Thursday, September 23, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/24/2010

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Everything Oldies.........with the most Oldies news allowed by law!

Where In The World Is.......Marilyn Martin? 

In the 80's, the easiest way to insure your song or album would be a hit was to somehow have Phil Collins associated with it.  The man was omnipresent throughout the decade.  If he wasn't playing drums and singing lead for Genesis, he was making solo albums.  If he wasn't making solo albums, he was playing collaborating with other artists.  If he wasn't collaborating with other artists, he was acting.  If he wasn't acting, he was contributing songs to movie soundtracks.  Enter Marilyn Martin. 

Martin was born in Tennessee but raised in Louisville, Kentucky.  Her first taste of notoriety in the music business came as a backup singer both in the studio with the likes of Tom Petty, Don Henley, and Kenny Loggins and on the road with Stevie Nicks and Joe Walsh.  The head of Atlantic Records, Stevie Nicks' label at the time, was impressed with her work.  He signed her to a two album deal, but to introduce her to the world ahead of that, he teamed her up with Phil Collins for a song that would appear on the soundtrack of White Nights, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.  Written by Stephen Bishop, "Separate Lives" was a smash, hitting #1 in 1985.  Marilyn Martin had arrived! 

Unfortunately, having a chart topping duet didn't guarantee solo success for Marilyn Martin.  She did hit the Top 40 once more, as "Night Moves" from her self-titled debut album peaked at #28 shortly after "Separate Lives" in January 1986.  Her second album didn't produce a hit, and she was subsequently dropped by Atlantic Records.  She went back to the world of background singers, where she continued in the music business into the 90's. 

Today, Marilyn Martin is pretty far removed from the music business.  She is currently selling real estate in Nashville, Tennessee.  If you're in the market for the home of your dreams in that area, you can find out more on her professional web page

For one brief shining moment in 1985, Marilyn Martin had no idea she'd be discussing "curb appeal" a mere 10 years later........

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

Two members of Cyndi Lauper's band were later the founding members of what 80's band?

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

Members of what professional (American) football team provided backup vocals on Huey Lewis & The News's 1986 hit, "Hip To Be Square"?

Answer: Before they backed up Huey Lewis & The News, Joe Montana and Ronnie Lott were winning Super Bowls as members of the San Francisco 49'ers. 

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