Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Today In Oldies 8/24/2010


Where In The World Is.........Gilbert O' Sullivan?

Born Raymond Edward O' Sullivan in 1946, Gilbert O' Sullivan spent several years trying unsuccessfully to break through in Europe as a singer-songwriter.  When that breakthrough occurred, however, he did it right.  A string of worldwide hits began in 1970 with "Nothing Rhymed" and continued for a 3 year span.  Success in the U.S. came with "Alone Again (Naturally)", which hit #1 and stayed there for 6 weeks in 1972.  The song also scored 1973 Grammy nominations for both Song of the Year and Record of the Year.  It also reached the top in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand.  "Clair" and "Get Down" continued O'Sullivan's American hot streak. 

A downturn in his record sales and a prolonged legal battle with his record label over royalties essentially ended Gilbert O' Sullivan's commercial success, but he never stopped recording and writing.  He hit the British charts again as recently as 2004 with a greatest hits compilation, and his most recent single, "Never Say Di", was released in 2008.  If you're a movie and TV buff as well as a music lover, you've certainly heard "Alone Again (Naturally)" at least once over the past few years.  It has been used in blockbuster movies like Ice Age 3, Stuart Little 2, and also in an episode of The Simpsons.

Find out more about what Gilbert O' Sullivan is up to these days on his official website, and enjoy his triumphant U.S. moment in the sun here......

Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

Who introduced Elton John when he made his American debut at the Troubador nightclub in Los Angeles on August 25, 1970?

Come on back to Everything Oldies tomorrow for the answer, and leave a Comment with your best guess! 

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) 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)

Answer: Billy Joel's "52nd Street"

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