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Updated on February 14, 2011

Welcome to the Baby Boomer Chronicles, the other BBC. I created this as I have a sentimental and nostalgic side to my nature. While my focus is on the Baby Boomer generation, born during 1946-1964. If you come either late or early to the party, welcome all the same. For me, like many others, great songs mark milestones in time’s passage as a part of life’s journey. When ever a song appeared at the ‘top of the charts’, I usually knew what going on in the world and in my life for during that particular time period. I put up a classic music nugget or two and hope that your memory is jogged in such a way, as mine always is. We will focus on music from year 1960-1989. For me, much earlier, I do not remember well, and after about 1990, my feelings about popular music were akin to those of my parents about the rock and roll era. They still look for that ‘Doggie in the Window’. This focuses primarily on popular music. In any case, let your tastes and imagination take you to ever greater heights. This may well be your catalyst.

"You see, we can move freely within the first 3 dimensions, but within the 4thdimension, time, we are all prisoners".



“The Time Machine” H.G. Wells

In the meantime, who says that we can’t observe and enjoy the changing landscape?


"Watching the Wheels" by John Lennon

When I think back about John Lennon, his contribution to popular music and his untimely passing, this song comes to mind. It is my favorite track from his "Double Fantasy" album that made the charts in 1981

"Skateaway" by Dire Straits

This one from Dire Straits never seemed to make the Top 100. But, it has a hauntingly beautiful melody and a video that is a work of art. I hope that you like this one as much as I.

Top Pop 1981


01. Bette Davis Eyes » Kim Carnes
02. Endless Love » Diana Ross & Lionel Richie
03. Lady » Kenny Rogers
04. (Just Like) Starting Over » John Lennon
05. Jessie's Girl » Rick Springfield
06. Celebration » Kool & The Gang
07. Kiss On My List » Daryl Hall & John Oates
08. I Love A Rainy Night » Eddie Rabbitt
09. 9 To 5 » Dolly Parton
10. Keep On Loving You » REO Speedwagon
11. Theme From "Greatest American Hero" » Joey Scarbury
12. Morning Train (Nine To Five) » Sheena Easton
13. Being With You » Smokey Robinson
14. Queen Of Hearts » Juice Newton
15. Rapture » Blondie
16. A Woman Needs Love » Ray Parker jr. & Raydio
17. The Tide Is High » Blondie
18. Just The Two Of Us » Grover Washington jr.
19. Slow Hand » Pointer Sisters
20. I Love You » Climax Blues Band
21. Woman » John Lennon
22. Sukiyaki » A Taste Of Honey
23. The Winner Takes It All » Abba
24. Medley » Stars On 45
25. Angel Of The Morning » Juice Newton
26. Love On The Rocks » Neil Diamond
27. Every Woman In The World » Air Supply
28. The One That You Love » Air Supply
29. Guilty » Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
30. The Best Of Times » Styx
31. Elvira » Oak Ridge Boys
32. Take It On The Run » REO Speedwagon
33. No Gettin' Over Me » Ronnie Milsap
34. Living Outside Myself » Gino Vannelli
35. Woman In Love » Barbra Streisand
36. Boy From New York City » Manhattan Transfer
37. Urgent » Foreigner
38. Passion » Rod Stewart
39. Lady (You Bring Me Up) » Commodores
40. Crying » Don Mclean
41. Hearts » Marty Balin
42. It's My Turn » Diana Ross
43. You Make My Dreams » Daryl Hall & John Oates
44. I Don't Need You » Kenny Rogers
45. How 'Bout Us » Champaign
46. Hit Me With Your Best Shot » Pat Benatar
47. The Breakup Song » Greg Kihn Band
48. Time » Alan Parsons Project
49. Hungry Heart » Bruce Springsteen
50. Sweetheart » Franke & The Knockouts
51. Someone's Knockin' » Terri Gibbs
52. More Than I Can Say » Leo Sayer
53. Together » Tierra
54. Too Much Time On My Hands » Styx
55. What Are We Doin' In Love » Dottie West
56. Who's Crying Now » Journey
57. De Do Do Do, De Da Da » Police
58. This Little Girl » Gary U.S. Bonds
59. Stop Draggin' My Heart Around » Stevie Nicks With Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
60. Giving It Up For Your Love » Delbert McClinton
61. A Little In Love » Cliff Richard
62. America » Neil Diamond
63. Ain't Even Done With The Night » John Cougar
64. Arthur's Theme » Christopher Cross
65. Another One Bites The Dust » Queen
66. Games People Play » Alan Parsons Project
67. I Can't Stand It » Eric Clapton
68. While You See A Chance » Steve Winwood
69. Master Blaster » Stevie Wonder
70. Hello Again » Neil Diamond
71. Don't Stand So Close To Me » Police
72. Hey Nineteen » Steely Dan
73. I Ain't Gonna Stand For It » Stevie Wonder
74. All Those Years Ago » George Harrison
75. Step By Step » Eddie Rabbitt
76. The Stroke » Billy Squier
77. Feels So Right » Alabama
78. Sweet Baby » Stanley Clarke & George Duke
79. Same Old Lang Syne » Dan Fogelberg
80. Cool Love » Pablo Cruise
81. Hold On Tight » ELO
82. It's Now Or Never » John Schneider
83. Treat Me Right » Pat Benatar
84. Winning » Santana
85. What Kind Of Fool » Barbra Streisand & Barry Gibb
86. Watching The Wheels » John Lennon
87. Tell It Like It Is » Heart
88. Smoky Mountain Rain » Ronnie Milsap
89. I Made It Through The Rain » Barry Manilow
90. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' » Daryl Hall & John Oates
91. Suddenly » Olivia Newton-John & Cliff Richard
92. For Your Eyes Only » Sheena Easton
93. The Beach Boys Medley » Beach Boys
94. Whip It » Devo
95. Modern Girl » Sheena Easton
96. Really Wanna Know You » Gary Wright
97. Seven Year Ache » Rosanne Cash
98. I'm Coming Out » Diana Ross
99. Miss Sun » Boz Scaggs
100. Time Is Time » Andy Gibb

Was the 1981 thing good for you?

You have to think about 1981, Without looking it up in Wikipedia, which events do you remember? Review in your mind by month by month and see which events come to mind. I do that here and I promise not to cheat....

I know the news stories that got my attention:

1. January, 1981 Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the nation's 40th president. This is the point where the 1970's truly end. The Iran hostages are released and return home to a heroes' welcome.

2. March, 1981- Assassination attempt on President Reagan.

3. October, 1981- Anwar Sadat assassinated


1981: Southern California- Most of year on the soup line by got to substitute teach for much of the year.

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