Ten Favorite Night and Day (Night) Songs: Back to the Night (#6)

@FourWalls (14673)
United States
January 10, 2017 8:02am CST
It's a dark and dreary day here in the land of the horse race. It's so dark outside that it almost looks like night, and that's not bad when it comes to songs with the word night in the title. Here's my next song on the list of my ten favorite "night" songs. #6: Back to the Night - Joan Armatrading FINALLY!!! We get Joan Armatrading in a series!!!!! Dame Joan Armatrading is one of the most significant singer/songwriters of the past 45 years. The fact that she's been awarded the MBE should tell you of her importance. And, of course, we here in the States are clueless about this marvelous singer and her songs. Oh, she has flirted with success a couple of times. In 1977 her jazzy "Show Some Emotion" (when I first heard her) made a slight dent on the top 40 charts. In 1984 her single "Drop the Pilot" had good airplay on MTV (put that in your fly boy series, @teamfreak16 !! ). By and large, however, the U.S. masses have ignored this singularly gifted singer and songwriter. Over her career she has never recorded a cover. That's right. She's written everything. That includes this 1975 song about being a night owl (much like yesterday's song, and similar to another song coming up in the future on the "night" countdown). "Like a skinny burlesque queen, I love the neon." Gotta love it. And I do. Back to the Night Written by Joan Armatrading Recorded by Joan Armatrading From Back to the Night, 1975 A treat, the Old Grey Whistle Test appearance that also features "Steppin' Out":
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@teamfreak16 (41175)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
10 Jan 17
I love Joan Armatrading. Sinfully ignored here. An ex girlfriend and I owned a circa early 2000's CD by her (can't even remember the title right now,) and would play it during our Friday Night Tuaca binges. We'd always lament that she is so unappreciated. Shameful.
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@crossbones27 (20780)
• Redlands, California
10 Jan 17
You are right. She is good.
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@JohnRoberts (60972)
• Los Angeles, California
10 Jan 17
Armatrading had a flurry of notoriety in the 80s and is sort of a cult figure.
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