#AtoZ 1981 Songs to Remember – “K” is for “Kiss on My List”


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.

Daryl Hall and John Oates, together the duo Hall & Oates, were one of the biggest hitmakers from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s. “Kiss on my List” was released in January 1981 and spent three weeks at #1.

A little interesting trivia about the duo (thanks, Wikipedia) says that Daryl Hohl (his birth name) and John Oates first met in Philadelphia in 1967 at a band competition. When gunfire rang out between two rival gangs, they escaped and ended up in the same service elevator. On further discovering that they were interested in the same music and that both were attending Temple University, they started hanging out together and eventually shared an apartment in the city. One of the apartments they shared had “Hall & Oates” on the mailbox, which became the duo’s nickname. 

Music Monday – Vote for your Favorite!


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It’s the last Music Monday this month, and what better way to end than with a summer song. There are plenty of them out there, but I’ve chosen three. And you can vote for the one you like best!

First up, from 1964

Second song, from 1963 (hey, I’m nostalgic):

And finally, a cover of 1969 hit by Sly and the Family Stone – from 1985:

It’s summer! It’s hot! Hope you make the most of it, because the days are getting shorter already 😉