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Remember This: Male Singers Part 2

Did you enjoy my trip down memory lane? Here are some more guys I am bringing back into the spotlight:

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Paul Young
British soul singer Paul Young had the biggest hit of his career with his take on a song from Hall & Oates.
Essential songs: Everytime You Go Away, Come Back and Stay

Howard Jones
New wave keyboardist Howard Jones, have had a decently long career. He has written some great pop gems, that still sound great. He was one of the headliners on the Regeneration Tour last year.
Essential songs: Things Can Only Get Better, No One Is to Blame

Kenny Loggins
For a while this guy was the go-to singer for movie soundtracks in the 1980’s. And this was after his success with Jim Messina in the 70’s.
Essential songs: Footloose, I’m Alright, Danger Zone

Babyface
One of hottest singer, songwriter and producers of the 90’s and beyond. He has written and produced for Toni Braxton, Bobby Brown and more. Plus had hits on his own too.
Essential songs: Whip Appeal, It’s No Crime

Bobby Brown
He first came to prominence in the group New Edition, but after his 2nd album he was a star on his own. Lots of attitude and swagger… he owes a lot of his success to his songwriters and producers.
Essential songs: Don’t Be Cruel, My Prerogative

Billy Ocean
Equally adept at dance songs and ballads, this singer from Trinidad, had a good run of catchy songs.
Essential songs: Caribbean Queen, Get Out of My Dreams (Get into My Car)

Rick Astley
He looked like an Archie comic, but sang like a soul star. Thanks to the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman, he became a worldwide sensation.
Essential songs: Never Gonna Give You Up, Together Forever

Seal
This British soul singer definitely made a name for himself . First with his songs, second for who he married and divorced (Heidi Klum).
Essential songs: Crazy, Kiss from a Rose

Lenny Kravitz
American born rocker who hasn’t been shy about his love of music from decades past especially the 60’s and 70’s. He also acts — see The Hunger Games.
Essential songs: American Woman, It’s Not Over til It’s Over

That’s it for round 2. Did I leave anyone off? I would love to hear from you.

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Artists I Want to See Have a Comeback

The music business is a fickle business, you are hot for one minute, then you aren’t. European audiences seem to be more faithful sometimes to artists than they are in the US. Remember when Santana had the “Supernatural” album with all the hits on it? That was a comeback. What about when Jennifer Lopez released  “On the Floor” — everyone had written her off at that point. Now she is headlining one of the hottest tours of the year. These are the artists I want to see have a big comeback:

  1. Janet Jackson
    This one I have been waiting for — for a long time. She is overdue! She was one of the most exciting singers/performers of the 80’s and 90’s, but she has made bad choices with her material. If she had the right song, she would be on top again for sure. I would be reaching out to up and coming producers if I was her, I am sure they would be thrilled to be working with a superstar like her.Janet Jackson
  2. Christina Aguilera
    The Voice has brought her back into the spotlight. She had a rough few years with her marriage falling apart and a flop movie and album. She has a new CD out this week called “Lotus”. I heard it on AOL First Listen, and it has some good songs on it. Here’s hoping it’s a hit and that she goes on tour in 2013.
  3. Cyndi Lauper
    She came out around the same time as Madonna, and is still around. She has a big gay following, and she can sing just about anything. Put her in a big musical or get her a guest turn on “Glee” or “Smash” and she was totally kill it
  4. Babyface
    Sure, LA Reid is the one in the spotlight now on The X Factor. But once upon a time, LA was the other half of the big songwriting duo of LA and Babyface. He was a fantastic songwriter and producer in addition to being a hit recording artist. I could totally see him doing an album like Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee” and having him duet with today’s country stars on reworked versions of his songs.
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