So today I saw on TV that the singer Bob Seger has a new album coming out and is going on tour. I like his stuff: Old Time Rock and Roll, Against the Wind, Like a Rock, Hollywood Nights, Night Moves, etc.
The newscaster mentioned that he helped put American “Heartland Rock” on the map. At that point, I instantly thought of John Mellencamp, who was known as, when I was a kid, John Cougar. To me, he took over heartland rock in the 80s.
Five minutes later, I was tooling around YouTube and it just happened to look up videos that the radio/tv personality Casey Kasem was in.
I know, pretty random.
Casey, of course, famously hosted America’s Top 40 on the radio in the 80s. And on TV, he hosted the weekly “America’s Top 10”, where he counted down he top songs in the land. And played the occasional music video.
So on YouTube, I clicked on a random AT10 link, which happened to be from the top songs from the whole year of 1982.
And wouldn’tcha know it, who had two songs in that year?
That’s right. John Cougar.
Also in the best of 1982, J Geils Band’s “Centerfold”, Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger”, and Paul McCartney/Stevie Wonder’s “Ebony and Ivory”. I may have only been 10 years old, but I still knew it was a good year for music. Here’s the AT10 episode, commercials and videos edited out
(Incidentally, I remember that I had taped one of the AT10 episodes that year, and I watched the music video of “Centerfold” over and over again. Because there were women in lingerie… and I was 10. My mom eventually took the tape away from me)
Anyway… RIP Casey. Keep your feet on the ground, and keep taking for the stars.”