Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Today In Oldies 1/18/2011

Golden Hits Radio and GHR-2's Everything Oldies......where the music of the 50's, 60's, 70's, and 80's lives forever.....and so do the artists!

A View From The Top

For the next few weeks, Everything Oldies will spotlight #1 songs from 30, 40, and 50 years ago!  We'll give you the stories behind the songs and other things you might not have known about some of your favorite 60's, 70's, and 80's music.

A song that spent 6 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1971 was originally written for an animated TV special that never materialized.  It was penned by Hoyt Axton, who had already had a successful collaboration with the group that made this song a smash.  In a later interview, he said he came up with this song in the process of recording some other songs.  He had a chorus, but no lyrics.  His bass player encouraged him to go ahead and record the song, so he did with nonsense lyrics meant as filler material.  The "filler" lyrics stuck, and the result was a hit!  Axton later launched a record label named after the title "character" in this song.......both a bullfrog and a good friend. Three Dog Night will be forever grateful for this "nonsense" song.........

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

"Brother Louie" was a #1 hit for The Stories in the U.S. in 1973, but a British group best known for a different American hit originally released it in the UK, where it hit the Top 10.  Who originally did "Brother Louie"?

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 legendary TV game show host also served as producer of The Beatles' 1964 and 1965 concerts at the Hollywood Bowl?

Answer: Bob Eubanks ("The Newlywed Game")




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