#AtoZ 1981 Songs to Remember – “B” is for “Bette Davis Eyes”

I chose 1981 music as my theme this year. My newest novel The Summer of Princess Diana is set in the summer of 1981, and oh! the music! Let’s take a look back at a pivotal time in the music industry.

I can’t ignore the song that was #1 for the year, even if I’m not crazy about it. Kim Carnes sounds like she’s smoked a carton of cigarettes before she recorded it. What I didn’t know was that the song was actually written in 1974 by Jackie DeShannon (“What the World Needs Now is Love” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”). DeShannon recorded it, but who remembers that? No, it was a huge hit for Kim Carnes, who was a songwriter and session background singer for years, until Kenny Rogers commissioned her in 1980 to co-write songs for his new album. She recorded a few other songs, including a duet with Rogers (“Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer”). Actually, Kim Carnes has had a pretty impressive career, and you can read about it here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Carnes

Here’s the video:

I am going to give a mention to the song I would have included, if it weren’t for the fact that “Bette Davis Eyes” couldn’t be ignored.

“Being with You” by Smokey Robinson – runner-up!

20 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1981 Songs to Remember – “B” is for “Bette Davis Eyes”

  1. I’m with you on the “Bette Davis Eyes” song. I never cared much for it either, but it was everywhere back then. Smokey Robinson is much better. I’ve listened to him since my high school days in the sixties. A friend of mine’s daughter sings back up for Robinson which is pretty cool.

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  2. Oh, my, unlike you I LOVE this song! I think that Carnes’ smoky voice makes the song perfection. I have it on my i-pod.

    (Side note: I was going through security at the airport yesterday when the very young lady asked me if I had electronics in my purse. “Only my phone,” I said. “Oh, wait! I have my i-pod, too.” She looked at me as though I had lobsters crawling out of my hears. I explained, “It plays music.” She let me through. I know it’s obsolete, but it’s still my favorite toy of all time!).

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  3. Endless love

    On Sat, Apr 2, 2022 at 3:01 AM Martha Reynolds Writes wrote:

    > Martha Reynolds posted: ” I chose 1981 music as my theme this year. My > newest novel The Summer of Princess Diana is set in the summer of 1981, and > oh! the music! Let’s take a look back at a pivotal time in the music > industry. I can’t ignore the song that was #1 for the year, e” >

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