Smooth Sunday Morning Selection (AOR On The Radio)


Enjoy this new 'morning radio' episode of AOR On The Radio! Probably the best space track ever is ‘Starship 109’ by Mistral. It’s such a good song! Mistral was a space disco project from Dutchman Robbie van Leeuwen. He wrote ‘Venus’ for Shocking Blue, a number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1970 and for Bananarama in 1986. And it was also on the Stars on 45 Medley that reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1981. You can hear Van Leeuwen play guitar on ‘Starship 109’ as well. The track is on 'Paradise Goulash', a new mixed compilation by Prins Thomas. "The music contained within is a willfully diverse collection of music that I hope you'll find pleasing to your ears," Prins Thomas says. "Much like a bowl of goulash, not all the ingredients might be to your liking. It is undeniably more rustic roadside tavern than refined dining but I hope you already trust me behind the pots and pans."

The parents of Don and Dick Addrisi were part of a family acrobatic act, the Flying Addrisis, but the brothers chose music as their career. With the help from comedian Lenny Bruce, who was a fan, the Addrisi Brothers got their first professional representation in the 1950s, The family was initially lured out to California by the prospect of Don and Dick getting parts on The Mickey Mouse Club. That didn't work out, but they were eventually signed to Bob Keane's Del-Fi label, where they recorded a series of singles that sounded like the Everly Brothers, most notably ‘Cherrystone’ in 1959. Then they disappeared from the radar for more than a decade, concentrating on song writing instead of performing. Surprisingly they re-emerged themselves as a really strong yacht rock act in the 1970s. Their three albums from that period are definitely worth checking out. ‘Slow dancin’ don’t turn me on’ reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1977.

Tracklist;

Al Johnson & Jean Carn – I’m Back For More (1980)
Far Cry – It’s Not As Simple As That (1980)
Zwol – Call Out My Name (1979)
Paul Anka – Slowdown (1977)
Randy Edelman – A Weekend In New England (1975)
Nouvelle Vague – Week-end A Rome (2010)
Heston – Radio (2008)
Gavin DeGraw – Not Over You (2011)
David Bendeth – Feel The Real (1979)
Tomas Ledin – Ta’ Mej [Rune Lindbaek & Todd Terje Edit] (1977/2015)
Steve Warley – Gypsy Rider (1982)
Mistral – Starship 109 (1978)
Addrisi Brothers – Slow Dancin’ Don’t Turn Me On (1977)
Thelma Houston – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (1979)


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