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Popular songs Beginning With A  from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's - Favorite Rock 'n' Roll, Ballads, soul  

1.  "Afternoon Delight" by Starland Vocal Band. 1976. Then  Starland Vocal Band   "Lyrics"  

The band hosted a variety show, "The Starland Vocal Band Show," that ran on CBS for six weeks in the summer of 1977. David Letterman was a writer and regular on the show, which also featured Mark Russell, Jeff Altman, and Proctor and Bergman. (Band broke up by 1981.)

 

2.  "Ain't Missin' You" by John Waite. 1984. Then John Waite-Then Later John Waite-Later "Lyrics"   

John Charles Waite (born 4 July 1952[1]) is an English musician. He was lead vocalist for The Babys and Bad English. As a solo artist, he scored several international hits, including 1984's "Missing You", a #1 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and a top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart.  John has had many songs appear on movie sound tracks over the years.

3. "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone"  by Bill Withers. 1971 Then Bill Withers-Then  Now  Bill Withers-Recent "Lyrics"  

William Harrison "Bill" Withers, Jr. (born July 4, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and musician who performed and recorded from 1970 until 1985. He recorded a number of hits such as "Lean on Me", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Use Me", "Just the Two of Us", "Lovely Day", and "Grandma's Hands". His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill.

4. "All By Myself" by Eric Carmen.  1976.  Then Eric Carmen-Then  Now  Eric Carmen-Later "Lyrics"  

Though classically trained in piano, Carmen became a self-taught guitarist. At 15, he started guitar lessons, but since the teacher's approach did not fit with what he wanted, he decided to teach himself. He bought a Beatles chord book and taught himself to play guitar for the next four months.

5.  "All Day and All of the Night"  by The Kinks. 1964.  Then The Kinks-Then   LaterThe Kinks-Later  "Lyrics"   

In 1990, their first year of eligibility, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005

6. "(All I Need Is) the Air That I Breathe" by The Hollies. 1974. Then The Hollies-Then  Now The Hollies-Now  "Lyrics"

Along with The Rolling Stones and The Searchers, they are one of the few British pop groups of the early 1960s that have never officially broken up and that continue to record and perform. In recognition of their achievements, The Hollies were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.[

7 "All Night Long" by Lionel Richie.  1983. Then  Lionel Richie-Then  Now Lionel Richie-Now  "Lyrics"

Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit "Truly".

8"All Out of Love" by Air Supply.  1980. Then Air Supply-Then  Later Air Supply-Later "Lyrics"

"All Out of Love" was a pop ballad that has been covered, all or in part, by many other artists and groups around the world.  Air Supply is a British-Australian soft rock duo, consisting of Graham Russell as guitarist and singer-songwriter and Russell Hitchcock as lead vocalist.

 

9. "Already Gone" by The Eagles. 1974. Then The Eagles-Then   Now The Eagles-Later "Lyrics"

"Already Gone" is a song recorded by the American rock band Eagles for their 1974 album On the Border. It was written by Jack Tempchin and Robb Strandlund and produced by Bill Szymczyk.

10.  "All Right Now" by Free. 1970.  Then The band Free-Then  (The band broke up by 1973.) "Lyrics"

Free was an English Rock band formed in London in 1968 best known for their 1970 signature song "All Right Now". They disbanded in 1973 and lead singer Paul Rodgers went on to become a frontman of the band Bad Company.

11. "Always and Forever" by Heatwave , 1976.Heatwave-Then  Luther Vandross, 1994.Recent Luther Vandross-Early "Lyrics"

"Always and Forever" is a R&B song written by Rod Temperton and first recorded by the British-based multinational funk-disco band Heatwave in 1976. Released as a single in 1977, the song is included on Heatwave's debut album Too Hot to Handle and has been covered by numerous artists, including Luther Vandross in 1994.

12.  "Always a Woman" by Billy Joel. 1977.  Then Billy Joel-Then  Now Billy Joel-Later  "Lyrics"

"She's Always a Woman" is a song from Billy Joel's 1977 album The Stranger. It is a love song about a modern woman, with whom he falls in love for her quirks as well as her flaws. The single peaked at #17 in the U.S.

 

13. "Amanda" by Boston. 1986. Then Boston, the band-Then Later Boston, the band-Later  "Lyrics"

Boston is an American Rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that achieved its most notable successes during the 1970s and 1980s. Centered on guitarist, keyboardist, songwriter, and producer Tom Scholz, the band is a staple of classic rock radio playlists.[1] Boston's best-known works include the songs "More Than a Feeling", "Peace of Mind", "Foreplay/Long Time", "Rock and Roll Band", "Smokin'", "Don't Look Back" and "Amanda." They have sold over 31 million albums in the United States,

14. "American Pie" by Don McLean. 1971.  Then Don McLean-Then  Now Don McLean-Now  "Lyrics"

�American Pie� is partly biographical and partly the story of America during the idealized 1950s and the bleaker 1960s. It was initially inspired by Don�s memories of being a paperboy in 1959 and learning of the death of Buddy Holly. �American Pie� presents an abstract story of McLean�s life from the mid-1950s until the end of the 1960s, and at the same time it represents the evolution of popular music and politics over these years, from the lightness of the 1950s to the darkness of the late 1960s,

15.  "American Woman" by The Guess Who. 1970. Then The Guess Who-Then     "Lyrics"

The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition in  Canada, they also found international success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s with numerous hit singles, including "No Time", "American Woman", "These Eyes" and "Share the Land". Several former members of The Guess Who, notably Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman (of Bachman�Turner Overdrive), have also found considerable success outside the band.

16.  "Amie" by The Pure Prairie League. 1975. Then Pure Prairie League band-Then "Lyrics"

Pure Prairie League, sometimes abbreviated PPL, is an American country-rock band whose roots began between 1965 and 1969 in Waverly, Ohio.  In 1970 McGrail named the band after a fictional 19th century temperance union featured in the 1939 Errol Flynn cowboy movie Dodge City. The band has had a long run, active from the 1970s through the late 1980s and was revived in the late 1990s for a time, then again in 2004. As of 2012 they are still doing at least 100 shows a year.  Click on their name to visit their website.

17.  "Angie" by The Rolling Stones. 1973. Then Rolling Stones-Then  Recent Rolling Stones-Later "Lyrics"

"Angie" is a song by rock band The Rolling Stones, featured on their 1973 album Goats Head Soup.  Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and recorded in November and December 1972, "Angie" is an acoustic guitar driven ballad which tells of the end of a romance.

 

18.  "Angel of the Morning" by Merrilee Rush. 1968. Then  Merrilee Rush-Then  "Lyrics"  (Juice Newton came out with a good version later.)

Merrilee Rush (born Merrilee Gunst, January 26, 1944, Seattle, Washington) is an American singer, best known for her recording of the song "Angel of the Morning", a Top 10 hit which earned her a Grammy nomination for female vocalist of the year in 1968.

19. "Artificial Flowers"  by Bobby Darin. 1960. Early Then Bobby Darin-Then  Later ThenBobby Darin-Later  "Lyrics"

"Alone in the world was poor little Anne,  As sweet a young child as you'd find.  Her parents had gone to their final reward,  Leavin' their baby behind.
(Did you hear?)  This poor little child was only nine years of age  when mother and dad went away; Still she brav-el-y worked  At the one thing she knew." And thus begins this tear-provoking song about an orphan who hand-made artificial silk flowers to sell on the street.

20. "At Last" by Etta James.  1961.  Then     Later   "Lyrics"

21.  "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors. 1958. Then Danny and the Juniors-Then    "Lyrics"

Danny & the Juniors are a doo-wop quartet from Philadelphia comprising Danny Rapp, Dave White, Frank Maffei and Joe Terranova. Formed in 1955, they are most widely recognized for their hit single "At the Hop", which was released in 1957. They are sometimes erroneously stated as being an Italian-American band (lead singer Danny Rapp was actually of Irish extraction).

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