American Top 40 PastBlast, 4/23/88: Brenda Russell featuring Joe Esposito, “Piano in the Dark”

It’s a holiday, and 88 is among the harder years from the Classic Casey AT40 era for me to find music/stuff to write about. So, let’s just roll out the most tasteful song on this week’s show. “Piano in the Dark” was at #29, and made it to #6.

Brenda Russell had a #30 hit, “So Good So Right,” toward the end of 79 (it’s also a wonderful number). You likely know the voice of Joe Esposito—he was a member of Brooklyn Dreams and sang with Donna Summer on “Heaven Knows.” We heard some about this earlier in the year, on the 2/17/79 rebroadcast. Casey had misidentified Summer’s singing partner as then-boyfriend/future husband Bruce Sudano; Esposito’s parents wrote into the show to correct the record!

Don’t let the brevity of the post fool you: this is a great tune.

 

 

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