I couldn't let this occasion pass without celebrating the life and music of the ever-beautiful Livvy!
A Little More Love - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"A fabulous John Farrar song and production from 1978. This was a top five hit on both sides of the Atlantic"
"Another excellent John Farrar song taken from the 'Xanadu' soundtrack which was a # 1 hit in America. Olivia looks absolutely breathtaking in this clip!"
Silvery Rain - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"Now this is an interesting one. This song (written by Hank Marvin) originally appeared on the debut album by Marvin Welch & Farrar in 1971. Cliff Richard covered it a few months later and took it to # 27 in the UK charts. This version - my favourite of the three - is from 1981 and is taken from Olivia's 'Physical' album.
Although it looks somewhat dated now this was an excellent video for its time and was an environmentally conscious song WAY before such things became fashionable"
"Back in 1980 some people were critical of Jeff Lynne for taking ELO in a more 'pop' direction with their 'Discovery' album (1979) and then for making a record with Olivia a year later.
Personally speaking I never saw it that way. For me the fact that ELO could come up with masterpieces of their own like 'Mr Blue Sky'. 'Wild West Hero', 'Sweet Talkin' Woman', 'Shine A Little Love' and 'Don't Bring Me Down' and then go on to make a great record with the utterly gorgeous Olivia as well just made them even more cool in my book!"
"A track from Olivia's 'Totally Hot' album that reached # 11 in the USA"
Have You Never Been Mellow - ONJ (Midnight Special 1975)
"Another # 1 hit in America. One of John Farrar's most beautiful songs with a lyric I'm trying to take personally these days"
Twist Of Fate - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"This track, produced by David Foster, is from 1983 and is taken from the soundtrack to a film called 'Two Of A Kind' in which Olivia also starred. "
Tied Up - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"An excellent track from 1982, that also featured on Olivia's Greatest Hits album released in 1982 (which I got for Christmas that year!)"
Let Me Be There - ONJ (Midnight Special 1974)
"A # 6 hit in the USA in 1973. This track was produced by John Farrar and written by John Rostill - bass player in The Shadows - who sadly died in the same month as the song chartedin the U.S."
Suspended In Time - ONJ (Midnight Special 1980)
"This clip always makes me cry. The song is a beautiful ballad, (John Farrar again!) taken from the 'Xanadu' soundtrack. Watch carefully though at the end of this clip. I have no idea what Olivia was thinking or feeling as she sang this song but if you notice at the end of the song she is crying. Watching this one chokes me up every time..."
Dancin' - ONJ & The Tubes (Midnight Special 1980)
"Another one from the Xanadu soundtrack, this time performed with The Tubes. A lot of fun this one...!"
The Rumour - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"A 1988 single written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin. Should have been a much bigger hit than it was..."
Totally Hot - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"Title track of Olivia's 1978 album."
Living In Desperate Times - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"An underrated track co-written by Tom Snow (who also co-wrote 'Deeper Than The Night' ). I like the video to this one too"
Falling - ONJ (Promotional Video)
"One of Olivia's own personal favourites. This song originally appeared on John Farrar's self-titled solo album in 1980. This version is from Olivia's 'Physical' album a year later. It wasn't until I fell hopelessly in love with someone myself many years later that I realised how true these lyrics are..."
You're The One That I Want - ONJ & John Travolta (Film Version)
"I couldn't get away without including this one! An iconic moment in film history. The movie 'Grease' was adapted from a stage play but this song was one of two that John Farrar wrote especially for the movie (the other was 'Hopelessly Devoted To You')"
Jeff Lynne & Olivia Newton John
"A clip from a 30 minute special on the 'Making of Xanadu' from 1980. Too cool for words...!"
"Where it all began. A few rare clips from Australian TV in the sixties..."
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