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In the summer of 1977, Dean Friedman marked his entry into US pop consciousness with the enormous success (his only American hit, it peaked at #26) of his infectious hit single Ariel, a quirkily irresistible and uncategorizable pop song about a free spirited, music loving, vegetarian Jewish girl in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, "…way on the other side of the Hudson."

A year later, Friedman struck a chord in the UK, this time with… read more

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  • Avatar for tommytw
    In 2000, I heard Ariel for the first time on a DJ-less playlist of an AM station getting ready to sign off for good; never to hear it on the radio again. Never knew who the artist was, but the song stuck with me for many years even after only hearing it once. In 2005, found out it was Dean Friendman. In 2010, finally got a decent turntable and I was able to buy a brand new, still sealed, copy of Dean Friedman's self-titled vinyl record. In 2015, it is still one of my favorite records.
  • Avatar for frankiefrogfive
    i'm the bastard son of dean freidman.
  • Avatar for songfactslastfm
    Dean Friedman talks to Bruce Pollock about the bittersweet success that came with his 1977 smash, "Ariel." Friedman also discusses his second big hit, which came 30 years later...in the form of a McDonald's commercial. - http://www.songfacts.com/blog/playingmysong/dean_friedman_-_ariel_/
  • Avatar for a_chap
    People ... go listen to Submarine Races. Good, no? Yes!! :-)
  • Avatar for a_chap
    Dean's 2010 UK tour started last night folks....
  • Avatar for DevilDave59
    Listening to Lydia now, great song, great memories of 1978.
  • Avatar for ventlin
    Saw him on the Isle of Wight. He was great, even though he broke the pedal on the piano! He even apologised on behalf of the US for wrecking the global economy and turned Well Well Said the Rocking Chair into an ode to the credit crunch. Very entertaining guy.
  • Avatar for Zincubus
    Saw him last night at The Met in Bury - extremely good performer , highlight was ending with Lucky Stars and having the audience sing the girlie part !!!
  • Avatar for Gaynor7
    This is gorgeous... seeing him in a couple of weeks :o)
  • Avatar for vonHerbert
    How can I get to hear Lydia?!

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