Monday, September 20, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/21/2010

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Where In The World Is.........Robbie Dupree?

Robbie Dupree's love affair with music began on the street corners of his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.  He developed a love for R&B that would eventually connect him with a music legend and a run on the Billboard charts as a solo artist. 

Around 1970, Dupree had become established in the Greenwich Village music scene.  He joined a group called New World Rising.  One of his bandmates, Nile Rodgers, would eventually become a founding member of Chic and one of the most successful music producers of all-time.  He moved to Woodstock, New York in 1972, hooking up with several groups in the process but none that were anything near commercially successful.  In 1978, he finally decided to make a run as a solo artist, which is how he would finally achieve stardom on a national level. 

His self-titled debut album ("Robbie Dupree") produced 2 big hits in 1980.  "Steal Away" was the song that introduced Robbie Dupree beyond the state line of New York.  Bearing a striking similarity to The Doobie Brothers' smash "What A Fool Believes" from about a year earlier, it was a Top 10 hit in June 1980, peaking at #6.  According to Dupree's official website, the song has since been played on radio more than three million times!  The follow-up single, "Hot Rod Hearts", also became a Top 20 hit. 

After one more minor hit, 1981's "Brooklyn Girls", the days of massive radio airplay and records flying off the shelves were over for Robbie Dupree.  His career, however, was far from over.  He contributed a song called "Girls With Cars" to a compilation album of theme songs for wrestlers from the former World Wrestling Federation in 1985.  He also continued to record and tour regularly throughout the 80's and 90's.

These days, Robbie Dupree is probably as visible as he ever was in his chart heyday!  Earlier this year, he collaborated with former E Street Band member David Sancious on an album called "Time and Tide".  On May 21st of this year, he performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as part of a supergroup saluting the "Yacht Rock" sound that emerged from the West coast in the late 70's and early 80's.  "Steal Away" has also been featured prominently in two major motion pictures, MacGruber (based on Wil Forte's character from Saturday Night Live) and I Love You, Phillip Morris starring Jim Carrey.  Find out the latest happenings in the career of Robbie Dupree by visiting his official website

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

Tina Turner had a memorable role as the Acid Queen in the film version of The Who's rock opera "Tommy", but she wasn't the first choice for the part.  Who was the original choice to play the role?

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

Prior to his superstardom thanks to his role on General Hospital and a #1 song with "Jessie's Girl", Rick Springfield was the star of a Saturday morning cartoon series.  What was the name of that series?

Answer: Mission:Magic.  Although only 16 episodes of the show were produced, it ran for two seasons on ABC on Saturday mornings in the mid-70's.  Take a look at the intro for the show below........

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