Start your drive home with Kannon and the Throwback Three at Three, where we feature the top three songs of any given year and throw it back to good times, great music and amazing memories! Do you remember what your were doing back in 1981? Because we sure don't.
3. LET'S GROOVE
Earth, Wind and Fire's lead man, Maurice White, is responsible for this hit song, which is all about enjoying the groove. White was the creative mind behind the band's success before, during and after the disco era because he knew adaptability would ensure their success and long career. White used a vocoder (essentially the first version of autotune) for the iconic synthesized sound you can hear in the song.
2. PRIVATE EYES
This song was named after the movie Private Eyes. This song had a lot of musical eyes on it starting with the original artist, Warren Pash, who initially wrote the song "I Need You To Need Me", he saw a billboard for the movie and then banged out the rough version of "Private Eyes". From there he started working with Janna Allen, who regularly worked with Daryl Hall on writing songs. Daryl Hall worked on the song with Janna, but also his girlfriend Sara Allen (Janna's sister) turning it into a Hall and Oates sounding song. So in the end the song ended up with four writers on the credits.
Olivia Newton John was actually pretty hesitant to record the music video to this song because she felt it would affect how the public would look at her, but after some convincing her managers got her on board because they knew this would be a smash hit. The song was created by Songwriters, Steve Kipner and Terry Shaddick, who are also responsible for hit songs "Hard Habit to Break" by Chicago and "Genie In A Bottle" by Christina Aguilera.