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    David James Archuleta (born December 28, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. At ten years old, he won the children's division of the Utah Talent Competition leading to other television singing appearances.[6] When he was twelve years old, Archuleta became the Junior Vocal Champion on Star Search 2.[6] In 2007, at sixteen years old, he became one of the youngest contestants on the seventh season of American Idol.[7] In May 2008 he finished as the runner-up, receiving 44 percent of over 97 million votes.

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Fangirl at the Record Store

Posted by pabuckie on Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lately I have been thinking about what we mature fans have in common with regard to David Archuleta.  Does being a fan of his bring out our “inner teenager?”  I began to realize my inner teen in a big way when my eyes caught sight of  him descending the escalator at the Virgin Record store on the day of the premiere of his first CD.  The A N T I C I P A T I O N before hand was so intense, you could have cut it with a knife.  Containing my composure while waiting for this “kid” to ride down the escalator made me feel like a child on Christmas morning.  I was giddy with joy!  The one and only David Archuleta, the kid I had rooted for all those weeks on American Idol, the one I had absolutely adored and couldn’t get enough of was about to arrive like a conquering hero meeting his troops.  All eyes in the room remained fixed on the top of those stairs.  When he finally appeared,

…the 14 year old in me came pouring out for all those standing nearby to hear.  I was so overwhelmed with the excitement of seeing him in the flesh that I screamed.  Loudly.  It was literally a guttural, primal sound coming unbidden from my inner, long-lost fangirl.  It felt sooooo GOOD!  The young girls I was standing near could not believe that sound came out of me.

“Was that YOU?” one asked.
“Yes! I am sorry, I just couldn’t help it!” I replied.

This experience raised the question of “Why does he have this effect on me?  Does it affect others the same way? ”

It makes my heart race as if I was 14 all over again.  My big teen heartthrob back then was Donny Osmond.  Had posters of Donny all over my wall.  My sister liked David Cassidy.  Two very different persons liked by two equally different siblings.

That boyish charm, that perpetual smile that lights up a room, that velvet voice of the ages, coal black hair and penetrating hazel eyes…what’s not to like?  His look is maturing quite nicely, I might add.

So I guess what I’m getting at in my rambling, spacey sort of way is who did you have a crush on when you were younger and does David bring out that “inner” teenager in you?  I wonder if there are similarities in the people we had a crush on.

Can we talk?  Who was your teenage crush?  Do you revisit those feelings when you listen to  David?

177 Responses to “Fangirl at the Record Store”

  1. betsy said

    Nice article, pa. I love to revisit the Virgin signing. And I wasn’t there. 🙂
    Confession time:
    When I saw him for the first time, I had to turn away for a moment.

    Ahem. I believe I am not alone in the following:
    Robbie Benson.
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    And yes, I believe there is a slight resemblance. 🙂

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  2. Pabuckie said

    Betsy: Confession – Robbie Benson was my 2nd Crush! lol

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  3. Abrra said

    /giggle Betsy

    Pabuckie,

    You witnessed Archu-history! I can feel the excitement! David certainly brings out my teenage self. I think it’s permanent this time. This crush ain’t goin’ away-ay-ay-ay!

    My first crush was, /drumroll
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    Bobby Darin! Every picture I saw of him , he was dressed in a suit. I was smitten for some reason. 😉

    Abrra

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  4. Abrra said

    I just thought of something. If you want me to post a pic in your comment of your crush, say so? It might be fun to see the faces of the old crushes 🙂 I can add them in after you post. If you don’t have a picture, I can find one, just post the name.

    Abrra

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  5. Pabuckie said

    Abrra: This is gonna be interesting to see people’s “crushes”! lol
    I did like Bobby Darin’s “Mack the Knife”. Didn’t have a “crush” on him but liked his music (so there’s a similarity) 🙂

    My pic of Robbie Benson! lol

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    Video of Donny Osmond singing “Go Away Little Girl” when I saw him!

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  6. Marylee said

    One of my firstcelebrity crushes was Fabian (not to be confused with Fabio..lol) …not sure if my Twitpic will show up here but I’ll give it a try. http://twitpic.com/19g4hb
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    Most of the younger fans will, no doubt, have no idea who he is but I remember him well. In answer to your question, Patty-Ann, yes indeed, David brings out my inner teen and what a refreshing feeling! If I had been standing next to you at the Virgin Music Store that eventful day, I’d have been screaming right along with you…would have been a blast! I thank David every day of my life for “taking me back” to those memorable times. I feel like it’s part of his “gift” to us.

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  7. Marylee said

    Wow! There he is in all his splendor…lol ~but just between “us girls”…he could never hold a candle to Mr. Archuleta 🙂

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  8. stenocruiser said

    Oh, you young’uns! My first crush goes way, way back (because I do) to the 1940’s when the heartthrob of all ‘bobby-soxers’ was Frank Sinatra.
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    Coincidentally, he was also known as “The Voice”. What a treat it was to follow his career and enjoy his music for so many decades. How I wish I had the time remaining to do the same with David’s career which I know will be as successful. You may be sure I will ‘hang on and hang in’ for as long as I can to enjoy this young man’s genius.

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  9. Pabuckie said

    Marylee: And I agree 100%

    Just to make it clear — David Archuleta is “THE CRUSHER” of all Crushes! lol
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  10. bebereader said

    pabuckie: Thank you for a walk down memory lane! I love hearing about the day David’s first CD was released. You’re so lucky to have been there. It was worth the long wait. I felt sad when the Virgin Megastore closed down, about a year ago. The end of an era. I wonder where they’re holding the “New Release Days” now in NYC.

    I was one of the original fangirls. Donny Osmond, Michael Jackson, Robby Benson and David Cassidy all come to mind but my biggest fangirlying was probably on Ryan O’Neal. Not your typical teen idol but…it worked for me. LOL

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  11. Pabuckie said

    Bebe: You’re so right. I will NEVER FORGET that day! It’s sad that there are no more “record stores” anymore.

    I will always cherish that day and even after standing for like 17 hours – it was well worth the wait! I forget what I said to him that day but David said 2 words to me “Awww, thanks!” and that was enough! lol

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  12. hollyre said

    Hmmmm. I need some help here. I’m not sure who was my first crush, but it was among Michael Jackson, Donnie Osmond, David Cassidy, and Davey Jones. Who came first? Michael Jackson?
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    Real life was a red haired boy named John Smith, 1st grade.

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  13. Jen A said

    Christopher Atkins, the boy in the 1980 movie The Blue Lagoon with Brooke Shields.

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    John Travolta first as Vinny Barbarino in Welcome Back Kotter, then as Danny Zucko in Grease.

    I also wrote a fan letter to John Denver in the mid 70’s. I still have the signed photo he sent back. Signed photos of John Denver and David Archuleta in a 45 year lifetime! 🙂

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  14. Marylee said

    Oh my gosh..all these other names are popping up & I now realize I had MANY crushes as a teen! What does that say about me?! lol

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  15. Pabuckie said

    My eyes happened to divert to the RIGHT of the page and looking at Tony Potter’s article there – I read Trait No. 3 which says:

    Trait No. 3: It turns out he really can sing.

    What’s the lesson learned here? I guess it’s that hordes of young ladies and women falling over the pop icon with dreamy eyes and a magical voice can’t always be counted on to be irrational and lacking in real musical inclinations. It turns out, every once in a while, the hype is dead on.

    Someone looking at David would never know what we all see in him, but I say you have to be in his presence to witness it and feel it!

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  16. blisskasden said

    Pabuckie, thanks for this very timely, fun article, especially in light of today being “Crush Day” and all. Also, thanks for harkening back to Nov 11,2008, the day that I went to Virgin Records in Times Square to buy David’s CD, met you, and you were nice enough to sneak me in to the front of the line to meet David. The elctricity in the air waiting for David to come down that escalator was “shocking” (pun intended), and when he finally was spotted coming down, the adoring throng erupted at a level unheard of since the Beatles.

    I can’t say that I’ve ever had, in the classic sense, a “crush” on an artist, although I’ve been a fan of many singers through the years. However, I will say, with my head held high, that I feel enormous love and admiration for David, as both a singer and a friend to humanity. If that’s a crush, so be it.
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    When it comes to David, all the old rules are out the window for me. It’s a whole new era.

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  17. Abrra said

    Bliss
    You can be an “honorary” fanboy 😉

    Abrra

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  18. I said

    Hola Abrra!

    help me…insert a photo in the comments …

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  19. Pabuckie said

    Bliss: Thanks and I will never forget that day!

    I think you’ve just experienced your first “Crush” lol!! 🙂

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  20. Tawna21 said

    Pabuckie, what a refreshing article!! It got me thinking. When I was 14-ish The Beatles and the surfer groups were happening. When I was younger I was always finding the addresses for writing fan letters to the likes of Bobby Darin, Fabian, etc., but I don’t really remembering having a ‘crush’ on any of them. As a teenager, I was into the CCR, Led Zepplin, Iron Butterfly, Cream, Joni Mitchell, and yes, Janis Joplin, etc., the list goes on, scene. Yes, I was on the somewhat hippie/rebelious side of life then. I look back and wonder at myself. I must admit, however, that I still listen to them every now and then and I still enjoy them. I’m certainly glad, however, that I ‘growed up’ and lost the rebelious part of that enjoyment.

    I honestly and truly feel like Bliss, “I can’t say that I’ve ever had, in the classic sense, a “crush” on an artist, although I’ve been a fan of many singers through the years. However, I will say, with my head held high, that I feel enormous love and admiration for David, as both a singer and a friend to humanity. If that’s a crush, so be it. When it comes to David, all the old rules are out the window for me. It’s a whole new era.”
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    btw–nice slide show pabuckie!!

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  21. I said

    Abrra…promises not to tell my husband haha…Thanks

    Who was your teenage crush?
    LUIS MIGUEL
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  22. dakgal said

    Pabuckie– great subject!

    I’m from the Elvis era, and what’s strange , now that you made me think about it–is that I never had a crush on him, I was certainly the right age, around 17. I thought he was a wonderful singer and was handsome , but I never drooled or screamed. I had a crush on this handsome guy in high school and I guess that occupied my time and thoughts, ended up marrying the guy.

    I’ll be forever grateful to David for letting my inner 17 year old know what it’s like to have a crush on a singer, cause she drools and screams, daydreams. Sometimes when I’m in chat or here at The Voice, I do actually feel 17, giggling with my girl friends and I’ve had the best time of my life. FUN STUFF.
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    Now , as to my inner 19 year old, she’s coming off being grounded this week and has to behave, so she hasn’t got much to say.

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  23. Pabuckie said

    Dakgal: How could I forget ELVIS! lol
    I could watch his 1968 Comeback Special over & over & over again!
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    I liked him later on in life, not as a teenager. But loved how he sang and looked!

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  24. rarchiefan said

    My First Big Crush~ I was 13 years old and I would cry if I couldnt watch Here Comes the Brides or get Bobby Sherman’s next newest album when it came out!
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    Oh the posters and fan magazines I had of him and the Monkeys! Yes I loved Davey Jones too. 🙂 I cant say I have a Crush on David but I can say I see the good in him and what he has done for me in my life and hundreds of others! I do love the feeling of the fandom of watching and supporting David in his carreer. Enjoy the screaming girls for Bobby! EEEE

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  25. rarchiefan said

    Jen A Oh what I would do for a signed picture of John Denver. I adored him so much. His music brightened my life for many years that I find the same as with David. My brother actually got to interview John Denver when he came to San Antonio in the mid 70’s when we were in High School. I was so jealeous. I saw John Denver perform 3 times. Still cant believe he is gone. 😦

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  26. davidstopsmyaging said

    Pabuckie, what a fun article! I could literally feel the excitement you described while you waited for David! The mention of Donny, and Davy Jones, and David Cassidy have all brought me back – wow, haven’t thought about those guys for awhile! I would buy those teen magazines and put pictures of The Monkeys all over my wall—I just thought they were cute.

    I’m with Bliss and Tawna21—I don’t think I had an actual “Crush” on anyone—but I did have songs that would make me swoon. I loved “Mandy”, by Barry Manilow—but I thought he looked “odd”, (no, not ODD, just “odd”), so I didn’t really have a crush on him. I also loved The Carpenters, and I remember singing their songs over and over again, and I would feel “in love” while I sang, but not in love with them! I listened to the group Bread, and thought they were all incredibly handsome.

    I have to say, David is the only musician that has ever brought out this whole “fan girl” thing in me.
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    He is the only one I have ever followed very closely, and will continue to follow until I whither away. Unlike some of you who seem to put it into words so nicely, I can’t seem to even describe it. I just know he makes me happy—I love his music, and I love him!

    I love the quote from Emmegirl on the upper right-hand side, by the way! I think she is absolutely right!

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  27. Pabuckie said

    Davidstopsmyaging — Love the name! lol

    I think you and Emmegirl are right about being a “throwback” singer too!

    I was pretty “fangirly” for Donny Osmond….but have to say…David WINS BY “A THOUSAND MILES”! lol

    It’s as simple as what you said: “I just know he makes me happy—I love his music, and I love him!” <—-ME TOO!

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  28. Ly said

    Yeah, I’m still a teenager, not yet a mature fan :). I’m 15. But I used to have just a little crush on Joe Jonas lol. Yeah, that’s the first time I ever had a crush on a singer, but that was quite a really long time ago. I wasn’t crazy bout him, but kinda liked him. But NOT NOW lol. David is my BIGGEST CRUSH EVER!!!!!!!
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    But hey, how do you guys insert photos here. Sorry I don’t know how 😛

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  29. bebereader said

    As “mature” fans, we’ve experienced the array of choices out there with respect to artists, actors, singer/songwriters. And there have been many. But N O B O D Y can top or even come close to Mr. David Archuleta.

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  30. dakgal said

    #26—-LOVE LOVE LOVE your name!

    Sums things up real quick.

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  31. Tawna21 said

    okay Abrra, #20 picture, I DO have a crush, and he is so dang good looking and talented!!

    TW

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  32. davidstopsmyaging said

    OH MY GOSH–Rarchiefan–Bobby Sherman–I forgot about him! Wow–it was fun to watch Julie Do You Love Me!

    I’d forgotten, Donny Osmond came into the Denny’s Restaurant I worked in once. He came in late and ordered a sundae. He was by himself, and he wasn’t very nice, and in person, he looked nothing like he looked like in magazines. After he came in that time I didn’t really care for him anymore.

    That is what is so unique about David—he is the real deal as far as I’m concerned.

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  33. Abrra said

    Ly,
    The WordPress program allows only Admins to publish pictures. I am finding representative images of the Crush that folks are naming in their posts. It’s all in fun!

    Abrra

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  34. Pabuckie said

    OMG! Donny wasn’t nice? Well, that DOES surprise me I have to say, but I don’t know him personally…so can’t say. Well, maybe he was having a bad day I hope. And, he is 50 now! lol

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  35. Abrra said

    Tawna
    I knew he was your type ! 😉

    Abrra

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  36. Tawna21 said

    you know me so well, my friend Abrra!

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  37. bebereader said

    JenA#13 and rarchiefan#24 I join you in your adoration for John Denver (Sunshine On My Shoulders, Sweet Surrender, Leaving On A Jet Plane). He was not only a brilliant musician/singer/songwriter but a great humanitarian. He is sorely missed. His music still plays in my head and will never disappear from the crevices of my soul. RIP John Denver

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  38. Marylee said

    Had to come back & check out all the “entries” before signing off tonight..#26 takes my breath away every time I see it! I just about fell off my chair the first time I laid eyes on it!

    “Just to make it clear — David Archuleta is “THE CRUSHER” of all Crushes!”..you said it best, Patty-Ann!

    ~There will never be another one like him in my book!~

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  39. bebereader said

    Marylee#38 I totally agree. It’s a done deal!

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  40. betsy said

    My husband always quotes “It’s a wonderful life” to me. The two little girls in the beginning, at the drugstore/ice cream parlor. “You like ALL the boys” And I always have to say to him, “What’s wrong with that?”

    I had many crushes. Davy Jones, David Cassidy, Shawn Cassidy a few years later, Parker Stevenson, Robert Redford, Paul Michael Glaser, etc.
    Then we could get into my future husband baseball players. But I won’t.

    I forgot my lifelong crush, how could I? From a very young age, I wanted nothing more than to marry JFK Jr…
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  41. emilyluvsarchie said

    Pabuckie, what a fun article, perfect for Crush’s anniversary. I’m loving reading the comments.

    Betsy, my mom liked David Cassidy, then Shawn Cassidy, then Parker Stevenson too…in that order!

    As for me, David is the first artist I’ve ever even paid attention to…and I’m hooked for life!
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    Guess I just started at the top! 🙂

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  42. Pabuckie said

    Emilyluvsarchie: haha! I liked David Cassidy (not as much as my sister) but I liked him & then Shaun also.

    It’s great that you’re starting AT THE TOP! No need to look any further either!

    I never really intended on writing “an article”…the offer was extended to me and I just put some thoughts down on paper. It’s funny how this all came together and happened to come on the Anniversary of CRUSH too! I guess there are no “coincidences” in life!

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  43. Ly said

    Abrra #33: Oh sorry. I thought I had to post the picture myself :P. btw, nice pic 😉

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  44. Utahmom said

    Had to jump in here and defend my first love, Donny!
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    That’s a bummer that he wasn’t very nice to you, Davidstopsmyaging (really love your name). Everyone has an off day–even Donny and David. I don’t know when you met him, but it’s well known in the donnyfandom that he was VERY moody throughout the eighties. I met him many times on both good and bad days. He was dealing with some pretty tough issues. It was his trial by fire, and he came through it a much nicer, humbled person.

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  45. Pabuckie said

    Thanks Utahmom: I’ve always loved the whole Osmond family. I’ve always respected them throughout their careers and love what a “close-knit” family they are!! 🙂 Thanks!

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  46. blisskasden said

    Through the years there have been a lot of good looking guys who could barely sing, and a lot of very talented singers who didn’t look like movie stars. In my opinion, only two male artists of the past 55 years have combined enormous talent with jaw dropping good looks and radioactive charisma. One of them was Elvis Presley and the other is David Archuleta. The difference is that when Elvis was David’s age, he was still driving a truck.

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  47. emilyluvsarchie said

    Bliss, “radioactive charisma”, i love that! 🙂

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  48. Pabuckie said

    Bliss: I agree 100%. The only person that comes close to David is Elvis.

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  49. gladys said

    I’m sad, I know how to upload a video but I can not learn how to upload a picture, I wanted to show who was my first love, but will have to wait.

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  50. Angelica said

    Thanks Pabuckie for a fun article and thread. I forgot how good-looking some of these heart throbs were back then. OK. I’ll play. I never had a crush on any singer, though I liked the Beatles and had long, intense love affair with the album “Rubber Soul.” I played it so much I wore it out and had to buy a new one and wore that one out too. lol.

    I had two crushes, both blue-eyed blondes, (like my husband.) Both were actors. The first one at a very young age, maybe 8 or 9? was Nick Adams. I was actually smitten with the character he played as Johnnie Yuma, The Rebel.

    In my teen years I had a HUGE crush on David McCallum from the Man From Uncle. NOTHING had better happen to prevent me from being in front of that TV every Wednesday night to catch a glimpse of him. I would have a major meltdown if anyone came between me and /sigh…Illya Kuryakin.

    I loved that special shoulder holster he wore for his gun. What was it about me and men with guns then? I guess they seemed so dangerous.

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  51. Abrra said

    Gladys

    Tell me the name of your “Crush” I will find a picture to post. Pictures must be posted by admins. I am glad to help ya.

    Dime el nombre de su “Crush” Voy a buscar una foto para publicar. Las fotos deben ser escritos por los administradores. Me alegro de que ya ayudar.

    Abrra

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  52. poof said

    Could you really love the Beatles and not want to “take home” Paul?

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  53. Angelica said

    poof,

    Here ya go!

    Paul McCartney Pictures, Images and Photos

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  54. gladys said

    when I was little I loved El Zorro, Guy Williams. How he came to visit to our country, I dreamed that I was coming for me. He fell in love with our country, married an Argentina and died here.

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  55. poof said

    Thanks Angelica! Hmmm, look at those eye lashes, those lips! Remind you of anyone???

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  56. djafan said

    Pabuckie! Congratulations on this fun thread!

    I’m with Bliss and Tawna, so much so that I taught my kids not to be fan types so you could imagine the ribbing I get from them now.

    I’ve never had a “crush” on any celebrities, I’ve liked John Travolta and Johnny Depp as actors. The only concert I had attended was Michael Jackson and the Jackson Five on their Victory Tour before David.

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    My first and only crush has been David. I didn’t now it was possible. But you all understand.

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  57. pabuckie ~ great post! While reading all the comments I was thinking back to my grammer school/jr. high days. My first crush was Bobby Rydell.
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    When he sang Sway and Forget Him I just thought he was so good looking and he had such a good voice. He still performs & looks great. Ricky Nelson was pretty hot too. But once the Beatles came on the scene it was all over for me. Paul McCartney was my fave.
    However…….no offense to any of the above named but David is the heartthrob of all time. When he smiles I get butterflies! I just love every little thing about him.
    I love reading all of your comments. This place feels like home.

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  58. davidstopsmyaging said

    Utahmom #44—-I went back a little in my memory bank—-I think it must have been around 1981-82 or so when Donny came into the Denny’s in Chico, Ca. He had a concert at Chico State University. I didn’t mean to sound so harsh—it’s just that he looked really—I don’t know—frazzeled or something—not the handsome guy I had pictured. I remember he looked really pale. Of course, everyone was “star-struck”–it was probably around 10:00 p.m. or so, and the restaurant was packed with people. He just didn’t look happy to be there. I think he was trying to get dessert, and I would imagine that he was probably getting a little too much attention—probably was tired. I know that wasn’t the height of his carreer or anything. Anyway, I do agree that he is a handsome man—I don’t follow him, so …..

    I know that even David has and will continue to have days that are more challenging than others. Those challenges make us stronger, and David knows this. He is so young….I know that with is faith, he will make it through.

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  59. Pabuckie said

    Davidstopsmyaging: Thanks for sharing that story with us. I was trying to figure out what year you meant 🙂

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  60. tracewillow said

    Oh boy! This article is SO fun!! Thank you Pabuckie! I retired early last night to watch “The Magic Flute” dvd and missed the party to squeeeaaal together with you guys about the stars/crushes gone by.

    I do not remember having “crushed” on any singer or celebrity but I did like Elvis quite a bit. My favourite song of his was “Jailhouse Rock” (Abrraaaaa….??)
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    and spent hours doing (sort of!) rock-n-roll to it.

    BUT

    This is not the same!

    With David, when I think of him, or see him (not even live, just pics!) or listen to him,
    m y h e a r t a c h e s ! ! !

    My heart never ever ached for Elvis.

    When your heart aches, is it a Crush?
    Or is it “Just asking for Trouble”???

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  61. Abrra said

    Morning all 🙂

    Keep your stories coming! One of the admins will post the pictures of your crush. I am off to work. Will catch up later today.

    Abrra

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  62. FG said

    LOL! This is fun! My 1st crush was Prince. My bedroom was decked out with everything Prince. That was my 1st concert too! I was 15 and told my mother that I was going to hitchhike to Minneapolis and camp out on his lawn until he fell in love with me! I never tried though LOL.
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    My 2nd crush was Ricky Martin. Did you know that he has some DVDs of live shows? I own all of his CDs including the Spanish ones and DVDs. Same for Prince. Those crushes were like tiny pebbles compared to the Mt. Everest crush I have on Mr. Archuleta. Their voices never broke my heart and moved my soul like David’s does. With my mature eyes I can now see that Prince is not as attractive as Ricky, as that Ricky is not as attractive as David. But Rickey is still smoking, in my opinion. If he wanted to dance for me, I wouldn’t look away LOL!

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  63. FG said

    Forgot to say that while I still think that Prince and Ricky are wicked talented, David’s talent is bigger. And, while I appreciated the talents of my earlier crushes, I didn’t ‘love’ them. They were fun, entertaining, and in Ricky’s case, a truckload of candy. I didn’t have the connection. Maybe because we were a part of David’s journey and because the on-line connection gives us more. And although you know I find David excrutiatingly handsome, my crush on him goes so much deeper than that. I never wished Prince or Ricky any harm, but I never felt compelled to pray for them, I never kept them in a special compartment in my heart. I think I was saving that spot for David. 🙂

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  64. Pabuckie said

    FG: I loved what you said.

    For me too, David is bigger than just a “Crush”!

    You’re so right…I never felt compelled to pray for someone and I never felt such a deep connection with an artist. When David sang “Heaven” on Idol…I believe that started the connection for me. Right then & there…I knew there was something “deeper” in liking him not just for his “voice”!

    I’m glad so many people are having “fun” with the article. David is many things, but one thing for sure…he is…is FUN! He always makes me smile!

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  65. FG said

    One day David will bust just one of these moves and I shall crossover…

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  66. FG said

    Betsy- “Confession time: When I saw him for the first time, I had to turn away for a moment.”

    yeah, he is too much. Wasn’t that Grand Rapids?

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  67. kait1159 said

    this is so much fun! I’ve enjoyed reading about everyone’s ‘crushes’ and your memories have inspired my own.

    I’m pretty sure that my first celeb crush was on George Peppard.
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    He was on some show I was allowed to watch on Saturdays and there was something about the eyes, I guess. I think I had to be all of nine or ten. Next crushes were on Robby Benson (thanks to Ode to Billy Joe) and Donny Osmond. I LOVED John Denver and his was my first concert, but I never had a crush on him. I still own and listen to a few great John Denver songs.

    Funny thing: my mom loved Elvis even though I believe she was older than him, and I never thought anything of it. I liked him too and had his Blue Hawaii LP but never had a crush.

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  68. Pabuckie said

    Thanks Kait1159 for posting!! Glad you like the article!
    I loved all of Robbie Benson’s movies! 🙂

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  69. tracewillow said

    Abrra! Thanks for the pic of Elvis behind bars.
    (Btw I just had, a few minutes ago, a conversation with myself in Unplugged, as you advised haha)

    Nope – I am certain now – did not have a crush on Elvis, how ever good he was.

    It is David from the beginning, for now, for eternity, in my present life, in my next life , till the end of time.

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  70. Pabuckie said

    Just a reminder to everyone – If you haven’t seen it, there are some “handsome pics” of David in the slideshow up top! And the best version of “You Can” – IMO. 🙂

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  71. BJC said

    My crush was Paul McCartney. I was too young but I thought I would marry Paul, If only he would meet me and of course he would fall in love with a girl that wasn’t even old enough to date!
    Now I am WAY too old for the “crush” I have on David.
    David’s music makes me happy.I have been to all 3 of his concerts and met him twice at VIP’s. I wanted to scream when I first saw him, but I kept that inside. Outside I just stared inside I was screaming like all the teenagers that were around me!!!
    His voice is the most beautiful I have heard in a very long time. The passion he puts into singing, I do not think I have ever seen before
    David is one of a kind. Sweet, Kind, Down-to-earth, beautiful inside and out,and especially a voice of an angel.

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  72. bluebar said

    To Pabuckie and everyone at The Voice –
    I grew up in New Jersey, near NYC, and the amusement park I used to go to as a youngster was “Palisades Park.” (You know the song? – a rock & roll hit by Freddie Cannon).
    “A Swingin’ place…To have some fun and see what I could see.”

    I was a teen in the ’50’s when that was popular, and it was a summer-fun song made special when I did get to meet Freddie at a show. He was the first pop star I had ever met.

    I am now a senior citizen and to quote Sara (space) Bareilles “how far do I have to go to get to you? many the miles, many the miles.” I have seen many musicians and heard years of songs… to now proudly be a David Archuleta fan – who I have had the privilege of meeting several times and adore as no other!

    Like so many fans, it all started when I was flipping stations the night of David’s American Idol “Heaven” performance, and just knew I had to pause and listen. The next week David sang “Shop Around.” I was near his age when that song was popular, and it’s especially memorable because I did see Smokey Robinson and The Miracles at a concert a couple years later. Other shows I’ve seen (from a long time ago) are: Pat Boone, Jerry Vale, Judy Garland!!! Yes, I did see Judy Garland live at Carnegie Hall. She was AWESOME. Loved it. Other shows include The Temptations, The O’Jays, Rod Bernard (Who is he? Cajun pop), Ray Charles!!!, Nancy Wilson, Billy Joel, Hall & Oates, Tom Jones, and Michael Jackson!!! All still favorites.

    I love all rock & roll and early Motown. It’s impossible for me to name an ultimate favorite singer from those times. So many were pioneers of the new sounds. Although Elvis Presley was the star, I preferred Buddy Holly, Gene Pitney and Johnny Mathis. Jackie Wilson and Bobby Darin, The Coasters, Dionne Warwick, The Shirelles, Little Anthony, Gladys Knight, and Roberta Flack. I could go on and on naming many artists from those years. What memories for me! Oh, can’t forget Clyde McPhatter (of the original Drifters), Jerry Lee Lewis and Lloyd Price, and well all the wonderful groups and duos. It was a time when you could understand the words, feel the music, relate to the sounds and as a teen, I kept my ear pressed up against the radio till I could afford to buy 45’s for 75 cents! Plus, the music was all so dance-worthy!

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    It’s been fun to reminisce. I am glad again (to quote a favorite line from Johnny Mathis) “the world is full of wondrous things” and the wonder of David is that he brings music back to my soul…like it used to be many years ago – when it meant so much!

    Today, I am grateful for David’s courage and tenacity to get the message of a song to all of us. He gives more in melody and words than we could ever return to him… except to say: THANK YOU, David!

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  73. FG said

    The pic in #16 is just….just OHMYTHUDDINGSTARS!

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  74. FG said

    My mother-in-law called me the day after David sang Love me Tender on Idol. I knew she loved Elvis but I never knew how much. She knew I was into the show and rooting for David. I told her to check him out and she tuned in for LMT. So she told me that he did Elvis proud and she shared with me that she loved Elvis. I told her I knew that. She went on to tell me that she loved him ‘in a way that no married woman should’! LOL Bwahhaaa! She is a very old school, very quiet, very religious woman, so I was very suprised and we giggled like school girls. It was a special moment. I never admitted to her that I love David in a way a woman married to her son shouldn’t, but I think she may have understood. LOL!

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  75. GG_doorsfan said

    love this post pabuckie! my biggest music ‘crush’, one that turned into lifelong fandom… hands down, michael jackson. saw him and his brothers, when i was 7 years old, on their national debut on the ed sullivan show in 1969. the world for me changed forever musically. the jackson 5 and michael were just everything to millions of us pre-teen and teen girls in the 70’s, and there was an intense rivalry w/fans of the osmonds that has never been fully resolved, lol. we thought they were copycatting the j5, and especially michael’s style, but the passage of time has softened my view of them, and i can appreciate them both – now. lol.

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    i have a list of musical faves /crushes that is a mile long, i won’t bore anyone with them all here, but i can say that seeing david for the 1st time on idol singing ‘shop around’ stopped me in my tracks, much like michael jackson 1st appearance on sullivan long ago. i knew then, just knew that this young man with the big voice was going to become someone to be reckoned with – not just in the small universe that is idol, but beyond that. nothing since then has convinced me otherwise. i prepared myself then for another lifelong journey of following an artist that had my jaw dropping from their childhood through adulthood. been there, done that, have the t-shirt and a few battle scars, but i’m unshakable. 🙂

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  76. emmegirl said

    Great idea pabuckie!

    Closest thing to a crush, probably Donny, but it wasn’t the swooning, OMG kind.

    Or maybe James “Moondoggie” Darren, (loved those “real-life” dancin’-on-the-beach movies.)

    As I got a little older I followed Elvis – gorgeous man, loved his voice, his music. It was a rush to watch him perform, he was so talented.

    But there wasn’t that thing – that thing that tugs and pulls at your heartstrings, that makes you smile like a cheshire cat and want to give him a hug, to that thing that makes you feel a little flush, your legs start to wobble and your heart races almost out of your chest. Is that a crush?

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  77. pandasmama said

    OK, so I’ve never posted here before but this topic is just too much to pass up.

    I’m another child of the 60’s and 70’s that just can’t get over this crazy “crush” on David. I grew up in San Antonio where music is a big thing although I don’t remember being “crazy” over any one artist. Coming from a musical family (my uncle was even on Broadway for a while) I was exposed to lots of different artists and genres. My grandmother and I shared a love for Elvis’s music, Love Me Tender being my favorite song. (Yes, I listen to David’s version all the time.) My parents listened to a lot of country music. I remember buying Donnie Osmond’s “Puppy Love” single and following him for a while. Being a teen in the 70’s I guess the closest I came to a “crush” was Bobby Sherman.

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    When I moved to Austin for college I discovered more music and couldn’t get enough of John Denver. One of my first live concerts that I attended was John Denver in-the-round at the then brand new Erwing center at Univ. of Texas on May 6, 1978. My friend had camped out for tickets and was the first in line. We had front row on the aisle right where John Denver walked in and I was in heaven. That concert has actually been recorded as the largest crowd in the history of the Erwing Center, 17,829. That was the most amazing concert that I had ever attended until I saw David at the Scout Bar in San Antonio, March 12, 2009.

    I still love John Denver’s music and one wish that I have is for David to sing “Annie’s Song” sometime. This is a really beautiful song and David would “kill it” …and possibly me.

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  78. SandyBeaches said

    Pabuckie…I have enjoyed your article and Slideshow as it really makes a person think about the artists who have meant so much to us in our music world. I am way out there on another plateau with my passion for David’s music making it difficult to be able to come to a decision right now. But, I did enjoy Paul and the other Beatles the most for a very long time.

    Hey Pabuckie, I’ll be seeing you in all those old familiar places (and know who you are this time)haha… 😉 you know the Frank Sinatra song! David has a number of nationalities in his make-up but he also has a few hints of some classy famous singers there as well…Therefore, I think that there is a little Frank there somewhere.

    SB

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  79. SandyBeaches said

    Pandasmama…’Hello’ and yes John Denver was a passionate singer and his song “Annie’s Song” would be wonderful to hear David sing…

    SB

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  80. pandasmama said

    SB… Thanks for the video of the song. Now I want to hear David sing it even more. I also want to hear “Sunshine on My Shoulders” . Hey, David’s last tweet on Saturday was about the sun. “There are times where the sun sure feels good.” This song would be perfect for him.

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  81. SandyBeaches said

    Pandasmama…I wanted to come back and say that perhaps this song would be great for David (lyrics wise) at a leter date…;) yes, “Sunshine on My Shoulder” is fabulous and one I couold definately hear David singing…I love it. John Denver had nature as his best friend.

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  82. Pattirae said

    #76 Oh Emmegirl! Did you just describe it perfectly or what!!! “…that tugs and pulls at your heartstrings, that makes you smile like a cheshire cat and want to give him a hug, to that thing that makes you feel a little flush, your legs start to wobble and your heart races almost out of your chest..” Emmegirl, I couldn’t have described it better myself!!

    I was in the fifth grade when Elvis came on the scene and my friends and I went to see “Love Me Tender.” I remember crying like everyone else, but I never did become a real fan—go figure! As a teen I was into different kinds of music than my friends. Music always has and will be my biggest passion. I have had music playing every day of my life (not so much the radio) but whether at home or in the car, I am listening to music. I loved Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Pat Boone, The Everly Brothers, Donny Osmond, The Four Freshman, The Carpenters, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, and many more. The only concerts I went to were Johnny Mathis (2 times at Lagoon, an amusement & entertainment park in Utah) and Barry Manilow. I have never had a “crush” (as Emmegirl describes above) on any artist until DA came on the scene! I have never followed a career until DA, never went to concert after concert, book signing after book signing until DA. I have never played Christmas music into the summer until DA, and have never waited with such a hungry heart for a CD to come out!!! Or for more concerts!!!

    I have to add here, that even though I have been to many of David’s concerts and VIP’s, and book signings, I will never, ever forget the first time I saw him live. Briefly, I stood in line for 10 hours to get a good spot in front of the mosh pit in Tempe, AZ. so my daughter would be able to see. She arrived shortly before the doors opened and when they did she ran to the front of the stage. We ended up right in front of him against the barrier. When he came out singing “Touch My Hand” I seriously almost fainted with joy. He was so extraordinarily beautiful and his voice so incredible I just stood there and cried. It was a moment in my life never to be forgotten. The second thing to it was the first night of CFTH in SLC. Oh,wait, what about Rexburg—oh it is futile! Love you all!

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  83. SandyBeaches said

    I was referring to the lyrics of “Annie’s Song” perhaps for a later date…Sorry about the typos. We still have one more day of our holiday so off to where the water meets the sand.

    SB

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  84. Pabuckie said

    Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!
    Love hearing about everyone’s “crushes” and what kind of music everyone listened to when they were teenagers!

    Besides, Donny, I grew up listening to the Jackson 5 and a lot of motown music! I saw that “soulful” side in David right away! Actually I remember sitting in my living room watching STAR SEARCH when David was on it. I had no idea when I first tuned in to American Idol Season 7 that HE was the SAME PERSON! lol

    So now it’s even more mind boggling to me to think how long ago I started watching David! haha

    The thing that’s different for me about David – is his PASSION when he sings! I’ve never seen anyone quite like it! His facial expressions, his eyebrows, his fingers, his body language, everything just “oooozes” passion for me.

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  85. blisskasden said

    Bluebar, growing up in the Bronx in the ’50s and ’60s, it was always a treat to travel “across the river” to Palisades Amusement Park. They had many live Rock ‘n Roll shows hosted by Murray the K and Cousin Brucie, and a regular late afternoon show hosted by Clay Cole. Freddie Cannon’s song from ’62, “Palisades Park” was a huge hit and a great song. In those days, it was all about the song. You didn’t have to have a “look”. You just had to have a “sound”.

    When I think of David’s career, I am reminded of a title of a song from ’58 called “Born Too Late” by the Ponitails. Had David been around in the ’50s and ’60s, with the exposure singers were given on TV and radio, he would already have had numerous #1 songs and would be a household name. Picture David on American Bandstand singing “Crush” or “Somebody Out There”. How about an appearance on Ed Sullivan during Christmas singing “O Holy Night”.

    Anyway, I don’t want to get into a David-esque ramble here, but I think that a major reason that older folks love David so much is that he is a human time machine who transports us back to a time when singers sang songs that we hummed on the way to school. I catch myself humming David’s songs all the time in all kinds of places. If I could only have 2 words to say to David, they would be “thank you.”

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  86. dh said

    bliss-i was just thinking how there used to be things like American Bandstand and the Ed Sullivan show for singers to get themselves known. Now we have American Idol.

    I guess i’ve always had a weakness for boyish-looking brunettes: Jackson Browne, Rick Springfield, Keanu Reeves…

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  87. kaycee said

    Fun post! Love hearing everyone’s “crushes”. Probably the closest thing I came to a crush was Shaun Cassidy and the “Starsky and Hutch” duo. I was also a big fan of Kenny Loggins, Dan Fogelberg, and James Taylor. (I also had a little thing for Andy Gibb for a short time, but I kept that one entirely to myself, haha!)

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    Hey, on a side note, I went to a family reunion and a college visit with my daughter in Provo, Utah this past weekend. While we were there, we looked up Matt Clayton. After seeing the great work he did with David, my daughter checked out his site and really liked his work. She needed to have her Senior pictures done before school starts, so we thought we’d just give him a call–nothing to lose, right? Bottom line, he was able to work us into his schedule! He was an amazingly nice guy–so down to earth and really funny! Can’t wait to see the pictures!

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  88. Pabuckie said

    Kaycee! Congrats! That’s really awesome that your daughter will have her pics taken by Matt Clayton!!! Cool!

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  89. betsy said

    Sigh/ thank abs for the JFK Jr. picture.

    Anybody else have a crush on Peter Frampton?
    p.s. He is still great.

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  90. kaycee said

    Pabuckie, he was actually able to do the shoot on Saturday while we were there in town! He spent about 2 hours with us. My daughter wanted an outdoor setting, so he had us meet him at the most beautiful park at the base of the Provo mountains. I think the pictures will be amazing. It was fun just to watch him work–he has such an easy-going friendly manner and my daughter had a great time!

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  91. Tawna21 said

    pattierae #82— “The second thing to it was the first night of CFTH in SLC. Oh,wait, what about Rexburg—oh it is futile!”

    I love it!!!! It’s just not possible to pick a favorite from any of the times seeing David!

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  92. Pabuckie said

    Betsy! ME! Not a crush on Peter Frampton but loved his music!
    Didn’t he record a “LIVE” album cuz they said he was sooo good LIVE! haha

    My favorite Peter Frampton song: Ooh Baby I love Your Ways
    (ooh Imagine David singing this?)

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  93. davidstopsmyaging said

    It’s so interesting hearing how some of you hum David’s songs all the time, or constantly have music playing. Me, too. I ALWAYS have a song going through my head. When I wake up at night, I’m hearing a song, when I get up in the morning, when I’m at work…. well, constantly. Usually it’s a David song, but by following him and reading sites like this one, I have become reacquainted with old music and have been exposed to all kinds of new tunes. All because of David!

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    I was re-reading parts of his book this morning, and when he writes about how he and his brother and sisters performed together and harmonized, it brought me back, too. I have vivid memories of my brothers and sisters going on road trips and singing our hearts out. We would sing “This Land is Your Land”, and “Do-Re-Me”….Ha–funny to remember!

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  94. Abrra said

    Checking in from the road via my iPhone. I can’t wait to get home later and read all this! It seems like there will be many more crush pics to post. I see a few delurkers too. I shall greet them properly with a hearty welcome.

    Abrra

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  95. Susie said

    Pabuckie #64 – Your words, “When David sang “Heaven” on Idol…I believe that started the connection for me. Right then & there…I knew there was something “deeper” in liking him not just for his “voice”.

    Reminded me of the immediate reaction of one of the back-up singers – BROUGHT HER TO TEARS!

    FG 65# – One day David will bust just one of these moves & I shall crossover!

    I think David can be a little tease. He never lets us see him “let go” in dance except for 3-5 seconds (NYC, Miami).

    The boy has Latin blood and his mother is a Salsa & Meringue dancer – I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. haha – as David would say.

    John Denver fans – I live in Florida now, but I am originally from West Virginia and still have a lot of family there. I never have a visit back home that we don’t all join in to sing, “Almost Heaven West Virginia” – I think it is the State Anthem.

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  96. Suzy-Q said

    What a fun artical. Gladys, Guy Williams was also my first crush. I was a teen and thought that he was so sexy in the way he smiled and talked and well just about everything. It stirred my teenage hormones. I could watch him on TV every week which was so great. Then Elvis came along around the same time and he could do the moves and sing like no other. Elvis had it all. I saw Elvis in concert when I was fifteen. This was when he was still wearing the black leathers. Oh my!!!! Both men were dark haired and handsome in the same way. I haven’t had a real crush on anyone since, that is until David came along. Maybe David reminds me of Guy and Elvis in some ways.

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    By the way, my Dad met Elvis at a business meeting at RCA Victor company in Hollywood, CA. All of the heads of their departments were there and Elvis was there representing the recording and manufaturing company of RCA. My Dad was the head of TV and appliance repairs. My Dad said that Elvis was such a gentlement. Quiet and kind of shy, too. He was really impressed with him. My Dad would get his albums right off the press because they were manufactured just down the street of his office in Hollywood, CA. The manager would give them to him because he knew what a fan his daughter was (me). Oh, the memories.

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  97. djafan said

    Good Morning!

    Feels like I’m walking down memory lane. Oh to have an American Bandstand show around right now with David performing would be perfect. I think some media see AI as part of his resume as a negative thing, I don’t understand why because most of the current top 40 acts would never make it past Hollywood week.

    Betsy- “Confession time: When I saw him for the first time, I had to turn away for a moment.”

    Breath taking for sure, I had to remind myself to “breathe”.

    pattierae “The second thing to it was the first night of CFTH in SLC. Oh,wait, what about Rexburg—oh it is futile!”

    lol… it is isn’t it?! He is something to behold live that is for sure.

    And to you all delurkers….
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    To The Voice!

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    Please delurk often!

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  98. djafan said

    David tweets….

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  99. djafan said

    I hadn’t seen Somebody Out There from Rexburg. Listening to it now…just amazing.

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  100. Suzy-Q said

    #63 FG and #64 Pabuckie, like you I had never prayed for an artist or any entertaininer in my life before David.

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  101. bebereader said

    Pabuckie This is such a fun post! Thank you! And your slideshow is full of love! I wondered which “You Can” was playing. Thought for a second that it was the original only to realize that it’s from AOL Sessions version. Just beautiful!

    I turned on the radio as soon as I got home a few minutes ago, flipped through the channels, hoping to hear “Something ‘Bout Love” but nothing yet. Has anyone heard it on the radio today, the official release date to radio stations? If so, please shout it out here!

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  102. Pabuckie said

    Suzy-Q: Loved your story about Elvis.

    Gladys & Suzy-Q: Ashamed to admit I dont know “Guy Williams” — but Woah! haha

    95. Susie: Thanks about reminding me of that girl when David sang “Heaven”!! I guess she had the same reaction! And about those “moves” – David sure had fun in Westbury! haha!

    I, too, wish there were more TV shows to showcase “singers”!

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  103. Pabuckie said

    Bebereader: I am wondering the same thing about “Something Bout Love” — which NYC radio station is going to be the FIRST to play it? Hoping it is Z100!!!

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  104. Pabuckie said

    By the way, that ENDING of YOU CAN on the AOL Sessions – is out of this world to me. I don’t believe he ever sang that note like that in concert either. It sort of reminds me of that “special note” he sang in IN THIS MOMENT on IDOL. You all know the “note” I’m talking about I’m sure! lol

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  105. Pabuckie said

    Djafan: Thanks for posting “Somebody Out There” (even the one from Idaho Falls) – that CRY in David’s voice is very, very special! It really touches me! Does he have to do that and KILL ME altogether! Gheez

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  106. Marylee said

    Just stopping by to read all these great posts from last night since I was here last..laughing & crying at the same time. I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one who prays for David and it really shouldn’t come as a surprise to me. We all want the very best in life for this young man..simply because he deserves it!
    ..and if he EVER sings Annie’s Song, call the medics ’cause I’ll be out like a light.. INSTANTLY!

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  107. emilyluvsarchie said

    Susie, I’m also from West Virginia! And Almost Heaven is the “unofficial” state anthem.

    David sang just a bit of it at the VIP in Cleveland, when he was asking what state everyone is from. It was beautiful, of course.

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  108. Abrra said

    Love seeing all the new folks stopping by to participate here at TheVoice!

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    Pabuckie
    You may know him as Zorro!
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    Sharing this info :
    GG/FOD/pulsemusic.proboards.com

    hi team! this is today’s mediabase [airplay] update for ’something ’bout love’ – it’s made it – top 100, now at number 88 on today’s update

    the song has climbed and climbed steadily in airplay – those fans of david in the local listening areas where ’sbl’ is added/ being played, please keep up the requesting!
    ==============================================

    Monday Update:

    133 88 DAVID ARCHULETA Something ‘Bout Love 75 25 50 0.299

    From left to right:

    133 = chart position last week

    88 = chart position this week

    DAVID ARCHULETA Something ‘Bout Love = artist, title

    75 = total number of spins in the last seven days

    25= the number of spins it had in the seven days prior

    50 = difference in spins from this week to last week ( aka the ‘bullet’)

    0.299 = audience impression in millions for the last seven days

    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=pop&action=display&thread=90650&page=24

    Abrra

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  109. bebereader said

    To Susie, Marylee, Betsy, SandyBeaches, Pandasmama and all the John Denver fans: I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that I could find you, among David’s fans. 😀 Although JD’s voice doesn’t come near David’s, he was a brilliant songwriter, who sang songs with meaningful lyrics, and was a kind and gentle soul who cared about people and the environment. I saw him in concert many times in the 1970s and still grieve for him. I had a hard time coping when he passed away because his music touched me so deeply.

    “Annie’s Song” was my wedding song. Simple lyrics with a beautiful melody.

    ANNIE’S SONG

    You fill up my senses like a night in a forest
    Like the mountains in springtime, like a walk in the rain
    Like a storm in the desert, like a sleepy blue ocean
    You fill up my senses come fill me again.

    Come let me love you, let me give my life to you
    Let me drown in your laughter, let me die in your arms
    Let me lay down beside you, let me always be with you
    Come let me love you, come love me again.

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  110. Angelica said

    Ex-lurkers!!

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  111. Pabuckie said

    Abrra: OH, that’s him! Zorro! Thanks.

    Also, I LOVE the CRUSHER PIC at #9 😉

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  112. pandasmama said

    I know I started this “Annie’s Song” talk and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head all day so I had to look it up. It was written by JD ( he wrote over 200 songs) for his first wife, Annie Martell, and it was written in only ten minutes while on a ski lift in 1974.(or so says wikipedia)

    That must have been some 10 minutes. What an incredible songwriter.

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  113. bebereader said

    Emilyluvsarchie#107 “David sang just a bit of it (“Country Roads”) at the VIP in Cleveland, when he was asking what state everyone is from. It was beautiful, of course.”

    You just made my day! (Wish I had been there to hear those few seconds!)

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  114. Susie said

    Emily #107 Where do you live in WV? I’m from Wheeling. We have a gorgeous park (Oglebay Park) that has an outdoor ampitheatre. I know David loves to perform in ampitheatres.

    David could perform there after Pittsburg on his way to Columbus or Cleveland, we’re right on the way!

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  115. emilyluvsarchie said

    Susie, I’m in the Huntington area, southwest corner of the state. Oglebay Park would be perfect for David. We are still one of the 4 states David said he had never visited, ’bout time to fix that,don’t you think? And I bet he would have to sing a bit of Country Roads, he wouldn’t be able to stop himself! 😉

    Bebereader, I wish you could have heard it it too!

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  116. Suzy-Q said

    Pabuckie, I will have old cassette tapes of John Denver. I loved his music.

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  117. Suzy-Q said

    Excuse me, I meant, I still have old cassette tapes of John Denver.

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  118. GG_doorsfan said

    another huge fave, though not necessarily a crush for me is steve winwood. i find there to be a lot of similarities between david and winwood, from a musical perspective. both were just 17 years old when they burst onto the music scene, young men with voices wayyy beyond their years in maturity and the ability to just nail you to the wall. i see david as the continuation in a long line of uber gifted and talented young singers in the music industry who have grown, matured artistically, and left a rich legacy across different genres and styles of music that is still revered today – winwood, alex chilton, stevie wonder, michael jackson were all teens or younger when they began their storied careers, but i find myself revisiting steve winwood’s history and journey, relative to david, more than the others. winwood was considered a musical prodigy and genius when he fronted the spencer davis group and traffic, and 40 years later, he sounds just as good, is still prolific in his output, and holds a special place in pop and music history as a true ‘boy wonder’ who grew into his greatness. here is a link to the studio version of ‘i’m a man’, winwood on lead vocals… at 17 years old… still stunning and fierce…

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  119. Jen A said

    #109 Geez Bebe just reading the lyrics to “Annie’s Song” made me tear up!

    When I was a girl growing up in suburban NJ I would sit in our empty living room, playing my parents’ record albums and singing into my wooden spoon microphone for hours on end. The original Broadway soundtrack to Jesus Christ Superstar was “my Les Mis” 🙂

    Anyway, I remember when my parents brought home John Denver’s “Spirit” album in 1976. I wore that sucker OUT playing it over and over. I have since purchased the digital version for my mp3 player and would recommend it to anyone who is so inclined. Lovely singing, great lyrics. I also have many cassette tapes of the various John Denver recordings. A shame about those hundreds of cassette tapes- the one player I still have EATS them!

    I’ve really enjoyed reading all of the comments!

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  120. Susie said

    Emily, I now have a mission. Must get David in West Virginia. I would fly home from Florida for that.

    David would not be able to sing a “little bit” of Country Roads, before the entire audience would be on their feet and singing along with him.

    David singing that in the hills of WV would be:

    “Almost Heaven”.

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  121. davidstopsmyaging said

    I had a question about SBL and radio play. I guess today is the official day – it can now be played on the radio. Is there anything else we can do other than request? Will radio stations add it on their own free will—or will they only add it if it’s requested enough? I did read “Radio Rant” by Abbra, and sort of understand the whole “indie” thing. I guess I just want to know if there is anything else we can do to make sure it is played.

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  122. Abrra said

    davidstopsmyaging

    As far as I know it is “added” to the radio list. One factor in how much play it gets is if it is requested by local listeners.

    Speculation is that SBL was added today to Hot AC formats and will be added to the Top 40 format stations tomorrow, from what I read. Best thing to do is follow the guidelines of the radio stations in your area for requesting either from their web site or call their request line. Supporting David and requesting is about all we can do. The rest is up to the “radio machine”.

    Make a Radio Request and Help Make Your Favorite Artist’s Song a Hit
    “Requests at stations that are currently playing the song help the song get played more often by establishing that local listeners (that’d be us) are receiving it well and enjoying it on the playlist.”

    “Today’s FM radio stations are programmed by research–listener surveys, “callouts”, online pre-testing and music scheduling software–rather than by phoned-in or emailed requests. ”

    http://tinyurl.com/36dr9gw

    Abrra

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  123. betsy said

    Sorry, but I have to revisit that last vlog of his. I just listened to it again.
    this

    ♥To know that you guys still care♥

    practically has me on the floor

    David you are so beautiful.
    He is love.

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  124. djafan said

    Betsy….

    “♥To know that you guys still care♥

    practically has me on the floor

    David you are so beautiful.
    He is love.”

    Beautifully said!!!!

    Hi GG!!!!

    Brought this over from FOD…

    GG_doorsfan says:
    August 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    ok team – there has been a r u m o r e d track listing or the cd published on another david site… note this is r u m o r e d…. exciting, but r u m o r e d 🙂 🙂

    1. Something ‘Bout Love
    2. The Last Thing (If Only I Could Tell You)
    3. Falling Down
    4. Time
    5. Beautiful Distraction
    6. (Not A Very Good) Liar
    7. Parachutes
    8. Other Side Of Down
    9. Escaping The Pain
    10. Northern Lights
    11. Only Because
    12. Beneath The Surface
    13. Something ‘Bout Love (Acoustic) [All Markets]
    14. Untitled Studio Bonus Track #1 [iTunes Exclusive]
    15. Untitled Studio Bonus Track #2 [iTunes Exclusive]

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  125. djafan said

    Please vote!!! Most beautiful people…not many votes!

    http://www.portraitmagazine.net/

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  126. Pabuckie said

    Betsy: My heart melted when he said that! David is LOVE…so true!

    That track list has me so excited even if it is a rumor!
    I hope IF I COULD ONLY BE is one of the bonus tracks!

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  127. bebereader said

    djafan#125 Thanks! David is moving up on the list. 😀 Too bad we can only vote one time, even after refreshing.

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  128. betsy said

    lol bebe – I tried to vote a second time but…
    “You have already voted” popped out at me.

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  129. betsy said

    I have a little John Denver story.
    After my mom died, I visited my dad almost every day. I was so worried about him. He was 89 and living alone. One day he asked if I would take him to Burger King. I had never seen him eat fast food ever! So off we went. We hopped in my mini van and I turned the radio on. On came “Take me home, country roads”. He started to sing. I sang with him. We sang the whole song together. I never knew he liked John Denver or even knew who he was.
    But I know I’ll never forget that moment.

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  130. bebereader said

    {{{Betsy}}} John Denver’s music spoke to everyone regardless of age or gender. Sound familiar? That’s why I’m not surprised to find Denver fans among Archuleta fans.

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  131. davidstopsmyaging said

    Thanks for the information Abrra—sorry I spelled your name wrong the first time. I just want so BADLY for SBL to be a huge hit for David. I will do whatever I can to make it possible!

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  132. Susie said

    Betsy: What a short but beautiful moment! My parents are elderly also, 84 & 83. I know your feeling to truly have a one on one connect at this time in their lives. I know your mom was smiling also.

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  133. Maureen said

    I’m PaBuckie’s sibling! My crush was David Cassidy!
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    My sister and I shared a room and my side had David Cassidy on the wall and PaBuckie had Donny Osmond on her side – we covered the entire room! It is nice to go down memory lane with Sis! 🙂

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  134. Abrra said

    Maureen
    Just like family!
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    Abrra

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  135. River said

    David is my first singer crush.
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    Saved the best for last. I did crush on Olympians however, I was most devoted to Apolo Anton Ohno for 12 years. And of course he has been living in Salt Lake. Rather musical and rhythmic too LOL.Abrra if you want photos I’ve got zillions including one of the two of us (:

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  136. Pabuckie said

    OMG! MAUREEN!!!! LOL

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  137. Abrra said

    River

    Email a picture of the two of you, if you want me to post it 😉

    Abrra

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  138. Katie said

    I am PaBuckie’s niece! My first crush was Leonardo DiCaprio especially from Titanic – PaBuckie took me to see it the first time and then I went six more times! I liked the article – it is cute!

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  139. Tawna21 said

    I heard SBL on KUDD.FM from Salt Lake City a little while ago. It’s the Mix 107.9 and I can only stream it on my computer. It doesn’t come in on my stereo at all. I saw on the mediabase where they had added it so I went there. Had to listen to a rap song (ugh) and Linkin Park (they weren’t bad) then SBL was on. It kind of took me by surprise. Even tho’ I was hoping to hear it, it seemed to good to be true when it came up so quickly. I cranked up these speakers and rocked out. Then Lady GaGa came on so I clicked it off. I’m waiting (patiently?) for my regular station to start playing it since they are listed as a Hot AC Top40 station. They play Crush all the time, I can’t figure out what they are waiting for!!

    Tawna

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  140. djafan said

    Tawna,

    Good you got to hear it!!!! Did they introduce it or did it just come on?

    Tomorrow is the official date for top 40 station add on, according to twitter, so that may be it.

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  141. bluesky said

    Kaycee!!! Dan Fogleberg and James Taylor FTW!!!

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    I have never had a crush on a singer, though I have been ‘in love’ with their music. Like many of the other posters here (that makes us sound like we’re some kind of “illustration board”. *_*), the whole DA thing is a completely different ball-game. Pray for him? Yep! Obsessing? Yep! Gotta know he is happy? Yep! Get as much from him as a person as from his music? Yep!

    I loved many of the songs that were current, but never followed a group or singer

    As far as “I have to have it!” music growing up (and sorta now)? Beethoven, Mozart, Dan F., James Taylor, Chicago, Wagner, J. Strauss II, Striesand, Brazil 66, Bach, Buble, and… GUSTER!!!! (And Tally Hall)

    John Denver, absolutely. He truly did cross all generations and spoke to life in so many ways, still does.
    I have really enjoyed getting to hear so many kinds of music and be introduced to so many singers by these DA fans and site. I am really enriched by this and very grateful. I love being able to love a lot of the music my grown and not-so-grown kids listen to.

    But as far as a youthful musical crush goes. I think I missed that boat. Although I did have an embarrassing moment or two…

    (When as a young adult I attended a party where we had to bring our favorite ‘song’ or music to share…
    I showed up with the Pilgrims March from Tannhauser. *_* )

    (I know: “Not totally ready for society”. ^_^)

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  142. Diana said

    Pabukie awesome article! I love seeing all of your guys childhood crushes! Even though I’m really young I still love Guys like Clark Gable and David Osmond was cute!
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    For me my first crush was Zac Efron and Robert Downey jr lol but David has been my crush for 3 years which is pretty big for me lol. Really great post!

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  143. VJ said

    Hello. I think I’ve only posted here twice, but this is a pretty interesting discussion. I’ve never had a crush on a musician. But during college I was totally in love with Joe Lando (“Sully”, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman).
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    I was addicted to that show only because of him. I videotaped alot of the episodes, and still have them today. Which reminds me, I also videotaped David’s episodes of Star Search, and then had the audacity to tape over them! I can’t believe I did that, but who knew what was going to happen?

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  144. blisskasden said

    Hey Maureen, how’s that “farming” coming along? I had the pleasure of meeting and spendng some time with Pabuckie’s sister, Maureen. Along with being a lot of fun to hang out with, she also makes one helluva great Smoothie. I’ve seen pictures of her daughter, Katie, and she’s as pretty as David is handsome.

    Now if we can only get them to go to a David concert…..

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  145. bebereader said

    Katie:

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    to The Voice!

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  146. Susie said

    Morning Express with Robin Meade of HLN (formerly Headline News) usually comments and plays a snip of the new songs that come out on Tuesdays. She’s on from 6:00-10:00 AM here in the East.

    I’ll send in an email to request SBL so if anyone hears it let me know (don’t think I can watch the entire show).

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  147. Susie said

    Done. btw HLN is part of CNN out of Atlanta.

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  148. Pabuckie said

    Little did I know “my spacey ramblings” would turn out to be a true article. Thanks Bebe for the offer!

    I am loving hearing everyone’s teenage likes and the pics that are posted along with them! I’m lovin’ the “WELCOME” pics too!

    Maureen & Katie – thanks for “poppin’ in” and surprising me too!

    Katie, I was thinking of Leonardo DiCaprio last night too before I saw your post. I kinda had a CRUSH on him too after seeing TITANIC !! haha

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  149. Pabuckie said

    Just want to start the morning off with a gorgeous face!

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    Credit: Archuleta Fanscene

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  150. emmegirl said

    146 – Susie, good thinking there!

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  151. djafan said

    Good Morning!

    David toward the end…

    WDJQ (Q92) October 12th – Canton, Ohio

    “Stripped Down Concert Series”

    This is a private concert event for the station. Tickets can be won but not purchased.

    http://www.radio-info.com/events?page=15

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  152. MunkFOD said

    #151 Sounds awesome doesn’t it! But it is for local OH. dang! Ohio has all the luck!

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  153. djafan said

    David Archuleta – Unforgettable

    Published August 02, 2010 by:
    Pamela Pike

    We Haven’t Forgotten You!

    Unforgettable

    That’s what you are

    Unforgettable

    Tho’ near or far

    Unforgettable

    In every way

    And forever more

    That’s how you’ll stay

    David Archuleta mentions in his latest vlog that he hopes we haven’t forgotten him! Some of the lyrics in this song made popular by Nat King Cole titled, “Unforgettable truly describes how many of us feel about David.

    We can’t forget the many little things he does so often as reminding us at the beginning of every vlog, hey, it’s David here, or the ease in which he get distracted while being interviewed. Let’s not forget him stopping in a middle of a song to fix his foot pedal on his keyboard as he says, “Sorry” and then just keeps going as if that’s the norm.

    David is very funny but he doesn’t think so and that’s what makes him even more endearing. We all have our favorite twitter, blog, vlog, videos, random comments and many of those precious moments on American Idol that tickled our funny bone.

    It’s not possible to forget David Archuleta he is a part of our lives, a light that shines down on us, he is Living sunlight that keeps us focused on goodness, truth, kindness, love and charity. He is the light that reminds us that service to others brings happiness and success and is a reminder for all of us to love and cherish our family, friends and faith.

    His smile captures our heart and he really listens to what you have to say and is very gracious. He makes you feel special and has a heart of gold. He is approachable, vulnerable, humble, and does not take his success for granted.

    David is inspirational and has been a source of positive change for many of us across generation and geographic borders. His music seems to be a way we can access that essence some might call a soul. He touches our heart with his amazing vocal performances and is always thanking us for our support.

    We praise him, we bless him, we adore him and we will never forget him!

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5649516/david_archuleta_unforgettable.html

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  154. djafan said

    New video by Pabuckie…One of my favorite MJ songs and movie!

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  155. djafan said

    This is what you see at Pulse, left the other artists to give us a perspective. Steady climb, looking good imo.

    72 81 EMII Magic 92 130 -38 1.089
    103 82 FAR EAST MOVEMENT Like A G6 f/Cataracs & Dev 89 48 41 0.547
    84 83 GYPTIAN Hold You 89 89 0 1.363
    125 84 KID CUDI Erase Me f/Kanye West 86 31 55 0.174
    124 85 DAVID ARCHULETA Something ‘Bout Love 81 32 49 0.329
    94 86 LADY GAGA Speechless 78 57 21 0.478
    83 87 3OH!3 Follow Me Down 78 92 -14 0.76
    185 88 AHMAD BELVIN Super Sorry 77 10 67 0.134
    86 89 KARDINAL OFFISHALL BodyBounce f/Akon 77 85 -8 0.269
    79 90 DJ EARWORM Like OMG, Baby 74 104 -30 0.704

    From GG…

    TUESDAY UPDATE:

    124 85 DAVID ARCHULETA Something ‘Bout Love 81 32 49 0.329

    From left to right:

    124 = chart position last week

    85 = chart position this week

    DAVID ARCHULETA Something ‘Bout Love = artist, title

    81 = total number of spins in the last seven days

    32= the number of spins it had in the seven days prior

    49 = difference in spins from this week to last week ( aka the ‘bullet’)

    0.329 = audience impression in millions for the last seven days

    http://pulsemusic.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=pop&action=display&thread=90650&page=24

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  156. Pabuckie said

    Djafan: How’d you find that? lol

    It’s one of my favorite movies too!! 🙂

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  157. bebereader said

    #153 Djafan: The article from Pamela Pike of Associated Content is a beautiful tribute to David! It’s obvious that Ms. Pike has ODD big time. LOL

    By the way, those numbers at Pulse are looking good!

    #154 Pabuckie: I like your new video, too! I had no idea that was Michael Jackson singing. I must live under a rock or somethin’ somethin’. I mean it sounds just like him. Duh.

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  158. djafan said

    He tweets!!!!

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  159. Pabuckie said

    That was a beautiful article from Pamela Pike 🙂

    Bebe: I always wanted to put a MJ song to a David video since I know he was so inspired by him too! Thanks.

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  160. What a fun article, Pabuckie. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine I’m (still or ever have been) on this journey, as it is totally out of character for me. I’ve never had a crush on an entertainer. Would have scoffed at those that did. Have always enjoyed music – Johnny Mathis, Carpenters & Bee Gees & pretty much all pop in the 60’s & 70’s, but nothing like David’s music.
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    More like a casual listener – if it was played, I listened/sang along and sometimes bought an album. However I have only gone one day (since March or April of 2008) without David’s music. That one day, thought my iPod Nano 2G had died. Within an hour, I had a new one in hand & found out the old one just needed to be reset while setting up the new one. It was ok though because the new one had a video player & I could watch all those videos of his AI performances that I had purchased. At that time, I was still in the closet with my ODD, so time on the computer was limited (whenever my hubby was away from it). The iPod was my lifeline to David. Managed to hide it until we went on vacation in August. What a relief. The quality of my life has been so much better. Besides the enjoyment from his music, there is the relaxation, inspiration, entertainment & educational (mostly from his selfless fans – Abrra, you’re the best) benefits. No longer a casual listener but a lifer – for however long that may be. ‘Life is good….”

    Emmegirl#76 – “But there wasn’t that thing – that thing that tugs and pulls at your heartstrings, that makes you smile like a cheshire cat and want to give him a hug, to that thing that makes you feel a little flush, your legs start to wobble and your heart races almost out of your chest. Is that a crush?” Well, that pretty much says it all for me. Been wondering if I was having health issues. Glad to know it’s just symptomatic of ODD.

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  161. Pabuckie said

    160. Fandaforeverti – got such a kick out of that, especially when you said you were still in the closet with your ODD! Well I’m glad you’ve come out now! haha

    And David’s music is relaxing isnt it? I often find myself listening to his music to soothe me and put my mind in a better place!

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  162. pattiNC said

    Hi everyone…never posted here before, but lurk ALL the time. Love your site, and the discussions/articles. I just have to add who my “crush” was “back in the day” lol I see a few others share my love of John Denver.
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    In the 70s (my REAL teen yrs) I was obsessed with him. Knew every song, owned every album…on sr skip day I listened to the radio all day to try to win tickets to his concert “in the round” in Miami. Can’t remember if I won, but I did go. His music hit me right in the heart..as did later on, Dan Fogelberg. Both passed way too early. I haven’t felt music by anyone else except for David. I pray he’s around for a long time, and I’m around many more years to enjoy it! thanks for your site!

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  163. Angelica said

    PattiNC, Thanks for sharing and

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  164. emmegirl said

    155, thanks dja. Idk what all the numbers mean, but if your hanging anywhere in the area of Lady Gaga, seems all good to me.

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  165. djafan said

    Hi Fanda! “Been wondering if I was having health issues. Glad to know it’s just symptomatic of ODD.”

    I completely understand…lol

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    Radio adds for today…Please request if in your area!

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  166. bebereader said

    PattiNC#162 Welcome to The Voice! Glad you de-lurked. I’m a fan of John Denver’s too. There’s a similarity isn’t there? Maybe it’s the soothing quality in their voices. It’s like a healing balm. I felt in in John Denver’s voice many years ago and I feel it again in David’s voice, to the max.

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  167. Abrra said

    Randomness: I was looking at my picture file and noticed David has been doing that finger bending thing for awhile. 😉

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    Abrra

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  168. Tawna21 said

    pabuckie– that new video is beautiful! You do such a good job!

    Tawna

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  169. Suzy-Q said

    #82 Pattirae The Tempe concert was also my first time seeing David live. I stood in line with my 11 yr. old and 14 yr. old grandaughters for several hours too. David was on FIRE that night. His performance was absolutely amazing!!!! I was in awe. The screams were unbelieveable. I actually lost my hearing for about 30 seconds when it was over. The good thing was that the screams didn’t drown out the sound of David’s voice. Thankfully, he venue had a great sound system. We all had so much fun that night. What a wonderful memory. I’ll never forget.

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  170. Oh my! Thanks to whomever rewarded my comment#160 with that unbelievably HOT (him & whew – fanning self) & gorgeous pic. Second best piece of decorating (#16 is wow, cough, choke!) here, today. Spent the last 15 minutes switching my netbook background from #16 to #160, then back again and so on….. Is there a way to save both as background? Oh such a dilemma, I’m in.

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  171. Pabuckie said

    Just want to give a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my very firt article!!!! HUGS!

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  172. Pabuckie said

    Oops it figures I meant “first” not “firt”. haha

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  173. JoyF said

    Pabckie: Is it too late to add my comment to your wonderful nostalgic look back? I’m not a regular poster, but I lurk here at least once a week and love reading all the beautiful articles here.

    I had posters of Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and Paul McCartney on my wall when I was a young teen, but had never experienced what it’s like to be a fan of anyone until seeing a certain young man from Utah audition on American Idol. David grew on me gradually. Although I thought he had an amazing voice, it took a little while for me to realize that something strange was going on. Week by week, I found myself growing more excited to see what this kid was going to do next.

    With each song, I became more emotionally invested in this adorable and amazing young singer. Then, during Top 8 week, something happened. “The Connection”. David sang Angels and a miracle occurred. The moment was Spiritual for me. My brother had passed away a few months before and I hadn’t been able to cry, to truly grieve. I had gone through the shock, the anger, but not the tears. Something in David’s voice that night reached through the television, touched my broken heart and I cried until I couldn’t cry anymore. The healing of my Spirit began that night. I’ve loved David ever since.

    The 15yo girl in me didn’t come out until a few months later when I met David for the first time. In October of 2008, someone at the KISS radio station in Seattle invited me to meet David. Of the 45 people in that room, I was the oldest, yet there I stood quivering like a nervous young kitten. My heart was all a-flutter and I had to keep reminding myself that David was the same age as my 17yo grand-daughter who went with me that morning. Finally, the moment arrives and David walks into the conference room. Suddenly the room brightens by a factor of one hundred. With beet red face, I walk up to David who is flashing “me”.. yes, “me”, that beautiful smile and looks right into my eyes as he takes the photo from me that I had brought for him to sign. I was completely mesmerized.

    After forgetting my name when he asked for it, I nearly swooned when he put his arm around my waist and pulled me closer for our picture. Now, I’ve never swooned over anyone except my beloved husband of 38 years, but this swooning was of a different kind. Here was the voice that I had fallen in love with. The voice that gave me goosebumps and made the hair on the back of my neck stand straight up when he sang When You Say You Love Me. The voice that brought tears to my eyes when I heard him hold those powerful notes while singing And So It Goes. I started to walk away, but suddenly turned around and asked David for a hug. “Awwww”, he says, then takes a step to meet me and we hug. A part of my heart drops to the floor and to this day, it still lies at David’s feet. I’ve met David 4 other times since then, but this first meeting is the one that I will always treasure the most. Yep, I have it bad for one David Archuleta. As the wise old owl told Bambi, I’ve done been “Twitterpated.”

    The first time I met David: http://twitpic.com/2bz2bh

    A screen cap from video I took of David in Salt Lake City last November: http://twitpic.com/t46mv

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  174. Pabuckie said

    JoyF – Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful, heartfelt story with me. I actually had goosebumps and tears when I read it. Perhaps the part you said about “Angels”. That song especially I really felt something from David and it does bring one hope – that sense of “healing” that you talked about. I loved hearing about your first meeting with David and how it made you feel. I’ve been in that same place, probably will always feel that way when I meet David. And “When You Say You Love Me” is probably my favorite song of David’s and wish he would sing that again LIVE so that I could witness it!!

    Thank you so much for your heartfelt story. I loved every word of it!

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  175. skydancer1x said

    Pabuckie!
    haha! my first visit to the VOICE, and I love it here! Love your article! Gosh ya’ll are such beautiful heartfelt writers. What a special place to visit.
    think I was 13 when my girlfriends and I would spend endless Saturday mornings cutting out pictures of “Dr. Kildare”,from every teen magazine we could get our hands on. (actor Richard Chamberlain) and pasting them into a scrapbook.Gosh, he had a hit song, and album out too then. Anyone want to take a stab at that one?He was “dreamy”.
    howevaaah……..
    NOTHING like David…think I prefer finding my real go getter inner “fan girl” at this stage of my life.allows one to fully appreciate EVERYTHING about David, and the exceptional young man that he is at his age. His voice takes me to a place I have never been before, inside myself, down deep into the heart,while he’s dialing up the soul…”hello? yes I am here and I am singing to YOU!”
    I find that incredible. Can’t ignore something like that.what is that?!It’s such a gift this guy has, that he is sharing. How can you ignore it., or turn your back on it, something that beautiful?
    I can’t wait to see where this wonderful ‘being’ is going to take us next! I just want to “hang in/hang on for the ride”

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  176. Pabuckie said

    Skydancer1x — You found it!! Yeah!

    Glad you did and happy you posted too! This was my very 1st article I ever wrote! haha!

    I loved this that you said:

    His voice takes me to a place I have never been before, inside myself, down deep into the heart,while he’s dialing up the soul…”hello? yes I am here and I am singing to YOU!”

    My feelings too! Don’t know HOW he does it but he DOES!!

    See ya around! LOL

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  177. Pregnant said

    Pregnant…

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