It was 35 years ago Sunday (January 15th, 1977), that the Eagles‘ album Hotel California hit Number One. The album, which was released on December 8th, 1976, was the group’s third chart-topper in a row, following 1975’s One Of These Nights and 1976’s compilation Eagles/Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975.

Hotel California included two Number One hits featuring the group’s main songwriters and distinctive lead vocalists, with guitarist Glenn Frey taking the lead on “New Kid In Town,” and drummer Don Henley singing the album’s famous title track. The album’s third single, “Life In The Fast Lane,” just missed the Top Ten, peaking at Number 11 in the spring of 1977.

Hotel California featured the addition of former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh, who joined shortly after co-founder Bernie Leadon‘s departure. It turned out to be the only Eagles album featuring the lineup of Henley, Frey, Walsh, guitarist Don Felder, and co-founder and bassist Randy Meisner.

  • The album’s themes reflected the state of America through the decaying Los Angeles rock scene, which by the mid-’70s had changed from an earnest singer-songwriter community into a far more decadent lifestyle fueled by celebrity, money, and drugs.
  • In their original review of the album, Rolling Stone commented on Hotel California‘s music and its reflection of its creators by saying, “Hotel Californiashowcases both the best and worst tendencies of Los Angeles-situation rock. . . Its lyrics present a convincing and unflattering portrait of the milieu itself.”
  • Years later Henley reflected on the album, telling Billboard, “Every band has their peak. That was ours.”
  • Hotel California went on to top the charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks, and to date has sold over 16 million copies. Over the years, the Eagles have included most of the Hotel California album in their concert setlists, including such classic album tracks as “Wasted Time,” “Victim Of Love,” “and “Pretty Maids All In A Row.”

CHECK IT OUT: The Eagles performing “Hotel California” live on June 11th, 1976 in Houston:



Former Journey frontman Steve Perry shed some light on the story band’s classic 1981 showstopper “Don’t Stop Believin”.” Perry, who helped put together the band’s latest compilation, Greatest Hits Vol. 2, recalled to NYmag.com that the song, which was featured on 1981’s Escape collection, was written on sleepless night while the Journey was doing a five night run in Detroit during their 1980 tour behind their Departure album. Perry recalled, “I was digging the idea of how the lights were facing down, so that you couldn’t see anything. All of a sudden I’d see people walking out of the dark, and into the light. And the term ‘streetlight people’ came to me. So Detroit was very much in my consciousness when we started writing.”

He also spoke about the fact that — as most Detroiters know — there is no “South Detroit” in the Motor City: “I ran the phonetics of east, west, and north, but nothing sounded as good or emotionally true to me as South Detroit. The syntax just sounded right. I fell in love with the line. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve learned that there is no South Detroit. But it doesn’t matter.”



  • Journey’s Escape featured five hit singles — including “Open Arms” which topped out at Number Two, “Who’s Cryin’ Now” which hit Number Four, “Don’t Stop Believin'” which hit Number Nine, “Still They Ride” peaked at Number 19, and “Stone In Love” which hit Number 13 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart.
  • In 2009 the studio recording of “Don’t Stop Believin'” broke records by becoming the only song to have been downloaded two million times and becoming the most downloaded song in iTunes history.

Here’s a video of Journey, from 1981 live in Houston, performing the song.


8/24/10 Strange Music Day

ok, play this one with your co-workers today and have fun! Hope you’re having a fabulous week. – Justin

Strange Music Day — We’ll give you a famous band’s original name and you tell us the group:

  • Angel and the Snakes (Blondie)
  • Composition of Sound (Depeche Mode)
  • Big Thing (Chicago)
  • Artistics (Talking Heads)
  • Carl and The Passions (The Beach Boys)
  • Primettes (Supremes)
  • Tom & Jerry (Simon & Garfunkel)
  • Caesar & Clio (Sonny & Cher)
  • The Golden Gate Rhythm Section (Journey)
  • The Golliwogs (Creedence Clearwater Revival)

Top 10 Summer Songs Of All Music

Of the “Top 10 Summer Songs of all music”, we here at Star 92.7 are happy to play 8 of them for you in our current “Summer mix of 2010″! Thanks for listening and we hope you’re enjoying summer. – Justin

Now, the list:

10. “Cruel Summer” – BANANARAMA. This song from BANANARAMA’s self-titled debut was a big hit in their home country of ENGLAND upon its release in 1983, but it wasn’t until the next year, when it appeared in the hit film “The Karate Kid” that it became a Top 10 U.S. smash.

9. “All Summer Long” – KID ROCK. Only KID ROCK would have the ability to take the most popular songs from unlikely partners — like southern rockers LYNYRD SKYNYRD and singer-songwriter WARREN ZEVON — and somehow mash them together into a danceable, hip-hop-influenced ode to summer parties.

8. “Hot Fun in the Summertime” – SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE. You can feel and see the heat radiating off a hot city sidewalk when the horn section kicks in over the lazy shuffle of this sweet, nostalgic song. This was released on SLY’s 1969 “Greatest Hits” collection right after his triumphant appearance at WOODSTOCK.

7. “Summer of ’69” – BRYAN ADAMS. BRYAN ADAMS and co-writer JIM VALLANCE have had a friendly public debate about the meaning of this summer song. For VALLANCE, it’s a fond remembrance of the year 1969, when he turned 17 and discovered all sorts of wonderful music. For ADAMS, the number’s meaning is a bit more, shall we say, carnal.

6. “The Boys of Summer” – DON HENLEY. Rumor has it that none other than HENLEY’s EAGLES bandmate, JOE WALSH, owned the car that inspired the famous “out on the road today, I saw a deadhead sticker on a CADILLAC” lyric from this song on DON’s 1984 solo album “Building the Perfect Beast.”

5. “Summer in the City” – THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL. Reportedly, the lyrics for this song were taken from a poem MARK SEBASTIAN (JOHN SEBASTIAN’s brother) submitted to a literary magazine. Dozens of artists have since covered this wonderfully evocative summer song, including BB KING, QUINCY JONES and JOE JACKSON.

4. “In the Summertime” – MUNGO JERRY. One line in this classic song from the 1970 album “Electronically Tested” is a bit too care-free when it comes to car safety, so when reggae star SHAGGY covered it in 1992, he changed the line “have a drink, have a drive” to the much safer “I’m going to ride and drive..”

3. “Summer Nights” – JOHN TRAVOLTA and OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN. JOHN and OLIVIA’s characters from the hit 1978 movie “Grease” share somewhat different, but equally fond memories of their summer romance in this duet — not realizing they are now attending the same high school. Confusion, comedy and lots of singing ensues…

2. “Summertime Blues” – EDDIE COCHRAN. Quite possibly the grand-daddy of all summer songs, this under-two minute blast of energy from 1958 still perfectly captures the excitement and angst of a teenager who simply longs for temporary escape from his summertime job. He seeks assistance from the highest of authorities, the UNITED NATIONS, who refuse to help since he’s not old enough to vote.

1. “Summertime” – DJ JAZZY JEFF AND THE FRESH PRINCE. Back before he was a huge movie star, and before he had a hit TV show, WILL SMITH was hip-hop’s “Fresh Prince.” With the help of DJ JAZZY JEFF’s laid back, but still thumping music track, SMITH’s lyrics perfectly capture the joys of a beautiful, trouble-free summer day.

 Question: What Is Your Favorite All Time Summer Song Of All Music Formats? For me it would be the “Fat Boys & The Beach Boys teaming up for a hip-hop version of Wipeout!” I can still do that beat box part too, :) – Justin.