Song of the Day #5,155: ‘If You Love Me (Let Me Know)’ – Olivia Newton-John

Last week I featured five unexpected performances by Joni Mitchell, an artist many thought would never perform again due to health problems.

Now, I have a sadder mission. A week ago today, beloved singer-actress Olivia Newton-John passed away at just 73, presumably succumbing to the cancer she has battled for more than 30 years.

I have long been a fan of Newton-John’s. I had a childhood crush on her that has persisted to this day. I love her iconic turn as Sandy in Grease and I count at least one of her songs among my all-time favorites.

This week I will honor the great British-Australian talent by featuring five of her songs.

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Song of the Day #3,803: ‘I Honestly Love You’ – Olivia Newton-John

In 1974, it was possible for a song as earnestly romantic as ‘I Honestly Love You’ to reach the #1 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100. The most recent similar hit I can find is John Legend’s ‘All of Me,’ which spent some time at #1 in May of 2014.

In ’74, other love songs to reach #1 included ‘The Way We Were,’ ‘Annie’s Song’ and ‘Time in a Bottle.’ This year, Drake has occupied the top spot for 29 of 48 weeks. A different musical world, for better and worse.

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