beethoven

Side Two

California Strut