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"Born In The U.S.A." (Craig Allen photo).
"Born In The U.S.A." (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: Bruce Springsteen’s “Glory Days”

As we feature Jersey's Best on a "New Jersey Hall Of Fame Weekend," here on New Jersey 101.5...

Tons has been written about Bruce...

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"Vinyl Row" in the New Jersey 101.5 on-air studio! (Craig Allen photo).
"Vinyl Row" in the New Jersey 101.5 on-air studio! (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen Presents: 5 1980’s songs from NJ101.5 artists that you’ve forgotten!

Today, I want to to share some "Lost 80's" songs from my music library....forgotten songs by artists that you love here on New Jersey 101...

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David Essex, as seen on his 1991 "Greatest Hits" compilation. (Craig Allen photo).
David Essex, as seen on his 1991 "Greatest Hits" compilation. (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: “Rock On” by David Essex

Fun Fact #1: David Essex wrote this "rocker" to play at the end of the 1973 movie "That'll Be The Day."

Born David Albert Cook, in London in 1947, "Essex" loved playing soccer as a kid...

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If you have a music collection, you have this album! (Craig Allen photo).
If you have a music collection, you have this album! (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: “Piano Man” by Billy Joel

The world of Rock 'N' Roll can be "funny" sometimes.

And fickle.

Where else could a job done during a low point...become the inspiration for a HUGE comeback...

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Patti Smith's 1978 album, from my CD library! (Craig Allen photo).
Patti Smith's 1978 album, from my CD library! (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: “Because The Night” by Patti Smith

It is fascinating to note that while Patti Smith was inducted into the "Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame" in 2007..."Because The Night" is her only chart hit...

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Ocean City NJ! (Craig Allen photo).
Ocean City NJ! (Craig Allen photo).
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Jersey’s Summer Songs on a Back To The Beach Weekend

As thousands of hearty souls "brave" the frigid waters in Seaside Heights for the "24th Annual Polar Bear Plunge," I thought it would be fun to highlight a few of "Jersey's Favorite Hits"...from across the rock 'n' roll era...with "Summer" in the title!

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The grooves look a bit worn on my vintage 1978 vinyl single! (Craig Allen photo).
The grooves look a bit worn on my vintage 1978 vinyl single! (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: “Hold The Line” by Toto

"Hold The Line" was the first hit for "Toto," a band that formed in Van Nuys, California in 1977.

If the song had been written today, in the time of cell phones, it might have had a different title...

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My vintage 1978 vinyl copy...now, all that I need is an in-studio turntable! (Craig Allen photo).
My vintage 1978 vinyl copy...now, all that I need is an in-studio turntable! (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen

"You Really Got Me" was Van Halen's first HIT single!

Forming in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen learned a whole bunch of "Kinks" songs as they were starting out...

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Blondie x 2! On-Air (upper left) and on vintage vinyl! (Craig Allen photo).
Blondie x 2! On-Air (upper left) and on vintage vinyl! (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: “Call Me” by Blondie

Deborah Harry...Blondie...was born in Miami. But she GREW UP here in New Jersey!

"Call Me" is a song about...prostitution!

And, no...

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Corey Hart's debut album! (Craig Allen photo).
Corey Hart's debut album! (Craig Allen photo).
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Craig Allen’s Fun Facts: Corey Hart “Sunglasses At Night”

"Sunglasses At Night" is one of those instantly recognizable songs from the 1980's...

...and it is one of "Jersey's Favorite Hits...

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