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‘One’ by the Beegees – Classic Hit or Miss

"One" is the second international single (and lead single in the U.S.) from the Bee Gees' album, One. This was the song that returned the Bee Gees to American radio and would turn out to be their biggest US hit in the 1980s, and their last hit single to reach the US top ten

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‘Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight’ by Starship – Classic Hit or Miss

In June 1984, Paul Kantner, the last remaining founding member of Jefferson Airplane, left Jefferson Starship, and then took legal action over the Jefferson Starship name against his former bandmates. Kantner settled out of court and signed an agreement that neither party would use the names "Jefferson" or "Airplane" unless all members of Jefferson Airplane, Inc. (Bill Thompson, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady) agreed. The band briefly changed its name to Starship Jefferson while legal proceedings occurred, but ultimately the name was reduced to Starship.

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‘I’ve Got A Rock and Roll Heart’ by Eric Clapton

Money and Cigarettes is an Eric Clapton album, released in 1983. It is his eighth studio album. The cover depicts Clapton, cigarette in hand, standing next to a melting Fender Stratocaster guitar. Clapton chose the name of the album "because, that's all I saw myself having left," after his (first) rehabilitation from alcoholism

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‘I’m in You’ by Peter Frampton – Classic Hit or Miss

I'm in You is the hit title song released by Peter Frampton as a single from his album I'm in You released in 1977. It rose to #2 on the United States singles chart, becoming his most successful single. "I'm in You" was written by Peter Frampton after returning to New York from touring to record his live album Frampton Comes Alive! in 1976.

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‘This Night Won’t Last Forever’ by Michael Johnson – Classic or Miss

"This Night Won't Last Forever" is the title of a song written by Bill LaBounty and originally recorded by him. LaBounty's version of the song was a minor Adult Contemporary and pop hit, reaching #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. One year later, Michael Johnson covered the song and took it to #19 on the same chart.Teaming up with Brent Maher and Steve Gibson in Nashville, Tennessee, Johnson created a two-song demo consisting of "Bluer Than Blue" and "Almost Like Being in Love" (the latter song from the Broadway musical Brigadoon). EMI America took one listen and wasted no time in signing him, quickly getting The Michael Johnson Album out in 1978.

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‘Believe in Me’ by Dan Fogelberg – Classic Hit or Miss

"Believe in Me" is the title of a popular song from 1984 written and recorded by the American singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg. When "Believe in Me" was recorded in May 1983, Fogelberg handled most of the musical creation himself, playing guitar and bass as well as recording his vocals; musician Mike Hanna (who played acoustic guitar on the track) was the only other performer in the studio. Fogelberg later described the song in the liner notes to a retrospective album: "One of my best love songs. Written at my old house in Nederland, Colorado, while building the ranch. Obviously, all was not well."

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‘It’s a Miracle’ by Barry Manilow – Classic Hit or Miss

"It's a Miracle" is a 1975 single by Barry Manilow and was the second release from his album, Barry Manilow II. "It's a Miracle" went to number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 and was Manilow's second number one in a row on the Easy Listening chart, spending one week at number one in April 1975

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‘Shanghai Breezes’ by John Denver – Classic Hit or Miss

"Shanghai Breezes" is the title of a popular song by the American singer-songwriter John Denver. Released as a single from his 1982 album Seasons of the Heart, "Shanghai Breezes" would become Denver's fifteenth and final Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #31 during the spring of 1982

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‘That’s When the Music Takes Me’ by Neil Sedaka – Classic Hit or Miss

Sedaka was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Mac Sedaka, was a taxi driver and a Sephardic Jew of Lebanese descent He grew up in Brighton Beach, which lies on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean.Sedaka is a cousin of the late singer Eydie Gormé. He demonstrated musical aptitude in his second-grade choral class, and when his teacher sent a note home suggesting he take piano lessons, his mother took a part-time job in an Abraham & Straus department store for six months to pay for a second-hand upright. In 1947, he auditioned successfully for a piano scholarship to the Juilliard School of Music's Preparatory Division for Children, which he attended on Saturdays. His mother wanted him to become a renowned classical pianist such as the contemporary of the day, Van Cliburn, but Sedaka was discovering pop music. When Sedaka was 13, a neighbor heard him playing and introduced him to her 16-year-old son, Howard Greenfield, an aspiring poet and lyricist. They became two of the legendary Brill Building's composers.

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‘Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight’ by James Taylor – Classic Hit or Miss

November 1972 saw the release of Taylor's fourth album, One Man Dog. A concept album primarily recorded in his home recording studio, it featured cameos by Linda Ronstadt and consisted of eighteen short pieces of music put together. It was received with generally lukewarm reviews and, despite making the Top 10 of the Billboard Album Charts, overall sales were disappointing. The lead single "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" peaked at No. 14 on the Hot 100, and the follow-up, "One Man Parade", barely reached the Top 75. Almost simultaneously, Taylor married fellow singer-songwriter Carly Simon on November 3, in a small ceremony at her Murray Hill, Manhattan, apartment.

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‘Don’t Answer Me’ By Alan Parsons – Classic Hit or Miss

Arista Records then signed The Alan Parsons Project for further albums. Through the late 1970s and early 1980s, the group's popularity continued to grow (although they were always more popular in North America and Continental Europe than in their home country, never achieving a UK Top 40 single or Top 20 album). The singles "I Wouldn't Want to Be Like You", "Games People Play", "Damned If I Do", "Time" (Woolfson's first lead vocal), "Eye in the Sky" and "Don't Answer Me" had a notable impact on the Billboard Hot 100. After those successes, however, the group began to fade from view. There were fewer hit singles, and declining album sales. 

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‘Cannonball’ by Supertramp – Classic Hit or Miss

"Cannonball" is the opening track from Supertramp's 1985 album Brother Where You Bound. It was written and sung by keyboardist Rick Davies entirely in the chord of G. Davies stated in an interview "I did it simply to see if it could be done"

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