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'80s music icon goes digital

BY VIVIAN MCINERNY | OB BLOGGER

Writing a hit pop song was the best business plan Marv Ross never made.

In 1980, the Portland native wrote and recorded a catchy little original called Harden My Heart that helped Quarterflash land a deal with Geffen Records. The song, sung by his wife and band mate Rindy Ross, made the coveted Billboard Top 10. Their debut album sold over one million copies.

Ross still writes music but now he, like everyone from Lady Gaga to the unknown vocalist with a ukulele and a webcam, gives it away to sell it. 

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