Aired on Treasure Island Oldies – May 21, 2023
On February 28, 1974, what appeared to be a blossoming career ended abruptly for a singer/songwriter when he died from an accidental gun shot wound in his girlfriend’s West Hollywood apartment.
A co-writer of the hit song, “Mony Mony” by Tommy James & The Shondells, he appeared to be destined for stardom with a 1970 break out record that went Top 10 – a record that has fallen into the one-hit wonder category. By today’s standards, this song is classified as being in the Yacht Rock genre …
Yacht Rock generally refers to the soft rock that dominated FM radio airwaves in the late 1970s and early 1980s and is characterized by glossy production, breezy vocals, and bouncy rhythms—all elements thought to evoke relaxing bay cruises in Southern California, where the genre originated.
However, a number of songs from the early 70s have now been recognized as part of this genre.
Artists associated with this genre include Jimmy Buffet, Seals & Crofts, Loggins & Messina, Toto and Christopher Cross to name a few.
Our featured singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, New York, crafted a masterpiece that embodied the essence of Yacht Rock. Released in 1970, the song transports listeners to a tropical paradise, evoking visions of pristine beaches, swaying palm trees, and crystal-clear waters. The artist’s smooth vocals, combined with the song’s infectious rhythm and catchy hooks, made it an instant hit, peaking at the #8 position on the Billboard Hot 100.
It is a tale of adventure and escapism, taking us on a journey to the enchanting shores of Jamaica. In an interview with New Spotlight magazine, the artist speaks about the song, saying:
“I think music should make people forget about their troubles. [This song] is magical. The music is very special, very happy … just the kind of thing to make you feel great to be alive.”
How ironic … given that Bobby Bloom is not around today to share the words of his now classic Yacht Rock song, “Montego Bay,” this week’s Tom Locke moment in time.
YouTube video of this song:
This “Moments In Time” story is yet another example of a “golden oldie” or forgotten favorite that earned its place in the evolution of Rock & Roll.