Easy Listening? Fool if You Think It Is.

Book: Black Swan Green

Author: David Mitchell

Music: Three Times a Lady

Composer/Artist: Commodores

This is a perfectly fine soul tune—a love song—and how we on the other side of the Atlantic came to know the Ron Perlman-jawed (that’s the ‘Quest for Fire’ Ron, not the multi-billionaire Ron with the extra ‘e’) Lionel Ritchie before the juggernaut of ‘All Night Long’ and ‘Hello’ hit the airwaves.

When I was reading about this song, Wikipedia revealed that its successor at the top of the Billboard Easy Listening charts was Chris Rea’s ‘Fool if You Think It’s Over.’ Chris Rea – the criminally overlooked Brit gravel-voiced, guitar hero … ‘Easy Listening’? Really? What a load of aul’ bollocks.


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