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Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll Podcast

"Rare & Scratchy Rock 'N Roll" is a "rockumentary" series telling the greatest rock and roll stories on record. Some of our episodes spotlight specific artists, and others cover various specific subjects. All of them rock as we cover stories and myths about songs you can sing along with.

May 15, 2019


"THE LOST TOP 40 HITS OF 1980"   

This episode spotlights 40 lost hits from 1980. These include top 40 tunes radio stations no longer play – by major artists such as Elton John, Donna Summer, Carly Simon, Bob Seger, The Jacksons, Pete Townshend, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, and Dan Fogelberg, among many others. 

We’ll relate the story of a song that was a top 20 hit twice – the first time when it debuted in 1980 and nine years later in 1989 when it was re-issued. And we’ll hear from the only artist in Grammy history to win all four of that competition’s general field awards – Best Album, Record, Song, and New Artist – in the same year. 

Then there’s the singer who carried on the top 40 hit making tradition of his late father and uncle. They were both rock and roll pioneers from Memphis who worked at the same electric company as Elvis Presley – long before they all became stars. 

So, get your ears in gear for forty forgotten top 40 hits from a fabulous rock and roll year – 1980.