Friday, August 6, 2010

Today In Oldies 8/6/2010

Golden Hits Radio's Top Stories At This Hour.......

Where In The World Is.........Jimmy Clanton? 

Jimmy Clanton holds a unique distinction in rock n' roll history.  He is the first, and probably only, "swamp pop R&B teen idol".  Hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Clanton was one of the biggest teen hitmakers of the late 50's and early 60's.  Signed to Ace Records in 1957, his first hit for the label, "Just A Dream", hit #4 in 1958.  Subsequent Top 10 hits included "Go, Jimmy, Go" and "Venus In Blue Jeans", which became a hit while Clanton was serving a stint in the U.S. Army. He also made the transition to actor in Go Johnny Go (produced by Alan Freed) and Teenage Millionaire. 

Since the early 60's, Jimmy Clanton has continued making music and moved into several side projects, including a 4-year run as a DJ in Columbia, Pennsylvania in the 70's.  The past few years have brought enshrinement into The Museum of the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame alongside the likes of Tex Ritter, B.J. Thomas, Janis Joplin, and ZZ Top.  April 2007 brought induction into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, and December 2007 saw Clanton put into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.  He and his wife, Roxanne, have authored a wellness program called HardCore Health, and you can read an e-column he writes regularly at  He also continues to perform regularly.  Find out more at Jimmy Clanton's official website.  And hear one of his classics right here.........

Golden Hits Radio's Burning Question of the Day

Who were the biggest female solo artist, male solo artist, and group of the 70s?

Come back and join us @ Everything Oldies for the answer on Monday (8/9/2010)

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

We mentioned Gary Lewis & The Playboys being one of only two acts in the 60's to have their first seven singles make the Billboard Top 10.  Who was the other?

Answer: The Lovin' Spoonful

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