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Romantic Music

Lover’s Lane Vault of Oldies

With Valentine’s Day coming up fast, here’s a romantic music list that can take you on a trip down the Lover’s Lane of oldies.  Whether you enjoyed the smooth sounds of the groups like the Drifters, Skyliners and Duprees or swayed to the romantic songs of Olivia Newton-John or Roberta Flack, I hope this song list brings back some good memories.

I always smile whenever I hear Rupert Holmes’, Escape (The Pina Colada Song).  Holmes wrote and arranged for The Drifters, Platters and Gene Pitney.  And the Escape Song was actually arranged and produced for Barbra Streisand.

Peter and Gordon were very firm about their Woman.  You can hear their conviction when it comes to love.  Lennon’s Woman (a totally different song), is soft, nurturing, assuring – a love song most likely written about his wife.

The sixties and seventies were filled with One Hit Wonders.  Gene and Debbie’s 1968 hit Playboy was one of my favorites.  The Floaters had their own One Hit Wonder with Float On in 1977.  Bands were also riding high.  Bread was formed in 1969, and their romantic songs dominated the charts from ’70 through ’73.  Band front leader, David Gates, had us in Loveland with songs like Make It With You, If, and It Don’t Matter to Me.   In ’71, Gates tossed out pulsating songs like Let Your Love Go and Mother Freedom, taking a break from their calm, easy music style before returning with hard-core romantic songs Everything I Own, The Guitar Man, Sweet Surrender and more.

Romance filled the air in the early 70’s with Bread.  But in the early 80’s, the love songs of Bread were replaced as we inhaled our new Air Supply of love song after love song by this Australian duo. What woman didn’t want to be Every Woman In the World or The One That You Love?  When it came to romance, Air Supply’s music made sure Even The Nights Are Better.

Revisit some of these songs on YouTube or have them cued up for romantic music for someone special on Valentine’s Day.

Sincerely – The Moonglows (’55)

Love Me Tender – Elvis (’56)

All I Have to Do Is Dream – Everly Brothers (’58)

Venus – Frankie Avalon (’59)

Put Your Head on My Shoulder – Frankie Avalon (’59)

This I Swear – Skyliners (’59)

Woman – Peter and Gordon (’60)

This Magic Moment – Drifters (’60)    Jay and the Americans (’69)

When I Fall In Love – The Lettermen (’61)

My Own True Love – The Duprees (’62)

Then He Kissed Me – Crystals (’63)

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Franki Valli (’67)

Playboy – Gene and Debbie (’68)

It’s Getter Better – Mama Cass (’69)

Oh, What a Night – The Dells (’69)

Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman (’70)

Maybe Tomorrow – Jackson Five (’71)

Baby I’m-A-Want-You – Bread (’71)

Walking in the Rain With the One I Love – Love Unlimited (’72)

(If loving you is wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right – Luther Ingram (’72)

Ain’t No Woman (like the one I got) – Four Tops (’73)

Show and Tell – Al Wilson (’74)

I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John (’74)

The Air That I Breathe – Hollies (’74)

Feel Like Makin’ Love – Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (’74)

Sweet Love – The Commodores (’76)

When I Need You – Leo Sayer (’77)

How Deep Is Your Love – Bee Gees (’77)

Greatest Love of All – George Benson (’77)  Whitney Houston (’86)

Float On – The Floaters (’77)

We’re All Alone – Rita Coolidge (’77)

Reminiscing – Little River Band (’78)

She Believes in Me – Kenny Rogers  (’79)

Escape (the Pina Colada song) – Rupert Holmes (’79)

Suddenly – Cliff Richard with Olivia Newton-John (’80)

Woman In Love – Barbra Streisand (’80)

Being With You – Smokey Robinson (’81)

Woman – John Lennon (’81)

Baby Come To Me – James Ingram with Patti Austin (’82)

Even The Nights Are Better – Air Supply (’82)

Soul Kiss – Olivia Newton-John (’85)

Take My Breath Away – Berlin (’86)

The Next Time I Fall – Peter Cetera and Amy Grant (’86)

You Got It All – The Jets (’87)

Is This Love – Whitesnake (’87)

Nothings Gonna Change My Love For You – Glenn Medeiros  (’87)

Hold On To the Night – Richard Marx  (’88)


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