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Los número uno de los 80s. All the hits!
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At 29th February of 1988, "Day by Day", a situation comedy, premiered on NBC-TV. "Day by Day" was an American sitcom starring Douglas Sheehan, Linda Kelsey, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Courtney Thorne-Smith (all in 33 episodes), and Thora Birch (21 episodes). It was one of the "yuppie sitcoms" that were all over the TV dial in the late 1980s. This particular one was about a suburban overachieving couple who dropped out and opened up a day-care center in their home to spend more quality time with their children. The quality time lasted just under five months.

One of the wave of "yuppie comedies" that settled TV in the late '80s, Day By Day was about a couple of suburban overachievers who dropped out and opened a daycare center in their home. Why ? Well, with the arrival of their second child, stockbroker Brian and his wife Kate, a lawyer, decided that they were missing their children's best years and wanted to be at home. 

Gangly teenager Ross, who enjoyed his independence and girl chasing, was not sure that was such a good idea, especially the "quality time" his underfoot dad now wanted to spend with him. But there were compensations, notably the sexy 19-year-old assistant Kristin whom his parents had hired to help run the center.

Eileen, Brian's single and sarcastic former business associate, could not understand the Harpers' decision at all (observing the children in organized activities: "Oh, you've got them to march around in a circle. Are you going to enter them in a show ?"). Numerous cute kids were seen, including super-smart little Molly, who the Harpers hoped would not turn out as they almost had.

Louis-Dreyfus played Eileen Swift, their materialistic next-door neighbor who was also once a business associate of Brian's. She didn't much like the idea of the Harpers running a day care center, and often tried to persuade them both to return to their former careers, always to no avail.

Eileen, who was single and childless, was prone to make some very sarcastic quips about the children's activities, but Brian and Kate didn't let it bother them. Thorne-Smith played the baby's nanny, Kristin, who also worked in the day care center, and Ross had a crush on. Kristin was perhaps the reason that Ross relented about his parents running the day care center.

The most memorable episode of this show, was that in which Ross dreamed that he was in the Brady dimension in which he and his Brady brethren were doomed to fix bikes and comment that things were neat-o. Not only was it a funny episode but obviously caught the eye of the producers of the Brady Bunch Movies insofar as Christopher Daniel Barnes, the actor who played Ross on 'Day By Day', was cast as Greg Brady in the aforementioned movies. 

Day by Day was connected to another NBC series, Family Ties. The family patriarch, Brian Harper (played by Sheehan) was a college roommate of Steven Keaton (Michael Gross). A total of 33 episodes were produced. After the show's initial run, reruns were shown on the Lifetime Television network and TV Land for several years.

One episode of the series has been released to DVD in the November 5, 2013 "Family Ties: The Complete Series" DVD boxset release. The episode included is "Trading Places", which featured a crossover between Family Ties and Day by Day, wherein Steven Keaton dropped Andy off for daycare with the Harpers. Overall, this show is very corny, but if you're in the mood to relive the 80's, this is a good show. No wonder it only lasted two seasons.

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#NBC   #TVShow     #TVSeries
#TV     #80sTVShows
#Sitcom   #Comedy
#ComedySeries     #FamilyComedy
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At 28th February of 1981, Country music star Eddie Rabbitt crossed over to the Pop chart to score a US No.1 hit with 'I Love a Rainy Night'. He had earlier written the Elvis Presley smash 'Kentucky Rain' before having a No.5 hit with 'Drivin' My Life Away'. Although it sounds like he made up a stage name, his real name is Edward Thomas Rabbitt.

Eddie Rabbitt was one of the unsung pop-hybrid singer-songwriters who moved country music closer to a fusion with the pop and rock genres. The most successful country performer during the Urban Cowboy years, with a string of chart-topping singles, gold and platinum albums and sold-out tours, he shared a rare gift with Neil Diamond: the ability to make middle-of-the-road songs sound exciting. Like Diamond, he first gained prominence as a writer, Elvis’ 'Kentucky Rain' and Ronnie Milsap’s 'Pure Love', being just two successful examples. 

Rabbitt’s songs profess love and romance as the common denominator and in the hits Suspicions, On Second Thought and I Love A Rainy Night he displayed a strong melodic sense with plenty of creative ideas to go with it. The classic honky-tonker, Two Dollars In The Jukebox, is one of those commercial jingles that tingles in your mind, a powerful mix of country music roots with a progressive approach. In comparison to Waylon, Willie, Hank Jnr., and his other contemporaries, Eddie’s songs were more gentle. He preferred a smooth, image-projecting style to the gut-wrenching bluntness of the Outlaws.

He was born Edward Thomas Rabbitt to Irish immigrant parents, November 27, 1941 in Brooklyn and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. Although Rabbitt’s father played accordion and fiddle, it was his scoutmaster, who performed as Texas Bob Randall, who taught him guitar and engendered a love of country music. Rabbitt became a walking encyclopedia of country music as a child. After his parents divorced he dropped out of high school (later earning a diploma at night school) and worked a series of day jobs while pursuing a musical career. 

He cut an album in 1964 for 20th Century that went nowhere. He decided to give Nashville a try in 1968, reaching there with $1000 and a Cadillac that died on arrival. He signed as a songwriter with Hill & Range for $37.50 a week and his first cut came 'Working My Way Up To The Bottom', which he wrote in the bath and Roy Drusky turned into a hit in 1968. He clicked big time two years later, co-writing Kentucky Rain for Presley. His stature as a writer was secured by further recordings by Tom Jones, O.C. Smith, Willie Nelson, Mel Street, Sammi Smith, Conway Twitty, Dr. Hook, Billie Jo Spears and many more.

He continued to write for Presley and signed with Elektra Records in 1974 after writing Ronnie Milsap’s Pure Love. As a performer he overcame a somewhat thin and reedy voice by overdubbing himself in three-part harmonies, a process he called the ‘Eddie Rabbitt Chorale.’ After three charted singles, Rabbitt scored his first No. 1 with Drinkin’ My Baby (Off My Mind) in 1976. The hits soon came in a torrent: 'I Love A Rainy Night', 'Every Which Way But Loose' (from the Clint Eastwood movie of the same name), a duet with Crystal Gayle on 'You And I', and the r&b influenced 'Suspicions.' At the peak of his career, in the early 1980s, he notched five No.1 singles in a row followed by a No.2 and two more No. 1s. That string included his Drivin’ My Life Away, which was featured in the 1980 movie 'Roadie.'

During that same period, Rabbitt had two No.1 albums on the country charts, 'Horizon' and Step by Step', both on Elektra. He moved to Warner Bros. in 1983, to RCA in 1985, to Universal in 1989 and to Capitol Nashville in 1990. He curtailed his career somewhat after his two-year-old son Timothy died in 1985 of a rare digestive ailment. He became a crusader for organ transplants and cancer research, quit smoking and lost 55 pounds. Throughout his career he remained devoted to his family and confounded his record labels by taking half of each year off to be with his family and to write. 

His last No.1 came in 1989 with 'On Second Thoughts.' He was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1997 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. During his illness he recorded a final album, 'Beatin' the Odds.' for Intersound Records. It was released in September 1997, but the following May 7, Eddie Rabbitt died of lung cancer, at Baptist Hospital, Nashville.

#EddieRabbitt   #80sMusic
#CountryRock  #CountryMusic
#Billboardcharts   #Country  
#ClassicRock   #Music   #OS4L
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At 28th February of 1984, Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy awards including: Album of the year for 'Thriller'; Record of the year and Best rock vocal performance for 'Beat It'; Best pop vocal performance, Best R&B performance and Best R&B song for 'Billie Jean', and Best Recording For Children for 'E.T The Extra Terrestrial' at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards.

Over the course of a four-decade career, Michael Jackson set a lot of records. In 1984 his landmark album 'Thriller' became the first album to generate seven Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1988 his follow-up 'Bad' became the first album to yield five No. 1 hits. In 1995 "You Are Not Alone" became the first single to enter the chart at No. 1.

Jackson's record-setting ways didn't stop when he died on June 25, 2009. In the week after his death, he became the first artist to sell more than 1 million digital tracks in one week. (He sold 2.6 million tracks, crushing the old record.) He also became the first artist to have the three best-selling albums in the United States. Two weeks later, he became the first artist to have six of the 10 best-selling albums.

When Nielsen SoundScan released its final sales tallies for 2009, Michael had four of the year's top 20 albums, a record for the SoundScan era. He also had seven of the year's top 100 albums and nine of the year's top 200 digital songs.

Michael Jackson also had Top 10 hits in each of the last five decades, which is remarkable for someone who was only 50 when he died. The Jackson 5's first hit, "I Want You Back," cracked the Top 10 the very last week of the '60s. Jackson kept his Top 10 record alive in the '00s (if just barely) when "You Rock My World" reached No. 10 in 2001.

It's extraordinary how young Michael was when he hit it big. Before his 12th birthday in August 1970, he had sung lead on three No. 1 hits: "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "The Love You Save." (Two months later, there would be a fourth, "I'll Be There," which made the Jackson 5 the first act to top the Hot 100 with its first four hits.)

Michael was just 12 when he first made the cover of Rolling Stone; 13 when he landed his first Top 5 solo hit ("Got To Be There"); and 14 when he sang the Oscar-nominated "Ben" on the Academy Awards. Most of the chart records he set were tied to the trio of albums he recorded with legendary producer Quincy Jones from 1979–1987. 'Off The Wall', 'Thriller' and 'Bad' sold tens of millions of copies and generated a combined total of 17 Top 10 hits.

'Thriller', released when Michael was 24, logged 37 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. That constituted the second-longest run in the top spot since the chart became a weekly feature in 1956. Only the 'West Side Story' soundtrack had more weeks on top. (Ironically, Jackson's video for "Beat It," one of the iconic hits from 'Thriller', was an homage to "West Side Story.")

Michael also set some Grammy records. In 1984 he became the first artist to win eight Grammys in one night. (In 2000 Carlos Santana equaled the feat.) That same year, he became the only artist to win Grammys in the Pop, Rock and R&B Fields in one year. (He remains one of only three artists to win in all three fields over the course of a career. The others are B.B. King and Tina Turner.)

Over the years, Michael Jackson won a total of 13 Grammys. Fittingly, they recognized the wide range of his talents. Four of the awards were for vocal performances, three for music videos, two for songwriting, and one for producing. (Of the other three, two were in the general categories of Album and Record Of The Year, while one was for Best Recording For Children.) The Recording Academy gave Jackson its Grammy Legend Award in 1993 and posthumously presented him a Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

Jackson's most memorable night at the Grammys was Feb. 28, 1984, the year of his 'Thriller' sweep. But a close second was March 2, 1988. He was nominated for four awards for Bad and for Producer Of The Year and lost them all. But he still came away a winner. His tour-de-force performance that night of "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "Man In The Mirror" belongs on the short list of the greatest performances in Grammy history.

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#Onthisday   #80sMemories
#Grammys    #PopMusic
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1983. La versión de todo un clásico, pero con el sonido de aquel momento. Se trataba de MARX & SPENCER - "Stay" #Hits80s   #1000Hits   #80s   #80sMusic  

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1983. My Mine - "Hypnotic Tango" Algunos djs la solían mezclar al corte con el "Stay" de Marx & Spencer...que tiempos! #Hits80s   #80s   #80smusic  

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Era la época de los "megamixes". Este es uno de esos que eran "exclusivos para DJs". #Hits80s   #MegaMix  

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