Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/16/2010

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2........letting out the Oldies newshounds.......

Where In The World Is.......Chad & Jeremy?

The British folk duo of Chad Stuart (birth name.....David Stuart Chadwick) and Jeremy Clyde are one of the few British Invasion acts who had more success on the American side of the pond than they had in their homeland.  On top of their musical success here, they had become bona fide TV stars in the 60's with numerous guest appearances. 

Success came relatively quick for Chad & Jeremy, with their first single for Ember Records in the UK, "Yesterday's Gone", being their one and only British hit.  In spite of being "one and done" in England, their second single established them in America for good.  "A Summer Song" went Top 10 in the U.S. (peaking at #7).  Between 1964 and 1966, they charted a string of seven Top 40 hits.  At the same time, they became fixtures on American television, playing both themselves and other characters on a diverse roster of shows like The Dick Van Dyke Show, Batman, Laredo, and The Patty Duke Show.  Jeremy Clyde appeared as a contestant on The Dating Game in 1966 (and won!).  Chad Stuart broke through on the big screen, voicing the character of Flaps the vulture in Disney's animated production of The Jungle Book

After their last 2 albums flopped in 1967 and 1968, Chad & Jeremy were rarely heard from individually or collectively.  They reunited in 1983 to record an album for a small U.S. label.  PBS reunited them again in 2003 for a TV special.  This time, what was to have been a one shot reunion led to a full blown tour, and they've been at it ever since.  A 2008 greatest hits CD release was a hit, and at the moment Chad & Jeremy are working on their first album of new material in more than 25 years, to be titled "Zanzibar Sunset".  Their official website shows a jam packed touring and TV appearance schedule.

From an appearance on National Public Radio in 2008.......

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

What was the first song ever played on American Bandstand when it debuted on ABC on August 5, 1957?

Check back @ Everything Oldies Monday (8/20/2010) for the answer, and leave a Comment with your best guess!

Yesterday's Burning Question (and Answer) 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?

Answer: The BBC had a strict policy against what they considered to be "advertising" in songs.....which we now call "product placement".  A line in "Lola" went "Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like Coca-Cola".  The Kinks were not immune to the ban, and ultimately agreed to release a version of the song using the words "cherry cola" instead.  "Auntie Beeb" had no problem playing that version, and it just missed the top of the UK singles chart in 1970, hitting #2. 


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