Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Song #24: "Shine A Little Love"--Electric Light Orchestra (1979)

After taking the time to compile this list of a half-century of the greatest musical influences in my life thus far, I was surprised by just how many songs came from the year 1979.

Most remember that year as the year disco started dying, but still had a big influence on radio and the pop charts. But if you dig just under the surface, you begin to see an incredible variety of songs, especially from that summer.

Today, it's the first of two in a row from 1979, and the ninth of ten songs from ELO, who had, in my view, an incredible stretch of music lasting from 1975 into the early 1980's, and with less frequency until their last major American hit, "Calling America", from 1986, which was earlier in our countdown, back on March 10th.

I fell in love with this tune the first time it graced my radio, and, as you did back in those days, got it recorded onto cassette off the radio, and played it over, and over, and over.

It's not one of the biggest ELO hits of the 1970's, but it's my second favorite song from them. One to go. In June.  :)

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