As you probably know, I re-released my 2015 novel Best Seller after Amazon determined the title was “misleading.” Yeah, but I’m over it now. The Way to Remember is the same book, tightened up a bit, and with a new title and new cover.
The story takes place in 1976, so I thought it would be fun to make a playlist based on the book. I hope you enjoy this travel back in time!
“Fame” by David Bowie. The song was released in on Bowie’s 1975 album Young Americans. This video is from 1978, a few years after Robin Fortune’s initial adventure.
“Afternoon Delight” by the Starland Vocal Band. It reached #1 on July 10, 1976. Songwriter Bill Danoff (a member of the group) said he didn’t want to write an all-out ‘sex song,’ just ‘something that was fun and hinted at sex.’
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Elton John and Kiki Dee. Released on June 21, 1976. Elton john and his lyric-writing partner Bernie Taupin originally intended for Dusty Springfield to record the song with Sir Elton, but she was unable to do it, and they turned to Kiki Dee, a British singer mostly unknown in the US.
“Kiss and Say Goodbye” by The Manhattans. This song was released in March 1976 and became a worldwide success, hitting #1 in the US, Belgium, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.
“Love Hurts” by Nazareth. It reached #8 in early 1976. This is the same song that was recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960, but with a much different sound! (You might want to look into the other version to compare).
Theme from Mahogany (“Do You Know Where You’re Going To?) by Diana Ross. It was released on September 24, 1975.
“Let Your Love Flow” by the Bellamy Brothers, a country duo who achieved international success with this song. It was released in January 1976. Both Neil Diamond and Johnny Rivers passed on recording it.
“Evil Woman” by the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). This song was released in October 1975 on the band’s fifth album, Face the Music. Lead vocalist Jeff Lynne wrote the song in thirty minutes.
“Get Closer” by Seals and Crofts, released in April 1976. Billboard ranked it as the #16 song of 1976. Carolyn Willis of the group Honey Cone is the featured vocalist.
“Love is Alive” by Gary Wright. Released in April 1976. It spent 27 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was ranked the #9 song of 1976.
“Fly Robin Fly” by the German disco group Silver Convention, released 1975. Owing to the success of this song, Silver Convention became the first German act to have a number one song on American music charts.
And there’s your travel back to the mid-70s! I hope you enjoyed this little playlist. And I’m working on a new playlist to go along with my novel-in-progress, The Summer of Princess Diana.