But, what was the name of that song? Who was the singer? It was Tony Carey on his album, I Won't Be Home Tonight, an album I'd play for the duration of that year and to this day.
What I'd rediscovered was the power of a beautiful melody. It was before the internet, and no searching for lyrics. One listened over and over and learned.
I'm speaking, specifically, about Carry My Love. One would never think at first listening it's about a jailed dealer's relationship with his lover due to its lovely Celtic melody. For anyone with the love of Celtic music, what a hook, considering the subject matter.
Carry My Love, Tony Carey
MTV was launched in 1981 and rocked our television sets. In 1983 a video to the song Why Me? was often played. And the voice...it was so familiar...Tony Carey-familiar under his pseudonym, Planet P Project.
Why Me?, Tony Carey under pseudonym, Planet P Project
A Boy Who Can't Talk, Planet P Project
With his well over 1,000 penned songs, below are just several.
I Won't Be Home Tonight, Tony Carey
The Cold North Wind, Tony Carey
No Man's Land, Tony Carey with Eric Burdon and Anne Haigis
Blue Highway, Tony Carey
A Fine, Fine Day, Tony Carey
And, with the band, Rainbow,
Can't Let You Go, Rainbow, Tony Carey (keyboards)