Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Today In Oldies 10/6/2010

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Where In The World Is........Lee Michaels? 

Lee Michaels (birth name: Michael Olsen) is a multi-talented musician and performer, born November 24, 1945 in Los Angeles, California.  He was a veteran of several bands and played on sessions for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, among others, when he began his brief run at solo stardom in 1971. 

Michaels' first taste of professional life in music came in a group called The Sentinals.  From there, he migrated to a group called The Strangers, and later, The Family Tree.  In 1967, he was signed to A&M Records as a solo act.  Four albums for the label didn't produce anything resembling a hit single, but A&M's patience and Michaels' persistence eventually paid off. 

While guitars provided the driving force behind most of the major hits of the 60's, Lee Michaels took a different approach with his sound.  Using a Hammond organ as the primary instrument on most of his music, he also went the minimalist route in the studio and on the road, in most cases touring with only a single drummer.  It wasn't until his fifth album, appropriately titled "Fifth", that Lee Michaels got to spend time on the Billboard charts alongside some of his more commercially successful colleagues.  A song from that album, "Do You Know What I Mean", became an unexpected Top 10 hit, reaching #6 in 1971.  One follow up hit followed, a cover of the Motown classic "Can I Get A Witness".  No sooner was Lee Michaels on the charts than he was back off the charts.  Subsequent albums and singles came and went without denting the charts or the record store cash registers. 

By the mid-70's, Lee Michaels had had enough of the music business.  He moved to Hawaii and went into a long period of retirement, coming out only long enough to release "Absolute Lee" in 1996, years after he announced it would come out.  Nothing has been heard from him since, and he remains on the beach and happy to be free of the music business. 

From 1971, we present Lee Michaels' biggest hit.........and most pleasant surprise

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

Which 80's artist was asked to screen test for the role of Marty McFly in Back To The Future that eventually went to Michael J. Fox?  

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

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

On Oct. 4, 1961, Bob Dylan played the legendary Carnegie Hall for the very first time.  In front of how many people did he perform?

Answer: In a venue whose seating capacity in the Main Hall is approximately 2,800, Dylan played to a less than capacity crowd of........50!  His financial windfall for the gig?  A mere $20. 


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