Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Today In Oldies 9/29/2010

Oldies news when you need it......from Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2

Where In The World Is........Juice Newton?

Born Judith Kay Newton in 1952 in Lakehurst, New Jersey, Juice Newton rode the great country crossover wave inspired by the movie Urban Cowboy to huge success across the U.S. Pop, Country, and Adult Contemporary charts in the early 80's.  She amassed 14 Top 10 hits across those charts, and has sold 10 million records worldwide to date. 

Juice Newton's first taste of the music business came shortly after high school in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  She formed a band called Juice Newton and Silver Spur that signed with RCA Records.  With only one minor hit under their belt, they moved to Capitol Records in 1977.  By 1978, Juice broke free and went solo (although her backup band was still known as Silver Spur through 1982).  Her debut solo album was strictly a rock and roll affair, and it flopped, with no hit singles to speak of.  Her second album, 1979's "Take Heart", produced several modest Country hits, but pop success continued to elude her. 

Her third solo album, 1981's "Juice", finally hit pop paydirt.  Top 10 hits came with a cover of Merilee Rush's "Angel Of The Morning", "Queen of Hearts", and a remake of one Silver Spur's early album cuts, "The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known)".  All three songs were even bigger hits on the Country and Adult Contemporary charts.  Her follow up album, "Quiet Lies", produced several more pop hits in 1982, including "Break It To Me Gently" and "Love's Been A Little Bit Hard On Me".  Newton was also one of the only female artists to receive Grammy nominations for both Best Pop Female Vocalist and Best Country Female Vocalist, scoring back to back nominations in both categories in 1982 and 1983 and a win for Best Country Female Vocalist in 1982.  She also became an international star during that period, winning "Top International Country Artist" in Australia. 

The end of her association with Captiol Records also brought an end to Juice Newton's pop success.  She re-signed with RCA in 1984, and the powers that be decided to market her primarily as a Country artist.  Her reign on the Country charts lasted throughout the 80's.  After being dropped by RCA in 1989, she dropped out of the music scene and devoted her time to her family in San Diego, California. 

Juice Newton periodically re-emerges with an album, and still does live performances on occasion.  Next month, she is set to release an album of collaborations with artists such as The Pointer Sisters, Dan Seals, Glen Campbell, Melissa Manchester, Eddie Money, Willie Nelson, and Frankie Valli.  Entitled "Duets: Friends & Memories", you can find it in stores and online October 26, 2010. You can also discover more about Juice Newton's modern day efforts on her official website or her MySpace page

From an appearance on The Nashville Network in the 80's, Juice Newton now dispenses advice for degenerate gamblers......

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

What unlikely collaborator played guitar on the Monkees' 1969 song "Tear Drop City"?

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

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

Country superstar Vince Gill was once asked to join which rock band in the early 90's?

Answer: Dire Straits

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