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Clarke drops heavy into his lap, astride his thighs. She drapes her arms over his shoulders. Her hair is brighter, more golden than ever - bleached out by a week of beach and sun. His hands slide under her shirt, find the dip of her waist where her ribs start. Her little hand curls into the curls at the base of his skull and she tugs until he tips his hips back, lets her kiss him how she likes, a little sharp, a little demanding. Their friends crowd around the bonfire, their voices a happy roar.

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On this day in music history: March 22, 1986 - “These Dreams” by Heart hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week, also topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 1 week on March 15, 1986. Written by Martin Page and Bernie Taupin, it is first chart topping single for the Seattle, WA based rock band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson. Making his breakthrough as a songwriter in the early 80’s after co-writing Earth, Wind & Fire’s R&B top ten hit “Magnetic”, Martin Page continues to make the rounds in the music business, when he meets another songwriting legend. Page meets lyricist Bernie Taupin, Elton John’s long time collaborator when Taupin looking for another music writing partner asks Page to work with him. Among the first songs the pair write together are “We Built This City” and “These Dreams”. The former is given to Starship who have a number one single with it. Taupin and Page’s publisher also look to have “These Dreams” recorded by a name artist. The song is originally submitted to Stevie Nicks for consideration. When she passes on recording it, the writing duos song publisher places it with Heart. Featuring Nancy Wilson on lead vocals rather than regular lead vocalist Ann Wilson, Nancy initially records her lead vocals while she’s ill with a cold, giving her vocals a slight raspiness. Though she goes back and re-record parts of her vocal after she’s well, producer Ron Nevison keeps much of the original vocals for the final version. Issued as the third single from their self titled eighth studio album in early January of 1986, it quickly becomes a pop and AC radio smash. Entering the Hot 100 at #54 on January 18, 1986, it climbs to the top of the chart nine weeks later. “These Dreams” is the third of four US top ten singles spun off of the album “Heart” during 1985 and 1986.

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anonymous asked:

Question for you: Am I the only one that doesn't put too much stock in Week 1 dances, for better or for worse? To me, someone can be great after 3 weeks of rehearsal, but completely fall apart with just 4 days. Or on the flip side, having a poorer Week 1 dance could just be the result of adrenaline taking over, and once they get that first one out of the way, some settle down. Is that a weird way of looking at it?

I agree with you to an extent. For the reasons you’ve stated, week 1 doesn’t 100% determine whether somebody is a good dancer or a bad one or somewhere in between, but they do (usually quite clearly) show the potential or promise of a celeb. I do think it’s more likely for someone with great potential to to lower scores (due to nerves, blanking, tripping, whatever) than for somebody to score high in week 1 and then disappoint in the following weeks - at least I can’t think of a past example of that happening.

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On this day in music history: March 22, 1975 - “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also topping the Hot 100 for 1 week on May 24, 1975. Written by Maurice White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey, it is the first chart topping single for the R&B/Funk band led by drummer and vocalist Maurice White. While Earth, Wind & Fire are recording at the Caribou Ranch Recording Studio up in the Colorado Rockies in the Fall and Winter of 1974, White comes up with the initial idea for the song while looking up at the night sky and seeing a bright star shining down. Keyboardist Larry Dunn and vocalist Philip Bailey also assist in writing “Shining Star”, working out the chord structure and writing the lyrics. After three weeks recording basic tracks at Caribou, the band then go to L.A. to record overdubs and mix the record at Hollywood Sound and Sunset Sound with engineer George Massenburg. Originally a live sound man for the band Little Feat, Massenburg plays a vital role in Earth, Wind & Fire’s success, bringing invaluable technical expertise and masterfully capturing the bands dynamic sound during the recording and mixing process. The song is originally recorded as to end on a fade, but Massenburg creates the distinctive acapella cold ending, by taking vocals from the chorus, copying them from the 24-track master to another tape and cutting them together.  "Shining Star" is released as the first single from Earth, Wind & Fire’s breakthrough album “That’s The Way Of The World” in late January of 1975. The songs positive and inspirational message about reaching one’s potential along with its unstoppable groove, is an immediate hit on R&B, Top 40 pop, and FM rock radio driving both the single and album to number one. The single wins Earth, Wind & Fire their first Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group in 1976, and is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 2008. “Shining Star” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: March 22, 1975 - “My Eyes Adored You” by Frankie Valli hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 1 week. Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, it is the first solo chart topper for the singer from Newark, NJ.  Written by long time Four Seasons songwriter and producer Bob Crewe with singer and songwriter Kenny Nolan (“I Like Dreamin’”, “Lady Marmalade”), the original working title of the song is “Blue Eyes In Georgia”. It is originally recorded by The Four Seasons in early 1974 during the groups brief stint on Motown Records MoWest imprint. When the label refuses to release it, Valli buys the the master back for $4,000, and tries to get it released on another label. After several rejections, Private Stock Records agrees to put it out, but only credited to Valli. Released in early November of 1974, it becomes Valli’s first solo chart entry in the US in nearly six years. Entering the Hot 100 at #94 on November 23, 1974, it takes a slow and measured climb up the chart, hitting the top seventeen weeks later. The success of “My Eyes Adored You” and its follow up “Swearing To God” (#6 Pop), kick starts the revival of both Valli and The Four Seasons’ careers, with the group being signed to Warner Bros through Mike Curb’s Curb Records imprint. Later in 1975, The Four Seasons also experience a dramatic return to the charts, scoring back to back smashes with “Who Loves You” (#3 Pop) and “December 1963 (Oh What A Night)” (#1 Pop). “My Eyes Adored You” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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