Monday, August 23, 2010

Today In Oldies 8/23/2010

Golden Hits Radio is back w/ all the Oldies news you can shake a stick at for August 23, 2010......


Apologies for the brief absence on Friday.  I hate it when a day job gets in the way :-)  Last week, we gave you proof that in its heyday, practically every artist who was currently a fixture on the charts or was looking for a way to get back on the charts gave Disco a shot.  Disco songs by KISS, The Grateful Dead, The Clash, and Frank Sinatra were featured.  Today we turn to one half of a duo whose star had faded by 1979 and whose face still had all its original parts. 

Cher was a household name throughout the 60s and 70s.  Whether it was her stint as one half of the duo w/ her ex-husband, Sonny Bono, or solo with a string of hits and TV specials, Cher had left of trail of chart hits and ratings success on TV.  The late 70s hadn't been so kind, however.  The second go round at a weekly TV series with Sonny (after their divorce) had been cancelled.  A second marriage to rocker Greg Allman was an unmitigated disaster.  On top of that, several albums released between 1975 and 1978 had tanked.  As a result, Disco and Cher was nothing less than a marriage of convenience.  Cher needed a hit, and EVERYONE was making their comeback via Disco.  She signed w/ Casablanca Records, the "go to" Disco label in the 70s with a roster that included Donna Summer and The Village People.  The result was a climb back into the limelight with a Top 10 hit, "Take Me Home"

Further proof that EVERYBODY did Disco at its peak, and a pre-MTV era music video, we present Cher's turn underneath the mirror ball......

Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

As Oldies fans, we know that music STILL sounds best on vinyl, but what album was the very first to be released on CD? (on Oct. 1, 1982 in Japan)

Check back here @ Everything Oldies for the answer, and leave a Comment with your best guess!

Thursday's Burning Question (and Answer) of the Day

The name on his birth certificate reads "Gil Hamilton".  We know him better as a one hit wonder named........what?

Answer: Johnny Thunder, onetime lead singer of The Drifters who had his one brief fling with chart success with "Loop De Loop" in 1963


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