Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/15/2010

And now.....the latest news from the greatest hitmakers of all time at Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2

Where In The World Is........Greg Kihn? 

Born July 10, 1949 in Baltimore, Maryland, Greg Kihn migrated across the country and emerged from the Bay Area (California) music scene in the late 70's.  As the leader of the Greg Kihn Band, he turned out 2 big early 80's hits and is better known since for ventures outside the music business. 

1981 proved to be the year the nation found out who The Greg Kihn Band was.  Kihn was a songwriter with a knack for using his unique surname as a play on words for his album titles.  Their debut album, "Rockihnroll" (get it?), brought them their first hit.  "The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em Like That Anymore)" hit #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and even higher on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, where it was a Top 5 smash. 

1983's "Kihnspiracy" (get it?) provided The Greg Kihn Band with their apex.  "Jeopardy" was the answer, and the question would eventually become "What was the biggest hit for The Greg Kihn Band?"  Although they were generally considered a true rock band, "Jeopardy" would prove to be a pop and dance chart smash in Billboard.  In fact, it fared better on the Dance chart, hitting #1 in 1983, than on the Hot 100, where it peaked at #2 a month earlier.  A rather bizarre music video for the song also became an MTV staple at a time when the channel was becoming firmly established as a household name. 

As the hits stopped for his band, Greg Kihn became a prolific artist in other areas.  He can currently be heard as the morning radio personality at KUFX in San Jose, California.  He also does a syndicated nighttime radio program based at heard primarily on Rock stations across the country.  Kihn is also a successful horror novelist, having written four books including one (Horror Show) that has been nominated for the prestigious Bram Stoker Award.  His passion for writing also produced a collection entitled Carved In Rock: Short Stories by Musicians, featuring contributions by Pete Townshend, Ray Davies, and others.  The Greg Kihn Band is also still active, playing several annual festival shows around the Bay Area.  Find out more than you ever wanted to know about Greg Kihn on his official website

Here's The Greg Kihn Band's shining moment.  And remember, while you're streaming the YouTube clip for "Jeopardy", you must phrase all answers in the form of a question.........

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Burning Question of the Day

Even after lifting the ban on playing rock & roll music in the 60's, the BBC has banned dozens of individual songs for a variety of reasons.  One of the most notable is The Kinks' classic "Lola", with the ban being lifted only after the band agreed to change a single word in the song.  Why was "Lola" originally banned by the BBC?

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

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

One of many odd jobs Tom Jones had before becoming a music superstar was selling what door to door?

Answer: Vacuum cleaners......and no truth to the rumor that the women he visited threw their undergarments at him even then. 


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