Lost Classics: Pat Benatar, Donna Summer with Springsteen, Tim McGraw


pat-benatarYou can’t understate Pat Benatar’s influence in the 80’s.  Her power rock anthems  influenced a generation of female rockers to follow in her footsteps.   As Pat’s career progressed, the hits slowed down but her voice matured and deeper lyrics replaced the radio friendly hooks.   Here’s a hidden treasure classic from Pat’s Innamorata CD.

Did you see me last night
I was there in the dark
I saw her look at you, the way I used to
When I still had your heart.

I watched you take her hand
There was love in your eyes
I remember when you looked at me that way too
Before we said good-bye

I Don’t Want To Be Your Friend
I just want to be your lover
I don’t think I can pretend
That you mean nothing to me



Let-It-Go-2007-Tim-McgrawDo you remember the 1979 country #1 hit, Suspicions?   Eddie Rabbitt, who also recorded Driving My Life Away, Every Which Way But Loose, and You And I, recorded this country classic 24 years ago.    Eddie claimed that he wrote the song on a dare in a five minute lunch break.   In 2008, Tim McGraw covered the song and upped the sexual ante with Tim’s iconic masculine style.   The song wasn’t released as a single from his Let It Go CD but it definitely had crossover potential.


Donna SummerBruce Springsteen has not only recorded numerous rock classics, he’s written a slew of records that have become definitive hits for a wide range of artists.   Patti Smith’s Because The Night, Manfred Mann’s Blinded By The Light,  and The Pointer Sisters’ Fire, are three Springsteen penned favorites.   One lost favorite was a Springsteen B-Side, Protection, that was offered to Donna Summer for her self-titled CD.   A creative DJ  remixed Donna’s version with Bruce’s demo for a fresh take on a old favorite.


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