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Looks like we made it through the 1970s…

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Nestor Aparicio
Nestor Aparicio
Baltimore Positive is the vision and the creative extension of four decades of sharing the love of local sports for this Dundalk native and University of Baltimore grad, who began his career as a sportswriter and music critic at The News American and The Baltimore Sun in the mid-1980s. Launched radio career in December 1991 with Kenny Albert after covering the AHL Skipjacks. Bought WNST-AM 1570 in July 1998, created WNST.net in 2007 and began diversifying conversations on radio, podcast and social media as Baltimore Positive in 2016. nes@baltimorepositive.com

I’m not sure if it was the Greg Brady-meets-Bravo inspired blue-sequined leotard that Barry Manilow sported on the cover of this iconic live collection of early greatest hits that got my attention. Or it might’ve been the fact that his songs were kind of everywhere in 1976 thanks to Dick Clark and made-for-TV specials?

And there would be many, many more to come.

Oh sure, go ahead, and insert whatever punch line you like but the former Barry Pincus wrote the songs that made the whole world sing. And this one even had commercials in a “VSM” before he crooned the classics like “Daybreak” and “Looks Like We Made It.” And that New York City Rhythm became a part of my life!

Those first ten 8-Tracks we got for a penny in my Columbia House collection included this was one for me, wherever I was. The Carpenters and Glen Campbell were also part of my original box of 8-Tracks. Keep in mind that Lawrence Welk was on EVERY Sunday night in my house right after Archie Bunker was on Saturday night. This was the mid-70s in Dundalk, folks!

This album made me want to go to New York City.

It had ballads. It had harmonies. It had magic.

It even had “Weekend in New England”…

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