Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/1/2010

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

Jimmy Gilmer had a very successful run throughout the 60's as the leader and front man for The Fireballs, one of the few rock era acts to have had both instrumental and vocal hits.  The Fireballs were mentored and produced by Norman Petty, the man who had made Buddy Holly a star several years earlier.  By the time Gilmer joined the group, The Fireballs already had 2 instrumental Top 40 hits.  Petty decided to market them as Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs to emphasize the fact that they now had a vocalist. 

Gilmer's presence sent the group into a brand new stratosphere in 1963.  After only three weeks on the Billboard chart, "Sugar Shack" skyrocketed to #1 and stayed there five weeks!  It became the biggest selling record of the year.  The follow up, "Daisy Petal Pickin'", was also a Top 20 hit.  Once the British Invasion swept America, hits became scarce for many domestic acts, but The Fireballs (billed without Gilmer's name ahead of the group's by this point) scored one more Top 10 hit, "Bottle of Wine", in 1968. 

A year later, Gilmer stepped away from the mic and The Fireballs to pursue a career on the other side of the music business where he still remains active.  Since the 70's, he has managed several artists and produced many others while based in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Fireballs have continued as a group on the Oldies package show circuit, and Gilmer has returned occasionally as lead singer. 

Let's take a moment and make everyone a Type 2 diabetic w/ Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs' smash from 1963......

Golden Hits Radio and GHR2's Burning Question of the Day

Following the death of Roy Orbison in 1988, which artist had Tom Petty recruited to replace him as a member of the Traveling Wilburys?  (Hint.....this artist died himself before doing any recording w/ the Wilburys)

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

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

Which movie star, former Saturday Night Live cast member, and current TV sitcom star played drums in a band that eventually became Steely Dan?

Answer: Chevy Chase

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