If there is one thing that every family member living in a piece of Punta Gorda real estate can relate to, it is a deep love for classic rock. It’s just the genres that vary between the adults and the children, as well as the boys and the girls. Let’s take a look at one family’s most beloved classic records from the 70s and 80s.
The Turners recently bought and moved into a beautiful home for sale in Punta Gorda. Dad is a stockbroker, while mom works as a science teacher for the local school board. Then there is an 11-year-old named Gary. The boy grew up listening to his dad’s Sirius/XM radio. That is where he gained his undying love for classic rock. In fact, Gary now considers himself the biggest Led Zeppelin fan under the age of 12 in the United States, if not the whole world. That is why one of the first records that Gary every purchased with his own money was Jimmy Page’s next band, The Firm’s studio album from 1986, Mean Business. The album is made up of the good ol’ blues, such as “Live in Peace.” The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard’s Pop Albums chart.
Gary’s love for long-haired rock led him to works recorded by other British groups, such as Def Leppard’s third cut Pyromania. Released in 1983, the LP gained the band global fame, selling over 10 million copies worldwide. Singles such as “Foolin’,” “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages” are often credited for paving the way to a new generation of music for the 1980s’ MTV Generation, even if Def Leppard owes their look and style to Led Zeppelin.
Of course, Gary appreciates American rock as well. For instance, Detroit’s Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band released Against the Wind in1980. Handed down from his father, Gary enjoys playing the Top 10 singles “Against the Wind” and “Fire Lake” before school in the mornings. Most interestingly, Against the Wind stands as the album that knocked Pink Floyd’s phenomenal-selling The Wall from the top spot.
The 7-year-old girl, Nancy, doesn’t care so much for the rock and roll. Rather, she prefers numbers she can sing along to, like the timeless melodies of Judy Garland in 1939. For instance, The Wizard of Oz: Selections from The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’s luminous and wistful “Over the Rainbow” has the hiss, scratches, and pops that are simply marvelous, hooking into America’s culture.
Unfortunately for Gary and Nancy, their mother doesn’t share their passion for rock and roll. Mom prefers the softer sounds of Julio Iglesias. Her personal favorite LP stands as 1984’s 1100 Bel Air Place, the hit album that grew him fame in English-language markets. Singing duets with Diana Ross and Willie Nelson, the LP sold three million albums in the States alone.
While just about every man, woman, and child has his or her favorite record, it is the debate of which is better and why that can make lots of fun for a night in a Punta Gorda luxury home with the family.
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