Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Today In Oldies 12/15/2010

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Everything Oldies.......Oldies news first! 

Oldies On TV

  • Natalie Cole - Christmas With The Tabernacle Choir - PBS (check local listings)
  • Barbra Streisand - Larry King Live - CNN (9:00 Eastern/8:00 Pacific)
  • Roger Waters - Conan - TBS (11:00 Eastern/10:00 Central)
  • Ronnie Spector - Late Show With David Letterman - CBS (11:35 Eastern/10:35 Pacific)
  • Annie Lennox - 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.

  • The title of this 1959 hit was changed due to the founder of the record label of which it was released (which was founded by a Seattle DJ for the sole purpose of distributing music made by a single act) thinking the original title would be too suggestive, thus turning off AM radio DJs.  So "Come Softly" became a smash for The Fleetwoods as..........

  • Omnipresent 80's musical maven Phil Collins was in the process of producing and playing drums on the debut solo album of one of the lead vocalists for Earth, Wind, and Fire.  He approached bassist Nathan East and mentioned that the album lacked a hit single.  They set out to remedy that by playing around with a piano riff in the studio with the singer adding the words "Choosy Lover" over it.  Realizing they had a hit, Collins agreed to join the up and coming artist on the finished version, further enhancing the chances of the song being a hit.  It was a Top 5 smash for Philip Bailey once "Choosy Lover" morphed into...........

  • Singer/songwriter Walter Egan had a rough outline of a song he planned to call "Don't Turn Away Now".  He had some of the biggest names in music at the time behind his debut album, including co-producer Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks providing background vocals.  He developed a crush on Nicks, and the song evolved to be about her.  He developed a metaphor about the attraction between two people, and "Don't Turn Away Now" became.........

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

What do Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones all have in common?

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

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

What was the first #1 song under Billboard's Hot 100 chart format?

The answer is below.......and it happened on August 4, 1958


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