Sunday, December 12, 2010

Today In Oldies 12/13/2010

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Everything Oldies stands for Oldies news! 

Oldies on TV

  • Stephen Bishop - Late Night With Jimmy Fallon - NBC (12:35 Eastern/11:35 Pacific)

A Shot At The Title

All this week, Everything Oldies will play "What if?", as we spotlight songs with their original working titles.  Imagine what a different world we'd live in if the most covered song of all time were The Beatles' classic, "Scrambled Eggs".....which was the original working title of......"Yesterday".  Enjoy the stories behind the titles.....and why they changed.

  • A Motown classic that Berry Gordy helped write came about because Gordy was reminded of Frankie Lymon whenever he heard Michael Jackson.  Being the most expensive single ever recorded for Motown at that time, Gordy had a lot riding on it both personally and financially.  It didn't begin as a love song, but Gordy eventually reshaped it so it would be believable being sung by an 11-year-old.  The Jackson 5 made it a smash, and what began its life as "I Want To Be Free" became...........

  • A song being included on the soundtrack to what would become an iconic 70's movie with the Brooklyn disco scene as a backdrop was originally supposed to carry the same title as the movie.  The problem was that same title had been used many times in the past, most notably as the title of a #1 hit just one year earlier.  Wisely, The Bee Gees decided to avoid confusion, and what began as "Saturday Night" turned into.........

  • One of the most talked about songs of all time was conceived with a different title.  To this day, no one knows who the subject of the song is, and had the original title been kept, who knows if it would have been the hit it ultimately became?  If you look at the vinyl acetate demo copy of the song written and performed by Carly Simon, it reads "Ballad of a Vain Man".  Whether she's talking about Mick Jagger, Warren Beatty, or someone completely different, it became known, loved, and widely discussed as........

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

Which artist pre-taped a 1976 appearance on Saturday Night Live about an hour before the broadcast due to being overcome with stage fright?

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

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

Which late rock guitar legend played on David Bowie's #1 hit "Let's Dance", which led to a solo record deal?

Answer: Stevie Ray Vaughan


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