In 1977 I still felt kind of strange having been thrown out of my happy, safe, and awesome high school environment. I was not longer strutting down the halls of my high school but instead, I was meeting new challenges every day at university. I was on the brink of tumbling out of the teen years and into official adulthood. It was a frustrating time for me as I rebelled against not being labeled a teen anymore. I also was not part of the group of friends I was used to and my high school romance was a thing of the past. The music I embraced was still rock and roll but now I also enjoyed wistful pieces that made me cry just for the sake of it. So for this year, I chose to highlight “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt.
“Blue Bayou” was written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. It was originally sung by Orbison in 1963 and later on, it became Linda Ronstadt’s signature song. By 1978 the single went Gold and it was the first of three Gold singles for Ronstadt. Later on, it went Platinum and she was nominated for two Grammy Awards Record of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Her version of this song was in the movie “American Made” in 2017.
During this amazing year in music brother, Andy Gibb was competing with the others – The Bee Gees. Queen had several songs out on the charts. Rod Stewart was telling women that they were in his heart and many other interesting numbers were filling our ears. If you remember this far back there was also Debby Boone singing “You Light Up My Life”. Fleetwood Mac had several great songs out there and Donna Summer was having us dancing to a disco beat.