American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 2/24/79: Al Stewart, “Song on the Radio”

Before I started this blog, I posted about songs from old AT40s on Facebook, January-July 2017. I’ll be moving them here over time. This entry has been edited somewhat from the original.

Last year I mentioned my affinity for Al Stewart, particularly his two late 70s albums.  This one was the follow-up single to “Time Passages.”  At #33 here, on its way to only #29 (criminal!).  The saxophone work on AS’s singles is uniformly incredible.

Which brings up: a few weeks ago I came across a post at My Favorite Decade, a music blog devoted to the years 1976-1985, pretty much my sweet spot. It quotes Stewart on how “Song on the Radio” came to be; I had no idea it was essentially a toss-off.

If you enjoy music of all sorts from those years, MFD is very much worth adding to your rotation.

2 thoughts on “American Top 40 PastBlast Redux, 2/24/79: Al Stewart, “Song on the Radio””

  1. Last week on B100.FM, I scheduled “Song On The Radio” and followed it up with “Baker Street”, which segued beautifully and I probably couldn’t do it again if I tried. Surprised the FCC didn’t fine the station for excessive saxiness.


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